The Traitor’s Game **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen | Published: February 27, 2018 by Scholastic Press | Series: The Traitor’s Game #1 | Length: 388 pages | Genre: YA Fantasy  | Source: I got this book at Yallfest.

For three years Kestra has been in exile, but that doesn’t stop her from being dragged into her father’s political plots.  With him being the right hand man of the king, Lord Endrick, Kestra is very valuable.  While on her way back to Woodcourt a band of rebels attack Kestra’s entourage and blackmail Kestra into finding the Oden Blade for them.  This dagger is rumored to be the only weapon that can kill Lord Endrick, but it has been lost for years.  In the group of rebels a boy named Simon is tasked with being her protector and to see their mission through no matter the cost.  As he struggles to fulfill his orders more and more secrets emerge that none of them see coming.  With motives shifting left and right Kestra must find a way to not only protect herself but also try to find out who she’s fighting for.

Last year while I was at Yallfest, I was headed to the Cassandra Clare signing and saw that they were having an ARC drop for this book with the author actually signing the copies as they were handed out.  I really wanted one, but didn’t think I’d have time to stop before the signing.  So I went to the signing and then quick hopped in line and got to meet the author and get this ARC signed as well.  It was amazing and Jennifer was so sweet.  I loved this book!!  While it does tend to follow some of the typical YA tropes, Jennifer A. Neilsen is able to put a spin on them to make them her own.  I really like Kestra’s character and how much internal struggle she has and how much her character grows throughout the book.  She is honestly just a stubborn girl who wants her father’s love, but is thrown into a crazy plan to get a legendary weapon for a group of rebels she thought were vanquished.  Some of those plot twists had me gasping and my boyfriend asking me what happened to her now lol.  There was a tiny part in the end that kinda had me a bit annoyed with how the same conversation seemed to keep happening over and over, but it was very miniscule.  I so cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out.  I need to know what happens to Kestra and Simon and where their stories will go.  All in all, this is an amazing book and I highly recommend it to anyone that likes a good YA fantasy book.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.


American Panda **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Gloria Chao | Published: February 6, 2018 by Simon Pulse | Series: N/A | Length: 304 Pages | Genre: YA Contemporary | Source: I got this book while at Yallfest.

After graduating high school a year early, Mei Lu starts her freshman year at MIT.  She’s right on track to fulfill her predetermined medical career, marry another Taiwanese doctor, and pop out a litter of kids.  Not wanting to disappoint her parents, Mei hides her germophobia and her crush on a non-Taiwanese boy named Darren Takahashi.  When she reconnects with her brother, Xing, who has been shunned due to his relationship with the wrong girl, she starts to wonder if the secrets are worth it. Amidst the guilt and accumulating secrets Mei must learn to be herself even if things get hard.

First off, I want to point out that this book has some language that may not be suitable for some younger readers.

This was such a cute and funny book!  I have had a few situations similar to Mei that almost cost me a couple important relationships in my life so I really understand her struggle first hand.  I Also liked learning a bit more about the Taiwanese culture as I don’t really know too much about it in the first place.  I was a tad bit disappointed that this book did not go a bit more into the college aspect.  Mei does attend some classes, but the book mostly takes place on the weekends with her parents or even off campus all together.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that there is another YA book that has a college setting, I just wish it had just a smidge more college than it does.  Other than that this book was really good and I cannot wait to read something more by Gloria in the future!

I gave this book 3.5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Zenith **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings | Published: January 16, 2018 by Harlequin Teen | Series: The Androma Saga #1 | Length: 512 Pages | Genre: YA Science Fiction | Source: I got this book while at BookCon.

While running from her past, Androma and her all-girl crew are forced to work a mission with a sadistic bounty hunter from her past.  Meanwhile, in another planetary system, a queen of a dying planet waits in the shadows for the opportune moment to use her newly created super weapon to exact her revenge.  As the queen’s plan unfolds, Andie and her crew get sucked into the possibility for the greatest war Mirabel has ever seen.

I am such a sucker for a good science fiction book!  After having read a lot of fantasy lately, I needed to pick up a good sci-fi book so I grabbed this one.  One thing that really drew my attention to this book is the fact that the spaceship has an all female crew.  How cool is that?  And each of them come from such different lives, but they still work like a well oiled machine.  Androma is such a tortured character, and she has such a rough past that lead her to be the way she is.  This was the first book I have read by both authors and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.  One thing that kind of struck me as weird is that I don’t remember exactly how old Androma is, but it sounds like when she was younger she had a pretty explicit relationship with another character.  Maybe I missed her exact age, but this is what I noticed with how it seems her timeline goes.  Other than that I really liked this book and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!  I highly recommend this book if you liked books like Illuminae, The Lunar Chronicles, The 5th Wave, or Across the Universe.  It’s also perfect for anyone who likes action packed thrillers.

I gave this book 4.5/5 on Goodreads.


The Cruel Prince **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Holly Black | Published: January 2, 2018 | Series: The Folk of the Air #1 | Length: 372 pages | Genre: YA Fantasy | Source: I recieved this book through a trade on Twitter.

When Jude was seven years old, she watched her mother and father die while her and her sisters were whisked away to the High Court of Faerie to live with their parent’s murderer.  Ten years later, Jude despises her mortlity and just wants to fit in with the fae around her.  But to win a place in the Court she must defy Prince Cardan.  In doing so, she is tossed into the maylay and deceptions of the fae.  As tensions run high and civil war threatens the kingdom,  Jude will need to risk her life and discover her own capacity for bloodshed to save her family and Faerie itself.

After having read a few of Holly Black’s other books, I was a bit skeptical of this one. I didn’t really care for the couple books I did read so I had rather low expectations going into this book. Not even halfway through I knew this book was going to blow my expectations out of the water! I honestly think this is one of Holly’s best works yet! I never saw that ending coming at all!! I did think Jude and her sisters relationship with their parents killer was a bit weird. How could they be so calm about it? I would freak out a bit if I were them. Either way, this book was a big hit for me and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it early. I’m also very happy that this book was so good. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a classic faerie book with lots of twists.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.


Warcross **ARC Review** and Givaway!(Spoiler Free)

Author: Marie Lu | Published: September 12, 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers | Series: Warcross #1 | Length: 353 pages | Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-fi | Source: I got this book through a trade on #booksfortrade on Twitter.

For the millions of people who log into Warcross everyday, it’s not just a game, it’s a way of life.  Created ten years prior, Warcross is now a global phenomenon in which people use it to escape their reality or make a profit.  For bounty hunter, Emika Chen, Warcross is a way to make ends meet. But the bounty hunting world is very competitive, and on a whim, Emika decides to try a hack to gain a little extra cash.  Something during the hack goes wrong and it glitches Emika into the opening match of the Warcross Championships-making her an international sensation overnight.  Dreading that she’ll get arrested, Emika is surprised when she gets contacted by none other than Hideo Tanaka, the creator of Warcross, who has an irresistible offer.  He wants her to act as his spy to sniff out a security issue in this year’s championships.  Emika is quickly whisked off th Tokyo, but as she delves deeper into finding the security breach, she uncovers a sinister plot that could ruin all of Warcross.

When I first heard that Marie Lu had another book coming out, I knew I just had to read it!  I’m so happy that I was even able to get my hands on an early copy of this book as well.  Not only was this one of my most favorite reads of 2017, but it was also my first time reading a book by Marie.  I know, I know.  Shame on me for not having read anything by her beforehand, and now I just want to binge read everything by her!  As of late I’ve been a little dystopianed out and I wasn’t sure how I would like this book as it has some dystopian themes, but once I started I just couldn’t put it down!  There was a crazy twist near the end that makes me so desperate for book two.  I could not wait for this book to come out so I could talk to others about how amazing it was.

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I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.


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Furthermore **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

As I was reading and getting ready to write my review on Whichwood, I realized that I had not yet written a review for Furthermore.  Shame on me!  Due to the fact that I read this book as an ARC I am going to label my review as such because I did not actually read a finished copy of this book.

I read the Shatter Me trilogy a while back and loved how Tahereh Mafi spun the words to form that story.  I was very eager to see how her writing style would translate from a young adult novel to that of a middle grade novel.  I was not disappointed in the slightest!  Now, I am not normally one to read a middle grade book as even as a middle grader I was never really into that style of writing, but Tahereh quickly changed my mind!  Granted, the middle grade novels nowadays are quite different from the time I was an awkward and shy middle-schooler, but I don’t really know why I still just want to skip over them.  Old habits die-hard I guess.  I know for a fact that I will never skip over a middle grade novel of Tahereh’s for the rest of time.

This book was so well written that I quickly was immersed into the worlds of Ferenwood and Furthermore  I could practically see the color bursting before my eyes as I flew through the pages.  Now, mind you, this was a fairly good-sized book and I finished it within two to three days, which is almost unheard of for me.  This book gave off a lot of Alice In Wonderland vibes.  Even the main characters share the same name!  I also really loved how this book is told in second person point of view.  I don’t think I have ever read a book with this point of view, and it was neat being able to hear little snippets from the narrator of the story.  There was one particular thing I didn’t really care for though.  I felt as if the ending was rushed and almost a bit sloppy.  I got a bit nervous as I got to the last few pages and the main character had still not gotten what she was searching for.  Then it was like BING-BANG-BOOM done and I was left a bit shell-shocked.  I had to reread the last few pages to make sure that my copy wasn’t missing any.  I cannot say for sure that they did not change this from the ARC to the finished copy, but I’m still not over how abruptly this book ended.

Altogether, this book was still very good despite my despise of the ending.  I would highly recommend this book if you like middle grade novels or if you like Alice In Wonderland.  Now I’ll have to impatiently wait for Tahereh’s next middle grade novel.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.


The Dazzling Heights **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Katharine McGee | Published: August 29, 2017 by HarperCollins | Series: The Thousandth Floor #2 | Length: 422 pages | Genre: YA futuristic fiction | Source: I got this ARC at BookCon.

PLEASE NOTE: While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it may contain spoilers for the first book in the series.  So if you have not read the first book and do not wish to be spoiled please do not continue to read this review.  You can read my review for the first book here.  Thank you!

Haunting nightmares of the worst night of Leda’s life now plague her sleep.  She doesn’t want her deepest secret to get out-which is why she hires Watt to keep an eye on those who do know what happened that night at the party.  But neither know what to do when their business relationship becomes personal.  Rylin hates being stuck at another dead-end job, but when she receives a scholarship to attend an elite upper-floor school, her life magically transforms over night.  There’s only one problem, she’ll be seeing the boy she loves and who’s heart she broke every single day.  Avery is struggling with her forbidden romance.  Is there anywhere in the world she and Atlas can be together?  And then there’s the bohemian beauty, Calliope.  She’s brand new to New York with a devious plot in mind and a list of secrets miles long.  No one is safe in the Tower-their every move is being watched by somebody.  But in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re only one step away from a devastating fall…

First off, I want to say a big thank you to HarperCollins for the chance to read an early copy of this book.  I was thankful that I got the opportunity to snag this at BookCon earlier in the summer.  I loved this book!  Not quite as much as the first one, but this one also had its twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.  One thing I did want to talk about in my last review, but couldn’t because of spoilers, was Avery and Atlas’s relationship.  I don’t know if it’s just me, but it kinda frustrates me a bit.  Here are two people who are in no way related-yes they grew up with the same parents-and yet it is forbidden for them to be together?  How?  Am I missing something here?  I get that people may think it is a little strange, but to be forbidden?  It’s not in my opinion.  I did like that we got to see a new perspective in this book seeing as Eris is no longer.  Calliope’s storyline was really interesting and how she gets all tangled up with the upper-floor characters.  The ending was almost as crazy as the first book, and I’m really interested to see where the plot will go in the third book.  I wish I didn’t have to wait almost another year for the third and possibly final book in the series.  I’m not sure yet if it is just a trilogy or if there are going to be more books to the series than that.

Altogether, I really enjoyed this book, and if you loved the first book then you’ll definitely love this one as well.

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.


The Thousandth Floor Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: Katharine McGee | Published: August 30, 2016 by HarperCollins | Series: The Thousandth Floor #1 | Length: 448 pages | Genre: YA futuristic fiction | Source: I got this book from my local bookstore.

A glittering thousand floor tower that reaches for the heavens, and dreams that can come true if you are willing to do anything for them.  Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.  A hundred years into the future, New York is still full of opportunities, but the people never change: everyone wants something and they have something to lose.  Leda Cole struggles with a secret addiction to drugs she never should have tried and a boy that she never should have been involved with.  Eris Dodd-Radson’s flawless life comes crumbling down when a heartbreaking betrayal rips her family apart.  Rylin Myers gets swept into the lives of the highrollers through a job her mom used to have.  She never imagined falling in love with her boss either, but will this new life cost her her old one?  Watt Bakradi is a tech genius who knows everything about everyone due to his hardest kept secret.  When he is hired by one of the upper-floor girls to spy on someone, he finds himself caught up in a massive web of lies.  And living in the highest spot is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically engineered to be perfect.  She seems to have it all-yet one thing she can never have torments her.  Amid the latest advancements and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down…

I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book due to it not being a genre or type of book that I would normally pick up on my own.  I ended up listening to the audiobook during my own personal 24 hour readathon, and I think that was the best decision on my part.  Not only was the audio book very well narrated, but it also felt more like a TV show I was listening to in the background.  The further I got into this book the more and more I just couldn’t get enough.  I’m not a big fan of drama in books or soap operas due to the fact that they can be so predictable and boring to me, but this book had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through.  There were a few predictable parts, but way more unpredictable ones that made me love this book so much.  Initially we meet the main five characters and learn about their lives on the floors that they live on.  As the story really starts picking up all of their lives become tangled in a big web.  Plus, the ending was insane!  You kind of know what is going to happen right from the prologue, but how it gets to that point is mind-blowing.  One of the teens story is a bit frustrating for me, and I so badly want to talk about it, but then this review wouldn’t be spoiler free lol.  I may go into a bit more detail in my review of The Dazzling Heights since by then everything will be revealed.

Overall, this book was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t get enough of it.  I desperately cannot wait to get to the second book!  I highly recommend this book if you like thrillers or books filled with teen drama.

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.


Beastly Bones Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: William Ritter | Published: September 22, 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers | Series: Jackaby #2 | Length: 295 pages | Genre: YA fantasy, reimagining | Source: I got this book from my local bookstore.

PLEASE NOTE:  While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it may contain spoilers for the first book in the series.  SO if you have not read the first book and do not wish to be spoiled please do not continue to read this review.  You can read my review for the first book here.  Thank you!

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England this are never always as they seem.  Abigail Rook is soon finding that out as she tags along with her new employer R.F. Jackaby as they investigate things on the supernatural level.  When a pack of adorable kittens turns out to be shapeshifters and their owner is murdered with only a puncture wound to go on, Abigail and Jackaby are called to investigate.  Policeman Charlie Cane, newly exiled to Gad’s Valley sends them news and a plead for help when dinosaur bones from a recent dig go missing.  Abigail and Jackaby soon find themselves in search of a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

I recently realized that I had read this book almost exactly a year ago, yet I had not done a review on it.  What the heck Chelcie!  Get it together!  I loved this book so I have no idea why I never wrote a review for it in the first place.  I love this series with my whole heart.  The twist on the Sherlock stories is amazingly done.  There were a lot of new characters that we got to meet in this book that I have a feeling they may play a bigger role down the line.  The budding romance between Abigail and Charlie is driving me insane!  They obviously like each other.  Jeez, just do something about it! This feels like it’s going to be a very long slow burn romance which may drive me over the brink of no return.  I do like how everything came together in ways I wasn’t expecting.  The ending was crazy!!  I desperately couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book to see what happened next.  I do have to say that the cliffhangers are getting better and more gut wrenching.

Overall, I loved this book!  I highly recommend it if you are a Sherlock fan looking for a little supernatural twist on the famous detectives stories, or if you are in the mood for a quick, quirky mystery.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.


Snow Like Ashes Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: Sara Raasch | Published: October 14, 2014 by Balzer + Bray | Series: Snow Like Ashes #1 | Length: 416 pages | Genre: YA fantasy | Source: I got this book at my local bookstore

Sixteen years ago, the kingdom of Winter was taken over and many of the inhabitants were taken as slaves.  Their only hope for escape is eight survivors who managed to escape and are waiting for the opportunity to steal their magic back.  Meira, a girl left orphaned by the Winter’s defeat, has trained her whole life as a warrior while on the run.  She vows she will do anything to restore Winter and free her people.  So when a couple of scouts find out where one piece of Winter’s magic locket is, Meira decides to go after it herself.  She finally gets to use her training and be stealthy and fight.  But when things don’t go as planned, Meira’s eyes are opened to the dark magic lingering in her world.  She also soon finds out that her destiny is not, and never has been, her own.

This is actually my second time reading through this book/series.  I read this book way back in January of 2016 along with the second book. I wanted to do a reread because I have yet to read the third and final book in the series, but I don’t really remember too much from the first two books.  I really rushed through this book back then so this time I wanted to slow down and actually delve deeper into the story line.  I really enjoyed this book the last time I read it and this time I absolutely loved it!  Meira is such a stubborn and bull-headed character, which I love, but it does burn her a bit.  Meira’s character at times really frustrates me, but I can see why she would act the way she does.  This world is so freaking cool!  There are eight kingdoms, four seasons and four rhythms.  Each season kingdom’s weather is based on that season!  How cool is that?!  One other thing I really liked about this world was that each season and rhythm kingdom have their own curse words.  Like Winterians say ice and snow above and Cordellians say golden leaves.  I haven’t read very many books that actually have distinct language changes between countries/people in a fantasy world.  There is so much action and lots of events that happen in this book that I hated having to put it down because I just wanted to see what was going to happen next.  There was also one event near the end of this book where I ended up just about throwing this book across the room and screaming because I wasn’t expecting it to happen and it hurt so badly emotionally.

I genuinely loved this book, and was so excited to be able to reread it.  I highly, highly recommend this book if you like fantasy, badass female main characters, and an interesting take on a fantasy world.  I seriously cannot get enough of this world and I cannot wait to start the next book!

I initially gave this book a 4/5 stars, but I have upped that to 5/5 stars on Goodreads.