Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

January 2021 – End of Month Reading & Book Haul

Happy Belated New Year! I am back from taking a break before the New Year, I was going to post a wrap up for 2020 and 2021 goals but my grandmother passed the week of Christmas and I needed to take a break. But I am back and hoping to be more active with my blog this year compare to last year. I decided not to really setup many reading goals or blog goals for 2021 because I never met them but I am going to try to read 100 books this year for Goodreads challenge, I did go over the 50 books goal in 2020. I am hoping to at least get to 100 books and so far I am doing pretty good with reading.

January 2021 End of Month Reading

I read 5 books in January 2021, which is pretty good and if I can at least keep reading at least five books each month, I think I will be able to meet my 100 reading goal.

One by One by Ruth Ware: This book was for TBR and Beyond Book Club December group discussion that I was the lead for it. I was hoping that I would like this book because I do enjoy reading mystery/thriller books but I really didn’t like it. I would have DNF if I was leading the discussion for the group. I ended up staying up until 1:00 am just to get it finished because if I had put the book down, I wouldn’t have pick it back up. I know a lot of people enjoy her books but I don’t think her writing style is for me. Rating: πŸ’™πŸ’™

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson: The book is the 3rd book in the Truly Devious series and I really loved this book and series. I was introduce to the series by one of Admin/friend in TBR and Beyond Book Club (Samm) and the series doesn’t disappoint. If you enjoy YA Mystery books, then I would recommend picking up this series. It delivers on the mystery and the way Stevie (main character) solves both crimes in two different time period. I am looking forward to the next book in the series called The Box in the Woods coming out 25 May 2021. Rating: πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco: I finally decided to pick up the last book in Stalking Jack the Ripper series that follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell trying to solve crimes. The series is YA historical fiction and each book introduces true crime serial killers at that time in history. I was sad to see the series ended because I really do love Audrey Rose and Thomas and reading about their adventure. I hope that Kerri would some day revisit Audrey Rose and Thomas or gives us a book with Thomas’ sister and her lover (I think that would be an interesting book). Rating: πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco: Other another Kerri’s book, this is her new series which is YA Historical Fiction about twin witches and the Princes of Hell. This book is for TBR & Beyond Book Club January Group Read. I really loved this book…I couldn’t put it down if it wasn’t for work I would have had read it in one sitting. The book starts out slow but it does pick up and it keeps going and guessing on who killed Emilia’s sister and the other witches. We get introduce to some of the Princes of Hell and Wrath is the one that Emilia summons to find out who murdered her sister.

You can see the chemistry between Emilia and Wrath even though both of them fight it tooth and nail. The other Princes were intriguing too but Wrath definitely keeps staying in your mind the whole time you are reading the book even when he is not in the scene.

Overall, I loved this first book in the series and I can’t wait for the second one, Kingdom of the Cursed comes out later this year. I need to know what happened with Emilia and Wrath. Rating: πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado: I will be posting my review which is part of Hear Our Voices blog tour next week – come back to find out what I thought about the book.

So, those are the books I read in January. Notice that I only had one YA Fantasy book that I read, that is due to be being a little burn out with YA Fantasy books and I am trying to read more mystery/thriller and books with supernatural beings in them.

Book Haul

Here are the books I got in January.

What books did you read this month and which ones were your favorite reads? Brought any books this month?

Monthly Wrap Up

November 2020 Wrap Up

Hi Everyone! It is the end of November! Hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a good one and safe one too. This month I read 6 books, not as many I was hoping to get read but it is still not bad. I am almost close to reaching my Goodread Reading Challenge goal, just have two more books to reach it which will get done in December and I might be able to go the goal number by the end of December.

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson: Second book in the Truly Devious series. the book left off with Stevie being sent home after the incidents at the school but then she returns with the help of a man she dislikes, Edward King convinces her parents that it is safe for her to return to the school but there is catch for his help. She will need to keep being friends with David and keep him from trouble. Of course there is still crimes from the present and past that need to be solve and Stevie is all willing to do so.

I really like this book, lately I have been burned out on fantasy and I decided to go back to reading mystery/thrillers again. This was perfect start of getting back into reading them again. I am definitely reading the next one in December. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin: ***TW: sexual assault, rape, victimization*** On her way to cover trial in North Carolina for Rachell Krall’s true crime podcast, the trial she is covering is trial of college swimmer accused of raping a 16-year-old girl. While on the road to the trial, Rachel is left a message on her dashboard asking her to look into possible murder that happened 25 years ago to girl named Jenny. The person that left the note is Jenny’s sister Hannah who wants and needs answers on what happened to her. Instead of Rachel covering the present case, she ends up looking into the past case.

This is the first book I have read from Goldin, the book was one of TBR and Beyond Book Club Group reads for November. This book is pretty dark and it has a very a strong message on how society perceived and treat victims of rape. I enjoy the book even though there were times I felt like I couldn’t get through it. I really enjoy the way the podcast was included in the book and I also listen to the audiobook. The audiobook made you feel like you were really listening to a true crime podcast. I am hoping we will get more story with Rachel and her podcast in the future. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James: This was another group reads for TBR and Beyond Book Club. This is the first time that I read a book from St. James but I was looking forward to it because I heard a lot about it. It definitely didn’t disappoint, it is a creepy, spooky thriller. I really enjoy it a lot and I didn’t mind the back and forth of the timeline. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White: Find my review and rating, posted here.

Born at Dawn by Christina Davis: Find my review post and rating, posted here.

Lie Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher: Find my review post and rating, posted here.

I did enjoy this months books…next month I am hoping to top my read count (hopefully).

How did you all end your November month? Did you have a good month of reading?

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Blog Tour – I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan (Review & Favorite Quotes)

Welcome to my stop for the blog tour for I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Another blog tour….I know I have been doing a lot of them lately but it is the best way for me to read some really awesome books. This book is an young adult mystery which I am a big fan of any mystery/thriller books so I was definitely happy when I got chosen to be part of this tour.

I Hope You’re Listening

By Tom Ryan

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Publishing Date: October 6, 2020

Synopsis:

EVERY MISSING PERSON HAS A STORY.

In her small town, seventeen-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again.

At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way.

When another little girl in town goes missing and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much of her own story is she willing to reveal in order to uncover the truth?

Find the Book here: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo

About the Author

Tom Ryan is the award winning author of several acclaimed books for young readers. He has been nominated for multiple awards, and was the winner of the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best YA Crime Book. Two of his books were Junior Library Guild selections, and three of his young adult novels, Way to Go, Tag Along, and Keep This to Yourself, were chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, in 2013, 2014 and 2020. He was 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction.

Tom, his husband and their dog currently divide their time between Ottawa and Nova Scotia.

Find Him Here: Website | Twitter | Instagram |Goodreads | Facebook

Review

Rating: 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧

I started to listening to podcast this year and I am loving them but I am looking for some true crime podcast and this book has made go on a search to find them. Honestly, I couldn’t out this book down, I had to because I had to wake up for work at 5 am but it was really good. The mystery of the story is done good, it kept you wondering what was going on and if the new case of disappearing of a little girl was connected to disappears of Sibby.

The development of the main character Dee and new girl in town Sarah was nice to see in the book, especially when you can tell they really cared for each other and Dee can be herself with Sarah.

The mystery and how it ended up wasn’t what I had thought would happened, it was definitely unexpected but it work perfectly with the story and I thought having a podcast part of the story was awesome. I hope that they end up doing the audiobook for this book because it would be awesome to hear like an actually podcast.

If you like mystery/true crimes and podcast, I would definitely recommend this book for you to read. I am going to look into more of Tom Ryan’s books, I really like his writing style and how the story came together.

Favorite Quotes

“I was lying awake in bed, wallowing in helplessness, when all of a sudden, something shifted. I’d had enough.”

“horror movie chime”

“This is the world, I think. This is the empty space of the world. No people, no structures. As many fences as they build, it all comes back to this empty, empty space.”

Checkout the rest of the bloggers on the tour and the Instagram tour at the below link:

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Also you have chance to win a finished copy of I Hope You’re Listening. This is giveaway is US only and ends on October 20th. You can enter at the below link:

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Blog Tour – Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black (Review)

Welcome to my blog stop on the blog tour for Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I would like to thank TBR and Beyond Tours and the publisher the opportunity to read and give my honest review on the book. I was excited that I got pick for the tour because I really liked Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black and I was looking forward to her next book.

Chasing Starlight

By Teri Bailey Black

Publisher: Tor Teen

Published Date: August 11, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Historical Fiction

Synopsis:

Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black’s Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel.

1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping ouy musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star – except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability.

But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects on of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer – maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues.

Now, Kate must discover the killer while on the set of a musical – and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and love the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she’s just chasing starlight?

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Review

Rating: 🎬🎬🎬🎬🎬

Chasing Starlight is a fun read and the murder mystery part of the book was really good in the way that the plot twist kept you guessing who was the murderer. The setting of Golden Age of Hollywood was perfect for this book. The way Teri Bailey Black wrote the book you can picture all of the scenes in Old Hollywood time and see the characters come to life. That what I enjoyed reading her books because I can visualize everything by her words.

I loved all of the characters in the books but my favorite would be Kate because you could see she was struggling with her past but she wouldn’t let it stop her from finding out who was the murderer. You could see that Kate was growing throughout the book and trying to overcame her fears at the end.

I was surprised to find out who the murderer was at the end of the book. Definitely didn’t think it was that person who did it but thinking back it did make sense that they were the one.

Definitely would recommend Chasing Starlight if you like historical fiction based in the Old Hollywood time period and like murder mysteries.

Honestly, I can’t wait to see what Teri Bailey Black writes next.

About the Author

Teri Bailey Black grew up near the beach in southern California in a large quirky family with no television or junk food, but an abundance of books and art supplies. She’s happiest when she’s creating things, whether it’s with words, fabric, or digging in the garden. She makes an amazing chocolate cherry cake – frequently. She and her husband have four children and live in Orange County.

Find the Author Here: Website | Twitter | Instagram

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Blog tour (Review + Favorite Quotes) of Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

Welcome to my blog spot for Shielded by KayLynn Flanders hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I want to thank TBR and Beyond Tours and the author for the opportunity to review and share my favorite quotes from the book.

Book Information

Shielded
by KayLynn Flanders
by Delacorte Press
Publishing date: July 21st, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.

The kingdom of HΓ‘lendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources HΓ‘lendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Indigo

Review

Rating: πŸ‘ΈπŸ‘ΈπŸ‘ΈπŸ‘ΈπŸ‘Έ

*Spoiler free*

This book was good from the start to the end. I wasn’t sure about the story because I thought Jenna would turned out to be a Princess who would be selfish and not want to help save her kingdom until forced to do so. I was pleasantly surprised that Jenna was selfless Princess who wanted to help save the entire kingdom and was willing to do what her father’s has ask her (after being explained why).

I enjoy majority of the book, it was slow in the beginning but I thought the author was giving us glimpses of who Jenna was and how much she loved her family and the kingdom. It showed how much she was loyal and understood how important her brothel to Prince Enzo was to fight the evil that was trying to destroy the kingdom.

The way Flanders wrote the story kept you guessing who was the one trying to destroy the kingdom. I enjoyed how the romance between Jenna and Enzo was done and it didn’t take over the main storyline. The introduction of Turia’s family especially Enzo’s sisters was really nice especially the friendship they developed between them and Jenna.

I loved Jenna, she was a strong and skilled warrior who do anything to defeat the evil to prevent the kingdom she lives in.

Favorite Quotes

“The same magic used to gain power over others and cause suffering can be used wisely with good intentions and a pure heart.”

“My purpose was to be traded for something more useful than I could be on my own.”

“It is pur legacy to survive and protect.”

About Author

KayLynn Flanders has a degree in English Language and editing, and has been a freelance editor and book designer for over twelve years. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy, will be published by Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House) July 21, 2020. KayLynn and her family live in Utah between some mountains and a lake, and she is directionally challenged without them. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and volleyball, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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Enter the Giveaway:

Prize: One Finished Copy of Shielded by KayLynn Flanders (US only)

Start date: August 3 rd, 2020

End date: August 9th, 2020

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Blog Tour (Review & Favorite Quotes) – Malice by Pintip Dunn

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Malice by Pintip Dunn. The tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. I am excited to share my review and favorites quotes for Malice.

Malice

By Pintip Dunn

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Synopsis:

What I know: a boy in my class will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.

What I don’t know: who he is.

In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way – because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved…

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Review

Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

First, I would like to thank The Fantastic Flying Book Club and the publisher for giving me an opportunity to read e-ARC of Malice and give an honest review in return.

The book started out a little slow but it did pick up speed later in the book and continue on fast paced afterwards. I thought the time-travel part of the book was interesting, the way the author wrote it was intriguing, it was a different way of approaching time-travel. The book has a lot in it, it has future apocalypse story line, adventure, romance, and time-travel.

The main character, Alice is a typical teenager who all of sudden start getting messages from her future self. The future Alice informs Alice that she has come to help stop the person who is the virus maker that wipes half of the country in the future. She tells her that the person who invents it is someone who is in the high school.

The process of how Alice’s was piecing together who was the inventor of the future virus was nice to see and you kept second-guessing yourself who it was and I was pretty shocked to find out who ended up being in the end. I like that present-time Alice decided to take a different direction on handling the virus maker because the way future Alice wanted her to do was in my opinion extreme and it would have morally affected Alice if she would have done it that way.

Overall, the writing style was done really well and Pintip pulls you in and makes you want to turn the page to see what happens next. It made me want to continue on to find what happens and if Alice listens to future self. Unfortunately, this is a standalone story, I was a little disappoint because I really wanted to know if what Alice did in the end actually work or not.


Favorite Quotes

“FLAMING MONKEYS. Can’t you see a girl is dying here? Go. Away.”

“Outside of your wildest dreams, that is.”

You’ll do much worse before you become me.”

“My loyalty to the future doesn’t extend to betraying my best friend. Sorry, not the slightest bit sorry.”

“I made a decision. I took an action. And the future will be forever changed because of it.”

“The truth is, if the future is right, if killing you is the only way to save all of those people, I would do it. No single life is enough to justify all that death. All that pain.

“My older self is jaded,” I hurry on. “She’s lost so much, she hurts so deeply, that she can’t see the only thing that might save our world. Hope.”

“It’s changing his relationship with that very same humanity.”

“One step, one kindness, one moment at a time.”

“Sometime, even soul mates won’t fit together if they meet at the wrong age.”


About the Author

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.

Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards, the Grand Prix del’Imaginaire; the Japaneses Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the TomeSociety It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.

Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

Find Pintip here: Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram


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The below link will give a chance to win copy of Malice.

Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of MALICE by Pintip Dunn (US Only)

Starts: 4th February 2020

Ends: 18th February 2020

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Book Hauls, Monthly TBR, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

January 2020 Wrap Up and February TBR

Hello! A little late in posting my monthly wrap up and TBR so I decided to do both in one blog post. My reading in January started out great, I read 6 books but I got burned out with reading so many fantasy books that I needed to take a break. My intention was to read a different genre to finish out strong in January but the last two weeks of the month I decided to watch Netflix series. Sometime you need to take a break from reading so much so that you won’t get into a reading slump.

Here are the books that I read in January and short reviews for each one.

Lie To Me by Kaitlin Ward – The book was good and it was nice to see the main character figuring out her sexuality. Representation of mental illness and depression was addressed in the book. The only thing I wish there was more on mystery/thriller portion of the story play out better and less concentration on the romance between Amelia and Liam. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw – I enjoy the book, it had magic, adventure and some spooky moments in it but the only thing I did not enjoy is the pace and the predictable behind the twist in the book which I figure out in the middle of the story. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes – I love any stories about Alice in Wonderland so I was really excited that a friend suggested for me to pick Queen of Hearts up. I found the series on Book Outlet which I couldn’t resist in getting. I found the retelling to be good and I thought it focus on the political aspect of Wonderland more than other retelling I have read. The book does focus on the darkness and brutality of Wonderland. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy about the book was that it was really slow and it took awhile to get interesting but other than that I really liked it and planning to read the rest of the series. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I decided for 2020 to complete reading the Shadowhunter series this year. I am working on the Infernal Devices series and I really like this series so far. I enjoy the The Mortal Instrument series, I didn’t know about the order of reading the Shadowhunter series per Cassandra Clare but hasn’t made a big difference for me. When Jem and Tessa was introduce in TMI series, I was hoping we would get separate series about them. I really like this first book of the series, getting to read about how Jem, Tessa, and Will met and how Tessa find out who truly is and her struggle on accepting it. It was refreshing to see the development of the relationship and friendship were in the book. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao – This was good start to fantasy series and debut novel for Amelie. I enjoy learning about the different affinities and how they use them. The world building was done well and the writing style was good. The two different POV between the two characters were nice to read and getting their background on how they came to be in the present time. It took me awhile to get the book finished because I was burning out on fantasy at the time and I need a break before I gave up on the book. I am glad that I did take a break from reading it because I came back with refresh brain and was able to enjoy the book more. I looking forward to next book in the series. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and more authors – I used the audiobook for the book and I like that the book had different narrators which was nice to have. I was excited to read about Simon to see him go through the academy to become shadowhunter and slowly regaining his memories of his friends. My favorite characters from the Mortal Instruments series are Simon and Magnus so I was happy to have book concrerating on Simon. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

For the challenges I was participating in January, I was able to get four books read for the TBR and Beyond Menagerie Boardgame.

My January book haul…

My January reading month was pretty good and hoping I have a better February month.

My February TBR…I am hoping to read 7 books this month because I know I won’t be able to get them all read.

How was everyone reading in January? What did you buy in January? What is on your February TBR?

JoAnne

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Blog Tour – E-Arc Review & Favorite Quotes for Below by Alexandria Warwick

Welcome to my stop on Below (North #1) Blog tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Would like to thank FFBC and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to review and give my favorite quotes from the book.

Below (North #1)

By Alexandria Warwick

Publisher: Wolf Publishing

Release Date: 4 February 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

From the author of The Demon Race comes a YA dark fantasy series inspired by Inuit mythology.

In the heart of the frigid North, there lives a demon known as the Face Stealer. Eyes, nose, mouth – nothing and no one is safe. Once he returns to his lair, or wherever it is he dwells, no one ever sees those faces again.

When tragedy strikes, Apaay embarks on a perilous journey to find her sister’s face – yet becomes trapped in a labyrinth ruled by a sinister girl named Yuki. The girl offers Apaay a deal; find her sister’s face hidden within the labyrinth, and she will be set free. But the labyrinth, and those who inhabit it, is not as it seems. Especially Numiak: darkly beautiful, powerful, whose motives are not yet clear.

With time slipping. Appay is determined to escape the deadly labyrinth with her sister’s face in hand. But in Yuki’s harsh world, Apaay will need all her strength to survive.

Yuki only plays the games she wins.

Find It Here: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Excerpt of Chapter 1


Author

Alexandria Warwick is the #1 fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender. She is the author of The Demon Race and the upcoming North series.

Find Alexandria Here: Goodreads | Website | Instagram


Review

Rating: ❄❄❄❄❄

I received an e-ARC in exhange for an honest review by The Fantastic Flying Book Club and the publisher.

I like that the book was inspired by the Innuit mythology and it was made me want to read it because you don’t see a lot of books that have the mythology in it.

The setting of the book was perfect for the telling of Apaay’s struggles and trials to get her sister’s Eska face back. Apaay found her identity and self-worth in this story with the measage that she is enough and finding herself throughout the story.

Below reminded me of a story about girl who would anything for her family and friends to protect them. Apaay is a relateable character to anyone who is trying to find their place in the world and struggling on finding out their true identity is.

I enjoy this story and I am looking forward to next character in it.


Favorite Quotes

“Apaay held herself absolutely still. She was night, and snow, and hard, glinting ice.”

“Apaay did not see the land as something to divide and distribute. She saw it as something whole.”

“Fear could weaken, or it could make one feel powerful and alive.”

She was Apaay. She was enough.”


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Prize #1: Win (1) signed paperback copy of BELOW by Alexandria Warwick (US Only)

Prize #2: Win (1) e-copy of BELOW by Alexandria Warwick (INT)

Starts: 29th January 2020

Ends: 12th February 2020

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Blog Tour ( Giveaway, Review & Favorite Quotes) – Lie to Me by Kaitlin Ward

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lie to Me by Kaitlin Ward. The tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.

I am excited to share my review and favorite quotes. Thank you to FFBC for giving me an opportunity to be part of the tour.

Lie To Me

By Kaitlin Ward

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: January 7th, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis:

Ever since Amelia woke up in the hospital, recovering from a near-death fall she has no memory of, she’s been suspicious. Her friends, family, and doctors insist it was an accident, but Amelia is sure she remembers being pushed. Then another girl is found nearby – one who fell, but didn’t survive. Amelia’s fears suddenly feel very real, and with the help of her new boyfriend, Liam, she tries to investigate her own horrific ordeal. But what is she looking for, exactly? And how can she tell who’s trustworthy, and who might be – must be – lying to her?

The closer Amelia gets to the truth, the more terrifying her once orderly, safe world becomes. She’s determined to know what happened, but if she doesn’t act fast, her next accident might be her last.

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Review

Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Lie To Me is perfect teens/pre-teens readers because it has mystery/thriller, romance, representation of mental illness and discovering sexuality.

Here are pros and cons of the novel that I enjoyed and didn’t.

Pros:

Relationship between Amelia and her brother Hunter. Also, her relationship with her parents were strong and you can tell that they were supportive.

Representation of depression and mental illness was addressed in the book really well.

Representation of bisexuality and detailed description of Amelia trying to figure out how she was figuring was done great. It was refreshing to see it done well.

Overall, the book was good, fun and easy read. I got it done in two days.

Cons

I would have like more on mystery/thriller portion of the story play out better.

Less concentration on the romance between Amelia and Liam.

Favorite Quotes

β€œYeah, it’s just this one problem about how big an area will be hit by the nuclear meltdown when you inevitably start dating him and your brother finds out.”

β€œOh, come on.” She squeezes my arm. β€œYou know I’m just teasing. But he is hot, and you’ve run into him twice in one day. It almost feels like fate.” β€œTwice in one day at the school we both go to”, I say dryly. β€œIt’s like a rom-com.”

β€œPersonally, I like to take satisfaction from all levels of victory. It’s really just an opportunity to brag about how great you are; you don’t need to mention the part about unworthy your opponent was.”

β€œAnd, I realize, I might want to be his person who cares. I don’t feel bad about that, though. Not at all.”

β€œAs soon as I say it, I want to pull the words back down my throat because calling someone perfect on a first date is so incredibly dorky.”


About the Author

Kaitlin Ward grew up on a dairy farm in a tiny New Hampshire town, the same town where she lives now with her husband and son. She studied animal science at Cornell University and cofounded the well-known blog YA Highway. She is also the author of Where She Fell, Girl in a Bad Place, and Bleeding Earth. Find her on Twitter at @Kaitlin_Ward.

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Tour Schedule

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Start: January 13, 2020

Ends: January 17, 2020

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Blog Tour (Review & Favorite Quotes) – Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen. The tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.

I am excited to share my review and favorite quotes. This was the first time I read anything from Abigail and I heard some amazing things about the book so I was happy that Fantastic Flying Book Club gave me the opportunity to be part of the blog tour.

Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei #1)

By Abigail Hing Wen

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: January 7th, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Travel, Asian Literature

Synopsis:

For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine – and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring scared shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules – but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

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Review

Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

I don’t usually read contemporary novels because I have never found ones that kept my interest to continue to read them before but this year I have found several books that I really enjoy and Loveboat, Taipei is one of those books.

Loveboat, Taipei is about self-discovery from all of the characters but mostly Ever Wong. She was forced to go a summer camp in Taiwan, her parents sent her there so that she could learn Mandarin to be better prepare for college to become a doctor. Even though Ever doesn’t want to become a doctor, she wants to go to school for dancing but to honor her parents tradition she is foregoing her dreams. Ever isn’t the only one who struggling with going after what they are truly want in life or do what their parents’ and tradition want them to do.

I thought that the characters were well-developed, Wen wrote them so that we can feel their angst, tension, see the sacrifices their families, and their struggles coming to term on what they want to do and what tradition dictates for them throughout the book. Loveboat, Taipei is an relate-able to all readers that struggle with what expectations their families want for them and finding out who they are truly want. All of the characters show a lot of growth from when they first came to camp and when they left especially Ever.

Loveboat, Taipei being Wen’s debut novel, it was a really good debut. I am looking forward to see what else Wen comes out with.

Favorite Quotes

“He’s tall and leanly buff – I’ve never seen a real-life guy with so much prime real estate in arm muscles.”

“It’s that six-degrees of separation thing. Only for Chinese Americans, it’s like, two degrees, know what I mean?”

“In the mall back home, heads sometimes turned when I walked by with my family, but now, my Asian-Americanness is invisible, erased like a shaken Etch A Sketch. It’s an unexpected relief.

“Nerd camp with Wong-family level regulations. Everything about the Dragon – including her Hokkien accent and short, permed hair – reminds me of Mom.”

“As I lunge and whirl my bo staff, dancing to the ancient drum beats, I feel all the parts of myself coming together: glad that a part of me is Chinese, a part of me is American, and all of me is simply me.”

“We are powerful. We can be anymore we want to be – daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, citizens, human beings. We showed Taipei that tonight. And in the days to come, we will show the world.”


About the Author

Abigail was born in West Virginia to a family of immigrants: Her mother is from the Philippines and her father from Indonesia, and her grandparents emigrated to those countries from Fujian and Shandong provinces in China.

Abigail grew up in Ohio and graduated from Harvard University and Columbia Law School. She worked in Washington DC for the Senate, as a law clerk for a federal judge, and now in Silicon Valley in venture capital and artificial intelligence. She also earned her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

In her spare time, she enjoys long walks with her husband and two boys, and hanging out with friends and over 100 family members in the Bay Area. She loves music and dances to it when no one is watching.

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Tour Schedule

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