CROWN OF MIDNIGHT By Sarah J. Maas

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CROWN OF MIDNIGHT By Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on 8/27/13
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover
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After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.Keeping up the deadly charade-while pretending to do the king's bidding-will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. Where do the assassin's loyalties lie, and who is she willing to fight for?

Short and Sweet Review

After winning the King’s contest Celaena is back as the King’s assassin. But Celaena isn’t exactly loyal to the crown and if she’s caught pretending it could cost her everything. Celaena has been sneaking the kings enemies out of Adarlan and faking their deaths because she doesn’t consider them to be threats. Now Celaena has been asked to kill someone she knows and now she has to decide whether or not she can keep faking peoples deaths or do something different. Celaena is a strong character and has a strong moral compass and tries to do the right thing. There wasn’t a lot of romance in this book but there was more of a development in the love triangle between Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian. Nehemia is also a good friend to Celaena in this book and I liked how they supported and got to know each other. The character development in this book was great and I enjoyed this book a lot. The plot was great and I can’t wait to continue on with the series.

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TWO DARK REIGNS By Kendare Blake

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TWO DARK REIGNS By Kendare BlakeTwo Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns #3
Published by HarperTeen on 9/4/18
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover
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Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne.

Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn.

Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep.

This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.

Short and Sweet

After waiting her whole life Katharine is finally the crowned queen of Fennbirn, but theres a few things that still trouble her: the dead queens that life inside of her, the fact that she doesn’t know for sure if her sisters are dead, and that the people aren’t happy with her reign. Arsinoe and Mirabella are very much alive and are on the mainland trying to adjust to life there. But things become complicated when Arsinoe starts dreaming about things that occurred during the Blue Queen’s reign and when Arsinoe sees the blue queen her message is clear, the two sisters need to go back to the island. Jules has been with the war gifted warrior Emilia training to control her legion curse but Emilia believes that Jules can take the throne from Katharine with a rebellion, and begins to call Jules the Legion Queen

Characters

Mirabella: Mirabella is my favorite character, I love her so much. She definitely loves her sisters especially Arsinoe and she takes on the big sister role and really likes it. In this book we see more of her big sister nurturing side come out because its her and Arsinoe together on the mainland.

Arsinoe: Sweet, strong Arsinoe. Arsinoe is also one of my favorite characters and her story in this book is interesting. Even though she’s on the island its like she can’t leave Fennbirn behind and that becomes even more true when she starts having dreams about a girl named Daphne who lived during the reign of the Blue Queen. Arsinoe is the only one having the dreams and its because of the low magic that she used on the island. Arsinoe’s goal is to find out what the dreams mean and why the Blue Queen would want her and Mirabella to go back to Fennbirn.

Katharine: Usually I dread reading about Katharine and her life but something changed in this book. I actually felt bad for the poor girl I couldn’t tell if she still had a bit of Katharine in her or if she really was overcome by the dead queens in her body. She really struggled with them and they did end up doing things when they took control of her that made the people question her leadership even more than they already did which only made things harder for her. The undead queen deals with a lot in this book.

Billy: Billy plays a bigger role in this book mainly because Arsinoe and Mirabella are staying with him and his family on the mainland. I loved Billy he cares about Arsinoe and he has a friendship with Mirabella and I liked seeing these relationships develop in this book.

Jules: Jules Jules Jules, the Legion Queen. Jules has been staying with Emilia training and learning how to control her war gift. I liked Jules in this book she has to make a lot of decisions in this book about her future and whether being a queen would be worth it in the end.

Emilia: … I feel bad for saying this but I could not stand Emilia, I dreaded reading scenes with her in them. Emilia is so head strong and believes that Jules needs to be the legion queen and does not care if Jules wants to do it or not. Jules would try to tell Emilia that she doesn’t want to do this and that she just wants to be able to go back to wolf spring but  Emilia will not hear any of that.

Romance

Arsinoe and Billy: We obviously get a lot more of Billy and Arsinoe in this book and I couldn’t stop swooning over them. They’re just so right for each other even though they do have to deal with certain things like Billy’s mother trying to marry him off to another girl and him having to go to school on the mainland. In the last book Arsinoe wouldn’t tell Billy how she feels about him but I’m sure she made it obvious in this book and I love how patient he is with her.

Katharine and Pietyr: Well these two definitely care about each other but they’re dynamic has somewhat changed since Katherine has become queen crowned. I like that Pietyr cares about Katharine and that she trusts him and that he’s her confidant.

Quotes

~ “I am my sister’s keeper. Her protector.”

My Thoughts

~ The whole Blue Queen mystery was intriguing. First of all, who is she? What does she want? What is she doing back? Why is she in Arsinoe’s dreams? Further into the book we get the answers to all of these questions and it was not what I was expecting. When I got the answers I had to process everything I just read. The Blue Queen and the mist play such a big role in this book.

~ The mist is supposed to protect the island of Fennbirn and it was created by the Blue Queen during her reign. But the mist starts to attack the people of Fennbirn and leaves the bodies strewn around.

~ My favorite characters POVs to read from were Arsinoe and Mirabella and I liked seeing how their bond as sisters grew. They both genuinely care for each other and it was nice to see.

~ On the island Arsinoe and Mirabella’s powers aren’t strong and start to fade because of their distance from the island.

~ On Fennbirn Katharine has to deal with the mist and a so called rebellion from the legion queen so her time as queen crowned is not going well and not only does she have to deal with that she has the dead queens to worry about.

~ Jules is just weighing her options and trying to decide if she actually wants to be a queen or if she just wants to lay low.

~ There’s so much going on in this book but in a good way and it kept me hooked until the very end. And the ending ugh cliffhanger and I need to know whats going to happen!

Overall

The books in this series just get better and better and I can’t wait until the next one is released! The build up of whats going to happen or what I think is going to happen has me on the edge of my seat. This is one of my favorite series and I will always recommend it! So on that note read this book, and if you haven’t read any of the books binge the first three!!!

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THE LADY’S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY By Mackenzi Lee

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THE LADY’S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY By Mackenzi LeeThe Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Series: Montague Siblings #2
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on 10/2/18
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
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A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

Short and Sweet

After joining her brother Monty on his grand tour of Europe, Felicity Montague is determined to make her dreams of enrolling in a medical school and becoming a doctor come true. But her ambitions are usually ignored by male superiors who believe that practicing medicine is a job for men only. When Felicity finds out an old friend of hers is marrying one of the doctors she idolizes she believes this is finally her chance. The only problem is that Felicity has no money to make it to Germany on her own, but a women offers to pay for Felicity’s journey just as long as she gets to come along and pretend to be Felicity’s maid. Felicity doesn’t know what the girls motives are but when she finds out Felicity ends up on a quest around the countryside.

Characters

Felicity: Our main character who will do anything she can just to get a chance to learn more about medicine and become a doctor. We obviously learn a lot more about Felicity in this book because its her story. I did learn that though Felicity is more level headed and thinks things through more than Monty she seems to think she’s more superior than those who don’t see things the way she does. Even though she was a little off-putting and judgmental she grew so much throughout the book and I loved that and who her character turned out to be.

Sim: Sim our mysterious pirate who pays for the journey to Germany. Sim is the daughter of the most feared pirate commanders, and since she’s the first born she wants to prove herself but this proves to be hard because she’s a woman. Sim joins Felicity, because she wants to take something from Johanna’s house that she believes rightfully belongs to her family. I liked Sim despite all of the obstacles in her way she never gave up and was determined to do what she had to even if her means were wrong.

Johanna: Johanna… I loved Johanna so much. When Johanna and Felicity were teenagers they didn’t end on the right foot mainly because Felicity was into medicine and learning more and Johanna liked spending her time getting dressed up and going to functions. I think what I loved the most about Johanna was that she was seen as a girl who is soft because she preferred dresses and makeup but Johanna is fierce, smart, and loves her dog Max.

Platt: The Doctor that Felicity idolizes and Johanna’s fiancé. Platt obviously seems like a good person because he’s willing to Felicity a chance, but he plans on going on an expedition after the wedding but the details aren’t fully exposed.

Monty: Felicity’s older brother. I loved Monty in his book and I loved him in this book as well. He’s a sibling and as most people know siblings can get on your nerves but he does care about Felicity and wants to look out for her.

Percy: Monty’s boyfriend. I love Percy he’s like another brother to felicity and cares about her too I just love him so much and his sweet demeanor.

Romance

Felicity and Sim: Hmm well these two have an interesting relationship. They’re not very fond of each other in the beginning but as they get to know each other more they begin to form more of a friendship.

Monty and Percy: Well Monty and Percy are still as lovable as ever. They care for each other and we can see this in the book and they genuinely like each others company they balance each other out.

Johanna and Platt: I don’t know how their relationship started but this is one of those things where these two are just together to be together, mainly because Platt wants something he can only get if he says he’s Johannas husband.

Quotes

~ “Well,” I reply, “good thing I’d rather not be any man’s protege.”

My Thoughts

~ Lots of girl power in this book! I loved that Felicity never gave up on her dream to learn more about medicine. Johanna and Sim are also strong female figures in this book.

~ I like adventures and this one was perfect I mean all Felicity wanted was to go to Germany to meet Platt but the next thing she knows she’s going around the countryside trying to help Johanna proclaim her mothers work.

~ We also get some pirates in this book. At the beginning of the book we see Scipio and his crew again which is also where Felicity and Sim meet.

~ My favorite thing about this book was seeing Felicity grow as a person I mentioned it earlier but I feel like its worth mentioning again. Felicity becomes a softer version of herself  and more understanding to the fact that other people will have interest that are different than hers.

~ There were a few things I weren’t expecting in this book like Platt being an awful person, Johanna knowing this, Felicity finding out and being smart enough to find Johanna, and Sim trying to find something to keep her father’s territories safe from the English.

~ I was also so happy with the ending its not really what I was expecting but it was still good and I am impressed with all of the characters!

Overall

I’m glad we got a book with Felicity’s point of view and she got to go on an amazing quest on the German countryside and showed us just how amazing girls can be, especially when they work together. We get to see our favorite characters from the last book, meet new characters who are just as amazing. I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking to go on an adventure with our characters, I would also recommend picking up the first book and starting there if you haven’t already!

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BROKEN THINGS By Lauren Oliver

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BROKEN THINGS By Lauren OliverBroken Things by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins on 10/2/18
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mystery & Detective, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
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It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it.

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

Short and Sweet

Five years ago Summer Marks was murdered and everyone believes that her best friends Mia and Brynn did it, but they didn’t. On the anniversary of Summer’s death Brynn and Mia are reunited and this time they try to prove their innocence and in doing that they have to revisit Lovelorn, a book that the girls were obsessed with and even imagined themselves in.

Characters

Brynn: One of our main characters. Brynn has been spending most of her time in rehab for a drug problem that she doesn’t have but it’s easier being in rehab then dealing with the judgement of people all over the country for being a “killer”. I liked Brynn she has a tough exterior but she’s actually may have been the softest out of all of the girls.

Mia: Mia is known to be the more sensitive and quieter of the girls but we learn that she may be stronger than everyone thinks she is. After everything that has happened Mia has been homeschooled and basically tries to live a normal life.

Summer: Well the only time we read about Summer is when the girls are thinking about her or they’re having a flashback. Summer seems like a victim in the story but we learn that she kind of bullied the people around her. Summer is the one who introduced the girls to Lovelorn and she was really invested in it and liked imagining that she was in Lovelorn.

Abby: Mia’s friend and a famous youtuber. Abby has been Mia’s only friend over the recent years and she loves Mia and is always willing to help her.

Wade: Wade is Brynn’s cousin and for the past five years he’s been obsessed with the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane case and trying to prove his cousin’s innocence. I liked Wade and the fact that he truly wanted to help Brynn out. Wade is a little weird but it makes him more likable.

Owen: Owen was suspected of murdering Summer but got off because of a mistake the police made. I felt bad for Owen because he’s also hated by the community and even though he moved away and came back people never forget.

Romance

Brynn and Abby: This was just one of those things that just happened. These two were spending a lot of time together and it started with a kiss and then that was it. They have a connection but I think Brynn was insecure about the fact that Abby may actually like her back which made her push Abby away, which left Abby with the feeling that she did something wrong.

Mia and Owen: Mia and Owen had been friends for a while and Mia had feelings for a long time but these two just drifted apart and now that they’re back together all of those past feelings are brought up.

Quotes

~ “Summer was awful. We hated her. And she was magical, too, and it was our job to protect her, and we failed.”

My Thoughts

~ My favorite thing that happened was when everyone was reunited because they were all living lives so different from each other.

~ Each character even if they weren’t main characters all played a big part in figuring things out.

~ I loved that it was like a book within a book and the group had to put together clues from Lovelorn to find out what happened in reality.

~ I found it interesting that the girls obsession with Lovelorn ended up being the reason that Summer was murdered.

~ Throughout the book Brynn and Mia learn things about Summer that they didn’t know before, like the fact that someone was helping her write the sequel to Lovelorn.

~ We get to read from Brynn and Mia’s point of view from the past and the present, we also get to read from the original Lovelorn and the one the girls were working on.

Overall

I honestly enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, I was worried that it would be confusing going back and forth from past to present but it actually made the book easy to follow and gave a lot of background. The book also includes some lines from Lovelorn so it was like a book within a book. I loved the characters and I was so glad when they banded together to actually figure out what happened on the day Summer died. I would recommend this book and Halloween is coming up and this would be the perfect read!

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THE DEEPEST ROOTS By Miranda Asebedo

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THE DEEPEST ROOTS By Miranda AsebedoThe Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo
Published by HarperTeen on 9/18/18
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
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Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, is a strange place. For the past century, every girl has been born with a special talent, like the ability to Fix any object, Heal any wound, or Find what is missing.

To best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy, their abilities often feel more like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that won’t help her mom pay rent. Lux’s ability to attract any man with a smile has always meant danger. And although Mercy can make Enough of whatever is needed, even that won’t help when her friendship with Rome and Lux is tested.

Follow three best friends in this enchanting debut novel as they discover that friendship is stronger than curses, that trust is worth the risk, and sometimes, what you’ve been looking for has been under your feet the whole time.

Short and Sweet

The girls from Cottonwood Hollow are all born with a talent, such as finding things, fixing things, or even healing. We follow Rome, Lux, and Mercy as they discover that their friendship is stronger than the secrets they’re keeping from each other.

Characters

Rome: Rome is a fixer which means she can fix things. Rome is a strong and independent character, she puts on a brave front and tries to keep her problems bottled up. Rome has been helping her mom make ends meet for the past year and she keeps this a secret from her friends because she doesn’t want her friends to pity her or look at her as a charity case.

Lux: Lux is a siren and her gift can only be used on men. Lux considers her talent a gift because one wrong look at someone and they’ll be head over heels for her. Lux has also been keeping secrets from her friends about her home life and her secret getting out can mean her whole life changing.

Mercy: Mercy’s talent is enough, which means whenever she is around there will always be enough of something like food or drinks. I loved Mercy she’s so sweet and caring. She’s nice to everyone which made her character so lovable. Mercy didn’t have any secrets that she was keeping but it hurts her to know that Lux and Rome are keeping things from her because they’re more than friends they’re like sisters.

Romance

Rome and Jett: I liked this couple a lot. Rome and Jett go to the same school but their first conversation took place when Rome ran out of gas and Jett gave her a ride to the gas station. They’re so cute together and it’s weird for Rome because she’s from Cottonwood Hollow and he’s from Evanston. Theres a few times when Rome tries to push Jett away but she realizes that she does like him. Jett is a sweet guy and he genuinely cares for Rome, and wants to get to know her.

Quotes

~ “Sometimes being a good friend means keeping your distance, even if you’re walking side by side.”

~ “We’ve fought before, but never over secrets like these.”

My Thoughts

~ The bond between these three girls is amazing, as I mentioned before they’re more like sisters than friends. They go through their problems and they’re achievements together.

~ A long time ago Emmeline Remington put a curse on the town and after that every girl born in Cottonwood Hollow has a talent. I thought that this aspect of the book was interesting because we see that everyone in town has a different kind of talent. Our three main characters learn that these talents may not be a curse but a gift.

~ The storyline was great and it held my attention the whole time I liked learning more about the girls, and the town. I thought that this book would have three POVs but we’re just reading from Romes.

~ Not only do we learn about all of the girls personal lives but we also learn that Emmeline left a dowry chest and Lux believes that the contents of this chest can help her fix her situation at home and Rome believes it could help her too.

~ Both Lux and Rome are keeping secrets from Mercy because they don’t think she’s strong enough to handle it and because she’s the gentle one out of the three of them but they learn that Mercy is stronger than she looks.

~ I like that each girl had a different characteristics and they still complemented each other. Rome is brave and tries to deal with things on her own, Lux is strong and trying to make it, and Mercy is compassionate and has a heart of gold.

Overall

This book was so AMAZING and I couldn’t put it down! It was such a beautiful journey that these three girls go through to learn that their bond as friends is unbreakable and that they truly care for each other no matter what the circumstances are. The characters are relatable and I got so invested in their lives. The Deepest Roots is a contemporary with a little magic, which was interesting and made me more interested in learning about the talents in town and to find this dowry chest. I absolutely loved this book and in the short amount of time that I’ve read it and processed everything it has become one of my favorites! I definitely recommend this book, the writing, the storyline, and the characters are just everything that I was looking for to get me back into reading.

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TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE By Jenny Han

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TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE By Jenny HanTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on 1/26/16
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
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What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Short and Sweet Review

Lara Jean has written five love letters to the boys she’s loved in her life, she keeps these love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her but things get crazy when these letters only intended for Lara Jean get mailed out. Now Lara Jean must figure out how to navigate the craziness of all of her crushes finding out about her feelings. I honestly thought this was the cutest book I’ve read all summer. Lara Jean is easy to relate to and her dialogue is hilarious. I mean what would anyone do if their secret love letters got out? I honestly think its funny that Lara started a fake relationship with one of the boys she wrote a letter to. I mean they were both using each other but as time progressed they actually began to like each other and I loved it, I feel like those are the best relationships (not the using part but the feelings slowly developing). I liked Lara Jean and Peter, they were cute and funny when they were together and Lara Jean’s letter to Peter was probably the funniest. I almost forgot to add that Lara Jean’s family is amazing and they add a lot to the book and you can tell they all really love each other. I honestly believe that this was the cutest, most heart warming book I’ve read and I would recommend it, its light, funny and for me it was a quick read.

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THIS HEART OF MINE By C.C Hunter

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THIS HEART OF MINE By C.C HunterThis Heart of Mine by C.C Hunter
Published by Wednesday Books on 2/27/18
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
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Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was ― a boy from her school ― and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

Short and Sweet

Leah MacKenzie is being kept alive by an artificial heart that she has to carry around in a backpack, but Leah gets a second chance at life when a heart becomes available and she gets a transplant. The only problem is Leah learns that her new heart is from a boy that went to school with her and they’re saying he killed himself but with the heart came dreams and these dreams are telling Leah otherwise. Matt knows that his brother Eric didn’t kill himself and he’ll do anything to prove it. Matt and Eric were twins so he knows something is wrong with the assumption that Eric would commit suicide. Matt is also having the same dreams that Leah is, which brings them together to learn what actually happened the night Eric died.

Characters

Leah: One of our main characters. Leah has been through a lot in life and even though she has a new heart she still worries about it rejecting and hurting those around her. Leah is starting to learn how to live again after being home for so long and not going to school and being in a routine. I loved seeing how much Leah progressed in this book and her journey. It was hard for her but I think she started to realize that the people around her really care about her and that she should embrace it instead of push it away.

Matt: Our other main character. Matt is dealing with a lot the death of his brother is taking a toll on him, especially since they lost their dad to suicide. I liked Matt though he did get frustrated a lot during the course of the book but it was understandable.

Romance

Leah and Matt: So these two have always had a crush on each other but they were always dating other people and they didn’t really talk to each other much. Then they’re brought together because Leah feels the need to tell Matt that she got his brother’s heart and then they bond over the fact that they’re having the same dreams about Eric.  I liked this paring they really liked and cared about each other and I mean it seemed like the relationship was moving fast and I guess that could be due to the fact that they already knew how much they liked one another.

My Thoughts

~ I loved seeing how Leah developed over the course of the book. She’s trying to figure out who she is and she’s bold and not afraid to take risk because she knows how short life is.

~ The mystery aspect of this book is interesting. I wasn’t expecting it but it worked well, and I liked seeing how it all came together: the dreams and the feelings that Matt and Leah would have when someplace would remind them of Eric.

~ Leah and Matt, put themselves in danger when they were investigating and it worried me but Matt was so sure that there was more to Erics death than a suicide.

~ I also loved Leah’s parents and her best friend Brandy they were always there for her when she needed them and they cared about her.

~ I think it was interesting to read about Leah and her heart because I haven’t read a lot of books where a character needs a heart and it made me curious to read about artificial hearts and transplants.

Overall

This Heart of Mine was captivating and held my attention. It was an easy read that took me through a rollercoaster of emotions, there were times when it was sweet and charming, funny, and there were times when it was sad and serious. I think C.C did an amazing job writing about the topics covered in this book and I would definitely recommend it, it’s one of the most enjoyable contemporaries that I’ve read recently.

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ALLIED By Amy Tintera

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ALLIED By Amy TinteraAllied by Amy Tintera
Series: Ruined #3
Published by HarperTeen on 5/1/18
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Reviewer Purchase
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Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces.

But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead.

The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.

Short and Sweet

After everything that has happened in the past two novels Emelina and Olivia are divided and only one sister will make it out alive. Alliances will have to be made and people will have to chose sides. Emelina knows that theres faults in Olivia’s way of thinking and the other Ruined are noticing it too. Its only a matter of time before Emelina has to figure out a way to defeat her sister.

Characters

Emelina: One of the queens of Ruina. Em is obviously the more sensible sister of the two, she doesn’t feel like she needs to conquer the world she just wants to be with Cas and keep her people safe. She’s smart and even though she knows what she’s going to end up doing will be hard Em knows its what needs to be done and I commend her for that.

Olivia: The other queen of Ruina. The first word that comes to mind when I think about Olivia is crazy, she just has one thing on her mind and thats revenge. She expects everyone to side with her and she plans on getting what she wants even if others don’t agree with her.

Cas: The king of Lera. After everything that has happened Cas has to rebuild Lera and plans to do things differently than his parents did and that includes making an alliance with the Ruined even though he knows his people are reluctant about the idea. Cas is very compassionate and considers other peoples interest and ideas before he makes a decision.

Aren: One of the most powerful ruined. I love Aren he’s so loyal to Em and understands her point of view and I just love how he protects her especially because she’s useless its helpful when he’s around because the other ruined listen. Aren is also compassionate and cares about people and is willing to risk his life in order to save others.

Iria: The Olso warrior who betrayed her army in order to help Aren. We learn more about Iria because we get to read from her point of view. I actually liked her a lot she risked a lot by helping Aren and because of it she ends up in a jail and becoming known as a traitor.

Galo: One of Cas’ guards. Galo goes through a lot in this book, he’s trying to find his place. I like him and how willing he was to help the Ruined in this book. Its also a joke in this book that he always feels like he has to save everyone and I think that its really sweet.

Romance

Emelina and Cas: My favorite couple in the book of course. I love that these two have stuck together even though they originally supposed to be together. They have to face all of the odds and somehow they make it work and its just so impressive, love conquers all.

Aren and Iria: I’m in love with this relationship, these two just mesh so well. I mean Iria literally became a traitor to her people just to save Aren and in this book he delivers on his promise to rescue her and it’s just so sweet and the loyalty makes my heart swell. When you read from each of their POVs they’re thinking about each other she’s thinking about if he’ll actually come to save her and he’s just thinking about when he’ll get the chance to finally go rescue her. They care so much about each other and you can tell and I love it!

Galo and Mateo: Two guards in love. We get to see there relationship a bit more in this book but most of the time they’re separated, but even thought they aren’t together you can tell they care about each other.

Quotes

~”You can run now, sister.” Olivia said from behind her. “But I’m coming for you. I promise.”

~”The Ruined don’t hide anymore. We fight.”

My Thoughts

~ Allied takes place right after the events of Avenged and now the Ruined are trying to decide if they should follow Olivia or Em. There’s a lot of tension surrounding the Ruined and the sisters especially because they know they can’t trust each other.

~ I liked how everything came down to stopping Olivia it was obviously a hard decision for Em to make because it was her sister, the sister she risked everything for to save, but Em knew the only way to keep others safe was to stop Olivia.

~ On one hand I like Olivia because she’s ruthless but on the other hand she’s really crazy like the amount of people she took out was insane.

~ We get to read from multiple characters POVs which I liked and it didn’t get confusing at any point I think it helped add to the story.

~ Theres just so much going on in this book and it held my attention the whole way through. I enjoyed reading about the betrayal and alliances that were eventually formed I also liked reading about the war that was going to happen either way.

~ Out of all the books in the series Allied would have to be my favorite I loved how everything was wrapped up.

Overall

I’m so sad that this trilogy is over! It became one of my favorites after I finished reading Ruined I knew this series was going to be amazing and it was. Allied is just the perfect ending to this trilogy I was worried that it may fall short but it does not disappoint! I definitely think this series is worth reading and I will never stop recommending it to friends and family, so if you haven’t read the Ruined series yet I strongly suggest you pick it up today!

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THIS DARKNESS MINE By Mindy McGinnis

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THIS DARKNESS MINE By Mindy McGinnisThis Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on 10/10/17
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery & Detective, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
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Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her Oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, and her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it. Why does he act like he knows her so well—too well—when she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending the chapter of another: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule, or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac.

Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

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My reaction after finishing this book, I literally had to calm myself down. This was not a good book, I will repeat This Darkness Mine was not good at all. I just don’t even know where to start with all of the problems I had but first I will just give you guys a synopsis of the book. Our main character is Sasha Stone, Sasha is a good girl, she’s on track to be valedictorian, she’s first chair and loves to play her clarinet, she has no time for nonsense. So when Sasha can’t remember giving her number to Issac or even going out with him at 3 in the morning she starts to get concerned. Then Sasha learns that her would be twin was absorbed in the womb by her and the only thing from the twin that survived is her heart which now lives on in Sasha. We come to learn that Sasha’s twin would have been named Shanna, and Shanna wants to come out to play and she wants to be bad, she wants to do what she wants and doesn’t care who she hurts in the process. So now that we learn all of this I initially was excited to read this book because I wanted to know what was wrong with Sasha and why she didn’t remember what she was doing and these chunks of time that were missing from her memory. It felt like it’d be a kind of set up for a mystery and then we come to find out about the twin she absorbed in the womb and then I was like okay so which twin is going to win the one thats controlling the heart or the one who’s controlling the brain? There’s also some scenes with Shanna communicating with Sasha and we see how angry Shanna is about being suppressed for the past 17 years. Now my biggest problem with this book was I honestly ugh, I don’t want to spoil anything but I feel like Shanna was an excuse for Sasha to act out, you know? Like, “Oh it wasn’t me acting out and throwing a fit it was my evil twin.” The problem with this was Sasha legit used this as an excuse every time she did something bad and at first I believed her, like could the twin she absorbed really have this much power? And the more we read I feel like the answer is absolutely not! I feel like Sasha just had some issues that she wasn’t dealing with properly. I felt bad for the other characters in this book that had to deal with her, especially Issac, she was definitely playing with that poor guys emotions. She would hang out with him and be like oh its not me Sasha who wants you its Shanna, and it was just like wow you’re really messing with this guys emotions with this nonsense. Honestly half way through the book theres an accident and I felt unnecessary to the plot or maybe it was because then we really learn how crazy this whole Sasha Shanna deal is. I just feel like things went to far in this book, Sasha/Shanna didn’t care who got hurt whenever they pulled one of their crazy antics and Sasha is cold blooded and mean even to the people closest to her, Sasha Stone is not a good person. I definitely would not recommend this book mainly because it mad me so mad especially the ending I feel like things just could have been executed better.

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PURPLE HEARTS By Michael Grant

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PURPLE HEARTS By Michael GrantPurple Hearts by Michael Grant
Series: Front Lines #3
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on 1/30/18
Genres: Historical, War, Young Adult
Pages: 576
Format: Hardcover
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Courage, sacrifice, and fear have lead Rio, Frangie, and Rainy through front-line battles in North Africa and Sicily, and their missions are not over. These soldiers and thousands of Allies must fight their deadliest battle yet—for their country and their lives—as they descend into the freezing water and onto the treacherous sands of Omaha Beach. It is June 6, 1944. D-Day has arrived.

No longer naive recruits, these soldier girls are now Silver Star recipients and battle-hardened. Others look to them for guidance and confidence, but this is a war that will leave sixty million dead. Flesh will turn to charcoal. Piles will be made of torn limbs. The women must find a way to lead while holding on to their own last shreds of belief in humanity.

Short and Sweet

In this final installment of the Front Lines series, Rainy, Rio, and Frangie, are fighting for their country and the strength to get through the war while remaining sane and keeping their hope in humanity. D-Day arrives and the girls still have a lot left to fight for if they’re going to make it out of this war alive, they’ll be crossing enemy lines and trying to survive.

Characters

Rio: Rio has moved up in ranks and is now a sergeant. In this book Rio struggles with having to keep her platoon alive. Rio is such a strong character and so are all of the other female leads in this series. Rio calls things how she sees them and she’s grown so much through the series and you can tell. I like the fact that she knows that even though she’s a girl and most men won’t take her seriously that she’s still just as powerful as them if not more.

Rainy: Rainy is smart and she always has been. I like Rainy a lot, in this book she’s tasked with finding out where the enemy is going and reporting back to the Army with this information. Rainy has to deal with a traitor and she sees some things that disturb her while on this mission.

Frangie: Frangie our medic. I feel like Frangie has it the worst, even though she’s just a medic and isn’t fighting she sees a lot of the aftermath of the war. She has to tend to soldiers with extreme injuries and she has to go on everyday seeing people die or soldiers intentionally trying to hurt themselves to get out of the war. Frangie does the best that she can and I think she’s great she puts so much effort into helping the soldiers and she has a natural caring nature about her.

Romance

Rio and Strand: This two have been sweethearts before they even got enlisted. I really liked these two together and I was kind of sad to see it fall apart just because Strand was embarrassed by how much better Rio was at being a soldier than he was.

Rio and Jack: Jack is one of the soldiers in Rio’s group and in Silver Stars the two shared a kiss and in this book we can see that they still care about each other.

Frangie and Walter: Walter is a soldier that Frangie sees from time to time. I think these two are really sweet together whenever I read scenes with them I can’t help but to smile.

Final Thoughts

Theres just so much to say about this book. This whole series was amazing the accuracy about things that occurred during WW2 and Grant just captured that beautifully in his writing. Like I said before all of the female leads are such strong women and are determined to fight for their country, I loved getting to read about each of them and follow them on their journeys. I feel like the background characters were great too, especially Jenou I love that she and Rio got to go into this as best friends and it stayed that way throughout the series. This is one of my favorite series and I’m so glad that I read it and I will always recommend this series to friends, so check out the Front Lines trilogy!

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