(ARC Review) Revenge by Sonya Weiss

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Author: Sonya Weiss
Releases: December 22, 2015
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Romance
Rating: 2
Why’d I read it?:
I received this as from netgalley.com in return for an honest review. I chose it because I love sci-fi/alien romance adventures!


Weiss, Sonya. Revenge. Lyrical Press. 2015. ebook. 

Synopsis: (from goodreads)

Their love is a ticking time bomb. 
Juliet Sawyer was born to save the world. Gifted with incredible powers, she’s the only one standing in the way of The Great Extinction, the prophesied battle between Supernaturals and humans. In order to keep her sister safe and avenge her father’s murder, she’ll have to infiltrate the ranks of the Supernatural leaders who wish to destroy her. But the one thing she didn’t count on was falling in love…with someone who wants her dead.

The gorgeous and dangerous son of one of the Supernatural leaders, Riley West is in charge of training the group for war—now including Juliet, whose father is responsible for killing his family. But the more they train together, the more intensely their passion for each other burns. The deeper Riley is drawn in by Juliet’s beauty, the closer he gets to the secrets she keeps: one that will challenge everything he believes in—and one that could lead to her death. Together, can their forbidden love help stop the war? Or will one of them be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice?

My Thoughts:

I chose this book because it sounded like it would have all of the elements I look for. High stakes, forbidden romance? Check. Science-fiction or aliens? Check. Fantasy elements? Check. Please note that I received this book for free from netgalley.com in return for an honest review.

Unfortunately I did not love this book as much as I wanted too. While reading it I thought it might be the author’s debut novel and that the amateurish writing could be forgiven, however I’ve just learned that she has at least two other books out. So I guess I can’t even give her that excuse.

While the story concept is quite good, and the characters seemed promising, the writing is simply amateurish. To be fair, the editing was not not terrible and there were only a few issues that I noticed of words and mistakes the editor should have caught. The book’s overall writing, however, is just not quite up to what it should be.

So I loved the concept of a Romeo-Juliet story with aliens. I mean, who wouldn’t love that? But the story is just so rushed. The author does not take her time introducing concepts, characters, and plot lines or twists. Important information is frequently suddenly dumped on us. The author needs to work on her pacing of the story. The book starts out and we are suddenly given a ton of information about the main character. A lot of knowledge of the world is assumed, which is ok, but the author never goes back and expands on it later. We are just constantly rushed from one “scene” to another.

Another jarring aspect of this book is that, again because of the rushing, the voice of the narrative frequently changes. Sometimes we get to see the entire dialogue between Juliet and her “Romeo,” and other times the conversation is simply summarized. So instead of use seeing the conversation, the narrator simply says something like “and then he asked me if I was ok and I said yes.” It’s very strange.

In fact, I’d have to say that the entire book is so rushed and scant on so many details, that it actually reads more like a summary or a “cliffs notes” of a really good book. Its sort of like if there was a great science fiction book, but instead of reading the actual book I just got to read a 7th grader’s half-hearted summary of it.

In conclusion? I probably wouldn’t pay for this book. I actually was interested to see how the story resolved and I thought both main characters seemed very promising, the author just didn’t give me enough of anything to fully capture my interest. I was left wishing that someone else had written the story, because I think the idea was good, the execution was subpar.

Waiting on Wednesday 11/25 – The Impostor Queen

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The Impostor Queen
by: Sarah Fine
Release date: Jan 5, 2016

Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

Why am I waiting on it?

Ooo doesn’t this book just sound soooo good? I think so and I’m so excited that it comes out in early January. So I don’t even have that long to wait for it (yay!).

TTT 11/24- Thanksgiving Theme

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Thanksgiving Theme Freebie
(ten books I’m thankful for, authors I’m thankful for, Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc)

Books I am thankful for…..

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (YA)

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Thank you for giving me something to look forward to, and for getting me through a lonely and difficult adolescence. Thank you for showing me what friendship should look like. And thank you for giving the world Albus Dumbledore.

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Thank you for proving to me that I can enjoy books that are not necessarily “happy-go-lucky,” “happy ending” books. Thank you for giving us realistic and very human characters. And thank you for bringing to light the terrible consequences and effects war has on our young people.

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Animorphs by K.A. Applegate (YA)

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Thank you for being the first series I can ever remember completely reading. And thank you for instilling my love of all things sci-fi early in my life. Also thanks for making aliens completely terrifying to me!

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Sweep by Cate Tiernan (YA)

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Thank you for being one of my all-time favorite series ever (even to this day I love re-reading them). Thank you for showing that love interests don’t always have to be the “Bad Boy,” and for making it clear that the “Good Guy” character can still be *hot* lol.

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Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski (YA)

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Thank you for showing us that a heroine’s best asset can be intelligence and doesn’t have to be beauty and fighting skills! I love seeing a main character whose greatest attribute is her military strategic genius!

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Alanna by Tamora Pierce (YA)

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Thank you for being among the first ever High Fantasy books I ever read, and for starting my love of that genre early in my pre-teen years! Thanks for showing girls can do anything boys can do!

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Kiss of Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

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Thank you for being the first ever adult romance book I can remember reading. Thank you for inspiring a love of Scotland in me at a young age. I can trace my desire to travel the world back to these Scotland-based books (and in fact Scotland was the first country I ever travelled too!)

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA)

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Thank you for being the coolest book I’ve read this year, maybe ever!

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My dad has cancer and we need help

Hello my fellow bloggers (and readers)! I’m taking a moment out of my normal posting schedule to let you know whats going on in my family right now, and to ask for your help.

Two months or so ago my dad was diagnosed with a rare soft tissue cancer, after a tumor spontaneously appeared in his thigh. He’s begun an aggressive and very difficult treatment plan to fight this cancer. Even after 4 months of chemo, 5 weeks of radiation, surgical removal, and physical therapy, there is still a large risk of recurrence. I’m very close to my father and this is a very difficult time. My dad is a truck driver, and this cancer treatment is going to prevent him from working for at least the next year, so I’ve started a GoFundMe to try to raise some help for my parents. They are very worried that the medical bills, insurance premiums, prescriptions, and travel expenses, in addition to normal life expenses, are going to cause them to lose their house.

If you have the ability and desire to help us, I am so appreciative. Donating, sharing our story, and/or praying or hoping for us means a lot to us right now.

My dad is one of those rare, truly decent men in the world. He’s a U.S. Veteran. He has worked 12-14 hour overnight shifts my entire life so that he could be home in time to pick me up from school, or to coach my teams. He never missed a single prom dress shopping experience, diving meet, soccer game, gymnastics tournament, or school dance. He is the one who would drive me to the bookstore several times a week so I could get the next book in the series. He is the one who took me to the midnight Harry Potter release parties (which were an hour from our house!) and accompanied me to all of the films as well. He taught me how to withstand the bullies and he taught me that there are reliable men out there. He taught me how to keep an open mind and how to love. And he made sure that I’ve never wanted for a single thing in my entire life, even though he had to work so, so hard to make it all happen.

He and my mother are wonderful people who are in true need of help right now. If you were looking for someone to help out this holiday season, I hope you’ll consider us. Thank you so much reading this and for all the positive thoughts I know will follow.


Best regards, and much love,


(YA Review) The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

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Author: Becky Wallace
Published: March 3, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance
Rating: 3.75
Why’d I read it?:
According to the synopsis, this book has all of the elements I like; fantasy, action, multiple perspectives, with a dash of romance.
Wallace, Becky. The Storyspinner. Margaret K. McElderry. 2015. Print.

Synopsis: (from goodreads)

Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything

My Thoughts:

I chose this book because it sounded like it would have all of the elements I enjoy in a book; fantasy, action, multiple perspectives, romance, etc. And it did. For some reason I just never quite clicked with the story the way I usually do, but I have to be fair and say that at the time I was reading this I had a lot of family and personal troubles occurring as well, and I’m afraid it significantly affected my state of mind while reading the book. It’s highly possible that at another time I would have clicked with this story more, because as I said, it truly has all the elements I enjoy in a book.

Nevertheless the premise of the story is quite original, and I LOVE the beginning(ish) scene. The way the two main characters meet is hysterical, and is quite unlike the usual way. It really demonstrates major aspects of both of their personalities, as well. Its a great “meet cute.” The cast of characters gets pretty extensive, and basically the story follows two different groups of people. Throughout the story its unclear right away how the two groups’ stories will intersect, but eventually that becomes more clear. So overall I’d say that if you enjoy fantasy stories such as this, you may want to give The Storyspinner a try.




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So, Sorcerer’s Stone & Chamber of Secrets are the exact same book

Ok, I was watching Chamber of Secrets last night, and it occurred to me that Chamber of Secrets basically repeats the entire basic plot of Sorcerer’s Stone. Watch this.


The Dursley’s lock Harry in somewhere in the house

  1. Closet under the stairs
  2. Smallest bedroom


Harry believes something about the school that no one else believes.

  1. That the Sorcerer’s Stone is there and Snape is trying to get it
  2. That there is a voice that only he can hear, and it’s petrifying people


Hagrid brings a terrifying pet into the school

  1. Fluffy and Norbert
  2. Aragog


Malfoy and Harry duel

  1. Malfoy invites Harry to a duel (its a fake invite though)
  2. Malfoy and Harry duel in the dueling club


Harry keeps secrets from Dumbledore which, if he’d been honest about, would have negated the need for his crazy dangerous exploits

  1. Doesn’t tell Dumbledore his suspicions
  2. Lies about hearing voices


Harry goes into the Forrest and is recued by a random “creature”

  1. Rescued by the centaur
  2. rescued by the car


Dumbledore leaves the school at a critical point in the story

  1. Dumbledore is “called away” at the end of the book
  2. Dumbledore is stripped of his duties by Mr. Malfoy and the school board



Hermione completely saves the day

  1. too many to list
  2. too many to list


Harry sneaks under the school with his friends, only to be separated from them so that he ends up facing voldemort on his own at the end.

  1. Gets past Fluffy, Ron gets hurt in chess and Ron & Hermione can’t go with harry to the end confrontation with Voldemort.
  2. Harry and Ron go under the school, Ron causes a cave in that separates him from Harry, causing Harry to have to go confront Voldemort on his own.


Story ends with Harry and Dumbledore talking philosophically (and dumbledore being vague)

See? Basically the same story, two different times. I’ve literally read these books easily dozens of times and never realized this until now!

Can you think of any that I missed?

Mockingjay Part II Review!


Ok, I saw Mockingjay Part II on Wednesday this week, which was the earliest you could possibly see it! I went to a Movie Tavern at 4pm to see the double feature, so I got to watch Part I and Part II back-to-back, which was awesome!

I love these books. I rank them up there with Harry Potter as modern day classics. I think they are excellently written, and powerful in how they capture the true essence of human nature.

So far I’ve enjoyed the films, as well. I think they are among some of the better book-to-movie adaptations, although of course the books are better (almost always!).

This is the first series that I can ever remember where the sequel is the best (or my favorite, at least). Usually the second book or movie in a series is far weaker than the first, but in this case I actually love both the book and film adaptations of Catching Fire.

I thought Mockingjay Part II did a really great job in closing out the series, with only a few minor quibbles. It stays very true to the books, except it skips a lot of the material that is included in the third book. I think the problem is that in the third book, so much of the important stuff happens in Katniss’s head. And its hard for movies to portray those inner monologues. So there were things that the film left out which was a bummer. Additionally, even though the film is 2 hours and 16 minutes long, it still seems a bit rushed, and not as much time is given to certain things (Peeta’s recovery, Katniss training, etc) that I would have liked.

However, I do think the film accurately captures a lot of the emotion of the book, and even though I knew what was going to happen, the movie still left me shocked and appalled at all the key scenes.

All -in-all, I recommend this film, as long as you know going in that it is extremely raw, emotional, and dark.



(YA Review) What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

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Author: Aaron Hartzler
Published: Sept. 22, 2015
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Themes: Peer Pressure, Drugs, Alcohol, Sex, Rape
Rating: 5 stars
Why’d I read it?:
This book covers a topic that is so important, which is our societies’ tendency towards victim-shaming, blaming the victim, and generally the appalling “rape culture” we live within.
Hartzler, Aaron. What We Saw. HarperTeen. 2015. Print. ISBN-13: 978-0062338747.
Formats available: paperback, ebook, hardcover Paperback $6.87. Kindle $10.99

Synopsis: (from amazon)

Critically acclaimed memoirist Aaron Hartzler, author of Rapture Practice, takes an unflinching look at what happens to a small town when some of its residents commit a terrible crime. This honest, authentic debut novel—inspired by the events in the Steubenville rape case—will resonate with readers who’ve ever walked that razor-thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

The party at John Doone’s last Saturday night is a bit of a blur. Kate Weston can piece together most of the details: Stacey Stallard handing her shots, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early. . . . But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same questions: Who witnessed what happened to Stacey? And what responsibility do they have to speak up about what they saw?

My Thoughts:

This is such an important story to be told because it sparks discussion on a topic which is often swept under the rug and ignored. Rape Culture in the U.S. is a serious problem. Victim-shaming and victim-blaming are tendencies which run rampant in our society. This story is inspired by the true story of the Steubenville rape case 0f 2012 and also of other similar cases to arise lately. Teens throw a party in which there is a lot of drinking and drugs. One girl drinks so much she becomes unconscious and the next day accuses several members of the school’s basketball team of sexually assaulting her while unconscious. The story deals with concepts of truth and lies, perception, betrayal and trust. It also deals strongly with the idea of opening your eyes and seeing beyond the pressures of our community, and also of how to do what’s right once you’ve seen the truth. It can be very hard to see the truth, and to speak up when all of your friends and even your entire town seem to be willing you towards blindness and silence.

This book was quite excellent in the way it broaches such serious topics, and while it in no way flinches from the true horror of these kinds of events (gang-rape of an unconscious girl is discussed), the author keeps the story from being so graphic as to be distracting from the true issues of right and wrong. I highly recommend this to readers of all ages and gender, and I challenge you to consider what you would do in such a situation. Being human means doing more than spectating; it means we must act to create the world we wish to live in.


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** On a personal note: 

  • Unfortunately we live in a time where sexual assault is increasingly common, especially against women.
  • Most often, the person assaulting you is someone you know. You may be friends or even love this person. Even if its a friend or loved one, sexual assault is wrong.
    • If you said “no,” then it is wrong.
    • If you were incapable of saying yes or no, it was wrong.
    • If you were drunk, high, asleep, or even wearing “provocative clothes,” sexual assault is still wrong!
    • Every one has the right to wear, do, say, and act exactly the way they want without fear of assault.
    • Please don’t let anyone convince you that this was your fault. It is never your fault when you are assaulted.
  • Please be sure to see a medical specialist and speak with a trusted adult if you think you may have been assaulted.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Glittering Court

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The Glittering Court

by: Richelle Mead

Release date: April 5th, 2016

Synopsis: (from goodreads)

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .

Why am I waiting on it?

I loved the title of this book the first time I read it, and the cover captured my interest as well. But the synopsis really sold it for me. It seems that this book has the potential to be an epic, sweeping period-like drama. I’m seeing visions of extravagant dress and court life with secrecy, lies, and romance mixed in. Can’t wait to give it a try!

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten of my Favorite Quotes

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is top ten quotes

Ok I struggled with this one because I’m not very good about keeping track of quotes that I like when I’m reading. But here are a couple I came up with.

“Hope strengthens, fear kills”
Karen Marie MoningFever series

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“Rule one: in any dispute between mates, the male is always to blame, even when he is clearly blameless. Rule two, whenever in doubt, refer to rule one.”
― C.L. WilsonLord of the Fading Lands

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“I’m not doing much at all. I might as well be a rag doll. Comes complete with matching shoes. Spine sold separately.”
― Amie KaufmanThese Broken Stars

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“Forget everything else. Forget everyone else. You’re exactly my kind of girl.”
― Amie KaufmanThese Broken Stars

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Ok thats probably more than 10 but there you have it!