#BookReview Chasing Rainbows NYC

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

I feel like it has been years since I posted a blog, but in reality its only been a couple weeks! My family and I caught a really nasty cold and I was completely out of commission. Just to wake up in the mornings took all the energy out of me. I hate colds! Once one person in the household gets it, better believe it goes right down the line to everyone else. It is the worst feeling but thankfully it has passed. Now I am back and for my first blog I will be reviewing an ARC I received called “Chasing Rainbows NYC” by Eve Wing.

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My Thoughts:

Before I get into what I thought please be advised that this review DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS! 

Okay so right off the back we are presented with a murder. Housekeeper is cleaning a house and was expecting her employer to be back by a certain time as is her routine but she never shows. After calling the husband because she is worried, suddenly the bell rings and there are two detectives at the door. They let the housekeeper know that her employer was found murdered during her morning run in the park. Detectives search the house looking for clues as to who would want to kill Mrs. Gavrin. They find a safe with her diaries in it and take them to see if there may be clues in it.

Now I love a book that starts off with a bang, and of course a murder is just that. The rest of the book is her journals over the course of years. Now you dont really know that until the end because there is no real transition from that start to the next chapter. I was kind of confused because I couldn’t figure out what the relevance of the murder was to what was happening during the course of the book. Maybe 80 percent through I figured out that Ariella is the woman who was murdered in the beginning and Gael, Jesse, and later on her husband Gavrin where the suspects.

The detectives and the murder investigation are never mentioned again until the very end, and I feel the whole crime itself was anti-climatic. You don’t ever get to know how many years throughout the book has gone by, or how old the characters are (basically the timeline itself is kinda wishy-washy).

Most of the time I wanted to strangle the main character Ariella for allowing Gael and Jesse to mentally abuse her, because lets be honest that is exactly what went on in both of those relationships. Jesse was more of a violent abuse, and Gael was the sweet sexual kind of abuse. This is no love story by any means but I loved that about it. You do get tired of all the lovey dovey romance mysteries. Sometimes you need a book that makes you hate the relationships and situations the characters put themselves into. Ariella is DEFINITELY that character. She is so sex driven and when she doesn’t get it she becomes a complete mess! Her view of love for both these men is totally screwed up. I really thought that in the end she finally found a man that she was looking for and yet you find out she still continued to deal with both of those losers. Like really Ariella, REALLY?

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. It held my attention throughout, and if you can get me to talk to the characters while I am reading then that is a GREAT thing. I do think it lacked detail and needed a better timeline but nothing is perfect and those small things didn’t keep me from liking the story at all.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

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#Blogtober #BookReview Single Chicas Volume 1

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of “Single Chicas” from the author Sandra C. Lopez. I honestly really enjoyed the short stories. I’m usually not one to read a book full of short stories as I tend to lose interest very quickly but that was not the case with this book. This book contained 13 hilarious shorts that I think everyone would enjoy.

My Big Fat Fake Marriage was one of my favorites, although I so can relate to Always a Price. I think every Hispanic family either has a mechanic in the family or knows a guy. And let me tell you these mechanics gossip more than us women, LOL. Unfortunately for me I have TONS of mechanics in my family and they also all know a guy. The gossip and drama that goes on in their garages. O.M.G!! If you like funny stories then you should definitely pick this book up, You won’t regret it!

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Synopsis: Perfection is a Barbie doll, and, unless you’re looking for a guy with a fake smile, a hard head, and no genitalia, then you’re better off NOT being perfect―Single Chicas 

Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she’s never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.

About The Author!

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Born and raised in Hawaiian Gardens, CA, Sandra C. López is one of today’s influential Latina authors in Young Adult literature. Her first novel, “Esperanza: A Latina Story”, was published in March 2008 WHILE she was still in college. Shortly after that, she wrote the follow up to “Esperanza” called “Beyond the Gardens”, published in October 2009. Now, this young writer is a full graduate of Cal State University Fullerton with a BFA in the arts. She was named as one of “2011 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch” by Latino Stories. 

Definitely look into her books. Can’t wait to see what she has in store for Volume 2!

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

#Blogtober #Bookreview Vicious *SPOILERS*

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

Today I finished reading Vicious by V.E Schwabs. Since I have been active in the book community, I kept hearing about this book and the sequel to that was being released. The book received a lot of praise and made me want to check it out. I looked up the synopsis on @goodreads and was very intrigued. I added it to my October TBR and after reading 3 awesome books this month, I thought it was time to crack this baby open. Before I get into my thoughts on the book, let me give you the synopsis on it first!

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Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. 

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

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Now, I have to say that I absolutely love Victor. I didn’t find him quite evil, but he was no hero either. What upset me really was that he never got to explain what happened with Angie. I get her death was still technically his fault, but at the same time it was a mistake. Eli was definitely 100 percent the supervillian. I don’t truly believe that he thought that it was his duty from God to rid the world of EOs. Serena hit the nail on the coffin when she said that his ability was receptive, and other EO’s weren’t ant that is why he felt his was pure.

That is another thing that bothered me to, SERENA. As close as she was with her sister why would she even allow Eli to make her think that she needed to be killed. I also hated that fact that poor Sydney was thrown into this terrible situation. She was only a child. I’m glad Mitch and Victor has found her, although they exposed her to so much, Victor also seemed to care for her and didn’t want her to witness things.

The book was great, and I am so glad I picked it up thanks to all you wonderful bloggers out there. I am also glad I was able to read it after Vengeful was released so I don’t have to wait to find out what happened to Eli. This book had mystery, suspense, and thrilling. The way Schwab revealed the plot and background slowly with the flashbacks throughout the book was magnificent. It was gradual and methodical and went perfect with the theme. Every time I had questions about something it would show up in a flashback and I am like “Oh so that’s what happened?” This book deserves 5 stars and I will be heading to the bookstore tomorrow to pick up Vengeful.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

#Blogtober #BookReview The Forgotten Child by Melissa Erin Jackson

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

Although October just started, it has been a really good book month. Already I have finished 3 books on my October TBR! This last book was called “The Forgotten Child” by Melissa Erin Jackson. I won this ARC on @goodreads and am sooooooo happy that I did!

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First of all this cover…. The cover is what drew me in to enter the giveaway. If I am not drawn to the cover sometimes I just pass up a book. I know, I know, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but lets be honest a lot of people do. This cover is mysterious and creepy and perfect for this book. It fits perfectly with the theme. Before I get into my thoughts on the actual book, let me give you the synopsis of it.

Ever since Riley Thomas, reluctant medium extraordinaire, accidentally released a malevolent spirit from a Ouija board when she was thirteen, she’s taken a hard pass on scary movies, haunted houses, and cemeteries. So when her best friend pressures her into spending a paranormal investigation weekend at the infamous Jordanville Ranch—former home of deceased serial killer Orin Jacobs—Riley is one-hundred-percent not ready.

Shortly after their arrival at the ranch, the spirit of a little boy contacts Riley; a child who went missing—and was never found—in 1973.

In order to put the young boy’s spirit to rest, she has to come to grips with her ability. But how can she solve a mystery that happened a decade before she was born? Especially when someone who knows Orin’s secrets wants to keep the truth buried—no matter the cost.

This book starts off with a bang. It is creepy, and mysterious, and hand me biting my nails as I was reading it. I love the way the history of the ranch is revealed in the book, and how Melissa developed the serial killer story.  I felt like could actually picture everything that was going on as if I was watching a movie. I love Riley, and loved watching her growth throughout the book. Michael is everyone’s dream guy I swear, LOL. It’s really hard not to give out any spoilers to this book. The flash backs were well placed and didn’t take away from the present day. I think the ending was great. It ended with a sense that things are just getting started for Riley. I want to read the second book and it sucks that this one hasn’t even hit bookshelves yet so I have a while to wait. This book is worth the 5 stars that I gave it. I can not praise it enough. Plus it went perfect for the month of October. You all should pick this book up if you haven’t come across it yet.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

#Blogtober The Cruel Prince

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

Today is Day 3 of #bookblogtober. I’m surprised that I am keeping with blogtober and excited for it each day. When I first decided to participate I was very anxious about it. Now I look forward to my next post. So without further ado this post is Dedicated to Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince.

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Synopsis: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

This book was very dark. The violence from the very beginning was unexpected. I guess because it is a YA book, I didn’t think it would be that way. It definitely fits in with my October reads. I did enjoy it though. Seeing Jude fight back against her enemies even though she believed herself to be weaker. The plot and characters were well thought out. I also liked the touch of Jude loving Madoc even though he killed her parents. I’m still processing some of the things that went on in the book. Cardan and Jude is not something I want to unfold. I think that too much cruelty, and violence is between them for that to even make any sense. Taryne’s character was unexpected as well but I do like the twist of it. The ending for this book was perfect and kept me wanting to know more. I do hope there is a second book to it because I do want to see what becomes of the Court of Shadows and Jude. I rate this 4 out of 5 stars!

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

#BookReview …. The Widow and The Child by Fiona Barton! May contain *SPOILERS*

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

I just finished reading The Child by Fiona Barton on Monday, which was apart of my TBR for October. Since I have also read The Widow I thought they would both make for another #bookreview. Before I get into what I thought about them here are their synopsis brought to you by #Goodreads.

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When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. 

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. 

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

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When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

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Now let us get to my thoughts. In The Widow I did really enjoy having multiple POVs. Fiona Barton makes it very smooth having the different narrators. I read many books where this didn’t work well and made it difficult to follow the story, but that is not the case here. You really sympathize with DI Sparks and how personal he has taken the case. I also really like how well the characters are written here. Each one is very different and well thought out. I think the best thought out character is obviously Jeanie. You get so caught up in her “Jeanie” personality that it takes you a while to realize that its an act. At first it may have been who she was but as her marriage went on and she began uncovering things about her husband, she was no longer that naive simple woman. You do piece together that her husband did have something to do with the disappearance early on, just not what exactly happened to her. I did have all these different conclusions as to what he might have done to her and am actually glad it wasn’t what I thought he did. I didn’t care much for the mother of the child and think we could have done without her POV. I feel like DI Sparks, Kate, and the widow is all that was needed for the story. All around  this was a really great story. A little predictable in some aspects but still very enjoyable and the characters are amazing. I gave this one 4 stars!

Now we get to The Child. Let me tell you that I read this book in about 12 hours. I could not put it down from the moment I opened it up. It is a very gripping tale and just takes this crazy hold of you. I can’t even describe the many different emotions I felt while reading this book. I love that about it. You felt anger, sadness, disgust, shock, and happiness. Kate is such an amazing character. Emma’s story tore me apart as it unfolded. Angela’s story about Alice and how after 40 yrs how much it still affected her was heartbreaking. The connection between all the character was well thought out. I never expected the outcome at the end. It had me gripping the pages and wanting to just skip right to the end and find out what happened to Alice and if the body found was really her. I can not give enough praise for this book. This is definitely one I  would recommend to everyone. I gave this book 5 stars.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

#BookReview The Last Kids On Earth and the Zombie Parade!

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Hello my fellow Bookworms!

This week my son and I finished reading “The Last Kids On Earth and the Zombie Parade” by Max Brallier. Before I get into what I thought of it here is some information about it.

Title: The Last Kids On Earth and the Zombie Parade (Last Kids On Earth #2)

Author: Max Brallier

Genre: Children’s Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 6, 2016

Synopsis: The zombies are disappearing. This might seem like a good thing, since zombies eat your brains, but normal human kid Jack Sullivan is suspicious. He keeps hearing an eerie shrieking noise that seems to be almost summoning the zombies—but to where, and for what (probably) foul purpose?

Jack, his three best friends (maybe the only people left on Earth), and their pet monster Rover need to get to the bottom of this. Along the way they encounter a lot more than they bargained for, including a giant Wormungulous, a pizza parlor monster hangout, an ancient evil who destroys worlds, and a stereo system that is totally the bomb. Can Jack figure out why the zombies are vanishing . . . before he and his friends are next?

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My Thoughts:

This book was very well written for the young readers today. The way the main characters spoke was realistic. My 7 year old was able to follow the story with no effort. I absolutely love the family dynamic of the characters. They were not family by blood but they were family none the less and Jack would do what ever is necessary to protect his family. My son really got a kick out of Dirt and his garden, as well as Quint and his zombie trap catastrophes. We did not read the first book in the series but my son saw they had more and wants to read the rest of the collection. It will be interesting to read how it all started with the zombies. I think the whole humans and monsters working together was amazing. I feel like children can really enjoy this book as well as learn a few life lessons along the way. I would give this book 4.5 ☆ I do think this is a great book to give to your kids. The age group this book is more for is around 7-12 yr olds. Anything older then that and they may think it too childish (yet I enjoyed it very much but I am also a huge kid on the inside). If you haven’t already picked read it, I definitely recommend you pick up this one and maybe the others in the series. 

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Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

Halo Series by Alexandra Adornetto Review!

Hello my fellow

Still updating my Goodreads profile and going through books I have read and putting in reviews. SO… here is another review for a series I read a while ago. The series is called Halo and consist of three books; “Halo,” “Hades,” and “Heaven.” While thinking of how I felt about this series I had to keep in mind that the author was only 16 when she began writing these books.

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Synopis:

  • “Halo”

Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments. Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong. The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

  • “Hades”

Heaven Help Her. Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier’s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well. The story that Alexandra Adornetto built in her New York Times-bestselling debut, Halo, comes alive in action-packed and unexpected ways, as angels battle demons, and the power of love is put to the test.

  • “Heaven”

Only sixteen when she started the series, Ally Adornetto knows how teen hearts beat, and this long-awaited conclusion is certain to be her most popular book yet. Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don’t tell Beth’s archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens. The only way Bethany and can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, and blend in with other mortals their own age. Gabriel and Ivy set them up at college, where they can’t reveal their relationship, and where there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven – forever – and face leaving the love of her life?

    The innocence in which they were written in was refreshing. Some YA lit today is catered more to the adult side and can be a bit raunchy. This was definitely written for young teens. I like in Halo how Bethany was an angel with who was closer to humans that her angelic side. It was interesting reading her go through all the emotions as a human. The story reminded me of high school kids. Girl falling in love with a boy and then the school bad boy comes in and tries to ruin that relationship; throw in a little angels and demons and we have Halo.

Hades I didn’t enjoy as much as the first book. The whole underworld being made up of nightclubs and such wasn’t too appealing or realistic. Bethany was still as naive as the first book but then again you have to understand that she is an angel who never dealt with anything of this nature. I will say that Alexandra Adornetto does a wonderful job in her imagination and description of everything. It’s as if you can actually visualize what she is describing.

Heaven was very cute. Bethany and Xavier get married and attempt to be normal while hiding from the rogue Seven. Gabriel’s sacrifice showed how much he has changed since the beginning of the series. Also, you see how much he actually cares for Molly. Bethany and Xavier go through from Hell to Heaven and back to be together throughout the series. The ending was perfect for the way the series went and was adorable to read.

All in all I did enjoy the series. I would recommend anyone with young teen girls who love cute romance with a twist to read this series. It wasn’t my favorite series by far but it was definitely enough that I am going to check out the author’s Ghost House series.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ❤

 

Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard… REVIEW!!!

Hello my fellow bookworms!

I have been going through all the books that I have read and trying to get these book reviews out there! I want to share all the good (and the bad) with everyone to encourage more to pick up a book and get lost in it. Books to me are my happy place. It is was soothes my soul and helps relieve stress. I feel 100 times better after getting lost in a story no matter the content.

This series here was W O N D E R F U L as it did not have the perfect “everyone lives happily ever after ” ending. This series contains 4 books and two novellas. The main 4 books are Red Queen, Glass Sword, King’s Cage, and War Storm. Before I get into my thought on the series keep in mind that there may be *SPOILERS*. So if you have not read the series and don’t want to know to much about what happens you may want to skip over my review. You can read the summaries from Goodreads below if you like.

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RED QUEEN:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

GLASS SWORD:

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever? The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

KING’S CAGE:

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner .As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back. When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

WAR STORM:

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path. War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced? In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

 

I will say that I loved this entire series. I will say that my favorite character throughout the series is Farley. She always stayed true to herself and her cause. She was tough as nails but you knew that her heart was enormous. She never wavered. When she lost Shade and then we find out she is pregnant I cried for her. I wish that we could have a prequel series about her and how the scarlet guard came to be.

I love stories where the heroes are as flawed as anyone else. I love to see struggle and everything not be perfect or smooth. It is more realistic to me and I am able to connect more with the story that way. The author truly delivered that for me. Mare Barrow goes through so many obstacles starting with trying to help her best friend Kilorn from being conscripted, to trying to earn money for her family by working in the castle, then finding her abilities and posing as a Silver to protect her own family and keep herself alive. I was hooked from the very beginning. Seeing Mare overcome all her struggles. I love that the ending to the fourth book was not perfect. Seeing that Mare and Cal are still trying to figure out who they are in this world. There was still that sense of hope that they may one day find each other again.

What really surprised me was Evangelina. Her growth throughout the series was riveting. I was happy to see her stand up for herself and what she wanted. For so long she was to do as she was told for the good of her family, until she finally realized that it was not what she wanted or what would make her happy.

I was very skeptical at first of the Montfort allies. I thought to myself that this was too good to be true. No way is there a kingdom where Silver and Reds live in peaceful harmony, there has to be an ulterior motive. After seeing Davidson and his husband, plus the fight that Montfort is still dealing with, turned me into a believer. It’s not perfect but it gives hope that one day Norta can become just as them, where Reds with abilities will not be hunted and slaughter, where they can have the same things that Silvers can.

Although  this is a fantasy series it is very relate-able. My only request is that the author please branch off and do a few spin off/prequels to this series. I would love to see how Montfort came to be, Farley and Davidson’s story, even see what happens of Evangeline. I would rate this series 4.5 out of five stars and definitely recommend it to YA readers.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ❤

The Perfect Stranger Book Review

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

I want everyone to sit back and read my review on The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda. Before we get started I do want you to know this review may cont *SPOILERS* so please leave now if you don’t want this review to ruin anything for you.

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The narrator in this book is Leah Stevens. In the beginning you find out that Leah moved to western PA with her friend Emmy she roomed with for a short period of time after college. Leah use to be a journalist in Boston until something happened that forced her to quit her job at the paper and leave town. You also find out from Leah that having to leave town came around the same time she reconnected with Emmy who also needed a fresh start.

For the majority of the book you never get to meet Emmy because she is missing and Leah believes something terrible has happened to her. Everything we first learn about Emmy is through Leah’s recollection of her. You get the impression that Emmy is just this free spirited, goes where the wind takes her type of person. Once Kyle starts looking into Emmy and her disappearance you finally realize that Leah doesn’t know anything about Emmy at all. I began to contemplate if Emmy is an actual person at all or if she is just a figment of Leah’s imagination, but that was quickly gone because of the people who actually saw Emmy before her disappearance.

Also going on is whoever is stalking Leah. The author tried to have you believe that is was the coach who was arrested for the suspicion of killing a woman down by the lake near Leah’s house. The woman is a spitting image of Leah and the police believe that he killed her because of his obsession with Leah and her rejection of him. I will admit that I didn’t really fall for that. It just seemed to easy for it to be the coach and so many things just didn’t add up. I never suspected the coach was stalking Leah especially when the author introduced Leah’s strange student Theo.

Megan Miranda did such a wonderful job on keeping her readers guessing as to who Emmy really is and how Leah could possibly no next to nothing of the girl she considered her friend and roommate. I cared very little for everything else that was going on and was so caught up in finding out what happened to Emmy. I felt for a while that Leah wasn’t as great as she claimed to be as an observant and investigative person seeing as how she doesn’t eve know the person who was living under her roof. The fact that Emmy had no phone, no pictures and didn’t like taking any, and couldn’t use her own name to rent the house should have all been red flags for Leah.

As she began uncovering more and more about Emmy you realize what a web of lies and deceit there was. And the big kicker was that the murdered girl was Emmy’s real friend from childhood, who she was taking Leah’s personal information for years so she can give it to her friend and using as her own! O.M.G!!! I do love that Leah was committed to finding the truth about Emmy and the confrontation at the end of the book! Wow just W O W! I don’t think that Megan Miranda could have come up with a better ending then what she did and it made me proud of Leah that she was able to find out who the real Emmy is and find her!

I would definitely give this book 5 stars out of 5 and recommend it to anyone who loves a good suspense/mystery book!

Until next time….

Peace, Love, and Read On ❤