Book Review: Vengeance Road 

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Rating: 4 stars

Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal. 

This book has been on my TBR list since like, forever. I finally decided to read it, and I’m glad I did. I haven’t read many western books before, so it was pretty interesting. Let me tell you something, I love a good revenge story. There won’t be a sequel, though there is a companion novel coming out next year. 

I thought this was going to be a straight and simple story, no twist and turns, but boy was I wrong. There was a good number of things that I just did not see coming. 

Kate’s a pretty badass chick.

“That sounds real nice, boy,” he says. “Now for the love of God, lower that damn pistol.”

“All right,” I says.

And I do.

Right after I shoot him through the skull.”

– Erin Bowman,“Vengeance Road.”

I liked Jesse and Will enough, but eh. TBR chemistry between her and Jesse was nice, but seriously, they just met. Lil was interesting, but wedding get to find out much about her (yet).  
Usually, I hate hate hate books where it’s told with an accent. I couldn’t read Blood Red Road ’cause of the accent. There is one in this book, and it’ll seem pretty strong at first, but you get used to it. It’s not too overbearing and once you really get into the story it’s not an issue. 
It was generally pretty fast paced, a nitty gritty western read. I would definitely reccomend this to fans of Rebel of the Sands. A gunslinging, sassy, wild, girl hellbent on revenge. Why are you not already reading this?

Subscription Box Unboxing + Review: LitJoy

Note: I received this box for free in exchange for a review. This did not effect my review of the box, everything stated below is my honest opinion on the product. 


Subscription Box: LitJoy 

Month: May

Rating: 5 stars 
A little bit about LitJoy from their website:

LitJoy Crate is a monthly book box subscription for readers of all ages! Each box is thoughtfully curated with new release books and 2-3 quality book-themed items. Select from our children’s board book crate (ages 0-2), children’s picture book crate (ages 3-7), or our young adult book crate (ages 14+). 

Monthly plans start at $29.99 (plus shipping), and with prepay plans of 3, 6 or 12 months increment, you’ll save a bit per box. 

   Now, let’s pop open this blue beauty 

         It came with  this card about LitJoy

    

     Oooh, here’s the Merch it came with


A notepad by Chicklit designs, a super cute compass watch necklace, and this lipgloss by Me Now. 

The notepad is adorable! I don’t think I’ll be able to write on it, it’s too cute! It was also specially designed for the book this box came with! I love the necklace, and it fits perfectly with the book (can you guess what book this is?). The lipgloss is my favorite, and it matches my lips almost exactly. It’s a shade or two lighter and it looks fantastic! I know I’ll be buying more of this. 
                      Now for the book


Rebel of the Sands! This was actually one of the first books I reviewed for my blog. It came with a signed nameplate and handwritten a letter from Alwym Hamilton herself. 

                  

     

Oh, I almost forgot. Like the background? It’s a scarf that came with the box! 

A hardcover book, signed nameplate, handwritten letter, and four items that fit perfectly with the book. I’d call that a win!

I would definitely reccomend this subscription to all YA lovers! And guess what, you can buy previous boxes from their site if you missed one you wanted!
What do y’all think of this box? Comment below!

Book Review: Ivory and Bone

Ivory and Bone  by Julie Eshbaugh

Series: Ivory and Bone 


Publication Date
: June 7 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Rating: 4 stars

A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along. 

(I’m feeling a little off today, so this review is pretty short. It’s not my best work, but I tried)

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in prehistoric times. I actually didn’t realize that it was until I looked at the synopsis again. 

The way the story was told was pretty interesting. 

“Why don’t you tell me a story?” 

― Julie Eshbaugh, Ivory and Bone

The majority (but not all) of it is told as a story to Mya by Kol, so it uses  words like you, and seems like it’s referring to the reader. It’s kinda nice because it’s like you’re part of the story. 

“But at this moment, this one word feels like the answer to every question:

You.” 

― Julie Eshbaugh, Ivory and Bone

The story itself is pretty interesting since the narrator doesn’t know who’s lying and who can be trusted. I can’t go too in detailed without spoiling some key details, so I’ll leave it at that. 
The writing is beautiful, and Julie Eshbaugh describes things so perfectly. She weaves magic into words. 

I liked Kol generally, but he’s not exactly one of my favorite characters. Mya is pretty badass, and definitely my favorite though she could use some loosening up.  There were times I really wanted to smack Peck. He has no tact. At all. 

I would reccomend this book to anyone looking for a good read, definitely if your a fan of Pride and Prejuidice. 

Book Review: Invision

Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Series: 7th book in Chronicles of Nick

Rating: 4.5 stars

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

Source: Review copy from publicist

WARNING: This review may contain spoilers to the previous books in the series, so GO READ THEM!!!



Sherrilyn Kenyon, I can not begin to describe what an amazing author you are. I absolutley ADORE this series. I discovered it sometime last year, before the 6th book came out. I was definitely not expecting to binge read 5 of these in one weekend and then die because I realized the next one wasn’t out yet.  If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend you check it out. It’s EPIC, and you get so caught up in it. It’s like Shadowhunters crossed with Percy Jackson, with a whole lot of  Supernatural thrown in. 

OMGOMGOMG ITS GONNA BE A MOVIE!!! [insert excited squeal here]  More details on that later. 

I swear, nothing ever goes right for Nick. This book is no exception. I would feel sorry for him if I didn’t enjoy this series so much. He’s so dang funny and he just takes it all in stride. 

It did a pretty good job recapping, but you might wanna skim through the last book if it’s been a while. I love how it’s so complex but kinda simple at the same time. It’s like Supernatural, with a bunch of mythologies and lore that just somehow seamlessly fit together. 

In this book we get to find out more about Caleb and Xev, and what happened to Zavid. There’s a couple new characters, and some really wonky shtick is going down. Demons, hell-monkeys, and the like (basically it’s like every other Tuesday).  

 I like Kody, but Caleb is definitely my favorite after Nick.  

Ugh, but I also love Xev. And Simi. And Acheron. And Kyrian. And Cherise. And Bubba. And Mark. And Tabby. 
Basically, everyone. 

I read this wayyyy to fast, and THAT ENDING. Like, I think the epilogue might’ve actually killed me. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE NEXT ONE?!?!  

(There’s already a cover and synopsis though!!!! Cannot wait!!!!! )

This book was a solid 4.5, definitely a must read. Although if you’ve already gotten this far into the series you know all of them are like that. This series is just AH-MAY-ZING!!! I’ll never get enough of good ol’Nick.  

Now,

 WHATCHA WAITING FOR?!?! 

GO READ IT!!!

Book Review: The Awakening

The Awakening by Melissa A. Craven

Rating: 4 stars

Source: NetGalley


At first, I didn’t like this book. It wasn’t until maybe 1/3 ways in that I started thing,hmm not bad, not bad at all. And then BOOM! Next thing I knew, I was in love with this book. I couldn’t put it down and OMG, I need the next one like right now. 

In the beginning I was like ugh, I don’t like this character, and ugh insta love. BUT it wasn’t until later on I realized that no, not insta love, in fact they weren’t in that kind of relationship at all. And there was a reason for Allie’s bipolarness. It all made soooooo much sense later when she met everyone and they explained what was up (nope, I’m not gonna tell you what, you’ll have to read it to find out). 

It took a while for Allie to grow on me, but she turned out to be pretty cool. I loved Aidan and everyone else (ignore that whole fake Aidan stuff and doesn’t last long thankfully). Emma and Naeemah especially intrigued me and I really hope Melissa A. Craven will write a prequel with their backstories. These are some seriously badass women and I love them! I also loved Gregg and Liam and basically everyone  in the “family”(there’s just way too many to name). These were some pretty amazin characters and seriously, that prequel needs to be a thing.  

The whole idea/concept of this book was really refreshing and original. I’ve mane read only one or two books somewhat like this and those are still really different from how it was in this book (I’m trying not to give away the Big Revelation). There were so many cute little moments in this book that made me smile, and I really liked it!

There was kind of a love triangle but it’s not a bad one. It actually adds to the plot and makes sense (I like Vince, but Team Aidan  all the way). In the beginning it seemed kinda cliche but it’s gets better, don’t worry.  I really love the friendship (yeah, you read that right) between Aidan and Allie. They’re just so friggin adorable together and it’s a very slow burn even though it seemed like insta love in the beginning (again, all will be revealed and everything has a purpose, their “connection”,  Allie’s weird mood swings. Just trust me on this one).
I would’ve given this a higher rating if not for the slow beginning, but seriously, this was amazing. Just power through the slow parts  until you make it to the awakening, where it really starts to get good (probably cuz everything finally makes sense).  You must read this, it’s just so ASDFGHJKL!!! Still kinda reeling from the ending of this. 

**I received a free review copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. It did not, in any way, influence my review of this book** 

Book Review: Truthwitch

Truthwitch  by Susan Dennard

Rating: 4.5/5 starst

I was super excited when I first heard about this book. It was on my TBR list months before it was even published. Susan Dennard is a spectacular writer, and BFFs with my favorite author, Sarah J. Maas, so I knew this was going to be an amazing book.

Safi is a Truthwitch, the first in over a century. Her  powers allow her to discern whether anyone directly in front of her is speaking the truth, making her extremely valuable to the struggling nations, poised on the brink of war.  Iseult is a Threadwitch, the extent of her powers unknown to even herself. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.  All they want is freedom, but danger is what they are served instead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch

This book was REALLY good. The beginning was kinda heavy, so I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I was soon immersed in the amazing world Susan Dennard created. Safi is an orphaned heiress, bright and headstrong. Her big mouth and recklessness can often lead to trouble, but it is usually driven by her need to protect Iseult. I liked her, but Iseult was my favorite. She is a total badass with an  troubled past and some extremely wicked mojo. She’s the yin to Safi’s yang, the calm to Safi’s chaos.

“Safi had her title to protect her, and Iseult had her heritage to damn her.”

Iseult has never felt like she truly belongs anywhere, except for when she’s at Safi’s side. I really liked how this book was focused more on friendship rather than romance.

While the relationship between Merik and Safi is swoon worthy, I really ship Iseult and Aeduan (who doesn’t love an villain turned anti-hero?).  I really hope there’s more of him in the next book and that they get together.

“My life-debt is paid, Threadwitch. If our paths cross again, make no mistake: I will kill you.”
“No, you won’t,” she whispered as the door clicked shut.
Aeduan forced himself to stay silent. She deserved no response—it would be her mistake if she thought he would spare her.

I liked the magic system in this book, it kind of reminded me of Grisha, but with it’s own unique twist. A lot of reviews said it had no world building and that it didn’t make sense, but I disagree. You just have to pay attention in the beginning to understand what’s going on. This is definitely not something you can quickly skim through. (Also, Safi and Merik isn’t insta-love.  It starts off with sparks that become a slowly but gradually burn until the end, were it blazes, bright and true. )

Merik ignored her, and with a free hand, he yanked a cloth from his coat and wiped down his engraved scabbard. “On this ship, my word is law, Domna. Do you understand? Your title means nothing here.”

Safi nodded and fought the overwhelming urge to roll her eyes. 

“But I am willing to offer you a deal. I won’t lock you in chains if you promise to stop behaving like a feral dog and instead behave like the domna you’re supposed to be.”
“But Prince”–she lowered her eyelids in an indolent blink–“my title means nothing here.”

Over all, this book was amazing, one of the best so far this year. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Throne of Glass or the Grisha trilogy!

 

 

 

Top Ten OTPs

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So this took just about FOREVER. I couldn’t decide on only 10, and I kept rearranging them. I have at least 1 OTP for everything I’ve ever read/watched. (For those of you who don’t know, OTP stands for One True Pair, though it’s impossible to have just ONE) These are 10 of my all time favorite OTPs that I will ship until the end of time! 

 

1. Percabeth (Percy x Annabeth)

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Percabeth will always be my no. 1 OTP. I can barely remember back to when I didn’t ship this. Percy and Annabeth are GOALS. I’m so in love with their love. They just have this bond that is so perfect, and I can only dream of having a relationship as amazing as theirs.

2. Olicity (Oliver x Felicity)

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It is not possible to watch arrow and NOT ship this. I mean, I liked Laurel, but Felicity is just so right for Oliver. I shipped this the second they introduced Felicity, and had been waiting for this to finally become a canon (OMG WHEN THEY  FINALLY GOT TOGETHER!!!!)

3. Blarke (Bellamy x Clarke) 

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I shipped this right off the bat. I read the first two books of The 100 where this was a canon and I’m currently on season 2 of the show (you’ll hate me for this, but I actually like the show better. I find the storyline more interesting  than the books. I didn’t like it at first because it was nothing like the books, but in the end it turned out being a lot better.) Blarke isn’t a canon yet, and it is KILLING ME! I want them to be together sooooo bad because they are obviously perfect for each other, but Finn keeps screwing things up. Like, can he not just be with Raven (though I actually ship her with that engineer guy now). He needs to back off and let Clarke realize that Bellamy is her SOULMATE.
4. Destiel (Dean x Castiel)

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The thing is, I’m 99.99% sure Dean is my soulmate. But how can I NOT ship this. At first I was like no way this will never happen, Dean is so straight, but now I totally ship this. This better become a canon in season 12!!!

5. Malec (Magnus x Alec)

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Do I even have to explain this?

6. Samaena (Sam x Celaena)

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(This is from Throne of Glass btw) This ship immediately  became one of my OTPs after I read Assassins Blade, the prequel to Throne of Glass. I’m an avid shipper of Rowlaena, but gosh, Sam and Celaena were just meant to be. I don’t think I’ll ever get over his death (Sarah J. Maas has confirmed that she’s not bringing him back 😭). I hate Arrobyn for cutting short  what would have been such a perfect and beautiful relationship. My heart bleeds for Celaena (Aelin).

 

7. Magleo (Magnus x Cleo)

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If you suggested this during the first 2 books of Falling Kingdoms I would’ve thought you were insane. But OMG do I ship this now! I was driven insane by the third and fourth book because they just wouldn’t admit their LOVE. I wholeheartedly ship this now, and I will CUT anyone who tries to interfere with their relationship.

8. Johnlock (Sherlock x John)

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Yes I ship this. Deal with it.

9. Wessa (Will x Tessa)

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It’s almost impossible to choose between Will and Jem, but in the end I’ll always go with Will. Him and Tessa were just destined to be together. I felt sooooo bad for him in the 2nd and 3rd book, but in the end it all worked out. Will is just so….. ARBOYHDWYJBFITGCDDJOGBDDHTBDJURBDHJTFSDJJU!!!!! I love him so much and I can’t wait for Cassandra Clare’s series about Lucie!!!

10. Haisa (Hans x Raisa)

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First off, it’s NOT pronounced the same as Hans from Frozen. His name is short for Hansel [han-suh l]. It’s pronounced Han-s. Not H-ah-ns.

I was practically screaming at both of them throughout this series (Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima). They would be in the same place, even brush by each other, BUT THEY WOULDN’T RECOGNIZE EACH OTHER!!! ASJDFIRHFTIYS!!! I ship this soooo hard and the ending to that series was perfect. Seriously, you have to read this. It starts off slow, BUT GOOD GOD THIS SERIES IS AH-MAH-ZING!!!!!!

Book Review : Rebel of the Sands

 
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rating: 4.5 stars
I was really surprised to find out that this book was a debut. I didn’t expect much when I first got this and when I read it, it blew me away completely! This book is amazing!

“You are this country, Amani.” He spoke more quietly now. “More alive than anything ought to be in this place. All fire and gunpowder, with one finger always on the trigger.”

           -Alwyn Hamilton 

Amani is a girl of the dessert. After the death of her mother she is forced to live with her cruel aunt and uncle, treated as though a slave. Quick and lethal with a gun, Amani enters a shooting contest disguised as a boy, hoping to escape her uncles hold on her with the prize money. There she encounters Jin, a mysterious and charming foreigner wanted for treason, and possibly her only ticket out of Dustwalk. But Jin has an agenda of his own, and soon they find themselves diving headfirst into trouble. 
I loved this book so much! Amani is a spitfire heroine, wild and dangerous. She’s not some irritatingly perfect character, she has flaws makes mistakes, and that’s what makes her real. With her smart mouth and blazing personality she quickly endeared herself to me. The secondary characters were actual people, not just flat puppets filling in roles. They were each unique in their own way, and really added to the plot. 

The storyline was brutal, honest, and beautiful. In the beginning I thought it was a western book, but it quickly evolved into an amazing fantasy, filled with magic, monsters, and enemies at each turn. This story was fresh, a nice change from your usual fantasy books.  

I still can’t believe this was Alwyn Hamilton’s first book. I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book. Fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and Grisha will love this book. It’s definitely going on my list of 2016’s Top Books!

Book Review: Firstlife

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Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis:
Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

 

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.
In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

 

My Thoughts:

This book had me hooked from the start. It’s REALLY unique, and I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like this before. The world Gena Showalter created is amazing  and complex.

Your “firstlife” is merely a prequel, and it really begins after your “firstdeath”. Before you die you’re supposed to sign on with either Troika or Myriad, the two realms in which your soul will go to after your firstdeath. One  is light and the other, dark, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that one is good and the other bad. In Troika,  everyone is treated equal without any exceptions. It’s known for its structure and conformity. Everything is black and white, right or wrong. Myriad, on the other hand, is  all about indulgence and bliss, willing to negotiate covenant terms and basically bribe you into choosing them. They believe in fate and destiny, that everything happens for a reason. The catch is, once you choose one realm, there’s no going back.  You can’t switch sides after you’ve pledged yourself, even if your still alive. Tenley Lockwood, unknowingly thought to be he ultimate weapon by both sides,  is unsure about which to pick and chooses to stay as an Unsigned, meaning that if she doesn’t pick before her death, she will end up in Many Ends, a place of your worst nightmares come to life. On top of that, both realms are willing to kill her just so that she doesn’t pick the other.

I can understand why she is hesitant to choose. She’s  being forced to decide were she will spend the rest of her existence and can’t change herr mind once she does. I’m a pretty indecisive person, and I don’t think I be able to pick either until the very last-minute.

The character’s are intriguing , eccentric, and very well-developed. I loved Ten’s character. She was strong-willed and brave, not taking being easily persuaded or bribed. She was very determined throughout the whole story, even when the odds were stacked heavily against her.  Both Archer and Killian are unique, with something different to offer.  They are enemies, both trying to overcome the other and convince Ten to join their side, creating all sorts of interesting and amusing situations.(I’d like to point out there is NOT a love triangle, and that there’s  more kinds of love than  just romantic interest).

The plot is pretty different from your average fantasy novel, full of twists and turns. I honestly don’t know what to even compare it to, never having read anything even remotely like this. It made me laugh at times, and it made me cry at times.

Over all this was an amazing book, and I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.

Book Reveiw: Starflight

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Starflight by Melissa Landers

Rating:  3 stars

Synopsis: Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

 

My Thoughts:

I don’t like many sci-fi books, but I really enjoyed reading this one. It was a quick read, fast paced and entertaining. The characters were my favorite part of this book. Each was interesting and well-developed. Solara is clever, tough, fearless, and a very hard worker. She is determined to escape her past and make something of herself. Solara doesn’t let anyone put her down, and continually stands up for herself. Doran is portrayed as a jerk in the beginning, but changes dynamically as the plot unfolds. He is a smart, calm, and sensitive guy, focused on reaching the Obsidian Beaches to find out what his father wanted. He is haunted by his past but doesn’t let it stop him from achieving his goals. This book is packed with  highstakes action, witty banter, and hilarious moments.

All in all, there wasn’t really anything that I didn’t like about this book, but it didn’t wow me either. It’s a good read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves  sci-fi novels like Lunar or Under the Never Sky.