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Book Review: Reverie

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.
As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was such an interesting book. It wasn’t written in the usual young adult format. It almost was written more as an adult sci-fi novel. It was a truly unique story that pulls you in. This is one of those plot heavy books, it is not driven by its characters but it is made up for it by story substance. It was very fun to read. 

My one real complaint is the magic system was very confusing, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was happening and how it was happening rather than enjoying my time. I reread a lot of the book just to figure out what was going on. I feel like we could have had the magic system explained a lot earlier and it would have saved a lot of headaches. 

I absolutely adored that there was a solid LGBTQIA presence in this book. We need more books with a strong queer representation, and we get that with Reverie. Kane was by far my favorite character. Even though this wasn’t a character driven story.. Kane’s story was very compelling and had me very interested. I love that he was forced to battle his past even though he could not remember it. 

Reverie kept me very excited through every page turn, and I found myself contemplating what was going to happen even when I wasn’t glued to my kindle. I really enjoyed Ryan La Sala’s writing style. He is incredibly honest and assertive in his writing and it is almost refreshing to the YA universe. 

I really enjoyed Reverie and really hope we see this turned into a series. This is one of those stories that could easily have multiple books to follow and in my honest opinion.. It would make a stellar movie! 

Thank you kindly to Ryan La Sala, NetGalley, and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to review this book.
Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley

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Book Review: Coral

There’s more than one way to drown.
Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease, said to be carried by humans—emotions. Can she face the darkness long enough to surface in the light?
Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can rely on is the numbness she finds within the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at Fathoms—a new group therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point of living if her soul is destined to bleed?
Merrick may be San Francisco’s golden boy, but he wants nothing more than to escape his controlling father. When his younger sister’s suicide attempt sends Merrick to his breaking point, escape becomes the only option. If he can find their mom, everything will be made right again—right?
When their worlds collide, all three will do whatever it takes to survive, and Coral might even catch a prince in the process. But what—and who—must they leave behind for life to finally begin?

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am usually a sucker for retellings, but this one was just okay. I am also a sucker for books written in multiple perspectives, and again this was just okay. I felt really confused most of the time. It jumped too much and too quickly from person to person and made me feel a bit whiplashed. 

I felt something was missing from this story and I just can’t put my finger on it.. It just didn’t grab my attention. As I said before, I love retellings and this one did not really feel like a true retelling. Despite reading the phrase “the Little Mermaid” 100 times in the book. I wouldn’t have really compared like I usually do a retelling. I feel this is more of it’s own book than a retelling of the Little Mermaid. 

Kudos, to the author for tackling such tough and sensitive issues such as suicide and mental illness. But there really should be more of a trigger warning for this title. 

The writing style while wonderfully descriptive, was still a bit confusing. I wish it had been just a little easier to get through because I really wanted to love this book. 

Thank you kindly to Sara Ella, NetGalley, and Thomas Nelson Fiction for allowing me to review this title.
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Book Review: The Hive

Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive. Social media used to be out of control, after all. People were torn apart by trolls and doxxers. Even hackers — like Cassie’s dad — were powerless against it. But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many “condemns,” and a crowd can come after you, teach you a lesson in real life. It’s safer, fairer and perfectly legal. Entering her senior year of high school, filled with grief over an unexpected loss, Cassie is primed to lash out. Egged on by new friends, she makes an edgy joke online. Cassie doubts anyone will notice. But the Hive notices everything. And as her viral comment whips an entire country into a frenzy, the Hive demands retribution. One moment Cassie is anonymous; the next, she’s infamous. And running for her life. With nowhere to turn, she must learn to rely on herself — and a group of Hive outcasts who may not be reliable — as she slowly uncovers the truth about the machine behind the Hive. New York Times bestselling authors Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden have teamed up for the first time to create a novel that’s gripping, terrifying and more relevant every day.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This is one of those novels that make you think…what if this were real? I found myself constantly wondering what I would do if I were in Cassie’s shoes. 

While wildly entertaining, this book really brings to light some very serious topics we face in today’s social media obsessed society. Any and everything you say can have a serious impact on you or someone else. Think before you post! I really found Baden and Lyga’s style of writing very easy to read. The Hive had a great speed to it and was never boring. I was super engaged the whole time I was reading and I really felt like I was right there beside Cassie the entire time. What a ride this was. 
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Thank you to Netgalley, Barry Lyga, Morgan Baden, and Kids Can Press Publishing for allowing me to review this book. 
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Book Review: The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep #2)

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.
For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I tend to gravitate towards oceanic covers, and this one is just absolutely breathtaking. This was a total page turner for me. I requested this novel because of the astonishing cover, but quickly fell in love. I had no idea it was a sequel until I receive my review copy, so of course I went back and read Sky in the Deep first. While this is a sequel in the series, it is a very strong stand-alone as it follows different characters with mild character crossovers. 

This book was just as good, if not better than Sky in the Deep with just as many strong female characters. Adrienne Young has such a beautifully descriptive way of making you feel in the drama! I absolutely loved this book. 

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Book Review: Well Met

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?
This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I.LOVE.THIS.BOOK. Jen Deluca, you have no idea how much I adore your writing style. You are a gem to contemporary literature and I will read any and everything you ever pushlish. 

This story follows Emily, a 20 something millennial who has just had a really rough go of things. Emily comes to the small town of Willow Creek to help her sister recover from a terrible accident and to care for her teenage niece. Her niece desperately wants to sign up to the in the Ren Faire but needs a guardian to sign up with her due to her age. Emily reluctantly signs up to be a tavern wench. I won’t go into tooooo many details, but a certain stubborn english teacher changes Emily’s life and makes her want to make her home in Willow creek more of a permanent situation. 

My main question for Deluca…is why can’t every guy be like Simon? Where can I get a Simon of my own?? He is an absolute heartthrob for this little nerd. I mean who doesn’t love a Shakespere quoting hunk of man? 

I found Emily super relatable and I enjoyed tagging along on her journey through self discovery. If you want an easy read, then make sure you pick this up. It was absolutely FANTASTIC. 

I want to thank Jen Deluca, NetGalley, and Berkley Publishing Group for the change to review this title. It was so enjoyable!

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Book Review: Crown of Coral and Pearl

For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen…and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Oh did I enjoy this book. I started this book with absolutely no expectations. But I found Mara Rutherford’s dark and magical world of Illara so inviting that I now never want to leave. From page one, I was completely hooked. I adore Nor and Zadie, in ways it reminds me of the relationship I have with my own sister. I did find that Nor was a tad weepy. Someone get this girl a tissue! After I finished the book, I immediately googled Rutherford and I was so pleased to find out that this is going to be a series and I cannot wait to see where she goes with this story. It is definitely far from over. 

The ending was incredibly enjoyable though unexpected. A giant four star rating for this gem of a book. I would like to personally thank Mara Rutherford, NetGalley, and Harlequin Teen/Inkyard Press for the opportunity to review this title. 

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Book Review: Sky in the Deep (Sky in the Deep #1)

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Who doesn’t love a badass viking chick? I love the harsh truth of viking culture within this book. I will admit, this book was not on my radar until I received an ARC of the sequel. I found myself drawn in almost immediately. I love how fiercely loyal viking clans are portrayed and how even if you are a woman you are equal on the battlefield. 

The writing in this book really sticks with you because of its sheer poetic beauty. I love that most of the characters are strong women. We need more of these in today’s fiction!
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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Book Review: To Be Your Girl (To Be Yours #1)

Staying away from Cade Renner is easier said than done—because he’s my brother’s best friend and my new roommate.
I know he’s trouble when I meet him—half naked, covered in tattoos, and kicking an anonymous girl out of his bed.
I’m not supposed to become his friend, and I definitely shouldn’t be thinking about him at night.
Especially after I meet Adam—he is the perfect gentleman and he wants to be my boyfriend. To him, I am a sweet, innocent girl not to be defiled.
But I’m done being innocent.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I enjoyed this novel because it is something we can all relate to. We have all experienced a crush on a bad boy at one time or another in our lives. Or maybe a crush on a brother’s friend (or a friend’s brother–Guilty!)

I will be honest though, I found the plot to be a bit predictable. I had a lot of “girl I told you so” moments. But overall, I did enjoy the story and it was a pretty easy read. I will probably finish out the series as a palate cleanser for some of the heavier books I read. 

Rae Kennedy provides a fun, super easy, adorable, and some what smutty story that will keep you entertained throughout! Solid 3 star rating.
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Book Review: Mimic (The Prodigy Chronicles Book 2)

In 2012, one cycle of an ancient calendar system came to a close. Humanity predicted its downfall, but it wasn’t the end of their evolutionary climb. It was the beginning.
Willow Kent is discovering that life as a second-phase prodigy comes at a price. Trapped in the London Core, her choices are limited, made difficult by her forbidden romance with Reece and the presence of a new commanding officer who establishes harsh rules. With unpredictable skills and a growing distrust in her birth parents, she is struggling to play the Core’s game. But when opportunity arises in the form of a mysterious shapeshifter, Willow realizes there’s more to her own evolution than meets the eye. She soon learns that keeping secrets is a key move, and the more dangerous they are, the greater her need to evolve into the powerful prodigy nature intended her to become.
But those closest to her have their own secrets, and her status has made her an easy target for betrayal. Who will she turn to, when nothing is as it seems?

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I am so glad that I got to read Gambit and Mimic back to back.. Now if we could get the third installment like yesterday… That would be great. 

This book is wayyy more intense than its prequel. Willow develops her abilities more and discovers ones that vastly surpass all expectations. SHE HAS A FREAKING TIGER GUYS. I love that this book doesn’t shy away from Willow also being a typical teen. All teens have those emotional moments that make them seem like a know it all or a brat. Willow is absolutely no exception. I love the attraction between Willow and Reece.. Come on y’all.. We are all shipping that. 

This book really just has everything from political alliances to complicated relationships. One of my favorite things about Denault’s writing is the realistic protagonist development. Everything just seems to naturally grow and flow. Denault has built this amazingly realistic world that I just want to immerse myself in and never leave. Mimic will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew. What motives to the people around you really have? Would you make the same choices? Who can you really trust? I found myself nervously excited at every page turn. Put C.L Denault on your list of authors to watch.. We got a gem here!
I gave this a solid 4 star rating just like its predecessor. This is a great read, and I cannot wait for the next installment. Denault!! Get on it! (Also.. can we just take a moment with that gorgeous cover art!!!)

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Book Review: The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter

Sixteen-year-old Anna sees things from another world, the spiritual world, a skill that isn’t exactly useful in high school. It’s bad enough that her mother, possessed by a demon, took her own life when Anna was a child, a loss she remains tortured by. Now her father makes his living “clearing” haunted objects, and Anna’s job as his assistant makes her a social misfit. Most kids in her suburban New Jersey town refer to her just as “Goblin Girl.”
Only Freddy and Dor remain loyal friends. But Anna’s so focused on her own problems, she’s missed that her connection with Freddy is moving beyond the friend zone and that Dor is in crisis.
As junior year approaches, a rare solar storm lights up the night skies and the citizens of Bloomtown begin to act strangely: Anna’s teachers lash out, her best friends withdraw, and the school bullies go from mean to murderous. When Anna realizes she can harness this evil power, she sets out to save Bloomtown and the only family she has left.
But to do so, she must keep her own increasingly dark urges at bay.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

I really wish I had paid a bit more attention to the trigger warnings on this book. The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter while amazing, was also incredibly triggering for me for many reasons (i.e Pedophilia, bullies, suicide, sucide idealization, self harm, etc..) I actually had to step away from reading on several different occasions just to calm myself down. Nevertheless, I decided to power through and finish the book. 

The story follows a 16 year old Anna who sees creatures from another world. This tends to complicate her highschool career quite a bit. After her mother’s demonic episode leading to her suicide, Anna has a really hard time coping. She is bullied because of her father’s career as a ghost hunter and taunted by the nickname “goblin girl.”  

Anna starts being haunted by nightmares, violent thoughts, etc. She knows that something supernatural must be at play and she must harness her connection to the source to uncover the truth. 

Overall, it was a great read It was super dark and at times very heavy, but I love Caroline Flarity’s confidence in her writing. She wasn’t afraid to tackle uncomfortable subjects. I do recommend this book but I will say please heed the trigger warnings. I give this book a 3 star rating due to the amount of triggering situations, but still a very very solid read.

A personal thank you to NetGalley, East Side Press Publishing, and Caroline Flarity for allowing me to review this book. 

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.