Review: November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson


November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson

November Snow (Bad Bloods, #2)

Title: November Snow (Bad Bloods #2)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: September 19, 2016

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: eBook

Page Number: 275

Source: Author

Fans of Red Queen and The Hunger Games Trilogy will love this new series by Shannon A. Thompson.
When Daniel and Serena unite, their accidental relationship becomes the catalyst for a twelve-year war to continue. Exposing the twisted past of a corrupt city, Daniel, Serena, and everyone they know will come together to fight. But Serena has another battle. After a political rumor threatens their lives, Serena must leave her family and join the political front against her will. To survive apart, Daniel has to separate his love from his hatred and join forces with his worst memory to secure Vendona’s war. But very few of them will survive to see the last day. Bad blood or human, a city will burn, snow will fall, and all will be united by catastrophic secrets and irrevocable tragedy.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Shannon A. Thompson for sending me this book to read and review! I’m sorry it took so long to get this review up! I’m a lazy reader lately ;)

This is the second book in the Bad Bloods series, and we’re immediately pulled back into the world of future America, politics, and bad bloods. Serena and Daniel are separated throughout this novel because Serena is needed for the new presidency. Serena has one wish, and it has to be seen through in order for the two flocks to live in harmony. What she doesn’t know, is how much pain it will cause to the others.

I don’t want to say too much about this book, because it is so closely related to the first, and neither are very long. It shouldn’t take too long to read both! I really loved this world of Vendona. It’s future United States, and it was taking place during an election *kind of similarly to what has happened in the recent past with a few not-so-great candidates…* Anyway, one candidate will fight for the bad bloods, one will have them all killed. Serena goes to help to try and make sure that no more bad bloods will die. While she’s helping out, she learns crazy new information that helps both her and the rest of both of her flocks.

There were quite a few parts in this book that should have been elaborated on more. I was confused when Jane was talking about the directions being changed, and figured there would be more said about it, but then there wasn’t. I was a little disappointed with that.

I really enjoyed the vulnerability, friendships, and love that happen throughout this book. I love when the stereotype of men not being able to cry is broken. Anyone can cry; people are human. I really liked the vulnerable side you saw to some characters.

Overall, I enjoyed this duology. I still have to say that the Timely Death Trilogy has been my favorite of Shannon’s books I’ve read, though. Please check out something from her, she’s an amazing author!

Thanks again, Shannon, for allowing me to read this book and for being one of the first authors to contact me!

Series:

November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

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Review: The Almost King (Tellus #2) – Lucy Saxon


The Almost King (Tellus #2) – Lucy Saxon

The Almost King (Tellus, #2)

Title: The Almost King (Tellus #2)

Author: Lucy Saxon

Release Date: June 4, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 410

Source: Friend

Aleks Vasin is the youngest of four brothers, each with his path mapped out. But Aleks doesn’t want to work in his father’s shop and live with his family in a village in the westernmost corner of Siberene. And when he hears his parents fretting about money, he decides to save them the cost of his keep and leave.

First he heads south – though everyone tells him not to – to Rudavin, headquarters of the kingsguard, and he signs up for the army, little knowing what brutality it entails. After only a few weeks, Aleks realizes that this garrison is full of liars and thieves; he’s signed away four years of his life to a commander who steals his money and a captain who’s already hurt Aleks’s beloved horse. This is not a noble destiny.

After a brutal beating, Aleks escapes, hoping to find safety and a new life somewhere in the north. And there, this deserter finds love, adventure, and a skyship in which he might just prove himself a hero after all – if he can evade the soldiers who seek to capture him.

Prepare for another sweeping adventure in this second book in a unique six-book series. Each book is set in a different land within the Tellus world, with repeating characters and related, nonlinear storylines that combine to create a one-of-a-kind, addictive reading experience.

5 out of 5 stars


OH MY GOODNESS. I loved this book so much. On Goodreads it says I’ve been reading it for a while, but I read this in one day. 410 pages in one single day. Seriously this series is becoming one of my favorite series!

This is the second installment in the six book series (SIX BOOKS!). In this book you follow Aleks Vasin down to the south of his country where he tries to find what he wants to do. He enlists in the army because no one in his family has, and having four successful older brothers, he needs to take a different path. He quickly finds out that this military camp in the south of the country is brutal and violent. There has never been a chance that he’ll get to fight the way he wants to coming from this camp. He wants to travel. He has wanderlust that he needs to fulfill.

“His father had never had the wanderlust he seemed to have developed. He’d always been happy exactly where he was, doing the same job, keeping his quiet life in their minuscule village. He’d never wondered what the cliffs in the East looked like, or whether the palaces were really as breathtaking as they were in the newscasts, of how it would feel to fly through a storm. Not like Aleks had.” (p 28)

I know that is a long quote, but I couldn’t help but share it. By page 28 of this book I had already related to Aleks on so many levels. I have wanderlust. I want to travel. I want to see the world, just like he does.

After he finds out that the military camp he’s at will get him nowhere, he leaves before he’s killed. He searches for his enlistment papers to destroy them, and finds something else. A journal. Mysterious knowledge for an awful event that takes place in book one. *the connections make my heart so happy* He takes his horse and runs away as fast as he can. He comes across good luck by finding people willing to house him for free. He gets to his “final” destination in the north where he is looking for a job in order to support himself, and stumbles across a run-down shop with gadgets created by the owner, Luka. He finds himself working at Luka’s shop every single day, and then a huge opportunity comes up…

Seriously this book was so amazing. I loved the romance in this story. It wasn’t rushed, which I find YA relationships often are, so I appreciated that. There was adventure. There was action. There was an element of mystery. This book had something for everyone. The friendships in this book just warmed my whole person up with happiness. SO GOOD.

This being the second book in this series, I don’t want to spoil anyone, but please just read these books. They’re not very popular, and I’ve never seen anyone review or talk about these books. The third book comes out in March, and I can’t wait to read it. Just give it a try!

Series:

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Review: Rebellion (The 100 #4) – Kass Morgan


Rebellion (The 100 #4) – Kass Morgan

Rebellion (The 100, #4)

Title: Rebellion (The 100 #4)

Author: Kass Morgan

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 294

Source: TBR Pile

It’s been a month since the new dropships landed and the rest of the Colonists joined the hundred on the ground. The teens, once branded juvenile delinquents, are now leaders among their people. It should be a time for celebration and togetherness, but a new threat appears before long: a fanatical cult determined to grow its ranks and “heal” the war-ravaged planet . . . by eliminating everyone else on it.

After scores of their friends are captured, CLARKE sets off to retrieve them, certain that she can come to an understanding with these strangers. BELLAMY has a different plan; he won’t let anything–or anyone–get in the way of saving the people he loves. Meanwhile, in captivity and scared for their lives, GLASS falls under the spell of the cult’s magnetic message, and WELLS has to learn how to lead again. Unless the rescue party arrives soon, the teen captives will face a fate more terrifying than anything they could imagine.

If the hundred ever want to call this dangerous planet home, they’ll need to put aside their differences and fight to protect themselves and their world.

4 out of 5 stars


Challenges Completed:

2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge

  • A book set in the wilderness
  • A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
  • A bestseller from 2016

Winter Biannual Bibliothon

  • Throwback – finish a series you already started
  • 2016 release

Great ending to a unique and addictive series! I loved the first book when I read it back in June of 2015. If I remember correctly, I read that book in one day. The second and third books weren’t as great as the first, but were still enjoyable, and this book was a wonderful closer.

There were some problems with this book, but overall I really enjoyed reading it. I read most of the book yesterday, minus 30ish pages. The thing with Kass Morgan’s writing is that you really fly through it. This is one of the instances where multiple perspectives actually enhances the storyline. I am usually not a huge fan of multiple perspectives because it gets kind of confusing. I get confused with dual perspective sometimes! But, Morgan really makes the characters very distinctively their own so it’s easy to understand who’s who.

This book starts out way too good to be true. The original 100 and their families and some of the Earthborns are living in harmony down in a settlement. They’re having this huge festival to celebrate being together and celebrate their harvest for the year, when they suddenly get attacked by a cult who call themselves The Protectors. Pretty ironic. These Protectors bring some of the teenage/young adult characters into their fortress which they call Stone. There, the men have to train and be very strong, and the women are the leaders. The leader of this cult, Soren, takes a liking to Glass and takes her as her maid. Glass gets inside information, and she helps let everyone know the best ways to escape and get back home. What the prisoners on the inside don’t know, is that Bellamy, Clarke, and a few others are outside waiting to come and save them.

I really enjoyed the suspense of this book. There was almost always action or plotting going on, and it was cool to see some of the characters take to becoming leaders. Some of my problems with this book dealt with the romance between Bellamy and Clarke. I have been shipping this since the first book, so I could overlook some of the cringe for the good parts. Bellamy is VERY sensitive and doesn’t understand why Clarke doesn’t trust him. So he becomes very jealous of guys around Clarke. He is a baby about some things, and he and Clarke overreact to some situations. I mean you’re trying to save your friends right now; band together and help them. But such is life. You have to have some teen angst.

If you’ve read The 100 series and are hesitant to pick up this last book, please read it! It’s definitely worth it!

Series:

The 100 (The 100 #1)

Day 21 (The 100 #2)

Homecoming (The 100 #3)

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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: July 16, 2005

Publisher: Scholastic

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 652

Source: TBR Pile

It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…

5 out of 5 stars


Challenges Completed:

2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge

  • A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
  • A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
  • A book with a title that’s a characters name

Winter Biannual Bibliothon

  • BookTube Recommendation
  • Book you were excited for, but never picked up

I definitely should have read this when I read the first part of the series, because I loved it so much. Seriously, these books are just as good as everyone says they are and I am so glad that I read this at the beginning of this year. I can’t wait to finish the series out with Deathly Hallows.

This has been my favorite book of the series, thus far. So much has happened, and it finally felt like I had some answers about what was happening in everyone’s lives. I surprisingly didn’t know all of what had happened even though I’ve seen the movies countless times. I loved being able to understand! My favorite quote of the whole book was…

“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”

OH MY GOSH. I loved this part because Harry had always said that he’d be safe when he was with Dumbledore, so whenever he was about to be in trouble Hermione, Ron, and Ginny told him to make sure to stay with Dumbledore because he was safe. Then Dumbledore said the same thing about being with Harry and it was just so precious.

I don’t even know how to feel about this book because there were a lot of emotions. I can’t believe Snape. What an awful guy, like wow. I just want to say, though, that Harry and Ginny together was super cute. Even though they were only together for less than half the book, they were just so dang precious together. I loved seeing the way that they interacted with each other, and when Harry said or did something then immediately got Ron’s approval so then he wouldn’t be in trouble. Ahh so cute.

Okay back to the Death Eaters… I feel bad for Draco because he didn’t really know what he was doing. He obviously didn’t want to kill Dumbledore, but he’s still a bad person for assisting. I know he felt that he had no choice, but Dumbledore gave him a choice.

I’m anxious to see what characters turn up in the next book because I want to know how took the Horocrux. I want to see how Bill fares with his werewolf bites. I want to know what happens to Malfoy. I don’t remember what happened in the movies near the end. I think I just didn’t register the reality of it because I had never understood the real meanings behind things. I am also excited to learn more about the Deathly Hallows symbol and the story. Ahh I think I’m going to read the last book by the end of the month. GUYS GO READ THESE BOOKS IF YOU HAVENT.

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

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Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR – January 8-January 14


The Winter Biannual Bibliothon is a readathon set up by booktubers involving reading and video/post challenges. I will be participating in the reading challenges from January 8 until January 14.

The Challenges:

  1. Group Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalo
  2. Throwback – finish a series you already started
  3. 2016 Release
  4. BookTube Recommendation
  5. Book you were excited for, but never picked up
  6. Retelling
  7. Diverse Book

Two challenges can be combined for one book. I’m very excited for this because it’s been awhile since I’ve participated in a readathon!

TBR:

  1. Group Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) – Kerri Maniscalo
  2. Throwback – finish a series you already started, and a 2016 Release: Rebellion (The 100 #4) – Kass Morgan
  3. BookTube Recommendation, and Book you were excited for, but never picked up: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J. K. Rowling
  4. Retelling, and diverse book: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer

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Review: Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt


Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt

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Title: Class of ’59 (American Journey #4)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: September 1, 2016

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 293

Source: Author

When Mary Beth McIntire settles into a vacation house on June 2, 2017, she anticipates a quiet morning with coffee. Then she hears a noise, peers out a window, and spots a man in 1950s attire standing in the backyard. She panics when the trespasser sees her and enters the house though a door to the basement. She questions her sanity when she cannot find him.

In the same house on March 21, 1959, Mark Ryan finds a letter. Written by the mansion’s original owner in 1900, the letter describes a basement chamber, mysterious crystals, and a formula for time travel. Driven by curiosity, Mark tests the formula twice. On his second trip to 2017, he encounters a beautiful stranger. He meets the woman in the window.

Within hours, Mary Beth and Mark share their secret with her sister and his brother and begin a journey that takes them from the present day to the age of sock hops, drive-ins, and jukeboxes. In CLASS OF ’59, the fourth book in the American Journey series, four young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they navigate the corridors of time and experience Southern California in its storied prime.

4 out of 5 stars


Challenges Completed:

2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge

  • A book involving travel
  • A book set in two different time periods
  • A book set in a hotel

Huge thank you to John A. Heldt for sending me this book!

I have been so impressed with this series since I read the first one in July. I have fallen in love with the time travel aspect and the different characters of the novels. I love getting to connect with authors, so it’s always wonderful when I get the opportunity to collaborate with them.

Mary Beth and her sister, Piper, meet two boys through seeing a “trespasser” on their vacation property. Mary Beth sees Mark Ryan, a college senior straight from the 50’s, wandering around outside the house she’s staying in for their vacation. She goes out to talk to him and see what he’s up to, and then finds out that time travel is possible. Not only possible, but very real. And happening in the basement of the vacation home. Mary Beth learns to trust Mark quickly, and decides to travel to 1959 with Piper to go on an adventure. The sisters learn to love the time period and overcome past heartaches through falling in love with Mark Ryan and his brother Ben. The four friends experience the culture of the 1950’s and become unable to let go when the idea of returning to 2017 is proposed. Through the lives of the Ryan brothers, the sisters don’t know what to expect on their return trip to the 2010’s.

Wow. I highly recommend this series. They’re so well written and so much fun to read. This is definitely my favorite of the whole series, and I can’t wait to read more books written by John. The romance between Piper and Ben was so precious. They loved each other so much and it was so heartwarming. I loved following their journey through the six weeks they spent together in 1959. Ben cared about her so much. He wasn’t just looking for someone to kiss; he was looking for love. I honestly saw so much of my relationship with my boyfriend in their relationship. Piper didn’t know what to think of him right away, and didn’t say things she didn’t mean to him before she knew what she meant. I love how real this relationship seemed. I hate when people say that high school relationships don’t go anywhere because “you’re too young to know what love looks like.” BS. Love happens differently for everyone, so I loved seeing them fall in love.

I liked Ben and Piper more than I liked Mary Beth and Mark. I do love the name Mark *my boyfriend’s name* but their relationship seemed more forced and rushed. They took a liking to each other right away, so I didn’t get the angst that I like seeing. ;)

I, again, can’t recommend this series enough. Please go and give it a try, and support John!

Amazon/Kindle $4.99

Series:

September Sky (American Journey #1)

Mercer Street (American Journey #2)

Indiana Belle (American Journey #3)

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December Wrapup + January TBR


Read:

  1. Finding Lizzie – Karma Kingsley *review*
  2. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff *review*
  3. Take Back the Skies (Tellus #1) – Lucy Saxon *review*
  4. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter – Matt Kepnes

TBR:

  1. Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt
  2. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson
  3. Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1) – Iain Reading
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J. K. Rowling

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