Review: Legend (Legend #1) – Marie Lu


Legend (Legend #1) – Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)

Title: Legend (Legend #1)

Author: Marie Lu

Release Date: April 16, 2013

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 305

Source: TBR Pile

From different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths…

Until June’s brother is murdered, and Day becomes the prime suspect.

In a shocking turn of events, the two uncover what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets.

5 out of 5 stars


I should have listened to everyone giving me recommendations for reading this book WAYYY earlier. It was so good, and I can’t wait to pick up the next one.

June and Day meet under strange circumstances. June thinks Day killed her older brother. She wants revenge. She wants him to suffer as she is suffering, but she never expects to see a boy who is just trying to live.

I love going into books very blindly, and tend to do it often, because I like actually reading the story and learning the plot that way rather than hearing everyone talking about it, so as usual, I recommend you go into this book blindly. It’s about a dystopian society with a corrupted government, but the citizens don’t believe anything is wrong. It’s honestly such a well-crafted book. I loved that the different POVs were in different a different font and color. It added something unique to the reading experience.

Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time… You try to walk in the light.

This is my favorite quote from the whole book. I actually stopped and re-read it a few times because I thought it was so beautiful. I like that philosophy. You make whatever you want from each and every single day.

Guys. If you haven’t read this book, please go read it! I think anyone who likes YA dystopian would LOVE this :)

Review: The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon


The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon

The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season, #0.5)

Title: The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Format: Ebook

Page Number: 78

Source: TBR Pile

A dreamer is born – the exhilarating prequel to the ground-breaking, extraordinary Bone Season series

‘Truly extraordinary and thrilling’ Andy Serkis

In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose – and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.

Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals…

4 out of 5 stars


I’m so in love with this series already it’s crazy.

This is the novella of Paige joining the team of Jaxon Hall. It follows her through her first few weeks of being a member and I think it added a lot to the story.

Throughout this novella I was kind of irritated at how Paige thought she was going to get fired all the time, but then I remembered that she’s only 16 years old. 16 and she is helping a powerful mime-lord. Of course she’s worried and concerned for the safety of her job! She’s just a kid still; she shouldn’t know all the certainties of life yet.

I liked that Paige was the one to figure out the miscommunications and issues with their little plan to capture the poltergeist. I thought it was cool, because it didn’t seem unrealistic. Okay, keep in mind this is a fantasy book, there are parts that are fantastical, but it seemed quite realistic for the book.

I also buddy-read this with Kenedie from afangirlsbookshelf on Youtube, and we both liked it. I cannot wait to read The Mime Order to see where Paige goes and where her journey takes her. I think this is going to be one of my new favorite series….

Series:

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

Review: Amulet Volume 7: Firelight (Amulet #7) – Kazu Kibuishi


Amulet Volume 7: Firelight (Amulet #7) – Kazu Kibuishi

Firelight (Amulet, #7)

Title: Amulet Volume 7: Firelight (Amulet #7)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Publisher: Turtleback Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 200

Source: Public Library

Emily, Trellis, and Vigo visit Algos Island, where they can access and enter lost memories. They’re hoping to uncover the events of Trellis’s mysterious childhood — knowledge they can use against the Elf King. What they discover is a dark secret that changes everything. Meanwhile, the Voice of Emily’s Amulet is getting stronger, and threatens to overtake her completely.

3 out of 5 stars


The main part of this story was the Trellis and Emily travel under the sea to where an elf man has been hiding stolen memories. They travel there in a high powered submarine, and when they get there Emily and Trellis go into one of Trellis’ memories. They then find themselves in one of Emily’s memories, and then it goes down.

This had quite an intense ending. I was not expecting that to happen.

So, in the end Emily goes kind of crazy with different emotions, and can’t get out of the memories as herself. Trellis has to leave in order to save himself, and he abandons Emily. I don’t know how I feel about this. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next books because they don’t even have publication dates or covers yet… I don’t want to be reading these halfway through college, so I will be DNFing this series from this point on.

I do think that it was interesting, and I liked the concept, but some of the execution was lacking. I really enjoyed the first volume of this graphic novel series, and wish it would have stayed more like that one rather than becoming what it did. I don’t regret reading these, but I do not believe I will be picking up the rest, unfortunately. Just due to time restraints.

Series:

The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

May Wrapup + June TBR


Read:

  1. The Sound of a Voice – David Henry Hwang
  2. Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Series #3) – Iain Reading *review*
  3. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare *review*
  4. Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5) – John A. Heldt *review*
  5. The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware *review*
  6. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving
  7. July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3) – Shannon A. Thompson *review*
  8. Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein *review*
  9. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur *review*

TBR:

  1. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) – Cassandra Clare
  2. July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4) – Shannon A. Thompson
  3. Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4) – Iain Reading
  4. Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5) – Iain Reading

Review: July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3) – Shannon A. Thompson


July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3) – Shannon A. Thompson

Title: July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: April 10, 2017

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: Ebook

Page Number: 165

Source: Author

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.    Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name–citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.
Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.
That’s when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who’s attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery–and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.
Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Shannon A. Thompson for sending me this book! I have really enjoyed getting to know you, and you will always have a special place in my heart as the first author who contacted me!

This is the third installment in the Bad Bloods series by Shannon A. Thompson and this follows Violet and Caleb. Violet can turn into a shadow and was part of both the Northern and Southern flocks before the new presidency. She finds Caleb, a musician, artist, and prostitute, and finds out that he needs help. He has an awful STD called Stilts. It will kill him, but he’s found a way to live longer. A special girl can sing to him and he will stop aging.

Because of the way the Bad Bloods series is set up, this is only half the story and the other half takes place in July Lightning, which I plan to pick up soon! I read this book surprisingly quickly. I have always enjoyed Shannon’s books and this one was good, but I have to say I liked the other set of characters a little bit better. That is probably due to the fact that I read the first two books about them, though.

I was a little confused at the beginning of this book because it has been awhile since I read the first two books of this series, but by about halfway through I felt comfortable with the characters again. The first two books were more plot driven and political, but this book was very character driven. I don’t know which I like better, but probably character driven story lines.

I’m very excited to see where the series goes as this ended in quite a cliffhanger! I can’t wait to see what Cal does, and how the rest of the “flock” reacts to everything. I also loved some of the powers we were introduced to in this book. I really enjoyed the girl who could do hair and the boy with the gems and crystals.

Support Shannon by purchasing and reading a few of her books!

Tea of Choice:

English Breakfast Tea from PG Tips

You can’t ever go wrong with a cup of normal black tea! I have always been a HUGE fan of PG Tips and I love drinking it with sugar and a splash of milk!

Series:

November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

November Snow (Bad Bloods #2)

July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4)

Review: Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5) – John A. Heldt


Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5) – John A. Heldt

Title: Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: February 8, 2017

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: Ebook

Page Number: 481

Source: Author

After struggling for years to have a child, Claire Rasmussen, 34, turns to adoption, only to find new obstacles on the path to motherhood. Then she gets an unlikely phone call and soon learns that a distant uncle possesses the secrets of time travel.

Within weeks, Claire, husband Ron, and brother David find themselves on a train to Tennessee and 1945, where adoptable infants are plentiful and red tape is short. For a time, they find what they seek. Then a beautiful stranger enters their lives, the Navy calls, and a simple, straightforward mission becomes a race for survival.

Filled with suspense, romance, and heartbreak, HANNAH’S MOON, the epic conclusion of the American Journey series, follows the lives of four spirited adults as they confront danger, choices, and change in the tense final months of World War II.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to John A. Heldt for sending me this final installment of the American Journey series! I’ve loved getting to read these books and am so glad to have gotten to get to know John a little bit through our author/reader relationship.

This has been my favorite of the series so far *rated 3/5 stars because I’ve refined my reviewing lately!* I really enjoyed getting a perspective from this time period. I do enjoy that the Bells have gotten more lenient with letting people stay and come back from different times. People can’t help it if they fall in love with someone while traveling.

I really enjoyed this one, and the ending was really nice. They bring back all the characters from the previous books for a little sneak peek. I think it was a nice conclusion to the series as a whole. I always say this, but I love connecting with authors so much. It’s one of my favorite parts of blogging because you get to meet so many new people!

This book was about a family who has been trying to have a child for a long time, but end up adopting a child. In 2017 there is a huge wait time in order to adopt, but in 1945 there isn’t. The couple travel back in time to the time of World War II and find themselves in the South. They adopt a lovely girl named Hannah, and meet a lovely neighbor who they bond with.

Beautiful conclusion to the series! Go support John by buying and reading some of his novels!!

Series:

September Sky (American Journey #1)

Mercer Street (American Journey #2)

Indiana Belle (American Journey #3)

Class of ’59 (American Journey #4)

Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware


The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware

Title: The Woman in Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware

Release Date: June 30, 2016

Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press

Format: Audiobook

Page Number: 340

Source: Library

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.

3 out of 5 stars


My first audiobook is now under my belt! I have to say, I really enjoyed listening to an audiobook. I hope to do so again in the future.

Let’s see. I don’t know exactly how I felt about this book because it’s not something I would typically reach for. I like mysteries, but this had a crime fiction vibe to it, I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t think it was anything spectacular.

This novel is about a woman, Lo Blacklock, who finds herself reporting for her job on a fancy-schmancy cruise ship. She is supposed to make connections with people as this is her first real breakthrough. She is a little shaken as she boards the cruise ship because just days before her house is robbed while she’s there. This was my first disappointment with the story. The burglary was never talked about again! There was no point of having it in the first place. Anyway, she goes onto this cruise ship and has to try and get ahold of herself again. Things start happening and she hears a scream and a large splash one evening. Hmm. Sounds a little sketchy. She starts investigating and ends up getting in trouble.

This is pretty much the whole book, and because I listened to it on audio it went by much slower than it would have had I physically read it. I thought that Lo was an irritating main character to follow. She didn’t really have anything special about her, and she was so whiny.

I loved the suspense of this book, and that is what saved it for me. The whole time I was listening to it I was on the edge of my seat. I did predict who the bad guys were, but I think it was because I had time to think while listening to it. I think the whole thing was fairly predictable, but there was quite a bit of suspense tied up around it.

There were so many loose ends at the end of the book, though. I don’t know who wrote on her mirror. Or who took the mascara. Or how she got caught. Or who the burglar really was at the beginning… ugh. I think that this could have been developed a little more and it would have been greatly improved.

Overall, I think this was a good book. It was suspenseful, but a little predictable. The whole plot could have been fixed if there was some communication and trust, but it wouldn’t have been as suspenseful. I did LOVE the narrator of this though. She was British, so it was fun to listen to. More elegant than an American accent!

Tea of Choice: (I’m thinking of making this a new part of my reviews because I almost always am drinking tea while writing a blog post. I will just mention the tea I am drinking at the moment, or one I enjoy!)

Hyvee 100% Natural Green Tea

I’m not a huge green tea drinker, but I’m trying desperately to enjoy it. It’s my goal to be able to drink all my tea with no sugar so then you can actually taste the tea… Because I don’t drink a lot of green tea I don’t know how it compares to others of better quality. This is probably fairly lower tier as it is cheap and from a grocery store, but I am *trying to* enjoy it.