Review: July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4) – Shannon A. Thompson


July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4) – Shannon A. Thompson

Bad Bloods: July Lightning

Title: July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: May 1, 2017

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: ebook

Page Number: 267

Source: Author

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.   Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name–son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won’t be easy. Enemies wait around every corner–and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves.Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.

3 out of 5 stars


HUGE THANK YOU TO SHANNON FOR SENDING ME AN ECOPY OF THIS BOOK!

The conclusion of the Bad Bloods series. Violet and Caleb take on a brand new set of challenges, mainly dealing with the weather, and a situation with Vendona. As this is the fourth book in this series, I will not go into too much detail because spoilers, but I believe this was a nice conclusion to the series as a whole.

Personally, I liked the first two books the best. I loved Serena and Daniel. I loved that they were my age, and they were just figuring out their powers and they had to do a lot of trial and error, but it wasn’t overly depressing. The last two books were quite sad because they dealt with some heavy topics.

One thing I found interesting was that Caleb had a crippling disease called Stilts. It’s an STD that causes him to age or die faster. The way to combat this is to have a young bad blood girl sing to him to keep him healthy. I thought that was an interesting touch to the story. I liked that Caleb was represented as a bisexual character. I liked that it was handled that he liked people for who they were, not based on their gender. I feel like a lot of writing a bisexual character doesn’t take that into consideration super super well, but I like how he was portrayed.

I enjoyed Violet as a character because she was interesting and mysterious. You never really knew what she was planning to do, and I found it refreshing. Paranormal/sci-fi make up some of my favorite books, so I loved that this was taking some magical/paranormal elements and putting it in a dystopian world.

Also, ALWAYS READ THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OF A BOOK! I cannot recommend reading the acknowledgments enough because you learn so much about the book as a whole! I learned that this was based off the falling of the Berlin Wall. Super cool. I knew there was some historical background, but I didn’t know what it was based on. Looking back at it, it was quite obviously tied to the Berlin Wall, but I didn’t realize it at the time.

I would recommend this series to any paranormal lovers, but read them close together! Don’t take long breaks in between the stories *@me* because I think they would be so much more enjoyable that way!

Thanks again to Shannon for working with me :)

Series:

November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

November Snow (Bad Bloods #2)

July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3)

Review: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) – Kendare Blake


Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) – Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

Title: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)

Author: Kendare Blake

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 398

Source: TBR Shelf

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

4 out of 5 stars


I went into this book knowing nothing but being intrigued by the synopsis, and WOW. I really enjoyed this book. The idea behind it was so interesting and the ending made me want to have the next book RIGHT NOW!

This story is about three triplet queens who have to fight each other with their powers in order to become the full queen of Fennbirn. There is Mirabella, the elemental. Everyone has always thought Mirabella was going to be their next queen because her powers were easily recognizable from a young age. Katharine is a poisoner and can eat or drink deadly poisons. And finally there is Arsinoe, the naturalist who can make plants grow and control animals.

Going into it I thought Arsinoe would be my favorite, and I was right. I loved reading about her and her companions because she was so sarcastic and funny. I loved her as a character, and loved the interactions she had with everyone. Her friends were my favorite characters. I love Jules and Joseph together, and the amount of angst that happens because of a magical problem are so frustratingly fun.

I was also drawn to Katharine because she is the biggest underdog in the whole situation. Her family has been poisoning her in order to make her poisoning abilities finally shine through.

Mirabella is the only one of the sisters to have her full powers by their sixteenth birthday. She is the strong one who is destined to become the new queen.

Guys, this book was really good. There were some fairly cringey parts, not going to lie, and the writing style was a little choppy, but the whole idea was so cool. I loved that they are triplets with different powers and the plot twist at the end was crazy. I was totally not expecting it at all. I loved the whole plot, and loved that it went back and forth between all the queens and their lives.

I recommend this book for people who like fantasy and paranormal. I loved that there were some magical elements sprinkled into the story. It was very interesting because it was set in somewhat medieval times and there were castles. I really enjoyed it.

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Review: Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur


Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey

Title: Milk and Honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Release Date: November 4, 2014

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 204

Source: TBR Shelf

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

2 out of 5 stars


Let me start off this review by saying I know that a lot of people love this book, and I can totally see why. I understand why so many people think this is a great piece of literature about femininity and loving yourself. I just didn’t connect with it at all.

As someone who has never experienced heartbreak, I didn’t find much to connect with. I think it is beautiful and raw and was a quick read, but the writing style didn’t appeal to me very much. I haven’t been a huge fan of poetry/free verse just because I don’t like the choppy style.

I enjoyed the last section of this book because I could relate to it much more. I think that if the whole book was about loving yourself first and being confident with your body I would have liked it more. One of my favorite poems was on page 183. It says:

we are all born so beautiful

the greatest tragedy is being convinced we are not

I really liked this poem because I feel like every single teenage girl can relate to this. I don’t feel beautiful all the time; I don’t feel beautiful without makeup or when I’m not dressed how I like. It’s hard growing up in a society where beauty is pressured by everything. When you don’t feel beautiful you start to believe you never were in the first place. I related to this poem more than any others in this whole book.

Overall, I was pretty underwhelmed by this book. I knew so many people loved it and rated it 5 stars on Goodreads, but I don’t have any experience with the things that were mentioned in the book so I don’t believe I can have an accurate opinion about the matters discussed. I think that if people found this book helpful then the author did her job well. I think this is a book with the good message of loving yourself first, and I can appreciate that. I can appreciate this book, but I don’t love it.

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3) – Iain Reading


Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3) – Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3)

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3)

Author: Iain Reading

Release Date: April 19, 2013

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 220

Source: Author

Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls. Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist in side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface. Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into – and out of – all kinds of precarious situations. This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages – armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Iain Reading for sending me this book! I have enjoyed this series so far and am excited to finish the series!

Kitty Hawk flies to Iceland and encounters strange names, paper airplanes, and a car chase. Kitty finds herself in adventures she didn’t think she would come across, but loves the new experiences.

This is the third book in the Kitty Hawk series, and I took so long to read it! I started it on a trip I took and got about halfway through, then school got very busy and I kind of forgot about it. I finished it on a bus ride to a music event for my school’s concert band on Friday and am getting around to writing the review right now. Overall this book was kind of slow. I take part of the blame for it since I took so long to read it, though.

These books are more companion novels than in a series, because each book chronicles a new adventure in a new place for Kitty Hawk. She takes her bright red plane and flies across the world. It’s quite fun because I love traveling and love adventure books, so it’s a nice change from your typical read.

I enjoyed learning about the naming rules in Iceland. She traveled to Iceland and stayed with friends, and while she was there she learned that in Iceland the child takes the first name of either parent and adds son or daughter to the end, and then that is their last name. There aren’t family names, which I think it quite interesting. I thought it was cool that Iain Reading put this short piece of information in the book, it added a unique twist.

Overall, I think this book series would be good for a younger audience. I would consider this more middle grade. I think I would have liked it a lot more had I read it during early middle school.

Again, thanks to Iain for sending me a copy of this book!

Review: Redwall (Redwall #1) – Brian Jacques


Redwall (Redwall #1) – Brian Jacques

Redwall (Redwall, #1)

Title: Redwall (Redwall #1)

Author: Brian Jacques

Release Date: June 10, 1986

Publisher: Red Fox

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 352

Source: School Library

Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice is threatened by Cluny the Scourge – the evil-one-eyed rat warlord – and his battle-hardened horde of predators. Cluny is certain that Redwall will fall easily to his fearsome army but he hasn’t bargained for the courage and strength of the combined forces of the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends. . . . .

1 out of 5 stars


This book was soooooooooooooooooooooo slow it was painful to read. I liked the premise of the book and Matthias as a character was fun to read about. Other than Matthias as a character, there weren’t may redeeming qualities for this book.

The only reason I picked up this book was because I went to a local Little Free Library and found two books of this series. I was intrigued because it was a young adult fantasy series, and fantasy is one of my favorite genres, so naturally I decided to pick them up. I later found out that they were book numbers nine and eleven, so….

I picked up the first book from the library and it was so slow.

This book followed Matthias and his adventures to obtain the great sword of Martin. This was all that happened and I struggled to get through it. I don’t understand how this book has an average rating of 4.1 on Goodreads. IT WAS SO BORING.

I honestly don’t have anything else to say about this. I will not be continuing on with this series.

Also, 22 books in this series. No way is that even possible for me to read that much about small woodland creatures who don’t fight but end up killing the bad guys.

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2) – Iain Reading


Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2) – Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #2)

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2)

Author: Iain Reading

Release Date: September 11, 2013

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 246

Source: Author

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty’s journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

4 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Iain Reading for sending me a copy of this book and for the sweet message on the Amazon gift note!

Kitty Hawk, pilot of a seaplane, embarks on her journey around the world by first stopping in the Florida Keys. She flies down from Canada for her first leg of the trip, and finds herself on an island called Dry Tortugas in the Keys. She takes her plane there and sees a large building made of brick, a campsite, and the beautiful coral reef under the water.

Kitty camps at the campsite and makes some friends with fellow campers who happen to know a lot about shipwrecks from the Civil War era. Kitty falls asleep on a beach, and when she wakes up there are some curious things happening. She sees signaling with flashlights. And a boat out on the water in the pitch black. Hmm. Interesting. Kitty Hawk, being the detective she is, looks into these occurrences and find out some information that surprises her…

This book involves adventuring, sleuthing, snorkeling, and scary barracudas. I enjoyed this book because, like the first, there is adventure. This book had some Nancy Drew vibes which made my heart very happy as I will always love Miss Drew and her detective work. I flew through this book, and enjoyed it so much more than the first one. I loved that Kitty was on her own because it just showed the women can be independent. I think this set a good example for younger readers.

One of my favorite parts of this book was right at the beginning when she went to the Ernest Hemingway museum and was talking to James, the tour guide. It was nice seeing Kitty as a normal teenage girl. She was flirting with him, but she’s kind of awkward, but it was great. I love that she bought quite a few of Hemingway’s books. As a book lover myself, I love reading stories about people who also love books. Although I haven’t picked up any of the famous Hemingway works, I hope to now!

Overall I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Huge thank you to Iain, again!

Series:

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1)

Review: Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World – Bob Goff


Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World – Bob Goff

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

Title: Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

Author: Bob Goff

Release Date: January 1, 2012

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 2224

Source: Friend

As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren’t good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.

Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world’s best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it’s not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob’s love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.

When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don’t want to miss.

Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.

4 out of 5 stars


As being an avid reader goes, people around you want you to read their favorite books, so they loan them to you and you read them. This was what happened to me. I wouldn’t have picked up this book on my own, but one of my friends told me to read this because it’s her favorite book of all time.

I enjoyed this book and loved the messages behind the stories in it. This book was set up as every chapter told a story from Bob’s life, then he related it to how God is the strongest part of anyone’s life. He has the saying that “love does” what other things cannot. Love is the universal language to which everyone can relate, and through his stories he tells about all the times he’s been tested but just remember to love.

I really loved the first couple chapters of this book. My favorite two chapters were near the beginning, actually. My first favorite was about Bob during high school and how he just wanted to leave. So he walks up to his friend’s house and tells him to let everyone know that he had left to go live in the western United States, and the friend just comes along with him. He came with for support for Bob even though they weren’t very close and showed his love and support for his friend. I loved this chapter because it was about a strong friendship. That’s what I find YA books missing. A real and strong friendship. Even though this isn’t YA, I thought that this was refreshing to read about.

My other favorite chapter was about Bob and his wife Maria and their kids. They have three kids, and the parents made a deal with the kids that if they wrote letters to the leaders of the countries of the world to have a meeting and got a ‘yes’ response, that they would go and meet the leader. I thought this was a super cool concept because letters are something I love sending, and the idea that they could possibly travel around the world to just be friends with these leaders was very interesting to me. So the kids get responses of ‘nos’ but got quite a few ‘yeses’. They actually went and visited these political leaders and actually got to know them. The purpose of them going was to become friends with them. I just thought this was a very cool idea. I loved this chapter because they got to travel, and it was all about friendship.

I’ve decided that I just need more friendship books in my life ;) They make me so happy. Anyway, I really liked this book. I loved that this was a Christian book without being too… I don’t know. Preachy, almost. I loved that this was more about Bob’s relationships and how he tied them to God and his beliefs than being a Bible study. Definitely pick up this book if you like self-help/Christian books!