Faerie Moon by Matt Mark & Francesca Tedesco

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Eighteen-year-old private investigator Veronica Dye is only trying to make some quick cash when she agrees to take on a seemingly routine missing person case. But when her client turns out to be a fugitive from the kingdom of the faerie, Veronica must use all of her wits to survive the night of the faerie moon.
After a bungled investigation leaves her desperate to recover lost wages, Veronica believes her prayers have been answered when a handsome young man dressed in outlandish, outdated clothing and seemingly unacquainted with contemporary customs appears in the offices of Dye Investigations seeking help. Sebastian Avery, though, is an enigma. A human being reared in the realm of the faerie, he is a man without an identity. Stolen from his crib as a baby, he has lived eighteen years as a servant in the faerie realm, a minstrel satisfying the faeries’ craving for human emotions with melancholy songs that express a longing for his lost life. When he takes the daring leap through the mystical barrier that separates the faerie realm from Earth, Sebastian arrives a stranger in a home he has never known. To retrieve his lost life, he must locate his double, the evil changeling that was left in his crib in his place. Yet he has only hours to accomplish his mission for at midnight, beneath the intense glow of the unnaturally large faerie moon, the faeries will be able to cross the enchanted barrier and will come to take him back.

When Sebastian is recaptured following an unsuccessful skirmish with the changeling, Veronica must make the perilous journey across the faerie realm to rescue him. Yet even if she can overcome the beast that plagues that enchanted land and outwit the diabolical faerie queen, she must still defeat the changeling if she is to save Sebastian’s life.

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**Thank you to the publisher/author for sending me an ARC copy for review**

Ok. So I will start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. However, the cover is just horrendous. I don’t know who’s idea it was to put this story to this cover but they should be fired. I very much judge a book by the cover when I am looking for my next read and had I not been sent this book then I would have never picked it up…because of the cover. Delving into the story line, it was OK, I read it pretty quick, but it was a little over 230 pages. I think that the author’s are on the right path, but I think that they could have written a lot more. There was a lot in the book that wasn’t explained, and there was a lot of detail that was left out and could have been put into the book. I would recommend this book if you life fantasy and faerie themed stories. But don’t expect too much from Faerie Moon, I hate too say that but it’s true. 2 out of 5 stars from me.

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Publisher Synopsis

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war. As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

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Let me start off by saying I cried like a baby throughout this book. Talk about a through back to the Boy in the Stripped Pajamas and all the feels! I wasn’t sure going into this book, because I have never read a historical fiction novel, but I am in love *heart face emoji*. Ruta Sepetys’ writing is so easy to read, it just flows through, creating the perfect image of her story in your head. The story that Ruta creates with break your heart, give you hope and make you realize what’s important in life, all in one chapter. There were a few parts of this amazing book, towards the end, that tore at my heart until it was raw.

“Floating in the sea of black, we were forced to witness the massive and grotesque deaths of thousands of people. I clutched the baby tight and closed my eyes. But the scenes continued to play in my mind: The severely angled deck. A woman throwing her baby down to a sailor. He reached. He missed. The child hit the steel raft and then rolled off into the sea. Thousands of desperate people jumping, kicking, gulping. Seawater  filling mouths and nostrils, collapsing lungs”.

This scene made me feel so SICK to my stomach. Just imagining and mother trusting another person with their babies life and doing something as drastic as throwing a baby over board only to watch their horrible death. I can’t even imagine the devastation. Another scene in Salt to the Sea that really got me was:

Would she have to learn the grotesque details of our suffering? Would news make it to my hometown of Birzai, to the dark bunker in the woods where my brother and father were thought to be hiding?

Joana Vilkas, your daughter, your sister. She is salt to the sea. 

We floated in blackness, bobbing along the waves. A woman in the boat announced the time every thirty minutes. There was no more splashing in the water, only the quiet echoes of crying. We sat, snow falling from an infinite sky.

We Waited.

We drifted”.

Ughhhhh this book was amazing!!! I went out and got Between Shades of Gray by Ruta to read next! Read this book, you wont regret it! Five out of five stars from me!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

The Rose Society & The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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Publisher Synopsis-The Rose Society

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Publisher Synopsis-The Midnight Star

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.
When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

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Well. I am going to do a double feature for this review! I read both of these books so close together that I didn’t get the chance to write individual reviews for each. I LOVED this serious. I had read the first book quite awhile ago and was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to pick the series back up again when I started The Rose Society  but I was wrong! The change in character that Adelina goes through is shocking and a little heart breaking. I started to really…hate her. I was not on her side/team for almost the entire book! And I mean BOTH books! One it comes to the ending of the third book, The Midnight Star, I was not sure, and am still not sure, how I feel about the ending. I wont spoiling anything! But I am a sucker for a happy ending and that wasn’t exactly what we readers got at the end of book three. I would definitely recommend this series! Also Marie Lu’s other series, Legend.

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Goodnight, Boy By Nikki Sheehan

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Publisher Synopsis

A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy.

The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his family; the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away.

When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realizes they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to freedom.

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*** Thank you to the publisher, ONEWorld Publications, for sending me an ARC copy for review***

This book was so good and so unique! I wasn’t really sure what I was going into when I read the back of this book, because the description wasn’t very helpful to be honest, but I was so surprised at the end! This book was heartbreaking with a splash of joy and innocents. It is told through the eyes of a child and it was a really nice insight to the process of a juvenile mind. However, on top of that it is written through the voice of a refugee. That was a real eye opener for me, especially with what’s going on with American politics right now. It made me realize how important all human life is and that people deserve to be safe, healthy and and not treat life garbage. This book really was amazing and I will definitely be investigating more in some of Nikki’s other books. Five out of five stars for me. It is worth the read!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Kings’ Cage By Victoria Aveyard

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Publisher Synopsis

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows.

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**SPOILERS ALERT**

So. This book. It took me SO LONG to finish this book. It wasn’t…like the others. It was boring. I couldn’t get into Kings Cage. There wasn’t enough action, it was mostly about Maven and Mare’s feeling during the time period that he was keeping her prisoner. Not to mention the end! Cal chooses the crown over Mare?!?! What!!! Are you trying to rip our hearts our Victoria? I may not have enjoyed the book but I looked the first two and was still invested in the characters and story!!! Why can’t Mare and Cal just be happy?!

They definitely left room for a fourth one. However, after King’s Cage i’m not really sure I would be interested in reading a fourth one. Over all it felt like Aveyard is trying to stretch this series out, even though the story line and characters are starting to fall. I think this book was a three out of five stars overall. Red Queen was a great book but after that the books slowly started getting worse and worse. King’s Cage was just not worth the read!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

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Publisher Synopsis

Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in Tommy Wallach’s New York Times bestselling “stunning debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). They always say that high school is the best time of your life. Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.
Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth.

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I was expecting a lot more from this book. I was pretty much the opposite of what I thought it was going to be! Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…the issue is…it was a Contemporary. And I am not the the biggest fan of Contemporary…at all. HOWEVER, it wasn’t horrible. The characters were nicely developed, a little annoying, but realistic to high schoolers today. The story was pretty slow at first and it took me awhile to really get started on it.

I thought that this book was going to be an apocalyptic book, because it seemed to be about a meteor that was hurtling towards Earth. My natural presumption was that it was going to be how things went down up to, during and after the meteor, but it was just about how this high school kids were handling everything. To say the least I was pretty disappointing. While I do enjoy Tommy Wallach’s writing, it was easy to read and understand the characters and world he built, it still wasn’t what I was hoping and would give it a three out of five stars.

I would suggest this book to people that like Contemporary, but if you don’t enjoy that genre then DON’T READ THIS BOOK, it is not an adventure, pre/post apocalyptic story line! I will definitely look more into Wallach’s writing, just hope it’s not all Contemporary!

Happy Reading

xoxoSarah

My Classics!

Anyone a bibliophile? I AM! I absolutely love literary classics. I have been building my collection of new classic design books that Barnes & Noble carries for about six months now. THEY ARE SO PRETTY!

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Seven Novels by Jane Austen

Beauty and the Beast & Other Classic Fairy Tales

A Treasury of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Charlotte’s Web and Other Illustrated Classics

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

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Publisher Synopsis

Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the US, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family where he attends an elite international school. His friends and peers-fellow rich kids-have plans to attend college somewhere in the US or Europe and someday take over their parents’ businesses. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby.

When his older brother, Felix–who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel–is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother’s voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father’s plan for him. Worrying about his mental health, but knowing the voice is right, Carlos runs away to the US and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss’s daughter–a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what’s most important to him and where his true path really lies.

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**THANK YOU HARLEQUIN TEEN FOR SENDING ME AN ARC COPY FOR REVIEW**

**SPOILERS ALERT**

This book was amazing! It sounded interesting to me when I received it but I have yet to find a contemporary that I really LOVED…but North of Happy did it for me! Adi Alsaid’s writing style, characters and story structure is so real and makes you feel what the characters are feeling. I love Carlos as a character, and while I can see where Emma is coming from with him missing her dads dinner I think that they were meant for each other and she was a little hard on him.

The only thing I didn’t like about North of Happy was the ending. It wasn’t satisfying at all! While I am glad that Carlos’ dad was OK, I still think he was meant to be in Seattle and should have gone back to try and work things out with Elise at the Provecho restaurant. However! It is super awesome that he will be attending a culinary school!!

I loved all the recipes at the beginning of each chapter, I will definitely be trying some of them! Over all I just really loved the story of North of Happy and will be looking into Adi Alsaid’s other books, he is an amazing writer! I would definitely recommend this book, READ IT! IT’S BEAUTIFUL!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Heart of the Storm by Michael Buckley

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Publisher Synopsis

“There’s something out in that water. Be ready to take the people you love and leave when it comes onshore.”

For three months, Lyric Walker has been trapped in the hunting grounds, the Alpha city at the bottom of the ocean. But Lyric Walker, Brooklyn girl, is not going down without a fight. She makes an unlikely alliance with her jailer, a Rusalka named Husk. Husk reveals the truth about what actually resides in the Great Abyss. The Great Abyss is not some Alpha god but belongs to an unknown clan of monsters, ones who think in a hive mentality and believe anyone who cannot hear their voice is broken and must be destroyed. And Lyric has just woken them.
After a death-defying escape, Lyric makes her journey back to the mainland to prepare humanity for another monster invasion. Once reunited with her parents, Bex, and hot-nerd-with-potential Riley, Lyric has to break the terrible truth.

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**SPOILER ALERT**

This book gave me a major case of the feels!!!! First going into this book I wasn’t as into it as I was for the first two books in this trilogy (Undertow & Raging Sea), however, by the end I was exploding with emotions! It took me a while to get through Heart of the Storm. It was written differently than the first two books…we are reading a chapter each through a flash back and present time…and I have NEVER been a fan of that. However, whenever I sat down with this book and just committed to reading it I couldn’t stop and got trapped in the Coney Island world! By the end of this book I was totally satisfied with the ending even when I thought I wouldn’t be.

Let me just say that the fight scenes in Buckley’s books are so well written, it’s like I am there. My heat starts racing and I feel all the emotions that his characters feel.

Sadness…

Anger…

Pain…

Panic…

Happiness…

Surprise…

Love…

I can smell the ocean and feel the breeze

That’s what I call a fantastic writer!

I sort of ruined it for myself in a way because I read a little bit ahead and just happened to pick the chapter where Lyric finds out she is pregnant with Fathom’s baby (yeah that totally threw me for a loop!!!) and then once I read that I needed to know how it all went down and skipped ahead to the part when she tells Fathom…and then I read a little bit of the epilogue; DON’T DO WHAT I DID! Because of this I jumped to all sorts of conclusions about what happened with Riley and why he was with Bex and then why Lyric and Fathom weren’t together…I mean they love each other and have a son! I started putting off reading this book because I am such a sap for love and it seemed like Lyric wasn’t going to get it with Riley or Fathom…it seriously broke my heart a little bit…like there was pain and everything. But I continued on and I was totally wrong and the ending was one of the most satisfying things I have read in a long time. I am used to the main characters getting the love interest at the end, or ending up with someone they love and someone that makes them happy. But for once the author made it about what was empowering for the protagonist, and in this case is was Lyric deciding to choose herself.

‘I pick me,’ I say.

He’s confused again. This time, I take his hands in mine.

“I had a choice to make,” I say. He doesn’t need to know he’s been one corner of a love triangle. He doesn’t need to know that I was flipping Riley and him over in my head, trying to see them from every side, so I could decide which one to buy. He doesn’t need to know that Riley helped me understand something that right now makes sense. “And I picked me.”

I tell him that I love him and that I probably always will, and then  I tell him all the reasons why it’s not a good enough reason for us to be together. He doesn’t argue or try to manipulate me. He doesn’t go on and on about how if we want it, we can have it. He just sits and listens. For the first time since he came into my life, he is exactly what I needed him to be.”

I absolutely love this because I feel like it portrays a different side of not only the heroin but reveals that we all have a choice and that choice doesn’t always have to be what other people expect it to be.

The epilogue starts of three years later when Lyric, Riley, Bex and Lyric’s three old son, Max, return to Coney Island to meet up with Fathom and Husk so that Max can meet his dad. And while it kind of rubbed me the wrong way that Max and Fathom were just meeting for the first time in three years I got through it and totally fell in love with this scene. Fathom is a little more human and is great with Max. Buckley ends this book perfectly because it’s the cutest scene in the history of books, it ends with Fathom and Max doing the Wild Things dance and Fathom is the one to initiate it! My heart seriously melted. Not to mention that Buckley hints at Fathom and Lyric still feeling things for each other and possibly starting over in the future…that might just be my imagination but a girl can dream! Over all I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would and it was such a satisfying ending! Thank you Michael Buckley for capturing my heart in the Undertow world!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

My Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Hello Readers! Today’s blog post is going to be about my most anticipated books of 2017 in order, 1 being my most anticipated and 10 being my lesser anticipated!! I don’t have as many this year as I usually do and I think that’s mostly because I have been so busy with class and planning a wedding that I have not been able to scroll through bookish media! Don’t despair though because I still have A LOT of amazing books that are being released that I want to devour. Lately I have been really into post apocalyptic books, usually about the world ending in some way…why I am not sure! I have also really been enjoying books that take place in space or on other planets, love love love!! Here is a list of the books that I am dying to get my hands on! If you have read any of these or if you are also impatiently waiting for them like I am let me know in the comments down below!

P.S. Some of these I have already read this year and I was a little bit disappointed in some of them. However, I am going to rate them how I would have rated their anticipation before reading them!

  1. Untitled Chaol Novel by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Starfall by Melissa Landers
  4. We All Looked Up by Tommy Walach
  5. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  6. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
  7. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  8. The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow
  9. North of Happy by Adi Alsaid
  10. Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey

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Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah