Now I Rise by Kiersten White [We revisit the Stabby Queen]

22817331I refuse to categorize this book as a young adult novel because:

a) The characters don’t sound like teenagers at ALL!

and

b) The book is pretty graphic in terms of sex and violence. Definitely, something I wouldn’t recommend to the younger audience (unless they can handle it).

In this book, we return to the cruel world of Lada, Radu and Mehmed. We start pretty much right after the events of Book one and I was surprised I remembered a majority of the things that had happened in it. In an effort to keep this book SPOILER FREE I’m going to just say that the plot was basically, travelling, alliances, war, lots of killing, character conflict and some sex.

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Esper Files: The Sky Cult by Egan Brass [Steampunk + X-men]

After reading the first book Esper Files, I was so fascinated by the idea and the plot of this book that I just couldn’t wait to read Book 2 and once I got my hands on it, I finished it real quick BUT as always, life got in the way and I’m only now getting to posting its review.

This book starts off exactly where the first one left off. I don’t want to give out a lot of spoilers by explaining the plot but I’ll try to explain as much as possible by being as vague as possible. So, this review is spoiler-free.

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The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis [Read to discover a steampunk badass]

The second steampunk novel I’ve read this year and I was NOT disappointed.

The plot: In Robyn Bennis’ The Guns Above, Josette Dupre, our badass protagonist has been made the Corps’ first female airship captain, after she turned the tide against the enemy in a battle.

For Josette, it means a death sentence but a happy one because she finally gets to live her dreams as captain of an airship, but she is also aware of how far some would go to overthrow her. Like Lord Bernat, who was set up by his Uncle to find and record all the negatives of Josette, so that Bernat can get his money and the Uncle would get to see Josette fall.

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Tree Magic by Hariett Springbett [A coming of age story tangled with France]

This book was something of a hit and miss for me. There are many who loved it but also a few like me who just didn’t feel much about it. Before I get into the details though,

The plot, from my point of view: The story revolves around a girl named Rainbow who discovers that she has magic hands that can communicate with trees, understand them and change the direction of their growth. But Rainbow is yet to decide whether her powers are a gift or a curse.

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Mini Book Reviews #2

I made a list of all the books I need to review and I’ve realized that there are waaay too many of them and so obviously, here’s another edition of my mini reviews! Because I’m super lazy but I also cannot sleep at night if I don’t review them.

#1 The Haters by Jesse Andrews

26095121This is a book that I bought for Beez when it was decided that she was leaving for India forever (I still don’t know what she means by forever… #ignorantbae) I knew that I didn’t have the time to read it but I also REALLY NEEDED TO READ IT cause… I wanted to put in my notes all over it.*

*I also just wanted to really read it

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Mini DNF Reviews #1

30090014Weregirl by C.D. Bell

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Chooseco

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Supernatural

[Note: I received a free preview copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]

I didn’t particularly enjoy this novel. I only read the preview and I immediately knew exactly how the book would end. It felt very cliched with the whole girl turns into a werewolf and falls in love with guy who strongly reminded me of Jacob from Twilight. Thanks but I’ll pass on this one.

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DNF review of The Alpha Drive: The Alpha Drive #1 by Kristen Martin

27174561Publication Date: November 17, 2015

Publisher: Black Falcon Press

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Science fiction

 

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]

This was yet another awful book and by now, having read FOUR awful books that I forced myself to finish, I gave up on this when even 46% of the book failed to grasp me into its hold. So, this is basically my first DNF review (here on the blog).

Some people don’t like reading DNF reviews but I personally love reading them because those are the ones that most of the time tell me whether so-and-so book is worth my time or not. So without further ado, let’s roll *into a jammie dodger*.

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The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell

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Publication Date: April 14, 2016

Publisher: Bookouture

Targeted Audience: Adult

Genre: Paranormal/Crime/Psychological thriller

 

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]

I need to make it clear that I don’t read a lot of mystery novels, simply because they fail to interest me. (Maybe I haven’t found the right author yet, who knows?) This book felt the same. It didn’t intrigue as much as I had hoped it would.

While the writing had no issues, the plot felt dragged. We were constantly being led places and then being disappointed. The characters too were a roller coaster. At some point the finger points so glaringly at one person only to point at someone else the next minute.

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