Book Review: Bang by Barry Lyga

Book Title: Bang

Book Author: Barry Lyga

Page Count: 304

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope this week has been a fantastic one for you! 🙂

Wow! This book.  I sigh as I write this because I still don’t know WHERE to begin.  I don’t typically read books that are as serious and as dark as this one.  And this one brought up some serious topics.  They were hard, they were real, and I felt like I was personally dealing with them all myself.  I kinda feel emotionally scarred after reading this.  But that’s not necessarily at bad thing. The many topics in this book are important and they make you think.  It’s always good for me to read something like this once in a while.

The reason I picked up this book is because I read the I Hunt Killers Trilogy a few years ago by this author and thought that they were great.  The book was NOT disappointing.  It’s just a book that will sit heavy on your heart because of the nature of the difficulty of the topics.  So much is going on at the same time and the things this kid has to deal with are emotionally difficult for anyone to deal with let alone a kid who seems to try to shoulder it all himself.

This story seems like it’s something that could be relatable if it happened to you and how you and your family might possibly react or not.  It was realistic. It felt so real.

I will say that I was CRYING, no scratch that, I was SOBBING at certain events in this book at 2 am, and I and my EMOTIONS were ALL over the place.  I actually finished this book a couple weeks ago, but I couldn’t bring myself to think about it again until now.

It’s not a completely devastating book.  There are some great times like hanging out with friends and such,and jokes, and little adventures and relaxation.  There’s a lot going on. Also, pizza.  I really wanted a slice of pizza after reading this! 🙂

All in all, so this story is really well written and down to earth.  The writing style is great and I was hooked from the moment I read the first few lines.  I HAD to know what was happening in this book, so I didn’t want to put it down.  It deals with a lot of serious issues, but it is certainly well worth the read.

Anyways, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Bang
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Barry Lyga

 

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Book Review:Daughter of the Pirate King

Book Title: Daughter of the Pirate King

Book Author: Tricia Levenseller

Page Count: 320

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes! 

 

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope that ya’ll are having a fantastic day!

I don’t know why I’ve never picked up this book until now but I am so glad I did.  It was awesome and I thought it was fantastic!

Why did I grab this book?  I picked it up at the library because I decided that it was time. I mainly picked it up because of the title. I mean, Daughter of the Pirate King is intriguing in itself. Anyone who loves Pirates of the Caribbean will probably like this book.  I know I did!  After reading the synopsis I was convinced that I would like it.  And, whew, I wasn’t wrong! It was so much FUN! Especially after reading a novel with serious story I felt this was the perfect book to read and lighten my mood.

I don’t think I’ve EVER read a book faster in my life!  I’m a fast reader as it is…and I was so engulfed in the story that I absolutely loved every minute of this story.  I was never bored! Also the writing style and banter through the story made in an even more fascinating read! I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a book with so much witty banter in it! It was amazing to read and probably one of the reasons I was so invested in the story! 🙂

Alosa is like the pirate captain I wish to be.  That’s right. I wish to be the Captain of my own ship too!  She’s witty, super strong, and super smart all whilest being pretty. So jealous over here. I want ALL the qualities.  Also, you can definitely see the pirate logic throughout this book.  Everything this girl does serves more than one purpose!

The plot twists were fantastic and I was surprised more than once in this book about something that happened.  Didn’t see that coming, now did I?  Also, I couldn’t put it down AT ALL.

I liked that that not only was Alosa clever, but so were many of the other characters as well.  It made for an interesting story line, one that I thorougly enjoyed.  I loved ALL the side characters too! They only thing disappointing about them was that we didn’t get to see as much as them as I would have liked.

I felt like I got to the ending way to fast! I can’t wait to read Daughter of the Siren Queen!  I’m totally requesting it from the library right after I finish this writing this post! 🙂

Anyways, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Daughter of the Pirate King
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Tricia Levenseller

Book Review: Owl Eyes: A Fairy Tale

Book Title:  Owl Eyes: A Fairy Tale

Book Author: Molly Lazer

Page Count: 264

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars 

Would I Recommend:  Yes! 

Hello Book Friends!  I hope today has been a fantastic one for you!  🙂

I cannot believe Easter has come and gone can you?  This  year is going by much faster than I would like it to!  I feel like my to do list keeps getting bigger, just like my growing TBR addiction!

Disclaimer: I received an e-arc copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.  

There were two reason I picked out this book.  TWO. One was because it has the words Fairy Tale in it.  I was sold from there.  And two, I thought Owl Eyes was an interesting name for a Fairy Tale retelling.  I was really intrigued by that.

Confession Time:  It took me a little bit longer that it should have for me realize that this was a Cinderella retelling!  I’m feeling slightly guilty over this fact. I’ve been reading stories about completely opposite and in depth plots that I was looking for a deeper meaning than what was on the surface.  I will say that it had quite a dark side to it compared to Disney version I’m used, but I think that is what makes this story so much more entertaining.

The story started off a little slower than I expected in the beginning but I must admit that it definitely had my attention.  I really enjoyed the way it was written and it didn’t take me long at all to complete! It was super enchanting!

I didn’t expect this story to have such a dark side to it, but I think that’s what makes the story thrilling.  I sympathized with the main character, Nora, and I felt like I was in the room with her while I was reading this.  Not only because it isn’t disney, but I felt this story is realistically what could have happened.

Learning about the magic in the story was exciting.  I couldn’t wait to find out what types there were and how and what they were used for, because magic things are magical and enchanting. Also, some of the plots twists were magical too.

The only other thing I have to say is that after I figured out what kind of fairy tale retelling it was it was sort of predictable, but there were plots twists so I can’t count that out either. I’m contradicting myself, but you know what I mean.

I really enjoyed the relationships in this story more than I thought I would.  It was nice to see how each individual character played into main part of the story and it flowed really well! And I was really invested in the love interest in this story, because what fairy tale wouldn’t be complete without a love interest.  Besides, by time it came around, I was already invested in the story too much, and that’s always a good thing. 🙂

Overall, I was really pleased with this book.  It had everything I was promised and even though it was darker than I imagined I like those kind of stories. (If you count the fact that I’m also a big fan of Zombie novels – what can I say I like several genres of books not just one :))  The story flowed, I was captivated and it was a really FUN read.  I would really recommend this story to anyone who loves fairy tale retellings and to people who like their stories a little darker and a little truer.

Anyways, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Owl Eyes
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Molly Lazer

 

Book Review: My Name is Victoria

Book Title: My Name is Victoria

Book Author: Lucy Worsley

Page Count: 384

Publisher:  Candlewick Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes! 

Hello Book Friends!  I hope today is a magical one for you! Can you believe that spring is finally here!  I certainly can’t and I couldn’t be more happy about it. Well, I could if it would get WARM.  I think I’ve seen more snow in the month of March than February!  Get it together, weather!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this e-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I currently don’t have a photo to represent this book, I’m so sorry please forgive me.  I will share my popcorn with you to make up for it, if you’d like. (You should feel extra special, because the sharing of my popcorn isn’t something I do like ever) 😛

What made me request a copy of this book?  Well, first of all the cover on Net Galley was pretty, so that attracted me to  it. (The US Edition). Secondly,  I’ve been meaning to try to read more historical fiction pieces since reading Stalking Jack the Ripper and Jackaby.  I’ve suddenly found myself wanting to read a LOT more of them.

So, I planned to find some to put onto my ever growing TBR list because who doesn’t need a huge pile of books sitting in the corner of the room waiting to be read.  I think it’s going to be my new addiction.  That I DO NOT need, but still. It’s just another reason for me to keep loving books.

I really enjoyed reading another historical fiction piece.  I think they are quickly becoming my new favorite! I thought this book was adorable! I loved the protagonist in the book and felt like I could relate a little to her character. Also, this book was an easy way to learn about some of the history behind these characters. And, I enjoyed the fact that a lot of information was based on true historical facts!

The beginning of the book starts off a little slow, but quickly picks up during the second half of the book where exciting things start to happen. You follow the story of Miss V. Conroy, whose father has brought her to befriend the future Queen Victoria. It was neat to read about what may have happened before Victoria was crowned Queen.

I really enjoyed reading about Victoria from Miss V’s perspect, and read about Miss V and Victoria’s development of such a strong friendship.  Also, it was made more fun by reading about their polar opposite personalities.  It’s a story that test’s Miss V’s loyalties over and over again and it was nice to read a story where the girls aren’t at each other’s throats all the time!

The writing style was really pleasant and it didn’t take me long at all to read because I was immersed in wanting to know what happened next.  And the the plots twists of the story were really interesting too!  And I was not disappointed with the ending of the book either.  I sort of predicted the ending, but I thought it was a nice way to wrap up the story. 🙂

I think that this book is suitable for its intended target, and I would definitely recommend this book people who love historical fiction too! I really enjoyed reading this book! I definitely want to add this book to my historical fiction collection.

Anyways, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here: My Name is Victoria
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Lucy Worsley

 

Book Review: Tempests and Slaughter

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Book Title: Tempests and Slaughter

Book Author: Tamora Pierce

Page Count: 455

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: YES!!!


Hello Book Friends! I hope today is wonderful for you!

I didn’t expect this book to be so CUTE! I have been waiting for this book for AGES (like the moment it was even mentioned that Tamora Pierce was writing a book about Numair)!

One night…er, morning (probably more like 2am), I was on my library’s website and decided I would try to request this book (expecting to be like 500th in line because that’s just what happens to me in REAL life, lol) but to my surprise I got a call the VERY next day saying it was already in and I could pick it up.  I was like ARE YOU SERIOUS? Apparently yes, yes they were.  I have it.  It’s in my hands.  I’ve FINISHED it.  And it’s been DEVOURED, because I eat books like nobody’s business.  NOT LITERALLY.  That would be…wrong.

I can tell you this about her books – they may take a while to be released, but they are always of the highest quality.  And one of the nice things about this book is that you don’t have to read any of the other Tortall books before reading this one.  I do highly recommend reading them though, if you want more Numair (I will forever call him Numair since that’s how I’ve know him first, #sorrynotsorry) Arram Draper.  They are fantastic! I think I loved this book MORE because I’d read the other books first, but again that’s just ME.

WOW! This book was different than I had ever envisioned it would be, but still AMAZING! I don’t know what I was thinking.  Well, actually I was thinking it might be more like her Beka Cooper series and I got more of an Alanna series type book. But still SO GOOD! And the writing style is definitely uniquely Tamora’s Pierce’s, and I always loved that about her books.  I was immediately brought back to the Tortall Universe and enjoyed learning more about Carthak and the whole empire. It definitely reminded me of Alanna’s time in school.

I could most definitely see Arram as a completely different character in this story, because he’s so young and hasn’t gone through some of the trials he’s already been through in the other books.  (I almost forgot a few times that he’s Numair but I will call him that because I can!) 🙂

There are always a TON of characters written in these books, but somehow I never lose track of who anyone is.  I find that to be a testimony of the writing in these books.

I love the topics in the story.

I love how kind Arram is to the people and creatures that are treated wrongly and forced to live in the Coliseum. Especially because Arram is quite astute about these thing at such a young age. It seems he understand better than most, even better than his instructors how wrong it is.

I love that Arram chooses to think for himself.  He sees the good in people that others don’t.  He doesn’t always agree with his friends.  You know he and his friends are going places.  And I really liked reading about Arram’s friends too.  Arram’s not the only one struggling with things that are happening to them in life.  You see all that from Arram’s perspective who strives to help them.  And they also try to lend a hand when he struggles too.  They are all so CUTE! I love them ALL.

Watching them grow and learn things (while learning a lot myself) was so much fun.  The stories and adventures that happened were great to read about.  I felt like I was there with them ALL!

I was definitely expecting a more… adventurous ending, which didn’t happen.  I still enjoyed it but when I got to the last page I was so sad to see it ending there!

Overall, I REALLY enjoyed this book.  If you are already a Tamora Pierce fan you will LOVE this book, and love being brought back to this universe.  It was definitely a great setup for the NEXT book (which in reality is sad because it may be years until I get my hands on it even though it will be worth the wait!).  The story was well written, easy to follow, and FUN to read.  It delves into some serious topics, as well as being light-hearted and it was definitely something I couldn’t put down.  I can’t wait to read the next one ASAP!

Anyways, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here: Tempests and Slaughter
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Tamora Pierce

 

 

Book Review: Immortal Reign

Book Title: Immortal Reign
Book Author: Morgan Rhodes
Page Count: 391
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend: Yes!

Hello Book Friends! I hope today is a splendid one for you!

I was practically shrieking with excitement when I finally got a copy of this book in my hands.  My library is magical and had this book available for me to read the day I requested it! (Usually it takes 3-4 days a week, and forever when it’s a new…ish book that’s been released.) So yeah, I was definitely super happy about that!
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I was little sad to know that this series was coming to an end.  What will I do with my life now? 😂 I don’t know I say to myself, as I causally glance over at my TBR pile that’s amazing huge. Like a whole bookshelf doubled stacked huge. But the library comes first before all these books though, so I casually ignore the TBR pile staring back glaring at me right now.
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I definitely love the writing style of these books!  I feel like the chapters just flew by as I absorbed each chapter and all the action that going on with this book.  The action is just the right amount to keep you interested (in every word).
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Magnus.  His dedication to Cleo and his own will and dedication is something to be admired in this book. He follows his heart, and it leads him where he needs to be.
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Cleo. Her selflessness and strength is what made her character really stand out.
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Amara. I thought it was finally nice to read about Amara realizing her own dire situation, and how detrimental it had been to the rest of the world, including her own people.
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Jonas. He seemed to be a lot more understanding of certain situations in this book and his growth is definitely one of the more evident ones.  His bravery and courage is some that is really honorable to the story, and I think reading about his actions was probably one of my favorites in this final book.
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Lucia.  Oh my goodness Lucia.  She has a lot going on in this story and I enjoyed how she stuck her to guns and fought for her family.
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Nic. This guy has certainly been through a lot.  His determination and willpower deserves some much needed praise.
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Ashur. I wish I could have seen more of him in this book, I think he could have been more useful than he was. But I enjoyed reading about what little I about him I could! And Felix too, for that matter.
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Nerissa. I saw a lot less of her than I would have liked in this book, but I really enjoyed her ability to make her own decisions when judging other people. Also, she’s just amazing in general, so there’s that!
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Overall this book was a fantastic read.  I just wish there were parts of story that could have been expanded on, and I felt certain sections were a little rushed! I think we could have gotten another book out of the story, but that’s just me and my wishful thinking.  I’ll definitely highly recommend this book series to anyone who’s looking for a great fantasy story! 😊
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Anyways, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here: Immortal Reign
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Morgan Rhodes

Book Review: Ghostly Echoes

Book Title: Ghostly Echoes
Book Author: William Ritter
Page Count: 340 Pages
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Recommendation: Yes! 

Hello Book Friends! I hope today is a splendid one for you!

How excited was I to read this particular book? Well, SUPER excited, let me tell you.  I really feel like it’s been a long wait from the first book to the this one and I couldn’t believe I FINALLY made it here! This book had my FULL ATTENTION now, not just 97% of it. I may or may not have almost spilt my precious tea from so much excitement! 😅

I couldn’t wait to finally discover Jenny’s story and background. (Especially since it’s been so hyped up in the previous books!)

This is one is my favorite out of them so far! This book seemed a little darker than the previous ones, but I can handle the darkness.( #supernaturalfanrighthere 😂)  I still enjoyed this story so, so much! I can’t wait to finishing collecting all of the books! I purchased the first one since I loved it so much and so far I’ve checked all the other ones out at – you guessed it… the library!

And I absolutely adore the covers of these books, I mean how pretty is that!

The story picks up right where last book left off, leaving us ready to finally hear about Jenny’s story.  I feel so proud of this girl for trying so hard at what she’s attempting to do. Although Abigail is still the protagonist in the story, I feel like Jenny was the person whose had so much growth in the book. She dealt with a lot of things that she was ready to face before and she seems to be so much stronger and better because of it!

Trouble always seems to brew when Jenny and Abigail get together, despite Jackaby’s warnings!  I had of few moments of predictability, but I’m blaming it all on my horrible ability to predict things like that.  How dare I!? 😂 It’s okay, I still enjoyed this story.

This is where Abigail is introduced to Pavel.  She realizes she’s met the guy before, he’s the CREEPY one that she sees on the train that seems suspicious to her in Beastly Bones that’s been stalking her.  I knew there was something different about the dude, but I must say, I did not see THAT coming, lol.

Abigail gets to see a little about what happened to Jenny before she became ghost, and you learn a lot about her relationship with Carson – her fiancè.  You also find out about Pavel. But Pavel is definitely on the villanous side, that much you can tell. Abigail immediately doesn’t like him.  Good for you, Abigail. Go team instincts!

Jenny’s been having these Echoes throughout the story, and even had a few back in Beastly bones.  This is where she’s in a trance, and she’s having a memory of the past.  In the real world she causes everything around her to become icy.  This is NOT a good thing. Oh, no. Don’t do that Jenny! I felt so bad for the ghost, every time she had one of these episodes but even more so for Abigail with having to deal with the after math.

Jackaby is totally against what the girls are doing, and he makes sure to let them know that he won’t allow it again. It’s obvious that Jackaby is dragging on with this case.  He doesn’t want to do it, but he doesn’t want to go against Jenny’s wishes. Unfortunately, you find out that there’s been a murder and is EXACTLY like Jenny’s case.  So now Jackaby has to investigate, whether he wants to do or not. Jackaby is still working with Jenny throughout the book teaching her that her fears are just mind over matter.

Abigail ends up stumbling upon Pavel under the investigation and you find out that Pavel is a vampire.  Okay, creepy factor explained, but still creepy here nonetheless.  He’s no more likeable than before.

During the investigation Jackaby has called Charlie to help! I’m pretty sure he did it just for Abigail and I couldn’t be happier about that. Abigail is like the little sister Jackaby never had. So cute! You can see that Jackaby loves the two of them, though he would deny it completely if asked.

Also, can I just comment on how awesome Carson is? His faith in Jenny is encouraging and amazing and I think it’s awesome how he admires her ability to learn.  Also he thought she was bloody brilliant which makes him swoon worthy in my mind.

The Dire Council.  I feel like this whole deal just came out the blue.  I only recall minor things here and there that led up to these events, but I don’t think it was significant enough.  There could have more.  There could always be more writing though.  Maybe that’s why I LOVE huge books.

The INFORMATION at the end of the book though.  Honestly, I was a bit shook there. I understand why Abigail’s angry.  Heck, I’m angry.  We’re all angry.  Still, I ended up loving this book and I can’t wait to read the last book in the series!

Anyways, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Ghostly Echoes
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: William Ritter