Review: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson

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(The Remnant Chronicles #3)
By Mary E. Pearson

Hardcover, 679 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Average Rating: 4.25

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
POV: First Person (Multiple: Lia, Rafe, Kaden, Pauline)
Cover Love: Epic final battle scene??
My Rating: 4.5/5


Lia has survived Venda—but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.

With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier—as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.

In this conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.


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Review: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

a-torch-against-the-night-sabaa-tahirA Torch Against The Night
(An Ember in the Ashes #2)

By Sabaa Tahir

Hardcover, 452 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Razorbill
Average Rating: 4.44

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance (Do I even bother?!)
POV: First Person (Elias, Laia & Helene)
Cover Love: So much love for the cover
Rating: 4/5 stars


Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.


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Review: This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

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By Sarah Strohmeyer

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Average Rating: 3.34

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
POV: Third Person (Addie & Kris)
Cover Love: Love the font, and the birds are adorable. This cover suits the story insanely well.
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars


Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love. Not for herself, anyway. With one year left of high school, she’s more interested in snagging a full scholarship to Harvard than a full-time boyfriend.

That doesn’t mean she’s oblivious to the ways of the heart. Or, rather, the head. Because after months of research, Addie has discovered how to make anyone fall in love. All you need is the secret formula.

But will her discovery be enough to win the coveted Athenian Award and all its perks? (See above, full scholarship to Harvard.) Or will she be undone by Dexter, her backstabbing lab partner, who is determined to deep-six her experiments at their exclusive private school?

Those are the least of her problems now that she’s survived a death-defying flight with a mysterious, dark-haired boy, who has delicious chocolate-brown eyes and a few secrets of his own.

With an experiment to mastermind, an infatuated exchange student on her hands, and at least one great white shark (more on that later), can Addie’s prefrontal cortex outwit her heart? Or will she have to give in to her amygdala and find out, once and for all, if this thing called love is more than just her brain on drugs?Read More »

Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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By Kasie West

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Point
Average Rating: 4.09

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Romance
POV: First Person Limited (Lily)
Cover Love: It’s silly which I like but compared to West’s other books I’m not overly fond of this book cover.
My Rating: 5/5 stars


Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mysteryand juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…Read More »

Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

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By Victoria Aveyard

Hardcover, 444 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
Average Rating: 3.99

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Romance
POV: Third Person Limited (Mare)
Cover Love: Um of course I would love this cover!! Blood, beautiful glass diadem. What could a girl ask for??
My Rating: 5/5 stars


If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.Read More »

Review: The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott

the way back to youThe Way Back to You
By Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Average Rating: 4.01

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Death, Road Trip
POV: First Person Dual POV
Cover Love: Super cute. Love the road sign arrows!
Rating: 4.5/5 stars


In this witty, heart-tugging novel, two teens take a spontaneous road trip across the Southwest to meet three strangers who received the life-saving organs of their late best friend—charting a journey of loss, hope, and love along the way.

Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.

Her best friend Cloudy is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.

Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore.

As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they’re barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.

With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way to back to her…and to each other.Read More »

Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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By Colleen Hoover

Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Atria Books
Average Rating: 4.75

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
POV: First Person Limited (Lily)
Cover Love: Symbolic and loved by everyone. The recreations on Colleen’s Instagram speak for themselves.
My Rating: 5/5


Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.Read More »

Chapters Haul #1 | Savings jackpot that should be appreciated because now I have more BOOKS!

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Okay, so this was maybe two/three weeks ago…and I wanted to take photos of these books for this post and I kept pushing it off until I finally said, “Let’s take pictures of EVERYTHING IN MY ROOM BECAUSE I’M BORED.” 😅

Let’s appreciate all those titles because I can finally say I own a copy of [insert book here]. Best Booknerd Feeling Ever. Period. To me, buying books is a declaration of love because I hardly buy books and borrow them instead. 👌

Chapters had a sale where you can buy 2 selected YA titles for $20! Twenty dollars. I obviously had to buy four and one was 3 bucks. (I’ll specify which books below)

*round of applause for the awesome deal the book gods have preached us with*

I got one sentence for you: I’m a happy fangirl.

Now, why did I buy these books?? What was going through my book-filled brain as I stood in front of the shelf for at least half an hour making a decision??Read More »

Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

star touched queenThe Star-Touched Queen
By Roshani Chokshi

Hardcover, 342 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Average Rating: 3.61

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
POV: Third Person Limited (Maya)
Cover Love: A+++++++
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars


Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.Read More »

Review: This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

this is where the world endsThis is Where the World Ends
By Amy Zhang

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Average Rating: 3.47

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction,
POV: First Person Limited: After (Micah) and Before/Journal Entries (Janie)
Cover Love: The feathers!! The background with the words!! So wonderfully beautiful.
My Rating: 3.5/5


Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivien moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship—as long as no one finds out about it. But then Janie goes missing and everything Micah thought he knew about his best friend is colored with doubt.

Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance in a second novel.


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