Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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By Maggie Stiefvater

Hardcover, 409 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Scholastic Press

Average Rating: 4.07

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
POV: Dual Third Person (Sean & Puck)
Cover Love: The silhouette of the water horse and (possibly?) Puck with the red spotted background is very artistic.
My Rating: 5/5


It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.Read More »

Review: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

the problem of foreverThe Problem with Forever
By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hardcover, 480 pages

Published May 17th 2016 by Harlequin Teen
Average Rating: 4.09

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
POV: First Person (Mallory)
Cover Love: The watercolours, the title, the ART.
My Rating: 4.5/5

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.Read More »

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Six of Crows
By Leigh Bardugo

Kindle Edition, 462 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company

Average Rating: 4.41


Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.Read More »

Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

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The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1)
By Kimberly Derting

Hardcover, 327 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Harper
Average Rating: 3.97

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer.. she might become his next prey.Read More »

Review: Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

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Deceptions (Cainsville #3)
By Kelley Armstrong

Hardcover, 496 pages
Published August 20th 2015 by Sphere
Average Rating: 4.16

Olivia’s life has exploded. She’s discovered she’s not only adopted, but her real parents are convicted serial killers. Fleeing the media frenzy, she took refuge in the oddly secluded town of Cainsville. She has since solved the town’s mysteries and finds herself not only the target of its secretive elders, but also her stalker ex-fiancé.

Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, one that may help her balance the light and darkness within herself. Death stalks Olivia and the two men most important to her, as she desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating their triangle. Will darkness prevail or does Olivia have the power to prevent a tragic fate?Read More »

Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

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By Robin Benway

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by HarperTeen
Average Rating: 3.91

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.


four star

I can’t explain how this book makes me feel because I feel so many emotions that I can’t distinguish what they are. Every time I think of this book or remember the story, I get this feeling in my chest. There are good emotions like happiness, sympathy and pride, and there are sad emotions like heartache, sadness, pain, and honest-to-god understanding and acceptance.Read More »

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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By Victoria Aveyard

Hardcover, 383 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by HarperTeen
Average Rating: 4.11

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.


four star

So…I’m rather embarrassed about how long it took me to finish Red Queen. Took me about a year to finally complete the novel… Oops? *sheepish*

I remember when it first came out in 2015, I was super interested in the concept and it seemed like the YA novel to read. Borrowed it from the library, and returned it later not even halfway finished. I picked up more books, and Red Queen kind of got pushed down my priority list of TBR. Now, here I am, a year later, finished the novel and absolutely in awe with the world, the characters and the overall story.Read More »

June 2016: Most Anticipated Releases

Summmeeer! When the heat comes out, let’s just never leave our beds and read all day. Who needs suntans when you got a whole pile of books?! Inside we have air conditioning, lemonade, and did I mention BOOKS?!

What’s in store for me in June?


5.

summer in the invisible citySummer in the Invisible City
by Juliana Romano

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 21ST

Seventeen-year-old Sadie Bell has this summer all figured out: She’s going to befriend the cool girls at her school. She’s going to bond with her absentee father, a famous artist, and impress him with her photography skills. And she’s finally going to get over Noah, the swoony older guy who was her very first mistake.

Sadie wasn’t counting on meeting Sam, a funny and free-thinking boy who makes her question all of her goals. But even after a summer of talking, touching, and sharing secrets, Sam says he just wants to be friends. And when those Sadie cares about most hurt her, Sam’s friendship may not be enough. Sadie can see the world through her camera, but can she see the people who have loved and supported her all along?

Set against a glamorous New York City backdrop, this coming-of-age romance is a gorgeous summer read—one whose characters will stay with you long into the fall.


I’m amazed at the rating on Goodreads for this novel, hence why I’m going to give this novel by Juliana Romano a try. I actually read her debut novel, and it was pretty good. I love the way she writes Coming-of-Age so I think this might be a pretty good June TBR. I’m going to have to wait until I’m in the mood for this genre though. That cover is also very pretty.

4.

summer days and summer nightsSummer Days, Summer Nights
By Stephanie Perkins (Editor), Multiple Authors

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 2ND

This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. Includes: Leigh Bardugo, Nina LaCour, Libba Bray, Francesca Lia Block, Stephanie Perkins, Tim Federle, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Brandy Colbert, Cassandra Clare, Jennifer E Smith, Lev Grossman.


I’ve only read one novel that consists of short stories and I think this is a great novel to start the adorable shorts and there are twelve summer romances!! This is THE summer beach read!! I’m extremely excited to get my hand on this novel!! It’s going to be sooo cuuute and it’s going to be a quick read too!! And the authors?!? This is promising. But how promising? I’ll let you guys know. 😉

3.

the problem of foreverThe Problem with Forever
By Jennifer L. Armentrout

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 1ST

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. 

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day. 

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.


I had so much uncertainty to put this novel on my TBR. After reading many reviews, I’ve decided to read it. I mean it’s JLA!!! I cannot not read her novel! This is definitely different for her though so we’ll see how well she can expand her skills to realistic fiction and contemporary romance from fantasy.

2.

all the missing girlsAll the Missing Girls
By Megan Miranda

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 28TH

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.


Megan Miranda is my guilty pleasure. I don’t read enough of her books!! She writes such chilling, dark novels and I’m just amazed by her creativity. When I saw this book, I had to read it!! Look at that concept, aahhh it’s gonna be soo good!! It sounds so mysterious and captivating! I mean that summary.. I can’t. I’m so ready to dive in to mystery and thriller.

1.

the way to game the walk of shameThe Way to Game the Walk of Shame
By Jenn P. Nguyen

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 7TH

Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.


Okay, so I’ve been waiting for this to come for months. Although I’m definitely more excited for All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, I need a fix of contemporary romance and a swoony love story. I have a diverse preference for romance, and one of them is the (very) cliché pretend relationship to real one. *blushes* I just find that concept has so much room for creativity but. but it has to be done correctly. I can only tolerate this cliché for so much. So, this is #1 because I want to read, review and critique. I’m nervous and my expectations are high as the towers at Hogwarts. We’ll see.


This month seems to be the month of contemporary and realistic fiction. I guess I had my way with fantasy and action. (Who am I kidding? XD I’m totally in for lots of rereads of my fav fantasy series) Anyway, June wasn’t packed with as many Anticipated Releases as May but we still got some interesting reads.

What are your June Anticipated releases? Any I mentioned above? Are you excited for summer beach reads? More so, are you ready for summer?!? 😮 Let me know in comments below!

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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(A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

By Sarah J. Maas

Hardcover, 624 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Average Rating: 4.77

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


five star

Lordy, lordy, lord. I just finished this book and I’m ready to explode from the intense feels I have stored in my body. Brace yourself for a raving review.Read More »

Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

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By Robin LaFevers

Hardcover, 444 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Average Rating: 4.12

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…


five star

This book frustrated the hell out of me. IT WAS TORTUROUS. I couldn’t take it. The whole time I wanted to punch Annith in the face, then when I finished, I was speechless.

ONE OF THE BEST ENDINGS OF A SERIES EVER.

And the thing is, I hated Annith for half of the novel!!! I don’t know how Robin LaFevers managed to redeem herself because ultimately, I love this trilogy.Read More »