July Mini Reviews

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Disclaimer: Whilst these books were provided by publishers as NetGalley E-ARCs, all opinions remain solely my own.

Fantasy


Now I Rise ★★★★

Conqueror’s Saga #2
Kiersten White

I really enjoyed this sequel. Without giving anything away, I found it to be more political, with a pinch of deception and stabby-ness (is that a word? If not, it should be).
Lada really comes into her own, becoming even more independent and kick ass. She definitely becomes wiser and more mature as she explores the world.
Radu is the bigger focus of this book, or he felt like it, anyways. He becomes smarter with his emotions and decisions, and I cannot wait to see him develop more in book 3.
A fast paced, action filled sequel which I loved.

Unraveling ★★★★

Unblemished #2
Sara Ella

Unraveling started slowly but the pace quickly improved and kept me moving through the story. The plot is full of adventure, twists and turns, and I really loved where the story went,
It still has that fairytale feel but I definitely felt that this sequel was more action packed than book 1. We see El develop and grow into her new role, but we also see her doubts and struggles.
I really enjoyed the multiple perspectives of this book as it really opened my eyes to the events surrounding other characters.
The world is expanded in this book and I can’t wait to see where they go in book 3.

Daughter of the Burning City ★★★★

Amanda Foody

Whilst this novel started slow, the evocative language and intriguing characters soon sucked me into a whirlwind of flipping pages.
Throughout the entirety of the book I was drooling over liquorice cherries and kettle corn, and picturing every aspect of the burning city in detail.
Every plot twist had me absolutely shocked and I definitely didn’t see the end coming.
This is like Caraval, but infinitely more unique and captivating. 4.5/5 stars.

Sovereign ★★★

Nemesis #2
April Daniels

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first in the series, Dreadnought. However it was still a satisfying sequel and I’m excited to continue with this series.
The pacing was a little slow and inconsistent, and made the reading experience a little bit more tedious. In saying that, I loved seeing Danny’s character development and that alone made me want to keep reading.
The way that the plot is set out is layered and there were definitely a few twists that I didn’t see coming.
All in all this sequel was good but I hope that book 3 improves upon the story even more.

Dystopian


True North ★★

True Born #2
L.E Sterling

After reading and loving the first book in this series, the sequel was a bit of a let down.
It had a strong beginning which recapped book 1 and helped you get settled back into the world. After that however, I felt that everything went downhill. The pacing was incredibly slow, and there was no real character development that I could tell. The plot of the novel hinged on one small event, which we didn’t see until the very end, and the other ‘events’ in the plot made it feel as if virtually nothing happened. Even the romance, which I hoped would develop more, didn’t.
Overall I wasn’t impressed by this sequel, and it just wasn’t for me. 2/5 stars.

Contemporary


180 Seconds ★★★★★

Jessica Park

This book shattered my heart and made it whole again.
I was delighted by the romance in this novel, entranced by Allison’s story and her personal development, and ripped to shreds by the ending.
I went into this novel blind, for some reason expecting it to be a cute fluffy romance. And I’m not denying that it had cute and fluffy moments, but 180 Seconds was so much more than that. The characters were fleshed out, real and relatable, and Allison’s introversion was deftly explored, explained, and eventually overcome.
The main couple in this book is so perfect and amazing, and I’d love to see more of them.
It’s the perfect exploration of family, friendship, trust and opening up.

Moonrise ★★★★

Sarah Crossan

Heart-breaking, insightful and brilliantly executed.
I went into this novel completely blind, knowing only that it was written by Sarah Crossan. Sarah Crossan is an author that I trust wholly, who never neglects to make my heart ache and my tears flow. In Moonrise, her writing is unfailingly beautiful, and her story told through a cast of unusually lovable characters.
Every aspect of this novel appealed to me, As a highly opinionated individual with eyes open to the world around me, I really appreciated Sarah’s exploration of the American justice system and its failings. I enjoyed seeing a family dynamic where all the family were present in the narrative, if not directly on the page. Joe’s family has fallen apart around him, and still he persists in trying his hardest and not giving up. I loved Joe, and I would love to see more of him in the future (as unlikely as that is).
I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves Sarah Crossan and fast, intoxicating reads.

The Names They Gave Us ★★★★

Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us is a genuine, heartfelt novel about faith, family, friendship and grief. Beautifully written with an amazing cast of characters, I enjoyed every single page of this novel.
The writing and story was easy to slide into, and our main character is super easy to love and follow.
I gave this one 4.25 stars, with my only problem being the open ending.

Signed

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Lucky in Love: Blog Tour & Giveaway

 

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Lucky in Love

Author: Kasie West

Publisher: Scholastic

Publication date: 25th July 2017

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A cute, fun and fast contemporary.

 

 

Synopsis:

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

My Spoiler Free Review:

This book is one of the cutest contemporaries I’ve read all year. It was so fast-paced and the budding romance was so cute I just HAD to keep turning the pages.

Maddie and Seth were amazing characters and I really enjoyed their chemistry, not to mention their friendship in general. I’m usually really critical of contemporaries, but this definitely had the right balance of friendship, family and romance, and I loved it so much..

If you’re into contemporary romance I’d highly recommend picking this one up. We follow Maddie as she wins the lottery, splurges on crazy things, and deals with family drama, the media, not to mention university applications and high school stress.

Aside from winning the lottery (I wish), Maddie is so much like me. Studious but sometimes loses focus, stresses, and has a multitude of things to worry about in her life. She was a super relatable character and I’d definitely love to see more of her.

All in all, cute, fast-paced and fun, with some more serious topics twisted throughout. Loved it. 4 out of 5 stars.

 

KasieAbout the Author:

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

 

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Possibly the most sarcastic title I’ve ever heard… but it’s not, I swear

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Published in December by Harmony Ink Press, Thanks A Lot, John LeClair is a YA contemporary with a focus on hockey, family, and coming out. Johanna Parkhurst explores themes of sexuality, sport, family and finding yourself in this super cute, yet super important novel.

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A quick read, I gave this one 3 stars. It took me a bit to become invested in the story and its characters, but thanks to the interspersed letters, I soon loved Emmitt and Dusty as the main characters. These letters definitely helped me to understand Emmitt and his family, and whilst they did tend to interrupt the flow of the novel, I really enjoyed reading them.

This book follows Emmitt as he tries to discover what he wants in life. A skilled ice hockey player, he is concerned that coming out as gay might affect his future career. As the story progresses we see a change in Emmitt’s attitude, and I felt that his character development was really good.

Keeping it short and sweet, but this book is definitely a great read for anyone with an interest in sport, diverse reads, or super cute boys in love.

NB: I was sent a copy for review by the publisher, but this in no way impacted my opinion. All thoughts are my own.