ARC Book Review: Daughter of the Siren Queen

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
 Rated: ❤❤❤❤❤/5
 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
 Published: 2/27/18
 Buy or Borrow: Buy

Alosa is back on the hunt to find the last map that will help the Pirate King locate Isla de Canta : the sirens island which is full of treasures. After retrieving the map, Alosa discovers that her father has not been truthful about alot of things in her life. Alosa must decide on how best to deal with her father, find the treasures and most importantly, reconcile with who she truly is, the Siren Queen’s daughter.

With school and exams looming, I went through two sleepless nights to finish DotSQ and it was absolutely worth it!

We immediately pick up from the ending of DotPK (check out my review of DotPK ) and learn more about Alosa, Riden, her parents and how protective and smart Alosa is. Levenseller whipped a fast paced adventure that keeps you on edge, looking forward to the next scene.

One of the many things I loved about this book was how it depicted Alosa. She was strong in the face of danger yet vulnerable when she discovered some personal and hurtful things. She held her mostly female crew to high standards and earned their respect from the very young to the oldest. Her leadership skills were unmatched and she was willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of her crew on several occasions.

I enjoyed every part of this novel because although it’s a fantasy adventure, you find alot of realistic moments that makes you feel connected to each characters.

DotSQ will join my very limited list of favorite fantasy novels and I’ll absolutely recommend you read the series.

ARC Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a honest review. 

Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

Book: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller  

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 

Published: 02/28/17

 

Hey guys, I’ll be writing my review for Daughter of the Siren Queen and realized, I never uploaded the video review of the Daughter of the Pirate King.

I loved the first book, as you’ll be able to tell by my expressions and cannot wait to let you know my thoughts on DotSQ.

Ps. This video quality probably isnt the best, apologized in advance.

 

Have you read the book? Any thoughts?

 

Book Review: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
 Rated: ❤❤❤❤❤/5
 Published: 02/28/17
 Publisher: HarperColins
Buy or Borrow : Buy

Sixteen year old Starr Carter shuffles between two different worlds. She is the poor black girl from the ghetto as well as the smart black girl at a fancy prep school in the surburbs. Her world carves in when she is the last witness the night she lost her best friend, Khalil at the hands of a police officer. As she tries to reconcile with what happened that night, the public wants to know what really happened and it’s up to Starr to decide if she wants to share her story and be ready to deal with the consequences.

One of the most RELEVANT and AUTHENTIC book I’ve read in a while! The Hate U Give (T.H.U.G) brings you into Starr’s world with superb writing as you follow her life after the night of the murder. You learn quickly to try to keep up because the ride is a fast and dangerous one.

T.H.U.G discusses the matter of race, politics, how the system is built to work against African Americans as well family values. One of the greatest points of this novel was the family dynamic and the realistic way Angie Thomas handled each character. The book doesn’t give false hopes but to shed a bigger light on the injustice towards African Americans in the United States.

People dealing with this issues will find a part of themselves within the chapters, while others who cannot identify, will gain a better understanding on why reforms are vital for the lives of many African Americans.

I’d recommend this book to everyone and to spread the word, “black lives matter”. 

Book Review: Year of Yes

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

❤❤❤❤❤/5

Synopsis: “How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person” Shonda Rhimes takes us behind the scenes of her very personal life and how some muttered words from her sister became a challenge that changed Shonda’s life : “You never say yes to anything”.

I bought this book out of the need to just try something different from my usual pile of YA fiction. And I thought, “oh Shonda Rhimes, I’ve heard of you and this sound interesting”.

You see, I’m one of those people who is aware of their flaws, but I tell myself, as long as I know them, I’m half way there. BUT I rarely do anything to improve on them and that is why Year of Yes was an eye-opener.

Year of Yes touches upon how Rhimes must accept herself for who she is because she has worked hard for it, how to enjoy the moments in life, how hard it truly is for women to juggle family and career, how to accept the hardest challenges we think is in our way and many more life fulling topics. She doesn’t shy away from painting the truth behind why she started this journey and how hard every YES was to make.

Shonda Rhimes created a masterpiece that keeps you eager for her next reveal, almost like her TV shows, although I have only caught an episode, here and there.

I’d recommend this book to everyone out there. We can all learn one or two things from other peoples journey!

Book Review: Without Merit

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
Rated: ❤❤❤/5

The Voss family may look perfect from the outside but they are far from that. Merit Voss is a high school senior who unwillingly becomes keeper of all secrets in the household. She has varying opinion about her atheist father, annoying stepmother, cancer survivor mother, perfect twin sister & elder brother and her forbidden crush on her twin sister’s boyfriend. When she becomes overwhelmed with everything, Merit concludes on a solution but isn’t ready for the consequences of her action.

I enjoyed reading this novel because it was fast, funny and very easy to follow. Colleen Hoover is known for her writing style that keeps the reader glued to the book, and it was definitely repeated in Without Merit.

However…..

I found Without Merit rushed. She came up with various story lines for each character that made them very REAL, (something she’s is very good at) but it wasn’t fleshed out by the end of the book. It seemed everyone had figured out their issues ( which were very serious) in such a short time that didn’t seem very realistic.

Without Merit is more of a coming of age book rather than a romance novel.

The writing is superb and the arts in the novel are unique. Colleen Hoover novels have a way of reminding you that there is no perfect life, we all are just doing our best version of it.

Not my favorite, but I still loved reading and I’d recommend you to read it.

Book Review: New World Ashes

New World Ashes by Jennifer Wilson

Rated: ❤❤❤❤/5

After Phoenix, a 17-year-old orphan rogue, sacrifices herself for her loved ones, her world again takes an unexpected turn. She may have forgotten her past, but it hasn’t forgotten her. A war is coming and her role in it will be pivotal.That is… if she survives

After I finished NW Ashes, I asked myself, “what are you willing to do to make the world you live in better? Are you willing to risk everything you hold dear to make a greater world?”

And I couldn’t answer that question without some “if’s & buts”. I would have to come to terms with the chance of losing the closest things to my heart just to make that happen. Although Phoenix is just a character in a book, she feels very real because I believe we can all find ourselves somewhere in her. She is strong yet weak and this makes her a better person. Her love for Triven and Mouse are what pushes her everyday to want more than the Sanctuary is willing to give her.

Ashes has a different pace from Rising and is way better. Some series has a dull sequel that doesn’t improve from the first book, but Ashes overcomes that problem by giving all the main characters more depth and the new ones a reason to move the plot forward. I wanted to crawl into the book and help Phoenix during the first 1/3 of the book because of how dark and grimy the scenes were. Ashes follows Phoenix in the Sanctuary, how much control the Minister is exerting on the citizens and the reason why she ended up  outside of the wall.

I am truly happy that Owlcrate brought this series to my doorstep with NW Rising, and now I’ll soon be completing the series with NW Inferno.

If you’re wondering if you should start this series, don’t. Just go out and get your copy, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Happy Reading,

Book Review: Revelation at Cliff House

Book Title: Revelation at Cliff House

Book Author: Cynthia Lombard

Rated:❤❤❤/5

Synopsis: “Little Daphne basked in the love of her family as though it were the perfect dream, but the dream soon became a wretched nightmare. Torn from all she knew and loved, Daphne found herself in the unspeakable predilections of a nameless man. Caught in a death-grip somewhere between heaven and hell, Daphne tried to end it all, but fell instead into the caring hands of a handsome, young doctor who understood her, perhaps a little too well, for his own young life was met with equal, sinister destruction. Because of his sound counsel Daphne’s life thrived, while his fell apart. But a supernatural revelation would soon fall upon him, through the very hands of the young woman he embraced so many years ago. Set amid the fog and jagged cliffs of San Francisco, Revelation At Cliff House is an anointed novel of shocking twists and unexplained events that will stir the reader at every turn of the page. Is it fiction or a true-life story? You be the judge”

With less than 200 pages in this book, it can be read in one sitting. It was fast paced, easy to read and very emotional.

Daphne Lancy went through a lot of trauma within a short amount of time at a very young age and because of her faith in God, she eventually was able to overcome the obstacles that befell her. This book touched on how people come into your life and can make a difference in it.  We always hope the changes leans towards the good part, but it can also be bad to teach us a lesson.

I found that while I was interested in the book, the story line jumps in and out of POV’s. The book started in third person and within the next few chapters, there were first person’s thoughts revealed as well as jumps within the story.  It affected the flow of the book. I also thought the last third of the book was rushed and not as developed as the first two-third.

I would recommend this book as a short read.

**I received this book in exchange for an honest review**

Happy Reading,

❤❤

Book Review: New World Rising

New World : Rising
By: Jennifer Lawson

❤❤❤❤/5

“Since witnessing her parents’ murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix’s only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother’s dying words- to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls- outside of The Sanctuary- is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, “Join or die.”

Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself”      -New World Series

New World Rising is that rare gem stumbled upon and reinforces why I love the genre.

As the novel begins, the pace is not rushed. I was gently eased into the story as Phoenix figured out where she was going to stay for the night and how her subsequent actions led her to my favorite character, Mouse. The scenes were dark with lots of undercurrent tensions that let’s the reader know that there was a lot that was still hidden and will have tremendous impact once revealed. Much of the novels occurred at night but it was easy to follow the characters as they went about their business.

I loved Phoenix tenacity. Her skills were amazing to visualize while reading. I mean, her upper body strength has got to be incredible with all those pipes and walls she scaled! Phoenix had enough heart to excuse her arrogance; it was really a shield she used to protect herself from becoming too vulnerable. It made for a well liked book for me because I could see a glimpse of myself in Phoenix ( it is definitely not her incredible tip top skills haha) as she constantly reflected on her choices before acting. It revealed her maturity and humanity and those are usually not exposed in most dystopian heroines in the first book.

Wilson did a great job of adding enough background details of how Phoenix figured out how to survive and the very few people who guided her along the way, without it been to dense to read. It was woven into the present scenes.

My favorite character was definitely Mouse. She may be young but she was knowledgeable. She was very much like Phoenix that, once they set their mind onto something, there is no backing down.

I found the romance between Phoenix and Triven to be adorable and it helped Phoenix heal and see that she doesn’t have to do everything alone. Although I think it may have progressed a little to fast. But if you’re living in a world like Tartarus, every moment, every breathe, cannot to be wasted thinking whether you fell too fast for someone because the next day was not guaranteed.

New World Rising chipped away my recent discontent with dystopian worlds and I’m looking forward to the revolution in NW: Ashes
Happy Reading,

Book Review: Wired

Wired by Julie Garwood

❤❤❤

A brilliant hacker & a hot shot FBI? Sign me up!

Allison is completing her senior year in college when FBI agent, Liam askes her to help solve an important case by doing some hacking. Allison, who have some dirt in her past became hesitant to help when she doesn’t knows what will happen once Liam found out about them?

Allison was a complex heroine with her family drama, modeling career and impressive ability to do just about anything with a computer. Liam was the brooding yet caring agent who was not completely fleshed out as a hero because we barely got to know him. He came across when ever you needed him, that I eventually could tell when he will show up and disappear from the storyline.

There were heavy and repetitive plot lines – how beautiful and too selfless Allison is- which didn’t move the story anywhere. The constant reminder kept breaking the pace of the novel. Also, the timeline at the beginning of the novel wasn’t clear. There were scenes that seem like flashbacks but also perceived as current actions in the first few chapters. I found that as the novel moved along, the best parts, are the action scenes. The different hiccups that derailed both characters were fun to read but not necessary. The novel should have delved deeper into the original issue and use that rather than the last big incident that occurred to build the whole novel.

When I got this novel, I was ready to dive into some intense suspense and I didn’t get that by the end of it. The heroine apt ability to code was by far my favorite part. We need more heroine like Allison and less attention on her beauty.

Check out the novel and lets have a chat on what you thought about it,

Happy Reading,

❤❤

Book Review:The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith

Rated: ❤❤❤❤

QuickThought:: Different types of love that Smith showcased in TSPoLaFS was what elevated this story from mediocre to epic.

Hadley missed her flight to London by four minutes. She was annoyed about the missed flight, the crowded airport and how she was forced to attend the wedding ceremony of her father marrying a woman she’s never met. She’s able to leave with the next flight out and she meets a fellow passenger, Oliver, who helps her forget about the long journey she’s taking. Throughout their time together, Hadley and Oliver get to know one another and after landing in London, they loose each other at the airport. Will they find their way back or will it be just another missed connection?

I absolutely loved reading this book. From the chance meeting of Hadley and Oliver, to the flashbacks of the how Hadley’s family fell apart, to Hadley learning to let go and embracing the new path that fate set before her, TSPoLaFS was much more than two people falling in love at first sight. I honestly thought the book was only going to focus on the two protagonist but we got to see why Hadley was against going to London, why she cherished who and what her father was in her life and the hurt she felt whenever she tries to figure out what happened to her family.

My favorite part of the book was seeing how much growth Hadley went through under 24 hours. It may not be realistic, but it shows that as people, everyday is important and learning to be better is possible. I also liked how it showed the importance of appreciating what you have. Take care of what is right in front of you because nothing is ever guaranteed. Oliver was one of my favorite character and I liked how he tried to distract Hadley but also get to know her as well.

The only issue I had with this book was Oliver’s name. It seems all the great guys name are Oliver. Its just a personal annoyance and it does not take away from the superb quality of this book.

Have you read TSPoLaFS? What were your thoughts? Leave a comment down below!

Happy Reading,

❤-Booky