UPDATE!

I won’t be posting on my blog until after May 6, because it is finals week for me at law school and I can’t be distracted by reading and writing reviews (no matter how much I really want to…)

The only time I might post is when I really need a break from studying and can post one of my reviews that I have already started to write regarding a book I have finished.

Thanks for the patience!!

Shadow, Shadow by V.B. Marlowe – Book Review

Shadow, Shadow

Book One of the Shadow Pines Trilogy

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Author: V.B. Marlowe

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Pages: 203 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Publication Date: February 15, 2015

Review: First of all, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. It really reminded me of Alice in Wonderland or something similar and that grabbed my attention instantly.

This book was really strange and kind of dark and ominous. The writing style is very simple and straight forward. This book could be read very quickly. Continue reading

Undertow by Michael Buckley – Book Review

Undertow 

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Author: Michael Buckley

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pages: Goodreads says 384 pages, but the PDF that I received was 241.

Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Dystopia, Alien, Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Review: This book was a really pleasant surprise. It was really good. I enjoyed it thoroughly from cover to cover.

The main character is a teenager named Lyric Walker (such an amazing name). She is a strong and independent heroine that is so refreshing to see and read. She was amazingly realistic and made decisions that were grounded in the reality that she lived in. Her moral compass was inspiring and a reader could only find themselves rooting for her throughout the whole book. She is a multi-layered character, with reasons behind all of her layers.

Another aspect of the characters that I loved was that all of them were different nationalities, races, economic backgrounds, etc. There wasn’t a single minor character that felt like they were a stock character.

Even the “alien” species is original. The species arrives out of the ocean and is made up of various fish-like types and mythological beings, but not a single one is considered the stereotypical “mermaid.” The main guy/love interest in this book’s name is Fathom (another awesome name) and he is the Prince of his people, but that does not come with all of the bells and whistles that we generally think of when we hear the term “Prince.” It was really very unique and interesting.

The book started off slow and did not make me want to constantly read it, but once it started going, I couldn’t put it down. Buckley brings together a very popular and memorable setting in Coney Island and transforms it to become a mysterious, deserted, and destroyed shell of the former popular tourist location.

I gave this a 4 star rating, because of the slow beginning. I’m pretty sure this is going to be a series because the Goodreads title has a #1 next to it, but I certainly hope it will be. It left off in a spot that would make it possible for there to be a continuation. I definitely recommend this book to everybody. It was really quite good.

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!*

Creative Blogger Award!

I was nominated for the Creative Blogger Award by Bellsiebooks ! Thank you so much!

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How it works:

  1. Nominate however many blogs you want and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs.
  2. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important).
  3. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers.
  4. Pass these rules on to them.

Five Facts About Me:

  1. I absolutely love Broadway musicals. My all time favorite is The Phantom of the Opera, followed by Pippin, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Wicked, Aladdin, and Newsies.
  2. I cried my eyes out at the last 15 minutes of Furious 7 because of the Paul Walker tribute.
  3. I just finished doing my oral argument in the moot court for my legal research and writing class and I killed it! It was a really awesome experience and I was beyond nervous.
  4. My favorite movie of all time is Singin’ In The Rain.
  5. I love One Direction, but since Zayn left, I’ve had to pick a new favorite member, and so I chose Louis. I’m not ashamed by this (haha).

Nominations:

I swear I’m working on following more blogs. Here are a few (some may have already been nominated!):

Becca and Books

Meg Kimball

Proverbs31teen

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The Zeuorian Awakening (Zeuorian #1) by Cindy Zablockis Book Review

The Zeuorian Awakening (#1) 

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Author: Cindy Zablockis

Overall Rating:  2.5 out of 5 stars.

I tried really hard to enjoy this book, but I really couldn’t get into it.

I thought the storyline was hard to follow. It was never obvious when the main character was remembering events from the past or talking about actions/events in the present.

I originally loved the cover art and thought this book would have some connection to Greek Mythology, but I was wrong. There was a random alien connection that seemed unusual.

The “love triangle” was barely a love triangle and I didn’t feel any emotional connection between the characters at all. I even figured out the ending halfway through the book.

There were also some typos and run on sentences that were annoying to come across.

I was really hoping to enjoy this book and it was an easy read, and it pains me to say this, but I don’t think I would ever pick up a sequel.

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!*

Spelled by Betsy Schow – Book Review

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By: Betsy Schow

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Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

To start off, the cover of this book is GORGEOUS!

“When invited over to a tea party, the only acceptable behavior is to eat every last crumb and drop. Then, even if it turns you big or small, don’t forget to say thank you with a tip of the hat. – Hatter’s Mad Manners” Since this book included a Mad Hatter/Alice in Wonderland reference, I have to start with it because I love it!

This book is a mashup of all of the familiar fairy tales we all know and love, but focuses mainly on The Wizard of Oz.  Some of the characters that are mentioned are Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and other similar characters. But the author focuses on one girl named Dorthea, who is the princess of her kingdom.

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