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May Wrap Up | 2019

Hello bookworms! I’m Nia and today I’m going to be talking about the books that I read in May.

I know, I know this post is super late, but these wrap ups take me so long to write, so needless to say that is one of the reasons why I’m posting this in August. In other news, I had a pretty good reading month in May, and re-read some old favorites of mine as well as read some arcs that were being published later in the year.

As always, I’m going to be leaving links to Goodreads for most of these books in case you’re interested in any of them. Without any further ado, let’s start with my May wrap up!

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The Mistake | Elle Kennedy

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He’s a player in more ways than one… College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.
an> an> an> an>Now he’s going to need to up his game… After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

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Legendary | Stephanie Garber

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I have already posted a review of this book on my blog, so click here in case you want to check it out.

img_1568A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

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The Score | Elle Kennedy

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He knows how to score, on and off the ice
Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over
Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world-and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

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The Lost Coast | Amy Rose Capetta

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I have already posted a review of this book on my blog, so click here in case you want to check it out. 

img_1568The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods.

Danny didn’t know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms like queer and witch like they’re ordinary and everyday, though they feel like an earthquake to Danny. But Danny didn’t just find the Grays. They cast a spell that calls her halfway across the country, because she has something they need: she can bring back Imogen, the most powerful of the Grays, missing since the summer night she wandered into the woods alone. But before Danny can find Imogen, she finds a dead boy with a redwood branch through his heart. Something is very wrong amid the trees and fog of the Lost Coast, and whatever it is, it can kill. Lush, eerie, and imaginative, Amy Rose Capetta’s tale overflows with the perils and power of discovery — and what it means to find your home, yourself, and your way forward.

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Last Things | Jaqueline West

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I have already posted a review of this book on my blog, so click here in case you want to check it out. 

img_1568High school senior Anders Thorson is unusually gifted. His band, Last Things, is legendary in their northern Minnesota hometown. With guitar skills that would amaze even if he weren’t only eighteen, Anders is the focus of head-turning admiration. And Thea Malcom, a newcomer to the insular town, is one of his admirers. Thea seems to turn up everywhere Anders goes: gigs at the local coffeehouse, guitar lessons, even in the woods near Anders’s home. When strange things start happening to Anders—including the disappearance of his beloved cat, then his sort-of girlfriend, and, somehow, his musical talent—blame immediately falls on Thea. But is she trying to hurt him? Or save him? Can he trust a girl who doesn’t seem to know the difference between dreams and reality? And how much are they both willing to compromise to get what they want?

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Into the Dim | Janet B. Taylor

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TW: sexual assault, racism, miscarriage.

This is one of those books that I’ve owned for a very long time and thought that it had a very interesting premise but never picked it up somehow, but lately I’m going a TBR jar and it’s been so helpful, so it was finally time for me to read it, and I have to say that even though I enjoyed some of the elements of the story, I have mixed feelings about it.

This is one of those books that I know if I read it when I first ventured into YA I would love it and would be a very cool book, but after years of reading books I founded it a bit underwhelming. The plot was super interesting and one of my favorite parts of the novel, but the characters made the book quite tropey and like many books I’ve read before.

It took me a while to get into the story. I don’t know if it was the writing or all the information thrown at us at the very beginning, but I felt so disconnected to the story and the characters until page one hundred or so. There was nothing really wrong with them, but I think because there were so many introduced (and some of them only had one apparition in the novel) that confused me a bit.

Also the way the plot was written made the story so predictable. If you pick this up and have started reading recently, this may not bother you a lot, but the construction of the story made a lot of revelations way too predictable, and that caused the story to become more lineal and less impressive.

When it comes to the characters, I have to say that I had a love-hate relationship with most of them, but especially with our main character. I found that none of them were very complex or unique, and their personalities and the dynamics between them reminded me a lot to other YA books I’ve read before *coughs* The Mortal Instruments *coughs*. I appreciated the mental health representation and how it was put in the story, but I would have loved to know more about the different cast of characters, and I feel we only got to know a lot about our protagonist.

I wasn’t sold on the romance, either. Though I overall enjoyed the interactions between these two characters and the path their relationship was going to take, I think there wasn’t enough time for that romance to be coherent, and that only made it quite insta love-y and not as gripping. Still, I think there were some cute moments between them.

The plot itself was so interesting and fun to follow. Even though it was such a fast paced book and I flew through it and it took me so little to finish it, the plot took a while to start developing. There were some of the things that were super convenient and didn’t make the most sense from what we knew at some points of Into the Dim.

Overall, though I have some mixed feelings about it, it was still an entertaining and fun read, and I really enjoyed the main concept of the book and the time travel aspect was so fun.

img_1568When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. 

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Serious Moonlight | Jenn Bennett

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After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.

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Castle of Lies | Kiersi Buckhart

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⭐️.5

I have already posted a review of this book on my blog, so click here in case you want to check it out. 

img_1568Thelia isn’t in line to inherit the crown, but she’s been raised to take power however she can. She’s been friends with Princess Corene her whole life, and she’s scheming to marry Bayled, the heir to the throne. But her plans must change when an army of elves invades the kingdom. Thelia, her cousin Parsifal, and Corene become trapped in the castle. An elf warrior, Sapphire, may be Thelia’s only hope of escape, but Sapphire has plans of their own. Meanwhile, an ancient magic is awakening within the castle, with the power to destroy the whole kingdom. Can Thelia find a way to protect her future–and her life?

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Missing, Pressumed Dead | Emma Berquist

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TW: murder

I was so intrigued by the premise of this book, because even though it seemed like your typical mystery/thriller, it had that paranormal element that I thought would be pretty interesting to add to this type of novel, and I was so right because even though Missing Presumed Dead wasn’t my favorite book I’ve read this year, I think it had tons of potential and it was still such a fast paced and entertaining read.

I think what made the story stood out and different from the rest was the paranormal element that was added and was one of the main focuses of the book. Though I really enjoyed how it played out in the novel and found our protagonist’s ability to be so cool and interesting, I wish the author would have explained more to the reader about those abilities some of these characters had and why. There wasn’t much information about those powers and why certain people had them, their limitations and what these characters could do. The only one that was more addressed was our main character’s, and I think it was purely because it had some relation to the plot and the path the story would take later in the book.

The mystery was pretty well done, in my opinion. It definitely was one of those books where there wasn’t much information for the reader to form a whole picture in their heads and figure everything out on their own until the very end, which was refreshing, and it kept me guessing the entire time, mostly because the whole shebang was quite mysterious. I would say I was as surprised by the revelations made towards the end as I would have liked to, mostly because I was expecting the murderer to be someone different, and for the climax of the story to be more epic than it was.

When it comes to the characters, I enjoyed them but didn’t love them. I enjoyed the character arcs and especially our main character’s evolution and progression throughout the story. I think she was a very complex character and we got to see a whole picture of her as we continued reading the book and discovering some new things about her and her background, but there was something about her personality that was so annoying sometimes. She was hot and cold, and there were certain parts of the novel where it was a bit hard to connect with her and her inner monologues.

Something that I really appreciated seeing (even though it wasn’t the main focus whatsoever) was her relationship with Dr. Ted. I think it was such a precious and underrated friendship and I would have loved to see them interact more often.

I also enjoyed the interactions between Jane and Lexi. They had such a close relationship as the book progressed, and I really liked the camaraderie and the dynamics they shared. I’m still not sure how I feel about the romance, because even though I think that they made such an adorable couple, the fact that one of them was a ghost was a bit concerning and uncomfortable to read, so I’d say I have mixed feelings when it comes to that romance.

Overall, Missing Presumed dead was a very solid read and had some interesting elements that made me want to continue reading the book.

img_1568With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. Some say it’s a gift. But to Lexi it’s a curse—one that keeps her friendless and alone. All that changes when Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club. But Jane doesn’t go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi’s help. In life, Jane was everything Lexi is not—outgoing, happy, popular. But in death, all Jane wants is revenge. Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible.

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Royally Screwed | Emma Chase

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Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

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The Missing Season | Gillian French

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I was so intrigued by the premise of this novel, because even though I’m not a horror type of person myself, I love me a good creepy and mysterious book, and this seemed to have the perfect elements to be one I would totally love, but unfortunately I was pretty let down with the story.

The problem that I had withe The Missing Season was that I was feeling disconnected the entire time I was reading it. There was something about her writing that didn’t click well with me, so I kept wanting to be engaged with the story, but sadly that didn’t happen.

There were a lot of unnecessary dialogues that didn’t add much to the story. Since it was such a short book, I felt we were spent a lot of book building up that mystery for its climax to be one chapter long (and that chapter was maybe four pages long), and it was very underwhelming. The mystery was pretty predictable, and most of the time the book was purely about these teens who were obsessed with the Mumbler, and not trying to solve the murderers, which was what I was expecting to read about.

I also had a lot of issues with the characters. I have to say that the Mumbler was the only character that I feel was pretty well constructed and we knew a lot about throughout the story. Clara, our protagonist, was such a dull and uninteresting character that pretty much had no personality, and that happened with the rest of the cast. I feel they were super generic characters that didn’t have an arc and their only motive was connected with the Mumbler, and that was about it. None of them had really any evolution throughout the book, and made the weirdest and most illogical decisions ever.

Overall, I really expected to like The Missing Season, and something that I have to give it is that it was pretty atmospheric and creepy, but that didn’t redeem those characters and the plot, and for a short book I was expecting much more.

img_1568Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the kids in the old factory town of Pender know what is really behind it: a monster out in the marshes that they call the Mumbler.

That’s what Clara’s new crew tells her when she moves to town. Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing. Spirited Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war. And magnetic Kincaid, whose devil-may-care attitude and air of mystery are impossible for Clara to resist.

Clara doesn’t actually believe in the Mumbler–not like Kinkaid does. But as Halloween gets closer and tensions build in the town, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark and dangerous in Pender. Lurking in the shadows. Waiting to bring the stories to life.

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If I’m Being Honest | Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

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TW: cheating

This book was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and I was so excited to read it after finishing their previous book Always Never Yours and really enjoyed it, too, so I went with pretty high expectations, and I have to say that I absolutely adored it, and has reached my 2019 favorites list.

One of the things I appreciate a lot about their books is that even though it had some cute and adorable romance and quite complex and flushed characters, there’s also some depth regarding their arcs and the story, and it’s not only butterflies and rainbows. I especially adored the way the novel was written, and how the authors made Cameron such a relatable and realistic character that it was so easy to emphasize with her.

The characters were absolutely fantastic. Cameron was such a strong protagonist with lots of layers and a very unique personality. I haven’t come across many books that have this “mean girl” stereotype as a main character, so I was a bit scared I wasn’t going to like her, but J was so wrong. This was such a personal experience, but I found her so captivating and I related with her and what was happening with her father a lot. Not only that, but I think she was such a unique lead, and I think that the authors did such an amazing job at portraying her personality so the readers could like her instead of hate her.

The romance was also very cute. I like how it was a slow burning type of romance, and most of the story was about these two characters’ interactions and relationship, and how that evolved throughout the novel, and I love me a good angsty and slow burning romance, so this one was right up my alley. You could feel the chemistry between the two characters, and not only that but they had such hilarious lines.

Another thing that I appreciated seeing in Always Never Yours and that If I’m Being Honest had was that wholesome friendship. I adored the relationship between Cameron and Paige, and how smoothly it was written. That was one of my favorite parts of the novel, and I found that it added a lot to the book that if it was just purely a romance contemporary.

Overall, these two authors have impressed me again, and I think from this point forward I’ll have to read every book they publish, because I’m in love with the two ones I’ve already read.

img_1568High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. So when she puts her foot in her mouth in front of her crush, Andrew, she fears she may have lost him for good.

In an attempt to win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. First, she’ll have to make amends with those she’s wronged, which leads her to Brendan, the guy she labelled with an unfortunate nickname back in the sixth grade. At first, Brendan isn’t all that receptive to Cameron’s ploy. But slowly, he warms up to her when they connect over the computer game he’s developing. Now if only Andrew would notice…

But the closer Cameron gets to Brendan, the more she sees he appreciates her personality—honesty and all—and wonders if she’s compromising who she is for the guy she doesn’t even want.

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Wicked Saints | Emily A. Duncan

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A review will be posted soon on my blog, so stay tuned if you want to know my thoughts about it.

img_1568A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang

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Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

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White Hot Kiss | Jennifer L. Armentrout

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One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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The Wise and the Wicked | Rebecca Podos

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  img_1568Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies—a destiny as inescapable as it is inevitable. Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother, although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It’s a fool’s errand, because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one’s Time.

Until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky’s death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she’d be allowed to hope for—life, love, time—seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family’s history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope.

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The Beholder | Anna Bright

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⭐️⭐️.5

I was pretty excited and intrigued by the premise of this book, because it sounded like something I’ve never read before, and I went with high expectations into it, and though The Beholder had some elements that I enjoyed and it was such a fast paced read, it was so much different from what I had pictured, and there were things I had some problems with.

Something that I have to give The Beholder is that it was such a super fast paced book, and addictive sometimes. It was one of those stories where the plot was quite generic and there was nothing outstanding about the story, but still I wanted to kept reading to know what was going to happen. With that being said, I feel that despite it being a travel book, the descriptions of the different places our main character went were a bit lackluster. The world building itself was a bit lacking, and though there was some information about the society and the place our protagonist lived, I found it a bit confusing at times, because all that information was thrown at us at the very beginning.

The story itself was a bit lineal, and the pacing was a bit funny. I found that I enjoyed much more the part where they were in England than the rest, because I think that in there is where most of the plot took place, and more things were going on. Though the other parts weren’t bad, I still found them quite boring sometimes.

My main issue with the story was with the characters and the romance. I didn’t particularly like our protagonist, and I found her so annoying sometimes. It was pretty difficult to understand her, because her brain told her something and she did the complete opposite and made the stupidest decisions ever.

When it comes to the romance, my main problem was that it was a super fast paced one. I get that most of the plot revolves around it, but it was such an insta love-y type of relationship that there wasn’t much anticipation or time to build up that relationship between these characters. Also there were some parts that were super cheesy for my liking and… I wasn’t the biggest fan of.

There were some revelations that were supposed to be quite shocking, but I found them so incredibly predictable, and I was not surprised at all, which was pretty disappointing.

Overall, I think The Beholder had a lot of potential, and there were some parts that I enjoyed and read super fast, but I had quite a few issues with the plot of the novel and some of the characters, that unfortunately, made me disconnect a bit from the book.

img_1568Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending. 

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Bloodleaf | Crystal Smith

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⭐️⭐️⭐️

A review will be posted soon on my blog, so stay tuned if you want to know my thoughts about it.

img_1568Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

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Finale | Stephanie Garber

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A review will be posted soon on my blog, so stay tuned if you want to know my thoughts about it.

img_1568A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.

It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time—only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.

Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end…

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What books have you read lately? Have you read any of these ones I’ve mentioned above or do you have any of them on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

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