Mini Review

Mini Review: Resurgence by S. Usher Evans

**** This novel was sent to me by the author. All opinions are my own****

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Edition: ARC

Pages: 298

Series or Standalone: Series, Demon Spring (first)

Published: February 20th, 2018

Publisher: Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis: “Demon hunter Jack Grenard’s life changed three years ago when his wife was brutally murdered by the very demons he’d been hunting. At the urging of his partner Cam Macarro, he’s starting a new life in Atlanta, hoping he’ll find the man he used to be. But on a routine hunt, they come across a new type of demon–one that saves instead of kills.

Meanwhile, demons across Atlanta are preparing for the quadrennial uprising of their Underworld brethren. Worse yet, there’s a rumor the so-called king of the demons, Bael, will appear for the first time in over a century. Jack and Cam must uncover the truth about the mystery woman before all hell–literally–breaks loose.

 

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Jack’s loyalty to those who matter to him is astounding. I’ve never read about a more caring main character before. Loss had such an impact on his life and I was surprised when the novel focused on the loss at certain points. Evans did a great job writing about loss and how it feels. It made Jack a round character and gave us insight into what he was feeling.

I was so happy when romantic love wasn’t the most important element of the novel and was even more impressed by Jack and Cam. I love how this book has a platonic friendship between a guy and a girl. We never see it written well within books. Cam and Jack were amazing when they worked together and I cannot wait to read Revival (the second book) to find out what happens next!

My Feelings in Gifs:

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Ch1Con 2018

I attended Ch1Con this year in Chicago and I really enjoyed it! I unfortunately didn’t feel well throughout the entire event, but I am so glad that I stayed. Here’s what happened:

It completely helped end my writer’s block. Sure, I’m not writing every day now or writing thousands of words a week, but I’m slowly getting back into it. I have finally been able to start writing the more “boring” parts of the novel. I have most of the key plot points written but have struggled writing the in-between bits. I’m so grateful to understand now that those parts aren’t “boring” and are important still.

Favorite session: Karuna Riazi’s Session. I took a ton of notes which are currently at my parent’s house which I need to grab when I go home next time. Her comments about being unknown at first and that not every debut is a hit made me reflect a lot about the book community and how sometimes author’s don’t become popular or best sellers for years. I’m so glad I stayed for this. I met Riazi after the event for her signing and she was so nice!

About my novel: YA Fantasy. Third person. Goal word count: 70,000 plus pages.

Highlight of Ch1Con: Meeting my critique partner. While at Ch1Con, a girl, Emily, sat down beside me and we became fast friends. Emily and I discussed our novels and novel ideas together and it was a quick connection were we both knew that we would be perfect writing partners. I cannot wait for us to start critiquing and reading each other’s work. fun fact: we are both from towns that have the same name but in different states.

Overall: I loved this experience. It was such a welcoming event and I cannot wait to go back next year to learn more.

Shout out to Brett who convinced me to go!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

TBR (To be read)

September TBR 2018

Hello! I’m so excited finally get on a normal posting schedule. There will be a post at least every Tuesday and Thursday. There may be more, but rely on there being posts on those two days. I figured out my schedule so I now have Tuesdays and Thursdays off which means I’m setting those days aside for reading, writing, and blogging. I am also excited to get back into reading. I didn’t read much in August with the whole move into college, but I’m now settled and ready to relax with some good books.

I’ve already finished a few, but I’m going to wait until my wrap up to tell you all about them. This also could change a little bit since my birthday is Saturday and I’ll probably be getting a few new books.

Current Read: Masks of Shadows – I’m loving this! I cannot wait to find out what happens

Current Read: Paper Princess by Erin Watt (ebook) – I was bored in my math class that I’m only taking to remain a full time student to stay in the dorm, so I pulled out my phone and started reading this. I don’t recommend ignoring the class that’s hardest for you, but I also can’t honestly bring myself to not tell you to read during your classes. Jennifer L. Armentrout and Roshani Chokshi have raved about how addicting this book is, so I’m excited to

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch – I read the first book in Raasch’s other series and really enjoyed it years ago. I put a hold on this book at the library because I feel like I’ve been waiting for this novel forever. Raasch made a Pintrest board for this a while ago when it was still an idea and it has been interesting watching it grow from that into a full novel.

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams- I’ve wanted to read this since before the novel was released. I am so glad that I am finally picking up this novel. I can’t really remember why I wanted to read this, but oh well.

In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – These past few months that I’ve taken a break, I’ve found a love for adult thrillers. This is the first book that Ware has written in the thriller genre that I know of, so I’m going to try to read her books in order. I also decided to pick up her novels because of BooksandLaLa.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – I started this last month and only got twenty pages in before putting it down. I’ve decided to give it another chance and see if it was just because I was busy.

A Girl in the Himalayas by David Vignolli – I honestly know nothing about this other than that the cover is beautiful.

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire – I don’t know too much about this, but I really want to read a Seanan McGuire book this month.

Goldie Vance Vol. 1-4 by Hope Larson – I’ve been flying through

Beast Keeper by Lucy Coats – I’ve been thinking about Greek mythology in the past few days so I’ve decided to request the first two books in this middle grade series to see if I like it.

Hound of hades by Lucy Coats – See above ^^^^^

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas (reread) – I’m rereading these in preparation for the last novel coming out. Am I ready? No, no I’m not ready for this to come to an end, but I’m ready to have answers.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (reread) – See above

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I really need to finish this novel…. I started it a long time ago but at that point the whole stress of deciding where to go to college made me put it down. I’m ready to pick it back up now and hopefully enjoy my favorite author’s writing.

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer (reread) – My friend Dylan is doing a last minute readalong and I’m going to join in for the first book at least. I enjoyed this novel a long time ago (2014) and I cannot wait to see if my opinion changes.

That’s it for now. I hope I’m able to read all of these with my classes, projects, and work, but I feel like I can make time to read more.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Starting again

Hi there…… so I haven’t blogged in a while. I’m going to give this another shot because I really love blogging. Of course, I’m deciding to start again 8 days before I move into my college dorm, but I’m going to try my hardest. Thanks for being understanding and sticking around.

Book Reviews · Mini Review

Mini Review: Falsies by Olive East

*****I received an e-arc of the book from the Netgalley. All thoughts are my own*******

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Pages: 314

Series or Standalone: Series, The Makeup (first)

Published: August 22nd, 2017

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis: “When Brooks walks into my life, I can’t keep from wanting him. He’s perfection—a sexy veterinary student who knows how to cook and always cheers me up when I’m down. But I don’t deserve a man like him. There’s a darkness in me that no one could ever love, and I know he’ll abandon me, just like everyone I’ve ever cared about. Just like my father. I wouldn’t be able to stand that hurt, so I push him away. Then my ex comes back. He betrayed me before, but now he says he wants to make me feel whole again. I know it isn’t right, and I shouldn’t let him into my life. But all I want is to recapture the happiness I once had. But sometimes those who want to fix things leave you more broken, and some friends turn out to be false. How can you tell true love from a lie?

First off: Trigger Warning needed for depression and cutting

This book had a very addictive quality to it that I love within new adult novels. I loved the concept of the novel from the synopsis, but it took a different turn within the novel. There were a multitude of characters that were pretty awful in their actions and their words. Seriously hated two of them… like an abundant amount. I won’t go into detail because spoilers, but a lot happens and one of the characters I disliked showed up often within the novel. I also was not the biggest fan of Ollie’s (the main character’s) decisions. Especially towards the end. I just wanted to go up to her and shake her while telling her how irrational her idea was.

I was really disappointed in the whole scene before the ending. I think I’m mostly shocked that the possibility of that happening could be real? I’m not positive, but I know I didn’t like it. The novel moved really fasted paced, as did the characters. I don’t think it’s normal or realistic the amount of effort or speediness that one character showed. It was awkward to  read those parts because I found myself saying, “there is no way this could ever happen because how the heck would something that large even be delivered that soon?” and “how is she not more freaked out by this?”.

Would I give Olive East a second chance? I think so. I had no issues with the writing, I even really enjoyed it, but I disliked parts of the plot. Her next novel might suit my reading tastes a little better.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

TBR (To be read)

June 2018 TBR

I plan on reading a ton this month to try to get in as much as I can before I start college in August. I’m not certain how many books I’ll end up reading, but I thought I would make an ambitious TBR just to give myself a ton of options.

* means ebook/eArc

Library:

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Kiss of the Rose Princess Vol. 3 and 4

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Hilda and the Black Hound and Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson

 

Own:

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova*

Paris for One & Other Stories by JoJo Moyes

Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez

Resurgence by S. Usher Evans

Revival by S. Usher Evans*

Redemption by by S. Usher Evans*

The Perfect Partner by Ursula LeCoeur*

Audiobooks

XO, Zach by Kendall Ryan

Landwhale by Jes Baker

Ruddy Gore by Kerry Greenwood

 

I’ll probably read a few more eBooks since I’ll be on vacation, but that’s all I can think of for now. Let me know what you guys plan to read in June!

 

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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All Of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

**** This novel was sent to me during an ARC traveling book tour (thanks Courtney!). All opinions are my own****

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Edition: ARC

Pages: 432

Series or Standalone: Standalone

Published: May 15th, 2018

Publisher: HarperTeen

Goodreads Synopsis: “In this genre-defying page-turner from Lygia Day Peñaflor, four teens befriend their favorite YA novelist, only to find their deepest, darkest secrets in the pages of her next book—with devastating consequences.

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to hear the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialist party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was—and she was willing to share all her secrets with Fatima Ro to prove it.

Jonah Nicholls had more to hide than any of them. And now that Fatima’s next book is out in the world, he’s the one who is paying the price…

Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying—and told as a series of interviews, journal entries, and even pages from the book within the book—this gripping story of a fictional scandal will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

 

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My Rating: 5/5 Hot Aliens

What if you met your favorite author and they wanted to become friends? That’s what happens in this book which is basically a bookworm’s dream. And that’s what this novel was for me. I really loved this novel. It took me on the emotional journey that I was craving from a contemporary novel.

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I think it was the plot that won me over. The premise drew me in and I knew right away that I had to read this book. There was never a dull moment within the novel. whether it was the suspense of Fatima’s newest novel playing out what had happened or the interviews leaving you to worry about what is currently going on within their lives.

I loved the format of this novel. The interviews showed us an insight into the past as well as what had been currently going on. It helped fill in a bunch of gaps that could have formed if the story had not been in this type of format. I feel like it made the story flow together better even though we were jumping around from interviews to Fatima’s newest novel that caused all the controversy. The one thing I was disappointed in but also not at the same time was the plot twist. I liked how it didn’t take the normal approach that an author would make and that shocked me a little bit. And that made me like the novel more because I love when a novel can shock me. I cannot wait to read Peñaflor’s other novel, Unscripted Joss Byrd, and whatever else she releases later on.

I highly recommend that you pick up this book!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Mini Review: By A Charm & A Curse by Jaime Questell

*****I received an e-arc of the book from the Netgalley. All thoughts are my own*******

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Pages: 300

Series or Standalone: Standalone

Published: February 6th, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teens

Goodreads Synopsis: “Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for. 

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.

The carnival setting has definitely turned me onto reading more books set in the circus. The novel itself was addicting and the synopsis was intriguing, but it fell short in its execution.

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The characters weren’t my favorite. I weirdly enjoyed the plot more than the actual characters which I don’t think has ever happened before. I found a lot of the characters to be annoying and selfish. There was only one character who wasn’t selfish, and I think he was my favorite. This novel would have been so much better if everything hadn’t been rushed so much. I wish the author would have put more details into the novel to make the characters and plot round. If it had maybe fifty more pages it would have been bumped up to a four star rating. Overall, the novel was kind of meh to me, but I look forward to looking into more novels set in carnivals.

Would I read another novel by this author? Honestly, maybe. The author’s writing was really addicting and I would consider reading another novel by them just for that reason.

3.5/5 Hot Aliens

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Am I going to continue blogging?

Am I going to continue blogging? Yes. For the past year, I’ve been focusing on my mental health and that has left me with no time for blogging, but as I am currently figuring it all out, I’m going to try again. Think of this as a restart to the blog, I guess. I can’t promise I’ll post multiple times a week like I used to, but I will promise you that there will at least be one blog post per week. Thanks for sticking around and having patience with me.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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S. Usher Evans Read-Along

Hey Everyone! S. Usher Evans is February’s Author of the Month and I’ve decided to put together a read along so we can all enjoy her novels! The schedule will be below in a photo you can save of it. If you want to join, tweet me (@readbyanna) or comment with your twitter handle and I’ll add you to a group DM. For the read-along, I decided on Madion War trilogy which will lead up to the release of Resurgence. On Resurgence‘s release day, we will start reading that book.

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I hope you all join in reading this book!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna