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Hey guys.. So wow. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here. Let me start off by saying I am so sorry! I love this blog and everyone here, but I needed a little break. Here’s why:

I was in a really bad reading slump and I’m trying my best to get out of it.

Finals just got over with and I needed to devote a lot of time and energy to that.

And finally, I’m gonna be real with you. My mental health has not been in the best place recently. I’ve been depressed, anxious, extremely stressed out. And because of this I have not had much motivation to even read or do anything besides lay in bed with my laptop. I’m home now and I’m hoping to feel better first of all because I have been sick. I’m going to the doctor in a few days and I’m going to talk to my mom about the fact that I just don’t feel myself. I never want you guys to feel like I just stopped caring, but the holidays are really difficult times for me and I’ve just been dealing with a lot. Thank you for being so understanding.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Book Reviews

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay wow I was not expecting to like this book. I mean it’s overhyped and pretty gory. So I wasn’t expecting to really like it. But I loved it and I’m so excited to see what happens in the next two books.

Elias and Laia are fun and very different characters.  The whole story is just so interesting and nice and yeah.

I’m sorry for this review being short and not that great!! I’m absolutely exhausted and stressed.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars! I really liked it and I for sure recommend it.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

“These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.”

Okay just wow. Like what even. This book gave out so many feels it’s insane. Like how can I possibly put this book into words? There were so many twists, but it was done so well that it made it addicting. It was crazy and the ending wrapped up so beautifully.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars because duh. It was addicting but still written beautifully. I absolutely recommend this to 17+ again because of mature content. I still think it is a great book though.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Broken Prince by Erin Watt

“From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Back with another reviews guys!

Okay wow wow I loved this book. I’m the kind of person that as soon as a guy does something in real life and in books I want to smack them. So I wanted to smack Reed, I wanted Ella to put on her Taylor Swift music and get the hell over it.

But that’s not how it works in YA, does it? Nope. Reed tried so hard to get back in Ella’s graces and he succeeded. Which in real life, I would probably be acting like Ella too. But dang this made me fall in love with Reed and the Royals even more. And that ending!

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely loved it. Again, this is NOT YA, but it is New Adult. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 17 and honestly even 17. There is some violence and some mature content.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Paper Princess by Erin Watt

“From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I really liked this book! I thought it was a fantasy, but it’s not. I think Erin created such interesting characters.  It wasn’t anything like I expected. The characters have so many secrets and there’s just so much complexity behind them. I love it.

Anyway, I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars! I absolutely loved it. I recommend it to older audiences.  It is a little more mature, I wouldn’t consider it YA.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame

“One last chance for love.

It’s been a year since Eden last spoke to Tyler. A year since he left her all alone after nearly destroying their family. But Eden picked herself up and headed to Chicago for college where she found a new boyfriend—someone who doesn’t run when things get tough. She’s finally moved on from Tyler…right?

Despite their breakup, Tyler’s determined to rekindle what they once had. He’s restarted his life in Eden’s hometown of Portland, and he wants her in it. But when a tragedy draws them together, Eden must search her heart and decide if Tyler is worth the risk once and for all.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I actually enjoyed this book more than the previous two books. I thought it was well thought out as well as just better. It was fast-paced and interesting. Usually, the whole romance turned into a series thing doesn’t work for me.But this book did. I loved the story of Eden and Tyler. It made me feel so good. I loved seeing the changes of them throughout the books.

I ended up giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It was so good! Still not a 5 star read, but definitely a book I will be coming back to. I recommend this book to 16+ years.

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Alex

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Did I Mention I Need You? by Estelle Maskame

“Love has no rules.

It’s been a year since Eden Munro last saw Tyler Bruce: her stepbrother…and secret love. Although they swore to ignore their feelings and put their family first, Eden can’t help but feel excited when Tyler invites her to join him in New York City for the summer.

But it’s not like anything is going to happen. Eden is happy with her boyfriend Dean, and she knows gorgeous, green-eyed Tyler must have moved on as well. But as they spend the long, hot summer in the city that never sleeps, it becomes obvious that those old feelings are still there…simmering beneath the surface. Will Tyler and Eden be able to resist temptation?

Did I Mention I Need You? is book two in Wattpad sensation Estelle Maskame’s DIMILY trilogy: three unforgettable summers of secrets, heartbreak and forbidden romance.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay. So I finally got to this book. And it took me forever to read omg. I was just in a weird reading slump.

But anyway I still really enjoyed it. I didn’t like it as much as the first book just because it felt like the first book. Like how with the High School Musical movies each one followed the same overall plot line: things would work out, then something would happen to make things hard, they would break up, and then get back together at the end. Basically the same sort of thing happened in the second book. Same overall plot line and I’m expecting the last book to be the same way.

I did give this book a 3 out of 5 stars for that reason, but otherwise I still really enjoyed it. I would recommend this to older audiences due to the more mature content. I would say probbaly 16+.

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Alex

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The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Adhieh

“The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So this is the sequel to The Wrath and The Dawn. I loved the first book and loved the second book. The sequel delves deeper into the world, character, and even the magic system.

I think the magic system could’ve been improved some more. It wasn’t very well developed and didn’t quite fit in with the story. Also, I felt like it should’ve been a trilogy just with the ending. It felt rushed.

I did give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I still enjoyed it. I love this story and the lyrical way it is written. I recommend it to middle school and up. The content isn’t too graphic, but the way it is written is a little more difficult.

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Alex

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The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Adhieh

“One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I read this book knowing that many people had enjoyed it. It’s a retelling of a 1,001 Nights. The story is based on this woman Shahrzad that decided to marry their king Khalid who takes a wife and murders them every dawn. She marries him to hopefully get revenge for him killing her best friend. But she realizes that he’s nothing like the stories.

This book has magic, love, violence, and basically everything you want in a YA book. It’s interesting and really changes the idea of you can’t say you know someone until you get to know them. It’s full of morally grey characters and lots of twists.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t a book you can binge read, but I really enjoyed this book. The world building is so good.

Until Next Time,

Alex

 

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Brave by JLA Cover Reveal

 

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Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Series: The Wicked Trilogy, Book # 3

RELEASE DATE: December 11th, 2017

Available Formats: Paperback (U.S./Canada) and E-book

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To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing! Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE!

And best of all — This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! 

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– Virtual Signing opens 9/21/17 at 11AM ET

– Virtual Signing ends 11/17/17

– Open Internationally

You don’t want to miss this guys! JLA is an extremely talented author!

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

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