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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

“‘My name is August.
I won’t describe to you what I look like.
Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’

Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie’s parents are sending him to a real school. Can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, Wonder is a frank, funny, astonishingly moving debut to be read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay wow! I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. This is a children’s book filled with so many lessons that adults need to learn. I didn’t expect this book to be written in different perspectives, but I think seeing August through different eyes makes it so much more beautiful.

August has such a beautiful mind and such a beautiful perspective of the world. Knowing  what he goes through daily and the fact he still has such a kind heart is such an amazing thing. You don’t see it very often.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars and I loved it so much. I recommend it to literally anyone because it’s just such a beautiful story and it teaches so many lessons. Please, read it.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Hey guys! First of all happy new year! I hope 2018 is treating you all well!

Anyway, I absolutely loved this book! I think JLA could write anything at this point and I would love it! She is absolutely amazing with her writing and this book is no exception! Her writing is so addicting and her plot is always so lovely and fun to read. Her characters feel so real and lifelike.

This book had me on the edge of my seat when I finally sat down to read it. I was telling my mom my theories and yelling when something new was discovered. I ran upstairs when I found out who the serial killer was to tell my mom. Safe to say I loved this book!

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars! I absolutely loved and I can’t wait to read more by this author! I do recommend it to older audiences though because of mature content with the romance.

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Alex

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Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Hey guys! I am back finally! Finals and mental health and physical health were all such a big problem! But I am finally back and ready to post a new review for you. Thank you all for being so gracious. So let’s get into it!

So I read Torn over a long period of time which was very weird, but like I said I had finals. I usually read any JLA books within a few days. But even though I was in a weird mood where I didn’t want to read, I still fell in love when I sat down to finish it.

I’m not giving too much away since it is the last book in a series, but I loved it. The story was so different from anything she has written before. The characters are fun and complex. We get even more development in it and we fall in love with Ren (swoon) even more.

JLA’s stories are always plot driven, but also character driven. That’s what makes her stories so addicting and makes you fall in love.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely LOVED it. I am so excited to read the final book Brave! It’s out right now, but I’m waiting on Christmas money to buy it! I recommend it to an older age group since it is new adult.

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Alex

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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

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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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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.

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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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