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Bright We Burn, by Kiersten White — December 5, 2018

Bright We Burn, by Kiersten White

download (1)To build the country she wants, Lada, the brutal ruler of Wallachia, must destroy everything that came before, including her relationships with brother Radu and former love Mehmed, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

This book ended me!!! I loved it so much and I wish that it had a happier ending. I wish that I had met Lada and bonded with her and that she learned valuable people skills. That was what I hoped for Lada, and it wasn’t achieved. I loved reading about Lada, Radu, and Mehmed and learning about the magical world of the Ottoman Empire.

Kiersten’s writing style was phenomenal!!! It was really realistic and I loved hearing her voice portrayed through Lada and Radu. Kiersten described the setting perfectly and I loved hearing about the forests and the cliffs and all of the beauty around Wallachia. I was engrossed in the story and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next to the beautiful landscape. Kiersten’s writing was very smooth and addictive (I can’t wait to read her next book). It reminded me of Marie Lu’s writing style. I wish that I could have read more about Lada and Radu, but I understand that it would be complicated.

Lada and Radu were amazing main characters!!! I loved them so much and couldn’t wait to see what they did next. I probably should have cared more about Mehemed, but who cares about him when you have the scheming Lada and Radu to deal with. Lada and Radu really grew into themselves in this book and it was amazing to see the changes that both of them underwent. I wish that I could have talked to both of them and learned more about their tactics and the way that they thought (the book was in the third person).

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The side characters were also really well written and I enjoyed reading about them. Stefan and Dacina became very prominent in this story and I was grateful to know more about all of them. There were also some very sad side character deaths that broke me and I think that I might have become a little too emotional. But it might just be me. I cried for a while at two of them (the two most heart-wrenching). I was also reunited with some side characters from earlier books that I loved dearly. I wish that I had learned more from them.

The plot was amazing!!! I was engrossed in it from the very first page and I couldn’t wait to learn more about Lada, Radu, and the tactics that they employed. It was amazing to see the plot finally culminate and all of the characters come together in an epic battle. Lada and her people were so strong and proud of their country, while Radu and Mehmed didn’t want to do what they had to do, but they did it anyway. It was really impressive to read about, but the ending broke my heart. I wish that it could have been any other way.

I loved Bright We Burn and I highly recommend it. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Never Fade, by Alexandra Bracken — December 4, 2018

Never Fade, by Alexandra Bracken

download (1)In the second installment of The Darkest Minds trilogy, Ruby joins forces with the revolutionary Children’s League to find critical information about the epidemic that has torn both her life and America apart.

This book was amazing and I loved it so much!!! I was engrossed in the plot and I loved the characters. They seemed so much more detailed and realistic. I loved the writing style and all of the plot twists. Never Fade was a little bit better than The Darkest Minds, that’s for sure. My only complaint with this book was the number of pages.

The writing style was superb. I have always appreciated Alex’s writing style and wanted to write like her. Her style is so unique and definitive and I was engrossed in it for the whole story. I loved the way that Alex described the setting and mentioned references from the other book if you were paying attention. I loved hearing more about the economic crisis that the U.S.A. was in. All of the detail in the backstory was not lost on me, and I can’t wait to see what else happens with the background and the way that the series progresses.

Ruby, Liam, and all of the other characters were so realistic!!! I loved all of them so much and I can’t wait to see where they go in the rest of the series. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue between Liam and Ruby. All of the villains should get the ending that they deserve. Otherwise, I will riot. All of their backstories were superb and I can’t wait to see what the villains become in the next book. All of the side characters were so fleshed out and realistic as well. I loved some of the side characters as much as I loved the main characters. Vida was such an amazing character and I hope that she gets her own story.

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The Children’s League was one of the most interesting parts of this book. Ruby starts off working for them and we quickly learn that the League is divided into two. There are people who think that the children should be used as weapons, and people who believe that the children should be protected and cared for. I put my lot in the second group of people. So the League is an interesting group because of the power struggles and dynamics.

The plot was also very well done and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I was hanging on the edge of my seat and I was tempted to skip ahead to see if Ruby and the others were okay. Old characters (that we all thought were gone) were brought back and I loved every second of it. There were some parts that had me wanting to (or actually) throwing the book across the room because I had just been thrown in an epic spiral because of a plot twist. I loved the plot and hope that the plot in the next book is just as good.

I loved Never Fade to pieces and I highly recommend it. I got the book summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera — December 2, 2018

What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

download (1)Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.

What If It’s Us was such a great book!!! Arthur and Ben were the greatest characters, and I was rooting for them the whole way through the book. The plot was very well-written and I loved the LGBTQ+ representation. The setting was quite detailed, even though I’ve been only to NYC once, I can tell. This book pulled on my heartstrings and I can’t wait to tell you about it.

Becky and Adam’s writing style combined made for a wonderful book, full of joy and gut-wrenching moments. Becky and Adam have two very different writing styles, yet somehow they manage to make it work. I really liked how the dialogue was written. It could be really funny at times, but other times it could be very pessimistic. The combined writing style was definitely one of the most unique styles that I have read. At least for a while. If you like unique writing styles, this is the book for you.

Arthur and Ben were so sweet!!! I shipped them together from their first encounter, which made the ending so much harder. All of the side characters were also well-developed and I loved hearing them with Arthur and Ben. Arthur and Ben were both well-written and detailed. I loved learning about their likes, dislikes, and basically everything about them. I really enjoyed listening to the characters dialogue. It had me laughing out loud at some points, and begging some of the other characters to reconsider their words at others. Arthur, Ben, and the whole crew were so great and I hope that we get a sequel.

The LGBTQ+ representation was spot on. I loved the way that everyone dealt with Arthur and Ben’s coming out. I was touched by how Becky and Adam portrayed New York. Apparently, it isn’t the LGBTQ+ paradise that all of us other Americans are lead to believe. I thought that the representation would be a little bit better considering that both Becky and Adam have written books with LGBTQ+ characters before, but it is better than some books featuring LGBTQ+ characters that I read (you don’t want to know).

The plot was very well-written. It was an easy contemporary to read and I enjoyed it. I wish that we saw Arthur and Ben together more in the first part of the book, though. I really liked how well the sense of losing time was conveyed by Adam. He has definitely had practice. I really liked the multiple first dates thing. It was sweet, and I would like to do that one day. The plot was very character based and I loved that. I couldn’t wait to learn more. I loved all of the musical references, especially HAMILTON. You write a book about HAMILTON and I will die.

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What If It’s Us was an amazing and I loved it so much!!! I highly recommend it and any other books by Becky and Adam. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Girls Who Code: Team BFF: Race To The Finish — November 30, 2018

Girls Who Code: Team BFF: Race To The Finish

download (1)Sophia and her coding club BFFs have the best time together. Sure, they work on coding projects, but mostly they gossip about crushes, eat cookies, and do totally silly impersonations. Now they’re about to participate in their first hackathon–a full day of coding and meeting other coders–so it’s time to step up their game!

I really liked this book, although I think that it could have been done better. I enjoyed the character development a lot, but the pacing was off and all of the responsibilities heaped onto Sophia seemed a little bit inaccurate.

The writing style didn’t change at all from the last book. I wanted it to be a little bit different, but it wasn’t. Stacia’s style was (once again) really really basic. I wish that there was a little bit more prose in it, just because prose makes a story interesting and I love interesting stories. I really liked the way that Stacia used the setting to convey the mood of the characters, and how the others reacted to it. I didn’t particularly like the way that Stacia wrote, but I can live with it.

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The characters were okay, but I wish that they had been more detailed. I enjoyed reading about them, but I think that they could have been better written. All of the characters seemed very two-dimensional and I just wanted some well-written 6th graders (that aren’t from the Percy Jackson universe). All of the characters developed during the course of the book and I loved that a lot. All of the characters were so sweet and funny. I really enjoyed reading about the friendships in this book and hearing about how diverse it was. Stacia tried to make this book as diverse as possible, and I love her for that. 

The plot was not very intense. But maybe I’m just used to reading action-packed fantasy books. There is no magic in this book (unless you consider coding magic). I enjoyed this book, but I wanted things to happen sooner than they did. There was also the matter of pacing. This book’s pacing was very uneven. Things would be happening at the speed of light, and then they’d slow down to a snail’s pace. I just wanted the pacing to be steady like it was in the last book. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the first one, but it’s target audience might.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first one, but it was okay. I recommend to middle-schoolers and people who love coding. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Girls Who Code: The Friendship Code, by Stacia Deutsch — November 28, 2018

Girls Who Code: The Friendship Code, by Stacia Deutsch

download (1)Looking forward to joining the new coding club at school so that she can develop her app idea, Lucy is disappointed by the lukewarm reception she receives from the club’s other members, who work with her to decipher mysterious coding notes.

This book was so sweet!!!! It was about a group of girls who don’t like who they’re grouped with in coding club, and they start getting mysterious notes. The girls need to learn how to befriend each other to figure out who is sending the notes. I loved reading The Friendship Code and can’t wait to talk to you guys about it.

The writing style was very basic because this book was written for 9-or-10-year-olds. I enjoyed it though. The setting was very well done and I could envision myself with the characters, coding. I really loved how The Friendship Code talked about coding because not many books talk about that, and I think that it is a very important topic. I really enjoyed the style of the book, although The Friendship Code could have easily been cut down to half of its size if the publishers just made the font size smaller.

The characters were super well-written and I enjoyed reading about all of them. Lucy is a great main character. Her voice is unique, she handles problems realistically, and she acts like a sixth grader. Lucy acts her age. All of the relationships between characters were very realistic and I enjoyed hearing about them. I loved reading about the growing friendships between the girls, and how all of them grew as people. The girls were such amazing characters and I loved reading about all of them.

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The plot was very well-written. It was also very character-based. The plot centered on the making of friends and family relationships. It was sweet. I loved the way that the story progressed. The pacing was fairly steady and consistent. The book tokk place over the time frame of a week. I enjoyed reading about the girls and how they handled their problems. I loved reading this The Friendship Code.

I really liked reading this book and highly recommend it. I got the summary from my local library. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor — November 26, 2018

Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor

download (1)As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected.

This was an intense book. I was engrossed in it from the beginning and I couldn’t wait to see what had happened to Sari and Lazlo. Laini’s writing style hasn’t changed, and I really liked that. I also enjoyed how realistic the characters were and how all of them reacted to the challenges they faced. The plot was very interesting and I really enjoyed reading it.

 

Laini’s writing style was very detailed and I loved it so much!!! Laini made her writing dense and thick, but we were never wondering about what things looked like because of it. I do wish that the writing had been a little bit better, but I really don’t mind that much. Laini described things down to the last room in the citadel, and I really liked being to picture everything that vividly. The amount of work that probably went into making the writing that detailed astounds me. I hope that one day I could write that well and detailed.

Lazlo, Sari, Minya, the whole crowd was back and (maybe not better than ever). We are introduced to two new characters in this book, Kora and Nova. I wish that we had been more chapters with them. All of the characters in came together and I enjoyed reading about all of them. I think that my favorite thing character moment in this book was how Sari and Eril-Fane’s relationship progressed. It was so sweet and my heart melted during some scenes. Lazlo and Sari were as solid as ever. But Minya’s relationship with everyone changed drastically. I was floored by the transformation that she underwent and I wish that I could read more about her.

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We were introduced to several new perspectives during this book and I was really interested in how this would change the dynamic of the story.  Surprisingly,  not a lot changed, except for the fact that we got to see inside other characters’ heads. Getting in other characters’ heads helped me understand the story and characters more. The perspectives of the characters freshened up the book and made it more interesting, for me at least. I really enjoyed the different ways that the characters thought and reasoned. It really defined the characters.

The plot was very well-written. I loved how the book was written and how well information was revealed. It was not dramatic, yet it had my jaw on the floor. The plot was very character-based and I loved the way that Laini made the growth of the characters evident. As I said above, the plot was very intense and I loved all of the action. Everything was suspenseful and I enjoyed sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for what was to happen next. The whole plot was very well done and I will be picking up more of Ms. Taylor’s books to see if they are all this good.

I really enjoyed reading Muse of Nightmares and I highly recommend the duology. I got the summary of the book from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Toil and Trouble, by various authors — November 23, 2018

Toil and Trouble, by various authors

download (1)Toil and Trouble is an anthology about witches. Some of my favorite characters in fantasy get a whole book about themselves. I was interested in this book from the moment I heard about it and I can wait to discuss it with you. 

 

 

¨Starsong¨, by Tehlor Kay Mejia

¨Starsong¨ was the story that I anticipated the most, and it did not disappoint!!! I loved reading about Luna and her love interest. Luna did not have a good past, but it was explained very well and I was so glad that Luna was trying to change her life. The plot mostly took place in Luna´s bedroom, on social media, but I enjoyed it anyway. Reading about Luna´s abilities was pretty cool, and it made me so jealous. My favorite thing about ¨Starsong¨ was how realistic Luna was. I loved this story and highly recommend it.th (14)

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¨Afterbirth¨, by Andrea Cremer

¨Afterbirth¨ was disappointing after I had just finished ¨Starsong¨. I was confused during the whole story because I didn’t know if Deliverance was telling it as it happened, or looking back on it. The story took place at the birthing of a child, and a witch trial. I didn’t understand what part of this was actually happening, or if any of it was actually happening. I liked Deliverance and I wanted the best for her, but I just wish that Andrea had made her POV clearer. I think that the concept of this story was very well-written, but I wish that the actual story had been better. Afterbirth Quotes

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¨The Heart In Her Hands¨, by Tess Sharpe

I really liked ¨The Heart In Her Hands¨ but I had one burning question that needed to be answered, yet wasn’t. I really wanted to know if Fate was worshipped by everyone or just a few people. Normally, this question is answered early on, but this time it wasn’t. Otherwise, I loved the way that “The Heart In Her Hands” was written. The characters were very unique and the magic system was quite detailed. The plot was something new and I was very impressed. I really enjoyed this short story and will definitely try and pick up another one of Ms. Sharpe’s works.th (15)The Heart In Her Hands Quotes

 

 

 

 

“Death In The Sawtooths”, by Lindsay Smith

“Death In The Sawtooths” was an interesting read and I really enjoyed it. I loved the way that Ms. Smith incorporated bullying into this story and made a point of how terrible it is. Mattie is such a relatable character and I loved reading about her. The one thing that I didn’t like about “Death In The Sawtooths” was how one of the bullies seemed to be forgiven by the end of the story. Otherwise, I loved the magic system and I hope that Ms. Smith writes like this all of the time. I really enjoyed “Death In The Sawtooths” and I will be reading more of Ms. Smith’s works.th (15)Death In The Sawtooths Quotes

 

 

 

 

“The Truth About Queenie”, by Brandy Colbert

“The Truth About Queenie” was a well-written story, but it wasn’t my favorite. I enjoyed reading about Queenie and her life, but there was a very problematic scene involving Queenie and the love interest. It upset me, but I understood why it was happening. The magical aspect of this story was not downplayed at all, and I really loved how stressed the consequences of magic were. Sure, it was a little bit too much but better that then nothing. My favorite thing about “The Truth About Queenie” was how it talked about self-doubt and how to overcome that. I really liked “The Truth About Queenie” and I will be picking up more books by Ms. Colbert in the future.th (15)The Truth About Queenie Quotes

“The Moonapple Menagerie”, by Sheveta Thakrar

This was definitely one of my favorite stories in this anthology. “The Moonapple Menagerie” is a story about a play that gets disrupted when a churl shows up. It was a humorous story, at least to me, and I loved how the witch coven figured out how to solve their problem. “The Moonapple Menagerie” was a story about friendship and trusting others with your problems, and it was done beautifully. I had no problem with this story and highly recommend it. th (14)The Moonapple Menagerie Quotes.jpg

“The Legend of Stone Mary”, by Robin Talley

This story was very disappointing and I wish that it had been better. The ending of this story was too well tied-up and I wish that it had been more open-ended. All of the characters were too tropey and I hated them. They smoked and made terrible decisions. Which I don’t approve of if anyone was wondering. I wish that the characters had been better written and I enjoyed reading this book more, but what will be, will be. download

“The One Who Stayed”, by Nova Ren Suma

“The One Who Stayed” was a very interesting read. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t understand what was happening for the first page or two of the story. This story is about a group of witches who have been hurt by men in their small town, and they band together to get revenge. I can’t say that I liked reading some parts, but they needed to be told. I really think that “The One Who Stayed” would be a good book, but it is Nova’s choice to continue it. I will definitely be picking up more books by her. th (14)The One Who Stayed Quotes

“Divine Are The Stars”, by Zoraida Cordova

“Divine Are The Stars” was an odd story, but it worked. Reading about Marimar and her life was really fun, and I found her relatable. I really liked the magical aspect of this story and how some of Marimar’s family felt unwanted because of their lack of magic. You don’t see that very often in fantasy settings, where pretty much everyone has magic. The plot was also interesting and it made me want to pick up more books by this author. I really liked this story and I will be picking up more books by Zoraida. th (15)Divine Are The Stars

“Daughters of Baba Yaga”, by Brenna Yovanoff

When I started this story, I thought that it would be another two or three star, but it turned around halfway through the book. In the beginning, the girls showed no signs of magical powers (and they still don’t appear to have any powers) and just whined about the injustices that they weren’t trying to fix. Until the middle of the story. By the middle, the girls had finally figured out that they needed to do something. It was an interesting book, and I did enjoy it – sort of. th (52)Daughters of Baba Yaga Quotes

“The Well Witch”, by Kate Hart

This book was magnificent!!! “The Well Witch” is fairly explanatory and I loved how point blank it was. All of the characters were quite realistic and I loved how sassy our main character, Elsa, was. She was very relatable and I need more of her in my life. The plot was very intriguing and I was engrossed in it. I loved “The Well Witch” more than I expected and I can’t wait to read more by Ms. Hart. th (14)The Well Witch Quotes

“Beware of Girls With Crooked Mouths”, by Jessica Spotswood

This story seemed too much like Three Dark Crowns for me to fully enjoy it. The main storyline was literally sisters trying to kill each other with their magical powers. And some of their powers were the same as the sisters in Three Dark Crowns. One sister could control fire and one could control poison. Does that ring a bell? Two of the sisters came up with a plan to steal the love of a younger sister’s life. These sisters claimed to love each other very much, yet they stabbed each other in the back an awful lot. Well, that was a lovely rant. So far, this is my least favorite story in this anthology. download

“Love Spell”, by Anne-Marie McLemore

This was yet another McLemore gem!!! It felt like I had known the main character (who remained unnamed) and Adrian all of my life. All of the side characters were very fleshed out and I enjoyed reading about them. This was not a happy story, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. “Love Spell” was a very well-written magical realism, so obviously, the magical aspects were spot on. I loved hearing about the different kinds of magic, and how magic interacted with religion. “Love Spell” is one of my favorite stories in this anthology. th (14) Love Spell

“The Gherin Girls”, by Emery Lord

This story was amazing!!! I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more by Emery. I was addicted to this story and wanted to know everything about the sisters. Nova, Rosie, and Willa were such great characters and sisters. Rosie was the main character in this story and I was so amazed at her strength. Not the traditional kind of strength, mind you. Rosie was strong in a different way and I respected that. The plot did not have very much magic in it, but the girls had detailed, well thought out, abilities and I loved that. I will definitely be picking up more books by Emery Lord.th (14) The Gherin Girls

“Why They Watch Us Burn”, by Elizabeth May

I loved “Why They Watch Us Burn” so much!!! It was a hard read, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t good. I loved the way that the girls looked out for each and cared about the health (mental and physical) of each other. I was so proud of all the girls by the end and I really hope that everything turns out alright for them, although I know how likely that is. The plot was one of the most interesting that I have read in this anthology. “Why They Watch Us Burn” is probably my favorite story in this anthology. th (14)Why They Watch Us Burn

I really enjoyed this anthology and I highly recommend it for the Halloween season. Remember to fill out my survey. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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When The Moon Was Ours, by Anne-Marie McLemore — November 21, 2018

When The Moon Was Ours, by Anne-Marie McLemore

download (1)As their deep friendship turns to love, Latina teenager Miel, who grows roses from her wrist, and Italian-Pakistani Samir, a transgender boy, fear their secrets will be exposed by the beautiful Bonner girls, four sisters rumored to be witches.

This was not my favorite book, but it was not my least favorite book either. I enjoyed reading about Miel and Sam, but not as much as I wanted to. The plot was interesting, but I pitied the Bonner sisters, instead of hating them. I enjoyed the character relationships in this book, and I can’t wait to see if that carries into The Weight of Feathers.

Anne-Maire McLemore’s writing style was as lyrical as I remember. It was so nice to read and I am addicted to it. Anne-Marie writes smoothly, and I love it. Anne-Marie is such a lyrical writer and I love that. Anne-Marie writes in a way that interests me, just like her use of Spanish words that I can’t pronounce. I don’t know very much Spanish, but I thought that I would know more of the words. Anne-Marie’s writing style is pretty constant and I bet that it will be pretty much the same in her debut novel.

The characters were okay. I enjoyed reading about Miel, Sam, and the Bonner sisters, but the Bonner sisters were just normal girls and I didn’t really hate or dislike them at all. The things that they were doing to Miel were terrible, but I understand why the girls did them and pitied them. I loved reading about the dynamics between Aracely and Miel because they acted so much like sisters. All of the characters changed over the course of the book, and it was so apparent. I enjoyed seeing the characters change, I just wish that it had been less obvious.

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The magic was definitely my favorite part of this book. It was so original and beautiful. I loved reading about Miel’s roses and Aracely’s ability to cure lovesickness. I loved how Miel and Aracely didn’t make their gifts a big deal, even though this whole book was based on Miel and her roses. The magic was so unique and I even though I didn’t agree with how Miel used her roses, I understood and respected it. I loved the way that the Bonner sisters were thinking of using Miel’s roses (what does that say about me) and I loved the magic so much.

The plot was my least favorite part of the book. I wish that I could say otherwise, but I wasn’t engrossed in it like I wanted to be. I liked the characters, loved the plot, and was excited about this book. So what went wrong? Well, two things. One. I didn’t understand a lot about the culture. Two. I pitied the Bonner sisters, instead of hating them. I wish that this had not been the case, but it was. I can wait to see if The Weight of Feathers makes me feel the same way as this book, or if it is different.

Even though this book wasn´t my favorite, I still enjoyed it and recommend it to fans of magical realism. I got the book summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Nevernight, by Jay Kristoff — November 19, 2018

Nevernight, by Jay Kristoff

51GGgNUKG0L._AC_US218_In a world where the suns almost never set, a woman gains entry to a school of infamous assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she wanders a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and its thugs. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the hearth of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined. Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic-the Red Church. Deadly trials await her within the Church’s halls: blades and poisons, treachery and death. If she survives to initiation, she’ll be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and be one step closer to the only thing she desires. Revenge.

This book might be my favorite Kristoff book, to date. I was engrossed in it and couldn’t wait for the next juicy detail to appear, or for a little bit of action. Jay did an amazing job with this book and I was so stunned by his amazing characters and writing style.

Jay’s writing style was nothing short of superb. The notes at the bottom of each page really stood out and made Nevernight so much more interesting. Jay’s writing was very lyrical and easy to read. I loved it and hope that Godsgrave‘s writing style is as good as this. Jay Kristoff’s writing style blew me away and I loved that. I really enjoyed how Jay’s style wrote the thoughts of Mia and Mr. Kindly. It seemed to be very realistic and I really think that this was Jay’s best book yet. 

Mia, Mr. Kindly, and all of the other characters were amazing!!! I loved Mr. Kindly from when he was introduced, and I think that he is the narrator. Only he would know Mia that well. Mia was such a tough woman, and I loved how the narrator made it very clear that she was not a very nice person. All of the side characters were so well-written and I loved all of them. The villains were just characters that I loved to hate, but I won’t spoil anything by ranting about them. All of the instructors were very well-written, neutral, characters. But my favorite character, by far, is Mr. Kindly.

The Church of the Lady of Blessed Murder was a truly unique setting. A place where killing is not only tolerated, but encouraged. Suffice to say, I fell in love with it instantly. Mia enjoyed it as well, and I can see why. The Church was in one of the oddest settings I have encountered and wish that there were a few more settings like it. I hope that the other books return to The Church of the Lady of Blessed Murder. I think that this is one of my favorite settings in a fantasy novel.

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The plot was very very very intriguing. There was a lot of backstabbing, betrayal (all things that I love in a fantasy novel), and dialogue to die for. The conversations between Mia and Mr. Kindly were glorious!!! There was a lot of fighting and planning and drama. The one thing that I didn’t like about this book was all of the girl/girl hate. I understood it, but I still didn’t like it. I loved how all of the characters seemed to be able to understand their challenges and what they were getting into. But, seeing Mr. Kindly come in and do whatever he had to do was defintly my favorite part of the book.

I loved this book and I highly recommend it!!! I got the summasy from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Autoboyography, by Christina Lauren — November 17, 2018

Autoboyography, by Christina Lauren

downloadHigh school senior Tanner Scott has hidden his bisexuality since his family moved to Utah, but he falls hard for Sebastian, a Mormon mentoring students in a writing seminar that Tanner’s best friend convinced him to take.

This book was pretty good. It wasn’t Simon V.S. The Homo Sapiens Agenda good, but it wasn’t The Love Interest bad. I connected to the plot pretty well and I felt for Tanner. I just wanted to give him a hug. He needed it.

 

The writing style was like two different people with very different writing styles were writing this book. Which was exactly what happened. I didn’t know that this book was written by two people until I read the About the Author section. That meant that whenever the authors switched I knew. And I didn’t like it. One style was melodic and lyrical and the other style was sharp and to the point. It was bad.

The characters were so sweet and realistic and I loved them so much!!! I mean, sometimes I didn’t like some of them but in all they were amazing!! Tanner was so sweet and pure and I related so much to him (interpret that as you will). Sebastian also seemed super realistic, even though I wanted him to get his act together and accept himself for who he was. Autumn was an amazing best friend and I wouldn’t have put up with Tanner’s antics for so long. Everybody else was also great and I was so proud of everyone as they developed over the course of the book.

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The Mormons in the book were actually really interesting. They were this elite group with their own hierarchy and complicated rules. Especially concerning people questioning their sexual identity. All throughout the book, I wasn’t sure whether to hate them or just leave them alone (guess which I chose in the end). The Mormons in this book needed to lighten up and be more accepting. I am not saying this to offend Mormon viewers of my blog. I am talking about how the faith was represented in this book and not about the Mormon faith in real life (I don’t know very much about it). 

The plot was very character-based and there wasn’t a whole lot of action. I wanted the pacing to be a little bit slower but it wasn’t that much of a problem. I also wanted to see more of Tanner’s family and how they reacted to Sebastian. He was really sweet and I loved him so much (but not as much as Simon). The plot was also really predictable and I knew what was going to happen a chapter and a half before it actually happened. But I did love the Seminar and want to drive there to take the class.

I really enjoyed this book throughout all of it’s faults and even though I probably won’t pick up anything by these authors ever again I do admire them. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page.Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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