The Day The Sky Fell

By Adam Dreece

I would recommend this book for ages 11 and up.

Summary

The gripping adventure continues in this international best-selling Steampunk meets Fairy tale series!
As the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus Pieman and the Lady in Red.
Meanwhile, the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to rescue Nikolas Klaus before it’s too late. Who will betray them, and who will be murdered?
The Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the Yellow Hoods? Find out! (Goodreads)

My Review

I’m so excited to be reviewing this book and to be able to say that The Day The Sky Fell was a fantastic ending to a wonderful series! I’ve noticed that what happens with most long series is that they start to fall apart around the third or fourth book. This didn’t happen with the Yellow Hoods, instead, it benefitted from having a lot of books. There are quite a few characters in this series and I love that Adam took time to really develop each of them. Every single character has grown drastically from the first book. I felt like each of the main characters had a book that really showcased them. Tee is the main character so she was a large part of each book but the other two characters really got to have their own story also. Book two focused heavily on Richie and book five focused more on Ellie. As I’ve said in pretty much every review for this series, I also absolutely love all of the villains/morally ambiguous characters in these books. I don’t know what it is about them, but Adam really does write them well.

The Yellow Hoods series has so many different plot lines going and Adam is able to write in a way that prevents it from ever becoming jumbled or confusing. It is always interesting to get near the end of the book and watch as he ties everything together. The fairy tale aspect is still so fun to see unfold. I had my suspicions that a certain character was going to tie into a certain fairy tale and the scene where it was revealed was amazing.

Overall this series along with this book were amazing. I highly recommend them and can’t wait to read anything else of Adam’s.

Violence: 1.5/5                Stars: 4.5/5

Language: 0/5                 Pages: 255

Romance: 0.5/5              Buy the book here: Amazon

Stalking Jack The Ripper

By: Kerri Maniscalco

*I read an ARC of this book for review

I would recommend this book for ages fourteen and up.

Summary

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world. (Goodreads)

My Review

I really struggled with this book and ended up picking it up and putting it down three times before I finished it. Stalking Jack The Ripper has been receiving countless rave reviews which is why I continued to pick it back up. In the end, it just wasn’t for me. In my mind, I split this book into four separate parts. I enjoyed the second and fourth parts of it.

I tried to figure out what exactly ended up being the reason I couldn’t get into Stalking Jack the Ripper and I think it came down to the characters. There were only about six recurring characters and I liked one of them. I really tried to connect to the two main characters but they really bothered me. We have Audrey Rose, who another reviewer, Wendy Darling, described as a 21st century girl transported back in time. While I loved how confident and capable she was in everything it seemed a little forced. It would have been enough just having a girl in that time period apprenticing with her uncle in forensic medicine. The other main character, Thomas, bothered me even more. There is a possibility that I just had really high expectations of his character because everyone has been talking about how wonderful he is. Unfortunately, to me he came off as arrogant and mean. I couldn’t understand how Audrey Rose fell in love with him. I mentioned earlier that there are very few main characters in this book which made guessing who the killer was a little too easy. The reveal of ‘Jack the Ripper’ also fell into a trope that I’ve been reading a lot of recently.

With all of that said, I really enjoyed Kerri Maniscalco’s writing style. She also was amazing at world building. Her descriptions of 19th century England and Audrey Rose working with her Uncle were the highlights of this book. In the end, I’m very conflicted about Stalking Jack The Ripper. While I had a lot of problems with it, I still enjoyed about half of the book. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with the series yet or not.

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Violence: 4.5/5 Stars                        Stars: 3/5

Language: 0.5/5 Stars                      Pages: 336

Romance: 2/5 Stars                          Buy Book here: Amazon

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them

Movie Review

*This review will include spoilers*

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I came into Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them with pretty low expectations. I figured this was another attempt to drag the Harry Potter franchise out longer than it was meant to be. I was completely wrong. At the end of this movie, I was completely blown away. It is now my second favorite movie out of the entire Harry potter series, (behind The Deathly Hallows Part 1.) Everything about this movie is the polar opposite of the original series. The characters are adults, there is never any wizarding school involved, and it takes place in America way before the events of Harry Potter. Once again, I was skeptical about it being a prequel to the original series especially after The Cursed Child came out as a sequel, and it didn’t do too well. Now, I’m so happy that they decided to make this a prequel series. They dropped tons of clues in this movie about certain characters and events that we knew had happened at some point. We are most likely going to be able to see how the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald fell apart along with more about the Lestrange family, and Dumbledore’s sister Adriana.

There were four to five main characters in this movie: Newt, Tina, Queenie, Jacob, and Creedence.

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I loved how different Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob were. The four of them were nothing alike which was what made them work so well together. Newt was a wonderful main character and I fan casted Eddie Redmayne as him a long time before I even knew there would be a movie. The relationship between Tina and Queenie was very sweet. I loved how even though they were sisters they were about as opposite as two people could get. Jacob was definitely the comedic relief and I hope that he will be a part of the next four films. Even though Creedence had much less screen time and he was never involved with the main four, he was still one of my favorites. I love Ezra Miller but I was a little confused when I saw him cast as Creedence considering the role he played in Perks of Being a Wallflower, but he played the part perfectly.

About two weeks before this movie came out, it was announced that Jonny Depp would be playing the part of Grindelwald and that he would only be in the first movie for a couple of seconds. I was going to try to figure out how he would come into the movie but I ended up getting sidetracked. I was so determined to figure out who the obscurial was, and then excited when I was right, that I completely forgot about Grindelwald. I was completely shocked when it was revealed. Hopefully the directors have a plan on how Grindelwald was able to masquerade as Graves for so long because many people are very skeptical about it.

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Lastly, this movie obviously involved many Magical Creatures. I loved how they took a portion of this movie to simply go through Newt’s suitcase and introduce the creatures. I haven’t looked yet, but I’m assuming they were all taken out of the Fantastic Beasts Guidebook which would be very cool. I feel like if they had met, Newt Scamander and Luna Lovegood would have been very good friends.

*I recently found out that the next movie is going to take place in France and England rather than New York. Also this whole series is going to take place over 40 years!*

 

My 16 Favorite Books of 2016

My Top 3 Authors of 2016

16. Scythe by Neal Shusterman: I actually had no intentions of reading this book. Everyone was reading this but I told myself that I wasn’t going to buy it because I haven’t enjoyed any of Neal Shusterman’s other books. I ended up being convinced by Xan over at Twirlingpages to give it a try. I loved it and if you are in the same boat as I was, I recommend giving this one a try.

15. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: This one doesn’t take much explaining, I have loved every book that Morgan Matson has put out. Even though contemporary isn’t the genre I usually go for, I will always buy Morgan’s new books.

14. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: This is one of the three V.E. Schwab books that I have on my list this year. I avoided V.E. Schwab’s books for a very long time after reading The Archived by her and not enjoying it. Eventually Mishma from chasingfaerytales talked me into giving her adult books a try and I’m so glad that she did.

13. Me Before you by Jojo Moyes: This book has been very controversial over the past year. It seems that people either love it or hate it, and clearly, I loved it. I ordered this book off amazon seconds after watching the trailer for the movie and I read it the moment it came in the mail. This book is great if you are looking for a contemporary that’s not all fluff and will make you think a lot afterwards.

12. My Lady Jane by Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, and Cynthia Hand: My Lady Jane is very hard to explain. I think the main reason why it is on my list is because it was so unique. I’ve never read anything like it and I doubt I ever will again. The authors described it as a comedy based on a tragedy.

11. Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes: I’m not going to say too much about this since it’s book five of a six book series but it was just as amazing as the rest of them.

10. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: I read both this book and its sequel this year, but I definitely enjoyed this one more. Illuminae is a sci-fi story told through: emails, letters, interviews, pictures, and more. Once again this book is very unique and I was impressed that the authors managed to write a book that was compelling and characters that were interesting with very few words.

9. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab: This is my first young adult book by Victoria Schwab that I’ve read and enjoyed. The plot is so different and dark without being depressing and over the top. She managed to write realistic and honest characters by taking away the usual gender norms that YA books tend to give characters. I’m very excited to read the last book in this duology.

8. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff: This is one of the strangest books that I’ve ever read but also one of the most impactful. I wrote a very long review on it that will be out soon so I’m not going to say too much, but it’s definitely one that I think a lot of teenagers should read.

7. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon: What impressed me the most about this book was how Nicola Yoon was able to make this book so funny even with the overall sadness of the story. I also read Everything Everything by the same author this year, which I loved, but I felt that The Sun is Also A Star had more fleshed out characters and a more realistic story.

6. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir: This book really surprised me. I loved an Ember in The Ashes and was very excited to jump straight into this one. After reading this first seven chapters I actually put it down. I didn’t like the writing, the characters felt different to me and I didn’t like where the plot was going. A couple months later I picked it up again and pushed through those chapters and ended up loving it. I made my friends read it the second I finished and they all loved it too.

5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber: It’s safe to say that I was completely blown away by Caraval. I had been hearing so many positive things about it but I had no idea how much I would love it. Caraval reminded me of some weird mix between The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and many of Stephanie’s new and original elements. With only one book Stephanie Garber has easily made my list of auto-buy authors.

4. My last V.E. Schwab book, Vicious: This was the first of Victoria’s adult books that I read and it is currently still my favorite one. The story and characters were incredible and I definitely plan on re-reading it before the sequel comes out. The story was told by switching between the present and the past which showed how the characters ended up where they were. It reminded me a lot of how the TV show Lost was written.

3. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: I’m pretty sure that the first book to this duology, Six of Crows, was my top book of last year. While I didn’t like this book as much, it was still incredible. This is a mostly character driven story which works extremely well since this book has six main characters and each one has their one point of view. Each character is extremely fleshed out and compelling with their individual personalities, struggles, and backstories. I love talking to people about this series because it is one of the few books where it seems like everyone has a different favorite character. There isn’t a single favorite because each character is equally amazing.

2. The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater: I read all four books within a few days one week when I was sick. This is honestly the best series that I have ever read and I don’t really see anything beating it. The Raven Cycle is a 100 percent character driven story with very little actual plot. The biggest complaint I have seen about this series is people saying that it is boring. Since this book series is mostly about the relationships between characters and their individual development, people who like lots of action in books may not enjoy it. I will definitely be re-reading the entire series some time in 2017 and I’m already buying every other book Maggie has ever written.

1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer: Just as The Raven Cycle is my all time favorite series, Heartless is my all time favorite stand alone. There is nothing better than a re-telling (my favorite genre,) written by Marissa Meyer (One of my all time favorite authors,) about Alice in Wonderland (one of my favorite Disney stories.) I have recommended this book to just about everyone I have talked to and can’t wait to read anything else that Marissa puts out.

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3. Nicola Yoon: I read both of her books in December and she is now on my list of authors to buy whatever she writes as soon as she writes them.

2. Victoria Schwab: I read four of her books this year and three of them made it on this list. I’m so excited to read the sequels to all the books that are coming out in 2017.

1. Maggie Stiefvater: I am so excited for Maggie Stiefvater’s upcoming books. I plan on reading her first published series this year. She also announced that she is going to be writing a trilogy on one of the main characters from The Raven Cycle! I’m not sure when it’s coming out but I’m so excited.

My December TBR

I never ever make a TBR (to be read) because I very rarely stick with them, but I’m going to give it a try.

Crystal Storm: Morgan Rhodes  

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MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he’s no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption.

LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise.

JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey.

AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she’ll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge.

And what kind of darkness will descend–and who will be safe–after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death? (Goodreads)

The Sun is Also a Star: Nicola Yoon

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? (Goodreads)

Fantastic Beasts Screenplay: J.K. Rowling

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When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. (Goodreads)

Scythe: Neal Shusterman

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In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives. (Goodreads)

How I Live Now: Meg Rosoff

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“Every war has turning points and every person too.”

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.

As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way. (Goodreads)

How it feels to fly: Kathryn Holmes

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The movement is all that matters.

For as long as Samantha can remember, she’s wanted to be a professional ballerina. She’s lived for perfect pirouettes, sky-high extensions, and soaring leaps across the stage. Then her body betrayed her.

The change was gradual. Stealthy.

Failed diets. Disapproving looks. Whispers behind her back. The result: crippling anxiety about her appearance, which threatens to crush her dancing dreams entirely. On her dance teacher’s recommendation, Sam is sent to a summer treatment camp for teen artists and athletes who are struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. If she can make progress, she’ll be allowed to attend a crucial ballet intensive. But when asked to open up about her deepest insecurities, secret behaviors, and paralyzing fears to complete strangers, Sam can’t cope.

What I really need is a whole new body.

Sam forms an unlikely bond with Andrew, a former college football player who’s one of her camp counselors. As they grow closer, Andrew helps Sam see herself as he does—beautiful. But just as she starts to believe that there’s more between them than friendship, disappointing news from home sends her into a tailspin. With her future uncertain and her body against her, will Sam give in to the anxiety that imprisons her? (Goodreads)

What Light: Jay Asher

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Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love. (Goodreads)

Characters I would name a kid or animal after

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. My Top Ten Tuesdays are in no particular order.

*I tried to pick names from fantasy books so that they would be a little unusual*

10. Elias from An Ember in The Ashes

9. Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles

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8. Gansey from The Raven Cycle

7. Luna from Harry Potter

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6. Kestrel from the Winner’s trilogy

5. Tessa from the Infernal Devices

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4. Jest from Heartless

3. Kaz from Six of Crows

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2. August from This Savage Song

1. Bellamy from The 100

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Favorite TV shows

Todays Top Ten Tuesday is all about villains, but I couldn’t come up with enough to write a post about. Instead, I’m going to do an old Top Ten Tuesday that I missed!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

This Top Ten Tuesday I actually managed to put in order from least favorite to favorite.

once-upon-a-time  Once Upon A Time: This is a fairy tale retelling show. The main character is found by her son that she gave up for adoption. He takes her to a town called StoryBrooke and tells her that she is the savior meant to save them all and help all of the residents of the town remember who they are, (Fairy tale characters.) This show has had a couple of bad seasons but I’m hoping this next season brings the show back to what it used to be.

Is is still running: yes How Many Seasons: 5 Favorite season: 3 Least favorite season:

Agents_of_S.H.I.E.L.D._season_3_poster  Agents of Shield: This is a spin off of marvel about specific shield agents that Phil Coulson picked to work on special operations with him. About two years ago this was my favorite show but I have stopped watching it since then because of something that happened in season 3. I’m still not sure if I’m going to keep watching it.

Is is still running: yes How Many Seasons: 3 Favorite season: 2 Least favorite season: 3

Merlin  Merlin: Merlin is about a wizard that gets sent to Camelot to work with the physician of the castle. He ends up also working as King Arthur’s servant. This is probably the cheesiest show that I watch, but I’ve been watching it again recently with my younger sister and I still really like it.

Is is still running: no How Many Seasons: 5 Favorite season: 5 Least Favorite Season:1

cover170x170  Doctor Who: This is very upsetting for me because I used to be insanely obsessed with it, but since the new doctor it’s just not as good. I didn’t even watch the most recent season and don’t think I ever will.

Is is still running: yes How Many Seasons: 9 Favorite season: 6 Least Favorite Season: 8

nt_16_StrangerThings_Netflix-destacada  Stranger Things: This is a new show made by Netflix that only has one season. It is about a boy who is kidnapped and his friends, mother, brother, and some other people who are trying to figure out what happened to him. The thing that made me decide to watch this show was that it is not a basic detective show, it has sci fi elements in it and it’s amazing.

Is is still running: yes How Many Seasons: 1

Revolution+tv+show  Revolution: I absolutely love this show and I’m still mad that it only got two seasons. This follows a world where there is no power. The main character’s brother is kidnapped and she, along with a couple other people, go to find him.

Is it still running: no How Many Seasons: 2 Favorite season: I don’t know, I love them both

Survivor_-_Heroes_vs_Villains_logo  Survivor: This is the only reality show on my list. It is about a certain amount of people being dropped off on an island on two separate teams. They compete and get eliminated until one person wins.

Is it still running: yes How many seasons: somewhere in the 30s Favorite Season: There are so many but top three are 15,16, and 20

100-tv-series-full-episodes  The 100: Like most of these shows, I’m pretty sure everyone knows what this is about. It follows humans that have survived a nuclear war by living in space. Unfortunately, they are running out of air so they send  a 100 juvenile delinquents to earth to see if it is survivable.

Is it still running: yes How many seasons: 3 Favorite Season: 1 Least Favorite Season: 3

prison-break-revient-en-septembre  Prison Break: I just started watching this show this summer and it was unbelievable. It follows a structural engineer who gets himself arrested on purpose. His brother is on death row for a crime that he didn’t commit and he wants to get in to break him out. This show ended in 2009 with four seasons, and in 2017 they are doing an 8 episode reboot season!

Is it still running: other than the reboot season, no How many seasons: 4 Favorite Season: 1 Least favorite Season: 3

830812  Lost: Lost is my all time favorite show because every season is amazing. The characters are some of my favorite ever, the plot is incredible, and the show is over so it can never be messed up. Lost follows a group of passengers on a plane that crashes on an island and what happens to them there. It’s told in two parts: what is going on on the island, and in flashbacks, showing each character’s past. If you have not watched it you need to binge watch it.

Is it still running: no How many seasons: 6 Favorite Season: 1 or 2 Least Favorite Season: 4 or 5

 

My Lady Jane

By: Jodie Meadows, Brodie Ashton, and Cynthia Hand

I would recommend this book for ages thirteen and up.

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Summary

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England. (Goodreads)

My Review

This book is hard to explain, because it isn’t meant to be taken seriously. I was hesitant to buy My Lady Jane, because I knew that it was written to be a comedy. I went through Goodreads reviews, and while some people said it was their favorite book of the year, others said that rather than being funny, it came off as juvenile. I can see how some people wouldn’t enjoy this type of book, but I loved it. I think the best way to read this is to look at it almost as a contemporary rather than a historical fiction/fantasy. My Lady Jane mirrors the light, fluffy, and funny feel of a contemporary.

The characters in this book were perfect. The authors were able to create versatile characters that fit in scenes that were serious and dramatic but would also fit in during paragraphs of cheesy jokes and comedic dialogue. I’m pretty sure that each author wrote one of the main characters which is impressive considering each character felt like they were written by the same person. It didn’t feel like three separate stories stitched together. My least favorite character was Edward, but not because of his personality. His point of view seemed to drag a little bit more than the other two and I found myself not looking forward to his portion of the story. The other two characters, Jane and Gifford’s storylines were written extremely well and I loved reading about both of them.

My Lady Jane isn’t a completely historically accurate book. The overall outcome of the story is the same as in history but many small things and character arcs are different. The authors would, at times, come into the story as “a narrator” to explain something in the story. At the beginning, it worked very well and added to the humor of the book, but near the end it became slightly annoying. There were multiple scenarios of the authors coming in at the climax of the story and it tended to take me out of the book and it felt weird and choppy. I felt like overall it was a great add in for the story but that it should have been used a little less often. This book did have some fantasy elements, and without spoiling it, I can say that while the magic element worked at times, it felt unnecessary and over used at others.

I enjoyed My Lady Jane much more than I was expecting to and I highly recommend it, especially if you are in a reading slump.

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Violence: 1/5                        Stars: 4.5/5

Romance: 2/5                      Pages: 512

Language: 1/5                      Buy Book Here: Amazon

The Wizard Killer

By Adam Dreece

I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up

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Summary

A world once at the height of magical technology and social order has collapsed. How and why are the least of the wizard killer’s worries.

Leaning my bloody head against the back of the crashed levitating carriage, I flex my cramped fingers. With a renewed grip on the mana-pistol, I steal a quick breath. The others better wake up fast, otherwise we’re all going to burn.

Enjoy all 20 pulse-pounding episodes, and an all new side to best-selling YA author, Adam Dreece.

Recommended for adults, appropriate for most 12+ .

Note: This is written in an episodic, serialized style. (Goodreads)

My Review

As the Goodreads summary says above, this book was published in a serialized way. Even though I read the book all at once, I tried to keep in mind how the story would progress to someone who was reading it in parts. I felt like overall the book would still come together fine to someone reading it in pieces. There were not too many characters, so there wouldn’t really be a chance of getting the characters confused. There was only one perspective and a straight forward plot so that would not cause a problem either.

Adam Dreece has a way of immersing his readers in the worlds that he creates no matter how small the book is. The Wizard Killer is a book that is fewer than 100 pages, and yet it felt like I had been there for an entire series worth of books. There is never any info dumping or unnecessarily long description; everything flows perfectly and is easy to understand. The characters were also, extremely likable in the short amount of time that they had.

In all of Adam’s books there has always been a specific scene that is vivid and really stands out to me more than the rest of the book. When thinking back on his books I feel like those specific scenes encompass the story well. Looking back on this book there is, once again, a scene that I remember more strongly than the rest, and I really enjoy that.

Adam has a way of writing opening chapters that make you want to keep reading. In his two most recent books the beginnings have been some of the most interesting, and memorable starters of books that I have read in a while. Having said that, I felt like the ending sequence of The Wizard Killer became slightly dragged as it went on. Overall, that was not a deterrent as this book was great and it set up nicely for the sequel, which I am very excited to read.

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violence: 2/5                               Stars: 4/5

Romance: 0/5                             Pages: 95

language: 0/5                              Buy Book Here: Amazon

The Forbidden Wish

By: Jessica Khoury

Hello, I am finally back! I have been crazy busy with planning/attending BEA. Sadly it’s over, but now I can get back to posting on a regular basis!

 

I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.

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Summary

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury. (Goodreads)

Review

I met Jessica two years ago at a book event and she mentioned that she was just coming up with the idea to do an Aladdin retelling. I was so excited because the story of Aladdin is one of my favorite things ever. It took me a while to get around to reading this book, but I had heard that this wasn’t exactly a retelling. While it definitely has aspects of Aladdin, it was a very loose retelling. I ended up enjoying the book more because of that. I absolutely loved this book and read it in under two days.The characters were fleshed out extremely well, which is usually my main complaint with stand alone books. Zahra is now easily one of my favorite female characters.

What surprised me was this book had quite a few things in it that I usually don’t like, but Jessica pulled them off really well. Two things in particular were the writing style and the abilities that the Jinni had. The writing was a mix between a poetic style and a modern style. At times the writing would be beautiful and lyrical and then it would change and the characters would be talking like “normal teenagers.” Usually I don’t like it when authors try to use an over the top modern style of writing, but it was done very well in this book. The ability that I was talking about was that Zahra can shape shift into anything she wants. Normally, this feels like it is used as an easy way out when things get too complicated for the characters. Once again, that was not the case with this book and it was pulled off beautifully.

The world building was amazing. There was a section of the book where the castle was being described and it was so easy to imagine everything that was going on. It also felt very true to the setting of the story. At one point, Jessica was describing how there were animals that wandered around in the castle, especially peacocks. It was really interesting to think about kings and queens going about their day with peacocks walking around with them.

My only complaint with this book is that I got bored at the climactic section of this book and I felt like it dragged on a little bit.

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Romance: 1.5/5                       Stars: 5/5

Language: 0/5                      Pages: 340

Violence: 2/5                        Buy Book Here: Amazon