American Panda by Gloria Chao // Review

35297380Title: American Panda
Author: Gloria Chao
Genre:YA, Comtemporary
Pages: 320
Rating: 4 Stars


Synopsis

An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?


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American Panda by Gloria Chao is one of many YA contemporaries coming out this year, but this is one that seriously needs to be added to everyone’s TBR list. LOVE THIS SO MUCH!

The plot was very well written, there isn’t that much action, but there is a lot still happening with the character’s and there lives. I also loved the humor, the dialogue is perfect and Mei’s personality. There are so many situations that Mei finds herself in while she is trying to discover herself.

Mei, a seventeen year-old Taiwanese-American girl, has recently been accepted to M.I.T. Mei is only seventeen years old, and has very strict Asian parents,who have very high expectations of her. I can’t imagine being in constant fear of disappointing your family while trying to be yourself. Mei was a fantastically written protagonist. She’s hilarious, witty and has such a kind soul. If I were to met her I would seriously want her as a friend! Her character development is fantastic, she goes from trying to do everything her parents expect of her to a girl who stands up for her beliefs. The romance is adorable but best of all it’s not the main focus of the novel. Darren is so sweet, supportive, nerdy and there relationship is awkward and adorable.

American Panda is so, so cute and authentic! This is an intense and emotional read. Gloria Chao is also super sweet and I can’t wait for future books.


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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire// Review

25526296Title: Every Heart a Doorway
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 173
Rating: 4 Stars


Synopsis

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes,it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.


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Everyone needs to read this book. Its under 200 pages and its absolutely magical.I don’t know if there is anything I can say about this little book that hasn’t already been said.The writing is gorgeous and whimsical. I read it all in one sitting, just needing to know more.

This story is about a group of children who have found doorways into other worlds, and have returned to there own. Some of the other worlds include Candyland, full of rainbows, fairies, unicorns and of course candy;other worlds are darker with ghosts,mad scientist and lords of death.Nancy our protagonist found her way through a magic door into what the book refers to as an Underworld, unable to cope with returning to the real world,her parents have sent her away to a boarding school.

The characters are wonderfully diverse,the main character, Nancy, is openly asexual and a trans friend/love interest. There sexuality are not just hinted at, it’s written!! The representation is also explained so well that Nancy is capable of romantic interest that shes just no interested in sexual activities. She talks about the boy’s being attractive and how she would like to hold hands but nothing further than that. There is some transphobia with some of the other character’s.

I enjoyed the mystery, I didn’t know there was a mystery element going into to the book. This book is fast paced and has a beautiful writing style, I will be picking up the second book very soon.


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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand,Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows // Review

22840421.jpgTitle: My Lady Jane
Author:Cynthia Hand,Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Genre: YA, Historical fiction,Fantasy
Pages:491 (Kindle edition)
Rating:4 Stars


Synopsis

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his
first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry
her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then
he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have
to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

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I wasn’t to sure what to expect from the book going into. I had read reviews saying that it was meant to be funny and you needed to be in the right mood. Well, I got about 10% in and I couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed it, I wouldn’t say I loved it but I really liked it.My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows is the story of Lady Jane Grey. Jane was queen of England for nine days (July 10 to July 19, 1553) before she was overthrown and beheaded by Queen Mary I. This book is told from the point of view of three characters, Lady Jane, King Edward, and Lord Gifford (he goes by G in the book).

Character’s

Jane. She prefers books to people, so when her mother tells her she is to be married and within the week, well Jane is not to happy. I loved Jane’s character she was independent, strong, introverted and,a reader.She didn’t let people walk all over her just because she was a woman in this time period, she voiced her opinions.

Edward. He is the king of England,he finds out that he is dying and he names Jane the heir to the throne. Before that can happen though Jane must be married.
He was very funny, hopelessly romantic, and pretty likeable. His story was really fun to read about.

Gifford or G. The man that is to marry Jane. He has an interesting story, when the sun rises everyday he turns into a horse. G is possibly my favorite character as we also get to see his thoughts when he’s a horse. His chapter’s are hilarious and cute.

I loved the slow-burn romance between Jane and G, it was one of my favorite aspects of the book. I shipped them pretty hard and I’m sad that there story is done,I would have loved to read more about these two.

My Lady Jane was such a fun read and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is look for a light historical fiction novel with a touch of fantasy.


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Everless by Sara Holland Review

Title: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Pages: 336

Rating: 5 Stars


Synopsis

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.


 

I would like to thank Edelwiess for providing me with a egalley to read and give an honest review.

I loved this book so much !! This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. Seriously the hype is well earned. The plot is unique and the characters are wonderful. Do not think you’ve got the villains figured out, I’ll bet you that you’ve got it wrong. Sara does an amazing job with the world building , it’s original and she created myths/stories within the book that drew me in. The pacing was perfect, at no time did I feel it dragged or rushed.

One of the most unique magic systems I’ve ever read. In a world where time is bound to blood and time is used as currency. We follow the protagonist Jules as she decides to go work at Everless, an estate owned by a very powerful family. Jules and her father had worked there when she was s child and they faced some dangers. Her father is sick and Jules has decided to go back to Everless to earn more time for her Dad.

I loved Jules as a character, she was relatable and sweet. Her friendships with the side characters were amazing, she interacted with different ages such as children and the elderly. She is headstrong and sticks to her ideas.I also really liked Liam, I’m a sucker for brooding sarcastic boys. I always ship the bad boy. Another character I loved was Ina and I can’t wait to see her story unfold.

I can’t wait a whole year for the sequel!!! I need it now. This was such a good book to start the year off with, and set the bar for ya fantasy. So I recommend you pick this up!


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(Sorry the formatting is off my laptop broke 😭 and I’m typing this up on my phone )

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu Review

33163378Title: Moxie
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Genre: YA,Contemporary
Pages: 330
Rating: 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.


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I absolutely LOVED this book, way more than I anticipated. I’ve been interested in this book but I wasn’t dying to read it, after reading it though, OhMyGod!!! It’s so good ! Moxie is a book that all teens and young adults NEED to read. It has strong feminist themes that focus on girls standing up for themselves and speaking there minds. There is a trigger warning for sexual harassment and talk of rape. The last 30 pages had me in tears at how proud I was of the girls and some boys).

I really loved Viv as a main character. I think she’s a very realistic and down to earth character. She’s passionate and stands up for her ideas but she also deals with insecurities about how her peers will see if if she voices these opinions. So she creates a zine called Moxie where she can anonymously voice her feelings about how the girls in the school are being treated by the boys and male authority figures. She is a character that a lot of teens could look up to, she has strong morals. I loved her relationship with her mother and her grandparents. It’s rare to see positive family dynamics in YA, so for the author to include the grandparents it was a nice touch.

Seth is the new boy at the school and Viv’s love interest. He is sweet and sympathetic to Viv’s feelings about how the girls are being treated. There is a scene where he dose not understand where she is coming from, showing that even the nicest of boys sometimes will not understand the hardships that girls have to face.


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Life Update /// January 2018

Happy New Year !!! I’m a little late with this post but if you follow me on Instagram you know that I had the baby on Christmas Eve 🙂 I had a pretty easy labor, went to the hospital at 430 am and she was born at 7:11am. Overall it was all really fast and hectic, she is a beautiful little girl.

So I’d like to introduce you all to Emilia “Emmy”. She weighed 9 lbs 2 oz, 22 inches in length. Red hair and blue eyes.

I am adjusting to life as a new mom again, it’s been 11 years since my son was a baby. So I’m a little rusty on some things. Because she was born over the holidays it’s been a pretty busy time, but things are settling down as we get into a routine. At first breastfeeding was difficult, she wasn’t latching properly so I had to visit the breastfeeding clinic and I’m happy to say she is now feeding really well. I’m very lucky that she is sleeping so well, she will sleep 3-4 hours at a time, as long as she sleeping on me or near me.

I’m not sure how often I will be posting, as I’m not sure how much time I will have for reading. I have read 1 book already, I’m hoping I can read 2-3 books a month, sometimes more as I have a few audio-books.  🙂

Hope everyone had a good holiday season. let me know what your first read of the year is 🙂

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My Winter 2018 Most Anticipated Book’s

My Winter 2018 Most Anticipated Book’s

2017 is coming to a close, so I decided t make a 2018 anticipated books list. I’m going to be breaking down this list in terms of seasons because there are just so many book’s I’m interested in and I can’t possibly condense it all into one blog post. I tried to do as much research as possible so I’m certain that I have forgotten some book’s and I wont be listing every book, just the one’s I’m most excited for.

26032825The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Publication date: January 2nd

Holly Black is one of my favorite authors and when I heard she was releasing a new book, I immediately wanted it. It’s about a girl named Jude who when she was 7 was stolen away by fae to live in there court. Ten years later she really wants to belong in the court but the fae despise humans. It just sounds so good, Fae and courts ❤

32320661Everless by Sara Holland
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

The cover: OhMyGod ! Its so gorgeous. This is a YA Fantasy novel about a girl,Jules who lives in a world where time is drawn from blood and forged into the currency of blood-iron coins, which the wealthy drink to live longer. It sounds like a really cool premise and I’m really looking forward to it.

31207017Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Publication Date:January 16, 2018

This is an #ownvoices coming of age debut novel about an Indian- American- Muslim teenage girl. I’m super excited for this one. I’m trying to read more own voices book’s and this one just sounds really good.

35098412The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
Publication Date: February 6, 2018

There is a lot of YA Fantasy book’s coming out in 2018, and this one sounds so good. Brienna lives in a kingdom where you are born with one of the five passions. Brienna struggles with her passion, her plans do not go as planned and she is left without a patron. There is a war brewing between another kingdom. I’m really intrigued by the element of passions, it reminds me of The Enchantments of Ravens and I loved that book.

31681276American Panda by Gloria Chao
Publication Date:February 6

I’m not usually drawn to contemporaries but this book just looks so cute. Mei Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate. I’m really looking forward to this book 🙂 This sounds like such an adorable contemporary novel.

32149854Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Publication Date: February 13, 2018

This book is being pitched as Anastasia meets Firefly and I’m so here for this. This is written by the same author who wrote Geekerella (which I still need to get to). Ana goes on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship. She meets an iron blood boy,and they become fugitives on the run. This sounds like it will be an angst filled ya sci- fi and I’m so here for it. The cover is so gorgeous !!

34992929Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Restore me is the fourth book in the Shatter Me series, I fell in love with this series in 2016. So I haven’t had to wait as long as some fans for a new book but I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.

24909347Obsidio by Amy Kauffmand and Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: March 13, 2018

This is the third book in the Illuminae files, I think this is the last book but I’m not sure. I just finished reading Gemina and I loved it. It is a sci-fi novel, with a mixed media format written by emails and video surveillance files which is super cool.

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Please let me know what winter 2018 book’s your most looking forward too. 2018 sounds like it’s going to be an amazing year for book releases and I cannot wait !


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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Review

23207027.jpgTitle:Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: Ya, Fantasy
Pages: 416
Rating: 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

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The beginning dragged on and the author gives each girl her own pov, describing there lives. Which I understand is needed to further the plot I just found it was long. About 50-60% into the book it really picked up and I really enjoyed it. There is a love triangle, but it’s definitely not the one you expect.

The first sister is Katharine, the poisoner queen is considered to be the weakest and smallest of the potential Queens. She’s not my favorite but I did like her and am invested in how her story will turn out.
The second sister is Arsinoe the naturalist queen, she is my favorite as she has a weak gift. She accepts that fact but doesn’t give up trying to compete with the others. I found her to be refreshing and I’m curious to see what she would do next.

The third sister is Mirabella. The elemental queen, she is said to be the strongest and has the backing on the temple behind her. Even though she is said to be the strongest she has a very kind heart.

One thing I really loved about the book was the different levels of magic, each queen represented a different element of magic, and then Arsinoe was exposed to low magic which she had to use her own blood to cast spells.

It ended on a huge cliffhanger and I’m so sad I don’t own the second book, but I’ll definitely be picking it up soon. I need to know what happens now!!


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ARC Review **The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

33285662Title :The Upside of Falling Down
Author: Rebekah Crane
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 252
Publication Date: January 30 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

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Synopsis

For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.

They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.

With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.

Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget.

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I received a free eARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

When I saw this book on Netgalley I thought the cover was really cute. This book turned out to be such a cute fun read. I flew through it in just two sittings, I couldn’t put it down. The book is set in ireland which gave this story bonus points from me. I love reading about foreign countries, there not a setting used as often as it should be.

The main character Clementine, it was interesting to be inside her head, as she has no memories of who she is. She essentially gets to start over and find out who she is. I love how brave she is, trying new things that scares her. Kieran was a sweetheart, and is really swoon worthy. He is caring and loves to help people, helps that he’s also irish :’)

The last 50 pages or so were very intense and a lot of tings were wrapped up nicely, but maybe a second book could happen fingers crossed.

This book will be released January 30 2018, if you like cute fluffy contemporaries i highly recommend you pick this one up.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Review

22754644Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: YA,Contemporary
Pages: 325
Rating: 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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I absolutely loved this book!!! I’m so happy I finally had the motivation to read it.It’s such a a cute read and I flew through it in just a few hours. The movie trailer was recently released so I told myself it’s time to read the book.

Simon is an awesome main character and I just love him. I love how his thoughts felt genuine and not forced. Throughout the book, you can see Simon grow as a character. He becomes more comfortable with his identity as he comes out to his friends and family. There is plenty of angst without it getting to dramatic. I like the friendships in this book, but I felt like Simon and Nick didn’t have much iterations. I would also have liked to see more of Leah in the story.

The love interest ‘Blue’ was also absolutely adorable. So throughout most of the book you don’t know who Blue is, there are some character’s that maybe could be Blue. Turns out I was wrong. I really loved Simon and Blue’s relationship, they didn’t know who each other was so there was n cheesy descriptions about there looks. They fell in love with each others personalities which was adorable.

I think it was a hilarious, cute and heartwarming debut novel and it dealt with LGBT issues perfectly.I definitely recommend that  you pick this book up if your look for a light fast read.


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