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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Wild Embers by Nikita Gill Review

34253376Title: Wild Embers
Author: Nikita Gill
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 160
Rating : 5 Stars

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Synopsis

They have lightning in their souls, thunder in their hearts, chaos in their bones.

Nikita Gill’s poetry has captured hearts and minds all over the world; her inspirational words have been shared hundreds of thousands of times online, been plastered across placards on international women’s marches and even transformed into tattoos. This collection will showcase mostly unseen poetry and prose, delving into ideas about passion, identity, empowerment and femininity.

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wild Ember is a collection of poetry and prose written by Nikita Gill. This was my first experience reading anything from this author and I highly enjoyed it. I will be picking up more of her writing in the future.

My favorite section was that of the rewritten fairy tale heroines, these poem were magical and everything I never knew I needed. This poetry collection was filled with poems about survival, self love, feminism and healing. I really connected with what the author was saying and I think everyone should pick up a copy f this book, its beautifully written.

Wild Embers has become one of my all-time favorite poetry collections.

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson Review

30969741.jpgTitle: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 300
Rating: 5 Stars

 


 

Synopsis

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

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There was so much hype around this book, I was wary to pick it up. I heard so many amazing reviews, so when I had an audio book credit I thought this might be a good time to try this book. OhMyGod!!!! This book was so much fun!! It had all my favorite things, an autumn fae Prince who can shape shift, a wonderful main character and the descriptions of the courts are so beautifully written. And it’s a standalone, so the story gets wrapped up at the end, no leaving you on a cliffhanger and waiting a year for more. Even though I would love to read more about these character’s.

Isobel is such a great character, right from the very start. She is quick witted and down to earth. She has a no nonsense attitude and is proud of her craft. Rook was sarcastic,arrogant and sweet, so naturally I loved him. He’s adorable !! He’s so sassy. As the story progresses the two character’s have such heartfelt moments. The side character’s were also great Gadfly ,Lark and Aster I loved them so much.

Within the first chapter I was hooked, written in first person, I was completely drawn in. The use of human craft was a unique touch on a fae story. It also had reoccurring fae elements such as they cannot lie, they have negative reactions to iron, they’re vain and over confident. This book held all the magic feelings that I love about Fae. Can I also say the cover is absolutely gorgeous!!

My only complaint is i felt the ending was a little rushed and some minor things weren’t explained. This book was full of action, romance, humor, all the elements of an amazing YA Fantasy. This is a stunning debut and I’m really excited to see what Margaret Rogerson comes out with next.


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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Review

15837671Title: Turtles All the Way Down
Author: John Green
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 304
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

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Trigger warnings: anxiety, OCD

When I first heard that John Green had written a new book I was a little hesitant as my love for John Green is a hit or miss. I really loved The Fault in our Stars but I hated Paper Towns. I really really enjoyed this book, I listened to it on audio book. Green’s writing is beautiful, like well thought out prose. The beauty in the words,there are so many quotes that I loved. The metaphors of stars, the poetry about life and death.

There isn’t much of a plot but more about the character’s. Aza’s struggles and understanding of her thoughts. There was a small romance between Aza and Davis, which was super cute. It was slow and cautious. I loved how nerdy he is and how he’s such a good big brother.

I loved Aza so much,she was honestly amazing. Green’s descriptions of her mental health was very well written. I really connected to Aza and her thought spirals as I also have struggles with anxiety. Not in the same way as Aza but the descriptions of invasive thoughts are the same. The feeling that they control you not you controlling them.I love how he wrote about the struggles of her OCD and Anxiety, that in the end she wasn’t “cured”.

I love how he writes his character’s, he doesn’t make the teenagers less intelligent because of there age. Which seems to cause huge debates online. People disagree with how smart he writes teenager’s saying they do not talk the way he writes them. I think he captures  that teenagers can be misunderstood and they are capable of being highly intelligent and don’t deserve to be looked down at.

“Spirals grow infinitely small the farther you follow them inward, but they also grow infinitely large the farther you follow them out.”

The female friendship is so strong in this book, even though Daisy struggles to understand Aza but  she still stands by her. This is one of the best mental health book’s I have ever read, and one of my favorite book’s of 2017. I highly recommend it.


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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard Review

30227022Title:King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 512
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Synopsis

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

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I’m finished FINALLY! I started reading the book in March and I was in a bit of a book slump also some personal stuff was going on with school. It just wasn’t the right time to read it so I put it down. I kept seeing it on my currently reading shelf and felt it was time to finish it. So here we are 9 months later.

King’s Cage was a really big disappointment and a huge let down from Glass Sword. Book one and two I loved them so much and had such high expectations for book three that I’m not sure what happened. I’m clearly not in the popular opinin of this book, which has 4 and 5 star ratings, but there was just something missing for me.

Let’s start off with the positives. I love how this book gave us more Maven which were honestly my favorite parts. I love this character this boy is flawed,broken and complex. He loves Mare and has a soft spot for her but he’s so twisted and cunning that he dose not even fully understand his own feelings.

Now the negatives. I didn’t like all the POV’S such as Cameron and Evangeline, I dn’t understand what there chapter’s contributed to the overall story. I felt like the book could have been shorter, it had unnecessary elements that added nothing to the movement of the plot line.

I’m excited for the final book, I hope it has what this book was missing.


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