The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Expected publication: March 7th 2017
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.
In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.
Even though I found this book to be confusing at times, I really enjoyed it. I loved the writing style and concept so much. Everything seemed very well thought out and very detailed. I really liked the alternating narratives and the world building was really cool. There is some info dumping here and there but it wasn’t terrible. I really liked all of the characters. They were all well written and developed.
Overall, I really enjoyed this this. It’s pretty original and I really loved the concept. If you’re looking a fantasy that has great world building and a great concept, I would recommend The Bone Witch.
Blitzed by the Billionaire by Alice Ward
Published March 27th 2016
After a lifetime of traveling the world with my uncle, I was ready for a normal, routine life. I thought I found it too. A job teaching kindergarten, good friends, and a stable man by my side. I was happy… mostly. Until I walked in on a surprise that shook my world.
Luckily, my friend Ethan McAlister was there to pick up the pieces.
“Friend.” Who was I kidding?
The star quarterback for the country’s newest football team, Ethan was charming, sexy, and the last thing I needed. His life was the opposite of normal and routine. Our passions very different.
But when he touched me… none of that mattered.
Except to the people dedicated to ripping us apart.
Would anything ever be normal again?
I didn’t have high expectations for this book when I started it, I just felt like reading a fluffy romance, but the first 10% or so of this book was amazing. I loved it so much. I was laughing and giggling and having a grand time. But out of nowhere, this book took a massive turn for the worse.
I really liked Emily at first but she made terrible decisions. Some of the things she did made no sense.
The fact that she didn’t even care that much about the fall out with a man that she was totally ready to marry was mind blowing. She barely even cared. Within 24 hours she went from being 100% ready to marry a man to sleeping with a guy she barely knew. What the heck was she thinking?
I loved Ethan at first but his insane insta-love was so disturbing. I get that he’s an all in or all out kind of person (I am too) but after one night, he was so insanely attached to Emily in such an unhealthy manner.
I’m a huge fan of sports so the outrageous mistakes regarding football wanted me to pull my hair out. The author should have done her research before writing about a sport. There’s no way an athlete can just walk out mid-season on a team, he’s signed a contract. There was a whole slew of mistakes like that and it drove me insane.
Overall, I was not a fan of this book. The characters were poorly written and the mistakes regarding football were a complete deal breaker.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Expected publication: March 14th 2017
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
This was such an unexpectedly great book. I’m so blown away by how much fun this book was to read.
Super adorable romance, really diverse and relatable characters, wonderful writing, this book has it all.
The plot of this book is pretty cool but the characters are what makes this book so fantastic. I really loved the positive representation that these are character provided and how relatable they were.
I loved the fandom aspects of this book and it was so awesome that it was set at Comic-Con.
I really enjoyed all of the references and how fangirly the characters were.
Overall, Queens of Geek is super fun and wonderfully diverse. It’s relatable and has so much positivity. I’d definitely recommend it.
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Published September 20th 2016
In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.
In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.
But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…
I’m in love with Russian folklore so I extremely excited to read Vassa in the Night. It sounded amazing and I seen a bunch of great reviews so I had pretty high hopes.
I loved the modernization of such a classic Russian folklore and it was so bizarre and amazingly weird.
Vassa in the Night is set in America but I would have loved it if this was set in Russia.
The magic in this book is so insane and crazy, I loved it so much.
I didn’t find this book to have much of a plot. No one was really doing anything and the overall book seemed to to lean very heavily on the weirdness and magic.
I didn’t really all in love with the characters. I didn’t hate them but they just didn’t connect with me.
Overall, even though the plot and characters weren’t there, I loved the concept and everything else. If it didn’t have the Russian folklore aspect, this book would have been pretty boring.
The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante
Published May 5th 2015
Ever since her brother’s death, Dellie’s life has been quiet and sad. Her mother cries all the time, and Dellie lives with the horrible guilt that the accident that killed her brother may have been all her fault.
But Dellie’s world begins to change when new neighbors move into her housing project building. Suddenly, men are fighting on the stoop and gunfire is sounding off in the night. In the middle of all that trouble is Corey, an abused five-year-old boy, who’s often left home alone and hungry. Dellie strikes up a dangerous friendship with this little boy who reminds her so much of her brother. She wonders if she can do for Corey what she couldn’t do for her brother—save him.
The Trouble with Half a Moon is such a heartbreaking story and beautifully written.
Because this book is told from the perspective of such a young girl, it made it so much more emotional.
I wasn’t a big fan of the direction of Miss Shirley’s character and I wished there was more communication between Dellie and her parents.
But other than that, I really enjoyed the story. It was a pretty short book but it didn’t feel rushed. I really like the writing style and I loved Corey and Dellie’s friendship.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
Published November 18th 2016
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.
Even though I was super excited about the Fantastic Beasts movie, I also was a bit hesitant. It’s not a secret that I loathed The Cursed Child and I had lost a bit of faith in the wizarding world.
However, Fantastic Beasts (both the movie and screenplay) reminded me of why I love J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world so much.
I was very excited to see the wizarding community in America and to see the differences between the two cultures. I loved being able to see the wizarding community in a way that we never got to see in the original 7 books. Harry never really got to experience the wizarding world in the 7 books and neither did the readers. I feel like we really got the chance to see the wizarding world in a new light in Fantastic Beasts.
The characters are so bomb. I loved how driven Tina is and how she didn’t let Newt sidetrack her from what she thought was the right thing to do. I really loved how her and Queenie worked together and had such a great relationship. They’re very different people but they really appreciate each other.
Newt is beyond words. He’s such a wonderful character (total cinnamon roll, y’all). He loves his creatures so much and will do anything for them, which I loved and related to as well.
Don’t even get me started on Credence Barebone. His story was so heart breaking and I’ve never wanted to hug a fictional character so much.
Overall, an absolutely wonderful movie and screenplay. It was everything I hoped for and more and I’m so excited for the next movies. I really hope they print the screenplays for the other movies as well and with matching covers because I would love to have the whole series on my Harry Potter shelf.
The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
Published April 28th 2013
Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.
I really liked the first half of this book but the second half seemed to drag on and on.
I thought the concept and plot was really cool. I loved the Irish folklore aspect of this book. The writing style was pretty good and it was fairly fast paced.
I wasn’t really a fan of Ethan and Allison’s relationship though. It never went anywhere, there was no development, and it was just kind of boring. For being a New Adult book, I expected a lot more.
The Forgotten Ones was a fun, short read but not quite what I was expecting.
Operating on Faith: A Painfully True Love Story by Matt Weber
Published January 26th 2016
At age 29, Matt Weber was newly married to Nell, the girl of his dreams. They had bought their first house, adopted a dog, and looked forward to a blissful first year together. But shortly after his honeymoon, Matt’s recurring, severe stomach troubles send him to the emergency room—and after a five-hour, life-saving surgery in which a third of his stomach is removed, Matt and Nell’s plans for their new life are dramatically altered.
Forced to undergo a lengthy and painful recovery, Matt finds that his relationships with God, himself, and his wife are forever changed. Operating on Faith is the gutsy story of a happy-go-lucky Catholic guy whose life was literally burst apart then stitched back together—with faith in the God he’d always known, the sweet and inexhaustible love of his wife, and healthy if sometimes irreverent doses of humor.
I really liked reading about Matt’s experiences and how him and his wife worked through everything together. Operating on Faith had a very interesting and different perspective and I really enjoyed that.
I wasn’t a big fan of the writing style though. There was a lot of metaphors and smilies and it created an embellished tone to the story.
But I really liked everything else about this book and I would definitely recommend it it you’re looking for a memoir.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Published September 27th 2011
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
This book is absolutely amazing. The writing style, the characters, the plot, everything about this book is amazing. I have no words for this book. I sat thinking about it for hours after I finished it and I’m still not over it. The writing style of this book is so outstanding and beautiful. This is my first Patrick Ness book and I’m blown away by his talent.
I could go on and on this book and how fantastic it is. This is definitely a book that everyone needs to experience.
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Published January 14th 2016
Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.
In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: true love. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice…
I read You earlier this year and it blew. my. mind. I was so amazed by it and I ordered Hidden Bodies within an hour of finishing You. I started Hidden Bodies the same day I got it in the mail and it took me almost an entire month to finish it. After the first 70 pages, I had a hard time getting into this book. It just didn’t hit me like You did. I struggled to even finish Hidden Bodies. If it had been completely separate from You, I’m pretty sure I would have loved it. But it just didn’t have the same magic I was expecting after finishing You. Joe is still a creeper and super scary but I didn’t feel as scared of him as I was in You. He was just super annoying in this book. And every girl in this book loved him. They all wanted to be with him. You’re telling me that not a single girl got a weird vibe from Joe? Not one girl? There’s not a single girl in the world who hasn’t gotten a bad vibe from a seemingly normal man. We have a radar for these kinds of things. And not one girl steered clear of Joe. I don’t buy that for a second.
Overall, Hidden Bodies was okay. I didn’t love it near as much as You and I can’t say I would recommend Hidden Bodies. But if you loved You as much as I did and you feel like you need to see what Hidden Bodies is about, I don’t blame you. Just don’t go in with high expectations.