ARC Review: You Have a Match

You Have a Match

Title: You Have a Match
Author: Emma Lord
Publication Date: January 12th 2021
Genre: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.

The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

I really enjoyed Lord’s first book Tweet Cute so when I got an ARC of her second book I was pretty excited. I thought the premise of a girl finding out her parents have kept the secret of her having a sister her whole life pretty intriguing.

Characters

The main character Abby wasn’t really my favorite but she was alright. She reminded me of your typical YA antagonist and sometimes I found her a little annoying but she was tolerable. I do think she grows a lot throughout the book and by the end I was genuinely happy for her and the way her story ended.

I think I liked Savvy a lot more than her sister. She was little older than Abby and her being the older sister made me relate to her more. She was more refreshing as a character and I’m glad I read the book because I got to know her.

One thing I really liked about this book was the casual representation of LGBT side couples as well as a main couple. The casual way character’s sexual orientation was handled was something I really appreciated.

Plot/Story

The book follows Abby a sixteen year old who finds out she has a full blooded sister she knows nothing about when she does a DNA test for fun. The book follows the two girls meeting and trying to figure out the mystery surrounding why Savvy was put up for adoption.

I really liked that the setting of the book was a summer camp. Reading about Abby’s hijinks at camp was probably one of my favorite things and it made me smile a lot. The mystery of their parents not telling them about each other was also interesting to read about and when everything was revealed I was a little teary eyed.

Writing

The writing was fine. I was able to speed through the book while I was at work so that was really nice.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed this book and it surprised me with how heartfelt it ending up being. I really liked the family aspect of it and how in the end it all came together. I recommend this if you’re looking for a cute read that will make you to forward to summer.

ARC Review: Lore

Lore

Title: Lore
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publication Date: January 5th 2021
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees. 


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

Happy release day to this book!

I was definitely intrigued by this book and I went into it with pretty low expectations. I wasn’t looking for it to blow my mind. I just wanted a good time with Greek mythology which is something I love and honestly that’s what I got with this book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous as well so that also added to my desire to read it.

Characters

Our main character is Lore and she was a pretty fun protagonist to read about. I definitely empathized with her and was always rooting for her to be the one winning. She was a solid character with flaws and strengths. The romance was not my favorite but it was cute. I’m not the biggest fan of childhood friends to lovers but I think in this book it was well done and fun to read about.

My favorite characters though were definitely Van and Miles. I wish they had more page time but I’m glad they were in the book as every time I read about them I was smiling and laughing.

Plot/Story

I was a little confused when I first started the book as I didn’t really get the synopsis and didn’t understand exactly what the hunt entailed but the more I read the more I was intrigued and the pieces all started to come together. One thing I really appreciate about the plot was that it was fast paced. There weren’t many pauses and that really helped to keep me engaged with the story. I stayed up until midnight to finish as I had to know what happened.

Since this book is set in the modern world, specifically New York City there wasn’t much world building. I do think that Bracken did a really good job of fleshing out the secret society that exists within the city as well as makes the reader feel like they know what the city is like even if they’ve never been there. I also think choosing NYC as the backdrop for the hunt was a good choice and thinking about Greek Gods running around the city trying to evade one another was fun.

Writing

I enjoyed the writing style. I don’t think it was overly poetic which can sometimes be a real turn off for me. It was clean, straightforward and easy to read which is exactly how I like my books.

Conclusion

I think if you’re looking for a new take on Greek Gods this book might be right up your alley. The fact that it’s a standalone is also a plus because everything was neatly wrapped up at the end and it left me feeling really satisfied. I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for more Greek mythology inspired books to read about!

October 2020 Wrap Up

I’m baaacccckkkk with the only post that you seem to get from me nowadays. It’s not that I don’t have reviews written. I do! I’m just terrible at actually typing them up into something that is coherent and then posting them. I need an assistant who’ll take my handwritten sticky note reviews and will put them together for me. That would be nice.

I did really well this month reading wise! So I’m extremely proud of myself. I read a total of 8 books and the majority of them have quickly become new favorites of mine.

Without further ado here are all the books I read in October!

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: ★★★★

This was such a fun read for October and I’m so glad I read it in the spooky month. I listened to the audiobook and while the beginning was a little slow, it picked up eventually and soon I was falling in love with the characters. I need the second book ASAP.

The Rage of Dragons (The Burning, #1)

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter: ★★★★

This book was so good and I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about it!!! It’s such an intense and amazing fantasy. The second book comes out soon and I can’t wait to dive into it.

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: ★★★

I really wanted to like this book and I did, just not as much as I had hoped to. I still want to continue with rest of the series and I’m hoping that as I continue reading I’ll like it more!

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July 2020 Wrap Up

Here I am with another wrap up where I didn’t read as many books as I had hoped. After listening to both the Brown sisters books, I haven’t really been in a mood to continue reading. I need to pick up books physically as I can finish a physical book much faster than I can finish an audiobook.

I did finish four books this month which to me seems like a really good amount.

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson:  ★★★

I’ve had this book on my TBR for ages and I finally thought it was time to read it. I picked up the audiobook from my library and I enjoyed it. It was interesting and I definitely felt like continuing the series.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert: ★★★★

I’ve actually already written my review for this book and you can find it here. I absolutely adored this book and it’s definitely a book I can see myself rereading when I get sad. I need to get myself a physical copy.

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Review: Bloodwitch

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Title: Bloodwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publication Date: February 12th 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Fans of Susan Dennard’s Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.

High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.


If you want to check out my reviews of the first two books you can find them here and here.

This series has quickly become one of my favorite fantasy series of all time. I read the second and third books back to back on my plane ride home from Singapore and I was hooked. I couldn’t sleep because I was too busy reading. This series now holds a special place in my heart as I can fondly think back to the time that I read it.

Characters

There are so many characters in this book and they’re all featured pretty quickly. To save time and space I’m only really going to be talking about my two favorite characters as they’re the ones I care about the most. First is Iseult. Oh how I absolutely adore Iseult. She becomes even more of a badass babe in this book. She’s just so fun to read about and everything she does is amazing. I just love her so much.

Next is Aeduan. Another being I just adore. Aeduan is much prominent in this book, especially considering he is the one the book is titled after. I really enjoyed reading about his solo journey and arc as well as how his journey connected with that of Iseult and other characters. He’s such a nuanced character with many facets that make me just love him so much.

Plot/Writing

There is so much that happens in this book. It’s crazy keeping it all straight but somehow you manage to do it. The way all the storylines intertwine with one another is amazing and every time I made a connection I felt like a damn mastermind putting it all together. I love all the characters but there are some who are my favorite and I tend to pay more attention to them.

Dennard’s writing is impeccable. I love it so much. I normally don’t like multiple POVs, especially when it’s intertwining like in this book but somehow she makes it enjoyable. Her writing style is one that I eagerly look forward to reading.

Overall Thoughts

This series is underrated and deserves more hype. There is a great cast of characters and while it is YA, it feels like an older YA which I really like. I’m very sad that the next book won’t be coming out until Feb 2021 but that gives me time to reread the three books that already exist in the series. Seriously if you’re looking for a sign to start this series. This is it. Start reading now.

June 2020 Wrap Up

This is kind of late because I didn’t realize that it was the end of the month and so I didn’t have this post ready but I’m here now! I have fallen behind on my reading challenge which isn’t ideal but I’m hopeful that I will get back on track soon.

I only read two books this month but they were both really good so I’m counting this month as a reading win.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust:  ★★★★

First up I received an ARC of Girl, Serpent Thorn and I decided to read that in June what with it being Pride month. You can actually read my full review here. I really enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it.

Dark Skies (Dark Shores, #2)

Dark Skies by Danielle L Jensen:  ★★★★

I read the first book in this series Dark Shores a couple months ago and I absolutely loved it. I still haven’t written a review and that’s because I’m lazy piece of shit. However, this series is very underrated. I don’t know why more people aren’t reading it. The first book amazing, this book also amazing. Please read it.

And those were the two books I read in June. Not a great reading month but hopefully July will be better. Spoiler alert. It is. I have read two books already this month. So things are looking up.

March and April 2020 Wrap Up

Wow it’s been a while since I last posted. I didn’t plan to stop writing reviews. It just seemed to happen. I had been posting pretty regularly even going so far as to schedule posts in advance but since everything with COVID-19 all that planning seemed to go down hill.

Social distancing was fun for a little bit but now it’s not and I hope things can go back to the way they were soon. In the past two and half months I haven’t read as many books as I would like but the books I did read I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m currently one book behind in my reading goal for the year but I don’t think it will be that hard to get back on track.

Now onto the 11 books I read between March and April! The majority of those 11 I read in March, 9 of them to be exact. The other 2 I read in April.

Bone Crier's Moon (Bone Grace, #1)

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie: ★★★

I enjoyed this book not as much as I had hoped I would but it was still decent. I do think that I’m going to read the sequel when it comes out. I have a full review right over here if you want to check it out!

The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove, #1)

The Raven and The Dove by Kaitlyn Davis: ★★★

This was another book that I had higher hopes for. It was a good read but nothing mind blowing. I have my full review up here.

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ARC Review: The Electric Heir

The Electric Heir (Feverwake #2)

Title: The Electric Heir
Author: Victoria Lee
Publication Date: March 17 2020
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia.

Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer’s crimes, he’s determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control—and that Noam is plotting against him—Noam’s dead. So he must keep playing the role of Lehrer’s protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus.

Meanwhile Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. But Dara’s attempts to ally himself with Noam prove that their methods for defeating Lehrer are violently misaligned. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer’s web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life.


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

This is the sequel to The Fever King which was released last year. I reviewed that book when it came out and you can read my review here. I really enjoyed the first book and I did enjoy the sequel as well. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book.

I do want to say that this book does deal with some difficult topics, such as rape and child abuse. Please read at your own discretion.

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ARC Review: The Raven and The Dove

The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove, #1)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Publication Date: March 9th 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

A princess longing to be free…

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

I don’t know how exactly I feel about this book. I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t love it either which is why it’s getting three stars which I think accurately describes how I feel about it. It’s a good beginning to a series that I’m definitely interested in continuing.

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ARC Review: Of Curses & Kisses

Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta's Academy, #1)

Title: Of Curses & Kisses
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publication Date: February 18th 2020
Genre: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

This book comes out tomorrow and since I had an ARC of it I decided to speed read it yesterday. It wasn’t anything special which is why I was able to get through it so quickly. I thought it was a cute read and I think a younger audience would really enjoy it.

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