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.

September 2020 Wrap Up

Guess who’s back again with the only consistent post they write?? If you guessed me then you’re absolutely right!

Monthly wrap up posts are so easy to write and they don’t take me that long which is why I keep writing them every month even if I don’t post anything in between them.

I am in the middle of writing my review of The Burning God though and I do want to have that out before the book comes out next month. I have about half of it written which is honestly how all my book reviews are right now.

Onto the books I read in the month of September!

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott: ★★★

First up is a book from my childhood that I wanted to reread. This was sweet and cute. It brought back a lot of memories of how much I loved to read as a child. I’m definitely going to continue with the series.

Jade War (The Green Bone Saga, #2)

Jade War by Fonda Lee: ★★★★

I love this series so much and I don’t know how I’m going to wait for the last book to come out. There were a lot of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and the last 100 pages of the book were so intense I almost started crying.

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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.

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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Review: Windwitch

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)

Title: Windwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.


I read this book as well as the third book in this series on the plane rides home from Singapore or maybe Japan. So let me just say I was delirious after not having slept in god knows how long but I couldn’t stop myself from reading no matter what. I just was so invested in both books. I’m going to be doing separate reviews for both of them but they should be up within a day of each other.

In the meantime you can also check out the first book in the series which I’ve already reviewed here.

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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: Bone Crier’s Moon

Bone ​Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace, #1)

Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publication Date: March 3rd 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.


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

I decided to read this book over the weekend as the publication date is tomorrow and I really wanted to read it before it came out. I absolutely love the cover of this book and I’ve really been loving Charlie Bowater’s covers lately. They’re all so stunning and I want them all. However the actual book didn’t do it for me. I enjoyed it but not as much as I had hoped I would.

Also look at me posting twice in one day. Don’t mistake this as me being on top of my reviews. I’m not. I’m very very behind on them.

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January 2020 Wrap Up

Wow I can’t believe that January is already over. I’ve finished the first month of classes for my last semester of university. It’s crazy to me that after this I won’t be in school. I’m so nervous about applying for jobs and trying to find something that I enjoy.

I did read a little this month. I read three books in total which I think is pretty good for how busy of a month it was. I’m currently reading a bunch of books and I need to post reviews of the books that I’ve already finished. I still have one book review I need to do for a book from 2019. Hopefully I’ll get that up soon.

Now onto the books that I’ve read so far this year.

Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle, #1)

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera: ★★

This book ended up disappointing me. I had an ARC of it and I read it before it came out this month and it just wasn’t what I expected. I don’t think Adam Silvera is an author I enjoy.

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)

Windwitch by Susan Dennard: ★★★★★

I’m so glad I finally continued with this series! It was so good and I’m really in love with all of the characters I can’t wait for the next book.

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard: ★★★★★

This series I think is becoming one of my favorites and I need the next book now. The characters are all so amazing. I will talk more about them in my upcoming reviews of the two books.

And those are all the books I read this month! I don’t know if February will be any better but we’ll see. I think I might start setting monthly TBRs for myself but I don’t feel like I’ll follow through with those so I don’t know if that’s a definite thing. One thing I do want to work in these upcoming months is starting my own Etsy pin store but that’s been in a difficult work in progress.

Let me know if there are any book series you would want pins from!

ARC Review: Loveboat, Taipei

Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei, #1)

Title: Loveboat, Taipei
Author: Abigail Hing Wen
Publication Date: January 07, 2020
Genre: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?


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

I haven’t reviewed an ARC in a while. I was really surprised by how much I ended up loving this book. When I got approved for it I didn’t think too much of it but I’m so glad that I was able to read this before release and I’m now here to share with you how much this book resonated with me.

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2019 Year of Reading

It’s a couple of days into 2020 and I’ve been reflecting on the past year of reading that I did. 2019 was a really good reading year for me. I actually accomplished my reading goal probably for the first time since I started my Goodreads account. I also got more serious with my blog and instagram posting more consistently. I do want to get even better with my blog and I hope to post more of a variety of posts instead of just reviews.

With all this being said I just wanted to have a post commemorating my reading in 2019 with my favorite books of the year as well as some fun stats courtesy of Goodreads Year in Books which you can find here.

I find it amazing that I read over 20,000 pages this year! Maybe this year I’ll read closer to 25,000.

My shortest book of the year was a prequel so that’s understandable. I actually am not surprised that this was my shortest books. It’s also not a book I enjoyed as much as I had hoped to but that’s okay.

I am surprised that this was my longest book though. I definitely thought it would be An Ember in The Ashes. This was a series that I started and finished this year and it has become a favorite of mine.

And now onto some of my favorite books of the year. I had a lot of favorites this year and I had very few books I disliked which I’m grateful for.

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