September 2015 Wrap Up

# of Books Read: 8

911. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard (RQ 0.5)

Publisher: HarperTeen– Released September 1, 2015

Pages: 55 (100 for Glass Sword Preview)

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: I love short stories/novellas and Queen Song was no exception. It was great to understand Queen Coriane more b/c in RQ she gets mentioned and we have an idea of who she is, but with the novella we understand her a little more! It was great to see Julian again and understand how Queen Coriane met the King.  After reading this novella I’m even more excited for Glass Sword & the next RQ Novella.

922. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books– Released August 18, 2015

Pages: 304

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. They know what they need to do—stock up on bandages and painkillers, cover sharp table edges with padding, banish knives to locked drawers, switch off electrical items. They buckle up, they batten down.

But this accident season—when Cara; her ex-stepbrother, Sam; and her best friend, Bea, are seventeen—none of that will make a difference.

Because Cara is starting to ask questions. And the answers were never meant to be found.

***Spoilers Ahead***

My Thoughts: This book was very unique! The overall idea of what the Accident Season was very interesting to read about and element of mystery kept me reading. The characters were all unique and from this book, my favorite character was Cara. She is trying to figure out where Elsie has gone and very weird things begin to happen during this Accident Season. When it is revealed who Elsie really is, I was surprised! I did not see that coming! I am very happy with how the ending turned out and that everything was figured out and wrapped up by the end. However, it gets 4.5 b/c I felt the ending was a little rushed. Other than that I absolutely loved this book. It is a perfect Halloween/Fall read. I also recommend this book if you love The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, b/c of the elements paranormal and mystery of The Accident Season.

933. Reawakened by Colleen Houck (Reawakened #1)

Publisher: Delacorte Press– Released August 11, 2015

Pages: 400

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: I really wanted to like this book but there were some aspects of the book that made me like it a lot less. First is the fact that its basically Colleen’s Tiger’s Curse series all over again but with Egyptian Mythology instead. This book felt like a lot of “been there done that.” What I did like was Amon as a character. He was very interesting to read about. However, I had an issue with Lily as a character, she felt quite “mary-sue” to me and there really wasn’t much to her character. She felt like a cardboard cutout of the typical YA girl who gets thrown into a new world and her character felt quite dull. I really liked the setting and mythology Colleen was able to weave into this story. Sad to say this story just seemed like a repeat of Tiger’s Curse.

lair-of-dreams4. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray ( The Diviners #2)

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers– Released August 25, 2015

Pages: 624

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Full Review for Lair of Dreams

My Thoughts: This was an amazing sequel. The aspect of dreams was very interesting to read about. The overall plot was fantastic and Libba Bray writing really captures the atmosphere of the 1920’s and she is able to write multiple POV’s seamlessly. Ling, our new addition to the story, really shines in this book and was an amazing character to read about. Overall, each and every character grows and it was great to see them team up in the end to save Henry in the dream world. I can’t wait to see what happens in book 3!

95b5. Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

Publisher: Marvel– Released: June 23, 2015

Pages: 112

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance, but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of — by crashing it in an attempt to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster! Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day story featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki! And when a mysterious stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with…a crush! Because this new kid is really, really cute. What are these feelings, Kamala Khan? Prepare for drama! Intrigue! Romance! Suspense! Punching things! All this and more!

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Just like the previous volumes, I loved this one too. I loved how in this volume, we focused on Kamala’s family life and how her powers are effecting her even more. It was great to see how strong Bruno and Kamala’s friendship really is. What I honestly wasn’t expecting, was Kamran to be evil! Also it was revealed in the end that another one of Kamala’s family members may also have powers! Cant wait to see where that leads the series!! This graphic novel series is so amazing I cant wait to read the next Volume.

237192706. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers– Released September 1, 2015

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

***Full Review of Vengeance Road***     ***Vengeance Road Wallpapers***

***Spoilers Ahead***

My Thoughts:  This book was awesome! I was hesitant to read it in the beginning because, I am not usually a fan of Westerns, but with a plot like that, I knew I had to read it. I really loved Kate as the main character. She is strong and independent, something I really admired about her. The setting was so detailed at times, I felt at times I was actually there. What I also liked about this book, was how raw it was. There were moments in this book, that were heartbreaking to me. Erin does a great job at portraying just how dangerous it was during that time, when people are obsessed with gold, to the point where they would kill for it! Overall this book was fantastic. If your looking for a strong female lead, little romance, and great character development, this is definitely the book for you.

967. Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Publisher: Simon Pulse– Released August 25, 2015

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Wow! I really loved this book! I was weary at first b/c I don’t usually reach for YA contemporaries that deal with serious issues like this book had. But I really did love it. Maggie, the main character was so complex. She doesn’t talk to anyone anymore b/c of a traumatic event that happened 2 years prior. I really felt for her and was able to understand why she was the way she was. I also really loved West! They both form this connection that really allows them to heal and move on from their tough issues. My only complaint is that, West was rather controlling/possessive at times! Which bothered me! However, Both Maggie and West were able to talk about it and resolve the issue! They were always honest with each other and became each others confidants, which is what they both truly needed. Overall I really loved this book and cant wait for the next one! ❤

978. Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle (Famous In Love #1)

Publisher: Poppy– Released October 21, 2014

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling film set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life begins to resemble her character’s.
In this exciting tale of romance and drama, both on-and offscreen, Paige must adjust to a crazy new life without the daily support of her friends and family, while figuring out who she is–and who she wants–as the whole world watches.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Overall I really loved this book. Getting an insight into Hollywood and the movie making process was very interesting. However, I felt that at times the book’s pacing was rather slow and the 2 guys that Paige was introduced to, weren’t given much character development away from the Hollywood drama. But, the ending has me excited to read the next one ❤ !

***Famous In Love Full Review Here***

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