July 7, 2018

Baby Teeth By: Zoje Stage Mini Review

Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing a free copy of Baby Teeth By: Zoje Stage in exchange for an honest review. 

Baby Teeth reminded me a bit of that old movie The Bad Seed. I love how the POV went back and forth between Suzette and Hanna. For me, it was almost like a double unreliable narrator type of thing. Which I LOVE unreliable narrators! The story is very fast-paced and the ending is phenomenal. It left me with a lot of questions still unanswered, but in a good way! The best books are the ones that you keep thinking about long after you're done reading them. I recommend Baby Teeth for sure. 


June 26, 2018

Strange the Dreamer By: Laini Taylor Review (Okay, it's basically me fangirling out.)

"Sometimes a moment is so remarkable that it carves out a space in time and spins there, while the world rushes on around it. This was one such."

 I absolutely adore Strange the Dreamer! I am now a HUGE Lazlo fan for life. There are so many great quotes in this book. Even though I don't usually share quotes, I have to share some of my favorites in the review for this one! 

"The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around."

(*Side Note: This print is from Fandom Honey Bees! The colors are so vibrant in person. I love it. I highly recommend you check out her Etsy shop. If you want 10% off an order use the code- BEEWITCHED10*)

"I think you're a fairy tale. I think you're magical, and brave, and exquisite. And I hope you'll let me be in your story." 

SWOON! I love Lazlo and Sarai so much. Also, the writing is beautiful and flawless. My only two MINOR complaints are that the beginning is a tad slow with the worldbuilding and I guessed early on the big reveal near the end. Even though I was expecting it, I still enjoyed how it all played out. So I can't really even complain about that one. 

"Without his books, his room felt like a body with its hearts cut out."

"And that's how you go on. You lay laughter over the dark parts. The more dark parts, the more you have to laugh. With defiance, with abandon, with hysteria, any way you can." 

That quote right there, yes the one right above this that you just read, is my favorite quote from the entire book. The truth in those words has really resonated with me, especially with how my life is 95% dark parts at the moment. This quote and the ending of the book had me literally choking back tears.

Overall Strange the Dreamer is such a wonderful book and I HIGHLY recommend it. It was even better than I had expected it to be. Is it October yet? I need Muse of Nightmares NOW. 



June 20, 2018

The Thousandth Floor By: Katharine McGee Review/List (There is a small spoiler section.)

I'm sorry guys, I did not like this one. I always feel bad when I do a review for a  book that I really disliked, but at the same time I do want people to know why. Instead of just seeing a star rating on Goodreads. Which by the way, I very...very...very rarely give a 1 star rating to a book that I did NOT DNF. So here is me having to get mildy ranty and why my rating is so low: 

1.) To start off the entire beginning is extremely confusing. There are too many POVs and they change back and forth too rapidly. I had to keep flipping back to remind myself who was who. Later, the POV situation did get a little smoother. It was so rough for quite a bit at first though.

2.) The "world building," if I could even call it that, is a complete disaster. By the end of the book I STILL did not have a full grasp on the world. There is too much focus on teenage gossip girl drama. So I don't understand the point of it being set in the future? The book never completely came together for me. 

3.) The ending. I kept on reading because I was waiting for a big reveal and I was hoping for some actual substance at the end. I was disappointed. It ended how it began. Rich people with their ludicrous drama. Which is mostly centered around relationships and frenemy type friendships. Oh, and everyone in the book (except for one character I liked) was crazy and/or using people to get what their rich spoiled self wanted. Specifically Avery. Who was one of, if not THE, most horrible character and yet the author kept making it seem like she is a good little angel. SMH. 

4. Skip this one and go to the IN CONCLUSION section if you don't want SPOILERS!!!


****I'm serious guys MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!!****

Okay, now if you are reading this spoiler section YOU WERE WARNED! lol. :P So... here are my MAJOR issues. There is a rape that is very glossed over. A female drugs and rapes a male and it's never brought up again. Wtf? Also, there is a bisexual girl and her girlfriend who isn't as much of a major character like the bi girl is...so of course really the only main LGBTQ character dies. Another wtf? How come in so many books the only LGBTQ character is the one that dies? That is so sad and ridiculous. Another issue I had is that I feel like the book is all about having money and being beautiful/looking perfect (SPECIFICALLY WHITE AND BLONDE.) UGH. Well sorry, but another thing I have an issue with is the creepy relationship between a sister and adopted brother. Nasty. I don't care that he was adopted at age 7 or whatever. They were raised as siblings and that is so disgusting to me and I don't want to read about it. So here we are...a is rape ignored, the only main LGBTQ character dies, there is some racism, looks and money are all that matters apparently, and when it comes down to it...incest. 

IN CONCLUSION- (No more spoilers!)

Overall, I wish I had known about all of these issues ahead of time because I would not have read it. I sure as hell will not be continuing with the series. I feel like this review may come off as brutal or harsh. Even though I know a lot of people enjoyed it, I can't ignore how many major issues there are with it. 

I can't recommend The Thousandth Floor to anyone really. Sorry if you are someone that did enjoy the book, but I personally can't recommend it. At all. 

Side Note: Can anyone help me figure out how to hide just a spoiler section in my review here on Blogger? I have no idea. :/ 

May 2, 2018

Between Earth and Sky By: Amanda Skenandore Review

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing a free copy of Between Earth and Sky By: Amanda Skenandore in exchange for an honest review. 

Between Earth and Sky is one of those books that make me so glad I started a blog and bookstagram. (Even though I can't keep up with it all very well at the moment haha.) If it wasn't for that then I may not have ever heard of this book. Between Earth and Sky is not a book that I would typically pick up on my own, but I am so thrilled that I got a chance to read it. 

This is a well written, moving, beautiful, and tragic story based on historical facts. The setting is wonderfully vivid and I love how easily I could picture everything. I loved the characters as well, especially Alma and Asku. The book goes back and forth between 1906 and back in time to the 1880s when Alma was a child. I love how it was seamlessly written and you can really see Alma's growth and journey. I also enjoyed how there are a few small surprises in the book. Not twists exactly, but there are a couple of plot points that I really expected to go one way and instead they went another. I ADORE that in any book. 

I believe this is Amanda's debut book and it's practically flawless. I look forward to reading more from her! Overall I highly recommend Between Earth and Sky to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. 

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April 30, 2018

The Last Time I Lied By: Riley Sager ARC Review

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free ebook copy of The Last Time I Lied By: Riley Sager in exchange for an honest review. 

After reading and enjoying Final Girls by Riley Sager back in November I had to read his upcoming book The Last Time I Lied. I am so glad I got approved on Netgalley for this one. This book was EVEN BETTER. Holy shiitake mushrooms this book was so FANTASTIC. The tension is ON POINT!! It did start off just a tad slow, BUT I really think it helped to build up the tension for later. 

I am not sure I liked any of the characters in this one, but wow they all sure were intriguing. I also enjoyed that the chapters went back and forth between the present and 15 years ago. The time jump was very well done. The storyline, atmosphere, and TWISTS were ON POINT as well. The Last Time I Lied defines what it means for a book to be a rollercoaster of twists and turns. You'll need a seatbelt to read this one. 

Overall this is one of my new favorite books. I highly recommend it to all of my mystery/thriller lover friends out there! I guarantee you won't regret reading this one. 

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