Mini-Review: Raye Wagner’s Son of War Novella

Title:  Son of War
Series: The Sphinx 
Author: Raye Wagner
Genre: 
Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology
Publication Date: April 27, 2017
Publisher:
 R. Wagner
Rating: 

 

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review

(So this is a mini-review for a mini-book aka novella, hope ya’ll enjoy)

If you’ve read any of The Sphinx books, you’ll definitely like this short and sweet look into Xan. I did have a little bit placing this book time-wise in regards to the novels, it is somewhere pre-Hope going to the conservatory but not sure about the exact amount of years—especially tricky since demigods live like forever.

Xan essentially is a fighter—he goes out and tracks and kills monsters. But then something happens at the beginning of the book that gets him in trouble and on trial and he faces the possibility of having to stay at the conservatory. He obviously doesn’t like this, but it might not matter because almost everyone in the conservatory is incompetent and the place is falling apart so they might need his help. Continue reading

Review: Sarah J. Maas’ Crown of Midnight

Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: 
Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: August 27th, 201e
Pages: 
418
Publisher:
 Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Rating: 

Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series—if you didn’t know that I’m not sure where you’ve been for like the last five years—if you have not read the first book this review will include spoilers. You can read my review of the first book here.

I loved Throne of Glass when I read it this past summer—aka forever ago. But for some reason, I could not pick up Crown of Midnight. I mean, it has literally been on my to-be-read list every month this year. I gave all the excuses, including: it’s going to be good, and then I’m going to want to read the next book, and then the next book, and I don’t have time for that—really, not reading it because it’s going to be too good?

But, I recently forced myself to start it—if just to avoid the shame of putting it on another TBR—and I was right, it is good. Phenomenal actually, so much so that I’m mad at myself for not reading it sooner—but also kind of glad because the series isn’t finished and we’re going to be waiting like forever for the next two books.

Anyway, Crown of Midnight kind of has the makings of a filler book: nothing huge happens plot wise, no real rising or falling action. Mainly, Celaena is navigating her relationships at the castle and uncovering some new and dangerous information—which was hinted at in the first book. Still, while it has all the components of a filler book, it doesn’t feel like one. I was strapped in and along for the ride the whole time, not wanting to get off even if I could. I could literally spend all day with this cast of characters. Continue reading

Movies I Want to See This Year

I know, I know, ya’ll are like girl it’s already been like four months into the year, why are you doing this now? Honestly,  I have recently decided I wanted to talk about some other media I like. Last week I discussed television shows, this week I feel like talking movies, and even though it’s the end of April, a lot of the movies—minus Beauty and the Beast—haven’t come out yet. A lot of them are actually coming out in May, so perfect timing! A lot of these are superhero movies, but no shame there are just so many good ones this year—plus I go to the movie primarily with my boyfriend and he loves them. Let me know what movies you’re excited to see this year!

  

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
May 5th, 2017

I have been dying to see this since the first movie out and have been completely fangirling over trailers for like a year—how could I not, I mean Baby Groot. Honestly, I was reluctant to see the first movie and only went because my boyfriend wanted to see it but fell in love. So much is soo good about this series. Like Chris Pratt. The humor. Love.

Everything, Everything
May 19th, 2017

Ah this book like broke my heart and put it back together. Watch the trailer, it just makes me so happy. The actors—Rue and the boy from Jurassic World—look so good too, I think I’m really going to like  Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Want to Read More Of

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five authors you want to read more of.  Let me know what your top five are in the comments!

1. Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie has definitely been on another list like this that I did, but oh well. Anna and the French Kiss is one of my all time faves, it just makes me so happy and fills me with fluff. I read that whole series and really just need more from her, and there isn’t any out right now. I did hear that she’s writing a horror book but that’s not exactly something I’m into.

2. Jandy Nelson 

I’ll Give You The Sun gives me all the feels. That book just was so fabulous and hit me hard. Despite me not mentioning it a ton, it’s probably one of the best contemporaries I’ve read. I just forget about it sometimes because for contemporary I’m all about the fluff. But she has another book, I think? Haven’t heard a lot about it but still have pretty high expectations.

3. Jessica Khoury 

I just finished The Forbidden Wish by Jessica, it was a beautiful retelling, truly. For some reason, I thought that it was her debut and she didn’t have any other books. I was wrong, I believe she has a duology out. It has something to do with the rainforest and like this girl who has been experimented on. Continue reading

Review: Raye Wagner’s Splintered Souls Novella

Title: Splintered Souls
Series: A Runes Universe Story
Author: Raye Wagner
Genre: 
Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher:
Amazon Digital Services
Rating: 

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Raye’s The Sphinx series is like one of my favorites. I adore the mythology of it. This novella is a bit different because it is part of a different universe—I belive it belongs to Ednah Walter’s Runes world. But it still fits really well into the genre of Raye’s other stories. And I think if you enjoy those you’ll enjoy this.

Aricela Topaz has had a hard life sold into prostitution and other horrors by her brother and boyfriend. But then she is offered the opportunity of another life—to be a Valkyrie, charged to take the souls of fallen warriors and athletes to Valhalla. But recently she has been failing in her duties, unwilling to connect with the souls she will connect, and has one more opportunity to prove herself. Accept she gets a little too close to the boy that she will end up having to escort after his death.

I liked this. It was a quick short read that once again kind of toes the contemporary world and a mythic one. Raye’s writing like always really takes command of these myths and stories and really adapts them to this crossworld. She does a really great job getting into Aricela’s head.  Continue reading

Books Released This Week: April 24-30 2017

Here’s an update on some of this week’s young adult book releases. All of these descriptions are from Goodreads.

Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology Edited by Danielle Binks
Published April 25, 2017 by HarperCollins Australia

The YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks,  all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Published April 25, 2017 by  Delacorte Press

Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met. Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past. Continue reading