Heart of Iron – An OK Book. Maybe?

★★

(2.5/5)


“Ana had never believed much in the Goddess. She only knew the origin story, as sweet as a bedtime lullaby. How, in a kingdom of shadows, the queen bore a daughter of light who chased the Dark away.”

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Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

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Dorothy Must Die – Meh.

★★☆

(2.25/5)


 

“I didn’t know what was worse: to have your shot and screw it up, or to never have had a shot in the first place.”

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I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

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The Dating Debate – Blog Tour/Review

★★★★

(3.75/5)


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Nina Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That way single people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy Cupids all over the place. That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket, and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not sure he’s boyfriend material. 

West isn’t sure what to make of Nina. She’s cute and loves to read as much as he does, but she seems to need to debate everything and she has a pathological insistence on telling the truth. And West doesn’t exactly know how to handle that, since his entire life is a carefully constructed secret. Dating the girl next door could be a ton of fun, but only if Nina never finds out the truth about his home life. It’s one secret that could bring them together or rip them apart. 

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My Life in January 2018 – Monthly Wrap UP

Hello, hello! Happy New Year to you all! *ignores the fact that it’s a month into the year*

I hope January has been good to you all and that you all got through a lot of good books. This month for me has been both extremely busy, and yet, completely laid back. You’ll see what I mean if you keep reading.

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The House at 758 – A Really Late Review

★★


 

“I couldn’t hate everyone- there were too many to hate. Where would I stop? Hate doesn’t hurt the hated person… it only hurts the person who hates.”

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Sixteen year old Krista is still grieving the untimely death of her mother when her father’s new girlfriend moves into their home. He’s already moved on and wants Krista to do the same, but she’s not ready to resume a normal life yet. Distancing herself from those around her, Krista spends all of her time obsessively watching a mysterious house, the house at 758.

When a fellow classmate, Jake, takes a sudden interest in her, Krista feels excited for the first time in two years, but feelings of guilt consume her, and she ends up pushing Jake away. It isn’t until her grandfather makes a surprise visit from Venezuela that Krista is finally able to confront her grief and begin to let things go.

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The Queen’s Rising – ARC Review

★★☆

(2.25/5)


 

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When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

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Down the TBR Hole #3

Hello, hello everyone! I’m here with yet another look at my TBR. I really wish I did this more often but my Goodreads TBR is actually quite small. I rarely ever put books under the ‘To Be Read” category. Mostly I just let it be until one day I pick up a book and put it as “Currently Reading”. This means that most of the books I want to read aren’t written down on some list. Unless it’s a book that I find very cool and that I’ll probably forget if I don’t mark it.  Still, the few books that are on my TBR still need to get decluttered as most were added when I first started Goodreads and had a crazy need to add every book I ever saw to my TBR.

So, let’s get to it!

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by  Lia @Lost in a Story. This meme is meant to unclutter your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should go.

Here is how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

All the other times I’ve done this I’ve chosen seven books so for the sake of consistency, here are my seven!

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Three Dark Crowns – A Book that was Better than I Expected

★★★☆

(3.5/5)


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In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

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Everything, Everything – Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

Hello, hello! I hope y’all are having a great day as I bring you all the very first movie review up on my blog. Despite having watched many book to movie adaptations in the past year, this is the first movie review I do on this blog, so bear with me.

A thing that you all should know about me is that I love movies. I was even a film major for almost two semesters.

While reading I base my final rating of a book on my sheer enjoyment of the book. If I liked the book, I may give it a high rating, even if I also point out all of its flaws (for example, Twilight).

With movies, I tend to be much more critical and am constantly finding plot holes and inconsistencies and just plainly pointing out all the stupid, nonsensical things that films try to get us to overlook. Basically, if you love a movie, maybe don’t watch it with me, because I have a tendency to completely tear movies apart.

That said, let’s get on with this review.

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Ready Player One – The Nerdiest Book I Didn’t Know I Needed

★★★★

(4.75/5)


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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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