“Forgotten” by Cat Patrick

This was a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed. There is just enough mystery to keep the reader on their toes, and just enough romance to make the reader feel like a teenager falling in love for the first time.

Here is the description for the book:

Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting—before it destroys her future.

-Found on the author’s website

I really enjoyed this book, the idea behind the story is really unique. London has no recollection of the past, but she can see things in the future. So in an attempt to remember what has happened in her past she writes all about her day before she goes to bed at night. This is a system that has worked for her for years, but now she is a teen and things don’t always go as planned. For example the night that she accidentally falls asleep with her boyfriend Luke without writing her letter, she wakes up not remembering him, where they are, or how they got there. SO BASICALLY she wakes up terrified, as one would. Speaking of her boyfriend, she can’t see him in her future, he is the only person that she has to remind herself of every day. But don’t worry this is actually kind of romantic and not awkward like that one Adam Sandler movie.

This book has a lot of twists that you don’t see coming and I think that is really awesome, there are also a lot of really cute romantic moments which I personally love. I really like that this book does have a little romance but it in no way shape or form is graphic or smutty. When reading a YA book I tend to cringe if there are super smutty bits. If I want to read smut, I will, trust me. I also love the author’s writing style in this book, it is very easy to get into.

One thing I wish were different about this book is there is no real explanation as to why London doesn’t remember Luke at all, and why he is the only person that has this effect on her. Another aspect of this book that I am not a huge fan of is the ending, I honestly wish that the book were longer. I really loved getting a glimpse of London’s world and I wish that I could have stayed there just a little while longer.

Overall I really liked this book and I absolutely recommend this book if you are looking for a fun and unique YA book. As for rating I will give this book a 4 for quality and a 3 for popularity. Meaning this book has scored a total of 7 out of 10 from me!

 

 

Patrick, Cat. Forgotten. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011. Print. 288 pages.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this book, or you would like to learn more about the author please check out the links below:

Forgotten on Amazon     Forgotten at Barnes & Noble     Author’s website


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

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May OwlCrate!

The theme for this month’s Owl Crate was “Steampunk.” This months box was extremely jewelry heavy, which for some is nice. Like usual the items included in this box are from mostly small companies which I absolutely support, and I think is awesome. Also this box comes with a new release hardcover and copy of a letter from the author which is really cool as well.

With that all being said, I’m going to be straight forward with you. This months box was kind of a miss for me. I will say that I have never really been into the steampunk scene and I actually know nothing about it so most of the extra items for this month will be things that I give away. However  I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE BOOK THEY SENT THIS MONTH!!! Peter Pan was always my favorite growing up. And I have read dark re-tellings of Peter Pan in the past so I am super excited to give this book a chance. There is also a really cool Peter Pan inspired print that I plan on framing and keeping on my book shelf.

Below is a picture of everything that we received this month (sans the owl candles and the white lantern, those are mine haha).

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And here is the description for the book!

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders, the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna.

As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

-From Scholastic Website

As I said before I am super excited to read this book that is actually the beginning of a series (there will be at least one more!). Peter Pan has always been my favorite, I loved the idea of Neverland growing up, and the thought of flying and never growing up still appeal to me to this day. This is definitely a book that I would have probably picked up on my own had it not been included in this box.

If you have ever considered subscribing to OwlCrate I really suggest that you do. Opening this box is absolutely like a little Christmas that happens every month. To subscribe you can check out the link right here —> OwlCrate

So what all did I get this month? Check out the list of items below!

Infernal Devices inspired ring $6.00 (I think this ring was an OwlCrate exclusive, but this is a similar type ring from the same shop so that is what I am basing my pricing off of)

Skeleton Key Necklace $9.00

Steampunk Nail-Wraps $10.00 (Again I think these were an exclusive, so here is a very similar item from the same shop.) ALSO I think they are currently running a sale for Memorial Day so all nail wraps look like they are 50% off.

Metal Steampunk Key Pin $7.95

Peter Pan Art Print $12.00

“Everland” by Wendy Spinale $10.58

Also in the box was a letter from the author as well as some gold flash temporary tattoos that are promotion materials for the book. Neither of these items are for sale as far as I can tell so I have no pricing details for them. This box is $29.99 a month + $6.99 shipping and handling. There are 3 and 6 month plans that do bring down the overall price and you can check out that information here.

Even though I am not a huge fan of the extra stuff in the box for this month I am super excited for the book and I am OBSESSED with the art print. Overall I am happy and I am super excited for next months box, the theme of which is ROYALTY!

 


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with OwlCrate, I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

“Servants of the Storm” By Delilah S. Dawson

When I finished this book the first thing I did was yell “DAMNIT” as loud as I could. My dad then asked what the cat knocked over to which I replied: “THIS BOOK, I CAN’T HANDLE THIS BOOK!!!” I then immediately grabbed my computer and started searching for information about the sequel. Do you want to know what I found? Do you really?

First here is the description for the book:

Dovey learns that demons lurk in places other than the dark corners of her mind in this southern gothic fantasy from the author of the Blud series.

A year ago, Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction—and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real…including Carly at their favorite café. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah—where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk—she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

-From the Simon & Schuster website

This book is one that grabbed my attention at the very beginning, I mean the first chapter is a description of a horrific hurricane. The way in which the author wrote this, you can honestly feel the fear of the two girls caught in the storm. It was so detailed that I felt like I was there, in the house, with them  about to die. So yea I was hooked pretty early on. And it just kept getting better. During this book you follow Dovey as she tries to save her best friend, her family, and her city from the demons that are just wreaking complete havoc on Savannah. During this time she is learning a lot about the world around her, the people who live in it, and she even learns some new things about herself.

So for the things that I liked about this book: I loved the fact that the scenes in this book were believable (kind of) I mean honestly you never really know with demons. The premise of this book was really unique and unlike anything I have read before. The book was well written, and I was constantly on edge never knowing what was going to happen next or where the next plot twist would take me. These are all very good things (Obviously).

Things I didn’t like about the book: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!!!! Some of the characters were super well developed, but others really weren’t. I really want to look past this because the main characters are fine, however there are multiple villains or villain like characters in this book that we know nothing about. For example the demon Josephine is supposed to be like the baddest demon bitch in town and she is honestly in the book for one scene and is never mentioned again. There are other characters who are important for the plot like Carley’s grandma and like the super demon she is in and out of the story in just a few pages.  But I will say that the way that these characters are written leads the reader to think that they may be better explained in the sequel (more about that later) which is why I’m trying my best to overlook it.

Another thing I didn’t like about this book is the ending. Seriously there are so many things that upset me about the ending, but I don’t want to list them out because nobody like spoilers! But seriously this book gives you no closure and the more I think about it the angrier I get. I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING OR GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT.

So this leads me back to the beginning of this post were I talked about looking for the sequel. There is no sequel. I REPEAT THERE IS NO SEQUEL! I found this quote on the authors website listed on a page full of reasons that you should pre-order this book (clearly it’s an older page but it is all that I could find mentioning a sequel). This is the final reason on the page and it reads “Because the ending will leave you wanting to know what happens next, and the sequel hasn’t been sold.” And she wasn’t lying about wanting to know what happens next.

So I’m not going to lie I’m pissed. The book ends with countless loose ends that I doubt we will ever see remedied.  Like seriously someone needs to buy the publishing rights to the sequel so she can write and publish it.

Now that I’m done ranting its time for the rating. I give this book a 3 for quality and a 3 for popularity. The low quality rating is for the character development and the loose ends. Like I said I really enjoyed this book, but I cant get over the fact that the ending was setting up for a sequel that we may never see. Sorry for mentioning it again I know I said I was done ranting and I really am now. So in the end this book gets a total score of 6 out of 10 from this blogger.

Honestly if you are looking for a suspenseful, creepy, supernatural filled read pick this up. I did enjoy the book and how captivating it was while I was reading. It will honestly grab ahold of you and refuse to let go. If you aren’t super crazy about having a sense of closure at the end of a book like I am you should be fine reading this.

**But seriously can we start a “go fund me” or a “Kick Starter” or something like that and fund the sequel? Please?**

**Okay I’m going to go read something else now. I’ll see you all again next time.**

Dawson, Delilah S. Servants of the Storm. New York: Simon Pulse, 2014. Print. 376 pages.

For more information about how to purchase the book, or if you are looking to learn more about the author, check out the links below:

Servants of the Storm on Amazon     Servants of the Storm at Barnes & Noble                                                                                  Author’s Website


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

“The Nemesis Charm” by Daniel Ingram-Brown

It has been a really long time since I have gone on such a fun and action packed adventure like the one found in within the pages of The Nemesis Charm. Read the blurb for the book below and then we will discuss:

They say only the dead can cross a Threshold, the dead and those who have faced a Nemesis Charm. When Apprentice Adventurers, Fletcher and Scoop, discover their mother has fallen under the curse of a strange sickness, they prepare to sail for its source, a Threshold, a doorway to the world beyond the Un-Crossable Boundary. But they are not the only ones seeking to cross the Threshold. Their old enemy, Grizelda, has heard that beyond the Boundary lives a woman with the same power as the Storyteller. With the help of a monster made with an undead heart, she plans to cross the Boundary and steal that power for herself. If she succeeds, the Academy, the island and everything in Fletcher and Scoop’s world will be hers.

The story opens with an intense boat race, and that is only the beginning of the adventure. Siblings Fletcher and Scoop soon set out to try and find a cure for the sickness that seems to have come out of nowhere and is affecting countless people in their world. But like any good adventure story there are obstacles and fears that they must overcome to do so. This book is filled with magic,excitement, and pirates. Really what more could you ask for? This is a really fun story that will keep the reader engaged until the very end.

This is such a wonderful Middle-Grade book for many different reasons. I’ll start with the more physical book reasons, and then move on to the story based ones. First off the chapters in this book are short, and the ones that are a bit longer have breaks in them. This is great for Middle-Grade readers, it is really conducive for shorter attention spans, and more short bursts of reading than truly long haul binging. Also the overall length of the book is great, it is substantial enough that the readers can read a well developed story, but it is also short enough that it is not overwhelming.

Now for the positive bits about the actual story. This book has a great balance of male and female characters which will appeal to all readers. Also this book is action packed, there is no lag in the story where some younger children would lose interest. One of my favorite elements of this book is how the author includes detail without becoming wordy and overwhelming. (Overwhelming amounts of details in Middle-Grade books is one of my biggest pet peeves and something that I am always on the lookout for.)Also this book does take place in two different worlds, which is honestly something that makes me nervous in any book. Personally I just get confused usually and I don’t like all of the jumping around in the story. However this element was really well executed in this book.

Another great aspect of this book that should be mentioned is the way in which the characters handle their fears. They acknowledge their fears and are not ashamed of them. The characters embrace their fears and work together to overcome them. I think that this is something that is so extremely important for Middle-Grade children to see.

As for rating this book I will give it a 4 for quality and a 3 for popularity. I think that this book does have a wide appeal for Middle-Grade readers. So with a bit of a push I think it could become an EXTREMELY popular series both in the UK where it is published, and in other countries as well. So overall this book scores a total of 7 out of 10 from me!

**It should be noted that this is the second book in “The Firebird Chronicles,” so there is plenty of adventure to be had and still yet to come.**

Ingram-Brown, Daniel. The Nemesis Charm. Winchester, UK: Our Street Books, 2016. Print. 289 pages.

The Nemesis Charm  will be released on the 27th of May this year! Check out the links below to learn more about how to purchase a copy of this book, and to learn more about the author:

The Nemesis Charm on Amazon     The Nemesis Charm at Barnes & Noble                  Author’s Website


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I did receive a free copy of this book for an honest post and review. As always all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

This book is extremely clever and perfect for anyone who has ever been a fan of anything. I was honestly laughing so hard while reading that people came to check on me to ensure that I was okay.

Here is the description for the book:

Just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That’s why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.

We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him-his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.

We were not planning on what happened next.

We swear.

From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make-or break-the people we call “celebrities.”

-Blurb from the book jacket

I have always known that fangirls were a special breed all their own, I have watched many a video from Comic-Con’s and other conventions that are essentially Mecca for fangirls. And I too have been known to get a little over excited at the prospect of seeing one of my favorite bands or actors in person. So I get it, I really do. But this book takes fangirling to the absolute extreme and I loved it. The obsessive nature of the characters in this book was some next level stuff and it was wonderful.

I think what makes this book so unique and fun is the language that is used and the overall tone of the book. This book was written in the first person POV, so everything was written as though it was the main character talking. (The reason that the author chose to do this is revealed in the last chapter and it’s really kind of cool.) It was as though I was really listening to a young teen girl tell me all about this crazy adventure/nightmare of a day from start to finish. And this was my absolute favorite part of this book. I loved that you could not tell that an adult was writing about teenage fangirls, it was just like listening to a fangirl. This was a really fun and entertaining read, and I never saw the ending coming.

Speaking of the ending,  I absolutely loved it. And I’m not saying that in a snotty “I was so glad when it finally ended” sort of way. I really did enjoy the ending. It had a really nice twist that I didn’t see coming, and the author took the time to make sure that there were no loose ends. She included information about every character and where they are now. The ending left me with no really big questions and I can appreciate that.

When it comes to rating this book I will give it a 3 for quality and a 3 for popularity. The reasons that I have for the kind of low rating are: The book contains a lot of slang that will not be relevant in a few years, meaning that this book will become outdated very quickly. Also this book reads like a fanfic that you would see online, which is fine and good, but not for everyone. As for popularity I know what you’re thinking “But I see this book everywhere, its in the stores, the library, everyone is posting about it on Instagram obviously it is popular!” And to that I reply, yea it’s kinda popular at the moment for certain groups, but this book just does not have broad YA appeal. So I am going to stand by my rating of 6 out of 10.

Overall this book is a fun quirky read. If you are a fan of slapstick comedy, have ever been known to be a “fangirl,” or even if you are just looking for a book that will entertain you for a few hours give this one a shot. You will more than likely enjoy it.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, or you want to learn more about the author please check out the links below:

Kill The Boy Band on Amazon     Kill The Boy Band at Barnes & Noble                                                                                Author’s Twitter Account


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I was on the fence as to if I would blog about this book. I really enjoyed it, but I don’t know if I will be able to discuss it accurately, or to do it justice. However I have decided to give it a go.

First here is a bit about the book:

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

-Candlewick Press Website

The Monster that comes to visit Conor tells him during his first visit that he will tell Conor three stories. When the third story is finished the Monster wants to hear a fourth story, a story of truth and Conor must tell it to him. The Monster tells stories about different people who lived during different times, and each story has a lesson.

This book was very intense and I think that is a big part of the reason that I didn’t know if I would blog about this particular book. The stories that the Monster told to Conor all showed him how humans can be complete contradictions and how they can justify anything. He also showed Conor that telling the truth can sometimes be the most difficult thing to do, and that depending on the truth being told some may rather die than let the truth be known.

I told you, this book got intense.

On the surface I thought this book would be about a young boy coming to terms with losing his mother, but there is so much more to this story. It is dark, haunting, and really makes you think. This book is full of truths about humans and how we act and what we value. I honestly was not expecting this YA book to be so full of insights and lessons. I thought I was just going to be reading a creepy monster story.

The illustrations are something that should be made note of in this book. They are all very dark and use only black, white, and shades of gray. Some of the illustrations are very clear, and some are very messy and hard to completely understand, they are almost abstract. The clarity of the illustrations definitely follows the story and when things are intense in the story, the illustrations reflect this and are a bit more difficult to see. This was honestly something that was kind of subtle, but I loved it. The illustrations honestly take this book to the next level.

As for rating this book I would give it a 4 for quality and a 3 for popularity. This book was very interesting and it is well written and I think with a little bit of a push it will become quite popular. This book is actually being made into a movie that will be released later this year, or early next year I believe. I think that once the movie comes out this book will be one that will be impossible to keep on the shelves. So overall this book gets a final score of 7 out of 10 from me.

Honestly give this book a shot. This book was intense and I am still in kind of a haze after finishing it. Also I am trying to not give too much away about the actual story, because no one likes spoilers. So that is why this post is a little off and kind of vague. But really pick this book up, it is a quick read and I think you will enjoy it.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, or you would like to learn more about the author please check out the links below:

A Monster Calls on Amazon     A Monster Calls at Barnes & Noble     Author’s Website


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.