White as Silence, Red as Song Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Alessandro D’ Avenia

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Synopsis

“I was born on the first day of school, and I grew up and old in just two hundred days . . .”

Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams.

And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty, Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream to win her over will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.

Having already sold over a million copies in Italy, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered the Italian The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friendship, and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.

Plot. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. This was pitched as the Italian version of The Fault in Our Stars. I hated that book. (Please don’t hate me!!) But let me tell you, I LOVED this book! I cried. I NEVER cry while reading. I have no idea why. I just don’t. But this had the hope that The Fault in Our Stars was missing for me. I had so many feels! And it was just a beautiful story!

Characters. Leo was actually really sweet. The way he talked about his love and the way he treated her was just unheard of in today’s time. He wrote songs and letters to her. It was seriously the cutest thing ever! And I loved how steady Silvia was there for Leo. She was always there when he fell or needed something. I also adored his teacher! What an awesome guy to get involved and to care for his students. More teachers should be like that.

Final Thoughts. This was a relatively short book, but it was beautifully written. Again, I was super surprised how much I loved this book. I normally do not go for contemporaries, I usually find them boring. But this one had some missing piece that isn’t there in other books. I loved the overall message of this book, to never give up on your dreams, but to maybe reexamine them sometimes, and make them into something better and stronger.

Happy Adventuring

*I received a finished copy from TLC book tours for an honest review! I’m on the Instagram tour for this on September 12!*

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Nine While Nine Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Stasia Morineaux

Publisher: The Parliament House

Publication Date: July 24, 2018

Genre: Paranormal, Adult, Fantasy

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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I’m going to try something new starting with this review. I’m calling it Word Vomit. Yep. A jumble of words that are my thoughts/ reactions on this book in one short burst. Ready?

Word Vomit: Dark, Good Fall Read, Confused, Just Kiss Already, Confused, Ugh just tell each other how you feel, Are These Dreams in Real Time or Future, Wait What?, Why Would it End Like This?!, I Still Don’t Really Know What’s Going On.

Let me know what you think about Word Vomit! Or maybe I should call it something else? Like, Word Spew?

Plot. It has been a hot minute since I’ve read a paranormal book. This story was really unique. Events take place after the main character dies. Well, still not clear if she’s dead yet but something like that happens. Isabeau is thrust into a world she never knew existed. It’s kind of a re-telling of the Grim Reaper mixed with Irish Folklore. I have never read anything like that, so I found it really interesting. Now, I will say that I found this book to be REALLY confusing sometimes! I still do not know what is going on really, even at the end of the book! I hope book two covers that better.

World Building. Morineaux’s take on the Grim Reaper and magic are really cool! She did a great job building a whole entire society based on death and magic. I could imagine her world really well.

Characters. I actually liked all of the characters except for Liam. Liam was just super annoying and whiny. But Isabeau, Gideon, and all of the side characters were super interesting! I hate to compare things but Gideon reminded me A LOT of Rhysand from ACOTAR series. SWOON! Isabeau kicks a$$ and takes names, man! She is so cool! She’s got an edgy vibe to her that I think she uses as armor. Because underneath, she just wants to be hugged (or more depending on who we are talking about… ;))!

Final Thoughts. Again, I found this book to be confusing on what Isabeau is. I still have no idea what is going on with her. Why she is there, what she is, who she is, how she got there. When I was reading this book, I thought it was a solid 3 star for me. But I kept thinking about it and thinking about it, so I bumped it up. AND THAT ENDING!! WHAT THE HECK?! I need to read the second book NOW!!!

Happy Adventuring

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September TBR

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As always, I would love to read 4 books this month! Coming off of my reading high of last month, I am more determined than ever to meet my goal! Here’s whats on my list:

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I know, not the best cover. I was sent this by the publisher to review. I am actually CR this one and I surprisingly like it!

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Synopsis:

“A brilliant Medical school graduate Aliya, a sporty and active girl, dies suddenly in a car crash… only to find herself reborn in a completely different body, in the middle of a dilapidated castle during Medieval times. While confused and dismayed, Aliya realizes she has been given another chance at life — so she rolls up her sleeves and gets to work on restoring her new castle and her new life.

Aliya has an unusual and difficult goal: reborn as Countess Lilian; she must learn to adjust to an unfamiliar world while trying to introduce the daily conveniences from her familiar modern world. She needs to take care of the collapsing estate of Irton and its inhabitants while living in the past as a disenfranchised woman. Regular robbers and slave-holders attacks won’t let her live in peace, killers and spies are just waiting for her to show a bit of weakness so that they can strike. On the horizon, there is a prospect of meeting with her perpetually absent husband, whom by the way, after her rebirth as Countess Lilian, Aliya has never even seen.

“First Lessons” is the opening book of the series “Medieval Tale” by Lina J. Potter. The heroine finds herself only at the beginning of a thorny path to progress and happiness. She makes her first steps, building a defense for herself, her new friends, and her rapidly developing business empire — and this is no piece of cake for sure. Despite everything, she has to still go up against the unprogressive and sexist society of the Medieval Ages, with only her knowledge, science, experience, and strong will on her side. Still, Lilian has to act carefully in order not to draw too much attention to her innovations — she knows she could be praised for her genius, or conversely, accused of witchcraft.

Aliya-turned-Countess Lilian gets acquainted and communicates easily with everyone from noble people, peasants, artisans, notorious pirates, proud traders of the East, and even with members of the royal family… but will she be able to bring peace to her own family?

Her plan is to make the best of her unusual circumstances to make the world better. She is not a girl in trouble, waiting for a prince in shining armor — she strives to achieve everything herself.

Will Lilian forge her own “happy-ever-after?” And if so, at what cost?”

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I am on a blog tour for this one at the beginning of October! I am excited to read this space romance!

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Synopsis:

“In a world where nutrition can be transferred via a pill, and society is split into Eaters and Non-Eaters, seventeen-year-old Princess Vela has a grave dilemma. Her father, the king, is dying, and only a transplant of organs from a healthy Non-Eater boy will save him.

Vela is tasked with choosing a boy fit to die for the king, which is impossible enough. But then Carr, the boy she’s loved all her life, emerges as the best candidate in the Bittersweet Trials. And he’s determined to win, because by doing so, he can save the life of his Non-Eater sister.

Refusing to accept losing the boy she loves, Vela bends the rules and cheats. But when someone begins to sabotage the Trials, Vela must reevaluate her own integrity — and learn the true sacrifice of becoming a ruler.”

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I won this one in a giveaway on Instagram a few months back! I think it will be a perfect fall read. I mean, just the cover promises a dark story!

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Synopsis:

“In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.

In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.”

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This last one I got from a friend. She said it’s highly underrated and a beautiful story.

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Synopsis:

“From her very first touch of the piano keys, Madilla feels a strange tingle of energy running through her fingers. In defiance of the customs of her people, she connects through the spirit of her music with a wild mountain sparrow that shows her the freedom of wings and an endless blue sky.

Her piano becomes Madilla’s only escape from the violent atrocities of an isolated and forgotten mountain village, poisoned by centuries of military occupation. But her family has no escape. Tormented by lust and hatred, her uncle succumbs to the ways of the soldiers, igniting an even greater evil lurking within his spirit.

Recognising the confusion of her Mama’s unshakable beliefs, Madilla searches for her own truth. What she learns is that the magic she feels through her piano is only the beginning.”

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What are you reading this month? 

 

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August Wrap-Up

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I am always late on these. Whoops! I had one of the best reading months ever! I read 5 books where as I usually read 3! I am beyond happy with my reading month! Let’s dig into it, shall we?

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The 48 by Donna Hosie

My Rating: 3 Stars

The first book I read was about time traveling, teen, assassins. It was likable but didn’t love it. The writing was okay, the story was great, the characters were okay. The story was what really held my attention. My full review is HERE.

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Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

My Rating: 4 Stars

I LOVED this book! It had space school, space battles, and a slow burn space romance. I don’t think I have one bad thing to say. Find my full review HERE.

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The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes

My Rating: 4 Stars

I loved this one too! This one was just a super fun, light read. It is a MG book but one that really held my attention. And I loved that the main character has a physical disability! Can’t wait for the second one! Find my full review HERE.

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White and Red

White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D’Avenia

My Rating: 4 Stars

I have not written a full review yet as I am on a blog tour for this one later this month! However, I can tell you that this was a surprisingly good read for me. I actually cried. I NEVER cry from books. Look out for my review somewhere around the 12th!

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Nine While Nine by Stasia Morineaux

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Another one I have yet to write a full review for! Look out for that in the next few days! This was a difficult rating for me. I really enjoyed the plot and characters, but not the writing style. It was a bit too jumpy for me and I was confused a lot of the time. But this one is still on my mind, so I liked it, if that makes sense!

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Y’all, I’d call this a GREAT reading month! I am VERY pleased with this! Please tell me what you loved reading in August! I’d love to know!

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The 48 Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Donna Hosie

Publisher: Holiday House

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

My Rating: 3 Stars

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I received a copy of this book from Storygram Tours. My post on Instagram for this will be on September 2, and there will be a giveaway!   

Story. I was really looking forward to time traveling, teen assassins. However, this was a bit of a let down. The premise made it sound like a lot of action would take place and they would, you know, actually be assassins. I guess not. And this isn’t a spoiler by the way, it says it right in the beginning. They train to rewrite history. There was little action. The story didn’t pull me in as much as I wanted it to. I just liked it. I didn’t think about it in my free time and I kind of forgot about it after I was done reading it. Now, with that being said, it was still a likable read. I just would have written the synopsis a bit differently. It was a tad misleading, in my opinion.

Characters. Honestly, same thoughts as the story. They were likable, but I didn’t think about them. And Charles was a bit all over the place with his feeling between two women. I had to reread a couple of his paragraphs to understand what he was trying to get across. Alex sometimes too. It was as if they couldn’t decide on what to do at any given time. It got kind of annoying. I just wanted to yell at them, “Make a decision already!!”.  I really enjoyed Lady Margaret’s point of view. She was the most consistent character. The characters had good chemistry. Alex and Charlie’s twin bond was so fun to read about! I loved how they interacted with each other. And when one of them would get hurt the other would go crazy and be like, “I’m going to kill whoever did this to my brother.” I liked it.

Final Thoughts. I liked this book. It didn’t keep my attention, but I am interested enough to want to read the second book when it comes out. The writing was pretty good, but not what I wanted when reading a historical fiction. I wanted a bit more oomph from her. But if you are looking for a light read, and you like historical fiction or maybe want to branch out slowly, then I think this would be a good starting place!

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The Storm Runner Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: J. C. Cervantes

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Publication Date: Sept. 18, 2018

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Story. This middle grade book actually kept my attention. The story was interesting enough for me to want to keep reading and reading and reading. I loved reading about the Mayan gods and mythology. I think it’s so cool to learn about other cultures myths! The Mayan’s have some cool ones! Like shape shifting hawks. What?! Yes. Plus, the main character has a disability, one leg is shorter than the other. A lot of the book is centered around that and how he overcomes certain obstacles. It’s pretty rare to see the hero of the book have a disability. It was very interesting / cool to read about.

Characters. For being a middle grade book, the characters were actually written really well. They were well rounded, well thought out. Zane, Hondo, and Brooks are the three main people you read about. They each bring a different flavor to the table. Zane is like any young teen, ambitious, self conscious, crushing hard on someone, and thinks they are unstoppable (for the most part). Hondo is a young twenty year old hot head with an endearing side to him too. And Brooks is your kick a$$ heroine who shape shifts and puts up with the boys’ nonsense.

Final Thoughts. Y’all. I actually quite liked this book. I definitely want to continue with the series! But now I have to wait over a year!! Ugh. It didn’t leave off on too bad of a cliff hanger, but still. Ugh. I also liked this one because it was just a good, clean, fun story! And adventurous of course! It was like Percy Jackson but different enough to seem like it wasn’t a copy. It was it’s own story. So, obviously, if you like Percy Jackson, you’ll like this one!

Find out more about the author HERE!

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