Star-Crossed Spoiler Free Review

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Star-Crossed 

by Pintip Dunn

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: October 2, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis 2

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” 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.”

My Review 2

Plot. I loved the plot and premise of this book. I thought it was a unique sci-fi adventure where the colony was stuck/ lost on a planet in the middle of space, hoping earth would rescue them or they could rescue themselves. They came up with a pill that gives nutrients to people. The catch is that they cannot eat and the nutrients come from “nobility” that eat 6 meals a day and then they get sucked dry of all of the nutrients. It’s an interesting conundrum. On one hand, you can taste and eat all the food you want, but on the other, you don’t get to keep any of it.

Characters. I really enjoyed Vela. She thought like a princess who wanted to sacrifice herself for her people. She has misconceptions on how things should be run, but soon finds her place among her people. Her heart is big and that something I can completely relate too. I also liked the side characters. The King made some bad decisions, but he did them with his heart in the right place. Carr, the love interest, was also self sacrificing. A lot of sacrificing people, I tell ya.

World. I think the book could have gone into more detail about the world they lived on. I think it could have been way more interesting to learn and build upon that. There really wasn’t much said about it.

Final Thoughts. This was a cute, sweet book. I enjoyed my time reading it. I felt as though the ending was left open ended enough to have more. I didn’t really feel as though a lot had changed, just that they took a step in the right direction. If you need a dessert type read after a heavy one, I highly suggest this!

About the Author

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Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School. Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and MALICE.

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Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane #1) Spoiler Free Review

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Author: Drew Karpyshyn

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Publication Date: June 6, 2007

Genre: Sci-Fi

My Rating: 4 Stars

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“Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy. Until one Dark Lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy—and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape—a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army, and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy—if he can prove himself truly worthy.

As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure . . . especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival. Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph–and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.”

My Review 2

Plot. Loved the story line. I actually felt for and liked a Sith lord. Yuck. But that is the magic of a great story (and writing) when you feel for not just the good guys, but the bad guys too. Bane was actually understandable. Meaning, I understood why he made his choices. He never had anyone good come into his life and was introduced to the dark side as his only option to escape his horrible mining life. And learning about the Sith academy was soooo cool! That was my favorite part of the book!

Writing. Like I said above, it is a mark of a good writer when they can make you feel for ALL of the characters! I almost felt myself rooting for the Sith. The authors writing style was exactly the kind I like. To the point, but descriptive in a way that doesn’t lose you.

Characters. I loved Bane. I really did. I wanted to hug him. Of course he’d probably fry me with his lighting or whatever. The only part I hated him was when he killed a kid. I don’t like that kind of stuff in books. It’s too depressing. Bane had a twisted sense of a moral code. He didn’t like killing if there was no reason. But if he was weak and killing you fed his power… Then you will die. I have heard that he is top 10 most powerful beings in the Star Wars universe. He was pretty interesting to read about.

Final Thoughts. I will definitely be continuing with the series. While I am a fan of all of the movies (Original trilogy was the best. Just saying.), this was my first Star Wars book! I am very interested in the extended universe now! If you like Star Wars and you like Sci-fi, I mean, why not read this?

I am totally down for all things Star Wars discussions! Let me know what your favorite Star Wars character is or story line or just want to talk about it in general!

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Ignite the Stars Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Maura Milan

Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company

Publication Date: Sept. 04, 2018

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Story. This was one of the best sci-fi books I have ever read. I am obsessed with it and can’t stop thinking about it. I thought the story was original, fun, creative, and adventurous! And I’m just going to go ahead and add SPACE PIRATES here. If that doesn’t get your attention then I’m not sure what will. Plus space school, plus space battles. Seriously?! Freaking cool! I am having such good luck with lesser known authors lately!

Characters. Ia was my favorite character. And usually main characters are not my favorite. They usually just don’t have that much mystery to them. But Ia is different. I want to know everything about her. She’s a criminal mastermind, but retains her femininity. She can slay you where you stand, but not know how to talk to people. I just find her fascinating. I also like that she does have weaknesses and needs help from her friends. She’s not a Mary Sue. I really liked Knives too! He was such a beef cake! I liked his gripey attitude. He had one for good reason too. It was nice he could be vulnerable too at times. And then Brinn. She was probably my least favorite to read about but only because the other two characters out shone her. But I do like her and Ia’s friendship! It’s so sweet!

Final Thoughts. If you like Sci-fi, I highly suggest this read for you! It’s got everything you could want in space, slow burn romance, space battles, advanced tech, betrayals, and adventure!!! Y’all know I’m all about that! I can’t wait to read the next book!

Find out more about the author HERE. She’s so wonderfully nerdy. Love it.

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August 2018 TBR

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I can’t believe it is August already. I blinked and I missed July! Anyways, as per usual I am determined to read four books this month! I rarely do but it’s always my goal! And I’ve got more ARCs to review this month that I’m super excited about! I hope you are too! 

*Let me say that I finished a book in between writing my Wrap-Up post and my TBR post. The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick. I will be reviewing that bad boy tomorrow (Fri, Aug. 3)!

First up…. The 48 by Donna Hosie. 33006920

 

I am super excited about this one! I got this ARC from Storygram Tours! (Check them out HERE )And while a review is not required, I would still like to provide one! So, thank you Storygram! This one is about time traveling assassins! It already pretty much only has 5 star reviews. Check it out on Goodreads HERE

 

 

Second…. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan38469737

I am really loving mixing genres at the moment. Once I’m done with historical fiction, I will jump into Sci-fi! My friend, Mel gave this book a great review and she had an interview with the author on her blog! Milan seems like she’d be awesome to hang out with!

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Third… Impostors by Scott Westerfeld     37825397

 

I read the Uglies series years ago. So I am super happy to have traded an ARC for this ARC! I really enjoyed that series and am excited to see where Westerfeld will take it again!

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Fourth… The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes34966353

 

 

I haven’t read a middle grade book in some time and am excited to get into one! This one is a take on Maya mythology! It sounds so interesting!

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This month is pretty slow, life wise, for me so I am hoping I can get through all of these! What are you reading this month?

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Brightly Burning (Spoiler Free) Review

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Author: Alexa Donne

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 01, 2018

My Rating: 3 Stars

*I received an e-arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*

When I first heard this book was a retelling of Jane Eyre in space, I knew I had to read it. Have I read Jane Eyre? No, but it’s on my TBR and I figured this book would give me the push I need to read that classic. It did that, but only because I’m thinking Jane Eyre would be a little bit better than Brightly Burning. This book was a whirlwind ride. It was really all over the place. There were parts all throughout the book, including the ending, that I sped read through, and parts that I took my time for fear of missing something. I really felt that some parts were written really well and others felt as though the author just needed to add filler.

Let’s start with the negatives. My first and main concern about the plot is that Hugo, the love interest, is an alcoholic. And he never stops being one. Maybe it was implied in the ending? But I feel as though the author should have put an obvious stop to that. As someone who has dealt with alcoholism within my extended family, I know how devastating the effects are. It’s truly awful. (Don’t worry, I’m not getting on a soap box.) So, yes, the author really needed a stronger plot point to end his drinking.

Honestly, none of the characters were really interesting enough for me to want to keep reading the book. Stella was dry and Hugo was basically a martyr without cause. Yes, his family was messed up but he himself wasn’t. So I didn’t really understand his martyrdom. And their relationship lacked critical communication. Hugo just kept assuming Stella would know his motives. And Stella had a love / hate relationship with him until the end where she apparently always loved him and never stopped… Even though she said she hated him a couple times… It was really the plot and mystery behind the Rochester that kept bringing me back.

The story as a whole, was very interesting. The ships can’t sustain life anymore, earth is covered in an ice age, and underneath it all there is a sinister mystery going on. I kind of guessed what was happening on the Rochester, but it was more than what I thought, if that makes sense. I didn’t think big enough. And I was happily surprised. It was the creepiness of the laughter and people almost dying abroad the ship that kept bringing me back to read. And once I found out the scope of the situation, things picked up. Without giving anything away, the ending was my favorite part. It’s where all the action happens and where you don’t know who is going to live or die. I love that kind of suspense.

Final Take: I liked this book. Y’all know 3 stars for me is a liked book. I thought the characters were boring but the plot interesting enough for me to keep wanting to read. I thought the author did a good job making the book feel completed without added questions. It has a satisfying conclusion. I liked it enough to want to check out more of her work in the future. 

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Signed Obsidio Giveaway!

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Just wanted to tell those of you who don’t know that I am hosting a signed Obsidio giveaway on my Instagram, @Storied.Adventures! You will also get a candle from Little Crow, and a body spray from my shop! This is international, but the international prize is one book up to $15 from Book Depository! So there will be two winners, one from the US and one international! You can find the rules on how to enter there!

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My First Review: The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

                                   The Gone World

Time Travel. Alternate Universes. Alternate Futures. And the end of the world.

Synopsis from Goodreads, spoiler free review following:

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family–and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can’t share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra–a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL’s experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it’s not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time’s horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

4 Stars

I received an ARC of this book from Penguin First Reads. (You should sign up! It’s pretty cool!) The Gone World comes out February 6, 2018.

First, let me talk about what I loved. I loved the unique take on time travel! You can only time travel into the future, but once you leave, that future ceases to exist! I have read a lot of Sci-fi, but I’m going to admit that this was a way more Science-y book than I usually read, but I loved the story. It was highly engaging, never once did I get bored. It is very rare when a book leaves me thinking deeply/ feeling deeply. There were a lot of elements to it that left me going, what the heck did I just read?! Not in a bad way by any means. It was just that different. Trust me when I say the Synopsis does not do this book justice. There are very surprising twists and turns that happen. Like, there a quite a few mind blowing moments. I can’t even really explain to you without giving the plot away! And holy cow batman, I want this to be a movie so badly! (It was optioned for one; we’ll see what happens!)

Now on to characters. I thought they were really well written. The author did a really good job trying to feel out what different people would do in certain situations. What was really fascinating is how different characters react to the same situation, but in different futures. As in they chose different paths that led up to the same situation resulting in different reactions. Like I said, extremely fascinating! The main character, Shannon Moss, I felt, was surprisingly relatable. I mean, she went through hell, several times, wanted to give up, but chose to keep going. I like that. I feel as though many people in life should take a page out of Moss’ book. Just saying.

Okay, the reason this book got 4 stars and not 5. I found the weird mix of Viking mythology and Christianity an odd pairing. I am a Christian, and I don’t think the author knew exactly what he was talking about when he added Christian components to his book. It was really only one character who talked about God, but he was very poorly informed. I am just afraid people will look at this book and think that’s what Christians believe about certain things. However, I almost gave this book 3.5 stars but changed my mind. I thought that people might read this book and start thinking about their future and the future of humanity. And I think that’s a great thing to think about! So, in that regard, I liked that the author makes you think about the future! No, don’t worry, I don’t always put “Christian comments” in my reviews. Only if the book itself brings up Christianity.

Let me also say that this was a very gruesome book. There were a lot of very in depth murder scenes. I don’t have a problem with that but I just thought I should warn you that this is not for the faint of heart… or should I say stomach.

If you like Sci-Fi, futuristic, time travel, alternate universes, type of thing, you will love this book!

Let me end with it is really hard not to talk about all those crazy what the heck moments!

Thank you to Penguin First Reads!

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