E-ARC Review: The Star Wars Rings by Tomas Pueyo Brochard

Hi guys! My Fall Break is almost coming to an end (aww), but I was able to catch up on quite a few things I needed to attend to! Tomorrow, I am planning to go to the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville to see some amazing authors from Victoria Schwab to Alan Gratz (who we actually had on the blog earlier this year!). Today, I have a special review in store for you, and if you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll certainly love this book!


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Why is Star Wars one of the most famous franchises in history? Why did George Lucas create a ground-breaking original trilogy and underwhelming prequels? Why do the Star Wars movies feel familiar and surprising at the same time? Can we predict what will happen in the next Star Wars movies?

The answer to all these questions is an ancient pattern used by some of the most famous and successful stories in history, from the Bible, to Harry Potter, to Star Wars: the Ring Structure.

In this book, you will understand what’s special about Ring Structure and how to spot it. You will see the Ring Structure reflected in other famous stories. You will learn how Star Wars applied the Ring Structure as a blueprint for its plots, characters, events, politics, or even colors. In the process, you will discover the historic ambition of the Star Wars saga, why its story is not as simple as it seems, why it’s so ground-breaking, and why it’s been so successful.

With that newfound power, you will be able to predict what will happen in the next installments. Like a Jedi, you will predict the future movies. May that Force be with you.

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4 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

How would I describe my reaction as I read this book? Mind-blown! The Star Wars Rings is an enlightening epitome on one of the world’s most beloved movie franchises and its hidden, yet carefully executed and thought-out structure. I chose to read and review this book because I thought that it would help me analyze stories better, especially the classics I have to read in my AP English Language class, and it definitely was a right choice. It has changed the way how I read books and watch movies, and it certainly has made me love literature even more!

The Star Wars Rings explains to readers what a ring is, what composes one, and how they are present in the Star Wars franchise. Before I go on with my review, I need to explain what exactly is a ring (for those of you who are not familiar with the concept). A ring, in basic terms, is a pattern of recurring fractals (repeating themes or images) placed in a chiastic structure (a mirrored repetition of these fractals). However, rings do not stop there: they can span anything from small chapters to the entire series, and there can be multiple small rings within a larger ring itself.

For example, in Star Wars, the Prequel Trilogy follows almost the exact same ring as the Original Trilogy while both are parts of another huge ring. Have you noticed the stark similarities with the trilogies? In movies 1 and 4, both Anakin and Luke start off as poor boys on a desert planet, later meet a mentor who gets killed, join the rebels, and aid in destroying the enemy ship. And this was NOT by accident–it was all perfectly thought out.

Are you confused? Well, Brochard explains it much better than me, which is why you should get this book!

Since reading this book, I’m now seeing rings and chiastic (mirror) structures in many of the books I read. It definitely helped me not only to learn more about the intricacy of the Star Wars movies, but it also changed the way I analyze novels and movies. The Star Wars Rings taught me so much about storytelling in general, from the six types of stories and the Syd Field paradigm to the Hero’s Journey and the chiastic structure. Now I get super excited whenever I get to use this new knowledge to the test! In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (which I’m reading right now for AP English Language), I saw the chiastic structure Brochard talked about and jumped with glee(not literally). It feels exhilarating now to analyze story structure very carefully!

The book is also super well-organized and easy to follow! The arguments for the Ring Theory are so well-researched and thought-out that by the end of the book you’re going to be agreeing with virtually everything Brochard says! (I do have one or two small objections to a few details, though, but it’s not anything major.) The author keeps you entertained from page one with gripping graphics and an engaging voice! This is not one of those long, boring textbook-style nonfiction reads that will bore you; you could read this all in one sitting and still love it! 

I would certainly recommend this to friends, fellow Star Wars lovers, and English teachers! It’s an entire lesson on storytelling that will surely leave you with something once you complete the book! The Star Wars Rings certainly has fostered in me a greater love for Star Wars but also an even stronger passion for literature! I love seeing how clever authors are in writing the structures of some of the world’s best novels, from the Harry Potter series to The Scarlet Letter! Brochard has now put me on an adventure to uncover more rings and mirrors in many books I read and movies I watch. Certainly, The Star Wars Rings will change how you view literature and film!


Happy Reading!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

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Weave A Murderous Web by Anne-Rothman Hicks and Ken Hicks

Hi guys. Long time, no see. I guess I’m partially to blame for that. School has been stressing me out with all the homework. However, in my free time I read as much as I can.

Goodreads Description: No good deed goes unpunished. When Jane Larson—a hot-shot litigator for a large firm in New York City—helps out a friend, she is sucked into the unfamiliar world of divorce and child support. Jane’s discovery of the deadbeat dad’s hidden assets soon unravels a web of lies, drugs, and murder that keeps getting more dangerous. Soon, Jane is involved in a high stakes race to recover a missing suitcase of cash and catch the murderer before she becomes the next victim.

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Rating: 3.7/5

I have got some extremely mixed feelings over this book. I loved Jane’s character; I admired the fact that she knew what she wanted in life and wouldn’t let anything get in the way of that. In addition to Jane, we’re introduced to a plethora of other characters, while I did enjoy the addition the characters, sometimes I had a hard time of keeping everyone straight, which made some parts of this book difficult to get through. The plot/mystery wasn’t the most suspenseful I’ve seen & was a bit slow to get into the action and excitement. I did suspect who the killer was before the ending. The one aspect I feel that the plot would have benefited from was character development. I found the writing uneven and hard to get into at first but progressively got better as you went along. I found the story confusing at some parts because of all the laws and regulations. However, I REALLY loved that in the end the heroine must save herself using her own wits, resources and intelligence. She doesn’t need to rely on a dashing muscular hero to come in and save the day.

E-ARC Review: Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles

Hi guys! Lately, I’ve been less active because school has been super hectic for me. I just got done with midterms today, and finally Fall Break has arrived! Woo hoo! Also, the Halloween season has rolled in. You can tell since our Twitter name is Lil-BOO-klovers for the month. So to kick-off all the spooky festivities, I’m celebrating with a review of a creepy dystopian retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland! It’s the perfect Halloween read! 


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“Always protect your queen.”

Ever since the outbreak of the Plague, life hasn’t been easy, and for seventeen-year-old Alice Carroll, it just got worse. Her sister, Dinah, has contracted the ‘un-deadly’ Momerath Virus and without a cure, will soon be worse than dead. She’ll be momerath.

Alice must leave the safety of the Sector and venture into Momerath Territory to find the antidote – if it exists. Chasing a rumor about a mysterious doctor with the cure, Alice falls down the rabbit hole into Wanderland, where ravenous momerath aren’t the only danger lurking.

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Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for a review. This will not affect my review in any way.

This book definitely surprised me in many ways! Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles is one of the most unique retellings I have ever read! If you know me, I love me a good zombie novel, and this definitely made the cut! The Wanderland Chronicles is Alice in Wonderland meets World War Z, rich with fascinating backstory and references. I could not put it down at times because I was literally on the edge of my seat! I ate most of this up in a single day because it was that good. It was such a roller coaster of a novel, giving me thrills, chills, and surprises. 

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Double Dystopian Reviews!: The Government by Peter Gulgowski & Catalyst by Kristin Smith

Hi guys! Today I am doing two mini-reviews of two dystopian books I have recently read: The Government by Peter Gulgowski and Catalyst by Kristin Smith. Since I am very backed up on reviews, you’ll see me combine many of them into single posts which would either include two mini-reviews or two full reviews, depending upon how much I want to talk about the two books. So, I hope you enjoy this Double Dystopian Review Post!

*THERE WILL BE SPOILERS, SO PLEASE BE WARNED!*

 


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Fifty years ago, the government was taken over by a new world power called The Second Founding Fathers. In that time, they also began the extermination of the undesirables.

Now, in the present, a country led by Gloria Chambers allows for only the desirables to live. The others are sent to massive extermination camps where they are disposed of to cleanse society.

Aria, Ethan, and Zeke are three teenagers who are being held in a detention zone located in modern-day Chicago. When it is learned that they are next for extermination, they enlist the help of a government soldier who offers to help them escape.

But they won’t be alone. A lone survivor group who has fought for the survival of the undesirables, the Resistance, is out there hiding. It’s up to them to find it.

The stakes for restoring order and justice to the country could not be higher. Can the three join forces with the Resistance and stop Gloria Chambers and her rule once and for all, or is it already too late?

Debut author Peter Gulgowski bursts onto the literary scene with a breakneck dystopian thriller, filled with breathtaking moments, betrayals, stunning revelations, and an unforgettable villain who will haunt you long after the last page. For fans of the Divergent and Hunger Games series, ‘The Government’ will be a new favorite.

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3 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a free signed copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my thoughts or feelings in any way.

For me, this book started off very strongly. It was haunting, and it chilled me to my bones when I thought about the world the author created. His post-apocalyptic United States and how the government gets rid of “undesirables” will keep you up at night. The beginning was very strong, and I was hooked from the first few pages. I loved the world-building so much; it was the book’s strongest characteristic. Plus, I felt so connected with the characters that whenever something bad happened to one of them, it broke my heart.

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E-ARC Review: Submerge by Tobie Easton

Hi guys! Happy Friday! Today I am reviewing a book that is by one of the nicest authors I have met. I had the wonderful opportunity to see Tobie Easton at the SE-YA Book Fest back in March, and I got my copy of Emerge (which was an amazing book, see review here) signed. I was able to get an e-ARC of the sequel Submerge through the YA Girl’s Review Team, and let me tell you, I loved it so much. I hope you enjoy this review! Submerge is also releasing this Tuesday on September 12th, so don’t miss it!


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Now that Lia and Clay’s love has broken the Little Mermaid’s curse, everything has changed. Will Lia’s family remain on land, leading the only life she and her sisters have ever known, or will they move below the waves, to the sparkling new capital city? Lia is adamant about staying on land with Clay for her senior year. But at Melusine and her father’s trial, new revelations threaten what Lia holds most dear.

The verdict will shake Lia’s whole world, calling into question her future with Clay, her feelings for Caspian, and the fate of all Merkind. As she wonders who to trust, Lia sets out on a treacherous path that will lead her away from her sheltered Malibu home to a remote and mysterious school for Mermaids—Mermaids who may hold the secret to ancient magic Lia can use to either get back all she’s lost or to embark on a thrilling and dangerous journey.

Submerge releases on September 12th from Month9Books!

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5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC of this book from the author through the YA Girl’s Review Team in exchange for an honest review. This will not my review in any way.

Submerge was one of my most anticipated sequels of 2017 because I loved Easton’s debut Emerge. When I first started this book, I was in a slump. I was reading a dystopian novel that I wasn’t getting into, and school became really stressful. I needed a good escape, and Submerge helped me get through a tough week. I fell in love with this book the moment I first started reading it. Easton definitely stepped it up in her latest sequel by raising the stakes and tension. I just could not put it down. I did not want it to end, and I need more. Why can’t book three come any closer?

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ARC Review: This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

Hi guys! Man, September is halfway done! This is probably one of the busiest months of the entire school year, especially with so many things like auditions and tests going around at this time. Thankfully, I am able to finish a book or two every week or two, which is good compared to my busy schedule right now. Today I am so glad to be reviewing Mindy McGinnis’s This Darkness Mine, which I was jumping up and down when I received it in the mail from Harper Collins. I hope you enjoy!


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Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad.

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4 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a free ARC copy of this book from Katherine Tegen Books and the author in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

This Darkness Mine is definitely one of the most chilling and creepiest (and strangest) stories I have ever read. I fell in love with McGinnis’s novel from the very beginning, and I found my eyes glued to the pages. It’s very unique, and I mean unique. My mind is still reeling from the aftereffects of this book as I write this review. The author definitely did not disappoint with her latest YA novel; I will easily remember This Darkness Mine as one of the most haunting and makes-your-heart-pound psychological thrillers I have ever read. I am in awe of McGinnis’s writing style and creative imagination in her stories, the first book of hers I read being The Female of the Species. Now I just want to read more of her books!

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The Lunar Chronicles (Books #1-#3) by Marissa Meyer – Book Review!

Hey, guys! This is a post I’ve so been excited for!

If you guys don’t know my love my fantasy by now… Well, I’m in love with fantasy books! I adore princesses and princes and dragons and fighting and magic… everything it has to offer!

So this is why I finally picked up this series. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! Long time ago, when I was in middle school, I actually picked up Cinder to read. Back then I took so long to read it, I had to give it back before the overdue date. Sad times.

But then I bought the book for myself and I got to read at my own pace! However, I was so hooked, it did not take long for me to finish it and move onto Scarlet.

Why am I not doing a  review over the last book Winter? I kind of want to share my thoughts on what I expect. I love trying to predict the endings to series. Scroll down to the very end to skip all the other books and get to the spoiler section if you wish. 

Book One: CINDER

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Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.11235712
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

It’s no joke that this series it based off the retellings of fairy tales we’ve heard. Obviously this one is a retelling of Cinderella.

We meet Cinder in the first book… fixing her foot. Great way to start off a book. This girl has no foot. Get over it.

And she lives in this dystopian society, but it has this big magical twist to it, which made me fall in love with this book. There are no dragons or swords or whatnot, but the sci-fi fantasy with the princes and androids really what drew me in.

At first we are met with the serious problem of the plague: letumosis. It’s incurable and roams all of earth taking lives with it. Major problem. That’s what we are also thrown into in the first chapter of this book. You understand the seriousness of this sickness and what happens when someone gets it… I’ll leave it there.

But then it’s more than just the plague. Like the story of Cinderella has, there is a ball and EVERYONE is invited. But you know how the stepmom ordeal goes. “Fix this first, then do this. And once you have done everything else, maybe you can go.”

Can I just say I LOVE story retellings. Having a Cinderella retelling within a world of cyborgs and extraterrestrial movement between the earth and the moon… phenomenal way of owning a retelling.

Going on we meet Levana. LeVaNa. She’s the queen of Luna, or the moon. She can do weird stuff to people with magic (sorry, bioelectrical manipulation…) and she can make them bow down to her. Which is why she is such a strong enemy. No one can just disagree with her. She’ll kill you on spot or she’ll make you love her. She’s wanting an “alliance” with Earth, and to do that, she has to marry Prince Kai. I won’t go into detail with that. Just know I pulled out hairs stressing out about this lady.

So yes, I loved this book. If you like romance, if you like sci-fantasy, if you love awkward, if you love sassy androids who have crushes on the prince, then pick this book up! Don’t be like me and hold off on it. PICK IT UP. You won’t regret it!

5 Stars

Book Two: SCARLET

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Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as

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to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably

drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

I have no idea which book I love better: Scarlet or Cress. Both gave me so many feels, so many smiles, so many laughs.

If you didn’t know, this is the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood… except Little Red Riding Hood falls in love with the “wolf”… ANYWAYS.

We meet Scarlet, who works on a farm with her grandmother. She’s really good at what she does, she loves her grandmother a lot, and she has a fiery attitude that isn’t afraid to say what it thinks.

It makes it WAY better that she’s French, so she has that petite, cute accent when she gets mad. I personally find it funny when she gets all grumpy and snappy.

But alas! Her grandmother has gone missing, and she has no idea where she went. The authorities have stopped looking, but Scarlet is far from giving up on the person who raised her when her actual parents couldn’t.

Cinder comes into play a little bit in the beginning, mostly the people in the tavern talk about how she is wreckless, a freak, the real enemy. Then Scarlet, being the way she is, stands on top of a table and tells them all off. She’s just a teenager. How about you get the real story before judging someone. All that jazz.

Then she meets a street fighter named… wait for it… WOLF. A cuddly, old fool who will snap your neck in seconds. Love the guy. Scarlet runs her mouth in the tavern, gets the drunk guys mad, and Wolf is the one to step in to save Scarlet from being beaten up by these guys.

That’s mostly the beginning, I won’t go further, but for the fact that Scarlet and Wolf do come together in an alliance. Cool stuff goes down. We also go into Cinder’s POV after a while and see what’s she up to. Levana is in control still. She’s doing weird things to Wolf, she’s being her evil self. Great book. I loved it so much. I love Scarlet, I love Wolf, I love THORNE. 

I give this five star as well, but I wish there was such a thing as a six, because this is what this book was. 5 Stars

Book Three: CRESS

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In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

13206828When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

This was also a favorite of mine, as I said before. This Rapunzel retelling makes me want to cry whenever I think about it. My favorite character being Thorne, and falling in love with Cress’s character, I think I squealed a lot with the interactions between them. I’m a Cress. I relate to her on so many levels. At least she has a reason to be socially awkward from being locked away for half her life.

We meet Cress. She’s locked up in this satellite, forced to spy on the Earthens. She’s forced to get information on Kai, Cinder, the mix. Her guardian is Levana’s right hand woman.

Cress has also gotten fantasies stuck in her head about Captain Thorne. She’s in love with this dude, and she’s never met him. She’s only read like all his life records. But I mean I would too if I was shut in a room with nothing to do.

The gang of Cinder, Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf all go to get her out of the satellite. Little do they know, Sybil (the right-hand witch person) finds out and catches Thorne as he volunteers to go down himself and retrieve Cress and bring her back.

Sybil tries to kill them by tying them up, and turning off the gravitational stuff on the satellite. So now Sybil is going after Cinder and the rest while Thorne and Cress fall to their deaths.

Cress saves them with her awesome hacker skills, but they still have a bumpy landing getting to earth… IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SAHARA DESERT. It’s a rough journey for the two, but without it, Cress and Thorne would have never gotten as close as they did.

I loved this book, too. After some thought as I write this post, I think I do feel like Scarlet is my favorite out of all three. While I did like the characters in Cress, I did have some issues with some… logic in this book. I was really confused about some dialogue and how it developed here and there. But overall I do give this book another five out of five. Completely recommend!

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SPOILER SECTION DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THESE THREE BOOKS

Okay, so Winter.

I’ve actually started this book, so I know the beginning and all that.

Romance wise…

There are so many couples in this series. I love romance, so I’m not complaining. Scarlet and Wolf have this passionate type of relationship. “I’ll be your alpha female.” I cringed so hard at that, you don’t even understand. Nevertheless, they make me laugh. I love how much they care for one another. I love how Wolf went from fierce to lost puppy when Scarlet was taken. It really shows how much Wolf cares about her. I really want to see Wolf find Scarlet, beat up some people, then share a kiss as he’s her hero.

Cinder and Kai make me laugh all the time. i get all smiley when they kiss. I BETTER see someone get married at the end of Winter, and it better be Cinder and Kai. PLLLEAAASEE.

Thorne and Cress’s relationship is by far my favorite. While Scarlet and Wolf’s relationship was fast and passionate, Kai and Cinder’s relationship was formed on friendly conversations that led to a mutual agreement of love, Thorne and Cress is like the complete opposite of either of those. Cress is IN LOVE with Thorne, no matter how much she wants to deny it. She’s Thorne’s top fangirl. She stares at him when he walks into rooms, she gets jealous when he flirts with other girls. Then she gets these moments when she thinks Thorne is hitting on her for real, but then he turns and starts flirting with Iko. Then she gets all depressed, saying how he’ll never love her and all that.

I feel like their relationship feels a lot more real in my eyes. I’m not a go-getter when it comes to boys. I don’t feel confident in myself to walk up and tell someone I like them. Cress is the same way. She’s shy and awkward, just like me. When they do get together… sorry, I got lost in thought imagining how great it would be.

As for Levana… I CANNOT WAIT FOR AN EPIC SHOWDOWN BETWEEN HER AND CINDER. Please let it happen!!! I want to see Cinder use her Lunar powers and take over Levana, and bring her down! I want to see Levana lose her power, and let the world see how ugly she is. Like I need this to happen.

I want to see Winter get the throne on Luna. She’ll be the new queen of Luna, Cinder will back to Earth and marry Kai as the queen… This better happen.

I want to see that wolf from Winter’s playroom thing let loose. I get sad thinking about how he’s locked up like that… Scarlet too, but she’s tough. She’ll get through it.

I’m really sad that Kai ends up leaving (I’m currently at that part where he’s walking into the podship). I really wished I could have seen him kill some things first, but I guess he’s only useful for talking. Oh, well. Maybe later I’ll get to see him shoot something. Maybe Levana… or that Aimery dude. That’d be cool.

OH MY GOODNESS. I almost forgot about Jacin. I have such a love/hate relationship for him. I kind of hated him in Cress. He was a jerk face. But then he comes back, and I want to love him because he obviously loves Winter and will risk his life for her.

I love the part where he’s assigned to be her personal guard, and when he tells her he can care for her more than he should and goes back outside her room to stand guard, Winter follows him with her solar system project, sits next to him, and says, “Oh, sorry, I didn’t see her there.” And Jacin can’t argue with the Princess, so he stands there and even touches the top of her head… It was such a cute moment. Jacin is a good person in a way he protects those he loves. You can call out Cinder any day, but don’t you dare glare at Winter. He’ll mess you up.


Wow, this feels long, but I love getting all of this out! If you haven’t read the series, please give it a try. it’s sci-fi, it’s comedy, it’s romance… Marissa Meyer made a masterpiece with this series, and I can’t wait to finish Winter so I can experience this ending that better have everything I hope for.

 

Review: 14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop

Hi guys! I’m so backed up with reviews lately since I’ve read more books and written more reviews than I can post! I’m so glad that I’m able to have the opportunity to post them! Today’s book review is on 14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop. I had Jenn on the blog a few months ago, in which you can find the link here, and she sent me a copy of her latest book to review, also. I’m so glad she did because I loved it, and you can see why below!


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The night of the sixth-grade dance is supposed to be perfect for Maddie; she’ll wear her beautiful new dress, she’ll hit the dance floor with her friends, and her crush, Avery, will ask her to dance. Most importantly, she’ll finally leave her tiny elementary school behind for junior high. But as the first slow song starts to play, her plans crumble. Avery asks someone else to dance instead–and then the power goes out. Huddled in the gym, Maddie and her friends are stunned to hear that a tornado has ripped through the other side of town, destroying both Maddie’s and Avery’s homes.

Kind neighbors open up their home to Maddie’s and Avery’s families, which both excites and horrifies Maddie. Sharing the same house . . . with Avery? For the entire summer? While it buys her some time to prove that Avery made the wrong choice at the dance, it also means he’ll be there to witness her morning breath and her annoying little brother. Meanwhile, she must search for her beloved dog, who went missing during the tornado. At the dance, all she wanted was to be more grown-up. Now that she has no choice, is she ready for it?

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5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a free signed copy of this book  (and some extra swag) in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review at all.

I did not expect 14 Hollow Road to be this amazing of a book. You normally think with MG books that they should be light and fluffy, like a YA summer contemporary novel, but not in this case. This book defies all those stereotypes, and it will stand out as one of my favorite, if not my favorite, middle grade read of 2017. I just couldn’t put it down, and it was so beautiful. I mean it, it was amazingly beautiful. *cue single teardrop* If I had to create a lesson for elementary school students (like in 4th to 8th grade), I would get them to read this book. This is a book that adults, young adults, and children should read because it truly has the potential to change your view on disasters and those affected.

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E-ARC Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Hi guys! Today, a solar eclipse is going to happen right over my home here in Tennessee! Woo hoo! A lot of my friends around the state are going to watch it, and I am super excited! To celebrate, why not post my review of a sci-fi book that is beyond the stars? Nyxia is obviously the best choice! In addition, in a few weeks, I am going to have the author of Nyxia, the wonderful Scott Reintgen, on the blog, so be on the lookout for that.


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Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden–a planet that Babel has kept hidden–where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

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5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC copy of this book from the publisher through Penguin First to Read in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

Nyxia was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017, and I literally ran to my computer when I found out that it was on Penguin First to Read. Let me tell you, this series is going to be amazing. I have really high hopes for it, which means a lot. I really needed this book because I was in a slump of average/good (but not amazeballs level) novels, and this got me out of it. Nyxia is going to be one of the best YA releases of Fall 2017. I won’t be surprised if it hits the bestseller lists like The New York Times Bestsellers; I’m actually anticipating and hoping it will. You just need to read this book. It was a roller coaster of emotions and events, and although I could predict a few things, there was still so many surprises in store. For a book I had really high expectations, it did not disappoint, which shows how amazing it was.

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ARC Review: Elsie Mae Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh

Hi guys! As you know, my junior year started last week, and I’m hoping for a great year ahead! Hopefully it won’t be as hard as everyone says it is, but I’m hoping it would be full of fun, books, music, and many great opportunities! Today I have another ARC review for you, and I’m so glad to be able to review Nancy J. Cavanaugh’s newest book Elsie Mae Has Something to Say! Last year, I reviewed her Just Like Me, which I loved, and I was able to interview her here! In a few weeks, I’ll have her back in an exclusive guest post, so don’t miss that! I hope you enjoy this review!


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Elsie Mae is pretty sure this’ll be the best summer ever. She gets to explore the cool, quiet waters of the Okefenokee Swamp around her grandparents’ house with her new dog, Huck, and she’s written a letter to President Roosevelt that she’s confident will save the swamp from a shipping company and make her a major hometown hero. Then, news reaches Elsie Mae of some hog bandits stealing from swamper families, and she sees another opportunity to make her family proud while waiting to hear back from the White House.

But when her cousin Henry James, who dreams of one day becoming a traveling preacher like his daddy, shows up and just about ruins her investigation with his “Hallelujahs,” Elsie Mae will learn the hard way what it really means to be a hero.

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A 4 Star

Disclaimer: I received a free signed ARC of this book and some swag from the author in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review.

I tweeted out while I was reading this that I couldn’t stop grinning, and I couldn’t throughout the first half of the book. Cavanaugh has once again impressed me with her latest novel Elsie Mae Has Something to Say! I’m really going to reiterate and repeat this many times: This book will make you feel as if you’re transported into the Okefenokee Swamp and actually hanging out with the main cast of characters. It’s one that you don’t want to put down!

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