ARC Review: Godsgrave // Jay Kristoff

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Jay Kristoff
Release: September 5th, 2017
Page Count: 384

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff was just as bloody and fantastic as the first in the series, Nevernight. I can easily say that Nevernight was one of my favorite reads of 2016, and luckily I received an ARC from the publisher. While Nevernight was fantastic, Godsgrave quickly surpassed my expectations and was in fact better than Nevernight.

*Note there will be spoilers from NEVERNIGHT

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  • The writing was absolutely gorgeous. Like Nevernight, Godsgrave wasn’t a fast paced novel. But the style it is written in creates a darker and more slow burn novel. It is slow, but gripping all the way through. It is also important to note that because it is a slower paced novel, it does take awhile to read.
  • Character development was pretty amazing to watch. We see Mia struggle and learn to become comfortable with herself. We see Mr. Kindly and Eclipse with their friendly banter, (I’ll be honest with you Mr Kindly and Eclipse are low key my favorite characters) and of course we see the new allies Mia makes throughout the novel.
  • The plot was well done. The end murdered my soul, tore it to pieces and left me crying and begging for more. Kristoff is definitely a master at creating plot twists.
  • I believe this series is borderline YA and NA, either way it had sex in it. We don’t see a lot of sex in YA but it’s nice to see some realism in YA books.
  • LACK OF FOOTNOTES. The first book had so. Many. Footnotes. I wanted to cry when I saw a footnote that was half a page long. Godsgrave definitely held back on the footnotes and that was a definite positive.

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Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love // Maurene Goo

31145133I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Maurene Goo
Release: May 30, 2017
Page Count: 336

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo was a cutesy fun novel that follows the story line of senior Desi as she sets up the steps of her favorite k-drama’s in order to win over the man of her dreams. While this novel was certainly light and full of that lovely drama I basically live off, it did have some fatal flaws. While I enjoyed this novel, it was not as fabulous as I anticipated it would be, however it held many positive aspects I enjoyed as well.

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  • I really enjoyed the cute and fun aspect this story incorporated. While our main character certainly had that “dark past” we often see in YA contemporary, it wasn’t a focal point of the story that actually drove the plot
  • The main characters were fabulous. While I’m not Korean, I’m Chinese, I felt that Goo did a very good job at portraying Desi’s home life and her relationship with her father.
    • Not to mention, Luca was spectacularly gorgeous! 😉
  • I really liked the concept of the K-Drama’s throughout this novel. I love K-Drama’s myself and I thought it was really funny how Desi was trying to win Luca over through similar K-Drama tactics. This idea I felt was super unique, Goo did a good job.
  • Goo is a great writer, while the writing wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever seen, it was good and that made for a story that was entertaining

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// hello! it’s summer and i’m back!

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Hi guys! It’s been a long sophomore year and I must apologize to you readers how very
sorry I am for not posting. I’ve been extremely busy however, I’m back this summer and I’m beyond excited. Not to mention, I will be adding lots of new features and changing things up around here. I feel like I have grown as a person over the past year and I have a lot of exciting discussions and reviews I need to prep for you guys.
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YA Books and What They Get Wrong About High School

For those of us who are currently in high school or have graduated that so called “hell hole” know that young adult literature fails at accurately portraying the day in a life of a high school (most of the time). Alright, yes sometimes we’ll find the occasional book that does it right, but we don’t really like those usually because one of the biggest reasons I read and I’m sure many of you guys read is to escape reality.

For those of you who aren’t yet in high school, I’m sorry to disappoint but high school is not High School Musical. There is no Troy. There is no dancing throughout the hallways. It’s just school. Let’s get to this and see what young adult books get about the hell called high school

*these are based upon my own current high school experiences!

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1. Mean Girls

Sure, I’m not saying there isn’t mean girls in high school. But me personally, I’ve never
come across one truly stereotypical blonde white mean girl. While I’m sure there are mean girls out there who are truly the epitome of evil, but at my school there hasn’t been one girl I’ve heard about who has done anything that’s incredibly horrible.

2. Hot Guys

While there are cute guys at school, we never come across one of those cliche “so sexy I can’t even breathe” guys if you know what I mean. I find it funny that in young adult lit we come across the same guys over and over again. While it can be a nice day dream (I suppose that can be the purpose of YA sometimes, to escape reality), it often gets boring to hear about his “piercing blue eyes, mussed hair and lean toned muscles”.

3. Nightmarish Teachers

None of my teachers are a true nightmare. Except maybe my french teacher, but that’s another story. Anyway, all of my teachers are nice, fair and chill. In YA we often see teachers who stack tons and tons and tons of homework, don’t accept late work ever and snap and kids who talk in class.

4. Detention

We don’t have detention at our school.It doesn’t exist. It seems like detention in young adult lit is a common thing for our main character and they are consistently getting caught in detention. …Like everyday. It’s a little ridiculous in my opinion. Yes, of course not every school is my school so for some of you, sorry! You might have detention!

5. Stress Free Life

Let me tell you there is no such thing as “stress free”. I promise you there will always be a time when there is something to stress about. In YA somehow our hero or heroine manages to not only save the world but also get straight A’s and keep a healthy relationship with his or her boyfriend/girlfriend. Let me just say this…ridiculous. I can’t even get 8 hours of sleep at night.

6. Boyfriends/Girlfriends

YES! Of course you date in high school! I have never done it but I’ve seen lots of people date at my school. The difference between real high school and YA high school is that in YA it seems like the relationships portrayed there are long term relationships. It portrays these relationships as something that lasts forever and I personally think that is highly unrealistic. True love in high school is so so rare.

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That’s it for today! Ar

\e there any other things YA books get wrong about high school? Tell me about them! Do you like seeing YA books as more realistic to real high school or not? Tell me why in the comments below! Thank you for reading!

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Read the Archived Series by Victoria Schwab

 photo IMG_3132_zpshindecwu.jpgThe Archived by Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite books, definitely one of my comfort books. The story surrounds teenager Mackenzie Bishop. Mac is a Keeper, the dangerous job of returning violent Histories back to the Archive.

1. Comedy Aspects

Though The Archived doesn’t sound like a very funny book, there is a certain character that provides that funny aspect. He goes by the name of Wesley Ayers. Though I wouldn’t list The Archived as necessarily a funny book, I would definitely say if you are in need of a dark but a funny story, The Archived provides.

2. Unique

The Archived is one story that is just so incredibly unique. The concept alone is something that I as a reader, has never heard before. Have you heard of the dead being stored in shelves in a giant secret library? I mean, how awesome does that sound?

3. Victoria Schwab!!!

All of Victoria’s works have stunned me speechless, every single one of them is so good! The Archived impresses just as much as all of her other books!

4. Characters

The characters within The Archived, will become your best friends. I guarantee it. Mackenzie Bishop is easily one of my favorite book characters ever, she has such an amazing voice. She definitely holds a unique aura around her. Now Wesley Ayers is every girls book boyfriend. Definitely cute, and like I said before, funny. Though he isn’t described as being super sexy and crazy hot or whatever, he is funny and protective. Sometimes I really hate those mysteriously sexy next door neighbor dudes that try too hard to be dark and mysterious. Plus, Wes wears guyliner. *wink*

5. Plot

If you want a book that keeps you on your toes then read The Archived. The books plot is excellent, so well paced and the mystery aspects within it aren’t boring. I’m usually a reader that dislikes mystery books because they are so slow but The Archived was well paced and the mystery was interesting enough to keep me anticipating and wanting more!

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Have you read The Archived yet? Are you going to add it to your TBR? Tell me in the comments! 🙂

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The Perfect Book Boyfriend

I was looking around and I came across this really awesome website and I decided to make a fun little banner picture thing talking about the aspects of the perfect book boyfriend. We all have our favorite book boyfriend, though if you said you only had one book boyfriend I know you’re lying. This took me awhile to make being pretty new to the software and all. So I hope you guys enjoy!
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Thanks for reading guys! Are there any aspects of the perfect book boyfriend I missed? Do you agree with me? Let me know down below in the comments!

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