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Book Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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Title: Never Fade ( The Darkest Minds #2 )
Author:  Alexandra Bracken
Published:  October 15th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
Type: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Paranormal
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add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

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Ever since i read The Darkest Minds i have been obsess! I been wanting to read Never Fade for while now, but just never got around to it. But i FINALLY bought the bought and read the same day. If you have read The Darkest Minds then you know how crazy the ending was, freaking HUGE plot twist. That ending made me complate insane for days of rocking back and forth in tears. Well Never Fade continues a little after the wild ending. Ruby is part of the Children’s League now and the first chapter was already packed with suspense.

If you haven’t read the Darkest minds then you really should go out and buy both the first and second book because BOTH are really good. The Author makes you just fall in love with the characters and gets you so attached like they are real. Like the character could be like evil like crazy i still loved that character.

I honestly felt like Never Fade was better. Ruby’s character has gown so much since the first book and to me she is a Bad Ass in The Darkest minds we watch her be this quiet girl who couldn’t control her powers and had a hard time opening up to people. In Never Fade she she has more control of hers powers and isn’t afraid anymore. She will do anything to protect the people she cares about.

Threw most of the book i was a total hot mess, like the book would go straight to my feels and all could do was asdfghjk! the book has a lot of raw emotion, specially with characters in the book. you got to fall in love with a new character named Jude and sorta of became like a little brother too ruby.

I don’t want to got into to much details but Liam in this book and with ruby will bring you too tears and take the life out of you.  and i have a serious soft spot for Connor. Yes he is supposed to be like this huge villain but my gosh he makes evil look good. Some villain are just awesome, okay? The way the book ends was kinda bitter sweet, yeah it was super sad but what ruby did was pretty bad ass and the last line in the book was just freaking awesome.

Overall the book had everything i could ask for and more. It is a pager tuner full of suspense and action that will have anyone going crazy for more. Ruby is on my top 10 list of favorite kick ass chicks in books hands down. Readers will not be disappointed in never fade.

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Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

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Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
Author:  David Meredith
Published:  October 2nd 2013
Type: Fantasy
Source: Ebook copy giving to me from the Author
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add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

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I want to first point out that i truly tried to like this book. I am huge into Fairy Tales and Re-tellings, i mean what girl isn’t? This had more then what i thought, not all good, must i add but i do like how the author did bring all that emotions in the book that i really did love about it.

In the beginning it starts off on a depressing note. King Charming has been dead for some time and Queen Snow white was left to take care of the Kingdom. But Snow white hasn’t been happy and is still haunted by her step mother. Queen Snow white finds the Mirror and uses it to see her past and to find her happiness once again.

This is pretty much threw all of the book where you look into Snow White flash back and i first it was interesting but then it got old and i couldn’t figure out what the true plot was but her re-living her past. The book does get really detailed in some parts and i felt awkward reading cause it just came out of no where and i just didn’t know how to feel about it. The book was just my cup of tea. I do admire the authors writing and emotions he brought in the book but i just couldn’t connect with the story at all.  I didn’t completely hate the story it does have it moments where it was getting good. I think mostly because i like books about younger characters with tons of action. This book was slow paste and more of a relax read minus a few parts.

Just because i didn’t get into the story i do feel like some readers will like it. The story can get intense and the thought that Snow white didn’t really have a happy-ever-after as we all thought. I did want to understand the full story.

Do i recommend the story? Sure but i mostly recommend the book to the older readers. I don’t recommend this book for kids. to my credit i did try to like the book but i just couldn’t. I do feel bad cause the author give me a copy to read but i want to be honest, it just wasn’t for me.

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* I received this copy from the author. My review is only based on my honest opinion and it does not affect everyone’s opinion. I do not get any commission on this review.

YA Book Review: The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquiest

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Title: The Princess in the Opal Mask
Author:  Jenny Lundquiest
Published:  October 22nd 2013 by Running Press Kids
Type: Fantasy
Source: Won copy from Elana Johnson
Paperback

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria’s royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face–including Wilha herself.

When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

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First Thoughts: The Cover is very eye catching. I love how the colors blend in and how perfect they go togather. I also LOVED the fact it wasn’t someones face zoomed in and you just got a pretty cover with the mask. It fits with the story. When i read the summery for first time i thought ” Wow This sounds like it’s gonna be pretty good ” I just sounded a little different then books i have read. Tho the book did have similarity’s to other things but the author twisted to her own and i thought that was pretty cool.

The Basics: The story starts off with Elara, she was an orphan when she was child and soon taking by a family that well doesn’t treat her all that well. She never knew anything of her real parents or even her name. She gets treated like a maid and lives the ” Poor Life . Living the life made Elara Brave and pretty tuff but she kept her feeling bottle up growing up.

Next you get The Mask Princess Wilha. Living a different more rich lifestyle of a princess then Elara she is left with a burden. She has worn masks since she was a child, sworn to never take it off. Most believe if you stare at her you will be cursed and saved.

Elara and Wilha life’s combine, and Elara most become Princess Wilha Decoy. Elara tying to find out her family past comes across more secrets then she wanted. They both discover that they have more in common then they thought. Now there is a lot more to the story then that but that’s the best you are gonna get out of me of the story. Lots of Eye candy for the lady’s..no joke good luck trying to pick.

Final Thoughts: I love both sides of the characters in the story, it helped bring the story together. I loved how they both had different personalty’s but the same. Elara is more loud spoken while Wilha is more calm and responsible….for the most part ( you kinda watch her come out of her shell ).

I loved how the story was about love and the life of being a princess but it was soo much more then that when they story goes on. it had a lot of “Kick-ass” moments with some suspense sprinkled in. The way the book ends is just my gosh mind blowing. I read the book fairly quickly i loved how it was fast paste. Defiantly a page turner. Good luck finding a dull moment because there is none.

overall loved the story, the characters and the beautiful cover. The story had kinda of a mix of Cinderella and the parent trap ( once you read the book you will understand ) I throw all my stars on this book. Amazing just pure amazing. I don;t understand why not a lot of people haven;t read this book? It’s really good i 100% recommend this book to readers out there.

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Stacking the Shelves (18)

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Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks

This is the books i have collect! More to come soon, still waiting on some in the mail so watch out for the next Stacking the Shelf.

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Bought

  • Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)  By Amiee Carter [Hardcover] – As you know i had to posted on my WoW post. I am super happy that i finally Bought it. I love the Cove of the book and Dust Cover! amazing. I can’t wait to dig it this one soon.
  • Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi [Paperback] – I heard many good reviews for this book even my Mother told me to read this one. I was a tide late for this one but i finally bought so we will see!

Trade

  • Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo [Paperback] – I got this from a Trade on YA Book exchange. Super excited to read this one. A lot of my Tumblr friends had been giving me the evil eye, so i most obey and read this series.
  • Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick [Hadcover] – I have read Hush, Hush a while ago and never got around to reading the 2nd book cause i have heard the series sucks after a while…but my taste in books are diffrent and i did love the first book, so here i am now. I am gonna have to Re-Read Hush, Hush just to catch up. I got this trade off of YA Book exchange.

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  • These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman [Hardcover] – I won this book from The Midnight Garden and Disney-Hyperion. I am HUGE fan of Disney – Hyperion books, most have become favorites to me. I can’t WAIT! i mean it. I fall in love with the cover and the summery before i had the chance to win this book.  I was jumping up and down when i found out and have been jumping up and down ever since.

For Review

  • Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott [Ebook] I got this on NetGalley. I have seen this book going around a LOT on the book blogging world. So i knew i had to request it for myself and got lucky. I am hoping to read this one here soon.

Blog Tour: Review & Author Giveaway ~ The Promise by Apryl Baker

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the promise coverTitle: The Promise ( The Coven #1 )
Author: Apryl Baker
Published: August 24th 2013 by Limitless Publishing LLC
Type: Fantasy, Paranormal
Ebook

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  Summery: Armed with kick-ass shoes, can CJ stop a maniacal coven leader, save the town, and still get Mr. Melt In Your Mouth Gorgeous while surviving the darkness coming for her?

The smoke from the fire burned her eyes, its heat caressed her skin and the taste of fear choked her. She was going to burn just as her ancestor did all those centuries ago in New Salem Village. How could she have been so wrong about everything?

Cassie Jayne Bishop grew up the only non-believer in town of Coven. When a stranger comes to the sleepy town of New Salem, everything she thought was true unraveled around her. Ethan made her question everything, even her sister’s death. Clues start to pile up and Cassie is determined to find out if the Coven was the real reason her sister died.

What she uncovers terrifies her to the very depths of her soul….

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I am just gonna point out that there was a LOT of things i did love about the book, but really the only thing i had a problem is was, the whole love interest in the book. I felt like it rushed and you really didn’t get a chance to understand it all. I have never been a fan of books that start with the whole “Love in first Sight” thing.

The first chapter starts off with Cassie, She is already head of Heels for this mystery guy named Ethan. This guy throws red flags left and right. She knows she can’t trust him and his keeping secrets but to her she is in total love with this guy even when time after time it’s been proven not to trust him. And with that added comes the Love triangle…petty much the classic romance trick in the books. I have a love and hate relationship with love triangles, if it’s done right i love it, but if it done wrong i just don’t like it. In this case i didn’t like it much in this book. Cassie was so blindly in love with this Ethan guy she couldn’t see. Now if i had to pick a Team then i would hop on the Jeff Train.

Now besides all that i did enjoy and adored the story. You have Cassie and Kay, best friends since childhood. They have strange bond where they can feel each others emotions. They are petty much like sisters separated at birth. They both born on the same day and at the same time and that is petty much a hint to the awesome overall plot to the story. Cassie Has never believed in magic or anything like that, to her it’s something in a book or on TV, Total fictional. Her sister was part of the coven and couldn’t wait for Cassie to join but right before she dies she made Cassie promise to never join the coven.

The whole Town is pretty much part of a big coven with witches. They all want Cassie to join but for one she doesn’t believe and two she had made a promise. Of course the more the story goes the harder it is to stay away. Cassie is determined to find out the mystery’s of the coven and her sisters death and along the way she discovers more then she bargain for.

I love the overall story and the concept. I liked how the book twisted into something much bigger then what it started as. I will definitely read more books to this series. I might not have liked the whole Love interest in this book but the story grows more then just that and you get a big bundle of Suspense and Mystery that makes you want to read more.

Overall i am gonna give it a 4 out 5 star rating because besides the romance flaw there is amazing story and i can’t wait to read more.

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About the Author

So who am I? Well, I’m the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn’t love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.
I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.

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( US only ) No String Attached Giveaway Hop ~ Starling or Bloodlines

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YA Book Review: The Shadow Garden by Allen Houston

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Title: The Shadow Garden ( Nightfall Gardens #2 )
Author:  Allen Houston
Published:  October 30th 2013 by Flycatcher Books
Type: Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: From the Author for a honest review
Paperback

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Precocious Lily Blackwood carries a responsibility far greater than other people. As the last female Blackwood, she must keep the evils in Pandora’s Box from destroying the world.

With the help of her younger brother Silas, the dusk riders and her best friend Cassandra, she must protect Nightfall Gardens and ensure that the fairy-tale monsters, old gods and deathly shades stay separated from humanity.

But now, the creatures bound to the Gardens are gaining strength and threatening to break loose. Bemisch, a malevolent witch, has escaped into the mist land to join forces with Eldritch, a powerful nature god. The mysterious Smiling Ladies hold the key to a dark secret from the Blackwood family’s past, and something once again roams the halls of the manor, trying to kill Lily.

Worse yet, her fourteenth birthday is approaching and with it a dangerous rite of passage. Lily must enter the Shadow Garden, home of all that is nightmarish, and come face to face with her most terrifying threat yet.

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The Shadow Garden has to be my favorite! it was just packed with more action and adventures and you  got more on both Characters of the story and more. I loved the creepy and scary creatures more then the first book. My lights are always on when reading the book…specially when i was home alone..I loved ever minute reading this and was shocked how great the book series ended up being then what i thought. Also i wanted to point how creepy the cover is but perfect all the same. It fits the overall all story of the Shadow gardens.

The beginning starts off with a good start but also heart pounding. you get thrown right from where it leaves off from the last book. Silas and the rest of the group set off in the Shadow Gardens dealing with wolfs and witches. They head off to a village his mother once lived. But was no easy task let me tell you, and geting there wasn’t any better.

And then you get his sister lily in the next chapter. Now i enjoyed her soooo much more then i did in the first book. I had more of connection in this book. and i love her story. lily has grown into something much bigger then the start. I love how she has grown to care for the people in the gardens who did no wrong or has no say. Tho she still has issues with trusting people she should not trust. She grows a bond with Cassandra and they become more then friends but like sisters. She seeks out to find out about the curse and tries to stop it. She becomes more wise then her age while staying in the castle.

I official LOVE Silas and Cassandra. them together make me smile and laugh and cry. Cassandra falls for him even when she tried so hard not to because of her curse. Even when they are separated there feelings grow. when she touches a human they die. Silas has no clue about  it and watching her wanting to tell him made my heart break. they will be my ship of all ships…( i gotta stay off Tumblr )

I have grown more attached to lot of the characters in the book even the big meany ones but have grown to love them, and of course you get to meet  new characters in the book that i just adored. But not all were good and the scary factor in this book rises then the first book and i wasn’t disappointed at all. The last book i felt like there was something missing and that was the scary and creepy, things that bump in the night. It did have those things but it just wasn’t as scary as i would like, but oh the second book..reach that level i was wanting and i was HIGHLY pleased.

The overall plot and the story with just a little mix of romance was perfect for my taste. I couldn’t find a flaw in this book and it is better then the first book and to me that is rare. I love how the story gets better and better threw out the whole book and the mystery that surrounds it.

Overall i recommend this series. once you get to the 2nd book you will just FALL in love with the story. I’m really happy the Author asked me to read his books. I do not regret at all.

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