Hating To Love You By Erin Rylie

Dec 14, 2018
Hating To Love You

By Erin Rylie

Release Date: 10 January 2019

Publisher: Self-published

Links : Goodreads

Summary: 


Rafe Pierce just wants to keep his head down and earn his next promotion. Becoming Houston’s “Hot Cop” is his worst nightmare, and things only get worse when the sexiest reporter he’s ever met starts digging through his past. Sophie Klein has the power to expose a childhood he’d rather keep hidden, so why can’t he stay away from her?

He’s everything Sophie Klein hates: brash, arrogant, and hot as hell. When a chance encounter with a bachelorette party makes Rafe a social-media sensation, Sophie is the lucky reporter chosen to tell his story. She can’t deny the chemistry between them, but is determined to keep her distance. Unfortunately for her, a drunken hookup in a bar supply closet ensures she will be spending at least the next nine months with him…

My Review:


Hating to love you is Erin’s debut novel and let me tell you she is already on my list of must read romance authors. I am fairly picky with my romance books because I usually read them in my most desperate times; midterm and finals week. As I mention I am extremely picky with my books, almost reading exclusively Vi Kelaand, but Erin Rylie has surpassed all my criteria with flying colors.

My criteria for romance books goes something like this:

1. They have to have the right balance of comedy, drama and romance.

2. The characters have to enroll into witty banter. They have to be relatable and real.

3. The drama has to be feasible but not too much.

4. The romance has to make me swoon and make me regret that I am single as a pringle. 

Erin accomplisher all of this and more in her novel. Let me tell you, books where the girls get unexpectedly pregnant give my 20 year old self the urge to run and hide. Just thinking about the fact that I could be pregnant gives me anxiety so Erin had a hard sell. Nevertheless, I read her novel in one sitting. 6 hours later, I just had finished the book ,I was screaming in my bedroom, rolling on the floor and harassing Erin for her next novel.

The characters are so real and likable. I felt in love with Raffle but I think his hilarious partner Carlos stole my heart even more. As a Houstonian I enjoyed hearing all the places I have been to FINALLY on a novel. Houston is a great place y’all.

Here are some reasons why you should be early waiting for all Houston’s finest novels

1. Hot cops

2. Hot Texan cops

3. Hot shirtless cops

4. Hot baby daddy cop

In Hating To Love you is a wild ride. The story went to places I did expect it to go, so it was a nice surprise. This debut novel is just the begging let me tell you, what comes next is hotter and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

BOOK STATS 

Plot: ✰✰✰✰
Characters: ✰✰✰✰
Writing Style ✰✰✰✰✰
Personal Experience ✰✰✰✰✰
Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (4.5 Stars)
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The Lost Sisters By Holly Black- The Folk of the Air, #1.5.

Sep 22, 2018
The Lost Sisters

By Holly Black

Release Date: 02 October 2018

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

TheNOVL

Genre: Teen & YA

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Summary: 

Sometimes the difference between a love story and a horror story is where the ending comes . . . 

While Jude fought for power in the Court of Elfhame against the cruel Prince Cardan, her sister Taryn began to fall in love with the trickster, Locke. 

Half-apology and half-explanation, it turns out that Taryn has some secrets of her own to reveal.

The Lost Sisters is a companion e-novella to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince by master writer Holly Black.

My Review: 

The Lost Sisters is an e-novella that bridges the gap between The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King. It’s told in a letter from Taryn to Jude about how she fell in love with Locke.  Mainly is an apology letter from Taryn to Jude. This e-novella brings us back to some key moments of The Cruel Prince from Taryn perspective and some adventures she lived on her own. 

“Be bold, be bold, but not too bold, lest that your heart’s blood should run cold.” – Holly Black, The Lost Sisters. 

In The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Jude and Cardan have a relationship that works because they are both equally strong, wicked and have their own agendas (I am not saying their relationship is a 100% healthy but it does make sense for the characters).  They are both fighting for issues bigger than themselves and deep down considering the environment both grew up in is the best they know how to love. The book is centered in Jude’s perspective, full of her own emotions, actions and assumptions. The relationship between Taryn and Locke for me was in an imbalance relationship where Locke was in a clear advantage or at least that’s what I thought in The Cruel Prince. But Taryn has a few secrets of her own.

“But what about all those girls, all those obedient girls who trusted and loved and wed and died? Weren’t they bold, too?”  – Holly Black, The Lost Sisters.

This e-novella, does bring a who new perspective on Taryn, who let’s not forget she is Jude’s sister. She had the same trauma, the same upbringing, suffer the same prejudice and hatred by the fairie folk and most importantly the same training. Taryn is just as strong Jude. 

“I suppose that’s one good thing about being obedient and faithful and good. People think you will never surprise them.” – Holly Black, The Lost Sisters.   
The novella brings all the emotions back from The Cruel Prince, I didn’t know how much I missed Holly Black distinct and magical writing style. The whole novella feels like you are reading a fairytale but not those how have a guarantee happy ending. Holly Black brings back the feel and darkness of The Grimm Fairy Tales where all you can do is hope for the best. 

In my eyes, Taryn is not redeem yet , but she is definitely in the right path. I have a feeling she has a few surprises in store for us. 

“Let’s start with a love story. Or maybe it’s another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly in where the ending comes.” ”– Holly Black, The Lost Sisters. 

The Lost Sisters made me relate so much to Taryn, I grew up surrounded by fairytales in a world without happy endings. I like to think I am a strong, reckless, and dangerous flame like Jude but in real life, I am more like Taryn; a steady and fierce flame that may burn free when you least expect it. Tayrn just wants to have her voice heard, to find her place in the world, and  to be loved. 

I can’t express how amazing and captivating this novella was, and how much you need you read it, because it opens your eyes with a whole new perspective. Don't miss out. 

BOOK STATS: 

Plot: ✰✰✰✰✰
Characters: ✰✰✰✰
Writing Style ✰✰✰✰✰
Personal Experience ✰✰✰✰
Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (5 Stars)






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Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful By Rebecca Schaeffer - Book Review

Aug 29, 2018
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

By Rebecca Schaeffer 

Release Date: 04 December  2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Teen & YA

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SUMMARY:  

For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.

Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of "human."

This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances. The results range from the heavenly to the monstrous. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, Arwen Elys Dayton's Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is groundbreaking in both form and substance.

REVIEW:

 A work of unforgettable vision and imagination. This book is everything I love about science fiction." - Jay Kristoff, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Illuminae Files 

AM
AZING!

I really don’t have any other words for this book.

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a though provoking book. As the story spans over hundreds of year and it shows the evolution of humanity. Which is exciting and terrifying to read. I think is funny how our vision of the future has changed, before it was flying cars and amazing discoveries and now is always a bit terrifying.

This book is a series of stories. Each can be read as a stand-alone, but they also go so well together. Is the story of the first vaccination, first clone, etc . I really enjoyed every single story, and what amazed me the most was the journey the author took me with each story because it felt so real.

It really reminded me of Black Mirror and gave me all the chills, this book is truly an adventure. 

BOOK STATS: 


Plot: ✰✰✰✰✰
Characters: ✰✰✰✰
Writing Style ✰✰✰✰✰
Personal Experience ✰✰✰✰
Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (4.5 Stars)

*Thanks Delacorte Press for providing an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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Not Even Bones By Rebecca Schaeffer -Book Review

Not Even Bones

By Rebecca Schaeffer 

Release Date: 04 September  2018

Publisher:  HMH Books for Young Readers

Genre: Teen & YA

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SUMMARY: 

Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.

Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.

But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again.

Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.

REVIEW: 

Dark 
Deep 
Cruel 

Content Warning: Gore, Torture, Blood/Mutilation. 

This books was so dark and all that I needed. I feel like I am always wishing books would be darker or creepier and Not Even Bones definitely deliver.

I am always in for dark fuck-up stories with dark, fuck-up characters who I end up loving because moral ambiguity is one of my guilty pleasures.The writing style was so descriptive and raw , but I have to confess sometimes it was a bit slow paced for my taste as I just wanted to know what happens next in the story.

As an chemical engineer major I love a character that have love for science, and I loved the dissections we did in biology so Nita was my favorite character.

This book was definitely a pleasant surprise, so different and fresh from usual YA.

If you like This Savage Son and Dexter this book is definitely for you. Rebecca Schaeffer  has enchanted me.

I will be anxiously waiting for a sequel.

BOOK STATS: 


Plot: ✰✰✰✰
Characters: ✰✰✰✰
Writing Style ✰✰✰✰
Personal Experience ✰✰✰✰
Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (4.0 Stars)

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The Raging Ones By Krista & Becca Ritchie - Book Review

The Raging Ones

By Krista & Becca Ritchie 

Release Date: 14 August 2018

Publisher: Wednesday Books 

Genre: Teen & YA


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SUMMARY: 

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

REVIEW: 

What an incredible read! 

I honestly haven’t read any other of the Ritchie sisters' novels but they are definitely at the top of my TBR now. 

The Ritchie sisters' have unique world building skills as they created this world where only the wealthy get to enjoy the finer things in life, sounds familiar? Their writing reflects real life problems and is a smart critique of our current society. That why I loved reading this book so much because is scary how fantasy can get close to reality. 

The main characters were unique to say the least I have never encounter before The Raging Ones. 
The book is told in the 3 POVS of the main characters, Franny, Court and Mykal. My favorite was Court, but all three were wonderful. 

The plot was a wild and fast paced ride that you cannot miss and the writing style was delightful. 

I need book two! ASAP. 

BOOK STATS

Plot: ✰✰✰
Characters: ✰✰✰✰
Writing Style ✰✰✰
Personal Experience ✰✰✰✰
Overall: ✰✰✰ ✰ (3.5 Stars) 



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Fire and Heist By Sarah Beth Durst - Book Review

Jul 10, 2018

Fire and Heist
By Sarah Beth Durst 

Release Date: 04 Dec 2018

Publisher:Random House Children's 

Genre: Teen & YA

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SUMMARY: 

In Sky Hawkins's family, leading your first heist is a major milestone--even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It's a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you're a wyvern--a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family's wealth and rank in their community.

With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society--a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.
 

My REVIEW

Dragons and Heists. What more do I need?

I think my main issue with Fire & Heist were my high expectations. I wanted a Six of Crows meets Game of Thrones ,but at the end of the day, the book is really cute and fun read.

One main issue for me was the world building. I felt lost and had a million questions about the world we were in. The characters are not particularly my favorite and I feel like for a heist novel you have to raise the stakes, making you care about the gang. Sky’s really carries the whole book for me. She is snarky, strong and a bit stubborn.

The romance is super sweet and cute. Durst break’s YA novel stereotype of the dark and cocky guy, and our love interest ,Ryan, is a really sweet guy.

The plot made sense and there weren’t any holes like in some heist movies (yes, I am looking at you Ocean’s 8). Honestly for me, the humor was the best part of this book.

Durst is not afraid to write about series topics and points flaws in our society. I feel like the book had a great potential, maybe 100 pages more to add more world building and character development and it would have been a 5 star read.

Fire & Heist is a super-fast read, action-packed and a warm good heart feel.


Plot: ✰✰✰✰


Characters: ✰✰✰


Writing Style ✰✰✰✰


Personal Experience ✰✰✰


Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (3.50  Stars)

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Grim Lovelies By Megan Shepherd Book Review

Grim Lovelies

By Megan Shepherd 

Release Date: 02 Oct 2018

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Genre: Teen & YA

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SUMMARY: 

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget
Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...


MY REVIEW

Grim Lovelies comes out on October 2nd just in time for Halloween. Megan Shepard really captures the gruesome and cruel details of the Grim Fairy Tales making this book completely unforgettable and a new favorite.

Anouk is our main character. She is a beastie, timid maid at the service of Mada Vittoria. Beasties are animals who are now human and mostly used as slaves. Anouk has no desire to leave the service of Mada Vittoria until she is found murdered and Anouk is accused of her crime. That’s where our story starts, Anouk embarks on a journey full of conspiracies, mystery, and war, all while there is a ticking clock.

I really want to give a hat’s off to Megan Shepherd. She transports us to a magical Paris where she writes a story full of complexity and depth. The world building was fantastic. Shepard really creates a world full of magic and intrigue. The details impressed me, all the different factions, the ingredients for spells and the description of the locations. I was transported to dazzling new magical world.

The romance its tastefully done and it felt real. The story has also familiarity to it as the beasties create a family for themselves that made this book also heartwarming. I loved all the connections and interactions between the different characters.

Grim Lovelies was beautiful read and a surprise in the best of ways. Enchanting and full of world building. A very unique take on fairytales with a stunning cover.

I couldn’t stop reading, I was utterly captivated by the story and I look forward to more adventures from Megan Shepherd and Anouk’s journey.

BOOK STATS


Plot: ✰✰✰✰


Characters: ✰✰✰✰✰


Writing Style ✰✰✰✰✰


Personal Experience ✰✰✰✰✰


Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (4.70 Stars)





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I'm Not Missing By Carrie Fountain - Book Review

Jul 9, 2018
I'm Not Missing
By Carrie Fountain 

Release Date: 10 Jul 2018

Publisher:Flatiron Books 

Genre: Teen & YA

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SUMMARY: 

When Miranda Black’s mother abandoned her, she took everything—the sun, moon, and stars—and Miranda found shelter in her friendship with Syd, who wore her own motherlessness like a badge of honor: Our mothers abandoned us. We won’t go begging for scraps.

When Syd runs away suddenly and inexplicably in the middle of their senior year, Miranda is abandoned once again, left to untangle the questions of why Syd left, where she is—and if she’s even a friend worth saving. Her only clue is Syd’s discarded pink leopard print cell phone and a single text contained there from the mysterious HIM. Along the way, forced to step out from Syd’s enormous shadow, Miranda finds herself stumbling into first love with Nick Allison of all people and learning what it means to be truly seen, to be finally not missing in her own life.

MY REVIEW:

I'm Not Missing is a novel about a girl named Miranda whose best friend abruptly cuts off contact and skips town in the middle of their senior year of high school. It’s a story all about change and how to adapt to it.

The story was just beautifully written. Carrie Fountain is not afraid to talk about serious topics. It grips you from the start and it’s so captivating.

Miranda, the main character was completely relatable, I understood every decision she was making and where she was coming from. The family interaction was other thing that made this book stand out.

I'm Not Missing is perfect for a summer read and is going to be a favorite of contemporary fans.

BOOK STATS 

Plot: ✰✰✰
Characters: ✰✰✰✰
Writing Style ✰✰✰✰
Personal Experience ✰✰✰
Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (3.8 Stars)

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The Cruel Prince By Holly Black - Book Review

Jul 5, 2018
The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black

Release Date: 02 Jan 2018

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Teen & YA

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SUMMARY: 

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself

MY REVIEW:



I am speechless 

The Cruel Prince is completely smart, captivating and utterly brilliant.

I am going to be completely honest, when this book came out I was trying to runaway from it because hype-books are usually a disappointment and I am afraid of Fairyland (completely my own issue) 

Nevertheless, after hearing amazing reviews and seeing badass quotes like this one: 

“If you hurt me, I wouldn't cry. I would hurt you back.” 
― Holly Black, The Cruel Prince

I finally read the book! and let me tell you IT WAS LEGENDARY. 



My absolute favorite new character is Jude Duarte she is such a strong female. So complex, witty and not afraid of having a dark side. Born human and fosters by her parents murderder she has been raised to believe she is less than the fey. She has to constantly prove her worth. Sometimes, when a book is written fantasy reflex reality. As an immigrant I completely relate to Jude. When I was learning English in the States I had to constantly prove that I was smarter and stronger than everyone. I had to prove that I was more than the labels they chose to put on me. Jude is truly an inspiration, utterly real as she was not overconfident or cocky or cruel, she was clever, a schemer and determined.

Holly black made a miracle in this book she made me want to live in Faerie Court. This shows another side of the fey. They still have riddles, and enchantments but this time our protagonist know their secrets. She has fey allies, she has a fey family, her home is fey and I think thats sometime very special about this book.

The writing style flow magnificently and in every page I was completely captivated. So much that I finish this book in one sitting.

I can’t express how amazing  this book was, and how much I related to it. Don't wait any longer and read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. 





BOOK STATS

Plot: ✰✰✰✰✰

Characters: ✰✰✰✰✰

Writing Style ✰✰✰✰✰

Personal Experience ✰✰✰✰✰

Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (4.9 Stars)

                                      
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Bruja Born By Zoraida Cordova - Book Review

Jun 4, 2018

Bruja Born 

By Zoraida Cordova 

Release Date: 05 June 2018

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Fire

Genre: Teen & YA /Sci Fi & Fantasy 

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SUMMARY: 

Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula's world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn't the only one who's been brought back...

Mini Review: 

Bruja Born picks up right after the events of the first book. The book focuses of the other Mortiz sister. Lula. 

This book is the perfect sequel to Labyrinth Lost. One of my favorite things about this book as the Lula's mental health was portrait. Because after the Los Lagos incident it is clear it took emotional and physical strength from Lula.

I have to stay I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, full of action and I absolutely love the family aspect. As a Latina, its so important to see my culture properly reseprented. I could totally see my family in the Mortiz family (with a few obvious differences) . 

If you enjoyed   Labyrinth Lost, you have to read Bruja Born. Is the sequel you can not miss. Zoraida Cordova comes back in full force and honestly I can't wait to see what she writes next. 


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Furyborn By Claire Legrand - Book Review

May 21, 2018


Furyborn

By Claire Legrand

Release Date: 22 May 2018

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Fire

Genre: Teen & YA

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SUMMARY: 

Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.

My Review:

Top five reasons why Furyborn should be your next read:

1. The main characters are AMAZING. BOTH girls, Rielle and Eliana are such exceptional characters.

2. A very unique take on dark fantasy. The book was reminiscent of The Hunger Games.

3. The writing style is wonderful. The story is told in alternating point of views from both girls. Even if they are a millennium apart we get to see them together and all the reasoning behind their actions.

4. Audric . He is a sweet puppy that most be protected at all cost 

5. The book for me was so fast paced and full of action.

BOOK STATS 

Plot: ✰✰✰✰
Characters: ✰✰✰✰✰
Writing Style ✰✰✰✰
Personal Experience ✰✰✰✰
Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (4.25 Stars) 

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From Twinkle, with Love By Sandhya Menon

Apr 25, 2018

From Twinkle, with Love

By Sandhya Menon

Release Date: 22 May 2018

Publisher:Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Simon Pulse

Genre: Teen & YA


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SUMMARY: 


Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

MY REVIEW

Sandhya Menon writes real girls, complex with hopes, dreams, flaws and personalities that are so damn relatable.

From Twinkle, with Love follows the story of Twinkle a girl who feels ignored by her family, and friends. Twinkle just recently loss her best friends Maddie to the popular crowd. A crowd that is made up of rich kids something Twinkle is not. She feels like she is never going to fit in unless she dates Neil. She think that if someone like Neil wants to hang out with her , then she can get her best friend back. Thus, when Sahil Roy, Neil’s twin brother offers to work together she accepts with hopes it would help her get closer to her crush.

Sandhya Menon books are hilarious and make me cringe in the best way. They bring me back to high school. When crushes were your world and everything felt like life or dead. Her characters are way braver than I was in high school, let me tell you that.

This book really related to me because I went to private school where some kids were way richer than me, so I know what is like and I felt Twinkle's pain like my own.

Menon creates a really needed diversity. She creates POC girls who are three dimensional. Which is necessary in today’s literature. We need to show the world, us POC girls are more than maids, or comedy relief. We are deserving of our own story.

Twinkle was so relatable. She is very quirky and fun. Sahil has a very charming personality a quality all boys in Menon’s book have. Perfect book boyfriend material.

I feel like is necessary that Sandhya Menon tell us if this boys she keeps writing about, sweet, charming, caring, dedicated and honest are real and if they are where can I order one?

The only criticism I have is that sometimes the story is a little predictable, but nevertheless I enjoyed this book immensely .

The story is told in emails, text messages, letters from Twinkle to famous film makers. Which made the book a very easy and quick read. I read in one sitting because I couldn’t stop!

Overall I have to say From Twinkle, with Love was a fun time. I would completely recommend taking this book as your beach read or read it during summer in your backyard or pool. 

Book Stats 

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Personal Experience ✰✰✰✰✰
Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (4.5 Stars)


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*Thank Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for providing an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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