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.


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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.

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Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (4.70 Stars)





*Thank Netgalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for providing an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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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.

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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. 





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Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (4.9 Stars)

                                      
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