Flashback Friday Review!🎀

Hello lovelies and happy Friday!🙃

For today’s FBF post, I will be reviewing… Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. There are so many great things about this book, as well as the subsequent novels… There is no way this review will do the books justice. Ah! So good! I couldn’t put Shatter Me down! And the day I finished the book?

I started reading it again.

And then I got my sister into it. That conversation went along the lines of:

Me: LAUREN

Lauren: Hmm?

Me: *Shoves book in her face* See this?! YOU’VE GOTTA READ THIS OHMIGOSH OHMIGOSH IT’S AHHHHMAZING

Lauren: Okay I will get to it. *turns back to what she is doing*

Me: *Shoves her things away and puts Shatter Me in place of her stuff* NO. Not later. NOW.

Lauren: 😶 That good, huh?

Me: Yeah. That good.

Okay, so maybe I am worse than she is when it comes to me wanting her to read a book that I really, really like.

Just a smidgen, though.

Maybe.

Maybe… not.

Moving on.

Shatter Me Cover

Can we just take a moment to admire the cover? Isn’t it so beautiful?😍 I just love finding beautiful covers! A cover itself is just as much of a work of art as the words on the pages inside. 📕

📜Synopsis (from the back of the book):

I have a curse. I have a gift.
I’m a monster. I’m more than human.
My touch is lethal. My touch is power.
I am their weapon. I will fight back.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time – and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

Writing Style

I absolutely loved the writing style. I liked loved how words were crossed out and replaced with other words! Okay, I know that is not a very… eloquent sentence, but for some reason that is the only way I can explain it. The whole crossing out words, and sometimes whole sentences out, is very unique and it certainly added a little something to the story.

You’re getting a cellmate roommate,” they said to me.
Another psycho like you No more isolation,” they said to me.

“What’s wrong?”
My parents stopped touching me when I was old enough to crawl. Teachers made me work alone so I wouldn’t hurt the other children. I’ve never had a friend. I’ve never known the comfort of a mother’s hug. I’ve never felt the tenderness of a father’s kiss. I’m not insane.  “Nothing.”
5 more seconds. “Can I sit next to you?”
That would be wonderful.  “No.” I’m staring at the wall again.

Beware that there are snippets of the novel below. Nothing too telling, but if you haven’t read the book yet then you might just want to refrain from reading them so you can read them for the first time when you read the novel!

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Book/Series Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting👽

Happy Wednesday, bookworms!

Wow, another Wednesday already. The weeks are seriously flying by. I hope y’all are enjoying summer break💛

Book update:

I am still reading Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd. I should be done with it by the end of today or early Thursday afternoon. Her Dark Curiosity is very good. Once again, there’s a dark, chilling, intriguing plot that immediately captures the reader’s attention. And lotsa romance!

SO.

I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk (which is why I have been taking a little longer to read books lately); I want to read, but at the same time, I don’t. That makes total sense, right? 😂 This happens to me every once in a while in a while! When I feel this way, I usually reread a book, one that I seriously love (like The Hourglass Door, for example)… And I’ve been really wanting to reread some books, but I want to finish my July TBR at the same time. #TheStruggle! I am not quite sure what to do. There are only 4 days left of this month and there’s no way I can finish my July TBR. 😩 I tried, you guys! I’ve been reading like a crazy woman and with all that is going on (preparing for college, putting on graduation parties, running endless errands…), I just couldn’t pull it off!

I decided to mainly write about The Taking, but I will mention a few things about the overall storyline and plot of the trilogy. If there are possible spoilers, I will let you know so nothing is ruined for y’all! Beware there are snippets from the first book in here – nothing too telling, though. I added them so you can get a feel of the characters. If you’ve already read The Taking… Well it’ll be like strolling down memory lane.

Anyway! Now for the…

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📜Synopsis of The Taking (from Barnes and Noble’s website):

The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on—her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend—but Kyra’s still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend’s kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore this growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover that there are others who have been “taken,” just like Kyra. But Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had . . . but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

I remember when I read this book! I remember reading it at night and I was a smidgen creeped out (but, then again, I get creeped out easily!). The books aren’t scary or anything – don’t get me wrong. Things are always a little creepy (or creepier) at night!!😁

The Taking

My favorite cover of the three novels is the first one. I just think it looks really cool. The fireflies mean something by the way; it’s not just a neat design. 🐞 (The closest thing to a firefly that I could find!) I also really like the feel of the cover. The last two covers feel differently and I don’t like it as much. Plus, when you touch the last two covers, it leaves fingerprints. 👣(Again, this is the closest thing I had to fingerprints!)

The author did a great job in making the reader feel what Kyra felt – longing, confusion, perhaps a little frustration as well. Evoking those emotions can be a difficult thing to do, but Ms. Derting did a wonderful job!👏

Characters:

Kyra’s dad. By the middle to end of the first chapter, you know Kyra and her dad are close. I definitely found her dada very likable! Her mother annoyed me, on the other hand, but maybe that’s because she remarried and had a kid after Kyra disappeared. If that happened in real life, I’d feel so betrayed, replaced and alone. #NotCool

My dad had always been dorky. And by dorky I guess I mean cheesy but sweet. He was the hands-on kind of dad. When I was little, he was the dad who volunteered to go on class field trips, and coach my softball and basketball teams when all the other dads were too busy working.

He worked, too, but his job as a computer programmer gave him the flexibility to telecommute, which meant he’d collected coach’s trophies until I went into middle school and his role was usurped by coaches who collected real paychecks for what they did.

But he’d never missed a single game or recital or parent-teacher conference.

He was that dad.

Tyler. Oh, Tyler. He’s incredibly sweet. By the end of chapter three, you’ll be smiling so widely because Tyler. I keep typing something and then erasing it because… nothing describes him accurately. You just have to read the book to know what I mean.

What do you remember? About me, I mean?”

I grinned again when he asked the question, because it was so close to what I’d just been thinking. “I remember you liked chalk. That you always did these cool chalk drawings all over the sidewalks,” I said, twisting in my swing to face him.

He made a face. “Ouch. Really? That’s what you think of when you think of me? Chalk?”

“That’s not bad, is it?” I laughed at his reaction, pushing off against and letting the swing drift. “Why? What do you remember about me?”

He stopped me moving, stopped swinging, as he inhaled, his eyes – those green eyes – following mine. “I remember thinking Austin was the luckiest guy I knew.”

My breath caught in the back of my throat, and my feet hit the ground, stopping me.

What?” Tyler insisted, swinging sideways until his shoulder nudged me. “Don’t pretend you didn’t know I had the hugest crush on you, Kyra. It wasn’t my fault I was only in the seventh grade and you barely noticed me.”

He was right; I’d barely noticed him back then. Most of my memories of Tyler were fragments, held together by Austin.

“See you how you went and made things all awkward?” I accused, getting up from my swing and dusting off the back of my borrowed yoga pants.

Undeterred, Tyler fell into step beside me as we made our way toward the park entrance. “Awkward or not, you should know I’m glad you’re back.” He flashed me a shy smile as he added, “And now that I am older,  I’ll try to be a little more memorable.”

Wait for it…

I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw what it was he’d come back to share with me. And then I smiled, because how could I not?

The illustrations were detailed and elaborate. And even though they were created with chalk, they were vibrant and lifelike.

Tyler had drawn a cobblestone pathway that stretched all the way from one side of our street to the other, bridging our two houses, practically from my front door to his. And then running across the top of the pathway was a saying, written in beautiful, scrawling script. It said:

I’ll remember you always.

Isn’t that the sweetest thing ever?!

Kyra. I really like Kyra. I felt very connected to her. She is very relatable. Her character definitely evolves over the course of the novels, but she also stays true to herself, if that makes any sense? Being abducted and returning with weird abilities didn’t really change her personality but it made her stronger. She was still Kyra and she insists that she hasn’t changed just because she has some crazy abilities. She definitely struggles to make sense of who she is throughout the novels but she never strays too far from her true self (even if she does some crazy things).

The storyline and plot.

The storyline is great. As the story goes on, throughout the other books, the plot evolves. It goes from the government chasing after Kyra and those like her, the Returned, to something else – something of a greater magnitude (I won’t specify; I don’t want to ruin it for y’all!). There is a lot of conspiracy theory stuff in here, mixed with sci-fi and I really enjoyed it! This trilogy involves a different, unique and fresh take on aliens. If you read all three books, I’ve no doubt you’d say the same thing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the other books in the series. All three books were suspenseful and fast-paced and full of swoon-worthy romantic moments. There is a little bit of a love triangle, but not really in the first book – more towards the second and third books. The love triangle in this story didn’t play a huge role – it’s not super strong. I don’t mean that in a bad way at all, either! I think the amount of love triangle potion in this story is perfect! If you don’t fancy love triangles, then you might take a liking to this one!

These books are not the kind where you can guess what happens next. Especially the final book, The Countdown. You think that the story is going one way, but then it takes a turn! I was definitely (pleasantly) surprised!

Goodness! Reviewing The Taking has me wanting to reread it. These books are definitely the kind that you can come back to again and again. That’s a great quality! I’ve read quite a few books by Kimberly Derting and none of them have disappointed!

Have YOU read The Taking trilogy? Let me know what your thoughts are on these bombsauce books!

What books do you find yourself reading over and over again?

College update:

Since there are only a couple weeks left until I leave for university (WOW), today I am getting things together that I need to put in boxes. We most likely won’t ship a ton of boxes since it’s so expensive. Instead, we will put what we can in boxes and suitcases and check those on the plane. So that is what I will be doing today! Along with reading (and hopefully finishing Her Dark Curiosity) and reviewing.

What memento must you take with you if/when you go to university?

I hope you all are having an amazing week! Hopefully y’all are staying cool in this heat! ❤️

Blessings!

Maya🌹

 

Special Request Book Review: The Fifth Wave🌊

Happy Monday!!!

Hey, you guys! Maya here! So today I am reviewing The Fifth Wave🌊 by Rick Yancey, as requested by a bombsauce friend of mine, Bailey!✨ If you’re reading this Bailey, hi!!👋😘

Lauren, my sister, actually pushed me (and I mean, really pushed me) to read The Fifth Wave. Goodness, after she finished reading it (or was it while she was reading?), she kept telling me, “Oh man, Maya, this book… You gotta read it!” Eventually, I caved and read the book for myself. Man, oh man, was she right about how good TFW is!

The Fifth Wave

I love the cover!

📜Synopsis (From Barnes and Noble’s website):

“After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.”

Does that sound good or what?

I think the different stages (waves) of alien invasion is really original! “1st wave: Lights out. The 2nd wave: Surf’s up. The 3rd wave: Pestilence. The 4th wave: Silencer” What will be the 5th wave?

You should read and find out!

🙅Don’t judge a book by the movie…📽⚖📖

If you haven’t read the book, you might’ve seen/heard of the movie. I did not see the movie, but from what I’ve heard (and read on IMDB and other sources), the movie was not very much like the book (I’m not talking about the hair color or eye color of the actors/actresses either… I’m talking storyline!). So… that’s why I’ve not watched it! So if you’ve watched the movie and you didn’t like the movie (or if you did), well then you should really read the book because the book was ahhhmazing! Movies rarely do the book justice. However. I will say that it is cool to see the characters come to life, even if the script and storyline are completely different.

But I am still not watching the movie.

Let’s talk about Evan Walker.

Evan Walker is perfect… with his chocolatey brown, puppy dog eyes😍 and his mysterious disposition. Not only is he super handsome and mysterious, he’s super sweet! I think my favorite part of the book with him in it (besides the funny moment you’ll read about in a bit) is when he takes care of Cassie after she gets shot. I thought it was just so sweet when he washed her hair for her. I love how he’s always standing just outside the door…

I pause once in the shore when I hear a tiny sound just outside the door.
‘Are you standing out there?’ I ask. The small, tiled bathroom magnifies a sound like an echo chamber.
There’s a pause, and then a soft answer: “Yes.”
Why are you still standing out there?’
“I’m waiting to rinse your hair.”

😂😂😂

He can rinse my hair!💁

My thoughts on the love △

There is a love triangle in this book, but for me, there really is only one choice! I really, really like Evan Walker. I am, for sure, on the Evan train. Mysterious handsome dude that is smart, sharp, deadly, but has a tender, sweet side, too? I’m so there.😂 I’ve read a lot of reviews that talk about people strongly disliking love triangles, but I actually don’t mind them. I think it gives the story another dimension. Plus, it’s always fun to read about the two guys battling for the girl’s heart… with their witty banter and hilarious insults. I always get a good laugh outta that stuff.

Back to that funny part I mentioned earlier!

I mentioned that there’s a really funny part in The Fifth Wave that involves my favorite guy in this book, Evan… Gosh, it is so hilarious.I really, really want to tell y’all about it but I am afraid it would ruin it for you guys! But since I brought it up, I might as well write down a little… blurb about it, if you will. *Mini spoiler alert! If you don’t want to know about this hilarious part then don’t read the following: It involves Evan getting shrapnel… in his butt. How awkward (and painful) is that?! 😂 Poor Evan! Poor Cassie! 😂

My thoughts on Cassie:

I love Cassie’s personality… especially her sarcasm, which is her “normal mode of communication.” She is a very strong and… resilient protagonist. Cassie’s comfort object is her M16 instead of a teddy bear.  She does have a teddy, but it’s not hers; it’s her little brother’s bear. I don’t think she would admit it, but I think Sammy’s teddy bear also brings her some comfort (maybe not as much as the M16, but still!). The bear’s name? Bear.🐻

Thoughts on the different POVs.

With all the different POVs in this novel, it can be hard to keep the characters sounding different – the way they narrate their own part of the story, but I thought the author did a great job. Each character has a distinct voice/way of narrating their part of the story.

This book is definitely fast-paced…Lots of action! And I loooove action💥! If you like action, you’ll love this book. If you don’t like action, you’ll still love this book. Trust me, guys. This is a book that you don’t want to miss. The story is very intriguing (I need to start using a different word; I keep using it!). You don’t quite know where the story is going and I really liked that. Something that really works well in this book is the use of alternating POVs  It heightens the suspense, draws you in even more and leaves you wondering how everything fits together – how things will end, which I touched on in my Waiting on Wednesday⏰ post last week.

Once you start reading The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey, it’s difficult to stop; the story, the mystery (and Evan Walker) just sucks you in. And once you’re done… you find yourself wanting mooorrrrrre.

More Evan Walker, that is.😉

Okay so I may have a teensy obsession with Evan.

Stop laughing at my improper use of “teensy.”

Literary Mood of The Fifth Wave

The author did a great job with the mood of this story. Mood, in a literary sense, is defined as the vibe or feeling (or atmosphere) that the reader gets through the descriptions and words used by the author. Mr. Yancey did a great job in creating a fearful, distrustful, and bleak mood. I definitely felt these vibes while reading the book. The mood the author created was very well developed and well done.

Y’all should definitely read this book… I still need to read The Infinite Sea (don’t hate me!). I am thinking about re-reading this book before I read The Infinite Sea because, if you don’t read the second book soon after the first, you forget all the little nuances of the book! Little things that can be big things in the subsequent novels! Lauren has been hassling me about reading TIS😂 She’s pretty passionate about it! Love ya, Sis!❤️ I am totally the same way, though, when I want her to read a book I absolutely love so it’s all good!

I hope everyone is having fantastic weekend. I know I am! This whole week has been so great. I went to see Coldplay in Indianapolis (Read about that here… If you want!: Coldplay Concert Experience) … And then, on Saturday, my dad put on a graduation/going away/birthday party for Lolli and me! It was a lot of fun and we all had a great time. My dad did an amazing job in decorating the house and just… putting on a good party! 👏🎈🎉 Last week was a busy one, but it was a busy and bombsauce one at that! Each week that goes by gets crazier and crazier, busier and busier, but it’s been so bombsauce. Only… 21 days until I leave for university! And that means there are 23 days until move-in day and until my sister and I turn 18!  

WOAH.

I hope you guys have an amazing, blessed week! Check back here on Wednesday for The Countdown book review! I am trying to decide on whether or not I should review the first book, The Taking, so I won’t give away anything for those who’ve not yet read The Countdown. If y’all have a preference, let me know! If I do end up writing about The Countdown (which will inevitably contain spoilers for the first and second book), I will put a huge “spoiler alert” banner so no one ruins it for themselves! Don’t you just hate when that happens?! #TheStruggleIsReal

XOXO💙

-Maya🌹

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coldplay Concert!🎤

YOU. GUYS. COLDPLAY WAS AHHMAZING!  I had so much fun, singing along and dancing and just… Doing what you do at concerts (I sound so intelligent, I know😂)! Chris Martin is a fantastic singer and a pretty stinking awesome entertainer. He is like the energizer bunny🐰! He sang AND danced pretty much the whole time!! Bombsauce.

I didn’t know what to expect and having no expectations just made the concert that much better. Coldplay played a TON of songs, all of which were from pretty much every album! My favorite song is Viva La Vida and when the song came on (mind you, I wasn’t expecting them to play it)… Oh man, you should’ve seen my reaction😂 I was screaming like crazy because I was so excited because VIVA LA VIDA!! It was even better in person! Not only did they play Viva La Vida, but they also played other oldies and I am a huge fan of their older albums. Hearing all of those songs, along with their new ones, was totally amazing and it was just the best night ever.

I think what made this concert so special to me is not only because it was my first concert and my first time seeing Coldplay, but… Because of the album, A Head Full of Dreams. The whole theme is “Festival of Colors” or, Holi, and that is an Indian celebration. On the AFHOD CD and cover, it says “Coldplay” in Hindi! And on the drums and stuff, it says Coldplay in Hindi, as well! How neat is that? I am part Indian and Holi is, like, the best thing ever and I know all about it! I love Holi! I want to go to India during Holi (another bucket list item!).

I got so many great videos and pictures! I’m so glad I got to capture the memories on my phone!📱This special trip to Indianapolis was definitely an “adventure of a lifetime!” It was also a very short trip. We were in Indy only one full day… But the trip was just awesome sauce. Having a bad ankle sprain (and having to wear a walking boot) definitely sucked because I couldn’t walk around as much, but I still had a great time. If you’re thinking that an ankle sprain is nothing, trust me, it’s not “nothing!” I’ve been off the ice for two months now and it’s not been fun (I miss skating!). When my physical therapist said that I have an ankle sprain, I was like “What?! All this pain is from an ankle sprain?! Only a sprain?! It feels like it’s fractured!” Yep. An ankle sprain is actually really painful and it’s something that takes forever to go away (Stubborn little buggers)…And from all the walking and traveling, my leg is SO swollen😩 Imagine a golf ball sized lump in the space between where your foot connected to your leg. Yeah… Anyway. It’s been getting better with the help of my amazing PT guy, Kyle, and I can’t wait to be back on the ice – hopefully before I leave for university!

Sorry for the little rant! Here are a few pictures my family and I got from the concert!

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I probably already mentioned this, but it was so COOL to hear Coldplay LIVE. I mean… Wow! Chris Martin’s voice is just so perfect! I could listen to him sing (or talk, for that matter) all day and all night!🎧 I’ve had all the songs they played last night stuck in my head. When I am just sitting quietly, my thoughts drift back to the concert and the songs replay in my head and I swear that I can hear it as if I am there yet again…

The concert was so lively! Like I previously stated, Chris Martin is an energizer bunny! Not only that, but there was confetti everywhere (when A Sky Full of Stars came on, confetti pieces in the shape of stars shot out into the arena and I caught a few in my hands and some got caught in my hair! I brought them home with me)…And there were jumbo sized balloons floating and bouncing when Adventure of a Lifetime came on… it was SO EPIC!

At one point during the beginning of the concert, Chris went to some of the fans and someone was videoing, right? Well he took that person’s phone and videoed himself (Chris) and his other band buddies! Then he threw the phone back to that very, very lucky person! How cool is that?!

Chris started playing the piano for “Everglow” and someone shouted, “I LOVE YOU CHRIS!” Chris paused, pointed in the direction of the dude (who was behind me), and said, “Thank you” and everyone laughed! It was hilarious, the way he paused and said thank you. You just had to be there! I got it on video, too😏.

I am so blessed and thankful to have had the opportunity to attend a Coldplay concert… To have a Coldplay concert be my first concert! My favorite band… Ever! It’s always been my favorite and it always will be. I was so happy when I found out they were coming to my home state, but then I saw the dates… And I will be at university when they are scheduled to play. That just crushed my heart💔! So when I opened my grad present and saw tickets to Coldplay in Indianapolis (tucked away in a bookmark, which was in the new book my family had given me)… Well you can probably imagine my excitement! I was incredibly shocked😱 (literally, my face went 😱)! I was SO, SO happy😌. Goodness, I can’t even convey how much going to a Coldplay concert meant to me! Thank you, Mom and Dave (my step-dad)!  And, of course, I want to thank God because He is the one who ultimately made this adventure possible! ❤️

Review update: I am still working on that special book review request, but I should have it up by Monday! I have yet to start The Countdown (Kimberly Derting) review, but no matter; I should have that up by Wednesday!

I hope y’all have a great Friday! Enjoy the weekend, bookworms!

-Maya🌹

 

Waiting on Wednesday⏰

Happy Waiting on Wednesday⏰, everyone! If you’re not sure what a “Waiting on Wednesday” post is, then allow to me enlighten you💡! A “Waiting on Wednesday” post consists of me talking about new/upcoming releases that I am looking forward to – and that you might be looking forward to, as well!

The date🗓 is July 20th and that means that August🌼is near.😱 And do you know what that means?!

That means that The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson and Forever Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon are going to be released very soon. On the second of August, to be exact. I am so excited for these two books to come out. I have been waiting Forever Doon to come out for quite a few months now (it sure has felt like forever). I recently finished The Heart of Betrayal so it hasn’t been too long of wait for that one, but still… And, of course, both books ended on huge cliffhangers, which makes the waiting so much worse, am I right?

It also means that I’ll be at a Coldplay concert tonight!😱 SO EXCITED! 

Both upcoming releases that I mentioned above are the final books in their series. The Beauty of Darkness is the final book in The Remnant Chronicles and Forever Doon is the final book in the Doon series. The first and second books in The Remnant Chronicles are The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal, respectively. The order of books in the Doon series goes as follows: Doon, Destined for Doon, Shades of Doon, and, of course, Forever Doon. 

I absolutely love both The Remnant Chronicles and the Doon series. When I was reading both novels, I couldn’t put them down for anything. My eyes were glued to the page and reality didn’t exist! My poor sister would be talking to me, thinking I was listening the whole time, and I would eventually notice that there was some noise interrupting my reading… And I’d say, “Huh?!” And she’d go, “🙄 You know what, never mind! The wall is a better listener than you are!”

😬Oopsie….Sorry (not sorry!), Lolli!

The Kiss of Deception was very, very good. I am trying to get Lauren to read it! The Kiss of Deception is about a princess, Lia, who fled her kingdom to escape an arranged marriage.

📜Synopsis for The Kiss of Deception (Straight from the back of the book):

“In a society stepped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight – but she doesn’t – and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage for an alliance with a neighboring kingdom – to a prince she’s never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive – unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets – even as she finds herself falling in love.”

There are three or four different points of view – Lia, of course is on of them, another is the prince she was supposed to marry, the third is the assassin that’s hunting Lia, and occasionally there are parts from Pauline’s (Lia’s friend) POV. You can’t get confused because the speaker is indicated at the beginning of each chapter.

I enjoyed reading The Kiss of Deception. Pretty sure I already said that….Anyway. I read the second book as soon as it came out and I think I like that one even better than the first book, which is rare. The second book in a series is always good, but there’s nothing like reading the first book for the first time, you know?  The second book was so bombsauce – another one of those “true escape” books. I was totally, utterly and completely…absorbed. Hopefully that makes sense!

Lia is seriously my favorite character. I love how she’s so sassy and brave. And cleverThe Kiss of Deception is definitely worth reading this summer. Plus, if you read the first and second book soon, you’ll be ready for the third and final book so you won’t have to worry about waiting for-stinking-ever to find out what happens next!

Beware: There IS a love triangle! Prepare yourselves! Assassin or prince? Hm🤔 Tricky, tricky, tricky! I have definitely been going back and forth between the two of them! They are both very different characters… Of course they do have one thing in common: they both love Lia! Personally, I love them both but I am rooting for the prince! No, it’s not because he is a prince! I just like his character/personality better! 💁

📜Synopsis for Doon (Straight from the back of the book):

“Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious along boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strong set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt – and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for… or they could end up breaking an enchainment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.”

You want to know a neat little fact? The castle (Castle Macrae) in Doon actually exists… and my step-dad is a Macrae!😱😱😱😱 How bombsauce is that?! We have a painting of the castle in my house!🏰 I’d love to go there… Oh man, that’d be so cool. There are a few places I want to go. I want to go to India (and read Tiger’s Curse while I am there), I want to go to Italy (and read The Hourglass Door while I am there) and I want to go to Scotland (and read Doon while I am there). Bucket list📝! Another thing on my bucket is… to have, like, an Indian party where everyone wears Indian garb (saris and bindis for women and whatever the men wear😂) and we all dance and eat Indian food. Doesn’t that sound like so much fun?!

Doon, and the other installments, are so captivating. You just get sucked into this unique and beautiful world and once you’re there, you don’t want to leave. I sure as heck didn’t want to leave!🙅

There are two points of view in this novel… One from Mackenna’s POV and one from Veronica’s! It wasn’t annoying at all (for those of you who don’t like alternating POVs). I actually find that alternating POVs enhance the story… Especially the suspense element! 😮

While I love Jamie (and Veronica), I have to say that I love Duncan and Kenna a smidgen more, but that is just my opinion. I am not saying that I don’t like Jamie and Veronica, though; I am just saying that I like Duncan and Kenna a wee bit more. The two of them together are absolutely hilarious and Duncan is so cute, sweet and quirky, while Jamie and Veronica have a little bit more of a passionate relationship. Welllllllll… Because the relationships are so different, I can’t say which one I like better…. #IAmAWeeBitIndecisive! What I do know for sure is that the authors did a great job creating two distinguished loves for Jamie and Vee and Duncan and Kenna and for that, I applaud them!👏

🏰The descriptions in Doon were nice and vivid and the storyline was intriguing, captivating, and clever. As the series goes on, the books get even more and more enticing and clever. These books draw you in… and don’t let go! Which is a good thing… I didn’t want to be let go!😂

Something I thought really enhanced Doon is the use of Scottish dialect! Initially, I figured it would be a little annoying, but actually, I ended up enjoying it very much. Actually, I ended up loving it!!💗

All in all, I loved  both Doon and The Heart of Betrayal and I’m so, so excited to get my paws🐾 on the final books in both The Remnant Chronicles and the Doon series. I highly recommend both these books! 5 stars!

Book update: I have finished The Countdown👽 by Kimberly Derting! Holy moly, that ending was epic! The review should be up early next week! I will now start reading Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd.🔬

I hope y’all have an amazing Wednesday! I can’t wait to tell y’all all about the Coldplay concert. 🎤 Check back here soon for the Coldplay concert details, a special request book review, and more bookish bombsauceness! 📖💣💥

-Maya🌹

August TBR!📚 And College Updates🏫

Happy August first, you guys! It’s move-in month, my birth month, and the month in which Forever Doon (by Carie Corp and Lorie Langdon) and The Beauty of Darkness (Mary E. Pearson) come out!

This month is going to be one loaded month! I am so excited to start college🏫 and meet new people… to learn more and to go on exciting adventures. This whole college thing is an adventure! I am excited to live in another state that actually experiences the seasons…😂!  Ooo it’s going to be so bombsauce. I am definitely going to miss all my skating friends and family that are here at home, though. ❤️

“I was born with a reading list I will never finish.” – Maud Casey

Unfortunately, Maud Casey speaks the truth, but hey, on the bright side, we will never run out of reading material and that’s definitely a good thing! I was talking to my mom and sister the other day and I was saying that when I am an adult (older than 18, I mean) and later on in life (way later), a mother, I will still be reading YA fiction! 😂 There’s no way I can just stop reading YA fiction – there are just way too many amazing books out there, you know?

College and Reading

This TBR is going to be for the whole month, as per usual, but please note that I will be moving into college on the 18th (my birthday!…and Lauren’s) and starting classes on the 22nd, which means that, for a little while, I will not be able to do any free reading or post as often as I do now. Oh, how it pains me to say that. There won’t be many books on this TBR because… I can only pack so many books.😩 That’s going to be fun – trying to decide which books to take and which to leave behind. I will definitely be bringing The Hourglass Door trilogy with me. Those books are A MUST. I am also thinking of bringing Stars Above (Marissa Meyer) because short stories are a perfect little getaway during busy bee college times!

Okay…Wait. ⏹

My bombsauce friend, Abby, just asked if my university has a library. It does! She said to see if I can get the type of books I read from there. I looked and from what I gathered, I can’t get the books that I read from their library (YA fiction), but I can get it from another library that has a partnership with my school and they will just send me the books!

Brilliant! The problem of having access to reading material is now solved.

But. I still won’t be able to read and review as often as I do now (AHH, that makes me really sad!😭),  I will do my best to post as often as I can. I don’t want to just stop writing on here completely. I’m going to be honest; there will be a week or two that I may not get to post at all (gosh that makes me so sad😭), but please don’t stop checking in! I love y’all lots so… You should stick with me throughout college. PLUS… I will be posting about my college adventures whenever I get the chance. Y’all don’t wanna miss that, now do you?

Didn’t think so!😉

I am still bringing a few books, though. Like I said, I am definitely bringing The Hourglass Door trilogy by Lisa Magnum and Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. That’s four books. Hm. What else should I bring? I want to bring new books that I have in my shelf that I haven’t read yet. This is the list of new books in my shelf (new books meaning the start of a new series I’ve not yet read):

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Vitro by Jessica Khoury

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes is in my August TBR (below) so I guess I should bring it. Well, I could always request it to be sent to my school, you know? Goodness! This is a hard decision to make… I’ll let you guys know what I end up bringing with me to college in a special post!

TBR Time!

So… I, obviously, didn’t finish all of the books on my July TBR. Oopsie! I did put a lot on there and added three or four books later on in the month. 🙄 I couldn’t help myself after that book haul! I did try my hardest, though… I read like crazy! I’ve read quite a few books these past couple of months and it’s been so bombsauce! So many great stories…I feel like I read more than five books in July. Well. I read/finish reading Winter by Marissa Meyer early in July… So I read six books. Still feels like I read more, though!

Favorite new book on my July TBR has to go to… both Gone by Michael Grant and The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd.

Favorite final book in a trilogy/series has to go to… The Countdown by Kimberly Derting. LOVED THE ENDING.

Anyway. Here’s my August TBR (not necessarily in this order):

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

One of the books I am really looking forward to is Nerve. Y’all may or may not have heard of it, but it’s actually a movie! I believe it is coming out soon..that, or it has already come out. The movie is actually an adaption of the book! How bombsauce is that? (I will be interested to see how the movie and book compare… If I end up watching the movie!) The reason I am so excited to read Nerve is because of the game idea; The Forbidden Game: The Hunt/The Chase/The Kill by L.J. Smith involves a dangerous game as well. (Oh how I wish that were a movie!) I read the trilogy eight times because it was just so good. I just couldn’t get enough of it. Of course, these two books will have different plots and outcomes, but both involve a dangerous game… so that’s why I am super excited to read Nerve. 

Have any of you guys read Nerve? Or any of the books mentioned in this post? How did you like them?

What books are on your August TBR? Let me know in the comment box below!

I hope y’all have a wonderful Monday. Stay cool! It’s gonna be another hot day. 🔥

XOXO

Maya🌹

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCM Book Review!😍

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Happy (MCM😍) Monday, everybody! It’s a new day, a new week…  A fresh start! I hope everyone has a fantastic and blessed Monday 😃
I am so excited to review The Selection💍 by Kiera Cass. I absolutely adore The Selection (and the other books in the series). I actually read the first book in one day… Literally in one sitting. I sat at the dinner table and read… the whole evening/night until I flipped to the last page and I was like, “Wait… I’m done? I’M DONE?! NOOOOOOOOO!” How many of you have done this before?✋#IAmSOGuilty

The Selection

I know what you are probably thinking… “Why is she smelling her armpit?” My mom and sister made fun of the cover the same day I got the book and I was not amused!😂 My favorite cover is The One! I even have a poster of The One! It’s just so beautiful. If you get the hardcovers, there’s a pretty crown engraved into the cover underneath the jacket. I love when the hardcovers have designs! Anyway, I just love the look of The One. Now I know I have been saying The Selection series. These three books have been out for a while, but Ms. Cass has added onto the series. Although, the newer books, The Heir and The Crown (I have to read The Crown, which recently came out), do not talk about Maxon’s Selection. I don’t want to say what they are about, exactly, because it will ruin the outcome of these first three books for you guys!

📜Synopsis (From B&N’s website):

“For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, live in a palace, and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and competing for a crown she doesn’t want. Then America meets Prince Maxon—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.”
First of all, I LOVE that Ms. Cass named her protagonist America🇺🇸! I never really thought about it as a name for a person, but I actually really like it. You know is also pretty cool? The books are red, white and blue, like the American flag! 😱😱😱 The colors is slightly out of order, but whatever ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Close enough!
Like America, I liked/loved Aspen. But then Maxon came into the picture and I am way more of a Maxon kind of girl😍❤️. I love, love, LOVE Prince Maxon. Ahh! It is seriously hard for me to explain just how much I love him… and this book! The love story is to die for. I think what is so great about The Selection’s love story is that you could could feel yourself falling for Maxon along with America…As if you are America herself! There are a lot of funny, yet sweet moments between Maxon and America… When I read those parts, my heart just totally melted like butter on a hot skillet. *kssssss* It is impossible not to smile when reading The Selection! 😊
American Singer is my favorite character (besides Maxon, of course). I love her personality… She is simple, elegant, selfless and strong.  She didn’t want to partake in the Selection, but she decided to participate to help her family (once you’re in the Selection, whether or not you win the crown and the prince, your live changes forever and while she participates, her family gets paid).
Prince Maxon… *swoons*  He’s AHHMAZING. Maxon is quite the gentleman! Polite. Kind. Charming. Totally swoon worthy. I’ve read a lot of books, all with amazing guys in them… But I have to say, out of all of them, I would probably choose Maxon to be real. WELL. Maxon or Ren (from Tiger’s Curse). Or Dante from The Hourglass Door. My top three guys.
Prince Maxon is nothing like America thought he would be and that’s a good thing, too, because she didn’t really think very highly of him! Something I really admired about Maxon is how badly he wants to be a good leader for his country. He really cares about the people and it just made it all the more likable to me! Not only that, he truly wants someone to love and care for.
At the beginning of the Selection, the relationship between Maxon and America is very interesting – it’s a different dynamic than between Maxon and the other girls in the Selection. They agree to be just friends and not try to be anything more, but that changes over time as the Selection goes on… Heheh!!!! 😏😏😏😏😏
Oh… I loved Queen Amberly. She is very sweet and you can really see how much she loves her boy! Queen Amberly reminded me a lot of my own mother, actually!  The queen is a perfect role model for the girls in the Selection. There’s a novella about King Clarkson’s Selection and how he chose Amberly (from Amberly’s POV)… I really loved reading it. I would recommend you read it after The One! 
The Selection is a dystopian novel; they have a caste system that goes from One to Eight, with One being the wealthiest and Eight being very poor. America is a Five – artists and musicians. Aspen is a Six and his family is always struggling for food even though they are constantly working (they don’t get paid very much). A relationship between the two would result in America leaving her caste and becoming a Six – you can’t move up a caste through marriage. Aspen and America’s relationship is somewhat forbidden; her parents, especially her mother, want her to marry well and marrying a Six is not marrying well.
This novel doesn’t feel too dystopian, so if you aren’t really into dystopian novels, you won’t not like this one. The Selection series really focuses on the Selection process, but there are dystopian aspects to this novel, which I think is great. There is a perfect balance between the dystopian and romance elements of this book.
Another thing I really liked about this book was the whole special treatment thing because America is in a palace and so she has maids (who are super duper nice and they are her friends and they care for her and she cares for them… How cool is that?! Some of the Selected don’t treat their maids well🙄). America has to learn how to be a lady and all that fun stuff… I just love love love all that fancy stuff! 👗👒👠
The Selection definitely deserves 5 stars. The story is perfectly balanced between the dystopian elements, the love story, and competitiveness of the girls participating in the Selection.

A little off topic, BUT! I just gotta tell you guys! I am going to a Coldplay concert this week and I am just so excited. Coldplay is my favorite band… and it’ll be my first concert, if you can believe it.😱😱 The concert tickets were a graduation gift and you should’ve seen my face when I found out that we are going to see Coldplay! Oh man. Anyway. I am just so excited to see them play! It’s going to be bombsauce. We got great seats, too! Heheh.

OH! And in thirty days, I will be moving into university… and on that same day, my twin sister and I will be turning 18! So it’s our golden birthday, we will be adults, and we are moving into college! What a crazy birthday! I am so, so excited.

Book update: I am still reading The Countdown by Kimberly Derting. I am about halfway through. I should be done with the book in two to three days, if that, and then I will get to writing that review. It should be up sometime next week! I know I am taking a little longer than usual to finish this book, but I have been so busy with getting everything together to move to university! Forgive me!❤️

Question of the Day: If you could jump into one book… What book would it be and why? Let me know in the comment box below! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this… loaded(😂) question!❤️

Check back here soon to read my Waiting on Wednesday⏰post!

-Maya🌹

 

 

 

 

Flashback Fri(yay) Book Review!🎀

Hello lovelies!👋 I hope you’re all doing well and having a lovely week! And summer🌞! I know I am having just the best week ever. Yesterday, I got to spend the day with my dad at his office. My sister and I used to go there all the time with him when we were little and it was just so cool to be back as (pretty much) an adult. My dad put me at a desk and I felt so cool and work-y!😂 We had such a good time (even if he worked most of the time!). He’s such a jokester so it’s impossible to not have fun with my dada! One of my dad’s employees, who has been around for a lot time (we are pretty close), took me out to get Starbucks! It was so bombsauce catching up with her and I just had the best time ever! That night, we watched Zootopia (for the second time because we had watched it late at night and my dad fell asleep a couple of times) and the movie is just the cutest thing ever. I’m obsessed! It reminded me a lot of going off to college… to start a new adventure. I am totally in love with the song, “Try Everything” by Shakira! I will definitely be listening to that song when I leave for university… ✈️🎒

Now for the…

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So today I will be reviewing Wings🌸 by Aprilynne Pike. I read this book a while ago (six years ago😱) and it’s actually what got me back into reading. You see, I had read lots prior to reading this novel, but I ran out of reading material (Not really possible, but I didn’t have enough money to buy books and I guess I didn’t think about going to the library or I just didn’t have time to go)… And I had read The Forbidden Game only like a hundred times and I didn’t want to go on reading that for the rest of my life!😂 Don’t get me wrong, I loved that book (still do!), but I really wanted some new reading material📚. Then my sister, Lauren, lent me her copy of Wings! I remember sitting on the arm of the couch when she handed me the book. I immediately started reading it…  and I was instantly in love with it. Since then, I have finished the series and read the books a couple times each!

The cover of Wings is gorgeous – all of the covers in this series are🌺. Unfortunately, when Lauren🌼read the book, she found the jacket annoying so she took it off and we haven’t seen it ever since! 👀 But here’s a pretty picture of the inside of the book with a plumeria flower from my backyard:

Wings 

📜Synopsis:

Laurel leads a fairly normal life. That is, until she wakes up one morning and there’s a huge flower blooming from her back (“normal” pretty much went out the window after that). In trying to find out more about this flower growing from her back, Lauren realizes that nothing in her life is normal. Aided by a enticing faerie sentry, who knows the truth about her past, Laurel must save her family, and all of the faerie race, from an old faerie enemy that threatens the entire faerie and human race.

I really like Wings because it has a very unique take on faeries👼. I’ve definitely not read anything quite like it. Not only was the story very unique, the characters were well developed and relatable. I really related with Laurel because she doesn’t like being cooped up inside and I am the same way! Get. Me. Outside. Or else. I’d, hands down, much rather be outside doing…whatever… than being inside, all cooped up with no fresh air!🍃🍄🌿 Another thing I liked about Laurel was that she worked at a bookstore…How bombsauce is that? I’ve always wanted to work at a bookstore! Wouldn’t it be so cool to work at a bookstore that had shelves so high that you had to use a ladder to get to them? Not just any ladder, but one of those that has the roller thingies on it so it slides from shelf to shelf, like in Beauty and the Beast?! Oh, how I love Beauty and the Beast… I have loved the movie ever since I was little. I never really knew how much I was like Belle until I watched the movie as an older kid. What’s pretty funny, too, is that I can’t put my hair the way Belle does it because I actually look like her and it’s a little freaky😱!

Sorry, off topic😁

Back to reviewing….🖊

Not only did I like the main characters, Laurel, David, and Tamani, but I really liked the supporting characters, Chelsea, Shar and a few others. Chelsea actually reminded me of someone I know. It’s always great to read a book that has strong, likable supporting characters and this book definitely had that.

There’s definitely a love triangle in Wings! So prepare yourself.😂 There are a lot of people that don’t enjoy love triangles, but I actually do! I wonder what that says about me…😶

I loved David from the moment he appeared in Wings, but then… Tamani came into the picture (well, onto the page) and I was, like, head over heels for him instantly. But then there’s David, too…

But Tamani.

But David.

😩Argh. The struggle is real!

There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about Wings🌺! Have you ever read a book and you just…totally escape reality? It’s so hard to explain, but this was one of those books for me and I really think it would be one of those kinds of books for you, too! It was so easy to fall in love with the characters, with the world Ms. Pike created…You know what? It was so easy to fall in love with this whole book!😂 But seriously… There are good books, there are great books and then there are the special books that you totally lose yourself in!

All in all, Wings and the subsequent installments, Spells, Illusions, and Destined, are definitely worthy of a 5 star rating!⭐️ Be sure to check it out and maybe add this series onto your August TBR📚

I hope y’all have an amazing Friday and weekend! Check back here on Monday… You’re not going to want to miss Monday’s review!💚

Love you guys!

-Maya🌹

 

 

Book Review: Gone💨 by Michael Grant

Hey everyone! So today I am reviewing Gone💨by Michael Grant. Let me just say…Wow. What a great book… Full of mystery and intrigue, a little bit of romance, and lots of crazy, weird stuff. And bullies.👊

Gone by Michael Grant

Synopsis (Straight from the back of the book):

“In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents – unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers – that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent. The first breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, Gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.”

This book is basically Lord of Flies reimagined! VOYA stated, “If Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies, it might have been a little like this.” VOYA put it perfectly.👌 Hey, if you didn’t like Lord of the Flies… Don’t let that discourage you from reading this book! The two stories have quite a few similarities, of course, but there are a few differences between Gone and Lord of the Flies.

Gone exceeded my expectations! I knew it was going to be good after reading the synopsis… But once I read the book from back to back, I realized that the synopsis doesn’t do this book justice. They rarely do, though!

I started reading this book late at night and I get creeped out easily so being the only one up in my house and reading about everyone fifteen and up disappearing… It kind of creeped me out.😂 The whole people disappearing thing is quite eerie. But that’s what makes it sooo good!

The author, Mr. Grant, did a great job making the whole people disappearing thing very realistic, in that the cars the adults were driving when they “poofed” crashed, the little kids (or littles as the book put it) needed to be looked after, stoves were still on…And more! Those things would definitely happen if adults just… poofed! I definitely liked that aspect of this book.

But… Then again, I loved all of this book.

The first thing I thought of when I read the back of Gone💨, in terms of kids running things, was Maximum Ride by James Patterson. And Witch and Wizard, also by James Patterson. I loved the Maximum Ride (my twin is nutso about it) and W&W series (my twin hasn’t read W&W yet but I’m trying to get her into it). Now the stories are completely different, but since there are lots of kids involved and not very many adults, it reminded me of the two James Patterson series. So if you enjoyed reading those books, you’ll definitely enjoy reading Gone. If you’ve not yet read Maximum Ride and Witch and Wizard, then be sure to check them out! I’ve read W&W so many times I lost count…

This book definitely had a few funny moments! I thought it was funny that Mary and John were nicknamed “Mother Mary” and “Brother John” since they were taking care of the littles. 😂

😱😱There were a few shocking moments and twists in Gone that I really didn’t see coming🚃! 😱😱That’s always a plus. It’s always hilarious when someone, like my sister or me, is reading a book and something shocking happens and they dramatically gasp. One time I freaked my mom out because I gasped so loudly while we were in the car (she was driving)… Oopsie! I can’t help it! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The characters were all great! Well, except for the bad guys, of course (though they were written well). One thing I feel that could’ve been better is the descriptions of the characters – what they looked like.. Their facial features and such. But that’s just me being nitpicky! 🔎 Oh! And speaking of characters, there were a couple sets of twins in this book so, naturally, I liked it even more.😜

This book didn’t end on a huge cliffhanger – not like, right in the middle of war or anything, but it was still a cliffhanger, doing what it does best…Leaving you wanting for more. 🎣

I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, Hunger! I really want to see where the story goes… And what that sinister creature is up to.🐺

Let me know if you have read Gone💨 and what your thoughts are on this crazy bombsauce book. Also, if you have any suggestions on what y’all would like me to review🖊, be sure let me know!

Book update: As I’ve finished Gone💨 by Michael Grant, I will commence reading The Countdown by Kimberly Derting, the final book in The Taking trilogy👽

💛Before y’all go, be sure to check out my friend Abby’s blog, TotallyAbigailif you haven’t already and if you’ve already checked it out… Check it out again! She’s super sweet and her posts are super cute and… y’all should send her lots of love!💛

Check back here on Friday to read my FBF Book Review🎀!

-Maya🌹

MCM Book Review😍

Hey guys! Happy Monday! So this Monday, I am going to change things up a bit and do a MCM (Man Crush Monday) book review post! Basically, it’s a book review, but with a little more emphasis on the love interest. This Monday, I’ve decided to talk about The Goddess Test (as well as the other installments in the series) by Aimée Carter, which means I will be talking about…the amazing, handsome, and lovable…. Henry!💘

First, y’all gotta take a look at the covers…

The Goddess Test

Aren’t they just so beautiful?!😍😍😍 Just when I think I’ve chosen a favorite, I see the other two covers and I’m like “No…wait, I love those, too!”

So The Goddess Test has all the greek gods and goddesses woven into the story. Prior to reading this trilogy, I had read a couple modern retelling Greek mythology books (wow, that’s quite a mouthful) that only focused on Hades and Persephone. While this book has Hades and Persephone in it, there are more Greek mythological characters like Zeus, Poseidon, Hermes, and more that contribute to the story! Also… the Hades and Persephone story goes a little differently here!

Kate and her mom are moving back to her mother’s childhood home to fulfill her dying mom’s last wish. Kate will have to start at a few school with no friends or family nearby… And deal with the worry and stress that her mother might not make it much longer. Then Kate meets Henry…tormented and enticing, Henry. He says he’s Hades, god of the Underworld, and if Kate accepts his offer, he will keep her mother alive while she attempts to pass seven tests. Kate hardly believes he’s god of the Underworld. That is, until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Suddenly, saving her mother doesn’t seem so far off. If Kate passes all seven tests, she will become a goddess…And Henry’s bride.😍

Oh… And someone has been killing the girls who’ve previously tried to pass those tests😱 So there is a little mystery going on in the first novel, as well!

I absolutely love The Goddess Test and its companion novels. I’ve read these books two or three times each – something like that. I just couldn’t get enough! The first novel doesn’t end of a cliffhanger, but leaves room for another installment (while Goddess Interrupted definitely ends on a cliffhanger). But… I was just so in love that once I finished reading TGT, I immediately bought the next book, Goddess Interrupted. I needed more Henry… (and Kate)😜

Henry… is… I don’t know the word that will accurately describe him, but all I can say is I love, love, love Henry. He is dark, tortured, and closed off and that doesn’t go away instantly, but you seem to catch glimpses of the lighter, sweeter part of him throughout The Goddess Test. As I said above, once I finished the first book, I needed the second one because I just wanted to see more of who Henry really is beneath all the pain and hurt that resulted from a tragic loss (I’d say what happened, but that would give away some of the story!). This is definitely not a novel with “insta-love,” which I really appreciated because there are a lot of books that have that.  I am not saying those books aren’t good, either, but it’s nice to have a change of pace. Plus, there are some books where “insta-love” suits the storyline! It definitely wouldn’t have worked here, though. Here, in this novel and the subsequent installments, you can really see (well, read) the evolution of Kate and Henry’s relationship. First, it’s dislike, then empathy, which turns into friendship, and finally… love💕😇. In my opinion, their relationship and how it came to be is very realistic and I like that a lot.

Henry is definitely worth being part of this week’s “Man Crush Monday😍” post. He’s incredibly gentle and sweet.😊  His character is a fresh take on a dark deity who is usually seen in a negative light. He and Kate work so well together and ahhhh… Ms. Carter did an amazing job with this trilogy. Definitely 5 stars.

I hope y’all read The Goddess Test trilogy  because you’ll get to meet Henry.💘😍

Book update on Gone: I am almost done with Gone by Michael Grant. I will be posting a review this Wednesday!

Before y’all go, be sure to check out my friend Abby’s blog, TotallyAbigailif you haven’t already and if you’ve already checked it out… Check it out again! She just posted about her skincare routine and she reviewed some really great products that you definitely don’t want to miss out on!

Have a fantastic Monday and a blessed week.💙

XOXO,

Maya🌹