Review: Wild Savage Stars (Sweet Black Waves #2)

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Rating: ★★★★½

I received an ARC of this book for free from BookSparks for promotional purposes. 

I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5. 

I absolutely loved the first book in the trilogy but um okay wow this book was even more insane. It was a roller coaster of emotions. This book picks up right where the last book left off and from then on just continues all the craziness. 

At first I was a little intimidated to read this because I saw the massive character list in the beginning and was a bit overwhelmed (there’s a ton of new characters compared to the first book). But it ended up being so easy to follow. 

As for the new characters, they just added to the drama of the whole story and I loved it. I particularly liked the dynamics and politics between the characters. 

Like the first book, the ending was just wild. What a cliffhanger. The author really outdid herself with that one. 

I didn’t give this book a full 5 stars because it is on the slow side. Since this is the second book in the trilogy, I was expecting a little more excitement than what I got. Nevertheless, the book was still a page turner. 

Overall, if you loved the first book, then you’ll love this one! Now the wait for the next book begins! 

I’m a BOTM YA affiliate!

Hi beauties! In case you don’t follow me on Insta, I am now an affiliate for BOTM’s YA subscription. I just got my first book this week. I picked Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi. I had such a hard time choosing since literally all the books sound so amazing!

Since I am an affiliate they sent me some extra goodies like a cookie (which I still haven’t ate since it’s too cute) and pins.

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Review: The Crowns of Croswald (The Croswald Series #1)

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Rating: ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher (Stories Untold) in exchange for an honest review. 

This book was so magical! It reminded me a lot of different fantasy books I read as a kid so it felt very nostalgic to me. If I had read this as a kid, I know I would have loved it. 

The whole story was very whimsy and imaginative, perfect for young middle grade readers. It was so creative. I loved learning about the school, the creatures, and just the world of Croswald in general. The world building was fantastic. 

I also loved the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. They were so cute and just added to the magic of the story. If only there was a map! 

I have read some reviews that compared this book to Harry Potter, but since I haven’t read Harry Potter I can’t say how it compares.

The only thing I had an issue with was that it got a little confusing and convoluted towards the end. Some things weren’t totally clear, but I still managed to figure it out. 

Overall, I recommend this book for young readers who love fantasy or want to get more into reading. This book has enough action, mystery, and magic to keep them entertained. Plus it’s the first book in a series! 


I’m a BookSparks #YAWRC2019 ambassador!

Yesterday I received an email from BookSparks saying I was chosen to be an ambassador for their YA winter reading challenge and I’m so excited! I was an ambassador for them for their YA summer reading challenge and I can’t wait to do it again.

If you check out their site, you can see the three books that will be featured this challenge. They all sound so interesting and I’m especially excited for The Tesla Legacy by K. K. Perez because her debut book, Sweet Black Waves, was in the summer reading challenge and I just loved it. I’m looking forward to reading more from her.

Are you planning on joining the reading challenge? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Sweet Black Waves (Sweet Black Waves #1)

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Rating: ★★★★★

I received this book for free as part of BookSparks’ YA Summer Reading Challenge.

Omg this was so amazing! I don’t know why people aren’t talking about this book. This could have totally been one of those super hyped YA books. 

This is a retelling of the popular Tristan and Iseult myth, which I have to admit, I’ve never even heard of. So going into this book I didn’t have any expectations about the retelling aspect since I knew nothing about the story. I went into the book completely blind as to what might happen. I wanted to be completely surprised by it. 

What I got was a roller coaster of a story. This book took me on a wild ride and I loved every second of it. It was beautiful yet tragic.

For some reason, the book reminded me a lot of the CW show, Reign. The mood and atmosphere were somewhat similar, but mainly the sense of duty that Branwen had to her land reminded me a lot of the women on that show. 

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I loved the blend of fantasy and royalty. It was a very ethereal combination.

The writing style is wonderful. Kristina Perez spins a beautifully written tale that is just as magical as the story itself. 

Since this is the first book in a trilogy, a lot of this book was set up, but it was still very enjoyable to read. I still found it to be very exciting and I was throughly engaged the entire time. 

I loved the notes that the author included at the end about the language used and the source material. You can tell a lot of research went into writing this book so I appreciate that. The author even included a glossary and a list of the characters which made reading this book so easy. There is also a map but I had an ARC so mine didn’t have it but I’ve seen it in a preview and the map is gorgeous. 

Overall, I was blown away by this book and will definitely be continuing the trilogy. If you’re looking for a new spellbinding YA fantasy series, then read this! 

Review: Above the Star (The 8th Island Trilogy #1)

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Rating: ★★★½

I received this book for free from the publisher (SparkPress) as part of a promotional blogger unboxing campaign. 

This is probably the most unique book I have read so far this year. 

Up until I got about halfway through the book I thought it was weird. It was odd and bizarre, kind of in a Roald Dahl way, but stranger. It took me a while to get used to it and the world. I’ve never encountered a world quite like this one before, so there was definitely a learning curve. 

One thing that really threw me for a loop early on was the amount of death in this book. I wasn’t expecting there to be so much of it and for it to be somewhat gruesome. 

But once I got used to the peculiarities of the book, I started to really enjoy it. This book follows the typical quest storyline, but it was still a lot of fun. 

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As for the characters, it was interesting to see a grandfather as a main character in YA book. You don’t see that too often. I think my favorite character was Lady Sophia. She was a supporting character but she was so funny! 

I also really liked the illustrations in the book. There is a hand drawn map of the world and various sketches that the character, Ella, draws dispersed throughout the novel. 

The glossary at the end was a nice touch. It was super helpful in figuring out how the world worked. 

Even though it took me a while to get into it, I’m really excited for the rest of the books in this trilogy! 

Exclusive Excerpt: Above the Star

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Hello everyone! I am currently reading Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute and I wanted to share with you all an exclusive excerpt from the book. But first here is the Goodreads synopsis:

When Archie goes in search of his missing son, Arden, in the Spanish Canary Islands, he stumbles upon a higher mission: to save his ailing fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Ella. Using a portal-jumping device called the Tillastrion, Archie and a strange creature, a Bangol named Zeno, are transported—along with a cruise ship full of people, including Ella and her mother, Tessa—to a magnificent yet terrifying island in another realm, a place called Jarr-Wya, where Archie hopes to locate Ella’s cure.

On Jarr-Wya, the Bangols battle the Olearons—creatures made of fire—and the evil Millia sands for control of Jarr-Wya. When Ella is captured by the Bangols, her wit and resourcefulness emerge as she fights against all odds, and against all manner of creatures, to survive. Meanwhile, Tessa, must confront her long-buried secrets, broken marriage, and a confusing new love triangle, all while navigating the mysterious island in search of her daughter. And unbeknownst to everyone, there is an even greater foe to contend with: a wicked star anchored in the sea beneath them that is poisoning the island.

An epic adventure of three unlikely heroes, Above the Star reminds us that no matter how young, or how old, our bravery transforms not only our lives but the world around us.

Sounds really good right?

To read the excerpt just click here or the above banner to read it! Above The Star is available now!