Book Review – Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

 

My Review
5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book. I listened to the audio version since I listened to the audio of Cinder. I am loving doing the audio versions of these books. It just seems to bring the characters to life and I love that. The narrator amazed me with her ability to quickly and seamlessly switch voices for the characters.

I loved Scarlet’s character. Captain Thorne was hilarious and I really enjoyed his interactions with Cinder. This book had several twists and turns and definitely kept me on my toes. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

Book Review – A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander

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Synopsis

It’s autumn in Ashland, Oregon-’tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte’s famous peach cobbler. It’s also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family’s beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel’s reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

 

My Review
5 out of 5 stars

I buddy read this book with a new friend of mine over on Instagram. We had a lot of fun reading this book and discussing it together. She was even able to chat with the author to ask for her dream cast for the characters if this series were to ever become a TV show. How cool is that?! 🙂

But anyway, I really enjoyed this book. I loved catching up with the residents of Torte that I came to love during the first book in this series. Adam, Stephanie, Sterling, Thomas, Jules, and her mother are all great characters and I was so happy to catch up with them all.

The mystery was very well written and there were plenty of suspects to choose from. I was able to narrow down the killer but had the wrong motive. Either way, the reveal gave me chills and I love it when that happens!

I am looking forward to seeing how things will turn out between Jules, Thomas, and Carlos in the next book. I can’t wait to read it!

Book Review – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis

A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

 

My Review
5 out of 5 stars

I have had this book on my TBR for years but was really reluctant to read it because of all of the hype and love surrounding it. I tend to not care for overly hyped books and I didn’t want this one to be another disappointment. I am SO glad that I finally caved and gave this book a chance.

I really loved this book. The setting of New Beijing was really interesting and drew me into the story. I loved Cinder’s character but I think my most favorite character from this book was Iko. I loved her to pieces and was furious about what Adri did to her.

I listened to the audio version of this book and absolutely loved the narrator. She had a great voice and was able to make each character’s voice distinct so the reader was sure to know who was speaking.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

Book Review – The Fire Keeper by JC Cervantes

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Synopsis

Zane Obispo’s new life on a beautiful secluded tropical island, complete with his family and closest friends, should be perfect. But he can’t control his newfound fire skills yet (inherited from his father, the Maya god Hurakan); there’s a painful rift between him and his dog ever since she became a hell hound; and he doesn’t know what to do with his feelings for Brooks. One day he discovers that by writing the book about his misadventures with the Maya gods, he unintentionally put other godborn children at risk. Unless Zane can find the godborns before the gods do, they will be killed. To make matters worse, Zane learns that Hurakan is scheduled to be executed. Zane knows he must rescue him, no matter the cost. Can he accomplish both tasks without the gods detecting him, or will he end up a permanent resident of the underworld?
In this cleverly plotted sequel to The Storm Runner, the gang is back together again with spirited new characters, sneaky gods, unlikely alliances, and secrets darker than Zane could ever have imagined. Secrets that will change him forever.

 

My Review
4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It took me a little while to really get invested in the story, but once the pace picked up and things really started happening, I was hooked and flew through the rest of the book. I just had to know how everything was going to turn out.

There were a few surprises that I wasn’t expecting. Things happened that made you question what side people were on, and if they were good or not. I’m looking forward to seeing where things go in the next book.

*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

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Synopsis

It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo’s aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.

 

My Review
5 out of 5 stars

This book was worth the wait and so much more. I won’t go into too many details to avoid spoiling previous books. Just know that this book was amazing and I flew through it!

Tyrant’s Tomb picked up right where the previous book left off, so the book started off with a pretty emotional and sad start. Even though this book had some sad parts, it was also packed full of the usual humor and adventures that we’ve come to expect from Riordan.

I was so happy to get to see some familiar faces from the Heroes of Olympus series. I’ve missed Frank and Hazel a lot. It was nice getting to spend some more time with Reyna as well. Tyson and Ella were as cute as ever!

I am so very proud of the growth that Apollo has shown throughout this series. I am interested in seeing how the next book is going to test and grow him. If he is offered his godly powers back, is he even going to want them by that point? I can’t wait for the conclusion to come out. I can only hope that Riordan has some more books under his belt because I am definitely not ready for him to be done!

Book Review – The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

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Synopsis
Imagine that your husband has two other wives.

You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself.

But one day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket—an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another of the wives.

You thought you were fine with your arrangement, but you can’t help yourself: you track her down, and, under false pretenses, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you really are. Then, Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realize she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband. But you’ve never known him to be violent, ever.

Who exactly is your husband, and how far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life?

And who is his mysterious third wife?

 

My Review
5 out of 5 stars
5stars

This book was absolutely amazing. I read it in less than a day because I just couldn’t put it down. I had to keep reading to find out how everything would turn out.

When I finished the last page, I sat and thought about the book for hours afterward. My mind was sufficiently blown. I was not expecting things to turn out the way they did at all.

There were so many twists and turns during this book that my head was spinning when I finally finished it.

This book kept me on my toes and on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Just when I thought I knew who was telling the truth and who we could trust, I would change my mind.

This book is fast paced, mysterious, and full of suspense. Definitely one of my favorite books of the year!

Book Review – Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

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Synopsis

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

 

My Review
3 out of 5 stars

I have loved every single book I have ever read of Colleen’s and even gave them all 5 stars, but unfortunately that just wasn’t the case with this book.

I did not see that first twist coming at all and was sitting there with my mouth hanging open. After the first big shock, I was interested to see how it was going to play out and effect everyone. This is where a couple of my issues come in. First of all, nobody talked to each other and wanted to keep secrets, which just really annoyed me. My other issue was Clara. I didn’t like her for the majority of the book. I understand that she didn’t have all of the information, but jumping to that conclusion instead of trying to find out what’s going on and then treating Morgan the way she did really rubbed me the wrong way.

Another issue I had was with the letters that Morgan discovered. It felt like there was this big build up to her finally reading them and getting some answers. So when she ripped them up that was a huge disappointment and left the reader with a lot of unanswered questions.

I’m honestly not sure how I feel about Morgan and Jonah. I don’t feel like I was able to completely get behind their pairing since we didn’t get very much of their backstory and it came across as them just being thrown together.

My favorite part of the book was probably the last 10% or so with what Miller did for Clara. I thought that was really sweet.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey

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Synopsis

Apples are at the core of the family business run by Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe. But this year’s crop is unseasonably ripe with murder . . .

ONE ROTTEN APPLE

Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny’s beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family business. But any way you slice it, it’s struggling. That’s why they’re trying to drum up business with the “First Annual Christmas at the Orchard,” a good old-fashioned holiday festival with enough delicious draw to satisfy apple-picking locals and cider-loving tourists alike–until the whole endeavor takes a sour turn when the body of Nadine Cooper, Granny’s long-time, grudge-holding nemesis, is found lodged in the apple press. Now, with Granny the number one suspect, Winnie is hard-pressed to prove her innocence before the real killer delivers another murder . . .

 

My Review
4 out of 5 stars

This is a promising start to a fun new cozy mystery series. I’m all about holiday settings so this book drew me in from the start. I enjoyed getting to know Winnie and her Granny. They have such a strong relationship. It really made me miss my Granny that I lost at a really early age.

Even though she could bit a bit overly emotional at times, I liked Winnie as a character. She was very hardworking and was willing to do whatever it took to make her dreams come true, while also helping out her Granny. I really admired her determination. I didn’t like Sheriff Wise very much at the beginning of the book, but he grew on me as the story progressed. However, I wish there wasn’t already a hint about a romance brewing between him and Winnie. It seems like more and more cozies now feature a romance. As much as I don’t like that in a cozy, it looks like I’m just going to have to get used to it.

I have to give major props to the author for the reveal of the killer. It was someone that wasn’t even on my radar, so that was a nice twist that I wasn’t expecting. I love when an author is able to stump me or take me by surprise like that.

There were several yummy sounding recipes at the back of the book that I am definitely going to give a try some time.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

 

My Review
5 out of 5 stars

It was so great diving back into the Riordanverse with another great series. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this series featuring Norse mythology since it took me a little bit to get into the Kane Chronicles (Egyptian mythology), but I absolutely loved this book.

I fell for Magnus right away. He was a good kid who was dealing with some sad circumstances. I loved his humor and sarcasm. There are a couple characters in this book that you aren’t sure if you can trust or not. I loved that because it added a bit of suspense and intrigue to the book. It really made you want to finish as quickly as possible so you could see how everything turned out. I really enjoyed meeting Magnus’ friends, Blitzen and Hearth, and eventually Sam as well. They each contributed to the story in their own way and I love them all so much!

It was fun seeing Riordan’s take on Loki and Thor. I’m looking forward to seeing more of them throughout the rest of the series. I enjoyed learning more about Norse mythology since I didn’t really know anything at all about it before reading this book.

I can’t wait to read the next book to see where the story goes from here.

Book Review – Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander

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Welcome to Torte-a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…

After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…

The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…

 

My Review
5 out of 5 stars

I am so, so glad I decided to start this series! I can tell already that this is going to become one of my favorites. I’m grateful that there are already several books out in this series, because that is going to give me plenty to read and binge my way through!

Ashland, Oregon sounds absolutely amazing and I definitely want to go there to visit sometime. Everything is described so well it’s almost like I’m there myself, which is the next best thing to actually being there. I am in love with Torte as well. I was practically drooling while reading this book with all of the delicious things that Jules creates for Torte. I’m definitely going to be trying out some of those recipes in the back of the book.

I really like that there is going to be a probably ongoing storyline in this series between Jules and Carlos. I’m looking forward to seeing where things go with that in the next book.

The mystery was very well written. I was completely stumped about who the killer was. Just when I thought I had narrowed down my suspicion on someone, things would be revealed and I would suspect someone else. I was shocked at the reveal since it wasn’t someone I had suspected at all!

I’ll definitely be picking up the next book in this series very soon!