Fantasy, Young Adult

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

3.5 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I wanted to like this book more than I did.. Well that isn’t 100% accurate because I did like the book. I did not like Elloren. She got better towards the end but it was honestly hard to get to that point. Elloren has grown up with her uncle, completely sheltered. Her aunt decides that it’s time for Elloren to attend Verpax University. When she gets there she is immediately thrown into “turf war” over a boy. The problem here is that it’s completely ridiculous. The “other” girl is a psycho. It was honestly annoying because there was literally no reason for any of that drama. But that isn’t why I didn’t like Elloren. I didn’t like her because she was so unbelievably naive. She knew absolutely nothing about the outside world. I know she as sheltered but come on! Her brothers went to the school. She had to know something! She looked down on everyone.. she though she was better than everyone! But then got upset whenever someone hated her. She also whined and cried a lot. And she tattled whenever anyone looked at her funny. It was obnoxious. Honestly I had to force myself to finish the book. Luckily she eventually started fighting her own battles but it was a very long, very annoying road.

Okay so now onto the things I actually enjoyed. I loved the politics in this book. It was all so intricate and absolutely fascinating. It was hard to know who was bad and who was a rebel. I loved learning which side everyone was on. I liked the rebellion. I think the next book is going to be a million times more interesting and enjoyable because Elleron has finally picked a side.

Do I recommend this book? Yes but be prepared to hate the main character. Honestly there aren’t any redeeming qualities about her until the end. She’s awful.

Mystery, Young Adult

Bones and Drones by K.A. Goodsell

5 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book. Paislee is a 17 year old girl who lives in a small town, Pine Grove. She has been surrounded by death her whole life; her mother is the town funeral director, her father is the medical examine and she wants to study forensic anthropology. So yeah she is very comfortable with death.. That is until one of her classmates is found dead. She teams up with Gage who has never really spoken to her. They form a really adorable friendship as they work on the case together. I am very intrigued by both of these characters. Paislee is unapologetic in her love for the macabre. She is a very smart and ambitious girl and I can’t wait to see what happens next for her. Gage is actually a lot like Paislee in his ambition. He wants to create drones that will change investigations. I loved that both of these young characters know what they want and go for it!

If you enjoy a good mystery and characters that you will instantly fall in love with, then I highly, highly recommend this book. 

I listened to the audiobook and Carrie Coello was a phenomenal narrator. I think she captured Paislee’s inner voice perfectly. 

The author kindly gave me the audiobook. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Contemporary Romance

Just Saying by Sophie Ranald

3 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book was just okay for me. Alice is living with her boyfriend of two years, Joe. She has a career set back and can no longer pay for her half of the rent. Joe suggest that Zoe, HIS EX GIRLFRIEND, move in with them. I am floored that Alice was okay with this. My answer would be a very big F no and I would consider leaving the jerk for even suggesting it… But that’s me. 

So Zoe now lives with them and Alice is second guessing everything(shocker). She thinks Zoe is trying to get Joe back. There are alot of up and downs and I got just a little bit bored. We also do not get a whole love of Joe and Alice.. which was weird to me. This book also takes a dark turn with sexual assault and I was not prepared for that at all. So trigger warning there. 

Over all I think this book was entertaining.. was it my favorite? No. But it was okay. If this is your first Ranald book and you didn’t like it, I highly suggest picking up any of her other books. They flow alot better than this one.

Historical Romance

A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Patience Jordan has been falsely imprisoned. She has lost everything, her son, her money and any life she ever wanted for herself. Busick Strathmore, Duke of Repington has moved into her house and is the guardian to her son. Patience takes a job as nanny to her own son. –Isn’t this the best premise? I was so excited to receive an early copy of this book. I loved it. I loved the relationship and how it developed. I love Patience. I think she was an extremely strong woman.. especially with the rough hand she was given. 

The only downside of this book was the beginning was a little bit confusing. But everything gets explained and I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Thank you netgalley for the early copy of this book!

Contemporary Romance

Crushing it By Lorelei Parker

4 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I loved this book! Sierra was so relatable to me. I am a huge gamer and as soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to have it! Sierra is a video game developer. She has to present her game at a conference and she has to overcome her fear of public speaking.

She enters a poetry slam contest to try to overcome her fear. My second hand embarrassment made me cringe so much. But this is where she meets a few main characters. A few I love and one I absolutely despise.

This book was a quick, very cute read. I loved the people and environment. Gaming nerds are my people. So I loved it! I also loved that the characters were not perfect. The only downside I had was Sierra staying with someone who was horrible to her. But she grows a lot throughout the book. So it all worked out in the end!

-Also you do not need to play video games to enjoy this book. Sierra is still a very relatable character!