Fantasy, Young Adult

Fable by Adrienne Young

5 out of 5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book so much. I literally read this book in a day! I have two young kids.. so that’s not easy! But I could not put it down!

This book is all about Fable. It starts with her being 14 and abandoned by her father on a criminal island with nothing more than slash on her arm. She spends the next couple of years learning to survive on her own. Working her way to buy passage off the island so she can go find her father. She does eventually bribe her way onto the Marigold. Where she is not welcomed by the crew. I loved watching Fable slowly earn the respect of the crew. I loved that she was confident but knew that respect isn’t just given.

When Fable finally sees her father again it isn’t at all what she expected. Her inheritance is a ship! Just not the one she thought she was going to get. She now has something to help the Marigold and their crew. She joins back up with them and that’s where things get really interesting. The crew is now starting to like her and West ( the headmaster) is starting to show his real feelings.

The books ends on a cliffhanger and it makes you want the next book for sure! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Fable comes out September 1st and it’s not one you’re going to want to miss!

Thank you Netgalley for the early copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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.

Historical Romance, Young Adult

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

4 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I own alot of Jenn Bennett books but for whatever reason have never read them. I will be fixing that mistake soon! Because this book was phenomenal. The writing was so good. But what really stood out to me were the characters!

Theo and Huck were both so much fun to read about. I loved following them on their rescue mission. Where they learn about witches and curses and ghosts. And we find out who Theo’s ancestors are. Here’s the thing that I loved most; Huck was scared. He wasn’t running into danger. He kind of let Theo take the lead and he provided support and a great sense of humor. But I freaking adored that about the characters. They felt so real. I loved them. 

The only downside to this book was the ending.. I hated it. I was hoping for so much more. It was eft completely open. I have heard that the author would like to write a second book but that she doesn’t know if it’ll happen. So yeah.. I took off a whole star for the bad ending. I hate feeling unsatisfied after reading a book.. especially a book that I loved

Fantasy, Young Adult

The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran

4 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I enjoyed this book so much! This book is about a Christian prince(Conrad), the princess he was suppose to marry(Elaine) and the Muslim assassin(Rashid) sent to kill her. These three end up traveling to find out why Rashid was suppose to kill her. Of course nothing is ever that easy. They are sent on a separate quest to retrieve a letter.

I am obsessed with the characters and the friendship they formed. They all disliked each other at first. But they slowly grew to depend on each other. To trust that they would fight to save one another.

The history aspect of the story was very entertaining. The author, I think.. although I am no history buff, did a great job. Of course some things were changed but I think he did a great job at keeping the heart of the history true.

If you enjoy history and strong friendships then I highly recommend this book.