~No Vain Loss~ Book Review

Name: No Vain Loss

Author: MC Frank

Rating: 5

 

Synopsis:

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty. The year is 2525. Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. In No Vain Loss, the third installment, war is about to erupt. Who will be left standing when the stars begin to fade? Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

 

 

My Thoughts:

I’m not going to write a very long thought process here because I’m not going to talk about any specifics in the book, I’m just going to write my overall thoughts on it. You’ll have to read the book for specifics!! 😉

In the final installment of this trilogy, I was absolutely blown away by the message of this story. Not only are you experiencing action, romance, and suspense throughout, but you are given something so powerful to think about and evaluate after the story is over. I can’t say enough great things about MC Frank. She is loving, giving, extremely talented, and just an overall wonderful person. I am so proud of her ability to put these stories on paper and deliver a message that can reach so many. So, thank you MC, for sending me this book. As always I am highly recommending this book (after you read the first two of course!). You will not be disappointed with it!

 

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~The Crowns of Croswald~ Book Review

Name: The Crowns of Croswald

Author: D.E. NightIMG_5049

Rating: 4

 

Synopsis:

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic and her life is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

 

My Thoughts:

This was truly a great book!! It took me a while to read it and it made me realize that I’m slower at reading middle grade books. It has nothing to do with how good the book is, I just find myself reading that specific genre slower. Do you ever find yourself reading a specific genre slower than others?

However, I really loved this book! When I put a book down and find myself thinking about the characters and the plotline throughout my day, I know that I love it. This kept happening with The Crowns of Croswald! I became very attached to the main character Ivy and I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens in her next adventures.

I feel that this book was a great foundation for building the world of Croswald. It picked up its pace tremendously at the very end and it definitely left me wanting more. The development of the characters was great and I want even more of it in the next book(s). If you haven’t read this book yet I definitely recommend it! I really recommend it for a younger audience as it is captivating, clean, and adventurous. So thank you D.E. Night for sending me this book! I truly enjoyed going through adventures with Ivy 😉

 

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~Chosen~ Book Review

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Author: Sara Hanson and Brandy Bruce

Rating: 5

 

Synopsis:

It’s been twelve years since the chosen made their presence known across the globe. They are the elite of our race. A community gifted with supernatural abilities . . . and no one outside of it, to hold them accountable. Racism, distrust, and fear now run rampant in the hearts of humans, resulting in hate crimes and worse. Rumors of war are whispered in both factions, while talk of peace has become a thing of the past. A distant dream. Or delusion. In the midst of this political and social unrest, eighteen-year-old Kathryn Stokely suddenly finds herself thrust into a life-threatening situation that promises to turn her world upside down. Secrets and lies about her past are unearthed, forcing her to face a truth that will irrevocably affect her future . . . and who she spends it with. Now, choices must be made. Loyalties decided. Betrayal seems unavoidable. Because the line has been drawn, and there’s no guarantee which side will be left standing. Only one thing is certain. Nothing will ever be the same again.

My Thoughts:

Wow. To say that Sara Hanson is a talented writer is a steep understatement. Chosen was a phenomenal book! Hanson created a world that was so vivid that I felt like I was living it. (In my head, I was comparing it to the likes of the Harry Potter world.) She created characters that were so relatable, yet mysterious, that I couldn’t get enough of them. I absolutely loved the main character, Kate, and seeing her development throughout the story. It was truly inspiring! I experienced moments of happiness, sadness, shock, and even laughed out loud at some parts. You absolutely need to read this book because it is going to be a series you won’t forget! Thank you so much, Sara, for sending me this book! I absolutely fell in love with it ❤

 

***Scroll down for some more thoughts that contain spoilers***

 

 

 

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**CONTAINS SPOILERS**

I wanted to talk a little more in depth about the Fionn/Adrian/Kate love triangle. I’m going to say that throughout the entire book I truly did not know who to trust between Fionn and Adrian. However, the ironic part was that I absolutely loved both of them. Fionn’s sense of humor and bluntness was contagious. And Adrian’s caring attitude toward Kate was just so sincere and lovable. I feel like I need to know more about them and can’t wait to see what happens next! But I can’t shake the feeling that Adrian is somehow a direct descendant of Daniel’s(Zoravar). I could be wrong, but that was the feeling I had throughout the book! So, if you’ve read this far I’m assuming you’ve read the book. So who are you rooting for? Adrian or Fionn? I haven’t actually made up my mind yet!!

Going along the lines of mysterious characters, even though Gwen’s twin, Wendy, wasn’t actually present in the book, I couldn’t shake the feeling that she would be making an appearance in the upcoming books. And it may not necessarily be for the side of good!

~The Last Summer~ Book Review

Name: The Last Summer

Author: Brandy Bruce

Rating: 5

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Synopsis:

For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.
Sara’s longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara’s forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.
While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends’ relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.
But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.
Does growing older mean growing apart?

 

My Thoughts:

I’m known to love pretty much every book I read. Not because I want to write a positive review, but because I genuinely love the stories I read and there are SO many talented authors out there. Now when I come across a story that I fall severely in love with, I have to let everyone know! This book was one of them. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. The flow of the story was fantastic, and the characters were so relatable. It was raw, it was real, it was painful, and it was full of so much emotion. It filled me with hope, and love while I read it. It also filled me with frustration! (Mainly because of the characters’ decisions ;P) I’m not going to mention anything specific about the story or the characters because I don’t want to give anything away!! I honestly did not know the direction the book was going to go. But Bruce has a way with writing that made me feel like I was living this story…and I really wanted to! It represented the difficulty in making life decisions and how we need to rely on God with the big ones. We so often want to take control of our lives and think we know what’s best, but in reality we need to learn to let go and let God do His thing. So if you need encouragement in that area of your life, please read this book!! Even if you don’t need that, read this book anyway because it’s sooooo good!!!

Thanks again to Brandy for sending me this book, I will definitely read it over and over ❤

~Huntress~ Book Review

Name: Huntress

Author: Julie Hall

Rating: 5

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Synopsis:

Death was only the beginning.

No one’s afterlife is as dispiriting as Audrey’s at least that’s what she believes after waking up dead without her memories and being promptly assigned to hunt demons for the rest of eternity. She’s convinced God’s made a cosmic mistake; after all, she’d rather discuss the color of her nails than break them on angelic weapons.

It doesn’t help that her trainer, Logan, is as infuriating as he is attractive. And just when Audrey and Logan appear close to developing an amicable relationship, a decision made under duress pushes their hearts in a direction neither of them saw coming.

Despite her sub-par fighting abilities, an ancient weapon of unparalleled power chooses Audrey as its wielder, attracting the cautious gazes of her fellow hunters and the attention of Satan himself. With Satan’s eyes now fixed on Audrey, a battle for the safety of the living looms in the shadows!

 

My Thoughts:

I really didn’t know much about this book, other than seeing it around Instagram quite a bit. So when Julie reached out to me wanting to send me a copy for review, I jumped at the chance! And wow am I SO glad that I did!! This story blew me away. The world Hall created was so beautiful and captivating. I can safely say I was addicted to the story. The characters were fantastic and I think I fell in love with yet another fictional character. ❤ LOGAN ❤ Who’s with me on that one?!

Hall has a way with words that had me entranced page after page. I couldn’t put the book down as the storyline developed because I just needed more!! I will be starting the sequel right away.

If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it!! And thanks again, Julie, for sending me these books! I will definitely be adding them to my list of rereads in the near future.

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~No Plain Rebel~ Book Review

Name: No Plain Rebel

Author: M.C. Frank

Rating: 5

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Synopsis:

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It also has forgotten love and beauty. The year is 2524. Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas – among other things – is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth. Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate. The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head. Because she’s no longer there. The Stadium is looming in the distance. It’s ten heartbeats to midnight.

 

My Thoughts:

So, you know when you read the first book in a series and you finish it and think, “That was amazing and I really really hope the second book measures up to it.” Yeah, well, No Plain Rebel far surpassed my expectations. This book took No Ordinary Star and expanded it on all levels. It expanded the character development even further. It expanded the reader’s knowledge of the entire world. And it expanded your desire for MORE OF THE STORY BECAUSE HOLY CLIFFHANGER!!! I’m not going to talk too much about the story because I really don’t want to give anything away. However, I will HIGHLY recommend you reading this series. It will make you question things and it might even make some readers angry. But that’s the beauty of this story. It’s challenging every reader to stop and reevaluate your life. Not understanding what I’m talking about? Go read the book. You will then 😉

~No Ordinary Star~ Book Review

Name: No Ordinary Star

Author: M.C. Frank

Rating: 4.5

Synopsis:

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A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It also has forgotten love and beauty. The year is 2524. Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas – among other things – is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

 

My Thoughts:

Ok, so I read Ruined by this author and absolutely loved it. I had high expectations for this book, No Ordinary Star, and they were definitely met! What I loved most about it was the fact that the entire story physically took place in one setting. However, Frank was able to create an entire world through it. The unraveling of the history and current ways of the world kept me on the edge of my seat. (I won’t say too much as not to give away the story!)

The character development of the main two characters was incredible. I constantly needed to know more about them because the concept of their upbringing was fascinating. People were basically mechanical and the development of love being found again kept me wanting more.

Also, I love diving deeper into the meaning of why a story is written. Something that I got out of this book was how humans crave control. And when we take action and feed into that control it can lead to devastating consequences. In the book’s sake, those consequences led to a life of no feelings, no emotions, and no one was allowed think for themselves, etc. That choice was taken away from them. It was a mechanical world. I’ve had many conversations where people question me about my faith in God. They say, “If God is perfect then why did He create sin?” Well, this book is a perfect example of what my answer is to that question. Without good and evil, there is nothing. Without love and hate, there is nothing. A lack of choice makes everything mechanical. And my answer is that God’s love is so strong that He lets us choose our own paths in life. And if He didn’t, the world would be one big puppet. (We just have to be careful not to try and control everything!) 😉

Now that I’ve gone all psychological and spiritual on you, I’ll stop ;P But I love books that make me think and find a deeper meaning. I’m not sure if Frank intended for that to be the message, but that is what I got from it. So I want to thank MC Frank for sending me this copy of No Ordinary Star. I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to read the next installment! Please go check out this book, I promise you that you will very much enjoy it.

~Ruined~ Book Review

Name: Ruined

Author: M.C. Frank

Rating: 4.5

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Summary from the back of the book:

The duke of Ashton sits at the opera at Vauxhall Gardens, bored out of his mind, and plans murder. He curses the day that brought the little governess, destitute and sad, at his door eight months ago, to upset his careless if a bit meaningless existence. How could he have guessed the terrible, evil secrets she was hiding? And now that he knows all, the truth appears wilder, even more despicable than even he could have imagined. He hadn’t counted on losing his heart to her, of course, but he did. What he doesn’t know is that a tendril of the shadows of madness and sin that followed Beatrice to his door is still out there, looking for something to devour. The only one who can save him from the darkness is the girl herself, but he knows he’ll never see her again. He who once prided himself on his indifference to other human beings, feels his chest constrict with pain every time he even thinks of her. Beatrice, smart, gentle, kind-hearted, lovely. Ruined. A perfect blend of darkness and light, this Regency reverse retelling of Jane Eyre will break your heart as well as uplift it.

My Thoughts:

I was so surprised at how much I loved this book. I haven’t read Jane Eyre so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this book just blew me away with everything from its writing down to the overall message. If I’m honest, it started out a little bit confusing for me. I don’t know if it was because I was distracted or what, but it was difficult to grab hold of the characters in the first chapter. ( I sometimes have a rough time starting new books and grasping the new characters in my mind – so that had nothing to do with this particular book, just my own mind not working correctly haha) However, once Beatrice was introduced, the story took off and I could not get enough of it; and as the story was developed, the opening chapter fully made sense to me!

The character development was incredible. Beatrice was revealed bit by bit of her intense background and personality. It was devastating and humbling. Dominic was also revealed bit by bit about his background and personality. His was heartbreaking and eye opening. Together, their story was devastatingly beautiful, while offering a true sense of hope. [It reminded me that no matter what hurt our past holds, we should never fully close ourselves off to opening our hearts to new people. You never know what that person can add to your life!]

There were twists and turns in the story that I didn’t see coming and it kept me flipping pages late into the night until I finished it. I highly recommend this book and I really look forward to reading more from this incredibly talented author!

Thank you so much M.C. for sending this to me for review. I will cherish this story for a long time!!

April Book Challenge

Hi everyone! I’m hosting a book challenge for April over on Instagram. If you’re interested, please check it out! And if you had any questions about the prompts, here are some suggestions. Remember, every prompt is open for interpretation! So there are no wrong posts 😉

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  1. April TBR
  2. Feature any book merch you have
  3. Rainbow Books
  4. Feature your funkos
  5. A book you couldn’t finish so you started reading another one…
  6. Coffee, coffee, coffee
  7. Feature your Fav Author
  8. Pink books
  9. #SockSunday
  10. Book with a pretty cover
  11. A book you did not like
  12. Show what you’re currently reading
  13. Purple books
  14. A book that made you laugh
  15. Fav book couple
  16. Easter post!
  17. Do a pic with coffee or your fav coffee shop
  18. Hardcover books with or without their sleeves
  19. Green Books
  20. Ugly cover, great book
  21. Book stack
  22. Fav Series
  23. A book you could reread over and over again
  24. Infinite pages
  25. A book you’d never lend out because you love it so much
  26. Blue Books
  27. Feature candles
  28. One of your favorite books ever
  29. Book Haul
  30. Wrap-Up

 

That’s it! I hope you all have fun with it!

~TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY~ Book Review

Name: TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY

Author: Jay Asher

Rating: 5

Summary from the back of the book:

You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret…is to press play.
Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.
Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes – and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.
All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town…
…and what he discovers changes his life forever.

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My Thoughts:

This. Book. I was honestly hesitant to read it at first because it was another book about suicide. There have quite a number of books that I’ve read on this topic and some of them I really didn’t like because it came off like it was almost glorifying the character’s decision of committing suicide. Thankfully, this book was not like that and I am so glad I read it. It was a very intense read and obviously dealt with a heavy topic. However, it really made you think about how you’re living your life. Are you living it in your own bubble, making sure you’re doing everything for yourself and not paying attention to anyone else? Or are you paying attention to others and loving them as best you can and making an effort to truly get to know them? Now, I’m not saying that every bad thing someone decides to do is preventable. That would be an impossibility, but what I am saying is that it’s important to make sure we are giving our time to others and not just to ourselves.

Okay, back to the book. It was impeccably written. I won’t give away too many specifics, but it switched back and forth between the point of view of two characters and it was very easy to follow. Even aside from the font switching, I could tell when the character would switch. The character development was beautiful and I got really attached to Hannah and Clay.

Sidenote: I read this book in two days only because I didn’t have time to read it in one. That’s how amazing it was. It was suspenseful, happy, sad, infuriating, and devastating. I also feel like it is an important read and I definitely recommend it to anyone high school age and up.