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September Book Wrap-Up!

Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson

4/5 stars

This was a novella for The Reckoners series. It was a fun, entertaining story that added more backstory to this world. I wish I could have known and read this book between Steelheart and Firefight because it would have added some hints to the mystery behind the Epic’s weaknesses. 

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson 

4/5 stars

The Emperor’s Soul was another novella by Brandon Sanderson connected to Elantris. It is insane to me how good Brandon Sanderson’s world building can be in a novella under 200 pages. The heroine of this novella was incredible, intelligent and I just loved her. I would say you could read this novella without reading Elantris because although they are in the same world, they are two separate stories. 

Secret History by Brandon Sanderson 

5/5 stars

Now let’s talk about Secret History. This is a novella connected with the Mistborn series, specifically Mistborn era one. I can’t really say much about this book because it would result in spoilers BUT I will say that if you missed reading about the incredible characters in Mistborn era one, read this book because some of them are back. I got literal chills while reading Secret History, being back in this world with some of my favorite fantasy characters was just so nice. 

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi 

4/5 stars

John Scalzi is one of those authors that I always enjoy reading their work. Science fiction books are sometimes hard for me to get into but Scalzi’s writing and characters help me enjoy his sci-fi worlds. Agent to the Stars was another great read from Scalzi for me. The main character is a celebrity agent who is fairly successful so his boss decides to assign him a new client. This client just happens to be an alien whose alien race wants to make themselves known to humanity. This book is full of witty and smartass conversations that make you love the characters. 

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles 

4/5 stars

Okay so Where Dreams Descend was a fun book and the promo for this book was so accurate. I kept hearing that this story was a combination of Moulin Rouge, Greatest Showman, and a bit of Phantom of the Opera and if you know me at all, I am a musical theater lover! Everything I heard about this book made me so excited! There was magic, romance, a circus, dark pasts and intrigue; all of these things together make for a great book, in my opinion! Side note: I heard a lot of people comparing Where Dreams Descend to Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern but I disagree. I honestly didn’t like Night Circus, the idea was cool but I don’t like the flowery writing in that book at all. So if you are like me, dislike Night Circus, don’t let that dislike stop you from reading this book. 

Hideaway by Penelope Douglas 

4/5 stars

Okay we are on book two of Devil’s Night and man, this series is SO GREAT! Penelope Douglas is my favorite Romance writer for sure! The main characters from the first book in the series, Corrupt, are in this book as well but the MCs we follow are now Kai Mori and Banks. Michael and Rika are trying to move on from the events of Corrupt but Kai and Banks are still very much invested in the mysteries that resulted from Corrupt. 

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan 

4/5 stars

Returning to Riordan’s book worlds has been so much fun. He just never disappoints me at all. I loved how this book connects the Roman gods to the Greek ones we have come to know. Some of my favorite characters from the Percy Jackson series are back again in this series but we do have new teenagers that we are following mainly. I can’t wait to continue with this series! 

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski 

3/5 stars

This is the second full-length novel in the Witcher series and it was just okay. I wish I was more in love with this series but it is just not my favorite. I know I will continue this series eventually but honestly right now, it will not be my priority. 

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

4/5 stars

This was a hard book for me to read honestly. It is a heartbreaking story about several Latino immigrant families trying to make it in the United States. The main family we follow is the Riveras from Mexico who came to the US after their daughter Maribel had an almost fatal accident and they came here to get her help. The book ends sadly and there is definitely not a happy ending for the characters but I liked that because life is hard, not always happy.  

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

5/5 stars

Probably the best book I read in the month of September. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this series. Sarah J Maas has easily become one of my favorite authors especially when I want a fantasy romance book. So ACOMAF is the second book in A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Feyre is about to have a life changing moment but Rhysand had a different plan. Several things are revealed during this book and that is why I have to read the third book in October for sure; I need to know what happens!

Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

4/5 stars

Oh Joe Abercrombie, you definitely know how to write a grimdark world so well! I would definitely consider him my favorite grimdark author for sure! This is the final book in the First Law trilogy and it didn’t let me down at all! Just like the last two books in this series, all the characters continue to surprise me and one of them more than the others! I can’t wait to read the series that follows this world but years later especially after the events in Last Argument of Kings because wow, I did not see that ending coming. 

Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin 

4/5 stars

This is the sequel to Serpent and Dove and it follows the events of our favorite characters from the first book after they escaped near death. The MCs are on a quest to find allies against Lou’s mother and just protective against her and the church that is also after them. The romance between Lou and Reid continues to grow even though it would be easier to not be together. The cliffhanger at the end of this book was incredible and intense! I can’t believe I have to wait now to see what ends up happening with all of these characters! 

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

3/5 stars

This was a decently good book. It made me think of a fairytale where the princess is cursed and a charming guy wants to save her. I like how this fairytale was reimagined. There were several twists and I loved the different creatures that are found in this book. The book had strong Middle Eastern tones which I loved because I am trying to read more books that are not based around English history. 

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 

4/5 stars

This classic horror book is another haunted house story but that is okay because it was still good. I had watched the Netflix TV show LOOSELY based on this book so I thought I had an idea of what to expect but the book is so different from the book. I liked both though in the end. If you are looking for a classic horror book that is creepy and crazy, check this one out. 

Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova

4/5 stars

I am so happy that this book is out and I can continue reading about these amazing characters in this incredible world that Zoraida Cordova has created. Wayward Witch is the third installment in the Brooklyn Brujas series and it did not disappoint me at all. We follow the youngest sister in the Mortiz family on an adventure to save a fairy realm and in the process, repair her family back in the human world. People! Please read this series and anything by Cordova, you won’t be disappointed! 

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence 

3/5 stars

Book one of the Book of the Ancestor series and it has been recommended to me by several people, so I was excited to finally start this series. We follow Nona, a young girl who has had a difficult life, who is now training at the Convent of Sweet Mercy where young girls like her train to be assassins. I liked the magic system and the writing. I will definitely continue this series eventually.

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennet

4/5 stars

I am so glad that Foundryside was the last book I read this month because wow, it was so good!! The writing style reminded me of my favorite author, Brandon Sanderson, and the humor was very much a mix of Sanderson and Jim Butcher (in my opinion, anyways). Sancia, the main character, is a thief who has unique abilities that make her a great thief. She ends up stealing an ancient item that ends up putting her in the middle of a political, action packed situation. All the characters were incredible and there is not one that I hated even the villain. The twist in the end was amazing and I did not see that coming at all, which I love when that happens. 

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May Book Wrap-Up!

Hey everyone! Once again I am sorry that my wrap-up is a little late again but I just moved to another state so that took up a lot of my time. My boyfriend and I moved from Arizona to Washington State and I could not be more happy! It is absolutely beautiful up here and our dog, Wallaby, is loving the huge backyard. I am excited for this new chapter in my life and I have registered to classes at a college here in Washington so I am ready!

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The book is the sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely which I absolutely loved so I was so excited to read this book! My favorite characters from the first book were back and the author showed us more of the world which just made me love this series even more. I was worried about the new characters that were introduced just because I loved the original characters so much but quickly, the main characters won me over. I highly recommend this series especially if you love retellings of Beauty and the Beast.

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 We follow different timelines throughout this book, one during WWII times in England and then in present day. One timeline follows the grandmother of Gillian and the other one is Gillian’s present day. This story was heart wrenching and moving, filled with mystery, family drama and suspense. I was sucked into this world from the very beginning.  

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In this book, we follow Ana who is Jesus’ wife. As someone who grew up Catholic and just love learning about religions in general, I was interested in this book even if it was historical fiction. Ana was a great character all around, who knew herself very well and knew that she didn’t want to follow the norm for women back then. When she meets Jesus, her life changes and soon, she needs to find out who she is again because she realizes she is not just Jesus’ wife. This was a very interesting read and I am excited to read more by this author in the future. 

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During WWI, there were many spy networks and one of them was the Alice Network, run by women. We follow two different timelines, one by a spy from the Alice network during the war and another one set years after WWII, following a young woman looking for her cousin. These women end up crossing paths and working together to find out the truths and justice they have been seeking. 

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My best friend Lauren has been recommending me this series for a long time and I am so happy I finally picked it up. We follow Sophie and Agatha who are taken from their normal life into a world full of magic and fairy tale characters. They end up going to the School for Good and Evil in a magical forest, but things are not as they expected. Even though this series is considered a middle grade, I think anyone who reads it will enjoy it.  

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I have always been skeptical about the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare for no real reason honestly. I had only read the first book in the Mortal Instruments series so when Chain of Gold came out, I figured I wouldn’t read it. In the end, booktube won and I just could not resist! I am happy to say that I love this world now and I can’t wait to read more Shadowhunter books soon. I love that Cassandra Clare writes several LGBT characters in this story and the characters, besides one, were all fun to read. Excited for the next book in this series to come out. 

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This is the second book in the School for Good and Evil series, and it was okay. Book 2 and 4 are probably my least character in this series only because a few of the characters act immature for quite a while. In the first book, the main conflict is between good and evil characters but in this one, it is between boy and girls. It was not as captivating as the first book, but it was a fun, easy read in the end. 

undefined Rating: 4/5

This story was a sweet and simple YA romance that added some political plot lines throughout it. It felt real and what I appreciated was how the romance was not the main point of the book, the friendship and political aspects were. Plus, there was a decent amount of diversity so that was a nice change. 

undefined Rating: 4/5

Book 3 of the School of Good and Evil and this one was probably my second favorite in the series so far! For a middle grade book, there are some dark subject matter throughout these books and the author is not afraid of killing or harming main characters. One of the best things about this book and the whole series is how often I am surprised by a plot twist. In this book, we meet some new characters that just add so much to the world like Merlin! Yes, the Merlin from the Arthur legends. He is just as whimsical as ever. If I wasn’t sold on this series before, I was after reading this one.  

undefined Rating: 4/5

I loved this book so much which I was not sure about because I am always iffy about romance books. In this story, we get a Cinderella retelling but set in the modern and geeky world. I loved that both main characters were such nerds about a science fiction TV show, just imagine Star Trek. I was rooting for these characters from the very beginning. 

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I was excited for this book because I am currently studying towards my forensic science degree, but I was a little disappointed. I liked learning about his cases and how he used blood spatter analysis for the first time. His personal life was kind of boring though and I felt like the book lagged.  

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This is the sequel to Geekerella where we follow a few different characters that we met originally in Geekerella. Still set in a fan convention, we follow a movie star that feels trapped in this sci-fi role and a girl who feels invisible that wants to make a difference in the world. The writing in these stories is simple but engaging and again, like with the first book, you will find yourself rooting for all the main characters. 

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If you guys couldn’t tell, I love historical fiction books especially those based on WWII era. We follow a woman named Hedy whose intelligent and very beautiful, who ends up married to a powerful man assisted with the Nazis. After hearing the Nazis’ plans in 1937, she flees to America to continue acting. The story follows her life as she works to help the US fight against the Nazis. It was a decent book, not my favorite but I was glad to have read it.  

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So, The Bride Test is typically a sequel to The Kiss Quotient, but I did not know that when I picked it up. Luckily, you don’t have to read the first one in order to understand what is happening with the second book. We follow Khai, Vietnamese and autistic, whose mother decides the only way that he can find a woman to marry is to arrange a marriage with someone from Vietnam. Esme goes to America in hopes of finding a better life for herself, her daughter, and her mother. Slowly we see Khai and Esme grow close but Khai needs to find out whether, he can accept love.  

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It is safe to say that The Black Witch was the best book I read in the month of May. I didn’t know anything about it, but the synopsis caught my attention, so I decided to pick it up. We follow a naive, sheltered young woman named Elloren, who’s grandmother was the most powerful witch that “saved” her people from the evil ones. At university, Elloren finds out slowly that everything she thought was true was a lie and she joins the resistance to try and protect everyone she loves. I have already read the second book in this series during the first couple of days in June and it just got better. I can’t wait for June 9th when the third book in the series comes out!  

undefined Rating: 4/5

In this book, we follow Stella, a brilliant mathematician with Asperger’s, looking to learn how to have sex and be in a relationship. To teach her these skills, she hires a male escort named Michael. Extremely sexy, lovable romance, and great characters. The author, Helen Hoang knows how to write romance books that I want to read.  

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On to the fourth book in the School for Good and Evil series and unfortunately, it was my least favorite of these books. I loved the new villain that was introduced but the other original characters were frustrating me honestly. I felt that it was too long for the plot that we got but the last 100 pages almost made up for the rest of the book.  

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Trigger warning for this book, there is a lot of psychological and physical abuse of children by a parent. They were several parts of this story that were hard to read because of the gaslighting and manipulation but it was a great read in the end. One of the best lines in this book was, “I loved my mother because I didn’t know I had a choice. I had to love her.” It was just so powerful and moving. Highly recommend!  

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March Book Wrap-Up!

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan 

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Juvie/Middle grade fantasy
  • This is the fourth book in the Percy Jackson series and it was the perfect way to start the month. When I was younger, I never got this far into the series but I am so glad I finally am getting around to it. The idea of a labyrinth always stresses me out because I don’t like enclosed spaces but this book handled it in such a way that I could definitely handle it. Yet again, I am impressed by Riordan’s world building. 

The Merciless IV: Last Rites by Danielle Vega

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Young adult fantasy
  • I finally finished the Merciless series! When the description of a book is literally “Mean Girls meets the Exorcist”, I just knew I was going to love this series. It had the right amount of horror and bitchy teenage behavior.  

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Young adult fiction/Thriller
  • For some reason, I have been loving mystery type books so the synopsis for this book just sounded perfect. Mystery girl moves to the middle of nowhere, Nebraska and she starts dating the strange, loner boy. Then a bunch of murders start happening to the students at the high school. Who is doing this and why. It was a quick and fun mystery story.

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan 

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Juvie/Middle grade fantasy
  • Okay guys! I did it, I made it to the last Percy Jackson book and wow, did it not disappoint me at all. Everything was wrapped up beautifully and we see a great redemption arc, which I always enjoy reading. I highly recommend reading this series and I can’t wait to get more Rick Riordian books in the future. 

As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Young adult fantasy
  • Now, this is my FAVORITE book that I read in the month of March. I absolutely love Beauty and the Beast and this book is literally a retelling where Belle’s mom was actually the enchantress that cursed the young prince. You get to learn so much about Belle’s parents before Belle was born and the world surrounding Belle’s little village and the Beast’s kingdom. Absolutely incredible book and if you love the original Beauty and the Beast, I think you will fall in love with this story. 

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Young adult fantasy
  • This is the final book in the Red Queen series and just like every other book in the series, it was good but not incredible. I gave the whole series a 4 star because it was a good concept, interesting world, but the main character was just not my favorite. A Lot of her chances, even at the end, just made me frustrated with her. Would still recommend it but it is just not one of my favorite young adult series. 

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson 

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Thriller/Mystery
  • I ended up really enjoying Eight Perfect Murders and before I started it, I knew I would either really hate it or really love it. The reason I knew that is because when I read mysteries, there have been several times when I guessed the twist and the stories start to bore me. But when I read a mystery like this one, where I didn’t guess the twist and there are multiple surprises throughout the whole thing, that is when I am truly happy with a mystery book. 

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson 

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • A Memory of Light was tied with my favorite book of the month. This book was the conclusion to the Wheel of Time series and it was everything I wanted it to. I was completely satisfied with this ending and I don’t always say that about other series I have read. The last 400 pages were insane and full of action. Everyone that likes fantasy at all should read this series. 

Music to My Years: A Mixtape-Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up by Cristela Alonzo 

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Autobiography 
  • I have been wanting to read this book for a long time and I was not disappointed. I have been a fan of Cristela Alonzo since I watched her show, Cristela. It was the first time I had watched a show and felt connected and represented as a Hispanic woman who loves nerd stuff. Cristela is a brilliant woman whose story is just inspiring and super encouraging.  

The Haunting of Ashburn by Darcy Coates 

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Horror/Thriller 
  • This was an enjoyable horror book but it was not as scary as I wanted it to be. After all the other horror stories I have read and movies I have watched, this book was a little predictable. I would still recommend this book, especially to those that get easily scared. 

Reflection by Elizabeth Lim 

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
  • Reflection is a retelling of Disney’s Mulan and unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. I had high hopes after reading the retelling of Beauty and the Beast from the same series and that book was SO good. It made my expectations grow very high. Luckily for this story the last 50 pages were pretty good, otherwise it would have received only two stars instead of the three I gave it. 

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales 

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Contemporary/Romance/LGBT
  • Now this book was a perfect way to end the month of March! I picked it up on a whim while working through Barnes and Noble and wow, am I happy I grabbed it! The main tagline for this book compares it to Grease, Clueless, and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda so I just knew I was going to love it. All the characters but especially Ollie (main character) were so lovable and real that you could not help but wish them the best! I highly recommend it!
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February Book Wrap-up!

This is EXTREMELY late but school and work have been keeping me busy. Luckily, I have a bit of free time now because of spring break, so I can finally post February’s wrap up! If you any recommendations for books I should try out or want to start a discuss about the books I have read, feel free to leave a comment!

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Juvie/Middle Grade Fantasy
  • This is the second book in the Percy Jackson series. When I was younger, I had read the first three books in this series but I honestly didn’t remember much except what happened in the first book. I really enjoyed this second book because it was showing me more of this world and explored more Greek mythology creatures and gods.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • This is the second novel in the Red Queen series. I really enjoyed the first book and was curious where this one would go. I enjoyed learning more about the organizations working to overthrow the government but the reason I gave this book only four stars was because of the main character. I didn’t feel like she grew very much at all and I had hoped she would change a little bit at least.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • I was really excited to read Steelheart because it is the first book in the Reckoners series by my favorite author, Sanderson. I have read several books by him and have never been disappointed. This book continued that streak. It was a very interesting concept where this “calamity” event happened on Earth which led to many people developing super powers but what makes it different from other superhero books, is that these people ended up being corrupt and evil. I can’t wait to pick up the next two books in this series.

Lovely War by Julie Berry

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
  • Now this one was probably my favorite read in the month of February! I am a huge history and mythology nerd so when I heard that the world in this book revolves around Greek gods and World War I and II, I was hooked!

Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • This is the thirteenth book in the Wheel of Time series and shit is happening! I read this in like a week which is fast when you consider that this book is over 1200 pages long. Luckily, it didn’t feel that long at all. I am currently reading the next and final book in this series and oh man, am I excited to see what happens.  

The Truth About Magic by Atticus

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Poetry
  • This is the first book by this author I have ever read but it will definitely not be the last. Their poems were beautiful and full of emotion and thought. The artwork and photography in this book helped put me in the perfect mood.

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • This was a recommendation and present from my best friend Lauren! She was so sweet and got it signed by the author for me! I really loved this book that connected fairy tales, magic, love, and beautiful writing into one incredible story. Highly recommend!

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • This is the third book in the Red Queen series and like the last one, it would have received five stars, if it wasn’t for the main character’s behavior at the end of the book. For three-fourths of the book, I was loving it and the development of all the characters who are dealing with a lot of torture and PTSD. But one of the last decisions made by the main character at the end just made me angry honestly. I understood why she made that choice but still, I did not agree. Still an amazing series though.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Romance
  • This selection was definitely outside my comfort zone. As many of you can tell, I read A LOT of fantasy books, it’s my favorite genre. I have never really enjoyed any previous romance books I have read until this book! The characters were charming and weirdly relatable even though one of them is a prince and the other is the son of the president of the United States. The romance was written beautifully and in a way, that made you also fall in love with the characters; it just felt real. If you have been scared of trying out a romance book before, I think this would be a good one to try.

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Genre: Juvie/Middle Grade Fantasy
  • I started and ended the month with a Percy Jackson book and I was not disappointed at all! In the third book of the series, we meet some key players in this series like Artemis’ Hunters and wow, was that entertaining! This book was so good that I read the next one immediately after.