Book Review: Crooked Kingdom

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Book: Crooked Kingdom

Author:  Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA, fantasy

Publisher: Orion Children’s Book

Number of Pages: 536

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“When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.”

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

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My Summary PB04A

“Crows remember human faces. They remember the people who feed them, who are kind to them. And the people who wrong them too. 

I truly enjoyed the second installment of this duology series by Leigh Bardugo. But I have to admit that it is also a book that I find extremely hard to review, because of the fact that this book has about half a dozen points of view from different characters. But Bardugo has a way of making each character fascinating that each view did not became so redundant. She has skills that kept the whole process of multiple POV more natural instead of being forced. I have read other books with tons of POV and it always comes out so contrived.

In this book, unlike the first one, the setting is mainly within the city of Ketterdam. The story picks up where it left off. Kaz and the gang came back to Ketterdam so eager to received their rewards. But instead of getting the fat reward that Jan Van Eck (the merchant who hired them) promised, they found out that Van Eck double crossed them. On top of that, he kidnapped one member of their valuable crew, holding her hostage for ransom.

The stakes just keep getting bigger in this book, plus enemies of Kaz and the gang just increased in number. It was definitely a roller coaster ride that will leave you breathless. One of the things I liked in this book is the fact that you get to know more of each characters, their emotions, fears, dreams/hopes and what they had been through.

Has she really thought the world didn’t change? She was a fool. The world was made of miracles, unexpected earthquakes, storms that came from nowhere and might reshape a continent. 

To sum it up, the book is not only about the crazy non-stop action of gun fights/acrobatics, genius schemes and revenge. It was also about family, friendship, trust/loyalty, love and camaraderie. I actually shed some few tears (don’t judge me) most especially towards the end. It definitely deserves all the accolades it got.

Although, I was craving for more, I have to admit it ended perfectly. An epic conclusion to an awesome series. I rarely give five stars and this book deserves way more.

So overall, I give this book 5 stars.

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Book Review: To All The Boys I Loved Before

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Book: To All The Boys I loved Before

Author:  Jenny Han

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Publisher: Penerbit Spring

Number of Pages: 355

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What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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My Summary PB04A

This book got so many quotes so let me start with this one:

1.“Life doesn’t have to be so planned. Just roll with it and let it happen.”

If you are looking for something sweet with all the fuzzy feelings and cuteness, this is a book for you. I have to admit that I’m way too old for this kind of story but I need to read something that will cleanse my palate after reading a very intense book. So I gravitate to a YA romance story that are like this. Plus, this book got a good review in Goodreads and it’s going to have its own series in Netflix starting this month. So I was looking forward to read this and I was not disappointed.

The story is all about this  Korean-American highschool girl called Lara Jean. Lara Jean has many boy crushes, like typical teenage girls, and she has written love letters to all the boys she had a crush or fell in loved with. The boys she had crushes with do not know what she felt. She wrote these letters to pour out her feelings but she kept it a secret. Although, all these love letters were sealed in an envelope with address on it. She kept it hidden in a teal box that her mom (who passed away) gave her. Her dilemma started when she found out that someone took her box and mailed all five letters to all the five boys whom she had a crush on in the past. And one of the boys is her sister’s ex-boyfriend and neighbor Josh. What to do…what to do…what to do?

2. “Margot would say she belongs to herself. Kitty would say she belongs to no one. And I guess I would say I belong to my sisters and my dad, but that won’t always be true. To belong to someone—I didn’t know it, but now that I think about it, it seems like that’s all I’ve ever wanted. To really be somebody’s, and to have them be mine.” 

This book also focused on the Song’s sisterly love for each other. I never had a sister but I love how the author describes their relationship. Margot the eldest sister and Kitty the youngest were all three dimesional characters and very well developed. I do not have sisters but I do have brothers so I can easily relate to these characters.

3. “You’d rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.”

The letters got send to five boys. The author briefly explains what happened to the three other letters and their recipients but the love interest was mainly focus between Peter and Josh. And I easily fell in love with both of these characters. The author really played on my emotions and jerked me back and forth between Peter and Josh. Although, I was pulling for Josh at first but then Peter would do something so sweet that I’d want him and Lara Jean to be together instead.

4. “Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s the part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore.”

This is a wonderfully sweet and coming of age story. The author perfectly captured the best of a high school life that most of us remember. Young love, crushes, and fuzzy-cute moments, jealousy, popular kids and of course fashion.

So overall, I give this book 4 stars. I can’t wait to watch the Netflix series.

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July Book Round Up

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Wow! This month just went by really fast for me.  I was not able to read all the books I intended to read for the month of July. But I read 7 books, so that’s really a big accomplishment for me. Here are my reviews for these 7 books.

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“She wasn’t broken. She saw and interacted with the world in a different way, but that was her. She could change her actions, change her words, change her appearance, but she couldn’t change the root of herself.”

This is one of the books I picked for my June book of the month from my BOTM subscription box. I read the book synopsis before choosing this book and liked it. But what intrigues me the most was that the main character has Asperger’s syndrome or “high functioning autism”. Therefore, she does not know how to handle an intimate relationship. And French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. So after a co-worker suggested she needs practice, she came to a conclusion that she needs to hire a professional. A professional that can help her with her sex life.

This is a debut novel by Helen Hoang and it’s well written. The topic of autism, which our main heroine is going through, was definitely well researched.

I did not realize the gender-swapped “Pretty Woman” similarity until I was in the middle of the book. I admit that was a nice twist and quite refreshing. My only complaint was the fact that the ending seemed so rush.

Overall, it’s a 3.5 for me. If you want a nice romance book to read, something light and not heavy, I would highly recommend this book to you.

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And one will come to end us,
And one will bring us fall.
Let the greatest power of powers reign,
May it save us all.

The first part of this book was so Harry Potter like for me. I was a little discouraged but I decided to continue reading it, and I’m so glad I did.

The story started to get more fascinating when the dignified Baz finally showed up in Book 2. Reading Baz POV, most especially in chapter 32 changed the whole dynamic of the story for me. The story started to grow on me and I stopped comparing it to JK Rowling’s HP. Yes, Simon, Baz, Penelope, and Agatha go to a Wizard school that sounds like Hogwarts (school is called “Watford”). But that’s where the resemblance ends: “The Mage” (Davy) is definitely not Dumbledore; Baz is not Malfoy (Baz is a vampire!); Penelope is not Hermoine; Agatha is too girly to be Ron so there’s no comparison at all (LOL); and Simon is definitely not Harry Potter.

So when I finally realize that this book is not another wannabe HP book, I began to enjoy it more. And I really loved how Rainbow Rowell wrote the “spells”. The songs, rhymes, children’s rhymes or even a TV commercial jingle made into spells was unique and hilarious. My most favorite spells were: “Come out, come out, wherever you are; “Ladybird, Ladybird, fly away home…”; “Have a break, have a Kit-Kat”, “Twinkle, twinkle little star”. I giggled reading it most especially when the Mage chanted the Bohemian Rhapsody – “Carry on, carry on…”

I’ve read other books written by Ms. Rowell but I truly enjoyed this book much more. The LGBTQ reference is definitely a plus. And I love the character development of this story. Although, I kind of guessed who the real villian is (I’ve read too many thriller books) but nevertheless the plot twist and the ending was still amazing. I can’t wait to read the sequel and find out what will happen to Simon, Baz and Penelope. I rate this 4 stars.

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I have posted a review of this book so you can check it out here.

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I have posted a review of this book so you can check it out here.

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** SPOILER ALERT ** The author said this book is Black Panther but with magic. I totally disagree, the Marvel Comics’ property, Black Panther, is a story about a newly crowned king whose problems include making a decision to whether to reveal that his presently thought of third-world country for centuries to present day first world as not just equals but also vastly, technologically advanced and ruling a kingdom that is divided internally by ideology and personal affairs. The only similarity that exists between Black Panther and Children of Blood & Bone is that they are both about societies governed by philosophies and ideologies of African descent and the general populations of both are African.

CBB is a story about Zelie, who lost her mother when she was a little girl during an eradication of magical powers of all magi in their lands. This was ordered by Orisha’s evil king, Saran. Zelie met Princess Amari who decides to rebel against her father after she saw him killing her magi handmaiden and best friend. She stole the magical scroll from her father and run away. So then Zelie, Amari, her huge bull-horned lion and nonmagical older brother Tzain set out to restore the magic in their world. Zelie’s power was restored with an important person they met along the way. Zelie happens to be a reaper, power to command the spirits of the dead. They have a deadline they need to meet before it is too late to restore the magic in their world. And on top of that, they were pursued by Prince Inan. Prince Inan has his own issues: he was torn between doing the right thing and fulfilling his duty to his nation and to his father or to give in to his magical powers. Inan’s magical power is that he can read and control minds and even invade dreams, a power he knows will be his demise if his father founds out.

The book is really long (500 plus pages) and the sad thing is the fact that it is so repetitive. The novel is narrated by three characters Zelie, Amari and, Inan. What really irritates me is that they’re constantly reiterating or rehashing events that were stated or happened pages before. I decided to skim through the rest of the book after I read 66% of it.

I gave this 3 out of 5.

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My favorite quote from this book: “But Molly’s resilience, her unwillingness to submit to expectations placed upon her at the time. And her unwavering belief in herself and the girls who worked for her have taught me that if you find something you love, you fight for it with everything you’ve got. No regrets “ 

If you’re looking for a book that you can take to the beach or to the pool this summer, this book is perfect for you. It’s a perfect beach book, light and easy to read. Honestly, reading this made me want to go out and buy a pint or even a bucket of ice cream. LOL!

I picked up this book after reading a high intensity adventure fantasy. And this book was perfect, if I’m not working I would have finished reading this book in one sitting

Amelia started off her summer getting ready to be the “Head Girl” of Meade Creamery, she has been dreaming of becoming a Head Girl ever since she started working at Meade Creamery four years ago. And being a Head Girl is an honor bestowed by the owner Molly Meade to a girl she believes is worthy. Amelia is also excited to work with her best friend Cate for the last time before they head off to college. But the perfect summer Amelia dreams of started to derail when something tragic happened to Molly Meade. Then, Grady Meade, Molly’s great grand nephew took over the management of Meade Creamery. Slowly everything started to fell apart, including her friendsip with Cate. But Amelia also finds love and learned more about handling business.

I like the plot twist of this book and the little life lessons in between most especially about managing a small business. The business decisions and failures actually made the story much more realistic to me. This is the second book I read from this author and I got to admit I kinda like it.

I gave it 4 out of 5. The plot was kinda slow in the first few chapters but it picked up and loved how this book ended, definitely inspiring.

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“What most people don’t understand, is that when you’re a kid and you lose someone you love, you feel like you’ve been exiled to another planet, ~~Planet Grief~~.” 

Thanks to Library Things and Orca Books Publishing for the free paperback ARC copy in exchange for my honest review.

This book is only about 200 pages and I could have easily read it in one sitting, if I don’t have work. Anyway, this is a Middle Grader – contemporary book with two POV, Christopher and Abby.

Both Christopher and Abby lost a parent and was not really interested to go to this weekend Grief Retreat. Abby would rather go to her soccer practice and Christopher do not want to talk about his father’s death with other people. But they get to meet other kids who had gone through same lost as they have experienced. Kids like: Gustavo who had been doing this retreat for 3 years in a row and is now Eugene’s (instructor/counselor) assistant; Gustavo’s adorable younger sister Camila; quiet Antione; mysterious and gothic Felicia; and their instructor/counselor Eugene.

The story mostly revolved within this two-day retreat. The plot development, the plot twist and characters are all amazing. You can easily emphatized with these kids and admire their maturity. I have experienced a lost but not at a young age. I just wanted to reach out and hug them all. It is a poignant story and I loved how these kids learned and developed slowly as they faced and deal with their grief.

The author Monique Polak, definitely researched this topic and it is very well written. My only problem is about the Felicia part, I’m just thinking that in a retreat like this, people usually checked ID’s for security purposes so the situation regarding Felicia is kinda not plausible for me. But other than that it’s definitely a great story. I give this 4 out of 5. I definitely recommend people to buy this book when it comes out on Sept. 2018.

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Book Review: Daughter of the Siren Queen

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Book: Daughter of the Siren Queen

Author:  Tricia Levenseller

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Adventure-Pirates

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Number of Pages: 341

Book Synopsis:

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

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Quotes I love from the book:

1.”Your enchantment last long after your song fades.”

2. “It’s not a question if you’ll win, I continue. The only question is whether you will choose to fight. Will you fight for your waters and treasure? Will you fight for your little ones?”

Main Characters:

Alosa – Captain of Ava-Lee, Daughter of the Pirate King and Siren Queen

Riden – Love interest of Alosa

Some of the Minor Characters:

Niridia – First mate of Ava-Lee and Alosa’s best friend

Mandsy – Healer/Meander of Ave-Lee

Kalligan – Pirate King

Ava-Lee – Siren Queen (where Alosa’s ship was named after)

Sorinda – the spy of Ava-Lee

Kearan – new recruit and love interest of Sorinda; also Sailing Navigator/Master

Enwin – also a new recruit and Kearan’s friend

Roslyn – Overlooker and youngest member of Ava-Lee

Wallov – Roslyn’s father

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Alosa was the only child and daughter of the Pirate King. She loves her father and will do anything for her him. She was dreaming of taking over her father one day and become the Pirate Queen. So after she captured the vicious villian Vordon and took the last piece of the treasure map, victorious

Alosa sailed back with her mostly women crew in Ava-lee to her father’s Keep. But then her prisoner, Vordon, revealed to her the secret that her father Kalligan had kept from her for many years. She was not sure if she’d believe Vordon or not. So when she reach the Keep she decided to find out if Vordon is telling the truth by sneeking into her father’s chamber, the chamber no one is allowed to go in. There she found the truth, and decided to steal it and sail to Isla de Canta. Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race across the sea  with the feared Pirate King.

It was love and hate for me in regards to this second installment. There are times I’m so invested with this book that I can’t put it down. Then, there are times I’m just so irritated most especially in the beginning with the constant squabble between Alosa and Riden. Also that cliche denial of what they actually feel for each other when it was obvious from the beginning what they really feel.

Although, I did appreciate the character development of both Alosa and Riden. I was kind of disappointed that the author did not explore more about the background of the secondary characters like Niridia (Alosa’s first mate and best friend), Mandy (healer of the ship), Wallov (father of the 6 year old Rosalyn), Rosalyn (youngest member of Alosa’s crew). Sure, they were minor characters and not that necessary to the plot but I would have loved to know a little bit more about them than just a really brief background.

As for the the plot development and action, it was actually interesting for me. The chase across the sea, the struggles and fights are what made me continue reading this book. The strategies that Alosa came up are with so she can defeat the Pirate King was actually enjoyable. I like the fact that Alosa was so selfless and love her crew so much, losing some of her crew was like losing her own child.

So I think it was a nice conclusion for this series. Not overly amazing but it was good enough and I give this book 3.5 out of 5.

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Book Review: “Us Against You”

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Book: Us Against You

Author: Fredrik Backman

Genre: Contemporary, Sports

Publisher: Atria Books

Number of Pages: 448

Book Synopsis:

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach.

Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.

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WARNING: Us Against You is a sequel to Beartown. If you have not read Beartown, please read it first before you read this review because there will be spoilers in this review.

If you’re going to ask me lately who my favorite author is, I would readily tell you Fredrick Backman.  I have read every single book he wrote and Beartown, now this one– Us Against You, are my favorite books that he wrote. If you have read his books, I bet you won’t ask me why I adore this author. But if you have not read his books, you’ll wonder why.

Why? Most of the books he wrote drive deep in your inner core and make you dig deeper into those controversial issues you want to avoid. Issues you do not want to talk about or you dread to talk about. Mr. Backman, opens the veil of your ignorance and  force you to take a peek of each character’s perspective in life, emotions, success, regrets, and even failures. How does it feel if you’re in this person’s shoes? Would you stand your ground and fight back? Or would you rather flee?

This second book, Us Against You, is a story about what happened next. What happened to this small town after their dream of winning the Hockey semi-finals were destroyed? What happened to the victims of the tragedy?

The story begins where it left off. After the big tragedy, Beartown and all of its residents are now completely divided. A family, now broken from the tragedy, decided to leave town and live in separate ways. Some BearTown players and the coach are now playing at the most hated rival team Hed Town Hockey Team (the Bulls). So the rivalry grows even bigger between Bears verses Bulls.

The characters I loved in the previous book will go through way more struggles. Their hearts will be broken and the town will be shattered. If I cried in the previous book, I cried way more harder in this second book and I’m not ashamed to admit that. This story (like the first book) will grip your heart, wrecked it and tear it into pieces. I had to take a break each time I finished reading each chapter because I have to recuperate, breathe, gulp some air, before I proceed reading.

This is a story about ice rinks and all the hearts that beat in and around them. About people and sports, how they sometimes take it in turns to carry each other. About us, dreaming and fighting. Some have fallen in love and some have been destroyed; we’ve had good days and some very bad ones. BearTown has cheered, but it has also started smolder…

This quote from the book  sums up everything. It’s a story about sports, family, friendship, love, family issues, politics, jobs, loyalty, hope and even success. It is a gut-wrenching story but it’ll also make you cheer for characters like Benji who is so strong (inspite of all he had been through) and so selfless.

Reading this book was definitely an emotional roller coaster. It makes you sob, laughed, giggle, cheer and even get inspired. I’m very stingy with my ratings but with Backman I never hesitate to give it  5 stars. Highly recommended.

 

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My “Book of the Month” for July

 

It’s Monday again!!! So I’m back with more book hauls. Hahahaha! I know my TBR pile for July keeps on growing. I now know for sure I won’t be able to read all of these books this month.

Anyway, I was thinking of reviewing another book, but my books from my subscription box “Book of the Month” arrived this weekend. So I can’t resist taking photos of these books and blogging about it. By the way, I live in Vegas so I decided to take bookish photos of my books with the famous LV sign. Why not? Right?

So here it is…

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Laine Moriarty, the genius behind the best selling book “Big Little Lies“, absolutely loves this book. This is a love story and I was having second thoughts of picking another love story this month, because I chose a love story last month and I did not like it that much. But if an author like Ms. Moriarty recommends it, I just can’t resist. So here’s the synopsis.

Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.

When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.

Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened–there must be an explanation.

Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.

Ohhh…sound so enticing, right? And this got good ratings in Goodreads so I can’t wait to read this book (whenever that would be).

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Since, I just can’t get one book. I also decided to pick this book. A lot of people said that if you love “Game of Thrones” you need to read this one. I have not read Game of Thrones but I’m about to read it this week with a bunch of my friends from my book group. And so I added this book to my growing TBR pile.  This book’s official release is July 10 and one of the perks in having a book subscription with BOTM is the fact that you get to have books like this days in advance. Here’s the synopsis of this book:

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

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My July Book Haul

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Here’s my very ambitious TBR for the month of July. And I’m still waiting for three more books from my  monthly book subscription to add on this pile.

Happy Monday my dear readers, I hope you all had a great weekend. I’m still trying to finish two books this week. But here’s my TBR (to be read) books that I bought and want to read hopefully this month of July.

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I love Jenns Evans Welch, “Love and Gelato” so I decided to buy her second book “Love & Luck“. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads.

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

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I finished reading “Daughter of the Pirate King” last month and I love Alosa (Lady Jack Sparrow) and her quest to find the treasure map. So I can’t wait to read this second installment, Daugher of the Siren Queen looking forward to read more about her adventures with her crew.

Here’s the synopsis:

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

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I was gifted this book and I was looking forward to read this last month, but I never had a chance. I hope I can read “Save the Date” this month.

Here’s the synopsis:

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

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I have this book on my shelf for awhile now and I truly want to read this book because I’ve heard so many good things about “Caraval“.

Here’s the synopsis:

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

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This is the second installment of the Caraval series. So I’d definitely want to read “Legendary” after I finish reading Caraval. Here’s the synopsis:

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

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I’m a big Fredrik Backman and I read all his books last year. I also love “Bear Town” so I can’t wait to read “Us Against You“. I bought this book last month when it came out, hopefully I have a chance to read it this month. Here’s the synopsis:

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach.

Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.

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This had been sitting in my book shelf for months now. I’ve heard so many good things about this book,!so I’m hoping I’d be able to read “The Great Alone” this month. Here’s the synopsis:

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

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Immortalist” is another book that had been sitting on the self for almost 5 months now. I do hope I’ll be able to read this book this month. Here’s the synopsis:

If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

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This sums up my very ambitious TBR for this month my dear readers. Please like, comment, and follow this blog for more book updates. Have a great week, everyone.

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Book Review: Love and Gelato

It had been awhile since I reviewed a book that I read. So it’s time for another book review.

Book: Love & Gelato

Author:  Jenna Evans Welch

Genre: Young Adult, contemporary

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Number of Pages: 389

Book Synopsis:

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

“Turns out there’s a reason they call it falling in love, because when it happens—really happens—that’s exactly how it feels. There’s no doing or trying, you just let go and hope that someone’s going to be there to catch you. Otherwise, you’re going to end up with some pretty hefty bruises.” Lina (Love & Gelato)

If you’re looking for an easy summer read that you can read at the beach, pool or while traveling, I recommend this book to you.

I finished reading ”Six of Crows” before I left for vacation so I want to read a book that is less intense while I’m traveling with my family, and I’m glad I picked this book.

This is a young adult story of a sixteen-year-old girl named Lina (full name Carolina) who just lost her mom due to cancer. She’s going to Italy for the first time to meet her dad, whom she’s never met or talked before, to fulfill her mom’s dying wish to get to know her dad.

When she got there, she found out that her dad lives and work in a historic cemetery, which for Lina is weird and kind of creepy.

Then, Lina met an interesting boy named Ren who lives in a much more weird house than hers. I mean, what’s more weird than living in a house at a cemetery? Right?! Ha! You have to read the book so you’ll find out. 😉

Anyway, the story gets more exciting when Sonia (the woman who works with her dad) gives her a journal that her mom kept while she was in Italy. Suddenly, Lina is discovering and learning (with Ren) more about her mom’s secret bakeries, art, friends, and secret romances. I don’t want to spoil the book so I’d stop it here. 😜

But it’s definitely a nice book about family, young love and unselfishness. And reading this book makes me want to go to Italy and eat those yummy Gelatos. This is definitely a cute story and I also love the plot twist and the cute ending. I guess my next vacay would be in Italy. LOL!

Alright, that’s it for this week, my dear readers. Please like, comment, and follow this blog for more book updates. Have a great week, everyone.

Giveaway Winner!!!

I’ve been on vacation these past two weeks so I have put my blog on pause.

But now that I’m back it’s time to announce my giveaway winner. Please head over to my Instagram account ”anacskiebookmusings” for the big announcement.

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That’s all for this week my dear readers. I’ll be back next week blogging about my latest reads. Please like, comment, and follow this blog for more book updates. Have a great week everyone!

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