Someone Special Sunday: Kit Cat @ Let the Pages Reign

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“Someone Special Sunday” is a little something I came up with to help spread some blogger appreciation. Feel free to join in if you’d like! If you want to spread a little blogger love using “Someone Special Sunday” just link back to me and use the graphic.

The idea of Someone Special Sunday is just to spotlight a fellow blogger, booktuber, author, or member of the book community on a Sunday. Show the world how amazing these people are!

This Sunday’s awesome spotlight is Kit Cat @ Let the Pages Reign! Continue reading

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Mini-Review: Rusk University Series by Cora Carmack

Ms. Carmack is truly a literary genius and one of my absolute favorite authors. Of her extensive repertoire, I’ve read All Lined UpAll Broke DownAll Played Out, Losing It, Faking It, and Inspire. I’ve fallen in love each time (though I do have my favorites). Here, I’m going to include some mini-reviews of the 3 released books in the Rusk University Series (New Adult Romance read as Kindle eBooks).

5 stars to all of the following

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Review: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

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Title: This Ordinary Life
Author: Jennifer Walkup
Format I Read: Physical ARC
Pages: 240
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: October 1, 2015
Publisher: Luminis Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


For those who don’t know what This Ordinary Life is about:

High-school radio host Jasmine Torres’s life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around.

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her.

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health–not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

General Impression


Though this book had an interesting concept, the characters and the plot fell a little flat for me. Honestly, if the book wasn’t such a short and sweet read, I may have given up and DNF’d this. I ended up giving it 3 stars, but I was actually planning on 2 stars until the very end. However, it did have some solid points and redeeming qualities!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the
Spine
 that spotlights upcoming releases that give us those book tingles!

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The book I’m waiting on this Wednesday is… Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor!

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Title: Into the Dim
Author: Janet B. Taylor
Pages: 436
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

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Title: Soundless
Author: Richelle Mead
Format I Read: Physical ARC
Pages: 272
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


For those who are unfamiliar with Soundless:

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever…

General Impression


There is nothing more satisfying than finishing an amazing standalone novel. There’s something about the perfectly packaged story of a standalone that just leaves you so content. Honestly, I have the loveliest feeling in my heart right now. I feel like I can move mountains and change the world. I feel that good–Soundless was that amazing.

Since reading the synopsis and seeing the absolutely gorgeous cover, I’ve been coveting this book. Luckily, I got it in a spontaneous galley drop at BEA this year. As I read this book, I savored it–I let it muse in my mind, spreading the relatively short book out over four days. I’ll have you know, this is not something I normally do. I’m a “devour the book in one sitting with no regrets” kind of girl. But Soundless was just different. There’s something about Mead’s writing that just makes me want to drown in her words. I really don’t know what it is about Richelle Mead’s books, but I just want to wrap myself up in her stories. Continue reading

Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

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Title: Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Format I Read: Physical ARC
Pages: 374
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


For those who are unfamiliar with Trial by Fire:

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

General Impression


I quite literally read this book nonstop, with only a mild pause for much-needed sleep. Angelini completely sucked me in. My mind is boggled. Boggled. This book has to be one of the most interesting, most intricately created, most fascinating books I’ve read in a while. Angelini did a damn good job at building this mind-blowing world.

I’ve read many reviews of this book, and it seems that a lot are not favorable. I picked up an ARC of the sequel, Firewalker, at BEA, not even realizing that it was a sequel. Thus, in order to read Firewalker, I had to get my hands on Trial by Fire. I then stalked the #booksfortrade tag until I got a copy. Unfortunately, with all the reviews that I’d read, I was extremely nervous that I was going to hate Trial by Fire and be stuck with an ARC that I totally didn’t want to read. So I went into Trial by Fire with lots of reservations. Fortunately, I ended up absolutely loving the book. Continue reading