The hook review

“Hopeful that you could love me that way I love you.” “What way is that?” He whispered, “To the point of madness.”

It’s been nearly a year since Vivienne Dunn has run away from her foster home, to join her fellow People with Active Nevergenes (PAN). Following Viv’s first assignment, she discovers some devastating news regarding her nGh levels. Meanwhile, Deacon, Crown Prince of Neverland, is stuck on trial in London. Tasked with a second recruitment mission, Viv breaks a rule meant solely to keep the PAN safe, which results in deadly consequences for one of her PAN members. Lee Somerfield’s disdain for Leadership and anger over the death, spurs his rebellion and retaliation on HOOK and Neverland, the land of fairy tales, has become a place of nightmares. Tomorrow is not promised, no matter how immortal a fairy tale tells you are. Will Viv be able to escape her destiny as a forgetful or will she voluntarily choose neutralization and be grounded?

What a roller coaster ride! Up and down. Hot and cold. One step forward, but then ten steps back. I was on the edge of my seat! Where is my brown paper bag?

Jenny Hickman did a fantastic job keeping me on my toes, willing my eyeballs to read faster. HOOK was so entertaining, like something out of a soap opera. Deacon Ashford! 🥰 That Neverboy will steal your heart in HOOK. His unfailing loyalty and wicked sense of humor. He’s a little Noah Calhoun (The Notebook) and readers witness his growth in this story. Several scenes will leave you a blubbering mess🥺, in a puddle of goo over Dash’s actions. Even Peter Pan has noticed a change in him! Speaking of Peter, he’s got JOKES that will have you snorting 🐽 with 😂laughter. Jenny’s secondary characters, Emily and Lyle, are amazing! Emily is a doll and Lyle’s outright dislike for Deacon is hilarious. Lyle’s nickname for Deacon! 🤣 Dead! And clap 👏🏼 it up for Nicola, calling out Neverland’s resident bad boy, Casanova. I mean, Deacon. You go, girl! 👏🏼Neverland…a place of magic and community. Perfect for fans of Peter Pan, Toodles, and the Lost Boys. HOOK is a story with the classic elements of the beloved fairytale with a 21st century twist. Give it a whirl!

Thank you, thank you Jenny Hickman for HOOKING me up with an advanced reader copy! I’m going to be bugging you for more of my OTP!

🎶 Song: Lay Your Head On Me by Major Lazer ft. Marcus Mumford 🎶

“Was that supposed to be a pickup line?” “Everything I say to you is meant to be a pickup line.”

the stolen kingdom review

“Regardless of my attempts at guarding my heart, he’d wormed his way in.”

3.5 stars

The kingdom of Perin Faye is suffering under the rule of the Thungraves- a line of despotic kings that used their power to intimidate and manipulate. Cannon Thungrave is set to inherit the throne along with stolen magic and the dark secrets the come with it. Alac Thungrave, the kings second son, wants nothing to do with the throne or the magic that comes with ruling. Alac= the spare heir. Maralyth Graylaern, a vintner’s daughter, also has a secret: a hidden magical power. Mara finds herself in quite the predicament. She’s threatened…Save her beloved family and their vineyard or engage in a plot to murder the Thungrave boys so she can take the throne.

The Stolen Kingdom the story of a lost heir and the fight for the throne. There are two shocking twists that are like

and the FOOD. Salivating over goat cheese and delectable herbs, golden mushrooms stuffed with minced shellfish and cheeses, vanilla mousse, cinnamon biscuits, steaming tomato soup and thickly seeded bread with butter. Don’t forget the wine! Red or white. I’m not picky.

#IsThisAKissingBook- Let’s just say the kiss is sweet as wine. The romance felt like the subplot and my preference is for romance as the main plot. I’m here for the food & wine!

🍷✨READ IF YOU LIKE✨🍷:
-standalone YA fantasy
-court intrigue
-hidden identity
-magic (dark & stolen, pure & good)
-forbidden love
-enemies 2 lovers
-food & wine

🎶 Song: Cherry Wine by Hozier 🎶

Thank you Tor Teen for an advanced copy!!

a court of silver flame

“That’s the key, isn’t it? To know the darkness will always remain, but how you choose to face it, handle it … that’s the important part. To not let it consume. To focus upon the good, the things that fill you with wonder.” She gestured to the stars zooming past. “The struggle with that darkness is worth it, just to see such things.” 

Another ACOSF photo. Did you finish yet? SJM’s newest novel is the number one New York Times best seller for print & e-book fiction. Number ONE! So no review. Every reader with ears and eyeballs knows SJM. FYI- Not YA fantasy. Amazing story about overcoming grief and rage and sorrow. And—hope. Precious, beautiful hope. Anxiously awaiting the next installment in the ACOTAR series! #elriel 

🎶 Song: Broken by Lovelytheband 🎶

London prep 4: the key review

“I think that somehow, I love them both.”

Whew! Heartbreak rodeo!

How am I doing? Other than my completely shattered heart, I’m great! I’m fine. Maybe I’ll get hit by a bus. Dramatic much? YES. Just like Mallory. 😛🤣😉

An author is phenomenal writer, if they can make you feel a range of emotions: happy, sad, confused, shocked, anxious, furious, devastated. That’s Jillian Dodd. Her story telling skills have the ability to elicit emotions from readers. Emotions ™. And LP4: The Key is guaranteed to bring out some feelings! ALL THE FEELINGS! For me. I’m sad. Sad for Mallory. For Noah. And Harry. Poor Mal is in desperate need of a redo. Like several redos. BUT…Mohammad. 👏🏼 Clap it up for Mo👏🏼! Watch your knickers and his sultry eyes. And Mia! I’m so glad we got to meet her in this book. Her drawing of Noah had me LOL! Readers…LP4 is a roller coaster ride and you will most likely read it in 24 hours! And I’m not talking about a Disneyland coaster. I’m talking Goliath. Colossus. CraZanity. Drop of Doom. Scream. Six Flags rides. BIG. Catch my drift? Hang on tight! Take note of the very last sentence in the book… It is exactly how you’ll feel!

Jillian, don’t make me wait six months for the next book! I’m going to need at least 5 kisses. And that movie night. Now where are my Noah Williams’ sweats? I need them to wallow over a big box of chocolates. I’m going to go cry and fall asleep way too early.

#IsThisAKissingBook

Thank you, thank you to Jillian for sending me an advanced copy. I don’t think I’ve ever read one of your books so fast! 😂

🎶 Song: Apologize by One Republic 🎶

The gods of men review

“I don’t believe in fear. To fear a thing only gives it power over you.”

Sable is trying to rid herself of her past by escaping to the heart of the Wilds. The land of thieves. Her guilt weighs heavy but she is surviving (and hiding) as a healer. Magic is forbidden throughout the Five Provinces. Those born with it are hunted and killed by the Wolf of Corinth. Ten years after that horrifying event that led her to flee for her life, Sable finds herself hunted by a summoned spirit of the dead. Her best chance at survival? Agree to the dangerous Provincial, Jos’s, offer: heal his dying father in return for a large sum of money. And perhaps Jos will keep her safe. Or maybe the tables will turn and Sable will be the one risking her life for Jos.

The Gods of Men is SUPER entertaining! Jos and Sable have a very exciting and adventurous story. Nothing like being chased through the forest, near death, to bring two people together. There is a twist bomb that is like…

Yup. I didn’t see THAT. I’m rooting hard for this OTP! Need the sequel! The Gods of Men was a top 10 finalist of Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off in 2018! 👏🏼 If you enjoyed The Traitors Kiss by Erin Beaty or anything by Brandon Sanderson, you need Barbara Kloss’s dark and epic fantasy novel stat!

✨ READ IF YOU LIKE ✨:

  • enemies 2 lovers
  • hidden identities
  • magical systems (dark & musical)
  • sarcastic, snarky banter that will make you LOL 🤣
  • #IsThisAKissingBook, oh by the wards 😘
  • palace politics (so you’re saying there’s a painfully handsome prince? Yes. Yes, I am.)

🎶 song: In the Shadows by Amy Stroup🎶

Dear emmie blue review

“Maybe home isn’t a place. It’s a feeling. Of being looked after and understood. Of being loved.”

Looking for a book that makes you feel as if your throat is stuffed with cotton wool? This. Is. It. Words are trapped. Lucas Moreau. Balloon boy. The one who found Emmie Blue, against all odds, when she needed a friend most. When Emmie Blue was sixteen she released a balloon (with a dark secret) on her school field, and Lucas found it, miles away on a beach. He emailed Emmie and a friendship was born. Emmie feels lonely, lost, small, nothing. But her meet-cute with Lucas is so…serendipitous. Lucas is supportive and Emmie will always have him. So is Lucas the one? Lucas has a brother.. Eliot. Half brother. He is kind, warm, and safe. And the trio are best friends. Everyone loves Emmie. So why is she all alone?

I LOVED THIS BOOK. It’s deep. It’s romantic. Witty. And heartbreaking. Lia Louis does a fantastic job balancing humor and tragedy. The story deals with lows and high and is true to life. You feel SO much of Emmie’s devastation. Like a gut-punch. Push through! It’s a bloody brilliant story!

💿 READ IF YOU LIKE 💿:
-Bridget Jones’s Diary x My Best Friend’s Wedding
-Charmingly British novels
-Brother trope
-Mixtape love notes
-#IsThisAKissingBook “I finally kissed Emmie Blue”

🎶 Song: Always by Bon Jovi 🎶

what i like about you review

“His smile is so big and I am a puddle. He looks at me like… Like I dont even know, and I lose my words. Something has shifted, though, I can tell.”

Internet friends turn into IRL crushes. Halle Levitt is just a kid who bakes cupcakes that match book covers and has an opinion, like everyone else on the internet. Eye roll 😛. Halle created One True Pastry (OTP) under the pen name Kels aka 😎 incognito. Her blog, OTP, is dedicated to the two greatest things on Earth- YA books and cupcakes. Hi, I’m SOLD🙋🏼‍♀️. Nash Stevens, fellow blogger and crazy talented graphic novelist, is Halle/Kels pixel BFF. They chat about anything and everything. With the exception of who she really is🙈. Kels + Nash = Endless 😍 heart eyes😍. THE OTP. I ship them! Guess what! Halle arrives to spend senior year in her gramps small town where she just so happens to run into IRL Nash. 😱GASP! Nash has infiltrated Halle’s life. Halle has infiltrated Nash’s life. He invites her into Le Crew. Yet she remains a secret🤐 because she doesn’t want to ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. However, she’s falling for Nash IRL… but he’s in love with Kels. Love triangle! Fake love triangle? It’s more like a line since it’s only two people. EEP! And Gramps is beyond precious! He’s a ⚡️Potterhead and it’s darling.

All the HP references made me feel super young at heart and left me grinning 😁 like a Cheshire cat. Another thought…Nash and Halle deal with grief. Even though, on the screen as Nash + Kels, they thrive on sarcasm, banter, and angst, they deal with their grief as Nash + Halle. I related to Kels’ life lesson on friendship- it’s not easy. “It’s knowing the world might be a trash fire, but it’s less trash when there are people to help navigate the darkness.” I love that.

🧁 READ IF YOU LIKE 🧁:

  • Friends 2 lovers #IsThisAKissingBook YA romance
  • Harry Potter references. Embrace the Puffness!
  • Cupcakes & book reviews
  • 👭🏼real friendship

🎶 song: Sugar by Maroon 5 🎶

The Summer I Turned Pretty series

 “Best friends are important. They’re the closest thing to a sister you’ll ever have”. 

This series is magic!! Jenny Han has an authentic voice that captivates readers. She’s a truly gifted writer! I cannot fathom how she can tell a story that evokes so much emotion. Major nostalgic summer vibes! Belly (Bells) measures her life in summers with the boys (brothers) she has known since the first beach house vacation… Jeremiah and Conrad. Connie *sighs dreamily* I love his brooding James Dean routine… wink. But the sharing a soda complete with twizzler straws circa 1950s Coke commercial and all Jeremiah’s cuteness. Swoon. Love triangle? Or square? Get outta here Cam Cameron.

TSITP is being turned into a television series for Amazon!! SCREAMING!! Here’s what I sleuthed like a stage 5 clinger: 8 episodes, no official date/possibly summer 2021, casting details yet to be revealed, Han wrote the pilot episode and will serve as executive producer. Plenty of time to binge this series before the show!

READ IF YOU LIKE:

  • love triangles with brothers
  • coming-of-age stories
  • first love
  • first heartbreak
  • the magic of that one perfect summer

🎶 Song: All of the Stars by Ed Sheeran 🎶

The shadows between us review

“I want a life with you, Alessandra, one without the shadows between us.” 

On this weeks edition of #TrashforTrish, I’m  joined by special guest, Aundreya Rich (@reading.inwatercolor), the CrEaToR of #TrashforTrish. 😉 We just really like her #IsThisAKissingBook 👏🏼😘🔪

Let me tell you the first line of TSBU: “They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.” Okay, two sentences. But you’re HOOKED right. 👏🏼 Whew! What a way to start off. Alessandra. Girlfriend, is cunning and slightly villainous. She knows what she wants and she’s going for it. Aka taking the Shadow King’s kingdom in four simple steps: woo him, marry him, kill him, reign as queen. Easy peasy. BUT this courtship of convenience turns into so much more. AND she’s not the only one trying to murder the young king. Didn’t see the twist at the end coming. Around 90% 😱 I wish we got an epilogue! I mean that in the kindest way because I love and want more of Alessandra and Kallias! 🥰 Crossing my fingers that Tricia comes back to this OTP🤞🏼Fantasy readers need The Shadows Between Us on their shelves! 

🗡READ IF YOU LIKE🗡:

-eating dessert first when you dine

-murder/attempted murder 

-enemies 2 lovers 

-lavender & mint

-a giant dog

-courtship of convenience 

“All the time in the world is worth nothing if I don’t get the spend it with you.”

🎶 Song: No Rest For The Wicked by Lykke Li 🎶