All the Stars on Fire by Beck Medina

All the Stars on Fire by Beck Medina
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: 1537 Press
Publishing Date: December 20th 2019

Natalia Morales has a secret…she’s kind of a superhero. Natalia dreams of joining the Action Team, the newly banded and young heroes that protect Angel City, and just may stop at anything to make it happen.

Alyse Morales knows her sister’s secret, and wants Natalia to give up on her dangerous dream. When Alyse gets hurt one night while Natalia is crime fighting, Natalia promises to end her run as a hero. But when the Sorceress appears in Angel City, and Captain Force, the leader of the Action Team, enlists in Natalia’s help, she may have to break her promise in order to protect her family and friends.

Will Alyse ever forgive her? Is Natalia actually capable of saving the day? All the Stars on Fire is the story of following your dreams, what it truly takes to be a hero, and leaping into the unknown.

Beck Medina is a California born and raised author and podcast host. Beck’s work includes 2016’s A Fantastic Mess of Everything, 2017’s Or Best Offer, and her highly anticipated fantasy novel All the Stars on Fire (December 2019).

When Beck isn’t writing, she’s the host of the My Best Life Podcast, a health, wellness, and business podcast for creative entrepreneurs. A few of Beck’s favorite things include pop music, iced coffee, teen dramas, and her two cats, Olivia and Dupree.

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All the Stars on Fire

Chapter Excerpt

Damnit, I overslept. I wake up to the sun hitting my face and a text from my best friend Boston asking where I’m at. Boston’s going out of town for two weeks to celebrate his birthday with his dad and sister, and I was supposed to meet him in his treehouse to give him his present and say goodbye.

Be there in ten,” I write back.

“Knock, knock,” my brother Max says, opening my bedroom door gradually until half his body is in my bedroom. “You got a minute?”

Still half asleep, I close my eyes and let my head fall back on my pillow. “I’ve got ten.”

Max takes a seat on the corner of my bed. I can feel him watching me, and my suspicions are confirmed when I pop one eye open. He laughs.

“Man, you’re a wreck,” he tells me. “What’s keeping you up at night lately?”

I don’t know why, but I’m always so certain that he must know about my moonlighting as Empathy. He has a good intuition about these things. But if he did know, it would be met with so much opposition. Max is too logical. Becoming a hero is considered reckless to him. He didn’t shut up for months about how foolish the Action Team was for working without the city’s consent. He finally came around to liking them as soon as they teamed up with the Angel City Police Department.

So yeah, he’d be pissed that I’m doing this without anybody’s consent.

“What do you want to talk about?” I yawn.

“It’s about the Academy,” Max starts. He adjusts himself so he’s facing me. “Natalia, something really important is about to happen. And I need you to know what it is so that you’re prepared.”

Okay, now I’m awake. I know Max has kept in touch with some of the researchers on Project 451, I think out of hope that the government would give them more funding so they could continue the project. I’ve been dreading the day that Max informs me that we’re going back to basecamp. Please tell me today isn’t the day.

“I’ve been in touch with a few of the scientists, and it looks like–”

“There you two are.”

Max and I turn to Alyse, who’s standing in the doorway with her hands on her hips. She hates it when we “twin up without her,” as she refers to it. She already feels like the outcast since she’s the only Morales sibling that didn’t get accepted into Project 451. She was too young to apply, though. If I could go back in time, I’d gladly switch places with her. While I’m grateful for my abilities, I hated Academy. It was too competitive and strict. Eventually, I got the sense that we weren’t being trained to protect our country, but rather, to control it.

Max sighs, probably upset that our conversation has been interrupted. Despite his disappointment, he gives Alyse a cordial smile. “What’s up, Alyse?”

“Aunt Rosa’s wrangling us for breakfast,” she says, stepping further into my bedroom and plopping herself down on my bed beside Max. “She’s polling everyone on where we want to go. Prima already said, ‘wherever you wanna go is fine, Mom.’”

I laugh as I get out of bed. Alyse is really good at impersonations, I feel like I should be paying her to hear them. She used to do a flawless Mom and Dad, but we don’t do those impressions anymore.

She eyes the magazine on my nightstand and says, “Oh, the new issue of Teen Pulse came in.”

I got a yearly subscription of Teen Pulse for free when I ordered some clothes online a couple of months ago. I should have addressed it to Alyse, though. I’m not even the one who reads those silly things. But she devours gossip magazines the way bookworms read novels.

Max, always the considerate sibling, shifts toward Alyse to loop her into the conversation. “Ten bucks Aunt Rosa will want to take us to that Thai place she loves so much. For the third time this week,” he says, his eyes bulging at the thought of another night of white rice.

“The problem with Simply Thai is that it is simplyThai,” Alyse says, flipping through the advertisements in the beginning of the magazine. Every couple of pages, she’ll pause to open the perfume flap and sniff it. “Plus, it isn’t a breakfast spot at all. I mean, why can’t they have burgers and fries and boba and doughnuts like Top Burger? Now that is a restaurant.”

“Doesn’t that place have a B health rating?” I say.

Max snorts. “That is so bougie of you, Alyse.”

“Conventional is boring and you know it, Max.” Alyse gives Max a big whack on the hip with her foot. “Besides, a is still passing.”

“Tell that to Aunt Rosa,” Max scoffs.

Alyse rolls her eyes, but she remains mum. Any talk about Aunt Rosa and grades shuts her up real fast. “So what were you guys talking about?” She looks up at us with curious, puppy dog eyes.

“I was just briefing Natalia about the future of Project Four-Fifty-One.” He nudges me and says, “We’ll pick up later, okay?”

Alyse groans. “I never get to be a part of the peace officer talk.”

“Trust me, it’s not interesting,” I say, Heading to my dresser and pulling out some clothes. I’m sure I’ll still have time to change before we leave for breakfast. It always takes us over an hour to leave anyway.

Alyse brings the magazine up to her face, then lets out a big sigh filled with fantasy and seduction. “I’ve decided Iron Whip is my new superhero crush.”

She holds up the page she’s on to a spread of Iron Whip in a suit that looks new, or one the magazine had him wear specifically for the spread. It’s black with touches of silver, and he’s got black war paint over his eyes. His blonde hair is long and stringy, which I personally find unattractive. I’m into clean-cut guys. Alyse has always liked the bad boy type. They’re a lot like her.

“Jesus,” Max gags. It’s unsurprising that he’s anything but impressed. Max prefers the next-door look himself. Except he is the boy next door. Everyone thinks so.

I step into my walk-in closet and close the doors enough so I can change and still be a part of the conversation.

“Listen to this article,” Alyse says, flipping a page away from the spread. She clears her throat. “Earlier this year, a team of heroes with superhuman abilities emerged in Angel City. First, Captain Force and Iron Whip, but they were eventually joined by two others, Inspiro and Electrona.” Alyse pauses, staring at what must be a picture of the entire team. “Electrona’s boobs are so freaking fake.”

Alyse is ridiculously passionate about the Action Team. They’re all anyone our age has talked about this year. The band of heroes that keep our once crime-ridden city safe, also happen to be young heartthrobs. We may not be able to see their faces under the masks they wear, but boy, do they reek of sex appeal.

When I step out of the closet, Alyse says, “Look at the beads of sweat cascading down her jugs,” and holds up the single page where Captain Force, my personal favorite, has his arms wrapped around Electrona in an embrace. He’s tall and not overly muscular. Just the right amount of shredded, as Alyse likes to call it. His jawline is gentle, but defined. He’s beautiful. In every sense of the word.

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Charlie Hernández and the Castle of Bones by Ryan Calejo

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What I Loved:

Can I just start by saying I have some very serious Cover Love for this series!! I love the way the above and below ground are reflected. I feel like it just gives you such a feel for what this book is going to be!

The fantasy world that Ryan Calejo build for Charlie Hernandez had me completely submersed in every little detail. The location of the story was really fun, as it has a fun southern feel along with the fantasy.

How I Felt:

This was a book that I could not put down. My son also read it, as it is targeted for middle grade and he LOVED it! The way the story takes Charlie from one clue to another, really gave the book that page-turning feel. I got a little more information, but not ENOUGH to satisfy and I just had to know more.

I did feel that the book could have been edited down just a bit. It is 608 pages and for a middle-grade reader, that’s a LOT of book. There were some very descriptive sections that could have been reduced to make this book a bit shorter. Overall though, this was a solid read!

To Read or Not To Read:

This is the second book in the Charlie Hernandez series. While, I think The Castle of Bones could be a stand-alone, I believe that you would find it a much more enjoyable read if you read the first book in the series first. (Charlie Hernandez and The League of Shadows).

This book is targeted towards middle-grade readers, 4th grade +. This could also fit into a Young Adult reading category for lovers of books like the Lightening Thief.

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Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity.

Charlie Hernandez still likes to think of himself as a normal kid. But what’s normal about being a demon-slaying preteen with an encyclopedic knowledge of Hispanic and Latino mythology who can partially manifest nearly any animal trait found in nature? Well, not much. But, Charlie believes he can get used to this new “normal,” because being able to sprout wings or morph fins is pretty cool.

But there is a downside: it means having to constantly watch his back for La Mano Peluda’s sinister schemes. And when the leader of La Liga, the Witch Queen Jo herself, is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie’s sure they’re at it again.

Determined to save the queen and keep La Liga’s alliances intact, Charlie and his good friend Violet Rey embark on a perilous journey to track down her captors. As Charlie and Violet are drawn deeper into a world of monstruos and magia they are soon left with more questions than answers—like, why do they keep hearing rumors of dead men walking, and why is Charlie suddenly having visions of an ancient evil: a necromancer priest who’s been dead for more than five centuries?

Charlie’s abuela once told him that when dead men walk, the living run in fear. And Charlie’s about to learn the truth of that—the hard way.

Just the Details:

Book: Charlie Hernandez and the Castle of Bones by Ryan Calejo
Series: Charlie Hernández, Book 2
Page Count: 608 pages
Published Date: November 12, 2019
Publisher: Aladdin


Interested in Book 1? Charlie Hernandez and The League of Shadows

Charlie Hernandez and The League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
Page Count: 330
Publishing Date: October 23, 2018
Publisher: Aladdin

The Lightning Thief meets the Story Thieves series in this middle grade fantasy inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America.

Charlie Hernández has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the culture, the art, and especially the myths. Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have spent the last five hundred years haunting the imaginations of children all across the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Central and South America. And even though his grandmother sometimes hinted that the tales might be more than mere myth, Charlie’s always been a pragmatist. Even barely out of diapers, he knew the stories were just make-believe—nothing more than intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving.

But when Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestations—ones all too similar to those described by his grandma in his favorite legend—he is suddenly swept up in a world where the mythical beings he’s spent his entire life hearing about seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Hispanic folklore and into his life. And even stranger, they seem to know more about him than he knows about himself.

Soon, Charlie finds himself in the middle of an ancient battle between La Liga, a secret society of legendary mythological beings sworn to protect the Land of the Living, and La Mano Negra (a.k.a. the Black Hand), a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind. With only the help of his lifelong crush, Violet Rey, and his grandmother’s stories to guide him, Charlie must navigate a world where monsters and brujas rule and things he couldn’t possibly imagine go bump in the night. That is, if he has any hope of discovering what’s happening to him and saving his missing parents (oh, and maybe even the world).

No pressure, muchacho.

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Ryan Calejo was born and raised in south Florida. He graduated from the University of Miami with a BA. He’s been invited to join both the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honour Society. He teaches swimming to elementary school students, chess to middle school students, and writing to high school students.

Having been born into a family of immigrants and growing up in the so-called “Capital of Latin America,” Ryan knows the importance of diversity in our communities and is passionate about writing books that children of all ethnicities can relate to. His first novel was Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows.

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Nineteen by Arly Carmack

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: Nineteen is a book so stuffed with emotions, you cannot help but be completely sucked in. Arly Carmack writes with such real love, sorrow, and passion, I felt everything the main character, Cameron was feeling. The story was written so vividly and Cameron’s experiences were so authentic, it just connected with me. I expect that it will connect with many other readers as well.

How I Felt: This book slightly wrecked me, to be honest. Cameron’s life is full of so much disappointment, and yet, HE is such a bright, shining light that I couldn’t stop reading. I cannot praise enough Arly Carmack’s ability to create this character that I fell in love with. I wanted to hug and support him, but I was also in awe of his strength and determination.

I discovered there would be a sequel to this book about halfway through completing it. I’m glad I knew, so I wanted to make sure that you were also aware. The story does not tie up loose ends, and I was a bit disappointed in, what I felt was a bit of an abrupt turn of events into the ending. I felt it was a bit rushed, and I actually went back and re-read it just to see if I could slow it down at all. I’ve considered the ending over the last few days, and I have decided that while, I wanted more, I’m not letting the ending affect my rating of this book. Nineteen is beautifully written with fabulous character development and while the ending felt hurried, I would not have been as upset if I had already had book two in my hands.

Content Warnings: Scenes and references to abortion and sex.

To Read or Not To Read: I have categorized this book as YA, but also general fiction, because I believe that it applies to all readers. If you enjoy stories of people growing up and growing into themselves, this is a great book for you.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Cameron is nineteen. He doesn’t fit in with his family and doesn’t really have friends. His parents are disappointed in him for not choosing to go to college. The book takes us through his life at nineteen, but it also flashes back to his earlier years. These flash backs give us insight into the experiences that have shaped who he is today; the secrets he kept and the emotions he buried. As his parents decide that it is time for him to move out, he must strike out on his own, making a way for himself in life.

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Footnotes:

I received a copy of this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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The Return by Camille Funk

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The concept of reincarnation and remembering your previous lives was so captivating! I loved the way Camille Funk wrote this story. She focused on the first life of the main character and the 7th life, or the current life. The story was being told at the same pace for each life, switching between the two lives every other chapter. This writing style allowed the story to be revealed to the reader expertly. I LOVED it and I cannot wait until the next book comes out!

How I Felt: I was so absorbed in this story. The characters were written with such detail, I really felt like I knew them, but I also had mistrust for so many of them! This is a mystery, as the main character is murdered in each life, and I kept pointing a finger at a different character at every turn in the book’s road. The ONLY downside of this book was that it is a series, so I have to WAIT for the next book now!

Content Warnings: Some sexual scenes without explicit details. Some swearing.

To Read or Not To Read: Readers that enjoy mystery, romance, YA, and a bit of fantasy would really enjoy this book!

What’s This Book About Anyway?

I’ve never met anyone who remembers their birth, but I remember mine. I dream about it all the time. Why? Because today, October 10, 1997, will be the seventh time it’s happened.

The Return by Camille Funk

Eleanor is living her 7th life. She remembers each past life from birth to death, which is after her 17th birthday each lifetime. She just doesn’t know who murders her. . .

Each lifetime is surrounded by the same souls as the previous, just different bodies and names, and unlike Eleanor, they don’t remember. Eleanor has tried so many different ways to break this cycle, but she doesn’t know why it is happening, and she has not been able to change the ending in any life.

In her first life, on her 17th birthday, she meets Levi and they fall madly in love. Life has other plans for them though, causing problem after problem and then she is murdered and she starts life number two.

In this 7th life, we pick up the story just as she is approaching her 17th birthday. Eleanor narrates her 7th life, gives us background on each of the people that follow her from life to life, and reveals things to us only when she is ready, making the story so mystifying. She also narrates her first life, where we get to experience everything that happened to her for the first time. Between the two stories, some mysteries are solved for Eleanor, but is it enough for her to stop this cycle and live, happily ever after with Levi?

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ExtraNormal by Suze Reese

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My Review Thoughts:

What I Loved: The main character, Mira is from another planet and is integrating into Earth. Her thoughts are hilarious and I loved them. She is educated in the culture and slang of Earth, but she hasn’t quite gotten the hang of it yet. She titles the popular, mean girls, the “Skinnies”, and I just found it adorable. Overall, I loved watching her become a part of Earth’s high school routine. Experiencing things for the first time, like a cafeteria lunch, which she is extremely excited to try. It all just rounded out for a fun read.

How I Felt: I was rooting for Mira to make it through this book! I wanted to know everything that was happening. The book had so many twists and turns as the plot unfolded, it kept me interested from start to finish! There are a few parts that feel a bit clunky, but overall I was able to overlook that as the overall story was a good read.

To Read or Not To Read: If you enjoy science fiction and YA, this is a perfect mix for you!

What’s This Book About Anyway?

When 17-year old Mira Johns travels from the Planet Nreim to Earth, she wastes no time blowing through a long list of rules, including the requirement that she stay away from the planet’s teenage males. But when it appears that her actions have put her new friends in danger, Mira must figure out who is behind a series of violent attacks before the agency figures out her secret relationship and sends her back home.

They told me it would be easy—just blend in, observe, and keep to myself. They didn’t tell me that failure would cost me everything.

Mira Johns is pretty much like any other teenage girl. Which is why it’s a shock when she’s selected ahead of six hundred other candidates to be the first student ever to travel from the planet Nreim to Earth. Even though she’s only there to observe, she’s given what feels like a million rules that are mostly intended to keep her away from the planet’s primitive males. But after she finds one mysterious boy too irresistible for stupid rules, she realizes they have a connection that transcends their two planets—and puts both their lives in danger. When a series of serious accidents makes it clear that someone wants to force her return, Mira decides her only hope is to uncover the truth to why she, the most mediocre of candidates, was actually chosen for this assignment—before the agency discovers her secret and sends her back home.

Excerpt from ExtraNormal:

A short time later, however, while entering the classroom to my next period, I gained an appreciation for those rules. I timed my entrance poorly and found myself wedged between two males in the choir room door.

Keddil, my trainer, had warned me about primitive neo-human male pheromones. Repeatedly. I’d thought he was just exaggerating to make sure I kept my distance. Which I definitely would be doing in from now on. I gasped, which filled my mouth with the most offensive odor I’d ever encountered.

I wriggled forward until my shoulders released so I could lunge out of the way. I paused to allow the haze in my head to clear, but I was still too close.

Several females were gathering on the far side of the room, so I hurried in that direction and climbed to the top row, where I plopped myself into the first available seat. A female sat down beside me and smiled, displaying a jumble of metal and pink bands on her teeth. I smiled back but didn’t want to stare, so I turned my attention to the odd parade of bodies entering the room: hair colors and skin tones by the dozens. Spots on one: freckles? Wounds on another…blemishes. No, pimples. Maybe zits?

It was the most beautiful display of diversity I’d ever seen. Even with their flaws, every single neo-human had something distinctive, something that made them who they are. I would have killed for that.

About the Author:

A decade ago, author Suzanne V. Reese had a string of land-mark events—published her first novel, outlined her second novel (while daydreaming in a university science class), graduated from that university, became a grandmother, and then topped it all with a late-stage breast cancer diagnosis.

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That second novel, ExtraNormal, YA speculative fiction, became her therapy during a long and difficult treatment program. It was published a few years later with the encouragement of her incredibly supportive friends and family. Despite little marketing, the book quickly became an Amazon best-seller.

Suzanne then made the difficult decision to ensure her long-term existence by focusing on her health rather than continue with the series. Happily, to celebrate her ten-year survival and end-of-treatment mark, she is releasing an updated version of the best-selling novel ExtraNormal, this time to be soon followed by the remaining books in the ExtraNormal Chronicles.

Suzanne has a degree in communications from Utah State University, as well as certifications in nutrition and holistic health. She is the founder of Story Igniters, which offers courses that help readers find their real-life superpowers. She lives with her husband in Draper, Utah, where she enjoys doting on her seven grandchildren.

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Footnotes:

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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: I LOVED this book. I’m already thinking about when I can read it again. The dystopian world that Kim Liggett creates in this book is fascinating! I was completely drawn into the story and the universe. The “Grace Year” location was so well built, I could see everything. I was right there with them through the whole experience.

How I Felt: It’s been a while since a book so completely grabbed me from the beginning and held me through the whole thing. There were times were I just couldn’t read fast enough. I wanted to figure out all the little questions and the odd things happening. I was invested. I’m really, really hoping there will be a sequel…I would grab it in a second.

To Read or Not To Read: If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, The Handmaid’s Tale, or The Crucible, I think this is right up your alley.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

The women of the county have magic that appears as they enter their Grace Year. They are exiled to an island for the entire year where unspeakable things happen. The ones who survive can come home at the end of the year, but must never speak of their year to others.

Tierney is coming up on her Grace Year, but she’s not like others. She has never quite conformed to the county’s rules. As a result she expects that she won’t receive a veil from a suitor as a proposal before she leaves for her Grace Year. She must go with or without a veil, and survive. There are poachers that will kill any Grace Year girl that wanders off the path or out of the encampment. They are skinned alive as their bodies are said to have magical powers. So, while it seems that the danger lies outside the encampment, the dangers from within, from the other girls are just as real.

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Footnotes:

This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The Weaver by Heather Kindt

While this review does not contain full-blown spoilers, I am describing some things that happen in the book in a bit more detail than usual. If you don’t want to read anything like that. Here’s my quick review: It’s a good YA book, just needs to be better developed.

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The premise of this story surrounds a writer’s characters that come to life. I loved this. Envisioning a hero or villain of a book coming to life and the author still controlling their destiny through the writing is so intriguing!

How I Felt: I did like this book, and I will be reading the second in the series. I felt like the plot was really great, but the book needs to be fleshed out properly.

  • There is a society that the main character is introduced to, but it felt very thrown in and could have been removed completely. I liked the idea behind the society, but their story just seemed haphazardly thrown in.
  • There are many scenes where I found myself losing track of the characters placement. I would read and be full of suspense as to what would happen next, and then it would be over. I had to go back and re-read sections to figure out what had happened. It wasn’t that I was skipping sentences, it’s that the climax would be just a quick line. It felt more like the author was telling instead of showing me what was happening.
  • The idea of weavers, writers who have the ability to bring their characters to life, is supposed to be this super secret thing and yet it seemed that some characters accepted the idea with little confusion. There is a society that the main character is introduced to, but it felt very thrown in and could have been removed completely. I liked the idea behind the society, but their story just seemed haphazardly thrown in. The main character seemed hell-bent on not realizing what was going on though and she had more information than others did. It did not make a lot of sense.

To Read or Not To Read: Looking past everything I just listed, this was still a good book. I enjoyed the story, and am very interested to find out what happens next. Fantasy YA readers would enjoy this book.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Laney is a freshman in college. She spends her time writing her book and hanging out with Jason, a childhood friend. It is his roommate, however, that seems to be catching her eye.

Laney is attacked by a man who seems to remind her of someone, and as incidents keep happening, she begins to believe that this man may be the villain from her novel. He begins threatening her, using her friends and family, unless she writes the novel the way he wants.

She is racing the clock to understand why he is here and how she can stop him before it is too late.

Footnotes:

This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and The Parliment House in exchange for my honest review.

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Partials by Dan Wells

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“Well, thanks for not shooting anyone, I guess”, said Marcus. “My contribution was to somehow refrain from peeing myself. You can thank me later.”
― Dan Wells, Partials

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: I loved the character Marcus and his very funny attitude. I loved all the characters in this book. I loved the way this Dystopian society was created and what the aftermath looks like. Overall, I just really loved this book.

How I Felt: I was utterly pulled into this book. I could not consume it fast enough, and honestly once it was done, all I could think to do was find the next book. I love a survival story after a post-apocalyptic event and this was did not let me down.

“I’ve never been this wet in my life, ” said Kira. “Even immersed in a bathtub I swear I was dryer than I am now. “
“Look on the bright side, ” said Marcus.
Kira waited.
“This is the point at which you would traditionally suggest a bright side. “
“I’ve never been a real traditional guy,” said Marcus. “Besides, I’m not saying I know a bright side, I just think this would be a great time to look at one.”
― Dan Wells, Partials

To Read or Not To Read: There are very mixed reviews out on this book, so here’s a list and if you identify with it, check this book out!

  • YA Lovers
  • Women leads that KILL it
  • Science themes with bio-testing
  • Adventure through a wasted American landscape
  • Post-Apocolyptic books are totally your thing

What’s This Book About Anyway?

It’s 2076 and Kira Walker, 16, lives in Long Island with what is left of the human race after a devastating virus, released by the Partials, wiped out most of humanity. The Partials are engineered beings that look just like a human, but are not and they seem to only want to kill humans. The virus has severely damaged reproduction for humans with babies only surviving for just over 2 days.

Kira, a medic at a hospital, sets out to find a way to help babies live when her friend realizes she is pregnant. Kira believes that since the Partials released the virus, they must also be the answer. She is determined to capture a Partial and discover the cure.

Footnotes:

#partials #danwells #yanovel #dystopianbook #yabook #postapocolypticbook #shejustlovesbooks

Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: Dystopian novels are always interesting to me. I loved this novel’s idea. The world has no oxygen; you pay to breathe manufactured air. This book offered insight into a different version of class separation and I found it so intriguing.


How I Felt: I was nervous with the story, so concerned for these teenagers as they set out to change the world, and survive.


To Read or Not To Read: This is a YA novel all the way, and if that is your thing, this is right up your alley! BONUS: It’s a series, so you don’t have to say goodbye to this world after the first book. If you haven’t tried YA, this is an interesting start. It is focused on three teens, but it’s also about a world of people and how they live. It is a great read.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

Breathe is the story of a dystopian world where a catastrophic event has cause oxygen to be depleted from earth. Glass domes were built for humanity to survive in. Oxygen has to be paid for, separating the rich from the poor. Alina, Quinn, and Bea, all from different backgrounds, end up on the outside of the glass domes. They will take a journey through the outside, discovering secrets, and endangering their lives. Can they survive?

Footnotes:

#breathe #sarahcrossan #YAnovel #yaseries #shejustlovesbooks

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Caraval #1)

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: I loved the complete mystery of this book. The game surrounding this story just blew me away. Also, isn’t the cover just beautiful! It’s one of my favorite covers!

How I Felt: I was completely enraptured in this story. I was so worried for Tella. Scarlett was so frustrating; she wanted to do this so bad, and yet everything seems to go horribly wrong.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a young adult genre book, but don’t let that deter you. This book encompasses magic, romance, and mystery. It’s a great book, and BONUS, it is a series if that interests you!


What’s This Book About Anyway?

Scarlett has always dreamed of leaving her small island to attend Caraval, a performance like no other. The audience participates, things seem magical, it’s THE place she wants to go. Her father has arranged a marriage for her, but received her Caraval invitation!! Scarlett and her sister, Tella, sneak off the island with the assistance of a sailor. Now she must face the real Caraval, the mystique is not quite what she thought it would be, it feels much more dangerous. Tella has become a part of the game. Whoever finds her first, wins.

Footnotes:

#caraval #stephaniegarber #youngadultfiction #ya #shejustlovesbooks

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

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What I Loved: The survival instincts of Alex, our main character were so great, and his ingenuity of getting out of tough situations had me hooked.
How I Felt: The idea of a Super Volcano ruining life as we know it had me a bit on edge. I felt like I needed to take notes for what-if scenarios.
To Read or Not To Read: If you like stories of surviving in the aftermath of something. This is a good read for you.


Ashfall is the first book in a trilogy following a young boy in the aftermath of a catastrophe. A super volcano has erupted with astounding damage to America. We watch as Alex survives the actual eruption as well as the immediate aftermath. He sets off on a journey across 2 States to find his parents. He meets different characters along the way, some are helpful, while others only mean harm. He struggles to survive with no car or food, and money has become useless. Can he survive the trip to find his family/