Wednesday, September 13, 2017

REVIEW: The Battlemage

The Battlemage 
Author: Taran Matharu
Series: Summoner, Book 3
Published by: Feiwel & Friends/MacKids 
Date published: May 2, 2017 

Holy crap this was good! I loved this series SO MUCH. I can't wait to read the prequel about Arcturus coming next. 

This series that started with a broken boy who had nothing has ended with a strong, accomplished young man who has so much. This is exactly the type of series I love to read. It had everything: magic, magical creatures, a main character who was at the bottom and rises to the top, a group of friends who have each other's back no matter what, and epic good vs. evil encounters and battles throughout. LOVED IT! 

What got me the most is that there have only been two new series that have come anywhere near how I felt reading the Harry Potter books as they came out. This was the 1st one, and the 2nd one is the Magisterium series by Black and Clare. Both of them have that great hard luck group of kids who come together to form an unbreakable bond of friendship that sees them through anything and everything that comes their way. 

VERDICT: If you like any of the things I mentioned above, then you have GOT to try this series! 

Check out my reviews of...
Book 1 - The Novice  
Book 2 - The Inquisitor 

Have you tried these? What did you think? 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

SERIES REVIEW: Women of the Otherworld

Author: Kelley Armstrong 

It all started when Clay bit Elena...

I had gotten a few of these free years ago, put them  on the shelf and there they sat. I watched the first season of Bitten on the Syfy channel in 2014 and thought it was fantastic. This summer I was looking for something fun that was lighter then some of the heavy stuff I'd been reading but also about something supernatural because that's what I love. This series was perfect for that! 

The series begins with Bitten and Elena Michaels. She is the only female werewolf in existence. The person closet to her in her life is the one who turned her which means that she has some SERIOUS baggage. She's trying to keep herself separated from the pack, but they keep pulling her back in. As you move through the books you meet other supernatural women who then each have their own books. Then the women show up in the other books here and there. It's so darn fun to see the development of the characters throughout the books along with their friendships. 

Verdict: If you are looking for something a bit different and fun, then this series is for you. (Keep in mind that technically these are Adult books so they do have some sexy, sexy from time to time throughout them.) 

Have you read these? What did you think? 

Monday, May 1, 2017

5 things...

1 - I CAN'T WAIT for Battlemage to be out tomorrow. I checked this weekend while I was wandering B&N on my Adoption Day buying myself presents but it wasn't there yet. Boo! 

2 - Saturday was my Adoption Day and it is one of my absolute favorite days each year. It's more special then my birthday by far in my opinion. April 29 is the day that I legally as a court process received a birth certificate as Angela Sutter. Best day of my life! (I was 5 weeks when they picked me up, so I was only about 9 months old at that point.) 
At my baptism.
3 - I found a book at B&N I am SOOOO excited about! Rebel of the Sands was one of the best reads I had of last year. I cannot wait to continue with Amani's story! If you haven't read book 1 yet, get to it! 

4 - Right now I'm reading our book club book - I See You by Clare Mackintosh. Interesting so far. We'll see what I think after I get into it farther. Have any of you read a book by her? 

5 - There are only 6 weeks left of the school-year for us. That means more free time for reading by all of us! YAY! 

What's new with you? 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top 10 Most Unique Books...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the team over at Broke and the Bookish! Leave a link to your Top 10 below!

Top 10 Most Unique Books I've Read...

1. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey 
The creatures in this book were incredibly original I thought. Very cool series! 

2. Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross 
This is an alternating POV between twin sisters. One is alive and the other is a ghost. They can see each other and interact in the coolest/creepiest ways. Love this series! 

3. Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
This book is from the POV of a girl who's boyfriend develops schizophrenia. I've never seen a book from this POV in the YA world. I thought it was very well done and needed. 

4. The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller 
One of the main topics in this book is plant hunting. It was fascinating to read about and I've never seen this done in fiction for YA/MG before. I even read a nonfiction book about 10 plants that changed the world afterwards. 

5. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
I've never read a twist on Dante's Inferno and that's exactly what this is. Loved it! 

6. Missing Jack by Rebecca Elliott
The only book that's sort of like this is an old one from the 80's which is Mr.Roger's talking about loss. This one is told from the POV of a child going through the loss of a pet. It's perfect and a MUCH needed book for children. 

7. This Is My Home, This Is My School by Jonathan Bean
This is about homeschooling and it's done SO well! I've honestly never seen one written before for children and it's told perfectly through the POV of a child living it. Loved this. 

8. Replica by Lauren Oliver 
This book was alternating POVs but put together in a different completely different way then I've read before. You literally have to flip the book back and forth to read each chapter OR read 1 POV and then the other POV. Cool idea. 

9. Unmentionables: the Victorian lady's guide to sex, marriage and manners by Therese Oneill 
SOOO funny and well written. The historical research was incredible and coming from someone who really doesn't care for nonfiction - this was great! 

10. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings 
This was so darn brutal. Very different from anything I've read before. 

What's on your Top 10 this week?

Monday, April 10, 2017

4 Penguin Cover Reveals!

Author: Kristin Cashore 
Release date: September 19, 2017
Published by: Penguin Young Readers

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her Aunt Magnolia--an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions. 

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash -- a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price. (Summary from

I LOVED the Graceling series! I can't wait to try this new one.

Author: Tochi Onyebuchi 
Release date: September 5, 2017
Published by: Penguin Young Readers

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts -- lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj's livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. 

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he's suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves - and his own life.

A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy. (Summary from

This sounds so different. Could be interesting!

Release date: October 31, 2017
Published by: Penguin Young Readers

Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding fairy-tale love.

When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls hard for him and plunges headfirst into his magical world. But as she grows closer to the Piper, Maggie discovers that he has a dark side.

The boy of Maggie's dreams might just turn out to be her worst nightmare... (Summary from

I can't wait to see the illustrations that go along with this.  This one sounds awesome. 

Author: Stephanie Perkins 
Release date: September 12, 2017
Published by: Penguin Young Readers

One by one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.  (Summary from

Creepy! I don't think I want to read this one! :( 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Top 10 Authors We...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the team over at Broke and the Bookish! Leave a link to your Top 10 below!

Top 10 Authors We Are DYING to Meet & Can't Believe We Met...

1. Raina Telgemeier - I know that her life inspired her books, but I want to ask her what exactly made her write her books. She is the author of my FAVORITE books and I've read them all over and over and over. Mom got to meet her and got Ghost signed by her for me at BEA but I would really LOVE to meet her in person. 

2. Lynda Mullaly Hunt - Fish in a Tree is my ALL TIME FAVORITE book. I would like to know what inspired her to write such a meaningful book. 

3. Rick Riordan - I really like his books. 

4. Lauren DeStefano - I like how she writes with expression. Her books are really good. 

5. Ellen Hopkins - I cannot believe Ange and I met her this last fall. I was thrilled to meet the person who opened my eyes to writing in verse. 

6. Rick Riordan - I would really like to meet him to talk to him about his Percy Jackson series.  

7. Chris Crutcher - I would love to meet him to talk to him about what inspires his books. Why cancer? Where does all of the emotion come from? 

8. Holly Black & Cassandra Clare - As usual I'm going to cheat and use these 2 as one since I met them both together for the first time while they were promoting the first book in the Magisterium series. I try very hard to be chill at all times about meeting people, but this was one of the first times I seriously FAILED!! I was SO FANGIRLING!!! And then they BOTH sat by me!!! AHHHH!!! It was SO hard to be chill and not run around crazy squealing. #adultingishard

9. Sherri L. Smith - I met Sherri this last fall at a YA Conference and I again FAILED at being chill. I was literally shaking when we took a picture together. AHHH! Her book, Orleans, is one of the best books I've ever read. Plus, she was an incredible speaker and writes in whatever genre she wants instead of staying in one or two areas only. 

10. Anne Greenwood Brown - Anne is one of those people I am SO thankful to have met in life. She was the first author I got to choose to visit one of my school libraries and facilitate the hiring, decorating, scheduling, etc. all myself. She's the reason I got to go back to Bayfield, WI, for the 2nd time where my favorite pizza in the WHOLE world lives and it's one of my favorite towns. It's gorgeous and quaint. She's the one who introduced my entire family to the AMAZING music of A Firm Handshake who changed our lives forever in so many ways as a family. (Below is my favorite song by A Firm Handshake.) PLUS, she has become a great friend I look forward to spending time with anytime we are in the same area. 

What's on your Top 10 this week?


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