Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review: The Dragon's Price

"The Dragon's Price" by Bethany Wiggins(Transference #1)

Publication Date-February 21, 2017

Genre-Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Hardcover Edition-304 Pages

Rating-5/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes!
No Spoilers!!

Introduction

Hello guys, I'm back again with a review. Today I am reviewing the only book I've read in March so far, which is "The Dragon's Price". March has been a busy month for me so I didn't get much reading done. I'm glad I finally managed to finish this book and I loved it!

Goodreads Summary

When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.
 

Plot-5/5

You should know by now that I love my Fantasy books. When I first read the summary of this book I knew I had to read it. Anything with royalty and dragons are right up my alley. It just sounded so cool and unique. 

Writing-5/5

This is my first book from the author and I loved her writing style. I can't really explain why, I just found it beautiful at times. 

Pacing-5/5

The pacing was great, I was never bored. This book took me a long time to finish but that was because I've been busy. 

Cover-3/5

I'm not a fan of the cover at all. This book is so wonderful and it deserves a way better cover. 

Characters-5/5

I loved the characters in this book! Especially the main character, Sorrowlynn. She's not your typical princess. She's very strong and kind and I really liked her. I loved Golmarr so much! He is one of my new book boyfriend's now. I don't know why they all come from Fantasy books, haha but I just love guys in the Fantasy genre. Golmarr is so sweet, kind and very brave. They both reminded me of "Emma" and "Eadric" from my favorite series "The Frog Princess" series. I don't know why, their characters just reminded me of them. I guess that's a good thing and that's probably why I loved this book so much. I got "Frog Princess" vibes while reading this book. By the way, if you haven't read my favorite series then what are you doing? I'll admit that the romance was very insta-lovey but it honestly didn't bother me at all in this book. I think it's because I already knew that going in so I was kind of expecting it. I also don't care because I love those two together! I kind of liked Golmarr's family even though I don't trust them. I feel like there's going to be a betrayal in the next book. Maybe I'm just paranoid because I've read so many Fantasy books. I liked Sorrow's sisters but I hated her parents. They were so cruel to her. How could you treat your daughter like that and not care if she dies? I loved Enzio, he is a good guy. I believe those are all of the characters. But anyway, the character development in this book is amazing!

Ending-4/5

The ending isn't the greatest but I'm really curious to see what happens next. 

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I loved this book! I don't understand why it's so underrated. If you love Fantasy, you need to read this book! Please give it some love. I have the sequel "The Dragon's Curse" and I'm definitely going to read it very soon so stay tuned for a review for that book. This book is definitely worth a buy. Yeah, all you should know is that I loved this book! I obviously gave it 5/5 Lily Pads.  That was my review. Thank you for reading. Have a great day and happy reading! :)


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book Review: The Wedding Date

"The Wedding Date" by Jasmine Guillory

Publication Date- January 30, 2018

Genre-Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Paperback Edition-311 Pages

Rating-4/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes

No Spoilers!!


Introduction

Hey there, I'm finally back with a review! Today I am reviewing "The Wedding Date". This is her debut novel and I enjoyed it. When I found out about this book, I knew I had to read it. This book was right up my alley. The Fake-Dating Trope is my favoirte Trope in romance books/movies. I wanted to read a book that's similar to "The Hating Game" by Sally Thorne, which is one of my favorite books. This was the perfect Valentine's Day read. Let's get on to the review. 

Goodreads Summary

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend...

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other... 

They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want...

Plot-5/5


The plot is what sold me to read this book. I love books with fake-dating in it, so I had to read this book. I love that Alexa and Drew met in an elevator and I love that the book starts and ends with them in the elevator. I thought that was really cool!

Writing-4/5

This is Jasmine's first novel and I liked her writing. It's not the best writing I've read but her style is pretty good. The only thing I didn't like about the writing is she told the story more instead of showing us everything that happens. For example, whenever Alexa and Drew are together, she skips over most of their interactions and just shows them either eating or having sex. It gets really repetitive because that's pretty much all they do when their together. It kind of annoyed me honestly. 

Pacing-4/5

The pacing is fine. I was never bored while reading this book, but I wasn't motivated to pick it up in my free time. 

Cover-5/5

Even though I didn't love this book I love the cover so much! It's gorgeous, that's all I have to say!


Characters-4/5

I think the main reason why I didn't love this book is because of the characters. I liked them, but I didn't love them.I didn't think the character development was that great, to be honest.  I'll explain why below.

First let's talk about the main protagonist, Alexa. She is a kind, short black woman that works in politics. She's kind of insecure about her body and her looks because she's always surrounded by white women. I really liked her character. She's very nice and kind. She was fine. 

I don't know how I feel about Drew. I liked him but I didn't love him. He's a good guy but he kind of bothered me. He goes out with girls but won't commit and he has some anger problems throughout the book. He sort of just annoyed me at times and yeah, I just wasn't a huge fan of him. 

As for the romance, I liked it. Their relationship wasn't developed that well though. Like I said before their relationship was mostly based on sex and food. I felt like they didn't do much. They talked but the author didn't let us see that a lot. They also had some communication problems. I'll admit that the romance was realistic though. 

I loved the side characters, Maddie and Carlos. They were great friends to Alexa and Drew. 

Ending-5/5

I loved the ending of this book. It's a very cute, happy ending. I love happy endings!

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I liked this book but didn't love it. I've read better romance books but I'm glad I read this one. The author has a companion book coming out called "The Proposal" and I can't wait to read that book! If you love romance books, you should read this one. I recommend this book. That was my review. I'm sorry that this review isn't very good, I honestly didn't have much to say about this book. Thank you so much for reading. Have a great day and happy reading!



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Update

Hey guys. It's been a while since I last posted. I've still been reading but I haven't been in the mood to blog. I'm gonna give you a quick update on some books I've read recently. 

So I recently finished the "Falling Kingdoms" series by Morgan Rhodes. I read "Frozen Tides" which was amazing! It's one of my favorite books in the series. The next book I read was "Crystal Storm" the fifth book. I also loved that book. And the most recent book I read was "Immortal Reign" which is the last book in the series. I absolutely loved it so much!! It was an amazing conclusion. It gave me all the feels, especially at the end. This is a new favorite series of mine and I''m so sad that it's over. So after reading "Immortal Reign", it put me in a huge book hangover. It took me a while to except the fact that the series is over. I just couldn't get over the book for a couple weeks so I stopped reading. Then I picked up a new book I just bought on vacation which is "The Wedding Date" by Jasmine Guillory. I just finished it last night. I'm going to write a review for it right after I post this, so stay tuned for a full review for that book :) Thank you for reading and have a great day!!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Book Review: Zenith


"Zenith" by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings(The Androma Saga #1)

Publication Date-January 16, 2018

Genre-Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

Hardcover Edition-534 Pages

Rating-5/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes!!

No Spoilers!!

Introduction

Hello! I feel like it's been a while since I last posted. I've been reading but "Zenith" took me a long time to read because it's a huge book. I'm back and I'm here to review this wonderful book. When I first found out that Sasha and Lindsay were writing a book together, I was so excited! I love both of them so much! I love their YouTube videos. So I pre-ordered the book and read it right when it came out. And I was not disappointed! I don't understand why "Zenith" has so many negative reviews. This book was amazing! Let's get on to why I loved this book. 

Goodreads Summary

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.
But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.
Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.
Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Plot-5/5

I actually went into the book blind, not really knowing anything about the book. I knew it was set in space with a group of Space Pirates, but that's it. I didn't wanna know too much about the book. I just wanted to read it to support Sasha and Lindsay. I absolutely loved the plot though. It was so cool! I don't normally read sci-fi that much, so I thought "Zenith" was very unique and it's something I've never read before. 

Setting-5/5

This book is set in Space, how could I not love it? Anything that's set in Space is automatically cool to me. 

Writing-5/5

I read some reviews for this book and a lot of people said the writing was so bad. I personally loved the writing! I couldn't tell which chapters the girls wrote, but I thought their writing styles were very beautiful. The book has flowery, pretty writing at times. Also, this book is in multiple pov's which I loved because I love books written in other pov's especially the guy's pov. Overall, I loved their writing styles, and I really wanna read Lindsay's other books since I like her writing. 

Pacing-5/5

The pacing was great! This book had so much action, it was non-stop action throughout the whole book. It was awesome, and I was never bored. 

Cover-5/5

I think the cover is really beautiful. That's all I have to say. 

Characters-5/5

The best part of this book was definitely the characters. The character development was amazing! I loved all the characters!
Some of the characters reminded me of characters in other YA books but that didn't bother me. I thought it was kind of girl. I'll explain about the characters separately. 

First of all I loved the main protagonist, Andi. She was a great character. She's so kick butt, but she's also a good person. She's your typical, strong, smart girl but I loved her. She actually reminded me a lot of Aelin from the "Throne of Glass" series. I thought I was reading about her. 

Next let's talk about Dex. He is supposed to be Andi's enemy, but he's actually her ex-boyfriend. I loved him! He was actually a really good guy and I truly believe he's not evil. I was shipping him and Andi together throughout the whole book. I don't know why the characters reminded me of Sarah J. Maas's characters, but they did. Dex reminded me of Rhysand from the "ACOTAR" series. I don't know why, their personalities were really similar. I love Rhys so I'm okay with that, ha ha. I really liked the romance in this book.  They had a past instead of just meeting for the first time in the book. I thought that was really cool and different and even though they were together in the past, I wanted them to get back together. This book isn't romance heavy, it's more plot-based though. 

The next character I want to discuss is Valen. I didn't know what to think of him at first. I liked him, because Andi was sort of friends with him and he seemed nice. But then a plot twist happened and a theory I had came true. After that I didn't know how I really felt about him. I'm not going to spoil you but I want you to know that, he reminded me a lot of Maven from the "Red Queen" series. His personality was kind of similar to Maven. 

I loved Andi's group of friends. They were all kick butt and awesome girls. I loved Lira, Breck and Gilly. Their whole group is squad goals, I would love to be in their group with Andi. 

Ending-4.5

I thought the ending was confusing and it wasn't a great ending. I know there's a sequel so I was able to excuse the ending. I'm mad that I have to wait a whole year now for the next book, but it wasn't a really bad cliffhanger. 

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I loved this book so much!! It was such a cool, fun book. I enjoyed reading it even though it was very long and took me a long time to read. I can't wait to read the sequel. I need to see the world and characters more. I honestly would love a prequel about Andi training at the academy. I would love to see more into her past. If I haven't sold you yet to read this book then read it right now! Go out and buy a copy! It's so worth it and you won't regret it. I know "Zenith" has so many mixed reviews but please give it a try and don't listen to the bad reviews. I'm glad I gave this book a chance because I loved it and I know you will love it too. Also please read this book and support Sasha and Lindsay. They really deserve it!
So that was my long review. Thank you so much for reading. I will have more posts coming soon so stay tuned. Have a great day and happy reading!:)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Review: Kissing Snowflakes

"Kissing Snowflakes" by Abby Sher

Publication Date-November 1, 2007

Genre-Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Paperback Edition-256 Pages

Rating-4/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes
Some Spoilers!!

Introduction

Hey guys! It feels like a long time since I last posted. I read some books lately but I didn't want to review them yet because I want to wait until the last book in the series came out. So after reading three fantasy books in a row, I wanted something quick and light. I've had "Kissing Snowflakes" on my shelf for a long time so I thought I would finally pick it up. I also wanted to read a book set in Winter so this book was the exact book I needed. It didn't disappoint. 

Goodreads Summary

This fun, sweet, wintertime book is filled with humor and romance. The picturesque mountain ski lodge is the perfect place to spend winter break if you have a boyfriend! Otherwise, that cozy leather couch in front of the crackling fire looks a lot less inviting. Good thing that there are lots of cute, blond, sweater-wearing ski instructors around to choose from.

That summary doesn't really explain the book much so I'll give you an explanation. This book is about a girl named Sam. Her and her brother, Jeremy get invited to go to a ski resort with their father and his new wife(their stepmother). At first Sam isn't very thrilled at the idea but then she realizes it's the perfect way to meet a cute guy. So this book is basically just about her trip with her family, meeting cute boys and hanging out with friends. 

Plot-5/5

I'm giving the plot a perfect rating because I loved the idea of a girl going to a Ski Lodge in the Winter. It was perfect to read in the Winter. 

Setting-5/5

I really loved the setting. I was really able to picture the whole setting at the ski lifts, and the lodge seemed really cozy. 

Writing-4/5

This book is supposed to be YA but it honestly felt more like middle grade to me because of the writing. It's in Sam's Pov but she was kind of immature and acted like a middle schooler and the author's writing wasn't amazing so it just felt younger to me than YA. 

Pacing-5/5

I thought the pacing was fine. It was a very quick read, I read it in two settings. I was never bored, it kept me interested the whole time. 

Cover-4/5

I think the cover is cute. This book was published in 2007, so I could excuse the not so amazing cover. 

Characters-4.5/5

I really liked the characters in this book. I liked the main character, Sam. She was very outgoing but also awkward and I liked her. She's not afraid to say what she's thinking so she tends to babble a lot. She was kind of frustrating and naive sometimes. I'm not going to say why because I don't want to spoil you. Her immature behavior is why I thought this was a middle grade novel. She got mad over things that weren't even that bad and she was kind of dramatic. I understand that teenagers can be immature but I guess I'm so used to reading about more mature teens in YA. I still liked her though, she was a good person.

I didn't like Drew who is Sam's first love interest. He was your typical hot, blonde, player that takes advantage of girls. He only wanted Sam for Sex and that is so not okay. I was waiting for Sam to get the hint that he wasn't interested in her after she refused to sleep with him. 
I did love Eric though. He's the son of the man that owns the lodge and I loved him. He was such a nice guy, and he loves to read and draw. I really shipped him and Sam throughout the whole book. The romance was very cute. 

I liked Phoebe who is Sam's best friend. She was really nice and I felt bad for her because Sam kind of treated her badly. 

I really liked Phoebe's Dad and her new Stepmom. I understand why Sam didn't like her new Mom, but Kathy was so nice and just wanted to get to know Sam and be friends with her. Sam treated her really badly and that was one of the things that frustrated me about her. I liked Sam's brother too. 
All the side characters I liked too. I'm not going to mention them more because that would take too long. 

Ending-4.5/5

The ending was really cute and predictable. However, I didn't like that she didn't resolve the problem with her and Phoebe at the end of the book. I assume their friendship is fine but it wasn't really told to the reader. 

Overall Thoughts

Overall, this was a cute romance book. I'm glad I finally read it and it was the perfect Winter read. If you love cute, light comtemporary romance books, I recommend this one. As much as I liked this book, I didn't love it which is why I gave the book 4 Lily Pads. This was a good book but I don't think it's really worth buying. I would borrow it from the library. Luckily I got mine at a library sale for less than a dollar. So yeah, that was my review. Thank you so much for reading this review. I will have more coming soon so stay tuned. Bye and happy reading! :)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Mini Reviews: Pushing the Limits and Gathering Darkness

Hey guys, I'm back! I know I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. I've been busy with the Holiday Season but I've still been reading. I just read two books recently. I don't feel like writing two long separate reviews for them like I usually do, so I'm going to write quick reviews for each book. I'm sorry for doing it this way, but I don't have too much to say about these books anyway, just know that I loved both of these books. 

5/5 Lily Pads
I really loved this book! It has been on my TBR for years and I'm so glad I finally read it. I thought this book was absolute perfection. I've never seen such a healthy romance portrayed this well in a YA Contemporary. I read a lot of Contemporary Romance, and this book seriously had the healthiest relationship ever. I loved Noah and Echo. I loved how scarred and flawed they both were, and they loved each other despite all of the personal struggles they have. That's a real relationship for me and I just loved them so much! I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the next book "Dare You To". 

5/5 Lily Pads
I loved this book too! It was amazing. I love this series so much! It's becoming a favorite series of mine and I am obsessed, lol. These books are so addicting, I always have trouble putting them down. I always fly through the books and I read this one very quickly. I'm not gonna put spoilers so this review is pretty short. I don't have too much to say about "Gathering Darkness" anyway. Just know that I loved this book and can't wait to read "Frozen Tides" next. If you haven't read this series yet you need to. Also, Magnus and Cleo are my new OTP, I ship them so hard!

So yeah, those were my two quick mini reviews. I really wanna start "Frozen Tides" next so stay tuned for a review after I finish it. I hope you all have a Happy New Year and I will see you guys next in 2018! I also hope you had a great year in 2017. I have a feeling 2018 will be a lot better for me. Anyway, thanks for reading and I will see you in the new year. Bye and happy reading! :)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Book Review: Awake at Dawn


"Awake at Dawn" by C.C. Hunter(Shadow Falls #2)

Publication Date-October 11, 2011

Genre-Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

Paperback Edition-383 Pages

Rating-4/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes if you liked the first book.

Beware of Spoilers!!
Introduction

Hey guys, I'm back with a review. I am reviewing the second book in the "Shadow Falls" series. I just read the first book and really enjoyed it. The book ended on a cliffhanger so I really wanted to dive into the next book. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed this book, it was a good sequel. Let's get on to the review. 



Plot-4/5

There wasn't much of a plot. It was basically just about Kylie trying to figure out what she is and just some boy drama. Not much happens which is why I gave it a lower rating. It was entertaining and I was never bored while reading it though so I thought I would give the plot a generous rating. 

Setting-5/5

I'm still giving the setting a perfect rating because I love where these books take place. I love being at the camp, it's so cool!

Writing-4/5

I like the author's writing but it's not anything special. She's good at writing dialogue though so I gave it a higher rating. 

Pacing-5/5

Even though I said this book is slower than the first book, I never found it boring. The whole book is enjoyable. The second half was amazing though! The second half had so much action especially towards the end of the book. I'm not gonna lie, I think the reason why I found the first half kind of slow is because Lucas wasn't in the book until the second half. I love Lucas and reading about Kylie and Derek wasn't as entertaining. 

Cover-5/5

Just like with the first book, I love this cover. I actually love all of the covers. I think they are gorgeous. 

Characters-4.5

You're probably wondering why I didn't give the characters a full five. I'll get to that in a minute. I'm not going to go into much detail about the characters because I explained my feelings for them in my review for the first book. I still love Kylie, she's a great main character. I still love all the side characters like, Miranda, Della and Perry. I totally ship Holiday and Burnett. I still love Lucas, he is my dream guy and he stole my heart even more in this book! So the reason why I didn't give the characters a perfect rating is because of Derek. For those of you who've read this book, you'll understand why. I really liked Derek in the first book, but I started to dislike him in this book. I didn't like the way he treated Kylie. She didn't want to be more than friends with him yet because she has to think about which guy she likes better. (You guys should know I'm totally Team Lucas by the way) and I don't ship her with Derek at all. Anyway, he didn't like that she needed more time so he just took off, ignored her and stopped talking to her. Like seriously? This is your friend, why would you treat her that way? You can still talk to her and be around her. So yeah, that's why I don't like him anymore. I can write a book on why I love Lucas. I was reading a lot of pages of "Team Derek or Team Lucas" and I was surprised to see that a lot of people are Team Derek and I'm like, why? I don't get it, Lucas is so much better and he treats her so much better! He would never intentionally ignore her or stop talking to her. Anyway, Derek is not a bad guy but I just hated that he did that. Maybe he will redeem himself in the third book. 

Ending-5/5

The ending of this book was amazing! There was so much action and it ends on a cliffhanger. I can't wait to see where this series goes. 

Overall Thoughts

"Awake at Dawn" was a great sequel. I'm really liking this series. I can't wait to read the third book. I'm not sure when I'll read it though, because there's so many other books I wanna get to this month in December. Stay tuned for a review for "Taken at Dusk". If you liked the first book, you should pick this one up, it's definitely worth a buy. So that was my review. Thank you so much as always for taking the time to read my posts. I really appreciate it. You guys are the best! Thank you and stick around for more posts coming soon. Bye and happy reading! :)