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(ARC) Book review: Shadow Frost

Hey all! Since my last post, I said I might be able to keep up with a blogging schedule.. Guess what happened ^^;

In all honesty, I planned on it, but it took me like half an hour to write three lines so it was a bit difficult. And then on Wednesday night, the kid got brought here, and then it was mostly hot, more hot, more hot and busy! But I did find some time to write the review so here it is!

Title: Shadow Frost (Shadow Frost #1)

Author: Coco Ma

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Summary: Asterin Faelenhart is the Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne. When there are rumours of a demon terrorizing the kingdom, soldiers from the royal guard are sent to slay it. Except.. the soldiers don’t come back. Asterin feels terrible for everyone in the kingdom, and when she discovers she may hold the key to defeating the demon, she decides to slay it herself. Although many trained soldiers did not return, and her mother is pleading her to stay, she starts the hunt together with her friends. During the journey, she discovers things about her friends she didn’t know before, and together, they discover a lot more about the demon that no one knew before… although, that’s what they think.

I got approved for this eARC so thanks to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for that! This review is my opinion only, and receiving the eARC did not affect that in any way.

I was excited to receive the eARC because the story pretty much sounded exactly like something I will always read and love. And, correctly, I really liked it. Also: LOOK AT THAT COVER *heart eyes*

Asterin is a princess who loves fighting. I’m all for those kinda characters. She wants to be able to protect her kingdom, so despite her mother’s arguments, she learns how to fight and defend herself. Asterin is omnified, meaning she can wield more than 3 elements. She tries to please her mother but it is difficult because she can’t wield every single one and keeps being pushed to try.

Luna is Asterin’s lady-in-waiting and best friend. She doesn’t remember her past, but has lost both her parents and has trouble wielding any magical element. She and Asterin are very close, and they would do anything for each other. She and Eadric, Captain of the Royal Guard are together.

Orion is the personal Royal Guard of Asterin, and her other best friend. He is teaching her how to fight, and they’re quite close. They’re not in love, but they would do anything for each other, like brother and sister.

Rose and Quinlan are two people coming in later in the book. They are from another kingdom, Eradore, and will be going along with Asterin on her journey. Throughout, they get to know each other, and become great friends.

Harry is a hunter they meet along the way. Harry doesn’t tell a lot about himself but he helps them hunt down the demon and lets them sleep in his house.

The great thing about this book is NO LOVE TRIANGLE. It’s really great that it exists and I’m just so happy. This book has fierce women, something I always love, and appreciate. The guys in this book are mostly regular guys, except that they’re not too shy on talking about their feelings, more bonus points! I won’t get further into relationships because I might give away some spoilers but it was all really awesome.

The story started great immediately. I was hooked from the start, and although it did take me quite a while to finish it, I really was into it. The story follows Asterin and her friends on a journey to slay a demon. During the journey, they find out a lot about the demon they will slay, but they will also find out a lot about themselves. There’s magic, friendship, and many more awesome things.

The magic system works with elements called affinities. There are 9 elements. Everyone who was born was usually born unifinitied, meaning they can wield one element. Those who could wield both are called bifinitied, and people who could wield three elements were called trifinitied. The few people who could wield more than three elements are called multifinitied. The very rare people who could wield all elements are called omnifinitied. Those people were legends, and none of them are known to be living these days. This magic system is different than other books I’ve read. The fact that magic works with stones gives it another nice twist to the story. I liked to see how people in the book use their magic for different things and how it worked for them.

The “big thing” happening didn’t really surprise me since I had seen it coming for a bit. Which is not a bad thing, because I have that with most books. What I didn’t expect, however, was how the characters reacted to it. I really liked the outcome of it all and I could see that they had grown throughout the book.

The only difficult thing was the format on the eARC: most new paragraphs started with half a word and continued on the next line. I don’t think this is something with the book but with my phone because I have this problem with almost every eARC I’ve been reading.

Overall I really liked this book, and I’m happy to have received this ARC. I look forward to the next book in the series!

Did you read this book, or would you want to read it? Do you have any recommendations based on this review? Don’t hesitate to tell me! 🙂

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(ARC) Book review: 806

Hello! Today I bring you, 806! A book about siblings bonding on the search for their biological dad.

I am thinking about posting on Monday and Friday, since I have… 18 reviews written and ready to be posted already. Which gives me 9 weeks to write the 9 reviews of books that I’ve also read in the meantime, which should be going okay 🙂 I also have a few non-reviews ready to be posted. Monday and Friday were also the most-voted for on my twitter poll so that makes it easy.

This is an ARC I received on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, everything is my own uninfluenced opinion. Thanks to the publisher Tanglewood for granting my wish!

Title: 806

Author: Cynthia Weil

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Summary: Katie, Jesse and Gabe are three very different people, they all have their own hobbies, and their own things. They just have one thing in common: Their father. They are all three products from a sperm donor, and together, they try to find their biological father. It’s a journey full of adventure and annoyances for all of them, and of course the big question: Who is their dad?

This book started quite normal, with Katie, who plays guitar in a band, her best friend Sasha and Dylan, who likes her. She doesn’t like him that way, and tries to make it clear, but it doesn’t help. Her mom has had boyfriend after boyfriend, trying to find a dad for Katie. Katie can’t seem to make it clear that she doesn’t need one, so she just comforts her mom after another heartbreak.

She’s asked for her real father many times before, and at some point, her mom finally tells her she comes from a sperm donor, number 806. She decides to track him down, and find her other Siblings, who turn out to be Jesse, a jock, and Gabe, a nerd. Katie, who goes by the name of KT, as she decided, is quite disappointed with those two and expected something better. KT was a character that I didn’t actually like that much, even though she’s clearly the main character. She has a ‘me against the world‘ attitude and even though I know it’s the age, she is quite harsh to her mom and siblings. I get her disappointment, but maybe give them a chance first?

her friend Sasha is not really there in the story, which I thought was a shame. I know you can’t write pages long about every character, but I’d have liked a bit more of KT and Sasha’s time together. They seemed friends good enough that KT was sleeping over for a week or more and her mom is okay with it, but besides a few conversations and phone calls, nothing is said about Sasha.

Gabe is a basic nerd, who likes magic tricks and is allergic to everything. I thought it was a bit overdone there,  but alright. Not much is told about him, except that he’s never had a girlfriend because no one likes a nerd, which is not how I see it. Lots of nerds can get girlfriends, trust me.

Jesse is also the basic jock, good at sports, and into the ladies. He does have two moms, which makes the book better already. I still like the casual mention of f/f and m/m relationships.

Together, KT, Gabe and Jesse annoy each other, but are also searching for the same dad they have, which makes for a bit of bonding over time.

A lot of things happen with them, they get into trouble, they visit a few people who might or might not be their dad, and eventually even become likable siblings. There’s only a few things that I stumbled upon.

  • I read this book in PDF format and heard more people about this, but one thing that really damn annoyed me was the sentences cutting halfway and continuing in a next paragraph. This is probably because of the format, but it made reading some parts really difficult.
  • At some point, they think they know who their dad is and try to find him in person. They turn up at a University he works, and get his address there. I personally thought that was too easy.. I don’t think Uni’s and stuff are allowed to just give personal addresses.
  • Same with sneaking into a hospital.. it didn’t seem too realistic.
  • There’s a psychic dad, which seemed completely unlikely in this story. Other than him, nothing among those lines happened and I thought it was a bit out of place
  • KT has quite some.. opinions on things, of which her friend Sasha’s eating habits. KT is vegetarian and makes sure Sasha doesn’t eat meat every time, and it’s a personal pet peeve of mine, but I can’t understand people who try to influence other’s eating habits. I get that that’s part of the character, but yeah, personal thing.
  • Dylan. I think I’ve said enough there, but I’m still gonna explain it. Dylan is in love with KT and sings songs under her bedroom window, tries to have KT love him, and even follows her on her journey. I think that’s a bit too stalkerish and didn’t particularly like it.
  • Some things just seemed too coincidental. I get that that’s the way the story went, but after a few times, I didn’t really believe it any more.

Overall this story was still a really nice read, I’m all for siblings bonding, and I’m glad they did. Besides the few things I’ve said above, I liked it. It’s a light read and there is almost no romance, so that’s nice too.

And, because it’s me, I will say a bit about the cover, which is what attracted me in the first place. I looove it. Just the simpleness of it makes it really great for the story.

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(ARC) Book review: Geekerella

Hey all! I’m back with a book review this time, and I’m really excited to share this one with you! I heard about Geekerella a while ago, and I immediately felt the need to read this book. When I got approved for an ARC I was really honored wanted to start reading right away. Sadly, I was really busy, but I read it anyway! Just over a longer period of time haha 🙂

Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Goodreads link: Geekerella

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Summary: Elle is a geeky girl who belongs to a fandom from a show called Starfield. Her dad used to be a huge fan too, before he died. He set up ExcelsiCon, a con for all Starfield lovers, with cosplay contests and more. Sadly for her, she now lives with her stepmom and sisters, who think very less of her. She wants to enter the contest, but the only money she can get is from the tips she gets from her work at The Magic Pumkpin, a fast food truck. The main character in Starfield, Federation Prince Carmindor is played by Darien Freeman. He is not so thrilled with it, since for him, everything is mostly just smiling for hours and hours and awkward meet-and-greets. He does not want to go to ExcelsiCon. That is, until he meets a girl who convinces him through a whole different way to go. Both of them find their way to get trough days and some interesting friendships are made.

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Note: I was provided a digital copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and Ashley Poston for this opportunity!

Gosh, I loved everything about this book. From the way everything planned out to the tiny details.

First of all, Elle is amazing. I was hesitant at first because there are already so many retellings of Cinderella, but this geek version was just everything my heart was hoping for. She tries her hardest, but nothing is ever good enough for her stepmom, and to top it off, her stepsisters aren’t exactly her best friends either. The fandom she’s in shows her the love and respect she wants, and it portrays really well what fandoms can do to you.

Darien Freeman is kind of the typical young, arrogant actor you find in books. The only thing that really bothered me is that he doesn’t seem “real”. I’ve heard so many stories from people meeting actors in real life, and also actors themselves sharing some things about the fandom of their show. They care a lot about their fans, and sure, sometimes it is hard to be an actor and to be famous, but I’ve never heard about someone who was as bad as Darien Freeman.

The Magic Pumpkin is another great thing, because it doesn’t seem to fit in the story, yet it’s one of the best things in the entire story. The fact that Elle works in a greasy food truck with someone she doesn’t even know that well, just kind of finishes it for me. Might just be me, though.

The ending is a little bit of what I expected, but at some points I was also just really pleasantly surprised. If you have read the book, please drop me a comment because I need to talk about it!!!

I loved this book a lot, and it reminded me a bit of Fangirl (review here). I like books where fangirls aren’t portrayed as “weird” or “out of place”. I mean, maybe we are a little weird sometimes, but to me, it’s the same as going to a football (or soccer) game. I couldn’t care less about the entire thing, but to some people, it’s the world. Well, for us, that’s fandom. Things such as cons are places where all of us are the same and nothing is too weird or strange. For some people, the fandoms are the only places they can truly be themselves, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.

Overall, apart for Darien’s moody side, this book was so good and I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s really cute and it definitely belongs to one of my favorite books now!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Please let me know because I’m dying to talk about how good it was!!

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(ARC) book review: Rose Petal Graves

It’s been a long time, but I’m back on track (kinda)! I managed to (finally) finish Rose Petal Graves, and not finally because the book was so horrible (it absolutely wasn’t), but because I only had the e-book version. And I can honestly admit that I do not like reading from a screen. However, I do have a review for you! 🙂

(This is also the first book of the very ARC-ish readathon! Little late into the readathon but hurray! Details on this readathon here )

Title: Rose Petal Graves

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Goodreads link: Rose Petal Graves

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Summary: Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

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Note: I was provided a digital copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and Olivia Wildenstein for this opportunity!

First of all, would you just look at that cover! It makes me want to have it on my shelf even more than usual, just because it’s so pretty. I might have a thing for pretty covers.

This book was fast, something was happening at all times, and yet this book managed to have everything happening within a relative short time! I was never bored, and always seeking answers throughout reading.

Catori is everything and nothing you’d expect. She makes quite some impulse decisions, and not always the right ones too. However, when it comes to handling things like the death of her mother, she is pretty mature. She and her dad have a very close relationship, which I adore. Her dad really cares for her and it’s the same the other way around. Her relationship with the other characters, however, had me thinking a few times.

Cruz is not who he said he was when she first met him -which is quite obvious, but he’s lied a lot throughout this book. And he and Catori had some “moments”, but they didn’t really evolve in anything. Which, to be fair, didn’t bother me. I was actually happy this wouldn’t be some “love is the main story and all the others are just side stories” book. I just thought they’d get on to something sometime, but when later in the book, it got explained, it did clear that part up.

The other characters are all really different from each other, and by that, I mean really different. I didn’t think I’ve read a lot of books where so many characters of one story were as much different from each other, as from other characters from other books. It was truly amazing to have an entirely new personage to read about.

The only thing that slightly bothered me about this book is how some certain deaths were handled, and acted about,  but that might just be me. Everyone handles death different, and I’m actually quite sure that it’s just the way it is in this series.

While reading this book, most “plot twists” were revealed and solved quickly, and that’s what really kept the pace going. I didn’t think it was going to be the first book of a trilogy, until the last chapters, when I realized this story was far from over. I am looking forward to the next book in this series (which will be published December 2017)!

Overall this book was really awesome, and I definitely recommend it if you like magical books with faes and evil.

Did any of you read the book? What did you think?

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April TBR

Heya all! It’s a new month again, which means it’s time to have a more specific TBR. Let’s hope I stick to it this time 🙂

ARC’s TBR – I requested a lot of ARC’s in February, and then suddenly I got my own apartment, which means I had a lot less time to read in March. Hurray, daily chores 😦 However, this means I’m behind on my ARC’s, but I heard about an ARC challenge in April (gotta search it up!) to catch up on them, so I’ll probably be joining that one!

Rose Petal Graves

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A Life Without You

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Geekarella

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Definitions of Indefinable Things

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The Upside of Unrequited

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Other books – I ordered a lot of books online, but I forgot which ones. They’ve started delivering to my house, so every time I get a book it’s like opening a present! 🙂

  • The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve started this series, but since my library only has book 1 and 2, I ordered the complete series online. Really excited to finally read the 3rd book
  • Bloodlines. I have them on my phone, but I’d rather read actual books than ebooks, so I think once they deliver, I’ll finish the series, which is amazing and saddening at the same time… I don’t want this series to end!
  • The Sun Is Also A Star. This book came in last month, and I peeked inside and accidentally read the first three chapters and now I want to read it so badly! But I told myself I need to read the books from my currently reading-pile first before I can start another

And that’s it so far! There are probably more books for my April TBR but as I mentioned, I literally do not remember what books I ordered, so it’ll be a surprise!

I am also back to working 6 days a week in April, so let’s see how well my reading will go 🙂

What does your TBR look like at the moment? 

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