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[REVIEW] The Diabolic

Let me preface this review by saying that this is one of the best books I have read in a while. The Diabolic written by S.J. Kincaid is definitely one that everyone should read. This undercover story begins with Nemesis, the diabolic hired to protect Sidonia Impyrean. Diabolics are genetically modified humans meant to serve and protect at all costs. Nemesis is led through many trials to see how far her limits can be tested to protect the one she is bonded to.

After reading Exile, I was pleased to find out that this book is also space themed. My liking for the far reaches of the galaxy only intensified even further. This is a Sci-fi/Action book filled with non-stop action and fast plot movement. Every chapter was different from the next and I cannot wait to read the next book!

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The terminology was a little hard for me to understand. Maybe it was the way it was explained but I needed a bit more information about these religions and the many names that are thrown around. Helios, grandee, grandiloquy. So many names were used but not defined. A glossary in the back would have been great.

DO NOT READ THE TITLE OF THE SECOND BOOK. This totally ruined my view of the entire book. Everything was so crazy when truths were revealed that I couldn’t stop reading. But all throughout, I knew how it would end because I saw the next title when shopping. 😦

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To put it simply, this book took my three work days to read. I binge read this through every break and all the time I had at home. I will be giving this book a full five stars and I’m so excited to read the second book (when I’m not on a book buying ban).

Nemesis is such a great character. Her character development was astounding and though a bit fast, it was understandable to get the plot moving. I’m a sucker for “revealing” the big secret to people and the fact that this happens over and over again in this book was such satisfaction. I truthfully suggest reading this book.

I wholly recommend giving this book a read. I bought this book at Barnes and Noble after seeing the cover and liking how it looked. I was definitely not let down.

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[REVIEW] Exile

Do you like Space? Science Fiction? Aliens? Spaceship battles? Well all of this is included in this great book!

When scouring the booths of Bookcon, we stumbled upon a booth solely dedicated to Exile. The lady at the booth merely scanned our badges to allow for only one ARC per person, and we were gifted this wonderful novel written by Glynn Stewart.

The story is really well-thought out. You can tell that this book has been a long time in the making. The descriptions in this book are phenomenal and it’s not your run of the mill plot line. Over 30,000 people are just shipped over to the other side of the galaxy to pretty much fend for themselves. But, this world is not as perfect as it seems to me and this new colony is going to have a few obstacles in their way to create their new lives.

Oh No’s

The writing was a little bit dense with all of the references to rebellion, politics, and immense space terminology. But just a reread or two makes it all the more clearer to understand. I honestly loved the build up in this novel although it just seemed greatly slow. This is in regards to the entire story revolving around an entire population being exiled to another planet and they simply setting up home on a different planet.

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The coolest part were the computer screens that were implanted into people arms. Perhaps this is the future we wish to see. This is definitely how iPhones will evolve.

The names in this book are quite thought out and realistic. Drakehold because it looks like a dragon was a pretty cute inclusion. Although there were a few names and references that caught my eye. Yes, any and all names to copyrighted licenses are purely fictional but COME ON! Dr. Reinhardt has a daughter named Brigette (245). An even includes the word overwatch in the book as well! Keep your eye peeled for this Overwatch not-reference. 😉

I also loved how everything was in terms of lightyears. This made the future seem so much more bigger than it currently is. The overwhelming numbers used in the book were insurmountable.

Altogether, this was great Science Fiction novel that had such a lovely tone throughout the book. If you’re looking for an introduction into more Space themed books.

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[REVIEW] Maiden Voyage

Yet another score from Bookcon! This one is a Scholastic Advanced Readers Copy of a Titanic retelling.

Maiden voyage written by Sarah Jane follows three girls and their intertwining stories. Lucy is a girl from a wealthy family on their way to vacation in America, Abigail is their maid, and Isabella has just been sent on the ship by herself to start anew in the new land. These three girls embark on the Titanic, which we all know what ends up happening.

This is a great middle school book that is equally suspenseful and page-turning yet educational about the times. Showing the different classes and their dynamically different quarters really emphasized their historical time period. The inclusion of that along with the details of the titanic’s route and what actually happened after the crash into the iceberg were relatively accurate.

The only Oh No I had was the amount of luck that Abigail had was just way too much. She got away with everything and too many people were luckily on her side. But it is a middle school book so maybe it was just for convenience sake.

Other than that, the characters were quite thought out and I loved how fast paced the book was. It is short, only 247 pages, so it was a quick binge read for me. Do give it a buy if you can’t think of a simple present to buy for a younger cousin! I will supply a link below for a fast and easy amazon purchase just for your convenience sake 😉

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[REVIEW] Labyrinth Lost

Another great book that I obtained at Bookcon. This time, I can’t place the exact moment I got this book, but I do know that it is a great fictional epic that should be read.

To begin, I love the representation in this book. The main character lives in NYC and this book really emphasizes what it is like living here. The main character is a Latina teen named Alex and is a bruja (Witch in spanish but better). Alex also seems to be Bi which is great because we finally have a realistic love triangle and I loved every second of it.

Magic runs in the family but Alex refuses to accept this. Her powers haven’t awakened and she refuses to believe she could even have powers, preferring the normalness of high school and regular life. Shirking her bruja responsibilities. she decides that magic is not the life for her and like any teen, rebels. Of course, this ends in chaos and their adventure to save Alex’s family begins.

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Rishi’s part in this book was very confusing. It felt very “Peter Jackson” and the idea that everyone in the vicinity of her life is actually connected in some way. I loved her inclusion in the triangle of friends and that she ended up having a larger part in the book than what she appeared to have. Rishi grew on my throughout the book but her character seemed a little all over the place.

Those beautiful gates in the title are never mentioned in the book. Only a labyrinth, a giant tree, forests, and many other places but never any gates which I was very sad about. But do look at how gorgeous that cover is! The green background really emphasizes those purples.

Yay’s

Latinx representation! Brooklyn Brujas says it all with representation of a finally Hispanic main character and her life as a bruja in NYC. Also the Bi- representation was greatly written.

Every name or Spanish dictation was followed by how to pronounce the word. Such a great inclusion detail and I loved that I could read the words exactly how the author wanted.

These are just teenagers and it was written as a great teenager epic. Another review mentioned this is exactly how the middle child of a family feels. As I am not one, I must wait for my sister to give this a read to let me know. This book was a work of art to read and it was reminiscent of a full Peter Jackson movie as said before.

I do recommend giving it a read and I am actually going to be investing in the second book myself! It continues with Lula being the main character and I cannot be more excited.

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Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas)

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[REVIEW] Your Soul Is A River

Look at how gorgeous this poetry book is! I obtained a copy of this from Bookcon. While walking the halls of the Javits, we stumbled upon yet another line. After getting in said line for this book we were then told we need to get other poets autographs first. This is obviously kind of awesome so we just hopped on over and got a postcard signed plus some stickers and the last Dropkick Romance pin. Nikita Gill, the author, was really sweet and had me looking forward to reading this book.

Oh No’s

The whole book was mostly about heartbreak. Now don’t get me wrong, this is only an Oh No for me. If heartbreak is really affecting you right now, pick this book up. The problem is, I confess, I’ve never broken up with anyone. So this may be a bias and perhaps a rare one but the constant mentions of this “misfortune” was not very interesting of a read. I understand how this has really affected Nikita in life but I feel there were so many more subjects to have been visited.

The poem themes were great but I feel more synonyms should have been used. Maybe I missed what the author was going for but I felt that themes like FIRE had so much more depth than simply the ashes from a breakup.

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There were still many lovely poems in this book. One of my favorites was

Midnight thought

I hope you find someone

who knows how to love you

when you are sad

(Pg 130, Nikita Gill)

When Nikita wrote this collection, you can tell she put all of her emotions into her writing. Although, the theme prompt had to have helped her, I loved that idea of them too.

Altogether, this is a great poetry read and the author is so sweet. The book is currently on sale for 3.99 on amazon and I suggest absolutely hopping on this deal. Especially if you are going through some pain in your life.

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[REVIEW] The Butterfly Garden

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If you have a liking for the same weird and effed up stories as I do, then this book is right up your alley. It begins with an unnamed girl being interrogated by the police. She and 23 other girls had just been rescued from someone named ‘The Gardener.’ We are then introduced to the story of how the girls were kidnapped and brought to a place called “The Garden.” As the story unfolds, we get deeper and deeper, and things get darker and darker. But, how does the main character fall into all of this? You will have to read to find out.

For a recommendation, this book is very reminiscent of The Cellar by Natasha Preston. Fair trigger warning for both books. Sexual assault has an occurrence in both. This is a thriller/mystery/suspense novel that pokes at the edges of group mentality and human decency.

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I disliked the format of the story where it would switch points of view from the interrogation room to the past. It’s not really my cup of tea and I also felt that the investigators were really two-dimensional. They were just your standard bad cop/good cop.

The author liked to go into detail about the main character’s past before her kidnapping a little too much. I had no interest in learning all of these girls stories and names only to have to learn about two dozen more names later on. It was just too much of an overload of information. I understand how it ties in to the whole story but it felt a little thrown in to me.

I did not like the twist at the very end. It was too big of a coincidence to me and therefore not very realistic. Although it did explain the main characters actions and gave them reason.

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This book is great and the story had so many dark and dangerous twists. “The Gardener” and “Maya” were great characters and their stories were so unique to tell. The Wow factors were great as well. I’m trying to keep this a spoiler free review since this book really has some Wow factors to accommodate “The Garden” and everything that goes on inside. You will just have to read and find out the details but it is really worth it.

The lengths at which this book went to include each aspect of the kidnappings was extraordinary. From the control “Maya” was able to accomplish through this to the passive neutrality of Desmond and his active role in this. The end comes full of fury and wrath the likes of which I have not seen. The end was a true end and showed that there are truly limits you can reach.

This book was such a quick read and had quite a few twists aside from just stating facts and moving through the story line from when the main character was captured to their inevitable “escape.” It was quite a ride and the ending was extremely satisfying. Fair warning, you will have a new understanding of butterflies and it will not be the best.

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[REVIEW] Wild Swans

One of the best pictures I’ve taken! Right here 😉 I needed to meet up with my dad and he was running late so I found the best place to sit and read! The NYC skyline always looks the best from Queens 👌🏻

Now on to this great book, Ivy’s family has been cursed for generations. Somehow, not only do all of the women succeed in a talent but they all end up deceased for one reason or another. The Milbourn family have been notorious for their family problems and Ivy’s own mother abandoned her when she was just two years old. Now her mother has shown up again. Only this time, with two other children in tow.

This book really emphasizes a small town and how fast things can spread to others. It also helps come to terms with parts of your life regardless of what others think. Ivy is the most cool headed protagonist I’ve ever seen and she sort of became a role model to me in a way. She is so young but her character is so thought out.

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How fast her relationships grew. This book only spans over a week and a half in Ivy’s life but to me so much happens in this time that it feels off to me. It was like she is binge playing a video game and just max’s out her bonds with each character.

There were a couple of very Young Adult ideas that were thrown into the book just to make it appeal to the younger generation. Representation is great but I felt, for example, the explanation of Ella and into that character could’ve been time spent adding more days to this fast as heck story.

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How realistic her family was. Her mom and sisters were great and I loved how true to their characters they were throughout the entire book. Grace and Isobel were both great and Ivy was such a prominent character; I loved them. These people really grew on me and I might even give this a second read later on in life.

I also loved the ending and how all of the plots were closed (my favorite part of one-shot books). The conclusion was so impactful and Ivy was always so composed throughout the book, even I aim to be like her in situations.

Altogether, this is a great book that was quite unique. If you’re an English major, this book would also be the book for you with so many poems and novel references it was great.

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Wild Swans

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[REVIEW] Catching Stars

Cayla Keenan wrote the book Catching Stars and was blessed with having her book included in the May Owlcrate. I also saw the author at Bookcon and from what I could tell she was selling copies and signing them!

To begin: I feel this book really needed to be read one more time before publishing and that should be addressed. This author was great and you can tell she put her all into this story. 

Catching Stars is about Jayin, a witch who lives in the outskirts of the kingdom. Soon, her life becomes entageled with Maddix Kell, a guard who mysteriously goes on a killing spree after being posessed by another witch. The two must fight for their lives and later may have to rely on each other just to survive. This story has action, adventure, fantasy with magic and witches included. Also, there is no romance between the two which is so amazing and just a relief to see finally.

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The main problem I had was the editing. There were so many tiny misspellings, there was a paragraph break that never existed before, and some of the pages breaks were off. It just bothered me that such a complete book could’ve had so many mistakes (One was Jayin’s name).

Another thing that bothered me was the only quote they got for the series was both on the front and the back cover. Perhaps they just rushed the publishing but a different quote could’ve been used on the back or front. Although, the cover art is spectacular and honestly made up for the mistakes.

The final Oh No was the need for more detail. The world building needed more desciption. Also, there was a little too much action packed into this book that it all felt like too much filler. In addition, a glossary in the back for all of this random language.

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Such a strong opening! I loved Kell’s introduction so much. It was a great way to introduce him and the Jayin followup was great as well. I was instantly sucked into this book and was sad to put it down.

As mentioned before, the lack of romance was amazing. I never felt a romantic pull between Maddix and Jayin and felt so happy when it ended without it.

Altogether, this is a great adventure. I would give this a solid 4 star rating simply because it did feel like way too much filler just to get to the end.

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[REVIEW] Upside of Unrequited

First off, I would love to say that this is one of my favorite books that I have ever read. Such a sugar sweet romance with many heart wrenching, jealously driven, and homey moments. It’s a great read for anyone just getting around 16/17. That graduating age and moving on to the next parts of life.

The story revolves around Molly, who’s twin sister Cassie falls for a girl named Mina. The two go through many emotions and love quips to find out who they are to each other and their way in love.

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I hated that most of Molly’s actions were jealousy driven. I understand it was her character but to me it was a bit much.

I also believe that the sleepover they had with the boys was totally unrealistic. Especially since both their moms were home. I would never have a huge sleepover with boys and girls and just not check on them all periodically through the night.

To be honest, those were the only problems I had with this book!

Yay’s

I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved this book. It begins with introducing a character with two moms and a lesbian sister and I thought it was just a story using sexuality as a plot. Boy, was I wrong. This book has the perfect amount of representation and explanations for how love and jealousy works. This book went in depth with the changes that happen not only to us but also to people around us.

 I loved Reid’s character! He was my favorite person in the whole book. Every scene he was in, made me so happy. I also loved Mina and Cassie and their relationship together. The buildup and how they are as a couple was written so beautifully. This book had me reminiscing of the early times in my relationship. Ah, young love.

A few quotes I was a fan of:

“WHAT’S UP, CHEESECAKES? I’M JUST GOING TO STARE AT YOU FOREVER.”

Pg. 156

“Late bloomer? Mo, you’re seventeen.”

Pg. 314

Altogether, I absolutely suggest taking the time to give this book a quick read. It will give you the feels to the max, man.

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The Upside of Unrequited

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[REVIEW] Remembrance

This was a sweet short story about self-discovery and to not always assume the worst. Remembrance by Mary Monroe follows Beatrice Powell and her mid life crisis in a way. She finds that she is bored in life and seeks comfort in the homeless shelter she volunteers at. When she begins questioning her marriage, her journey takes a deeper turn and Beatrice struggles to find her way.

I got this book as an ARC at Bookcon. On Sunday, we rushed out of the queue line with desire to stand in any and all lines we see. Lo and behold on the tables in front were multitudes of this book just chilling there. Calling my name! Of course, I scooped them up.

One problem I had with the book was that every mother was called mama. This led to some confusion between whether mama had referred to Beatrice or her mother. Another problem was that Beatrice was a little too friendly with every person she met. To me, no one is that nice or outgoing.

Altogether, this was a quick read and it is a great grab-and-go book! I really suggest picking this up if you see it. Also, yes I know the journal says “Let’s Talk YA,” do not be mistaken. This is adult fiction/self-help.

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Remembrance

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