Mini March Book Haul!

It’s only three books, but I usually only buy one book at a time. You know, because I have astounding self-control.

Haha, as if. I just run out of money


The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

This book left me absolutely speechless! I have a review for the first book in the series here, and the review + discussion for The Winner’s Crime here.


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This is a contemporary novel that’s best to go into without knowing anything about it. I will tell you it hits you hard, keeps you thinking about it for days, and will make you cry for weeks.


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

You either love this book or you hate it. I loved it!!!!!! 

This novel revolves around world where everyone is divided by their blood. Silver bloods have magical powers and are prosperous, while red bloods don’t have powers and are forced to work away or join the army. Mare Barrow is a Red, but she disovers she has powers!

If that doesn’t sound awesome, I have no idea what will.

See my full review + discussion here!

I hope you enjoyed that itty bitty little haul! PLEASE comment below and let me know if you read any of these, if they’re on your TBR, or just if you want to say hi.😊 I love hearing from you guys, it makes my day!

Becca💕

Read-O-Rama Readathon TBR

Read-O-Rama is a Readathon created by a few booktubers. I thought it looked swankified (Wicked reference in case you musical newbies didn’t know) and fun, so I decided I would join in!

It takes place from midnight, March 8 to 11:59, March 15. Ergo, it starts tomorrow!

There are 7 challenges that you try to complete, and the goal is to read 7 books. I’m not sure if it’ll happen, since I do have school, buuut I’ll do my best!

Read a book from your TBR Jar, or a book someone else picked out for you.

Since I don’t have a TBR jar, I asked my sister to pick out a book for me. I have no idea what The Alchemist is about, but I know it’ll be a quick read, since it’s less than 200 pages.

Read a book with green on the cover



Okay, there are greenish lights reflecting off the water. It counts. Right?

Read a book with the letters RAMA in the title/author name

As you can see, there are 2 As, 1 R, and 1 M. So excited to read this! I’ve been in a real fantasy kick lately.

Read a diverse book

I don’t have one picked out yet, I think I’ll go to the library and pick one out. After all, it’s free!

Read a book with flowers on it

Well, there’s one flower. It counts. I think.

Read a Contemporary 

Both We Were Liars and All The Bright Places are contemporaries, so I think I’ve got this challenge covered.

Finish a series


I’m so excited to read this! The Grisha Trilogy is so GOOOOOD!

I’m also going to try to get to another book so that I’ll have read 7 books, though I’m not sure what I’m going to get yet. I’m also not sure if I’ll read all these books, I might read other books to complete the challenges instead of the books I have listed here. We’ll find out in a week!

Comment below if you’re going to take part of this Readathon, I’d love to know if other bloggers are going to take part!

Happy Reading!❤️

The Winner’s Crime | Review + Discussion

Title: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 STARS!!!

Warning! Contains Spoilers for The Winner’s Curse. See that review here.

Synopsis:

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them. 

Spoiler Free Review:

I didn’t think it could get any better than the first book.

I am SO HAPPY that I was wrong!

The writing was so beautiful, I felt myself feeling all of the emotions expressed, and having a crystal clear picture in my mind. 

And the story is just perfect. I was even more attached to the characters than I was in the first book, so it was an insanely emotional read. And when I say emotional, I mean:



Marie Rutkoski is extremely talented in characterization. All of the characters are complex, making you love them or hate them with every fiber of your being.

If you like fantasy, purely beautiful writing, and a heart wrenching story, please, PLEASE pick up this book!

Spoiler Full Discussion:

DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK. SERIOUSLY.

Wow. Just wow.



So, let’s start with the emporer. That guy makes me SO FREAKING MAD. He’s so despicable and creepy. Then he makes her watch the Herrani’s torture, and oh my goodness, I was about ready to throw up myself.

And then we see Arin, and–excuse me, I need to go sob now.

When I thought Arin wasn’t going to come to the palace, UGH I WAS DEVASTAED. 

But, HE MADE IT!!!! That scene me so happy and so sad. So very sad. The emotions!!!!!!


The scene with the emporer digging his thumb into Kestel’s arm freaked me out  SO MUCH. I was just sitting there cringing.


I like Prince Verex, he’s nice. I think he’ll be a really good friend for Kestrel.

THE MISUNDERSTANDINGS BETWEEN KESTREL AND ARIN. THE FRUSTRATION.

But the ending. What was that. What. What.

Book Review: Tree of Ages



Title: Tree of Ages

Author: Sarah C. Roethle

Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy

Goodreads Link: Tree of Ages

Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis:

“The seasons are changing. The lines are faltering, undoing the old and bringing life to the new. Trees will fall, and changed earth will be left in their place. A storm is coming.”

Finn doesn’t remember much about her previous life, and in a world that has been changed by the wars of the Tuatha De, where trust is hard to come by, answers are even more difficult to find. Little does she know, an unknown evil tugs on the strings of fate, and the answers she so desperately seeks may be more important than she could have ever imagined. 

Review:

So there were some things I LOVED about this book, and some parts that were not as great.

I know the synopsis was really really vague, but I think it’s a lot more fun reading this book without knowing anything. It adds to the whole WOAH factor.

There is one fantasy element in here that I though was SO COOL, and I’m pretty sure has never been explored before, so that was a definite plus for me!

It is really intriguing from the start, and I loved the really mysterious air that was going on.

It did take me a bit to get into it, and I found some explanations just a teensy bit confusing. I also found that the characters didn’t all really have a super distinct voice.

I really did enjoy the character interactions that happen later in the book, that was super fun to read!

I would definetly recommend giving this book a try!

6 Books with Epic Plot Twists

I absolutely LOVE those books that just blow your mind and leave you stuttering in disbelief. These 6 books have the most EPIC plot twists from all the books I’ve read. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil a thing!



Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I finished this book yesterday, I’m still in a state of shock. HOW DID I NOT SEE IT? Because Victoria Aveyard is a genius and made sure you didn’t, that’s why.





Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

This plot twist actually made me a little depressed, but I didn’t really dwell on that since my mind was too busy thinking: HOLY CRAP. WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED.



The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

This is actually a Middle Grade series, but like the Percy Jackson books, readers of all ages can enjoy it. AND THAT PLOT TWIST. It puts many YA plot twists to shame! I think I probably should have seen it coming, but it took me completely by surprise.



Allegiant by Veronica Roth

If you still haven’t read this, and still haven’t gotten spoiled, I applaud you. Talent. You’ve got talent.



City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

THIS PLOT TWIST MADE ME QUESTION EVERYTHING, MY WHOLE LIFE. MY FISH. EVERYTHING.



Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I promise you, you will NEVER see this plot twist coming.

There ya go! PLEASE let me know if you’ve read any other books with plot twists in the comments, because I will read them and then fangirl with you.

Red Queen | Review + Discussion

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis:

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the center of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? 

Spoiler Free Review:

OH MY GOSH THE HYPE.

Though there have been some mixed reviews, I was a little worried that all the hype would only lead to disappointment.

Not to worry! This book was just the right amount of action, emotion, romance, sass, and, ugh, SO GOOD. And clearly this book has made me illiterate…

I know I lot of people got confused with the world building, but I had a perfect image in my head. Though it is uncertain whether or not this book was set in the future or a fantasy world. Hopefully that issue will be cleared up in the second book. Despite all that, I still looooved it!

There is a love triangle/square-ish shape thing going on, and I know, everybody hates those. But honestly, I didn’t really mind this one.

EPICNESS. JUST READ IT.

SPOILER FULL DISCUSSION:

SPOILERS AHEAD. DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK. SERIOUSLY.

HOLY CRAP. MIND BLOWN.

Okay, let’s start from the beginning, shall we.

Okay, so Kilorn is Mare’s life-long friend and there seems like he has some feelings for Mare. But, I mean, he’s really only friend material. Plus he seems like a wimp. Though I picture him like Ethan from 90210, soo…

Okay, when Mare and Gisa went to the Silver city thing, I was so worried. And when the guard or police or whatever grabbed her, my mind was just screaming NO HE’S GOING TO KILL HER NO DON’T SHE’S TOO SWEET AND INNOCENT NO. And then he only broke her sewing hand, and I was like, oh all that’s ruined is the entire family’s future. It’s cool.

OH MY GOSH THE LIGHTNING! It was so awesome I was just sitting there like Go Mare. Go Mare. Go Mare. And if I hadn’t been in Starbucks, I also would have been like:


From the beginning, I was Team Cal. I didn’t trust that Maven kid. But as it went on, I started to feel for Maven, and I genuinely felt pity for him, and I basically love anyone I pity. And I’m a very emphatic person, so I feel pity for just about everyone.

THEN. IT HAPPENED. THE BETRAYAL. WHAT. WHAT . WHAT. I was all part of his trick, that sniveling little…

I can’t believe I didn’t see it coming! My first instincts were right. I FREAKING KNEW IT.

I did call that Shade was still alive. I’m not sure how, but I just sort of sensed it. I mean, he couldn’t have died, he’s the funny sassy one.

I NEED THE SEQUEL. GIMME. NOW. VICTORIA AVEYARD I AM BEGGING YOU.


Book Review: Sweet

Title: Sweet

Author: Emmy Laybourne

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis:

Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled “Cruise to Lose” is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it really could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host, Tom Forelli (otherwise known as the hottest guy ever!) and she’s too seasick to even try the sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

Tom Forelli knows that he should be grateful for this job and the opportunity to shed his childhood “Baby Tom-Tom” image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get a bit wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when his celebrity hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.

Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong. 

My Thoughts:

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodness, where to start?

This story starts out fun and lighthearted, with a cute cruise romance. It was full of fun personalities and lots of laughs.

The the story took a creepy turn towards the end, but I found myself still reading, which is particularly odd for me.

The problem I usually have with dual POV is that I always like one POV a lot more than the other. However, I didn’t have that problem here, since I found both sides of the story really entertaining.

There is a quirky, unconvential romance feautured that I think fans of Elanor and Park might enjoy, though the romance definitely doesn’t take over the story. 

Let’s say, Cute Contemoporary Romance meets The Walking Dead.

March 2015 – TBR

I ended up reading 17 books in February, so as you can see, it was a pretty awesome reading month. 

I’m not sure how much I’ll read in March, but there are a few I know I’ll get to.

NetGalley and ARCs:

You can expect reviews for all of these!




New Releases this Month:

Library/Borrowed Books:

What are you planning to read this month? Have you read any of the books above? I would love to know!

Book Review: Dream a Little Dream

Title: Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy #1)
Author: Kerstin Gier

Genre: Young adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: April 15, 2015

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis:

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals. 


The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what’s really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn’t possibly know–unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute….

My Thoughts:

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Well, Kerstin Gier really never disappoints, now does she?

From the very first paragraph, this book was adorably hilarious, and all the interactions were entertaining throughout! 

The synopsis is really vague, but I feel like this is the kind of book that’s best if you just go into it not knowing anything. If you liked the Ruby Red trilogy, I promise you will love this book.

I love the mysterious air in this book, it really kept me turning those pages.

If you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted read with fantasy elements and a contemporary feel, read Dream a Little Dream!

Book Review: An Unexpected Choice

Title: An Unexpected Choice

Author: Jody Hedlund

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Romance

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Rating: 3/5 stars 

Synopsis:

Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow. 

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart.

My Thoughts:

I received this book fromNetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, I feel like I’m the only person on goodreads who thought this books was just okay. 

Let me explain why.

I felt like some of the scenes were just unnecessary and dragged on too long. I also felt like Rose’s narrative was really immature at times.

I did really enjoy the fairy tale feel romance, but I feel like this book just didn’t do quite enough for me.

But again, literally everybody else on goodreads likes it, so if you like the synopsis, go for it!