Monday Reviews - The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson.

As always, the synopsis!

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day. She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection. She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father. She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

First off, lets just take a minute to admire this stunning cover! I think it is just so intricate and detailed! It really is gorgeous!

Okay, so now the book itself. It was good. Really really really good. I loved every second of it!

The main character, Lia, is such an awesome character! She's strong and doesn't take anything from anyone! She stands up for herself and her friends, no matter what. I loved her character so much!

This story is unique because you don't know who is the prince sent to retrieve her and which is the assassin. The chapters are broken up by Lia's, The Assassin's, The Prince's, Kaden's and Rafe's, but you don't know who is who. I kept going back and forth on who was the prince and who was the assassin and I ended up guessing right in the end but I was so unsure throughout most of the book.

Overall this was a beautifully written and just all around wonderful story! I can't wait for book 2! 

I gave this book a full 5/5 stars on Goodreads! I highly recommend you check it out!

December Book Haul - 17 books

Hello everyone!

I am here with my December book haul! Yes it is a little late, I forgot about it! Oops!

Anyways, here it is! As always, you can check out my Goodreads account for my thoughts on most of these books!

Monday Reviews - When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to share with you a very special review for a book that I got the opportunity to read as an e-ARC from NetGalley! Thanks so much for allowing me to read When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriquez.

As always,  I will start with the synopsis of the book and then move into my thoughts,

A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.

In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.

I was really looking forward to reading this book, in fact, it was on my pre-order list. I have to say, while it did very much enjoy it, the first half seemed to drag on a little bit.

Overall I enjoyed the story, it was a stunning story about the struggles of being a teenager and deals with a very serious topic, teen suicide. As I have previously mentioned, this is a sub-genre of YA that I find fascinating and quite enjoy reading. When Reason Breaks was no exception.

At the beginning of the book, you are introduced with a letter to a teacher from a girl who has just committed suicide. The book then flashes back to before and the events leading up to the suicide, however, you don't find out which girl it is until the very end.

There were many points in the novel where I questioned who it was, on chapter I was sure and then the next chapter I was convinced I was wrong. In the end, I was surprised, but not for the reasons you would think.

In the end, I really appreciated the way the author chose to write this story. I will definitely be purchasing this book for my shelves, and I think you should too!

I gave this book a 4/5 stars on Goodreads, and highly recommend you check it out!

TBR Tuesday AND Updated TBR Jar!

Hello everyone!

I am back with another long awaited TBR Tuesday! This is where I share the book I am currently reading, and the book I am going to pick up next!

I am not reading anything right now, but I will be continuing with the Reboot duology by Amy Tintera, and picking up the second and final book, Rebel.

I read Reboot a few days ago and I really enjoyed the pacing and the premise. It was very unique and refreshing, especially for a romantic-dystopian, a genre that is over-saturated as it is!

Once I finish Rebel I will be picking a book from my TBR jar! Being that this is the new year, I have slightly revamped my TBR jar. Instead of writing down all the books I need to read off my shelves, I have decided to use a guideline of sorts. This idea is sort of a mash-up of Katytastic's TBR challenge and the Popsugar reading challenge!

I combined the two lists, adding and removing some of my own ideas. Feel free to use these topics or if you are extra creative, come up with your own!

Possible TBR Jar Challenges:

  • Read a book with 500+ pages
  • Read a book with a number in the title
  • Read a 2015 debut novel
  • Read a book with a one word title
  • Read a book written by someone under 30
  • Read a book with a male author
  • Read a book someone else picks
  • Read a book based on cover only
  • Read a popular authors debut novel
  • Read a new-to-you author
  • Read a book with a female author
  • Read a book and watch its movie/TV adaptation
  • Read a book published the year you were born
  • Read a book written by an author that has your same initials
  • Read a series finale
Now that my TBR jar has been revamped, I have chosen "read a popular author's debut novel" which means after Rebel, I will be reading Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.

Monday Reviews - A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing a book I read a few days ago, A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. 

Here is the synopsis:

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

Okay, before we talk about the book itself, can we just have a minute to gush over that cover? Wow! The picture truly doesn't do it justice! It is stunning in person!

I know there is a lot of hype surrounding this book. And that made me a little nervous going into it. But overall, I really enjoyed it! I loved all the twists and turns, and even though I kind of figured out who was behind everything early on, it was so much more complex than I thought.

I also loved that it doesn't set itself up for a sequel. Yes, there are lots of unanswered questions but they are more in the background and the character conflicts are wrapped up nicely in the end of this book.

If you do decide to pick this book up, I urge you to try and go into this book without thinking of the hype and that it is going to be this amazing wonderful story, and I think you will be humbly surprised by it. 

Overall, I highly recommend! I gave it a 4 stars on Goodreads, but it is more like 4.5 stars!