Adult, Book Reviews, Five Stars, new adult, Series

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4)

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on February 16, 2021

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult

Pages: 757

“Keep reaching out your hand.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It’s absolutely no surprise that I had to immediately pick up this book upon its release. I took a shamefully long time to read it considering how much I enjoy this world. But fair warning, this new continuation is much more adult than the first three books. Like…much more.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Young Adult

Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give, #0)

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray on January 12, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Pages: 360

“It’s kinda like how we have to do with ourselves. Get rid of the things that don’t do us any good. If it won’t help the rose grow, you’ve gotta let it go.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Angie Thomas has not put out a bad book yet. All of her books have been absolute hits for me! Concrete Rose is no exception.

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Favorite Books of the Year Lists

Favorite Books of 2020

Can I blame how late this post is because of how fast this January is flying by? Usually January is never ending, but I seemed to go to sleep on New Year’s Day and wake up to the end of the month.

2020 was a terrible year for many people. It was a year unlike any other and I am not going to talk about how unprecedented or tragic the year was. We all know. We’ve read a thousand posts reiterating the same thoughts.

As much time I found myself having on my hands, I didn’t read as much as I thought. The year was off to a good start. I think I had 10 books read by mid-February. Then everything came to a halt. I limped out of the year, finishing my last book in October. I barely made it 2/3 into my reading challenge. Hopefully I prioritize reading more in 2021.

Despite it being a slow year of reading (and many, many re-reads), I read some great books.

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Aliens, Book Reviews, Fantasy, Four Stars, Series, Supernatural, Young Adult

The Brightest Night (Origin, #3)

The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published by Tor Teen on October 20, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Sci-Fi

Pages: 504

“We didn’t come all this way, survive all we have, only to lose each other again,” he said. “You won’t allow that. I know you won’t, but if you can’t believe in that yet, then believe in me until you can.”

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The third installment in this series did not live up to my own expectations. I found myself getting bored and unable to focus in at some points of the book. It won’t stop me from reading the final installation though. I didn’t lose interest in the series.

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Book Reviews, Fantasy, Five Stars, Series, Supernatural, Vampires and Other Creatures, Young Adult

Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5)

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Published by Little, Brown on August 4, 2020

Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal

Pages: 658

My life was an unending, unchanging midnight. It must, by necessity, always be midnight for me. So how was it possible that the sun was rising now, in the middle of my midnight?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Where’s the GIF of Sirius Black from Harry Potter when you need it? Twelve years I’ve waited for this and I’m not going to lie to you, I didn’t think I’d ever see the day. I waited so long to march into that bookstore and pick up my copy of Midnight Sun. Back when it was just a draft and 200 pages long, I contemplated printing it and making my own copy to complete the series, but I never did and at last I have a beautiful hardcover copy.

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Adult, Book Reviews, Four Stars, Thriller

You (You, #1)

You by Caroline Kepnes

Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on September 30, 2014

Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

Pages: 424

The only thing crueler than a cage so
small that a bird can’t fly is a cage so
large that a bird thinks it can fly.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thanks to You, I look over my shoulder more often and make sure my blinds are closed tight. Stephen King had it right when he said this book is hypnotic and scary.

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Dystopia, Five Stars, Series, Young Adult

Rebel (Legend, #4)

Rebel by Marie Lu

Published by Roaring Book Press on October 1, 2019

Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 376

Because, sometimes, being patriotic means calling out the problems rotting away your country.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A long-anticipated finale to the Legend series that I only ever dreamed of coming true. Yet somehow incredibly puissant read while watching all that is happening in the world today.

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Book Reviews, Dystopia, Four Stars, Series, Supernatural, Young Adult

Imagine Me (Shatter Me, #6)

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

Published by HarperCollins on March 31, 2020

Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Pages: 464

“Imagine me 
master of my own universe
I am everything I ever dreamed of”

I’m truly ashamed of how long it took me to read this. With COVID-19 and working from home, I have no excuse for reading 2 books in the last 4 months of WFH. Still, I’m glad I got this finished before I head back into a new normal daily grind and put this beloved series to rest.

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Fantasy, Five Stars, Series, Supernatural, Young Adult

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Published by Henry Holt on March 6, 2018

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 544

No matter how much I crave peace, the gods have other plans.

I am truly ashamed of how long it took me to read this book because it is brilliant and deserved to be consumed in a week or less. Life kept getting in the way or I kept having readers block, but I finally finished and now I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Stand Alone, Young Adult

On the Come Up

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray on February 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 613

“There’s only so much you can take being described as somebody you’re not.” 

Another amazing novel from Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give was such an impactful and raw story, I had no idea what On the Come Up was going to have in store as a follow up. Equally as honest, but a different type of story.

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