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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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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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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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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Adult, Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars

Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Published by Penguin Books on December 31, 2012

Genres: Romance, Fiction, Contemporary

Pages: 369

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” 

Some books suck you into its world and take you on an adventure without ever leaving your chair. Some books make you want to get up and go on your own adventure. For me, Me Before You is the latter. 

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Adult, Book Reviews, Five Stars

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Published by Hachette Book Group on July 11, 1960

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Classics

Pages: 324

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

This is one of the most beloved required reads ever. No one hated it when it was required in high school. I, however, was required to read another book so I never read this…until now. I think I would’ve appreciated it in high school, but I’m especially glad I read it as an adult to really understand and appreciate it.

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Book Reviews, Fantasy, Five Stars, My Favorites, Series, Young Adult

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Published by Little, Brown and Company on November 19, 2019

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Pages: 308

“I think of his riddle. How do people like us take off our armor?
One piece at a time.” 

A series with a final book worthy of finishing in 24 hours. Not even a full day ago had I started The Queen of Nothing and now I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes because it’s over. I know this a series I will turn to when I want a good re-read.

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