My Best Friend Runs Venus Review

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My Best Friend Runs Venus by Katrina S. Forest is a story about a pair of friends named Kade and Tamika who are members of a group of children who live in robot bodies on planets across the solar system. Kade is tech-savvy and uses that to his advantage against the adults who only come to the planets for hours at a time to teach the kids. Tamika’s only friend is Kade as many people think that she is just like her mother, a criminal.

This book had an interesting premise, but I believe that it got lost along the way. At first, I thought the story was going to mostly be about Tamika finding out the truth about her mother, but it was mostly about just Kade and Tamika running around different planets and meeting different people. This wouldn’t have been a bad thing if the story was more coherent. The story was too short for me to really understand who was who. I couldn’t remember the important things about each character, which meant that big “reveals” had me more confused than anything.

If you read the synopsis of this book you read that Tamika is a princess. Now, even though she is a princess, I did not get the feeling that she “ran Venus” at all in the story. At best she was a princess in hiding, and that wasn’t even the main focus of the novel. The only person even protecting her was her best friend, some random kid named Kade. It was more interesting learning about the other kids who seemed to be somewhat rich and have somewhat positions of power, even if they weren’t using them for good, than to learn about Kade and Tamika in this story.

The one thing that I did like in this story was the premise of a world with minimal interference from adults. Since the adults couldn’t physically stand to be in their bodies for too long, the children basically ran around on the planets by themselves. It seemed a bit unrealistic that adults could only do it for a few hours at a time but Kade and Tamika could literally spend months outside of their physical bodies, but it made for an interesting story arc. I wish that the whole “adult-free world” idea had been expanded upon more. Like what sort of crazy things would these children build on these planets without adult supervision for hours at a time. Their imaginations could literally go wild, but they seemed to be bound by technology in this book.

Overall, I wouldn’t really recommend this book. It had an interesting premise, but the overall story seemed as if too many things were going on at once for me to keep track of everything.  

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 books


My Best Friend Runs Venus Blog Tour Spotlight

My Best Friend Runs Venus
This is my stop during the blog tour for My Best Friend Runs Venus by Katrina S. Forest. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 3 till 16 June. See the tour schedule here.

My Best Friend Runs VenusMy Best Friend Runs Venus
By Katrina S. Forest
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Middle Grade
Release Date: June 1, 2019

At 12.9 years old, number-obsessed Kade Walker has never heard of death. Literally. But neither has anyone else he knows. Kade is one of hundreds of kids “living” across the solar system through robotic avatars while their real bodies sleep in pods on Earth. Unfortunately, robot bodies can be hacked.

One day during an (innocent!) experiment, Kade unwittingly breaks a major security wall and releases an infamous hacker. The madwoman targets all the royal avatars, including Kade’s best friend, Princess Tamika of Venus.

If Kade and Tamika don’t want to become the hacker’s puppets, they’ve got to stop her fast–even if it means waking up on Earth to fight with bodies they never realized could be hurt.

You can find My Best Friend Runs Venus on Goodreads

You can buy My Best Friend Runs Venus here

This book includes some artwork, check out a few of the illustrations that are included in the book below:

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About the Author:
Katrina S. Forest is a teacher by day, author by any-other-time-she-can-get. Her work has sold to a variety of magazines, ranging from Flash Fiction Online to Highlights to Children. She loves nerdy conventions and believes video games can be a force of creative good instead of evil.

You can find and contact Katrina S. Forest here:

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Review

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world – but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart – an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

I was simply enchanted by this world. I was addicted to reading this book, and got through today’s snow day by binge-reading it!

Morrigan is a cursed child, and boy does she know it. Everyone seems to want to remind her every single day. She is blamed for random things happening that she knows are out of her control, simply because she is a cursed child. She is also doomed to die on her eleventh birthday. Then, right as she is preparing to die, a man named Jupiter appears and offers to take her to a magical city called Nevermoore. She then learns that she is going to be allowed to join the Wundrous Society. She must compete in four trials against other children, and prove her talent. Only problem is, she doesn’t know what talent she has. Jupiter seems to dance around the subject whenever she asks. All she knows is that she doesn’t want to go back to her mediocre life, and that the Wundrous Society will give her the family she always wanted.

This book felt like the amazing middle-grade fantasy novels I used to read when I was younger. It wasn’t dumbed down, but it still had a youthful magic about it. At first I thought that it reminded me of Harry Potter, but in the end, it felt more like Chronicles of Narnia. Harry Potter may be fantasy, but it does have its points where it feels rather real. This story feels as if it takes place in a completely different world with its own secrets. Nevermoor is just…I can’t even describe it. You have to read it for yourself!

Morrigan is such a unique main character. She has been hated all her life for being “cursed,” but she was determined to have her own personality all along. Even when she was accepted into schools as a joke because she wasn’t going to actually live to attend, she still kept her chin up. If her family had supported her more, she could have even had a happy life in the semi-regular world that she lived in before Nevermoor. But instead, they treated her like a burden, and she just knew that her whole life would have been miserable. This book definitely makes fun of those tropes of “evil children.” For example, a woman saying that the girl looked at her and caused something bad to happen to her when she had just been playing on the lawn.

I know that this book is just going to get better and better because the characters aren’t even fully fleshed out yet in this book! I can’t wait to see what books two and three bring.

This book is definitely perfect for middle-grade readers looking to challenge themselves with a larger book. I wish that this series had been out when I was younger, I would have devoured these books in a matter of hours.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

Inkling Blog Tour Plus Review


9781524772819.jpgAbout the Book:


Author: Kenneth Oppel

Pub. Date: November 6, 2018

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 272

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From the acclaimed author of The NestThe Boundless, and Airborn comes a brilliantly funny, breakout book about a boy who discovers an ink blot that’s come to life! Perfect for those who love Hoot and Frindle and sure to be a hit with kids everywhere!

The Rylance family is stuck. Dad’s got writer’s block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school–even though he can’t draw. Sarah’s still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom. So much more than they can say.

Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance’s sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together–and then leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything.

Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple chapters of his math book–not good–and the story he’s supposed to be illustrating for school–also not good. But Inkling’s also started drawing the pictures to go with the story–which is amazing! It’s just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too–for Sarah he’s a puppy. And for Dad he’s a spark of ideas for a new graphic novel. It’s exactly what they all want.

It’s not until Inkling goes missing that this family has to face the larger questions of what they–and Inkling–truly need.

Kenneth Oppel has given us a small masterpiece of middle-grade fiction. Inkling is funny and fizzy and exciting, and brimming with the kind of interesting ideas and dilemmas that kids will love to wrestle with. And Sydney Smith is creating wonderfully inky illustrations to bring the story to vivid life. Get ready. A little ink blot is about to become your new favorite character!

My Review

Wow. I thought this book was just going to be a fun middle-grade book about an ink blob! It was so much deeper than that.

Ethan is struggling to draw for a class project when Inkling comes into his life. He is able to use Inkling to draw beautiful comics for the project, and he has made friends with the little blob. He loves feeding Inkling books and laughs at how the blob will “talk” after reading the different types of novels. Sarah, Ethan’s younger sister who has Down Syndrome, wants a puppy. When Inkling connects with her and forms itself into a puppy, Sarah immediately falls in love. Then, Ethan’s dad is able to use Inkling to get out of a drawing rut and start to work on his new graphic novel. Inkling helps the family but then is lost. How will Ethan, Dad, and Sarah survive without Inkling’s help?

This book discusses grief and its effects on a family. Ethan’s mother has died an unknown amount of time ago, and his family has been stuck ever since. Sarah has stopped making progress mentally and refuses to talk in the first person, even though she had been making progress when her mother was alive. Dad has been stuck in a drawing rut, and sometimes he barely gets out of bed. He doesn’t even function anymore without his morning cup of coffee. Ethan is trying to keep his family together by walking Sarah to school and making food when his dad can’t, but he is even feeling the strain. All of them need to heal, and Inkling seems to help them do just that. This was one of few middle-grade books that I have seen tackle serious issues realistically without making them the only “important” part of the story. Sure, the family had to learn to properly grieve for the mother, but they had fun with Inkling while they were at it.

I also thought that the issues the second family in the book had been very eye-opening. I don’t want to spoil anything because the family is important to the storyline. But they had a very unique dynamic and I wish there had been another story about them!

I would recommend this book to middle-grade fantasy lovers.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

KO+2.JPGAbout Kenneth:

I was born in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At around twelve I decided I wanted to be a writer. I started out writing sci-fi epics then went on to swords and sorcery tales and then, during the summer holiday when I was fourteen, started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games. Photo credit: Mark Raynes Roberts

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of INKLING, US Only.


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/1/2018- The Reading Corner for All– Review

11/2/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review


Week Two:

11/5/2018- Belles Book Blog– Review

11/6/2018- D Wants to Read– Review

11/7/2018- Beagles & Books– Review

11/8/2018- YA Books Central– Interview

11/9/2018- Belle’s Archive– Review

Week Three:

11/12/2018- Maddie.TV – Review

11/13/2018- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

11/14/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

11/15/2018- FUONLYKNEW– Review

11/16/2018- BookHounds YA– Review


Week Four:

11/19/2018- Twirling Book Princess Excerpt

11/20/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

11/21/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

11/22/2018- All the Ups and Downs- Excerpt

11/23/2018- Lilly’s Book World Review


Week Five:

11/26/2018- The Layaway Dragon– Review

11/27/2018- The Cover Contessa– Interview

11/28/2018- The Pages In-Between– Review

11/29/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland- Review

11/30/2018- Oh Hey! Books.– Review


Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend Blog Tour Plus Review

Cheryl Carpinello’s

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend

Tour Begins October 15th


His one desire…To be a knight.
His future queen…At times reckless.
Best friends…Bound by Friendship and Loyalty.

When their adventure turns deadly & dangerous, Guinevere & Cedwyn find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle.

Not only are they in danger, but so are the kids of Cadbury Castle.

Renegades–foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess–steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger.

As the plan quickly unravels, Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality.
Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?
Print Length: 150 Pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Publisher: Bublish, Incorporated (May 2017)
ISBN: 978-1946229441

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is available to purchase on

My Review

I love middle-grade high fantasy novels, simply because they aren’t as complicated as adult high fantasy novels, but are still truly enjoyable. This book had a lot of detail and took place in a large world.

Guinevere and Cedwyn are on an adventure, but while they are traveling to a town, an injured man on a horse appears. He is there to warn Guinevere of raiders that have come to her castle and kidnapped all the children. Guinevere and Cedwyn must cut their adventure short and go back to the castle to try and help the children.

I must admit, even though this is advertised as a middle-grade novel, it reads more light a YA book. The scene where arrows are taken out of the injured man is a bit graphic for middle schoolers, and some of the other scenes just seem a bit intense for that genre. Sure, the characters might be young, but the content is a bit above what I would have been reading at 10-12 years old.

That being said, if you have a middle-grade reader that would not be affected by slightly graphic scenes, this would definitely be for them! It moves quickly so it would hold their attention, and it even has discussion questions in the back so they can practice collecting their thoughts at the end of reading! I would suggest that they start at the beginning of the series because this book plops you right into the middle of a scene. This is definitely not a series of standalones.

For non-middle grade readers, this book is REALLY short. You would definitely be able to read the first book of the series and this one in a single day. This book might still be enjoyable to upper YA or NA readers, but it might leave me wanting more. I definitely wanted to continue with the series right away after finishing this one!

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Awards for Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend
2018 Gold Global eBook Award—Juvenile Fiction
2018 Gold Global eBook Award—Children’s Literature
2018 Bronze Evvy Awards—Fairytale/Folklore/Mythology
2018 Bronze Evvy Awards—Juvenile Fiction
Short-Listed for 2019 Chanticleer Int’l Awards
2018 Honorable Mention Purple Dragonfly
100 Most Notable Indies for 2018
2018 Wishing Shelf Finalist
2017 BookLife Quarter Finalist
2017 Apple eBook Children’s Official Selection

Author Full Sphinx.jpgAbout the Author
Cheryl Carpinello is an author, retired high school English teacher, and Colorado native. Since retiring from teaching, she’s been able to devote her time to writing and traveling. Although she may be away from teaching, she is still a teacher at heart and especially enjoys meeting with kids and talking with them about reading and writing. Cheryl hopes through her books she can inspire young readers and reader’s young-at-heart to read more.

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Blog Tour Dates

October 15th @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Be sure to stop by the launch day post for Cheryl Carpinello’s blog tour for her book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend where we interview the author and you have the chance to win a copy of the book.

October 16th @ Write Like Crazy
You’ll go nuts today over at Mary Jo Campbell’s blog where author Cheryl Carpinello talks about finding stories within stories as you write. Also you can enter to win a copy of the book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.

October 19th @ Lori’s Reading Corner
Visit Lori’s blog where you can read Cheryl Carpinello’s post about where her search for the Legend of King Arthur has taken her.

October 19th @ Jill Sheets Blog
Visit Jill’s blog today where Cheryl Carpinello talks about the continuing popularity of the King Arthur Legend.

October 19th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf
You’ll want to stock up your bookshelf once you visit by Veronica’s blog, where she reviews Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello.

October 20th @ A New Look on Books
Stop by Rae’s blog and take a glance at author Cheryl Carpinello’s blog post the importance of reading and understanding myths, legends, and mythology.

October 22nd @ A New Look on Books
Come by Rae’s blog and get a new look on Cheryl Carpinello’s book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.

October 23rd @ A Day in the Life of a Mom
Stop by Ashley’s blog where she shares Cheryl’s guest post about do boys respond to reading and writing differently than girls? And what should parents do about that?

October 25th @ A Day in the Life of a Mom
Check out Ashley’s blog again where she shares her opinion on Cheryl Carpinello’s book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.

October 25th @ Fiction Thoughts
Stop by Emilie’s blog where she shares her opinion about the book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.

October 28th @ Leonard Tillman’s Blog
Stop by Leonard’s blog where he shares his thoughts on Cheryl Carpinello’s book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.

October 29th @ A Storybook World
Journey to today’s blog post where Deirdra shares Cheryl Carpinello’s blog post about how the author’s years as an educator led her to writing Tales & Legends, (or why the author writes Tales & Legends for Reluctant Reader).

November 1st @ Look to the Western Sky
Make sure you look to Margo’s blog today where she interviews the author Cheryl Carpinello, author of the Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.

November 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina Blog
Visit Anthony’s blog where he shares his thoughts about Cheryl Carpinello’s book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend and read an interview with the author.

November 3rd @ The World of My Imagination
Stop by Nicole’s blog where she shares her thoughts on Cheryl Carpinello’s book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.

November 4th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog
Stop by Anthony’s blog today where you can read author Cheryl Carpinello’s blog post about whether it is really necessary for kids today to read the classics such as stories and plays from Ancient Greece, Rome and Shakespeare.

November 5th @ Coffee with Lacey
Grab a cup of your favorite brew, and join us at Lacey’s blog where Cheryl Carpinello talks about the definition of reading and what medium qualifies as actual reading.

November 7th @ Choices
Visit Madeline Sharples’ blog where she shares Cheryl Carpinello’s blog post about building characters that young readers bond with and how the author uses a combination of traits from my students over the years.

November 8th @ Fiona Ingram’s Blog
Stop by Fiona’s blog where she interviews a character from Cheryl Carpinello’s book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.

November 9th @ For the Hook of a Book
Make sure you stop by the book blog For the Hook of a Book and catch their review of Cheryl Carpinello’s book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.

November 10th @ Chatty Patty’s Place
Stop by Patty’s blog where she spotlight’s Cheryl Carpinello’s book and also does a giveaway of the book for one lucky reader.

November 11th @ Bri’s Book Nook
Stop by Briennai’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Cheryl Carpinello’s book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.

November 18th @ David Chuka Blog
Stop by David’s blog where he interviews author Cheryl Carpinello about her and her book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend.


Aru Shah and the End of Time Review

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

I waited quite a while to read this book, and I was super excited to read it! Even though my experience with this novel was mostly positive, I did have some issues with some of the things in it.

Let me start off by saying that I loved the inclusion of mythology in this novel. It was all so unique, and unlike the other gods and goddesses I read about in other novels, these gods and goddesses just seemed to be so COLORFUL. They all had their own vibrant personalities along with unique stories. I still want to learn more about them, even though I have finished the book.

I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Aru. I didn’t like the fact that she was just lying to all of her classmates and people she knew to try to make them “like” her. I could understand her motives, but I’ve known too many kids in real life that do this all the time to just let her off the hook. It’s a really crappy thing to do most of the time, especially when kids try to create a “sob story” to make people feel bad for them. I know that it was supposed to make her realistic, but in that case, she is a little “too realistic” for me. Eventually, once I got over this character flaw I was able to like Aru, but this did trip me up a bit at the beginning. She also does kinda receive a punishment for her actions by being “forced” to light the lamp, so that definitely helped me to get over this flaw.

I also didn’t like Mina that much. She seemed to be the typical “nerdy” sidekick, allergic to everything and having asthma. and don’t forget the bad skin and braces. As a person with allergies and former braces, and who knows people with asthma and allergies, this is just starting to be a tiring representation. Not everyone with allergies and asthma is a scrawny person who can’t go outside or do anything. Half of the time, we take tons of allergy medicines just so we DON’T have to slow down and succumb to sicknesses.  Even though I liked Mina by the end of the book, once her good qualities had been revealed, I found myself rolling my eyes once I read her original description.

Despite the fact that I couldn’t really get into the main characters, I DID enjoy the story. I want to know who the other Pandavas are, and hope that they will be revealed later in the series. Aru’s backstory was definitely interesting to read, and I want to learn more about her family in the future novels. That’s what I really felt at the end of this novel. I felt as if it was a prequel to the next few novels in the series.

I’m not sure if I would recommend this book or not. While it was interesting, I did struggle a few times as the plot seemed to drag about halfway through. Add this to my issues with the main characters, and this was a pretty average reading experience. I would definitely recommend it to middle-grade readers, but I am not sure if I would recommend it to people who are typically interested in YA and Adult books.

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

TBR *Wednesday! Plus Book Haul

I was a little busier than I wanted to be this week, so I didn’t get the change to make my TBR Tuesday post on Tuesday. No problem, as this is my new thing so I’ll just do it on Wednesday


This might be a seemingly random selection of books, and it sort of is, but what if I told you that I bought all of these books for a dollar apiece? Yes, each individual book was only a dollar. A few are a bit torn, but they are all mostly in good condition! The hardcovers were also seemingly brand new, and they were also only a dollar apiece. I could have gotten many more, but I didn’t have enough time to search through.

This store is called BookOff, and I went to the NYC store. They also have an online store, and stores in some other cities. Here is a link to their site:

At the store you could buy and sell items, and some of the stuff I saw included but was not limited to action figures, video games of ALL sorts (including Vita games that I can rarely find and old games for systems like PS2), books for kids, YA, and adult (all had dollar and 2 dollar sale shelves), manga (that I did not get to see so I don’t know how cheap it was), books in Japanese, DVDs, CDs, and probably other things that I did not see. Everything was so cheap, the workers were friendly, and it wasn’t too busy. I would definitely suggest that you go here, especially since the Strand is raising their prices a bit. This is also in walking distance of Times Square, so it’s super easy to get there!

I will do a larger haul once I get the chance to go there again. I wasn’t planning on going there on Saturday and it was raining, so I never got the chance to really look at everything.

Books I have recently read and haven’t had the chance to review

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)The Redeemed: A Snowverse Novella (The Almosts, #3)Audrey and the Hero Upstairs (Scandalous, #5)Flip the BeatThe Dolan Girls

Books that I plan to read (or am in the middle of reading) for the next week

Library Books

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for WhitenessThe Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark, #1)Alex and Eliza (Alex & Eliza, #1)When Dimple Met RishiMarked (House of Night, #1)

ARC/Review Copies

Separated: A Snowverse Novel (The Royal Cleaner #3)Joshua's Island (James Madison, #1)Pawns (Wielders of Arantha, #1)Unsheathed: An Epic Fantasy CollectionA Thread in Time:: The Chronicles of Darius Book 14 (The Dagger of Destiny)Divine Fate: The Complete SeriesThe Girl Who Knew Da Vinci (Out of Time Thriller, #1)

Random Choices

Kenzie And The Guy Next Door (Scandalous, #4)Belle the Beast Tamer (Wonderland Guardian Academy, #2)

I still want to get a lot of reading finished before the summer is up so I will be pushing myself to the limit for the next 19 days before I start school. Wish me luck!

TBR Tuesday!

Books that I have recently read and not reviewed.

Audrey and the Hero Upstairs (Scandalous, #5)Switch

Books that I am going to be reading next.

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)When Dimple Met RishiThe Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid

I’m going to be a little busy this week, so I am going to be cutting down on the number of books that I will read. See you next week!

TruthStone Review

TruthStone (Truthseer Archives, #1)Shaeleen is given a TruthStone by a strange woman, and now every lie she hears or tells gives her pain. The pain ranges depending on the intensity of the lie, and Shaeleen has to learn to control it so that she isn’t found out. Even separating herself from the stone doesn’t do anything to alleviate her pain.

When she starts to almost faint every time she hears about how Prince Basil is going to be king, she realizes that her entire kingdom could be based on a lie. She wants to reveal the truth to stop her pain, but this could send the entire continent of Wayland into war. The kingdoms have been protected by the stones, but after pieces were given away over the years, the stones have begun to fail. Shaeleen, Cole, and Orin must gather all the stones and return them to their full power.

I think my favorite part of this story was how smooth the storyline was! There were no random time-skips, and each character was so unique that it was easy to tell them apart. I found myself flying through the pages until I reached the end of the novel.

I came into the story thinking that it was going to be a heavy YA fantasy novel, but honestly, the plot wasn’t that dark. The pain was a focus, but it wasn’t the main focus that would bother me until my skin crawled. In fact, nothing was too gory that it would make a middle-grade reader scared or uncomfortable. This would be a good intro to heavier fantasy novels for them.

The only complaint I had was that some parts of the book did seem to be a bit childish at times. When Cole got his powers, his swearing of allegiance to Shaeleen seemed to be a little cringy to me. This didn’t bother me too much though and I overlooked most of these little parts because the main storyline was so engaging.

The character development was also intense. The stones made the characters have times where they acted their age, and then have times where they acted with wisdom far beyond their years. This was especially obvious for Orin, whose character could have been around the age of 9-12 years old. It really allowed readers to understand how powerful the stones were without saying “Wow these super powerful stones are really strong!”

I didn’t see any editing errors as I was reading through this novel.

My overall experience with this novel was positive. I was super excited by the time I got to the end of the novel, and then it said continued in book 2! Luckily, I have Kindle Unlimited so I will try to read the other 2 books in the trilogy before the summer is over.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new young YA/older middle-grade fantasy novel with a strong female main character and her team.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 stars


WWW Wednesday

I have a lot of Netgalley books to get through, simply because I had to request them for blog tours and then ended up DNF-ing them for the tour. Once I’m done with those, I will move onto advanced review copies of books that I also need to finish. Only after that will I be able to go back to reading more popular YA novels. Hopefully, by the end of July, I will be able to start with a clean slate.

What books are you currently reading?

Electric Impulse: Love, Life & Sex (Book One)The Sword Swallower and a Chico KidDangerous To Know (The Chronicles of Breed #1)

What books have you recently finished reading?

Chosen (Fighting Fate, #1)Beyond the Green

What books are you planning on reading next?

Bring Me Their HeartsThe Sinister SilhouetteLies & Secrets (Boston Latte #1)The Wedding Quilt Bride (Brides of Lost Creek #2)