new adult review

TITLE: Girls Made of Snow and Glass

AUTHOR: Melissa Bashardoust

RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017

RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

SYNOPSIS: Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

MY REVIEW: What a FANTASTIC Novel! And I get to share my review with you on it’s Release Day! Happy Birthday ‘Girls Made of Snow & Glass’! I finished this book in two days.. and that’s because I had to adult.. if I didn’t have to clean my house go grocery shopping, or cook dinner among other #adulting tasks, I would have finished this book in a few hours.. It is THAT good!
It is a Feminist Fairy Tale retelling, with a blend of Frozen, and Snow White. I loved every moment. It has enough twists and turns to keep you reading the entire way through!
We meet Lynet, a 16 year old princess, who lives in the shadow of her mother, The Queen. But she longs to be herself, she longs for the day when she is no longer compared to her mother, in her beauty, her eyes, her hair. So she rebels against what she must do, her responsibilities especially her father, King Nicholas who sheltered her while growing up, by not letting her play with the other kids, or not spending time with kids her age. She grew up skipping classes, jumping up trees and watching the other kids play. One day Lynet has to grow up, one day she must become queen, she didn’t know that day was here.. but does she want to be Queen?
We Meet Nina, Lynet’s Stepmother, the Stand in Queen, who has a secret of her own. She embarks on this journey to know more about HERSELF, and by doing that she must become Queen.. the only Queen.
Both Lynet and Nina share far more then they could EVER imagine.. Their hearts are not their own..
This novel is an alternating POV, and I go crazy over these type of novels, you really get a deep understanding of each character. They share this bond, that is quickly tested truths arise. People who seem to have the best intentions turn out to be the villains..
They only have each other to turn to when all goes south (hahaha.. get it?.. read the novel.. you will)
Embark on this journey.. full of Snow.. Ice..
I highly recommend this book.. go out and READ IT today!
❤️Ellie RG

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Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden

Summary: Margaret Beringer didn’t have an easy adolescence. She hated her name, was less than popular in school, and was always cast aside as a “farm kid.” However, with the arrival of Courtney Carrington, Margaret’s youth sparked into color. Courtney was smart, beautiful, and put together—everything Maggie wasn’t. Who would have imagined that they’d fit together so perfectly? … But first loves can scar. 

Maggie hasn’t seen Courtney in years and that’s for the best. But when Courtney loses her father and returns to Tanner Peak to take control of the family store, Maggie comes face-to-face with her past and the woman she’s tried desperately to forget. The fact that Courtney has grown up more beautiful than ever certainly doesn’t help matters.

Thoughts: A cute summer lesbian romance perfect for this time of year. The chemistry between Maggie and Courtney is well-written, and their love story spans the course of many summers and hardships, giving it a sense of authenticity. 

Warnings: 

  • New Adult novel - consensual f/f sex scenes, appropriate for 17+ readers
  • Domestic violence, physical/emotional abuse from Courtney’s father
  • Grief and loss (death of family member)
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BOOK REVIEW: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Release Date: September 19, 2017

Age Group: 14+

Genres: Contemporary, Feminism

My rating: 5/5 Stars

Add it to your TBR on Goodreads here


Disclaimers: 

I received a copy via the publisher through NetGalley. 

This is a long text post. 

There may or may not be spoilers.

You can check my original post on Goodreads here


“Moxie is for every girl.” 

(I also think boys should read this one, too)

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu is one of those novels that, much like with recent and timely releases in YA, I believe will have a big impact on today’s readers. In a very unapologetic and jarring fashion, Mathieu has managed to bring the very real issue of inequality between genders, and the stereotypes that plague women in North America. I say North American because this is where the novel is set–I know there are more issues with gender inequality all around the world. 

I read one of Mathieu’s other books called The Truth About Alice which is lesser known but equally important because it touches on the topic of slut shaming and the power of rumours. If you’ve read Moxie and feel like you want more, I strongly urge you to pick up The Truth About Alice. I love Mathieu’s writing because just when you think your eyes are open to the situations around you, she opens them just a bit wider by metaphorically asking you, “What if YOU got to see it all through your own eyes?" 

Vivian, the protagonist, is that gateway for the reader to see a world that may be the same as their own, or vastly different. Vivian is the daughter of a woman who once fought for equality with a vengeance. Finding the courage to halfway follow in her mother’s footsteps, Vivian decides to find her own way of fighting back. In doing so, she is giving voice to the once voiceless girls of her school. 

Here’s the thing: Vivian’s school is a disaster when it comes to gender equality. You might read the situations and say, "No way, that’s too much! That can’t possibly happen/be happening!” It’s scary that we live in a world where things like that can and do happen.

I live in Canada and I am a decade too late to see how gender inequality is affecting the school system today. Either that, or I was either unaware or I never paid too much attention (which I do regret). But I’ve read stories and seen videos of girls being put through a lot at their schools. Girls being suspended, or sent home because of what they’re wearing. Boys being excused from their actions because of their athletic prowess, or because they are like tiny gods in their own small towns. 

When watching these news and reading these stories, one always (unknowingly) places a thin, clear line between themselves and the stories. Thinking, “Oh that’s horrible and it’s happening…but maybe not here?” Every one is different, so maybe it’s just me. I think that’s why this book is so jarring, because being in first person, you get to see through Viv’s eyes. You get to experience the shock and the tension and the “OMG did that just happen?” reaction. Because while the events might seem over the top, they could very well be happening now. And even if they are hyperbolic situations, it is meant to get a reaction out of the reader. It is meant to lift the reader up from potential complacency.

I had a digital copy of this book, so while I got to look at the Zines, I didn’t get a chance to see them in their full glory. They’re amazing and I really hope that readers can feel empowered looking at them. The level of creativity, as well as positive rebellion in this book is inspiring. 

One of the best, absolute best things about Moxie is that it truly honours feminism. It talks about equality, tackles the misconception that follows feminism like a shadow, and introduces ways to fight for equality without literally fighting, or getting aggressive. There’s a scene in this book where one character comments on why we need a word like feminism, why can’t we just have equality? And Vivian responds with: 

“But isn’t that what a feminist is? […] Equality?” 

and also this gem from later in the book: 

“Feminist. It’s not a bad word. After today it might be my favourite word. Because really all it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that’s always finding ways to tell them they’re not.” 

[Both quotes are from an unfinished e-galley of Moxie and may have changed in the final printing]

I love BOTH of these quotes because of the message they’re portraying to their readers and young girls AND boys who might pick up this book. I like that situations came up in Moxie where the reader is shown how they can or may be handled in real life situations. Some people may need to have it all explained to them and some people won’t want to hear it. The world is far from perfect. 

The pacing is super quick and the tone, other than the obvious message of the book, felt like one of those books you might read while lying outside in the summer sun, though it’s set during a full school year. Vivian and her bicycle riding adventures made me think of moments in my teen-hood where I always had somewhere to go and be. It just felt strangely nostalgic. 

I love all of the characters and how they all had something to offer to the story. Everyone had a reason to be in this story. This book used every side character equally. The character growth wasn’t just for Vivian to experience, but for those around her as well.

Vivian herself is a complex character who, for most of the time, is very introverted when it comes to the things she witnesses. Even when she does start to speak up, she is hesitant, or just learning to wear her new level of confidence. She isn’t without faults and I like that instead of making her a perfect spokesperson, Mathieu writes her as a young woman learning to navigate her life. Despite the amazing message and the incredible feats she eventually accomplishes, one has to remember that Vivian is a teenager and those are some of the most difficult years in a person’s life as they grow into who they will one day become. 

I don’t know if you can tell, but I really liked this book. 

I strongly recommend this one for anyone who loves a powerful story. I believe that EVERYONE should give it a shot. Moxie’s message is powerful enough to change the world. 

Happy reading!

Just finished reading “Ice Massacre” by Tiana Warner, a self-published author on Amazon. And it is amazing! The story is original, the characters are complex and interesting, and Tiana is brilliant at building tension. Best book I’ve read so far this year. Waaaay better than what you can find at publishers these days (who, unfortunately, are too afraid of taking chances.)

Plot summary: The novel is about 18-year old Meela who lives on Erina Kwai (an imaginary island outside the coast of Alaska). The people of Erina Kwai are experiencing a famine, because the ocean has been invaded by bloodthirsty mermaids who kill anyone who dears venture into the waters. Each year the Island sends young men to battle the hostile sea demons, and every year they fail to return. Desperate for survival the Island comes up with a new strategy. They are going to send women instead, as women are not perceptible to the mermaids’ allure. Only problem is, they hadn’t accounted for lesbians.

TITLE: Caraval

AUTHOR: Stephanie Garber

RELEASE DATE: January 31, 2017

RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★

SUMMARYWhatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world … 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever. 

REVIEW: Caraval has been the most beautifully written, most enchanting, super magical story I have read thus far.. It quickly became my favorite fantasy novel.

We meet Scarlett and Tella, sisters who grow up with an abusive father, and they want nothing more then to move far away from their father and their home island of Trisda.. Meanwhile on the ‘Isla de los Sueños’ (Island of Dreams), something magical is about to start. Caraval, “.. it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world.” Page 19. Scarlett’s biggest desire is to someday be able to attend Caraval.. after a turn several letters sent over the years, Scarlett finally gets a letter from Legend, the leader of the greatest greatest performance there ever was, with an invitation to Caraval. With this invitation they begin their greatest journey of all.. but everything comes with a price.

Caraval is not all that it seems, magical.. yes, beautiful.. absolutely, full of secrets and lies.. can it be any other way?

The romance is a subtle romance, but you find yourself rooting for the two characters involved in this romance.. we meet super interesting characters who I can’t wait to know more in the next novels.. (I can’t believe I have to wait over a year for the next one).. I will have to read Caraval,, a million more times until the next one releases! If you haven’t already added it to your wishlist and TBR list I highly recommend you do, It’s a wonderful read and I couldn’t believe it ended.. I would have loved to read more and more of it.. and hey, let’s all rate it what it deserves so it can become a movie someday!! ❤️Ellie RG

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ (4.5/5)

Book Review: X. by Shelby Mena

Concept: young adults, questionable decisions, after-after parties, and an insane amount of alcohol and snapchatting.

Basically, if Project X and Skins UK had a baby in Los Angeles- it would be THIS BOOK. I’m literally buzzing from the hype this book gives me when I read it. It feels so exciting, and so real, all the references to songs, people, music….

Here’s the thing, you’ve either done something the characters did or you know someone who has…

And that, in itself makes the book and everything that happens feel like so much more.

Keep reading

TITLE: The One Memory of Flora Banks

AUTHOR: Emily Barr

RELEASE DATE: May 2, 2017

RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★

SYNOPSIS: Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

MY REVIEW: It has been a very long time that I have been wanting to get my hands on this book, the title and the synopsis captivated me from the beginning.. I knew about this book several months before it was released and I could not wait for its release!
We meet Flora, a seventeen year old young girl whom after a few hours, her memory resets and she forgets everything, all she remembers is what she learned before her tenth birthday, her friends, her family, things that she learned to do before (making tea, using the shower etc.)
Her parents have done their best to keep her safe and comfortable, so they’ve created a notebook explaining what she has and what happened that caused her disability. Sometimes things are not always what they seem, and it takes a boy, a best friend, a sibling, and a trip to figure everything out.
I felt the writing was amazing, but because of the condition of the character Flora, it did become somewhat repetitive, but I totally understand that it was to make the reader FULLY understand the situations Flora must go through on a daily basis to understand what she’s going through herself. It’s definitely a worthwhile read, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery novel! ❤️Ellie RG

It’s Not a Lie If You Can’t Remember The Truth

The Someday list - Pega Rose

4.5*

Lily Galanos always hoped that she’d be heading off to art school after senior year. But she always knew that Julienne Debrosse, overachiever extraordinaire, would be wildly successful. So why are they both stuck at Grandma Kate’s diner? When Julienne invites Lily on an impromptu road trip to return a treasured journal left behind by a guest, Lily is quick to say yes. After all, she’s had a crush on Julienne forever. But Julienne has hidden motives, and a secret double life that is rapidly catching up to her. As the girls make their way north, they start to find the answers to the questions they’ve both been asking. Can love last? What does it mean to be a hero? And are happy endings possible in real life?

This is @pegaandthepen‘s first novel. I was contacted to see if I wanted to read and review her book. This was actually my first time doing this as I had some free time and thought I’d try something new.

The day it arrived I opened the package and was surprised at how nice the illustration was. I really do love a good illustrated cover and when the cover actually has something to do with the story. So straight away I could guess it was about two girls, which leaves your mind wondering and thinking up ideas of what it could be. 

For me, this also sparked up a worry. I really struggle to read romance. If this was going to be a mushy romantic book I was going to switch off half way and have to pull myself through it. LUCKILY for me, it wasn’t the type of book I dislike. In fact I was pleasantly surprised at how the characters flowed and was bought to life. It’s easy to read, the layout is pleasant for the eyes, the font isn’t too small or hard to read.

I really enjoyed the story and I thought it was really well thought about and creative. Why not give this a try for yourself and see what you think?

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Love Slow Burn?

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My short Amazon review for Save Me:

An emotional and poignant look at loss and love, Save Me explores the fear and heartbreak that so easily comes to those who love with all of themselves. Ellie and Nik both have plenty of reasons to doubt what they’ve found with each other but the strength of their sudden bond leaves them both helpless to resist what could be. While they build on the trust and faith they have in each other (torturous slow-burn warning!) their mutual attraction sparks and sizzles, hinting at the all too real passion ahead. Hot, hot, hot. Can’t wait to read more!

This book is by tumblr’s own @alexandrapagewrites (Alexandra Page). Get it for yourself today!

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Book: Ugly Love
Author:
Colleen Hoover
Pages:
337
Rating:
★★★★★

Synopsis:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

My Thoughts:

Ugly Love is the first book I read by Colleen Hoover and I’m kicking myself for not reading her books sooner. I can tell that Ugly Love has sparked my love and heartbreak with Hoover’s books. This story follows the lives of two people, Miles and Tate. When 23 year old Tate moves in with her brother her main focus is getting a job and finishing her masters program. That’s until she meet’s her brother’s friend and neighbor Miles. Miles is dreamy, he’s got the most beautiful blue eyes and a body that would make a male model cry with jealousy, but he also has huge emotional wall built up around him; one that Tate wants to tear down with her bare hands. Miles has a proposition for Tate, let’s be friends with benefits minus the friends part. For this arrangement to work Miles’ has two rules: 1. Tate can’t ask about his past and 2. She can’t plan having a future with him. The relationship between them is all fireworks and fog; heat and cold. Miles has been through a lot. In the beginning of the novel you wonder what exactly happened to make him so distant? What happened to Rachel? When you find out good lord your heart will break. I don’t know how I can prepare you for those feels. Since the story is two POVs; the present in Tate’s POV, the past in Miles’, it makes Miles’ story so much more gut wrenching because you see it and feel it from his prospective. Just thinking about it is painful.

I normally don’t enjoy dual POVs but I loved the structure of this novel. I think using a dual POV to only explain the past of one of the main characters was such a wonderful idea and it really made the entire book. It was like reading two different stories at once but in the end it connected and became on beautiful story. Colleen Hoover is an incredible writer, I cannot emphasis this enough. Everything written in Miles’ POV was poetic and poignant. Novels like Ugly Love makes me wonder if loving this deeply truly exists, the way that Colleen writes about love is so realistic but mystical at the same time.

Ugly Love was such a great book and I want to thank Summer at ButterMyBooks for forcing it me to read it. Now, it’s my turn to recommend it to you. If you’re looking for a heart felt romance that will have you fighting back tears then this is your book! If you are looking for a book that is filled with a love that will give you butterflies, then Ugly Love is for you. If you are looking for a book with such good smut you’ll have to fan yourself, look no further! If you want to read a book that has a wonderful story that will stick with you then I highly suggest you read Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

3 Stars
Reviewed by Naomi

Official Synopsis:When Alix’s charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee’s room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee’s cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: “Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you.”

Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life–secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she’s been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee’s phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

Brought together by Swanee’s lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they’d thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to–but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too? 

Alix loves Swanee. Everyone knows it. Love is the reason she abandoned her best friend. Love is the reason she breaks rules and is in a rocky relationship with her parents. Their love is real. It doesn’t matter what anyone says. It’s forever. Well, it was supposed to be forever and then Swanee died. 

Swanee’s death does a lot to Alix, because suddenly she’s alone. No clubs, no after school activities and no friends. Swanee was everything and in a blink of an eye, Alix lost everything. So, when a text comes into Swanee’s phone from mysterious LT claiming to love Swanee forever, Alix loses it. She has to know who this LT is. She becomes obsesses. She does the unthinkable and texts LT as Swanee. But, she knows that’s not good enough. She has to know more. So, she goes and meets LT and it changes her entire world forever.

I’m torn about this book. It’s a love story and I honestly don’t think it should have been, because it’s just stronger as a coming of age novel. Alix does what many of us do when we’re young. She loses herself completely in her first love. When that love is taken away she can’t function and when she realized that her love had secrets, devastating, world shattering secrets, she has to learn to rebuild herself.

I wish that she could have rebuilt herself alone. I wish that she could have clung to her family and friendship, over love. And, considering who her new love interest is, I just couldn’t buy it. 

I feel Julie Anne Peters wanted to tell young people that their first love isn’t everything. That they shouldn’t get all caught up in romance and lose themselves in the relationship, but then Alix just loses herself in yet another friendship. The message is confusing and really undermines the progress Alix makes in the wake of Swanee’s death.

I will say that the lgbt aspect of the book is done well. Because, it’s just a normal teen relationship. The fact that they’re lesbians, that they’re young gay women doesn’t shake the world. Their love is normal, because all love is normal. Swanee could have been named Jake and it would have been the same exact story. Love is love and I think this novel is really good at highlighting this.

At the end of the day this book isn’t awful. My own preferences on what I wish the story was, is why it’s only a 3, but I think many of you will really enjoy it.

For more info: Goodreads page and author website.