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Secondborn, by Amy A. Bartol — July 31, 2018

Secondborn, by Amy A. Bartol

downloadOn Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go. Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state. But Roselle finds an ally–and more–in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for–even love?

This book was . . . mediocre. I wanted this book to be good. I really did. But it didn’t live up to my expectations, not in a bad way, it was just really forgettable. I wish that the characters were less bland and that the plot was more intense. The writing style was boring, though, and that’s what turned me off.

The writing style was just flat-out confusing. Sometimes the pacing was way too fast and sometimes the pacing was way to slow and I just wanted something to happen. And then there was the problem of formatting. About three-quarters through the book, the time changed. It moved one year in the future. There was no warning to this, except for writing above the chapter title that said: One Year In The Future. That was it. What I was really curious about though was why at this point they just didn’t start the second book. That was a pain in the butt to deal with but at least there was some warning.

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The characters were okay. They weren’t horrible but they also weren’t very good. And I forgot all of their names. I didn’t know anything about most of them and the romance was very unrealistic. Roselle was okay, but she was a little bit too much like Mare from Red Queen (sorry Red Queen). For people who haven’t been with my blog since it’s beginning, I hate the Red Queen series. The characters were also not very developed. All of them felt base and bland. I wanted to connect with them, there was just nothing to connect with. 

The plot was interesting at first glance but then I realized how little thought had been put into it. There were no interesting side plots, there was only one true action scene, and the pacing was really uneven. I wanted a book about a girl sent to live with her people, after being televised for her whole life, making everyone hate her, and her fighting to prove her worth. That’s not really what happened. Instead, Roselle was constantly making mistakes and other people had to pay for them. It was terrible and it only pushed me to dislike this book more.

I didn’t particularly like this book, but it wasn’t as bad as Red Queen. I wish that I enjoyed this book. I can’t honestly recommend this book to anyone. All opinions are entirely my own and were not influenced in any way. I got the summary for this book from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons


Arrowheart, by Rebecca Sky BLOG TOUR — July 30, 2018

Arrowheart, by Rebecca Sky BLOG TOUR


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Author: Rebecca Sky

Pub. Date: June 14, 2018

Publisher: Hodder

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 384

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Kiss the boys and make them cry…

The gods are gone.
The people have forgotten them.
But sixteen-year-old Rachel Patel can’t forget – the gods control her life, or more specifically, her love life.

Being a Hedoness, one of a strong group of women descended from Greek God Eros, makes true love impossible for Rachel. She wields the power of that magical golden arrow, and with it, the promise to take the will of any boy she kisses. But the last thing Rachel wants is to force someone to love her . . .

When seventeen-year-old Benjamin Blake’s disappearance links back to the Hedonesses, Rachel’s world collides with his, and her biggest fear becomes a terrifying reality. She’s falling for him – a messy, magnetic, arrow-over-feet type of fall.

Rachel distances herself, struggling to resist the growing attraction, but when he gives up his dream to help her evade arrest, distance becomes an insurmountable task. With the police hot on their trail, Rachel soon realizes there are darker forces hunting them – a group of mortals recruited by the gods who will stop at nothing to preserve the power of the Hedonesses – not to mention Eros himself, who is desperate to reverse the curse . . .

Rachel must learn to do what no Hedoness has done before – to resist her gift – or she’ll turn the person she’s grown to love into a shadow of himself … for ever.

I loved this book so much!!! I have never read anything like it!!! The way that this incorporates Greek mythology to explain the girl’s abilities is so interesting. I couldn’t wait to hear more!!! And the way that the book ended!!! The cliffhanger was so shocking and I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Sky has up her sleeve in the next book.

The characters were so realistic and sweet. I loved them all so much (except Marissa). Rachel was such a darling and I just wanted to give her a big hug. I wanted all of them to be happy but none of them seemed to understand the concept. I wish that Marissa hadn’t done some of the things that she had so that everybody could’ve been happy . . . ier. Most of the characters changed a lot over the course of the book and that made me love them all so much more. 

Mythology was such an important part of this book and it was portrayed exceptionally well. I hadn’t known very much about Eros in the beginning but at the beginning of the book, Ms. Sky covers that while still moving forward with the plot. I wish that I had known more about Eros when I entered the story but I didn’t. He seemed a lot like Cupid. Except way darker. I wish that I had known more about the Eros and the part he played in Greek mythology. Then I think I would have understood some parts of the book better.

The plot was one of the most interesting parts of this book. Ms. Sky had to explain Eros and his mythology while still moving through with the plot. And she did it wonderfully! I hope that in the next book we can dive right into the action and get ready to start breaking out of whatever situation they’re in. The ending left me on a serious cliffhanger!!! Now I am in a state of book hangover and can’t wait for the next book. You see, this is why I try to only read series when the final book is published.

As you can probably tell, I loved this book so much and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to see what Ms. Sky writes next. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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RebeccaAbout Rebecca:

After graduating high-school, Rebecca Sky set out on a five-year, 24 Country exploration to find herself. She slept in a hammock in the Amazon Jungle, skinny-dipped off the West African Coast, ate balut and climbed the chocolate hills in the Philippines, and fell in love in Cuba (then again in Brazil, and a final time to a Rocker from Canada). Rebecca returned home to the West Coast captivated by the world and ready for another adventure

So she did what every wanderer does when standing still—began writing. Her work has since garnered over 20 million reads on Wattpad, and she’s had the opportunity to partner with some really great brands. She was featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe, (check out those articles here). Her debut Arrowheart, book one in THE LOVE CURSE series is published by Hodder Children’s Books a division of Hachette Book Group.
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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/16/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

7/16/2018- Writer of Wrongs– Excerpt

 7/17/2018- CoffeeCocktailsandBooks Blog– Review

7/17/2018- For the Love of KidLit– Guest Post

 7/18/2018- Do You Dog-ear?– Review

7/18/2018- Fall Into Books– Excerpt

 7/19/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

7/19/2018- The Cover Contessa– Interview

 7/20/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

7/20/2018- The Cozy Reading Corner– Guest Post

 Week Two:

7/23/2018- Lauren is Reading– Review

7/23/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert– Review

 7/24/2018- Nerdophiles– Review

7/24/2018- Christen Krumm– Interview

 7/25/2018- The Heart of a Book Blogger– Review

7/25/2018- Book-o-Craze– Review

 7/26/2018- Snark & Squee– Review

7/26/2018- To Be Read– Review

 7/27/2018- Belle’s Book Blog– Review

7/27/2018- Daily Waffle– Excerpt

 Week Three:

7/30/2018- Buttons Book Reviews– Review

7/30/2018- The Reading Corner for All– Interview

 7/31/2018- Adventures in Literature– Review

7/31/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Excerpt

 8/1/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

8/1/2018- Book Dragon Lair– Review

 8/2/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo– Review

8/2/2018- Don’t Judge, Read– Review

 8/3/2018- Two points of interest– Review

8/3/2018- Eating Between The Lines– Review

Puddin’, by Julie Murphy — July 27, 2018

Puddin’, by Julie Murphy

downloadMillie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than a friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined. 

This book was amazing!!! It wasn’t really a sequel (which I expected it would be) but it was a great companion novel. All of the characters, plot, and setting were just as good as Dumplin’. All opinions are entirely my own and have not been influenced in any way.

The writing style was so amazing!!! I feel like I’ve been waiting for a style like this for ages. It felt as if I was in a desert and had just been given water again. It makes me want to go up and get the rest of Ms. Murphy’s books. I want to learn as much as I can about her writing style so that I can achieve something like it in my own writing. I was amazed by how it stayed constantly point blank throughout switching POVs and totally different characters’ thoughts. 

I loved the characters so much and they were all so precious!! I actually ended up liking Callie way more than I thought I would. Same with Millie. I expected to love Willowdean and still love her throughout the book. But Millie and Callie turned out to be amazing people on their own, but even better together. I wanted them to be happy together and become an epic girl team that didn’t take anything. I wanted them to support each other and THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED!!!!! I loved it so much and I want to see what happens to them so badly!!! If Ms. Murphy writes another book about these amazing girls I will die!!! 

There was so much diversity in this book. There was a biromantic asexual person (who I’m not going to mention if you want to know then read the book), many people with different skin colors and many different reactions to this. Some of which made me hate certain characters. I loved the way that everybody reacted to discrimination, it seemed totally in character for them and I was proud of some characters for standing up for other characters. I loved that so much. I just wish that we got a book from Hannah’s POV. Now, that would be interesting.

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The plot was also so so well-written. I haven’t read any books about journalism camp and the fact that Millie was trying to get into one was amazing to me. I would love to do something like that (if there was only a camp like that for writers). I wish that I had a squad like Millie’s and hope that one day they will all be happy. I loved the way that Ms. Murphy kept me constantly on my toes as to what would happen next. I couldn’t predict anything and now I wish that I had bought this book instead of taking it out at the library.

I loved this book so much and recommend the whole series to everyone!!! If you have ever doubted yourself for your body than this book is for you. Honestly, pick this book up. I got the summary from the inside cover. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Dumplin’, by Julie Murphy — July 24, 2018

Dumplin’, by Julie Murphy

downloadSixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.

This book was amazing!!! The writing style was like nothing I’ve ever read before. It seems so raw and real and like this story had seemed from personal experience. The characters were so detailed and I connected to them easily. The same can be said for the plot and the setting.

The writing style was heartfelt and I couldn’t wait to hear more. Ms. Murphy’s style is as addictive as they come. Her style was also really point blank or flat out. She told the story as it needed to be told with no dancing around the subject. I loved that the most about her style. I wish that her style was a bit more melodic but it didn’t affect how much I loved this book.

The characters were all so well-written and unique. I loved them all so much and think that they are all great role-models for girls everywhere. They really deliver the message that if people treat you horribly for the way you look, talk, or act then you have to stand up for yourself (normally, people won’t do it for you). I was so interested in this book and after I read it I really admired Ms. Murphy for the story that she wrote and the bravery that it must have taken. Willowdean was such an authentic character and I hope that she has the happiest future imaginable. The same to most of the supporting characters. Except for Patrick. Patrick can go die in a hole for all I care.

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The plot was something that I have never read before. In contemporary, I have never read a book about fat girls. No one writes them. Except for Ms. Murphy, apparently. I loved the way that I was kept constantly on my toes. I also loved that friendship was one of the main aspects of this book. That’s not usually a big part of contemporaries, either.

This book was amazing and I loved it with all of my heart!!!! I highly recommend it. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Turtles All The Way Down, by John Green — July 21, 2018

Turtles All The Way Down, by John Green

downloadSixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her best and most fearless friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Is it bad that this is my first John Green novel? Actually, it probably is. But I loved it!!! It made me feel emotions that I didn’t know I could feel while reading this book. I think that the characters were amazing, so were the plot and the setting. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should read on.

The characters were very well written. I loved them all to pieces and hated it when they fought. All of the characters were so realistic and were some of the best characters that I have ever read. I connected with all of them and wish that there were many more books featuring them. All of the characters changed a lot over the course of the book. I think that they were great and wish that I could have met them all.

My favorite character was Aza. Which broke my heart all the more. She was so unique and strong-willed and able to fight off her inner demons. You don’t read about characters like that every day. I also how Aza was so real. She would be stuck in her head and then someone would call her out for it and then she would try and change. It was really interesting to hear what she was thinking to learn about friendship with her.


The plot was amazing as well. It was the perfect amount of detailed, intriguing, and talking. This book was very character-based. After all, it is about a character changing the way they think about the world and becoming themselves. It was amazing to read about Aza’s journey and to realize that she would change the world one day, probably in the field of medicine. 

The setting was pretty good as well. The characters didn’t go out a lot, so it was extremely basic. It was the car (Harold), Aza’s house, school, and Davis’ estate. I really enjoyed reading about the school, and how everyone functioned there. The setting was very descriptive and I liked the way that everyone thought of them. I also enjoyed the backstory. It explained everything that I needed to know efficiently and in an interesting way. 

I really enjoyed this book and think that it was a good way to ease me into the writing of Mr. Green. I highly recommend it to everyone. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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The Dollmaker of Krakow, by R.M. Romero — July 18, 2018

The Dollmaker of Krakow, by R.M. Romero

downloadAt the beginning of World War II, Karolina’s spirit magically travels from the war-torn Land of the Dolls to Krakow, Poland, shop of the Dollmaker Cyryl, and together they take great risks to save their Jewish friends.

This book was extremely odd. I read fantasy and this pushes the boundaries of absurd. It was very good though. I think that it could have some more work done on it, mainly, the setting. The characters were very well written and I was able to connect with them instantly. The plot was very good, and the setting was okay. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should probably read on.

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The characters were all amazing!!! They all had their own battles and helped each other in any way that they could. The characters all changed over the course of the book. All of them became better people and grew stronger. I especially enjoyed the way that Karolina and Cyryl became friends and talked. I think that if they continued working together after the book they could become the change in the world. For the better. I hope that all of the characters find happiness (wherever they are now).

My favorite character was Rena. She was so sweet and she never stopped believing. I think that Rena will change the world and help the rest of her people heal and find lives. At least, that’s how I envision her future. She was always so kind to Cyryl and Karolina, and so proud and so respectful of her father. I hope that she finds friends and grows old and has many children. I think that Rena was always the strongest of the people, she never lost hope and was able to help all those in need.

The plot was very good. I really enjoyed it and the way that everything played out. I think that the information was dropped at exactly the right time and place. This book was also very empowering. I loved how the characters stood up to tyranny. I also loved how talented Ms. Romero was at creating suspense. I kept wondering what was going to happen next because it was obvious that something bad was going to happen. Ms. Romero was also very good at putting important lessons into this book. This book will teach kids some very important lessons and they won’t even know.

The setting was the one dark spot in this beautiful book of light. It wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be, especially compared to the magnificence of the rest of the book. I think that the characters and plot outshone the setting. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t as good as the rest of the book. The backstory was very well done and perfectly clear. It just wasn’t as descriptive as I’d wanted it to be. I hope that the next book by Ms. Romero will have a better setting. All in all, this book was pretty good.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think that most people would love it if they can get over how odd it is. This book fills the spot for Most Colorful Cover for my 2018 Book Bingo Challenge. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (15)

Hello Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly — July 15, 2018

Hello Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly

downloadLives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully’s prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

This book was amazing!!! I have never read a book like it, and I probably never will again. This book was so inspiring, it’s easy to see why it won the Newberry Medal. The characters were stellar and I connected with them instantly. The plot wasn’t like anything I had ever read before, so it was a breath of fresh air. The setting was written just as well as the plot, and I loved it. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should keep reading. 

The characters were exquisite. I loved them all and I hope that the characters in Ms. Kelly’s other books are just as good. I think that the characters were all really amazing, they changed a lot over the course of the book, becoming friends and conquering their fears. I don’t think that I have ever been prouder of a group of characters then I have with these four. They make me think that we all can be heroes if we really try and do the right thing.

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My favorite character was Kaori. She was so independent and strong-willed. She did a lot of research about being a physic and then she started a business that told people their fortunes (for free, of course). I admired her grit and intelligence. She was also very kind and accepting. She doesn’t care about whether people are deaf or shy, she just wants to tell them their future. She was very matter of fact (for a fortune teller) and she was instantly likable. I think that we should try to be a little like Kaori. 

The plot was like nothing I have ever read before. When I picked up this book, I knew that it would be good because it won a Newberry Medal, I just didn’t know how amazing this book would be. It was very character-based, so everything that happened revolved around the characters. There were four POVs, Chet, the bully, Valencia, the deaf animal-lover, Kaori, the physic, and Virgil, the shy one. All of the POVs were very well written and I enjoyed them all equally. If you are looking for a breath of fresh air, you should probably try this book.

The setting was also amazing!!! It was so descriptive and I could picture exactly where I was, with the characters. There also a lot of stories being told in this book, and they were all told as well as the book. The backstory was also very well written. I understood the characters and the school and everyone’s relationships extremely well by the end of the book. I enjoyed this book very much and I hope that you do as well.

This book was amazing and I highly recommend it to everyone. This book fills my With A Deaf/Hard of Hearing MC spot for the 2018 Book Bingo. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

A Map For Wrecked Girls, by Jessica Taylor — July 12, 2018

A Map For Wrecked Girls, by Jessica Taylor

downloadStranded on a deserted island with a boy they barely know, sisters Emma and Henri have to find a way to survive together, even after a betrayal back home ruined their relationship.

This book was not what I was expecting. Not in a bad way, it was just different. I really enjoyed the contrast between Emma and Henri and the role that played in their relationship. I also really enjoyed the setting and how all of the characters worked together. The plot and setting were both well written, although none were as intriguing as the characters. If you want to hear more of my thoughts on this book then you should read on.

The characters were amazing!!! I fell in love with them instantly, and then my love for them only grew throughout the book. I loved some more than others but its’ okay. The characters were extremely detailed and well thought out. I connected with the characters easily and felt emotions when something bad happened to them. The sister relationship was like my relationship with my sisters. There was fighting and then there were periods of calm. It was amazing how well it was portrayed and how realistic the characters were. 

My favorite character was Henri. She was probably the most unlikeable character in this book, and that was why I liked her. She was the first one I connected with and even though she made some terrible choices, she still made up for it. I can’t say that I would want her as a sister, and I’m sure if I would want her as a friend, but I would like to know her, in some capacity. I think that she could be an excellent person if she ever got her life together. I also think that she should have gotten more support for what she was going through.

The plot was pretty good. It wasn’t as good as the characters but there was no want for action or drama. The plot split into two parts. The present day, where the girls and Alex were stranded on an island, and the past, leading up to the events ripping apart Henri and Emma. It was very interesting to hear about what those events but it was also very sad. I wish that the pacing was sped up a bit because sometimes the story seemed to slow down a little too much for my liking.


The setting was not as good as I’d hoped it would be. It was still very good, I just wanted to know more about the island where they were stranded, and about Alex and Casey’s background. I was very curious and wanted to know more than what was given to me. I think that the setting was very interesting, but I always wanted to know more about everything (except the girl’s backgrounds, they were explained well enough). I think that the setting was the worst part of the book, which means that it wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t as good as everything else.

This book was very different from what I expected it to be, but I enjoyed it. I highly recommend it. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (15)

Into the Dim, by Janet B. Taylor — July 9, 2018

Into the Dim, by Janet B. Taylor

downloadSixteen-year-old Hope Walton travels back in time to help rescue her mother, a member of the secret society of time travelers, who is trapped in twelfth-century England in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

This book was a big disappointment. I had such high hopes for it and then it crushed them. I couldn’t connect with the characters, the plot was moving really slow, and the setting wasn’t done well at all. I wish that I could have loved this book but that didn’t happen. I’m not sure whether it was me, or the book. If you want more of my thoughts then you should keep reading.

I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. I enjoyed them but I wanted to connect with them like I connect with so many other characters in other books. I read this book a first time, then reread it, and I still couldn’t connect with them. They were well-written but that still didn’t make them connectable. I didn’t see any character arcs (maybe I was missing them) and the characters just stayed the same, except for the two characters who I knew would get together, got together.

The plot was subpar. I was expecting it to be very fast paced and there to be time-traveling from the fiftieth page (I was probably basing my hopes off of the Passenger series). That didn’t happen. I didn’t even learn about the time-traveling until the hundredth page, and there wasn’t any real action until the two-hundredth page. The pacing was slow until that two-hundredth page, and then it sped up so fast that I didn’t really know what was happening. It was infuriating!!!! The author also threw some things in the plot just for shock value. Reading this book made me want to bang my head against a wall. 

The setting was probably the best part of this book, and that isn’t saying much. The actual setting wasn’t that good, but I was enamored with the backstory. It was very well done and it described everything very well, but it was very complicated. I wish that it had been simpler, like the backstory of Passenger. That was very simple and I could remember it easily. I barely remember this one. The rest of the set was also very annoying. There was basically no description so I couldn’t envision myself going on adventures with the characters. At least the setting isn’t as bad as the setting in Red Queen.

This book was nothing like I had hoped. I wanted so much more from it. I can’t recommend it, but if you read it I hope that you enjoy it more than me. I got the book summary from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. I hope that you have Great Day!!!! Thanks for Reading!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Roar, by Cora Carmack — July 6, 2018

Roar, by Cora Carmack

29939048As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people. To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks–storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters. Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

This book was very good. I think that Cora Carmack has a good writing style and is very descriptive and she knows her characters very well. That being said, I didn’t really like the characters. The plot was okay and I really enjoyed the setting. The backstory and the storms were explained very well but some of my questions were still left unanswered. If you want to hear more about what I thought then you can read on.

As I said up above, I didn’t really like the characters. I didn’t like or trust any of them and I think that I would’ve hated them in real life. I know that sounds harsh but it’s not. I wish that I had been able to connect with them. Maybe I was in a mood when I read this book. The characters did change a lot over the book, which made them better by the time the book was finished. I hope that they become better in the next book because I really enjoyed the plot and the setting. With that, I had better move on to the plot.

The plot was actually very good!!! I enjoyed it and it kept me engaged. I find that very good because of the characters. There were equal doses of action and planning. They need to be equal otherwise I will get bored of one and wish there was more of another. The book was rather short and the pacing was relativity fast. That was not a bad combination because it kept the book moving and it also left me breathless at the end wanting more. It is during times like this that I enjoy longer books.


The setting was very good but not as good as the backstories. The setting transported me to the world and let me explore it. The backstories gave me the reasoning behind everything (except one character that I want to know everything on) and explained the storms to me (want to know what is so special about these storms, then read the book). When they explained the storms to me I wanted Roar’s powers so that I could speak to the thunderstorms that ravage our neighborhood during the spring and summer and tell them to leave. That would be really funny. 

So, as you can see, I did enjoy the setting, backstory, and plot. Just not the characters. I hope that the sequel is better because I will be reading that. This book fills in the that’s been on your TBR forever spot on my 2018 Book Bingo challenge. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (15)