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Fight Like A YA Girl Book Tag — June 16, 2017

Fight Like A YA Girl Book Tag

Fight-LIke-A-YA-GirlThank You Kristi at YA and Wine for tagging me at this wonderful book tag!! I see where she got the idea. Wonder Woman. YAY!!! I may repeat some girls. So let’s have some fun!!!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator Kristi at YA and Wine.
  • Match at least one warrior girl with each of the themes below.
  • Tag as many people as you like!!!

Warrior Girls


Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games


Girls who Fight With Their Mind

Hermonine Granger and Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix



Girls Who Fight With Their Heart

Bella from Twilight

Girls Who Are Trained Fighters

Alossa from Daughter of the Pirate King

Strong Girls of Color

Inej from Six of Crows

Girls Who Fight To Survive

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

Girls Who Are Weapons Masters

Inej from Six of Crows

Girls Who Don’t Conform to Gender Roles

Anna from Blood Rose Rebellion

Girls With Kick-Butt Magical Powers

Nina from Six of Crows

Strong Girls in Contemporary Novels

Starr from The Hate U Give

Seriously Fierce Girls

Alossa from Daughter of the Pirate King

Most Anticipated Book With A Strong Leading Lady

Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

I Tag…

Des at Des Random Thoughts and FNM and YOU. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie — June 15, 2017

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

download“Junior is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation. Born with a variety of medical problems, he is picked on by everyone but his best friend. Determined to receive a good education, Junior leaves the rez to attend an all-white school in the neighboring farm town where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Despite being condemned as a traitor by his people and enduring great tragedies, Junior attacks life with wit and humor and discovers a strength inside himself that he never knew existed. Taken from the back of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

If you read this book you will feel happy, sad, amazed, angry, and many more emotions. I loved this book. But that does not mean that there were not a few problems. The author did not go into enough detail about how much the other Indians hated Junior. Junior’s pictures and the way he talks are really funny. I read this book in on my couch with my friend Zorro, the cat. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is hanging out on my favorites shelf. I hope I do not put too many books on my favorites shelf. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons


The Game of Sunken Places, by M. T. Anderson — June 13, 2017

The Game of Sunken Places, by M. T. Anderson

download“When Brian and Gregory receive an invitation to a distant relative’s strange mansion…well, they should know better than to go. Trips to distant relatives’ strange mansions rarely go well. And this mansion is even stranger than most. Uncle Max doesn’t really know what century he’s in. The butler burns socks. And the attic is home to the Game of Sunken Places.

The Game of Sunken Places looks like a board game. And most of the time it acts like a board game. But from the moment Brian and Gregory start playing, they are caught up in an adventure that goes far beyond the board. Soon the boys are dealing with trolls with bad attitudes, warring kingdoms, and some very starchy britches. There’s a surprise around every corner-and, for Brian and Gregory, only one way to win.”  Taken from the back of The Game of Sunken Places

The Game of Sunken Places has a couple of twists in it. The genre is fantasy/steampunk, which is a very interesting genre combination. This book could have been a lot better. It was not suspenseful enough and everyone was very sad at least once in the book. I like happy stories.  If you love fantasy or steampunk this is a book for you. I believe that this book could have been a lot better but it was still pretty good. I thought that the setting changed a bit to much. Like you were here and then a paragraph later you were somewhere else. Those were my only problems with the book. Three Stars. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Rooster, by Beth Nixon Weaver — June 12, 2017

Rooster, by Beth Nixon Weaver

downloadThis book does have drug abuse in it.

“It is August of 1969, and fifteen-year-old Kady Palmer is dreaming of escape-she wants to be anywhere but her parents’ citrus grove in rural Florida. Kady is longing for a life without hr endless chores, the crazy ranting of her senile grandmother, her mothers constant nagging, and, most of all, without her neighbor, Rooster Rosado.

Rooster is thirteen, but was born “oxygen deprived,” a disability which causes him to behave like a small boy. And although everyone dotes on Rooster, it is Kady he loves more than anyone: following her wherever she goes, bringing her silly, useless gifts, and calling her Madrina, his dear godmother. Kady suspects she should feel flattered by Rooster’s blind devotion, but instead she feels trapped.

Then Kady gets involved with Jon, a senior in her high school who lives in the lavish subdivisions of the  other side of town. Jon’s money, his drugs, and the lies he encourages her to tell her parents look like a way to escape, and for a while, Kady thinks she’s finally free of Rooster and her crazy family.

But when a terrible accident happens and Rooster’s life hangs in the balance, Kady’s feelings toward her family change. 

Sparkling with humor and kindness, Rooster is a story about friendship, loyalty, family, and, most of all, resilience.” Taken from the book jacket of Rooster

Okay, Rooster is really sad, and also sweet. Bittersweet. Rooster is really nice especially when he is with his Madrina. Kady could have been portrayed better. I always wanted to more about Kady’s background and Rooster’s background. I was also not expecting the ending. It was like, okay, having fun. And than, BAM!! Rooster is hurt. The ending came on fast. Otherwise I thought that this book was okay. Rooster is very good. Three Stars. I will probably be upgrading to the Personal Plan soon so be prepared for some changes. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Daughter of the Pirate King, by Tricia Levenseller — June 11, 2017

Daughter of the Pirate King, by Tricia Levenseller

downloadThank You to everyone who has mentioned Daughter of the Pirate King. I hope you like my review.


Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map-the key to a legendary treasure trove-seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving herself the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first-mate Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.” Taken from the book jacket of Daughter of the Pirate King.

I am sorry. When I am bored I read and I was bored a lot today. Also, summer is a busy season for me. I will be posting on and off so don’t get offended if I don’t post for a few weeks at a time. I loved the Daughter of the Pirate King. I was not expecting the ending. It was a shocker. I think I have found a new favorite type of book. Pirate fantasy. I think the name is self explanatory. I cannot wait for the sequel Daughter of the Siren Queen. Can you? I hope I can last long enough without breaking. I do not know who my favorite character is this time, which is freaky. Thanks for Reading!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves —

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

downloadI dedicate this book review to Kristi Meyer of  YAandWine, a really great blog to follow if you have not followed it already. Thank You for the book suggestion. 

“Born into high British society, Anna Arden has been groomed for a position she will never fill. Though a member of the Luminates-the ruling class who us magic to exercise power-Anna cannot perform the simplest spells. But sometimes, by accident, she breaks them. After drawing unwanted attention from the magical elite, Anna is sent from England to her family’s once powerful but now oppressed native Hungary.  Her life might as well be over.

But Anna soon realizes that nothing is as it seems. The people around her hold dangerous secrets-from her aloof cousin Noemi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gabor to the magic-wielding Luminates. The society she’s known all her life is crumbling into discontent. And her lack of magic may mean more than she imagines. 

In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her gift, spark a rebellion, and change the world forever.” Taken from the book jacket of Blood Rose Rebellion.

I thought that Blood Rose Rebellion was amazing. If you like fantasy action-packed thrillers this is the book for you. I always enjoy a book like this and if it wasn’t a library book I would put it on my favorites shelf. I thought that Anna was very well written and the Hungarian legends were very descriptive. What is the sequel to Blood Rose Rebellion? If anyone knows can they please tell me? I am in love with Gabor even though he is currently taken. I hope that you love Blood Rose Rebellion as much as I do. Thanks for Reading!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons



The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey — June 7, 2017

The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey

These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust that have never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me…and the one who cursed me.

So begins the journal of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor and seen many things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.

I thought that The Monstrumologist was really creepy and grim. I would not call this book a horror story but it is creepy. The main character, Will Henry is strange. They put a confusing backstory in so you never know the truth. This is the only problem I have with  If you like suspenseful, creepy stories this is the book for you. I would read this book in bed with the covers drawn tight around you  and the lights on. The book would be better as a movie. I thought that there would never be a book like this. All things creepy are in in this book. If you are looking for creepy monsters and tragic backstories this is the book is for you. Four Stars. I will be reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo — June 6, 2017

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price-and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction-if they don’t kill each other first.

I thought that Six of Crows is one of the best books I have ever read. Not as good as the Book Thief but still one of my personal favorites. This book was told very well. I loved how each character had a story to tell and they were able to tell it in a way so that you were never bored. The plot was the best though. Leigh Bardugo really knows how to create suspense. I finished this book but then I had to go back and reread it because it was so good. Thank you to everyone who has mentioned Six of Crows. I got so curious that I picked up the book and read it. Everyone should read Six of Crows. I am reading the Monstrumologist  by Rick Yancey now. Stay tuned for a review. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons