Book Review, mg fantasy

Book Review | ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME, by Roshani Chokshi

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Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1)by Roshani Chokshi

Publish Date: March 27, 2018
Published by: Disney/Rick Riordan Presents
Pages: 368
Genre: MG Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


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 their 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?

My Review:

I have some mixed feelings about this book, mostly because my critical and personal views of it are somewhat different. Critically, I can look at this book and say that, yes it is a decent middle grade novel that is fun, adventurous, full of laughter and great mythology. Personally, though, I just don’t think it was for me. Continue reading “Book Review | ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME, by Roshani Chokshi”

Book Review, YA Superheroes/Vigilantes

Book Review | THE SUPERVILLIAN AND ME, by Danielle Banas

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The Supervillain and Meby Danielle Banas

Publish Date: July 10, 2018
Published by: Swoon Reads
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy/Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Never trust a guy in spandex.

In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.

That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.

After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.

My Review:

I honestly did not intend to read this book so soon, considering it doesn’t come out until July, but for some reason I couldn’t stop thinking about it and so I picked it up to see if reading the first chapter would satisfy my craving for a bit. It ended up sucking me in instead and somehow I couldn’t put it down. And while the story is very entertaining and easy to follow, it does lack in some areas and could have used more depth. Continue reading “Book Review | THE SUPERVILLIAN AND ME, by Danielle Banas”

Book Review, YA Contemporary Fiction

Book Review | EMERGENCY CONTACT, by Mary H. K. Choi

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Emergency Contactby Mary H. K. Choi

Publish Date: March 27, 2018
Published by: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher as a Barnes & Noble Bookseller in return for an honest review.**


For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

My Review:

I had been hearing about this book all over the internet for a while before we received the ARC at work, and immediately snatched it up. It sounded like it was going to be a cute romance that is perfect for our modern age and I was eager to see what it was about. And while I wouldn’t say it was a “cute” romance, it was certainly an entertaining read with great characters and writing that kept me engaged. Continue reading “Book Review | EMERGENCY CONTACT, by Mary H. K. Choi”

Book Review, ya historical fiction

Book Review | NOTHING BUT SKY, by Amy Trueblood

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Nothing But Skyby Amy Trueblood

Publish Date: March 27, 2018
Published by: Flux/North Star Editions
Pages: 284
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.**


Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she’s dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.

No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky.

After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick.

My Review:

I want to start off by saying that I really, really wanted to like this book. When I first heard about it I thought for sure it was going to be right up my alley – 1920s, planes, and romance? I was all “sign me up!”. And if I hadn’t been so hopeful that at some point it would live up to my expectations, I probably would have DNF’ed it a lot sooner. Continue reading “Book Review | NOTHING BUT SKY, by Amy Trueblood”

Book Review, ya fantasy

Book Review | TRAVELER, by L. E. DeLano

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Traveler (Traveler #1), by L. E. Delano

Publish Date: February 7, 2017
Published by: Swoon Reads
Pages: 322
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles—Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it…This Jessa is going to live.

My Review:

This book was both a quick and intriguing read, but overall was not that spectacular in the long run. Continue reading “Book Review | TRAVELER, by L. E. DeLano”

Book Review, Time Travel

Book Review | WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?, by Jodi Taylor

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #6), by Jodi Taylor

Publish Date: August 20, 2015
Published by: Night Shade Books
Pages: 328
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Leon “Chief” Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

In What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Max is back, with a new husband, a new job, and a training regime that cannot fail . . . to go wrong. Take one interim chief training officer, add five recruits, and mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous Father of History, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd. Stir well, bring to a boil—and wait for the bang!

My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?, by Jodi Taylor”