Book Review

Book Review | THE QUEEN’S RESISTANCE, by Rebecca Ross

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The Queen’s Resistance (The Queen’s Rising #2), by Rebecca Ross

Publish Date: March 5, 2019
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 432
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Finally, Brienna is a mistress of knowledge and is settling into her role as the daughter of Davin MacQuinn, a disgraced lord who returned to Maevana to reclaim his house. Though she’d just survived a revolution, one that will finally return a queen to the throne, she faces another difficult challenge. She must prove herself trustworthy to the MacQuinns. But as Queen Isolde Kavanagh’s closest confidant, she’ll have to balance serving her father’s house as well as her country. And then there’s Cartier, a wholly separate but desirable factor in her new life.

Aodhan Morgane, formerly known as Cartier Évariste, is adjusting to the stark contrast between his pre-rebellion life in Valenia as a master of knowledge and his current one as the lord of a fallen house. During his castle’s restoration, he discovers a ten-year-old boy named Tomas, whose past and parentage are a complete mystery. So when Cartier’s former pupil Brienna is as taken with Tomas as he is, he lets his mind wander—what if he doesn’t have to raise him or his house alone?

As the Lannon trial rapidly approaches, Brienna and Cartier must put their feelings aside to concentrate on forging alliances, executing justice, and ensuring that no one interferes with the queen’s coronation. But resistance is rumbling among the old regime’s supporters, who are desperate to find a weakness in the rebels’ forces. And nothing makes a person more vulnerable than deep-seated love.


My Review:

I absolutely positively adored The Queen’s Rising so as soon as I saw this was coming out I knew I had to get my hands on it. This sequel lived up to its predecessor in many ways and more, exploring the aftermath of the uprising and including the point of view of Cartier to give a new perspective to the story as well as his own personal growth. Continue reading “Book Review | THE QUEEN’S RESISTANCE, by Rebecca Ross”

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Book Review | STOLEN TIME, by Danielle Rollins

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Stolen Time (Dark Stars #1)by Danielle Rollins

Publish Date: February 5, 2019
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Seattle, 1913 // Dorothy is trapped. Forced into an engagement to a wealthy man just so she and her mother can live comfortably for the rest of their days, she’ll do anything to escape. Including sneaking away from her wedding and bolting into the woods to disappear.

New Seattle, 2077 // Ash is on a mission. Rescue the professor—his mentor who figured out the secret to time travel—so together they can put things right in their devastated city. But searching for one man means endless jumps through time with no guarantee of success.

When Dorothy collides with Ash, she sees it as her chance to start fresh—she’ll stow away in his plane and begin a new life wherever they land. Then she wakes up in a future that’s been ripped apart by earthquakes and floods; where vicious gangs rule the submerged city streets and a small group of intrepid travelers from across time are fighting against the odds to return things to normal. What Dorothy doesn’t know is that she could hold the key to unraveling the past—and her arrival may spell Ash’s ultimate destruction.


My Review:

I was really excited about this book when I first read the description. It sounded invigorating and fun, with lots of time travel and hijinks galore. And I loved that one of the main characters was going to be from a point in history, not just from the future like most time travel books seem to have. And while it started off well, with fast-paced action keeping me entangled in the story, by the halfway point I was quickly losing interest because I just could not find much connection with the characters themselves. Continue reading “Book Review | STOLEN TIME, by Danielle Rollins”

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Book Review | THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE, by Lauren James

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universeby Lauren James

Publish Date: July 3, 2018
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on the Infinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.

Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.

Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of the Eternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone….


My Review:

I really wanted to like this book. I thought when I read the summary that it was going to mostly be some bittersweet romance in space. But I was so wrong. I kind of glossed over that last bit at the end of the summary that was actually and BIG part of the story and I just…have mixed feelings about it. Continue reading “Book Review | THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE, by Lauren James”

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Book Review | MY PLAIN JANE, by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton

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My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2), by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton

Publish Date: June 26, 2018
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Retelling
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.


My Review:

To be thruthful, I wasn’t even sure I was actually going to be reading the egalley of this any time soon. I haven’t read My Lady Jane yet and I just read another Jane Eyre retelling last month, so I was afraid I wasn’t going to be interested in this one. But from the prologue onwards I was hooked. Continue reading “Book Review | MY PLAIN JANE, by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton”

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Book Review | THE QUEEN’S RISING, by Rebecca Ross

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The Queen’s Risingby Rebecca Ross

Publish Date: February 6, 2018
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?


My Review:

This was one of those books for me where I knew from the first chapter that I was going to love it. It drew me in utterly and completely, kept me thinking about it whenever I wasn’t reading it, and altogether left me feel satiated and happy. Rebecca Ross has created a gem of a novel that, if you are a lover of fantasy, is something you should definitely add to your TBR. It’s bright, heartwarming, and hopeful, while also full of intrigue and action, a romance to fall in love with, and characters that make you wish you knew them in real life. Continue reading “Book Review | THE QUEEN’S RISING, by Rebecca Ross”

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Book Review | FAR FROM THE TREE, by Robin Benway

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Far From the Treeby Robin Benway

Publish Date: October 3, 2017
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.


My Review:

In all honesty, if I had just read the synopsis on this book, I probably never would have picked it up. It’s just not my normal cup of tea. But I had come across a sample of the first chapter it in a booklet I had gotten at an event somewhere (I think the BN B-Fest), and that sample alone just wouldn’t get out of my head. So when it came time for my reading mood to go “man, I need a contemporary”, I thought that this one should be it. Continue reading “Book Review | FAR FROM THE TREE, by Robin Benway”