My 2021 Spring TBR

Spring has just begun! A new season where the snow is melting and the flowers are blooming! With so much excitment in the air, I knew it was time to make an offical TBR (to be read) list for the new season. I’m not sure how well I will actually stick to this, as what I read tends to vary on my mood, but I will try my best to get these books read before summer begins!

Without further ado, I present my Spring TBR!

1: One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

This book has been on my TBR for longer than I can remember. I keep saying I’ll get around to it, but I just haven’t yet. I’m a bit ashamed of myself, as mystery is my favorite genre and I haven’t read one of the most popular YA book in the genre. Oops…

2: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I read Illuminae back in July, yet I haven’t gotten around to finishing the series. I’m honestly surprised about how I haven’t read Gemina yet as I absolutely ADORED Illuminae. It was such a good book and I have high hopes for this one!

3: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Being totally honest, I only want to read this book because I already bought it. And I only bought it to get a discount at the bookstore… I know nothing about it (other than it was adapted into a movie that did not go so well) but I want to read it nonetheless! I don’t normally read contemporary books as I find them a bit boring, but I’m excited to finally read this one.

4: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

I received this book in the Februrary Owlcrate box. I haven’t gotten around it reading it, but I am so so so excited to! The cover is absolutely GORGEOUS and the plot sounds so intriguing. Definitely at the top of my TBR list!

5: Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson

I have heard a lot about this book and I have been waiting so long for it! My library finally got it in stock, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! Super excited to read this book!

There are so so so many other books I want to read this season (including many that have not come out yet) but these are the five I want to read first! Hopefully I’ll stick to my TBR and finish these before any of the other books of TBR.

Keep an eye out for reviews of them!

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6 Books With Male Leads You Need to Read!

More often than not, when it comes to young adult fiction a majority of books feature a female protagonist instead of a male. Some readers prefer girl leads, but some prefer boys. Whether you like books lead by boys or just want to switch it up a bit, I present to you 6 young adult books narrated by a male protagonist!

1: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Jazz Dent is your average teenager, expect he was raised by the world’s most infamous serial killer. When residents of the small town he lives in begin showing up dead, the police suspect they have another serial killer on their hands. It doesn’t take long until they reach out to Jazz for help. He has something they don’t: the ability to think like a killer, after all he did learn from the best…

2: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Ten years prior to the book a meteor named Calamity came and gave a bunch of random people super powers. Those people– referred to as Epics–became dangerous and tyrannical. However, an underground group called The Reckoners slowly been chipped away at their power, trying to bring them all down. David wants into the group in order to seek revenge on the Epic who killed his father.

3: The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone

Recent high school graduate Cameron Carter lands an internship in D.C, but did not expect to get thrown into a political conspiracy after a brief mentor and staff member suddenly winds up dead.

4: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

The Great Library controls everyone’s life, especially Jess Brightwell. His family makes their money trading illegal books outlawed by the library. Jess’s life turns upside down when he’s sent away to intern at the library and become a scholar there, so his family can have a spy on the inside. But the Library isn’t the happy place he thought it would be. Those in charge value the books more than human life and will do anything to remain in charge…

5: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Jamie Henry was relieved when 2 years ago his crazy sister was sent to juvie for burning down their neighbor’s horse barn, but when his sister gets out of jail, she’s determined to let him know that she isn’t the crazy one.

6: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

The Iron Trial is the start of a five book middle school series that tells of Callum Hunt, a boy cast away to the Magisterium– a school that trains mages. But lately rumors have been spreading about the most sinister mage of all, and his supposed return to power. But what if Call is more connected to the mage than he ever thought?

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Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery Book Review

Five orphans. Two sword-wielding vigilantes. One mansion. No rules.
April thought she had her happy ending. After all, she has her new house and new friends and new guardian. But she also has a very big new secret.
The kids of Winterborne House are the only ones who know that Gabriel Winterborne—famous billionaire and terrible cook—is really a sword-wielding vigilante.
What they don’t know is that he’s not the only one.
When a masked figure breaks in, looking for something—or someone—it’s clear that Gabriel has met his match, and now no one is safe. April and her friends will have to solve a decades-old mystery in order to hang on to the most important thing in the world: each other.”

*This is a spoiler free review!*

Plot:

The sequel to Winterborne home for Vengeance and Valor had a very different plot from the first book, in the best way possible. The first book in this series might have been my favorite middle grade book I have ever read before. It was fast paced, filled with witty dialogue, and fantastic characters. I was so intrigued by the world of April and Gabriel Winterborne, I could barley wait to get my hands on the second book, which came out March 2, 2021.

I was so scared the second book was not going to live up to my high expectations, but when I shut the back cover after finishing it, I could not stop smiling. It was absolutely perfect!

The plot was so intriguing, I couldn’t put it down. New villains are introduced in this book and I cannot wait to find out more about their origins and who they really work for. April and her friends are reeling when Gabriel suddenly ups and leaves and they’re left on their own, determined to bring him back before anyone finds out he left. But strange men are intent on taking the orphans away from Winterborne House, for motives unknown.

In true Ally Carter fashion, she does not go easy on her poor protagonist, April. The young girl is falling apart as her own family history comes to light in shocking reveals. She really went threw the ringer in this book.

The many plot twists throughout the entire book kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what was going to happen next. The big reveal at the end of the book left my mouth hanging open and everything that I thought I knew uncertain. I absolutely cannot wait until the next book!

My only complaint would be that it is very obvious this book is in the middle of a series. It feels like so much of the plot is just setting things up for the next book, instead of it being its own. But despite that, it was still very entertaining to read!

The plot was well developed, fast paced, and filled with unexpected plot twists!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Five out of five stars for the plot!

Characters:

April, our protagonist, is a lovable twelve or so years old girl. She’s tough, but also sweet and very likeable. She was raised in the brutal foster care system, so she’s picked up a thing or two about how to make it on her own. She’s responsible, funny, and very clever. The other kids her age– Sadie, Tim, Colin, and younger Violet, are also some of the smartest kids out there. I love how none of them are your typical stereotypes either, they all have their own quirks and personalities. (I personally love Colin, a British kid raised in a family of criminals and left at the Winterborne House after a con gone wrong.)

The first book had many adult characters, but this time around it is filled almost entirely with April and her friends. Gabriel is gone a majority of the book, as is Smithers and Izzy. But from the small amount of Gabriel we get this book, his character development he had was expected. Phenomenal isn’t exactly the right word, as he hasn’t changed very much. This, however, is a good thing. If he had just completely done a 180 from wanting nothing to do with the kids to trying to smother them with his love, it’d be a horrible book. He’s still the crabby grouch we all know and love, but at least he’s trying his best.

My only wish is that we got more of Tim, Colin, Sadie, and Violent character development. Those four stay the same throughout both books while Gabriel and April are both developing nicely. I want to see more of them processing their rough childhoods rather than pretending it was alright. Especially Sadie– both of her parents died and her paternal grandmother. A twelve year old should know that that is a tragic thing to experience, but Sadie doesn’t seem to feel any particular emotion towards it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Four out of five stars for the characters!

Writing Style:

Ally Carter used to write young adult books. When discussing the difference between writing middle grade instead, she said, “less kissing, more fart jokes,” while there wasn’t a single fart joke this book, the description still paints a clear picture in your mind. The writing is simple and colorful, made to appeal to a younger audience. I found it a little too simple at times, but still enjoyed the writing immensely. I’ll admit, I actually laughed out loud a couple times throughout the book.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Five out of five starts for the writing style!

Overall:

This book was a great read! It had so much action, character development, and really pulled at your heart strings. Would recommend to anyone who likes quick reads, epic fight scenes, and kids who are too clever for their own good.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fantastic book!

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8 YA Books Perfect for the Beach

With spring break just around the corner for many, I figured it is high time I recommend some perfect beach reads! Whether you are traveling or having a chill stay-cation, it is the most relaxing thing in the world to read a witty, fun, and relatively short book to unwind after a couple of long, cold months!

Without further ado, I present the 7 best beach reads!

1: Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Sawyer Taft is a mechanic whose only concern is making enough money to get into college, and her chances of that aren’t looking too good. But when her estranged, incredibly wealthy grandmother suddenly shows up and offers Sawyer a deal, she can’t help but accept. In return for paying for her education, Sawyer moves into a mansion with family she had never met before to participate in debutante season, against her mother’s wishes. But it’s simple, introduce herself to high society for a bit, and then she’s off to college, paving a successful future for herself. What could go wrong? This book is a light hearted, soap opera vibe, fast read about scheming debutants and a sketchy politician– it’s perfect for the beach!

2: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Cadence is a member of the Sinclair family– beautiful, rich people who spend their summers on Beachwood Island. But after Cadence suffered a tragedy she does not remember, she’s having difficulty adjusting to summer on the island again. Her family is acting weird, buildings have changed, and her health is just getting worse. While this book is rather dark, it’s fast, written beautifully, and set on an island full of beautiful, broken people. I cannot think of a better book to absolutely destroy your emotions with on a sunny beach!

3: You Have a Match by Emma Lord

Abby was doing really well in school, up until her grandfather passed away. Since then her life as been a bit of a downward spiral. So when she signs up to do a DNA test with her friends, she isn’t too happy to find another complication in her life: she has a sister. And not just a half sister, a full blooded sister. The two meet up, and Savvy can’t be more unlike Abby. They are almost the exact opposite. Despite their differences the two decide to try becoming friends and attend the same summer camp. But camp is far from a dream come true… This book is cute, short, and gives all the perfect summer vibes, would definitely recommend you check it out!

4: Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

Instant Karma is a newly published novel about Prudence and Quint. Prudence is a chronic overachiever with a strong hatred for Quint, who never seems to put any work into their joint science project. But Prudence begins seeing him in a new light when she volunteers at the animal rescues shelter his mom runs in an attempt to redo the science project. She is also suddenly given the power to seek karma (both good and bad) on those around her, but at its core, the book is a romance and not so fantasy. It’s a fast, romantic read perfect to enjoy at a sunny beach!

5: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Kat Bishop has finally left her family and life of crime behind. She does one final con, getting herself into a prestigious boarding and kisses the family goodbye. But the family isn’t quite done with her yet. Hale, her best friend, and her cousin, Gabrielle, intentionally get her kicked out of school because they have a big problem. Kat’s dad has been accused of stealing priceless paintings from a very dangerous man, and if they aren’t returned in a week, it’ll be the end of the line for Bobby Bishop. So Kat does what any good daughter would do: establish a crew of her own, hunt down the paintings, and pull off an epic heist in order to save her dad. This book is so much fun to read about and is the start of a trilogy all about Kat and her family of skilled thieves. A perfect lighthearted yet captivating book to enjoy beachside!

6: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Tweet Cute is an adorable contemporary book about Jack and Pepper, two high school students who both run the social media accounts for their family businesses respectively. But when Pepper’s fast food business is accused of stealing Jack’s famous grilled cheese recipe, a twitter war breaks out between the two companies. While the two are unknowingly attacking each other online, they are also chatting anonymously with an app Jack constructed. But what happens when they come clean to each other?

7: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

A Cinderella retelling, Elle Wittimer is obsessed with Starfield, a sci-fi series she watched with her late father. Darien Freeman is an actor who recently got the lead role in a reboot of the series, and Elle is not happy about it. She publishes a blog hating on Darien, while also texting and developing a friendship with a wrong number. Darien sees the blog, but is also the unknown number, texting Elle constantly. When the two accidently meet each other at a Starfield convention, they are far from who they were expecting the other to be. This is an adorable book filled with beloved tropes like falling in love with an anonymous person online, secret identities, and famous being longing for normality. Bonus points for also being a fairytale retelling!

8: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan attends the elite Gallagher Academy– a boarding school that supposedly provides the finest education to daughters of wealthy and respected people. While that’s half true, the Gallagher Academy is actually an undercover spy school. That cover cannot be broken, but when Cammie meets a boy her age in town, she’ll do anything to keep her new relationship a secret. But the Gallagher Academy has many dangerous secrets and foes just waiting and plotting their (and the world’s) downfall… This is the start of a 6 long book series all about Cammie and her friends. This is the most lighthearted of the series, all about Cammie and her first love. But as the series progresses, it gets darker and darker…

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6 Best Royalty Young Adult Books

If there is one thing I (and many, many others) enjoy is a book about royals. The classy lives, the duties, the balls, everything about it I love. And I know I am not alone in this adoration. So, I took it upon myself to write a master list of young adult must reads for royalty lovers!

Without further ado, let’s get into the list!

1: Prince Charming (Royals) by Rachel Hawkins

Daisy’s sister, Ellie, is getting married to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight and hang around with the royal family, but sudden tabloid attention forces her to go on a trip to Scotland with Ellie. However, once in Scotland the trouble with the tabloids doesn’t stop. Daisy is seen with the younger prince of Scotland, and dating rumors spark. In an effort to squash them, the Queen of Scotland orders Daisy and Miles, the younger prince’s best friend, to fake date to take the heat off of the tabloid rumors.

2: The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine

 Lorelai is the crown princess of Ravenspire and wanted fugitive. Many years ago, her step mother killed her father and took the crown for her own, but Lorelai survived the attack. She is the true queen of Ravenspire and is determined to defeat her stepmother once and for all, but it is going to be anything but easy as her step mother hires a neighboring kingdom’s new king to hunt Lorelai down and murder her. But when Lorelai and the huntsman begin working together, new hope is blooming and Lorelai might just be able to defeat her stepmother.

3: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare grew up poor in a world divided by the color of your blood. Those red blooded were commoners and were ruled by the silver blooded, who all possessed special powers. Mare, a 17 year old red blooded girl, ends up working at the silver palace, but not for long. She quickly discovers that she, while having red blood, has the power of silvers. The silvers decide to hide Mare’s unique ability by disguising her as silver nobility and marrying her to a silver prince. But a red rebellion is rising against the silvers, and despite Mare’s new status, she wants to help them.

4: The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Alessandra has a plan: woo the king, marry the king, kill the king and take over the kingdom and his power for herself. She’s strong and powerful and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. But it turns out Alessandra is not the only one trying to kill the king, and as multiple attempts on his life are made, she finds herself struggling to keep him alive long enough for her to become queen. But what if it isn’t absolute power she wants after all? And what if her past misdeeds catch up to her? Is that enough to stop the unstoppable Alessandra from becoming queen?

5: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

If there is one thing Catherine does not want, it is to be queen. She’d much rather open a bakery with her best friend, AKA her maid, than be queen of Wonderland. But the King of Hearts has his eyes set on her, and she’d be dammed to pass up an opportunity that good. When the Jabberwocky returns and a mysterious court jester named Jest shows up, Cath sees this as her opportunity to start a new life and peruse her dream of opening the bakery, but running away is never that simple, and Wonderland is not going to let go of Cath that easily…

6: American Royals by Kathrine McGee

Instead of becoming a president, George Washington became America’s first monarch, but not their last. Two and a half centuries later, the Washington’s are still ruling. Beatrice is getting closer and closer to becoming America’s first queen, but she is having difficulty romantically. She can’t decide which is more important: her heart or her duties. Her younger sister, Samantha, is also struggling, after developing a crush on the one guy that is off-limits. Of course, it doesn’t help when Sam’s best friend, Nina, suddenly starts dating Prince Jefferson, Sam’s twin brother. Oh, and Jeff’s ex is set on ruining Nina and getting herself a royal position.

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My Go To Book Recommendations

Every bookworm can relate to the instant panic felt when someone asks for recommendations. Every book they’ve ever read leaves their mind instantly, and they stand their gaping like a fish. No one wants to be a fish. Do not be the fish in this situation.

Soooo, I have made a master list of my FAVORITE young adult books that EVERYONE needs to read! If I’m ever in a situation again where I forget every book I’ve ever read, I can just whip out this list and ta-da! No more struggling to name an author or a book ever again! Problem solved!

1: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

All Fall Down is like no book I’ve ever read before. Grace Blakely is a 16 year old girl who witnessed her mother’s death three years ago. Grace swears someone murdered her, but no one believes her or in the man with a sinister scar across his face she claims shot her mother. When Grace moves to Embassy Row, a place where ambassadors from all over the world work together to maintain global peace, she begins stirring up trouble (and possibly an international incident or two). Grace’s story is one of grief and death and the extent the mind will go to in order to make us feel better, but tragedy is tragedy all the same.

2: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Cassie Hobbes will be able to guess your breakfast order just by looking at you. She’s been raised by her mother, a fake psychic, into figuring people inside and out in the blink of an eye. She’s always felt alone and different than everyone else, but when the FBI comes calling and enrolls her into a program that teaches teenagers like her to hone their natural skill, she feels perfectly at home surrounded by death and gore. Two profilers, a human lie detector, an emotion reader, and arguably the smartest person ever, call a house in Quantico, VA home where they practice solving cold cases. But soon an active serial killer sets their sights on Cassie and the Naturals, but can they figure out the culprit before it’s too late?

3: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Society overcame government, disease, wars, even death in this sci-fi trilogy. But with no death means the threat of over population is very serious. The solution? Scythes: specific members of society selected and trained to kill citizens, lowering the population. Citra and Rowan were two teenagers never interested in being a Scythe, which made them perfect for the job. The two become apprentices and are eventually forced to compete with each other to the death. The winner becomes a full Scythe. The loser becomes to winner’s first kill. But with corruption growing in the Scythedom, this fight might just be bigger than the two of them.

4: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Rory is a Louisiana teenager traveling to London with her family for their new job. Naturally, she enrolls in a posh boarding school. While the British-ness of the place was expected, the ability to see people other students don’t was not. Nor was a Jack the Ripper copy cat beginning their killing spree either. Especially not when Rory sees the main suspect when no one else can. So when a group of young adults contact her and tell her they’re the “ghost police” Rory is sure she’s lost it. But can she actually see ghosts? And can she help these new found friends catch the Jack the Ripper copy cat before it’s too late?

5: Warcross by Marie Lu

Emika Chen didn’t mean to publically hack her way into the Warcross Championships. At least, she didn’t mean for everyone to see her do it. But her misfortune turns into a fantastic opportunity as she catches the attention of the founder of Warcross, Hideo Tanaka. He offers her a job as a bounty hunter who needs to catch a hacker disrupting the championships. The only catch? Emika has to go undercover as a wildcard player for one of the teams and compete without getting eliminated or killed.

6: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Kady and Ezra were not expecting a sudden attack on their planet (no matter how illegal it was to be there). But one day the two of them and a couple thousands of others retreat onto escape ships suffering great losses. But their loses don’t end with the planet blowing up. An attacker spaceship is intent on making sure there are no survivors. The AI is also going crazy and a deadly plague is breaking out on the ships causing those infected to become murderous lunatics intent on killing everyone else on the ship. The hope for survival is slim, but if they manage to get to a jump pad they can make it. If the jump pad hasn’t been attacked as well…

7: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Nova Artino lost everything because of the Renegades– a superhero organization dedicated to protecting the public. Her mother, father, and little sister were all murdered right in front of her. Nova was raised by her Uncle Ace and the Anarchists– the Renegades public enemy. After a failed assassination attack on the head of the Renegades, Nova ends up going undercover and joining a team, intent on brining them down from the inside. Adrian Everheart is the son of two of the founding Renegades and is the leader of Nova’s team. But he has a big secret: he’s been going undercover as a vigilante not contained by Renegade protocol, hated by all, despite the good he was doing. It’s only a matter of time until he get’s exposed… but there’s no harm in working outside of protocol… right?

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