Return to the Sky by J.W. Lynne (Above the Sky #2)

5 Stars!

Return to the Sky is the followup to Above the Sky and IT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! I read Above the Sky in less than 24 hours and Return to the Sky received the same treatment. I once again couldn’t put it down and when I unexpectedly had to go on a 4 hour car ride mid-book, I was cursing the fact that there is no audio version yet. I would have purchased it in a heartbeat, because this is a series I am positive I will be re-reading.

This book had twists and turns that I never expected and its hard to talk about any of the book without spoiling something. Everything I was so sure of in the 1st book is turned on its head, and you learn that everything is not as it seems. When I finished this book I had that “soul-satisfied-perfect-book-bliss” going on and had a hard time wanting to start another book. This is a trilogy, so there is a third book…. I’m dying to read it but also want to put it off so I don’t have to see this series end.

If you love YA Dystopian Fiction then you NEED to start this series. You can read my original review for Above the Sky here.

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Above the Sky by J.W. Lynne (Above the Sky #1)

 5 Stars!!!!!!

Unputdownable!!

I was supposed to be Adulting yesterday…

I still have so many things to do since we’ve moved here (namely upacking the 5 billion boxes still stacked in the garage). I started this book during what was supposed to be a short break and then had to tear myself away from the book an indeterminate amount of time later when I realized that I do, in fact, have kids… AND they require feedings. Above the Sky has an Ender’s Game mixed with Divergent feel to it and I couldn’t. stop. reading.

I hate trumpeting so loudly for a book in a trilogy that I haven’t finished yet, but I can’t believe that I had never heard of this book before now. My review schedule is running a bit behind right now because of the move but I may have to push a few things aside so that I can satisfy my need to finish this trilogy. It is THAT good.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

The Castaways by Jessika Fleck

4.5 Stars

The Castaways by Jessika Fleck caught me by surprise. The blurb sounds amazing and I was ready to follow Olive Gagmuehler anywhere on her adventure. I thought I was going to like it, but then in chapter three we meet her tormentors… they were really cruel (and I’m really softhearted) so I thought that I might be adding this to my DNF pile. Luckily/unluckily she escapes her bullies via corn maze and ends up on the island.

This book should have been tagged as a Peter Pan retelling, because it seriously felt like Neverland. Once Olive arrived on the island, I fell in love with it and couldn’t put it down. It is one of those books where I was still reading at 3AM and only put it down because my husband was giving me the side-eye (understandable since he had to be up in 2 hours). This is a true adventure with well thought out characters. I enjoyed them all and would love a sequel/prequel/alterative POV… anything. I couldn’t believe this was Jessika Fleck’s first book, and I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

The Waking Land by Callie Bates

3.5 Stars

First of all, The Waking Land by Callie Bates has one of my favorite covers EVER. I’m a vintage romantic, and the green scene within the silhouette reminds me of vintage wallpaper and I. AM. OBSESSED. Seriously such a pretty cover that actually seems to fit the book. I haven’t seen it in real life yet, but I want it on my bookshelf – just so I can stare at it.

This book has some interesting magic and I’m really intrigued by it. I loved the magic coming from the land and actually wielding the land as a weapon was cool too. I really wanted to see more of her experimenting with her magic and actually seeing what she could do. I’m one of those readers that isn’t really into battle scenes…. so once the book started getting battle heavy, I started to get bored. But again, I think that was more about my taste than anything to do with the writing.

I think the book did get a bit bogged down with kingdoms, names and politics that didn’t have much bearing on the book. I wanted more to do with her magic, and Jahan… and less to do with the other stuff. Especially the other kingdoms that we never actually see during the course of the book. That being said, I would completely be in for another book. It seemed to get set up well for a sequel/series and I will be reading it if it does.

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How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks (The Embraced #1)

4 Stars

It has been way too long since I last read a paranormal romance, and it felt good to be back. How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days is the first book in Kerrelyn Sparks new The Embraced series. I haven’t read any of her books before, but enough of my friends have raved about her work that I was pretty sure she would be a hit for me.

This book was a perfect start to a new series. The world building was detailed and unique without getting bogged down with unnecessary information. It was funny, charming, and still had some heat. It did feel a little long, but it was a quick read because it was so engaging. The next book in the series will be So I Married a Sorcerer coming out at the end of August.

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I received an advance readers copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

 4 Stars

I never expected to love Royal Bastards like I do.

This is one of those books that you can’t even talk about because everything you want to say is a spoiler. I will say there were way more twists than I expected and most of them were not pleasant. There is some romance, but it is definitely not the meat of this story. This is the 1st book in a planned trilogy, and I already know I will read every. single. one. I am in.

The beginning of this book reads more like MG and the vocabulary is oddly modern for the type of historical fantasy I was expecting. When I started I thought it would end up being a light fantasy like My Lady Jane. It definitely takes a darker turn though and sets itself firmly on the YA shelf. It is political, violent and magical with a definite world that is solidly set. I hope the physical book gets a world map, and I can’t wait to see the fan art for these characters (and creatures).

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Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

4 Stars

I’m pretty sure the reason I wanted to read this book was because of the cover. I mean, LOOK AT IT!

I’ll be honest with you here. I haven’t read much of the mainstream YA Fantasy out there right now, so I can’t tell you if “it’s been done before”. What I can tell you is this book drew me in and kept me there. The slavery conditions Rose experiences are incomprehensible and create an instant “bad guy”. From the very beginning, there was always something happening, and I couldn’t put this book down.

I have two minor complaints. I usually enjoy “insta-love” (especially the fated kind) but this was a little fast, even for me. After I got over the initial “insta-love” shock I was completely on board with the romance. I also felt like Rose got too involved in the group too quickly. She went from being imprisoned, then training the next day, and being involved in her first mission the next. She jumped in with both feet, and they seemed to welcome her.

Amber Mitchell said she wrote this as a standalone with room for a sequel. She is completely right. I finished this book and was satisfied with where it ended, BUT I would 100% read a sequel. In fact, I’m hoping there is a sequel. Rose experienced so much growth in this book that I can’t wait to see how she handles what comes next.

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