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.

Get ABOVE THE SKY Here – (Kindle) <— Also FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Get RETURN TO THE SKY Here – (Kindle) <—Also FREE on Kindle Unlimited

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

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.

Buy ABOVE THE SKY Here – (Kindle) <— $0.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited

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.

Get THE CASTAWAYS Here – (Kindle)

Get THE CASTAWAYS Here – (Paperback)

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

Trust by Kylie Scott

4 Stars

I read my first Kylie Scott at the end of April, and here I am in mid-July reading my 2nd. It wasn’t what I expected, but it also made me respect her writing that much more. Twist was more of a romantic comedy and I’m being honest when I say I didn’t read the blurb for Trust. I saw Kylie Scott’s name, got the warm-n-fuzzies and decided I needed to read this too. Judging by the first book I read, I thought I knew her type… light, funny and sexy.

Trust is definitely not in the light category but it is a hard-hitting teen romance that will captivate you. I had a hard time putting this one down, and that isn’t a problem I usually have with YA Romances. This book does have mature content though. “Course” language, underage drinking, teen sex, and PTSD are just a few of the subjects dealt with. I thought it depicted real teen life well, and the characters felt authentic and well developed. It explored the awful spiral of drug addiction, and what often happens when someone tries to turn over a new leaf, but the people around them aren’t ready to forget the past. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am excited to see what else Kylie Scott has to offer.

Buy TRUST Here – (Kindle)

Buy TRUST Here – (Paperback)

I received an advance reader 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).

Buy ROYAL BASTARDS Here – (Hardcover)

Buy ROYAL BASTARDS Here – (Kindle)

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

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

 4.5 Stars

Girl out of Water is an unexpectedly good debut by Laura Silverman. The blurb sounded really interesting to me, but I don’t read YA Contemporary very often so once I received it I had “reviewers remorse” and didn’t pick it up for several months. I wish I hadn’t waited so long. This book is really good.

Laura Silverman did an amazing job of capturing what it feels like to surf and skateboard. Or at least what I, as an extremely uncoordinated non-athlete, imagine that it feels like to participate in those sports. Her descriptions made me want to try my hand at both activities. The characters were perfect. They were diverse and seemed well fleshed out. Lincoln is her “disabled” black love interest (he seems anything but disabled)…. and he’s smart & hot! She has a Samoan best friend and counts a lesbian couple that has been together forever as part of her core group of friends.

I will mention for those that care, Anise has a “sailor’s mouth” and extensive curse word vocabulary. There is underage drinking and talk of sex though I believe kissing is the furthest anyone goes. It is a true depiction of teenage life and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!

The love triangle-ish situation made me uncomfortable because both guys are really great. They both have reasons why they are perfect for her and it’s sad when you realize that someone will inevitably get hurt. The ending is HFN, which I’m not usually a fan of, but fits this couple and their life plans.

Buy GIRL OUT OF WATER Here – (Kindle)

Buy GIRL OUT OF WATER Here – (Paperback)

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

 

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

4 Stars

This book was adorably geeky and fun. While reading it, I had complete A Cinderella Story vibes (you know you love that cheesy movie!) It was perfect YA fluff and I would have no qualms about giving it to any of the geeky girls in my life.

My favorite character BY FAR was Sage. She was so well developed and cool that I would have loved to see even more of her. I love when books have LGBT characters that they don’t make a big deal about. They just let them live their life without making their sexuality the main event.

I wasn’t a big fan of this cover when I first saw it, but the pics I’ve been seeing on Instagram of the hardcover make me want a copy for my bookshelf. It is GORGEOUS and photographs so well that I just want to buy it and take pictures. In short, if you want a light-hearted YA romantic comedy this is a solid bet.

Buy GEEKERELLA Here – (Kindle)

Buy GEEKERELLA Here – (Hardcover)

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