CR: The Bone Witch

Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted something. Mostly due to exams, but I’M BACK!!! 

Okay, so let’s just get right into it:

I’m currently reading The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. It’s something I’ve been really excited about for a while. I’ve started the first few chapters already today, and I’m scared that if I read on, I’ll get sucked in real quick. So far, it’s been a really good read. I’m not sure if that’s still the excitement talking, but be assured that I’ll post a final review after I finish the entire thing.

Here’s a description from my friend Goodreads:

In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

If you’re interested, you can always use these links to pre-order

Also, here’s the author’s page if you want to see it:

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Gilded Cage – Vic James

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)Gilded Cage by Vic James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine for providing me with an ARC of Vic James’s newest book Gilded Cage in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll be trying a different form of a review for this book. Instead of finishing the entire book then reviewing it, I’ll be reviewing it as I read on. So think of his review as something like a journal entry. Per day that I read it, I’ll type up an entry including the date, which chapters I read, and my thoughts on them. Hope you’ll enjoy!

Chapters 1-7
-I literally can’t breathe as I’m reading, and I’m looking away from the book for a few seconds to type this down. What’s funny is that it’s just the prologue, and I’m already at the edge of my seat. I can definitely say that I’ve been hooked, and hopefully the story goes on at the same speed.
-There’s a certain intrigue to the characters even without knowing that them well yet. I can already tell that I’ll be forming some sort of emotional attachment to them. I don’t know what kind, but it will be there.

Chapters 8-12
-The story’s progressing really nicely with only a few stale parts here and there. It’s not an odd thing in a book to have a few boring parts as this builds the story up. I can say that it’s a good kind of filler though.
-Is it possible to already be in love with some of the characters this early on in the book? I’m already somehow wishing that I could live in their world. (Without the slavery, of course. Just the parts wherein people have badass powers and can blow stuff up.)
-I really really need to mention the multiple POVs. Not just 2 or 3, but more. I can’t get over how the POVs change in this story, because even minor characters get their own POV. Maybe they seem unimportant to me right now, but I’m excited to see how their character will affect the storyline.

Chapters 13-20
-The story’s building up so much and it’s hard to keep up. You may want to read a chapter again if you’re not so sure that you understood it. It’s definitely challenging to read, but I’m they type of reader that actually likes taking time to understand a plot.
-Even if it’s a bit confusing, I didn’t get into a reading slump because it’s just so exciting.

Chapters 21-22
-I think if I didn’t have classes, I would have finished this book in a day, maybe two.
-I’m just really satisfied with this book. When it does come out on February 14, make sure you guys get a copy. I sure will. You definitely won’t be disappointed if you give some of your time to read this book.
-AND THE TWIST. My goodness. I won’t speak of it too much because I’ll end up spoiling. If you want to find out, you better read!
-Everything was well written, the descriptions were vivid but not overdone. The characters were all amazing. It really felt like they were real. The book was a perfect mix of mystery, power, romance, and intrigue, and I loved it. It’s been so long since I’ve read such a complex book without getting bored. Happy reading! ❤

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Meet Me Halfway – Kim Carmody

Meet Me HalfwayMeet Me Halfway by Kim Carmody

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Huge thanks to Kim Carmody Books for providing an ARC copy of this book for me to review. I don’t regret any time I spent reading this books because I was just that impressed. LIKE, HOW?! HOW CAN THIS BOOK GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS? It actually did get better with every page.

I actually didn’t give much thought about this book. I was thinking that it was another one of those common football romance novels that are very abundant nowadays. Although having a simple plot, Meet Me Halfway really had a special air to it that had me hooked from the very first page. Fans of Elle Kennedy will definitely appreciate another spectacular football themed romance novel.

One of the best things about this book was its characters. Liv, the heroine is a strong, opinionated woman that made me love her right away. She had this commanding sort of presence from the very start that wasn’t overbearing, but actually endearing. Nate, on the other hand brought out a lot of emotions in me that I can’t really explain. You’d have to read this book yourself if you’d like to find out, but I can guarantee you that you won’t be disappointed. In any way whatsoever. 😉

The relationship between the two was just sizzling. My urge to find out what would happen to them had me reading the entire book in one sitting. It’s not very often that I dedicate that much time to a certain book because I also have a busy schedule myself and was pretty surprised when I found out that I couldn’t control myself from finishing the book.

Last of all, the plot itself had a unique twist because of a certain factor. Click on the book cover icon at the top of this review to read the description and to find out about this certain factor. It was kind of unappealing to me at first, but I soon came to grow to love it.

All together, I can just say that I couldn’t be happier to write a review for this book, and I really appreciate the author’s dedication into writing this book and sharing her brilliance with the rest of the world. If you still can’t feel my urgency to share how amazing this book is, then I’m telling you now: Go read it, and have fun! ❤

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Did I Mention I Miss You? – Estelle Maskame

Did I Mention I Miss You?Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First of all, I’d like to thank SOURCEBOOKS FIRE for this ARC of Did I Mention I Miss You by Estelle Maskame. Sadly, after reading a series of amazing books published by Sourcebooks Fire, this one broke the streak. I was kind of disappointed that this book actually came from the same publisher that brought other mind-blowing books, which you can find on my blog.

Here’s why:
-Albeit hearing a lot of good things about this book from Wattpad, I find that it’s not one of the best books that you could find in Wattpad. Being a Wattpader before, I’ve read a lot of books there, and this book seemed to me like it was one of the many. It didn’t actually make an impact whatsoever that I’d actually remember. It was just okay.
-The plot was all-around cliché and draggy. I’d understand that the author really wanted to make this series a trilogy, but I think that’s kind of pushing it. Maybe a standalone would do better, or maybe even two books in the series, but 3 books made the whole story repetitive. Basically, the heroine is confused and can’t take the heat for things she’s being judged for.
-The heroine is also kind of naive? She hates the guy for things he’s done, but starts falling in love with him again really fast. I’m sorry if some people find this romantic, but I don’t. I guess, for me, she allowed herself to be in the position wherein she’s get to spend time with the main lead although being “mad” at him.
-It came to the point wherein I just really couldn’t finish the book. I actually didn’t get to finish it. I think I left out a few pages, but I already knew the outcome. Its just that predictable. It was so predictable, I could actually skip the last few pages and have it not affect my read in any way.
-Aside from those, I guess the book was okay. It would be something I’d read if I felt like I needed a non-confusing plot. It’s a really straightforward story that plainly about romance. I think that by Wattpad standards, this must’ve been considered a really good book there, because trust me, there are far worse.
-I also appreciated the way the author wrote the male lead. It shows a certain strength that I believe most people should get to read about. It shows a determination to not let things get to you, even if they are really horrible experiences.

This book idn’t really pick my attention, but that doesn’t mean you guys wouldn’t like it. It’s a simple romance that can hopefully brighten up your day. Happy reading! ❤

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The Homecoming – Stacie Ramey

The HomecomingThe Homecoming by Stacie Ramey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of all, huge thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for providing an ARC of this book for me to review.

I honestly didn’t expect this book to be that good. I remember getting to the near end of my book on my way to class, and I couldn’t wait to write a review about it. When I started, I thought it would be that typical book wherein a person feels broken and hates the world, but suddenly picks up the pieces because of finding a person worth saving himself/herself for. In The Homecoming’s case, it was a he. I’m not saying that that kind of plot is bad. Just that I’ve seen it so many other times before. I was completely surprised with how the book turned out the longer I read it. There was no big twist that you wouldn’t expect, but it’s the way the book was executed. The story itself as you go along John’s journey unfolds spectacularly, and I can, without hesitation, give this book a glowing 5 star rating.

The title might actually be a bit misleading at first. When you first see this book you’d think that it was about dance of some sorts. You won’t realize the meaning of the title until you go farther into the book. And let me tel you, when I figured it out, I just loved it. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate title for this book other than The Homecoming.

So first, let me give you a little background on the book. It’s about a troubled teenager named John, who for the past how many years, experienced almost every kind of pain there is in the world. What’s unique about this book is that he already found that someone special who he felt was worth it to pick himself up. So actually, this book was like a part two for that troubled teen with angst plot. I felt like there were two books in this one book because his past was written in a way that could’ve made this standalone a two-book series. He is forced back to his mom’s house, reliving all the painful memories he tried to leave behind. The interesting part is a potential love interest right next door, a lacrosse team that would always have his back, and another chance to live his dream as an architect.

The fact alone that this book was written in a male POV with a woman for an author piqued my interest. You’d think, it must be terrible. WELL, I’m here to say otherwise!! If I hadn’t known who the author was, I’d actually think that the author was a guy. This book has one of the most convincing male POV through a female author’s eyes. I can even say that this male POV is better than other books with male POVs written by male authors. That’s a big accomplishment. John’s voice is one of the most unique voices of YA contemporary ever. There used to be some very great YA Contemporary reads, but now, they’re all kind of diluting into the same common plot/voice over and over again. Reading The Homecoming was like a breath of fresh air in the world of YA Contemporaries.

Let’s talk about the MC- John. I absolutely loved him. I cannot express how much I have grown to love his character while reading this book. He’s just very misunderstood, and I know what you’re thinking: cliché. IT’S NOT, I SWEAR. He cares so much for his family and the people he loves, but no one appreciates it. He tries so hard to be better for everyone, and all they can say is that he can’t be good enough. Well… They didn’t actually say it, but you know… Body Language. His character had one of the best character developments of all time. I don’t think I can even put it into words. You’d have to read the book to understand what I’m talking about. There’s just so much growth. And it’s not the all at once, smack you in the face when you’re not expecting it change, but the subtle, always there but can never feel it kind of growth and development. It wasn’t only good character development for the MC, but shows how everyone in the book changed from the first to the last page. It shows that the author covered all areas in the book and didn’t just focus on the MC.

How the MC interacted with every other character was written so well, I cannot. It seems like all the characters in the book just interact with each other so well. It’s like they all belong to one giant jigsaw puzzle. Very confusing and very different, sometimes even causing conflict with one another, but at the end, they all fit together. Piece by piece.

I also appreciated that the author gave the book a happy ending. There could be so many ways that she could end it tragically, but she decided not to. I don’t know why, but maybe it’s because she also felt the need for John to actually be happy and leave it at that. Whatever happens after the book, we’ll never know, but at least we can finish it with the thought that John got the happy ending he so rightfully deserves.

I really enjoyed reading this book so much. If any of you have the time, give this book a go, maybe it’ll affect you the way it affected me. Happy reading! ❤

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Unnatural Deeds – Cyn Balog

Unnatural DeedsUnnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of all, THANK GOD THAT SOURCEBOOKS FIRE PROVIDED THIS ARC FOR ME TO REVIEW. This is the BEST mystery/thriller book of this year, and I am still effing AMAZED. All of you need to read this book right now.

I STILL CANNOT BELIEVE HOW GOOD THAT WAS. I literally just finished now. I’m not kidding. I’ve been so busy for the past month that I wasn’t able to finish reading it until now even though I started it since late September. I think it might even beat Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout in the mystery category, because the plot twist in Unnatural Deeds… It’ll tear apart your mind and soul.

This is a book you will never regret reading. I’m still thoroughly confused over what happened. My mind cannot process what just happened in between the pages of this book. For once in my life, I’m not gonna write a review that talks about the pacing or even if it was draggy or not- because if you’ve read my previous reviews, pacing is an important factor in books for me. For this book though, SCREW PACING.
The plot was hands down fantastic, and the plot twist effectively blew not only my mind, but my heart. I’m still clawing at my chest to tame that pounding feeling in my chest that I cannot explain.

THE CHARACTERS. GOODNESS. THEY WERE ALL SO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN. Every emotion, every though, every action was captured in such horrifyingly terrific detail. Each and every one of them- perfect. The thing with this book is that most, if not all, characters had something messed up in their lives, whether it be mentally or something that has to do with their family. Each character has a past that you’d have to decipher thoroughly to understand the bigger picture that the author is trying to paint. Each character, though seemingly insignificant, plays a bigger role in the whole scheme of things.

I’d advise you to read this twice, because while writing this review, 5 minutes after reading it, I still haven’t actually understood what the hell just happened. You’ll have to pay attention to every detail in the book that might help you understand the whole plot in the long run. Although it seems unimportant, or is usually what you skim over in other books, don’t. Read. Carefully.

The book is actually written in Victoria’s POV in letter writing style to her next door neighbor and boyfriend Andrew. If you want to know more about the book, click here to be redirected to its Goodreads page. I’m really looking forward to more books by this author. Definitely on my watch list now.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go read it again. Happy reading! ❤

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