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March Wrap Up

Guys, where did March go?! I was laying in bed last night after just finishing Warrior of the Wild and thinking about what I was going to write for my review. Then I thought, crap, I need to do my wrap up! At this point it was already 11pm and I knew I would hate myself in the morning, so I decided to do the wrap up today and my March plan tomorrow. Then after that you’ll get a review of Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller and The Program by Suzanne Young! Lots of content coming soon!

What I read in February:

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

Super cute graphic novel that I got from OwlCrate.
4 Stars

Fake Plastic Girl by Zara Lisbon

My first ARC of the month. I wasn’t super impressed. A TON of Taylor Swift references.
3 Stars

The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace

I binged Amanda Lovelace in February, so I was super excited to get an ARC of her third book. I loved the poetry, but it wasn’t my favorite.
4 Stars

The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project by Lenore Appelhans

Third ARC of the month. I had to make myself finish. It was just too campy – and I didn’t think that was a thing. Plus the title is way too long.
2 Stars

The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough

This was my Audible pick of the month. Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery?
3 Stars

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

This is where it starts getting good. I could not put this book down. Plus Rebecca was so sweet during her chat! Can’t wait to read The Queen’s Resistance!
5 Stars

What Happens When by Samantha Boyette

My fourth ARC of the month. It was also meh. I didn’t like the whole try – to – turn – the – girl – straight thing.
3 Stars

Enchanteehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40956288-enchant-e by Gita Trelease

Oh man. This book was wonderful and so descriptive. I felt like I was in France the whole time. I loved all the French language that was incorporated. Gita is now an instabuy author for me!
5 stars

Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

This book makes you so uncomfortable in a good way. It was such a great read and my favorite ARC of the month by far. All the mods at Words & Whimsy gave it 5 Stars. And Suzanne was amazing during her Q&A!
5 Stars

How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom by S. J. Goslee

This book was cute, but the main character was slightly annoying.
3 Stars

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

This was the second audio I got to this month. I loved the Irish voice actors and the way the past was woven in with the present. I did feel like the story dragged on a little.
3.5 Stars

The Program by Suzanne Young

Review to come. Man this was a great start to this series. I can’t wait for book two.
4 Stars

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Another amazing read. Review to come. Officially a Tricia fan!
5 Stars

Alright guys, that’s it for my March wrap up! I finished criteria in Book Battle. Princesses came in last. Better luck this month! Be on the look out for my March plan!

Until next time…

Five Star Book, ya

Girls With Sharp Sticks Review

 

  • Title: Girls With Sharp Sticks
  • Author: Suzanne Young
  • Book Form: Physical ARC
  • Pages: 400
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fiction
  • Rating: *****

The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears.

As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.

– Goodreads

Thank you to Simon Pulse for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wow. This was my first Suzanne Young book and it’s safe to say it will not be my last.

This book was eerie in the way that it could be real. This could potentionally happen, and we just aren’t aware. Part of it is happening now, and if that’s not scary, I don’t know what is.

At Innovations Academy, girls are a commodity. They are used for men to hang on their arm, look pretty, be quiet, and not think or have opinions. Don’t act this way? You’ll get impulse control therapy and get “redirected”. The way these men treat these girls is awful, and so true to the times. They get hit for talking back. They get berated and talked down upon. And the most angering part? The girls blame themselves.

But then they find a book of poems. The words open their eyes and they see that life doesn’t have to be this way. The ‘little girls’ can fight back. The girls can win.

My favorite part of Girls With Sharp Sticks is the love the girls have for one another. They have such strong friendships. Its heartwarming to see them stand up and fight for each other.

There was a twist at the end I was not expecting, though another friend of mine called it. It’s been so much fun to discuss this book with my friends and the theories we have for book two!

I’ve been pretty lucky with some good reads lately, but I don’t give this one 5 stars lightly. Every mod of Words &Whimsy book club has given this book five stars. Its going to blow up. I see a move in the future.

This book is 400 pages, and it generally takes me longer to read physical books. I read this in three days. After working 10 hour shifts, coming home, cooking, and putting baby to bed. Like, I don’t normally do this. I stayed up way too late, three nights in a row just reading. I couldn’t put it down because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. My heart raced for the girls during the action sequences. My heart ached for the girls when one of their friends got impulse control therapy. Through it all, I was rooting for those little girls, and I think you will too.

Love this book? Love Suzanne Young? Come join us at Words & Whimsy on March 25 at 7pm EST for a live chat with Suzanne!We can’t wait to discuss this book with her!!

Until next time…

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Scythe Review

Title: Scythe

Author: Neal Shusterman

Book Form: Audio

Pages: 435

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopian, Sci-FI

Rating: ★★★★★


Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. 

– Goodreads

So. This book. Had me ON. THE. FLOOR.

I just. The twists and turns. I can’t even.

Jordan at Words & Whimsy has been recommending this book since I joined back in September of 2018. I kept putting it off. I’ts one of those books where you finally read it and think, WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG!?

This book is about killing. Yes, you heard me correctly. Two teens had run-ins with Scythe Farraday on two separate occasions. He decides to take them both on as apprentices in the art of killing – or as they call it – gleaning. Then shit. Goes. Down.

Citra and Rowan, the two teens that were training under Scythe Farraday, get separated. Citra goes with Scythe Curie, who is compassionate. She brings families over after she gleans their loved one, cooks them supper, and listens to stories about the one they’ve lost. It truly is such a sweet, loving gesture from someone who has just taken someone’s loved one.

Rowan gets stuck with Scythe Goddard, who has much different ideals. I won’t go into too much detail, because I don’t want to spoil it, but his time is much different than Citra’s.

There were times I was reading and my jaw was on the floor. I wanted to cry in despair and sadness over some passages. I wanted to yell out in surprise or anger. You should have seen the messages I sent to friends who had already read the book. It just brought out so many emotions.

The sequel, Thunderhead, is on my TBR next month. No doubt.

This is another 5/5 star book for me. I can’t recommend it enough. There are so many plot twists and surprises. It keeps you guessing. Please read it. You won’t be disappointed.

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Queens of Geek Review

Title: Queens of Geek

Author: Jen Wilde

Book Form: Audio

Pages: 262

Genre: Contemporary, YA, LGBT, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars


Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.

– Goodreads

So, as you may or may not know, I’m a nurse. I work in an office, so I spend a good amount of time on the phone. I devoured this audiobook in ONE DAY! Now i know you’re probably thinking, ‘It’s 6.5 hours on audio. Listen at 2x speed. That’s nothing.’ But believe me, at my job, it’s an accomplishment. I may or may not have let the phones ring an extra time or two so someone else would have to answer and I wouldn’t have to interrupt this gem. It was SO cute and SO good!

First, can we just talk about this cover? GORGEOUS! I used to have the underside of my hair dyed pink and the cover took me back to the good old days where I could actually do that and had way less responsibilities. Such a great, nostalgic feeling just by looking at this book.

So, as the blurb said earlier, this is about three friends, two romances, and one con. The book takes place over three days – the span of the convention. So you do have to believe in that giddy, love at first sight, things moving a little fast type of love. But honestly, what geek hasn’t fantasized about a con romance? No? Just me? Okay, moving on…

One couple was the love at first sight kind, and the other was friends who became more. Both troupes are represented, and I love me a good HEA. This romance has it all!

There was so much great representation in Queens of Geek. Bisexual, gay, interracial couples, characters on the spectrum, characters with anxiety.
They tackled tough subjects like slut shaming, internet trolls, fat shaming, and homophobia. They did so in a way that wasn’t dark or super heavy. It was still a light, fun read. It’s so important to shed light on these topics, and Queens of Geek did it in an amazing way!

And pop culture references. OMG. Video games, old movies, arcade games. It was all there. I was in heaven!

I gave this book 5/5 stars. I loved the diversity of the characters and the ways the spoke to heavy subject matter. I was engrossed in the love stories and really pulling for the couples. It was a fun, quick, lighthearted read that I would most definitely recommend!