[#BookReview] Crave by Tracy Wolffe

Any fans of Mean Girls??🙋‍♀️ Remember that pink book Regina George had? The Burn Book?

Well, I’m starting my version of the Burn Book here on my blog by roasting books I DNF’d, thought were overhyped and hated.

First up..Crave by Tracy Wolffe

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐ – DNF @chapter 7

Vampires are making a comeback this year, and I’ve been in the mood for a good blood-sucking read..

This. Was soo not it!

How bad is it when you’re the one who makes the book selection for a buddy read, and is the first to DNF it??! 🤦‍♀️⁣

This book was a disaster from the get-go. I’m sorry if you loved it. But I hated it!

I know this is supposed to be YA, but the MC spoke like a 12 year old valley girl. And frankly, it was fucking annoying.

I went from the physical book to audio, thinking it would be better. NOPE. It was worse. And it wasn’t even the narrator’s fault. It was the book. ⁣

⁣Sorry (not sorry)..but this was pure dumpster fire.

Loved the 30 day return/exchange with Amazon, cause that was my favourite part! 😜😆

Have you read it? Did you love it? Or did you trash it?

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

Shadow & Bone By Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I finally got around to reading this one! It’s been sitting on my shelf for over 2 years!! 🙈

I was definitely hooked in from the beginning and even thought I might like it more than Six Of Crows. However, I’m not obsessed. I can’t put my finger on it, but it feels like something is missing. Is it crazy that I wanted the heat turned up on some of the romance? It was actually a little too PG for me, to be honest. I also thought the book lost a bit of traction between chapter 9-13.

I do however, think Leigh Bardugo does a fantastic job when it comes to character and world building. I loved the Darkling & Genya. I didn’t care too much for Mal if you ask me. He could have been eaten by the volcra and I would’ve been ok with it. 😜 Now that..would have been a great revenge story!

Overall, it was a great story and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Have you read it? Which did you like more? The Shadow & Bone series? Or Six of Crows?

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

One Of Us Is Next by Karen McManus @DelacortePress @PenguinTeenCa

Genre: YA, Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Come on, Bayview, you know you’ve missed this.
If you’re a fan of:

✔ Pretty Little Liars
✔ Multiple POV’s
✔ Plot twists


True, Jellyfish.  He did get caught.
But his inspiration lives on in Bayview.
And he’d fucking love the game I’m playing right now.
-Darkestmind

Always take the dare!

It was a tad slower than the first book in some areas (which you need to read, if you haven’t), but I still found myself not wanting to put the book down and enjoying it!

There were some twists and turns I didn’t see coming, which I love! Cause it’s becoming pretty rare for me in the thriller genre.

I only guessed half the answer with this one, and even then, I still doubted myself!

Well done Karen! 👏👏👏

Have you read it yet? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?!!

A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.

Until now.

This time it’s not an app, though—it’s a game.

Truth or Dare.

Phoebe’s the first target. If you choose not to play, it’s a truth. And hers is dark.

Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare.

But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it’s that they can’t count on the police for help. Or protection.

Simon’s gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules.

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus @DelacortePress @writekmc

Genre: YA, Thriller

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Whose lives are you ruining next Simon?”

I’ve never watched The Breakfast Club, so for me, this was more like Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars and Riverdale.

No one likes Simon. Everyone has a secret and each one is a suspect.. Talk about the perfect mystery!

It’s been a while since I’ve been lead on a wild goose chase!

Nice job Chief! 👏👏

You kept me on my toes the WHOLE time! Even when I kinda figured it out halfway through, I still second guessed myself!!

Karen McManus does an amazing job at throwing curve balls (pun intended), sending you down a rabbit hole. I highly recommend this one for my YA and thrill seekers! 😉

I can’t wait to read One Of Us Is Next!

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

[#Audiobooks] Sadie by Courtney Summers @macmillanaudio

Genre: YA, Mystery

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Format: Audiobook

I’m going to be a bit of an unpopular opinion with this one, which happens to me pretty frequently when it comes to hyped up books.

Now I’m normally not an audio kind of reader, but I decided to go that route with this one. I’m glad I did, because I really enjoyed all the podcast chapters and wished the entire story was like that.

What didn’t work for me:

– For some reason, I just wasn’t enjoying the chapters with Sadie. They kinda threw off me track. The narration felt too angry the whole time, and slow at others. Those chapters just weren’t working for me.

– The ending..I was like, “whaat? That’s it?!” Personally, I hate these sort of endings where it’s left unresolved and open-ended.

There’s a lot of heavy topics in this book: abuse, pedophilia & rape. They were dusturbing, but I commend the author for telling this story.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad read. I just didn’t love it.

I do have to say though, I think I’m starting to have a newfound appreciation for audio!

Have you read it? Did you love it like everyone else?

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer @BloomsburyPub @bloomsburykids @BrigidKemmerer

** Minor spoiler alert **

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“He acts like a tethered animal that’s learned the limits of its chain—but knows how to lure prey to its death.”

If you like:

– fairytale retellings (Beauty & The Beast)
– Alternating POV’s
– strong female characters

Not gonna lie, I was a bit skeptical walking into this one, cause it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Not that there’s anything wrong with the fairytale, but it’s kind of been done already. Know what I mean?

But WOW! OMG you guys! This was SO good!

GREY

Grey..*gush* my hero 💜 How can you not love him?!

He was my fave character. 🙂

HARPER

I loved that she wasn’t your cliched female lead.

RHEN

As much as I enjoyed watching Rhen grow and develop feelings for Harper, I totally shipped Grey & Harper! How about you?

LILITH

👏 She was a great female villain. I love how she appeared throughout the story.

Seriously..there’s aren’t enough words I can conjure up to describe my love for this book! As a matter of fact, I’m reading A Heart So Fierce And Broken right now! And I almost never read a series back to back!

I have to say, I totally saw the end coming as soon as the “twist” was mentioned, but it was a good one!!

Have you read it? What did you think?

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

The Shadow Between Us by Tricia Levenseller @RaincoastBooks @FierceReads

** Thank you Raincoast Books for my ARC **

Genre: YA
Pub Date: Feb 25, 2020

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐



If you like:

✔scheming, scandalous characters

✔a game of clue (murder mystery)

✔ Flirtatious, slow burn romances

✔character driven stories

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart.

And they never will.”


I knew from the start I was gonna like this one! I mean, come on. Is that not a killer opener or what?! (Pun intended) 😆

I loved Alessandra! She was the perfect MC: ambitious, cunning, beautiful and unapologetic about her sexuality. A bit of a black sheep.

Her relationship with The Shadow King kinda reminded me of Tella & Legend from the Caraval series.

While I really enjoyed this one, I also wanted to see a bit more action! Particularly from the Shadow King.  I wanted to see much more of his darker side and less of the daily happenings that took place at the palace.

Overall, it was a great standalone with an excellent cast of characters.  I can’t wait to read all her other books!

Have you read it? Is it on your tbr?  Have you read her other books? Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐ ( DNF @ 41 pages )

Not sure how I missed posting this here on my blog last month, but here it goes..

Guys! I think I just found the book that can cure insomnia!!! Seriously! This just made my top list of boring reads and I’m so disappointed. Talk about a waste, cause I purposely bought the fairyloot edition and was really excited to read it.

Aside from the beautiful setting of New Orleans and a girl getting brutally murdered on the docks (which earned it the 2 star rating), I have no idea why this book took place in the 1870’s. It felt too modern to be historical.

My other issue with this one was the repetition of Celine running away from her past. Yes..I know..she has some dark secret! If you’re gonna mention it that many times, just frikkin spit it out already!!

Ugh..I tried.

Have you read it? Did you love it like everyone else? Or are you an unpopular opinion like me?

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

[#BlogTour] Reverie by Ryan La Sala @RaincoastBooks @Ryality @SourcebooksFire

Genre: YA

Thank you Raincoast Books for my ARC

Okay, can we just stop and take a moment to gush over how stunning this cover is?!!

And hello? Evil drag queen sorceress? Where do I sign up?!

I know the description said Inception meets The Magician, but to me, I actually felt like I was lost in a gay musical version of Oz.

After somehow surviving a horrible car accident, Kane loses his memory and needs to figure out what exactly happened. There’s monsters. There’s magic..seriously, the MC may as well have been a unicorn pooping sprinkles!

But who can he trust? Kane is confused, and so are you!

See what I was trying to do there? No? Exactly!

This was probably one of the most weirdest, yet interesting YA books I’ve come across! Nothing like I’ve ever read before! It was one that kept me intrigued the whole time I was reading it!

To find out whether this one’s for you, you can read an excerpt here.

Inception meets The Magicians in the most imaginative YA debut of the year!

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin @shelbymahurin @harperteen @HarperCollinsCa @HCCFrenzy

** Caution: minor spoiler alert **

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

You’ll either love this, or totally roll your eyes and call it a day. But if you enjoyed Six of Crows, Twilight or like the enemies to lovers trope then I think you’ll like this one too.

Not gonna lie, there was a bit of eye rolling on my part. As much as I loved the slow-burn romance between Lou & Reid, I also found their union a bit ridiculous..like watching a cheesy, yet addictive daytime soap. It does end up making sense later on in the story, but it was something I also had to overlook. Which wasn’t that hard.

Regardless, I found myself captivated and mesmerized by the storytelling, which is told in alternating POV’s between Lou & Reid. It read very much like a TV series.

Shelby Mahurin really knows how to write a great cast of characters. I loved every single one of ’em, including the ones I hated!

Jean Luc

For those of you who have read it, how much did Jean Luc get under your skin? Didn’t you just wanna sucker punch him?!

Ansel

*gush* And how cute was Ansel? Didn’t you just love him?!!

Reid

As thick headed as he was in his beliefs, his heart was way too good!

Lou

She was a great female lead. I loved her sarcasm and witty banter with Reid.

Coco

She was the kind of BFF you’d want, with beauty other girls would be jealous of.

Morgane

Evil! Picture the evil queen, Lady Tremaine & Maleficent all in one person.

The Archbishop

Tsk tsk..let’s just leave it at that. I don’t wanna say too much or it’ll spoil the story for those who haven’t read it.

My advice/two cents:

– This one is very character driven. The flow is reminiscent of SOC. It may be a tad slow for some to start, but once you get past the first chapter or so, you get sucked right in.

I can’t wait to read the next book: BLOOD & HONEY

Have you read this one? What did you think?

Goodreads

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

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