[ARC] Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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4stars

Title: Aurora Burning
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Aurora Cycle #2
Release date: May 5th 2020
Number of pages: 512 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Kal!
Bad things about this book: A trope I really hate.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

I have words, and I have feelings, and I have anger. Yes, all three. And while I know this is typical behavior in Kristoff/Kaufman books, I’m still in this position nonetheless. I never learn, right? The writing as usual is full of sass, lots of banter, jokes, innuendos, and while it might seem too much sometimes, it gives the story the lightness it needs to balance the harder parts.

It’s a 99% action packed book, with only a few chapters of a sort of calm for both the readers and the poor characters. They can’t catch a break, and neither can we. Every chapter, with the different POVs is full of fights, blood, secrets, and mysteries.

I loved seeing and learning more about Kal, who is definitely my favorite character of the whole series. He is just the sweetest and it pained me being uncertain about things that have happened and are happening to him and his new friends. The story about his past was heartbreaking and I just wanted to hug him and make him better.

Not all characters were given the same space to allow us to get to know them better (I want more Fin in the next book, please), but the ones that we did get to know more of (Zila) gave the way they interact and grew from the previous book a brand new meaning. I love seeing characters grow into their better selves. It’s refreshing.

One thing I absolutely didn’t like was the use of one particular trope. Every time I see that trope used, my blood boils, and I get so furious! Without spoiling the trope is this one: blaming the children for the sins and crimes of their relatives. And everyone forgetting all the good things of a person because of that, like all their experiences are automatically fake, and now all they feel is hate, everything else cancelled. I really didn’t like that part and I’m still fuming because of it.

That’s why I’m not giving the 5 stars I initially wanted to give it. It’s my subjective opinion because I personally don’t like it, it’s unnecessary and the response of the other characters just ridiculous.

But the book has a lot of fulfilled potential and I can’t wait to have the next book in my hands because I need to know! That ending! They sure know how to leave the readers hanging.

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Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

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5stars

Title: Starsight
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Skyward #2
Number of pages: 461 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: So many things happened and it was hard to put down.
Bad things about this book: Nothing comes to mind.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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Where do I start? Where can I start? So many things happened in this book. Many new characters were introduced. I didn’t read the description before starting it so I didn’t know what to expect, and wow, my mind would never have expected what went down here.

Spensa is undercover at Starsight. We meet different kind of aliens, what goes through their minds, and exactly what the space alien politicians has been saying to everyone who would listen just how dangerous the humans are. Things got complicated easily. Spensa was very in over her head, but we can’t help but cheer for her, right?

She’s far less reckless than she was in the first book, thank goodness. I didn’t like much her attitude in Skyward. Rebel just for the sake of it. Here we have a Spensa who wants to save her people, putting herself at risk in a very suicidal mission. The things she finds out will either help her or doomed all of them. I’m very scared about what’s going to happen in the third book. But I need it right now!

The new characters!! I liked them! The kitsen, so cute and tiny and no, they don’t have a King, even if they serve this little poet Lord Hesho who sits on a throne and likes to give super long names to his ships. But nope, no monarchy here. So cute! Morriumur, an experiment being, a draft, half blue and half red, each part a parent. I can’t even begin to explain them to you so I won’t. Vapor, a figment, a scent in the air. Like wth? I need to know more! Brade, the brainwashed human. I hated her from the beginning. Cuna, the blue dione with the creepy smile. And Wiznik, the krell. All of them different and important to the story. I was a bit sad we only got a few chapters from Jorgen’s pov, but I love where the story is going.

I liked how the story went from months after the ending of Skyward, to Spensa going far away from home to Starsight, to her learning more about the enemies they all share, to understanding why the humans are hated so much, to seeing who the real enemies are. It’s hard not to be immerse in the story. Spensa is very charismatic and M-Bot is as usual hilarious, even with all that happens in this book. I can’t wait to know more. I need more!

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[ARC] Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

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3stars

Title: Dangerous Remedy
Author: Kat Dunn
Series: Dangerous Remedy #1
Release date: May 7th 2020
Number of pages: 432 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s diverse and the story is interesting.
Bad things about this book: The plot and change of pov is often confusing.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 3.5/5

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This was a solid 3,5 stars read. I expected a bit more, the change of pov was often confusing taking me a bit to understand who was actually talking. The story started very interesting but something changed and then things were confusing and I really didn’t understand why the characters were behaving the way they were. I find myself often rolling my eyes. I liked that the battalion saved innocent people from the guillotine and I liked how all of the characters had different backgrounds.

What I didn’t like much was that most characters were immediately forgotten, and then there were random revelations that came out of nowhere, no built up at all. But as I said, I enjoyed the story, the way it was very well-written, easy to read, the magic/science part of it was very interesting, Olympe’s character, the potential of where everything is going to go in the sequel.

Nonetheless, I find it rushed and there was so much that could’ve been done better. I’m curious enough that I will certainly read the sequel. I want to know more about the characters.

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[ARC] The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

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4stars

Title: The Henna Wars
Author: Adiba Jaigirdar
Release date: May 12th 2020
Number of pages: 400 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s diverse and own voices.
Bad things about this book: The main character wasn’t always likable.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 3.75/5

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This is a diverse queer contemporary story about a Bengali girl living in Dublin, coming out, having a crush, navigating school while bullied by bigoted homophobes and racists. There’s a lot about family, her sister is very important to her and to the story. Nishat, the mc, doesn’t make the wisest decisions most times, and doesn’t speak her mind much since “it wouldn’t change anything”. The frustration was real. So, while I was angry at her for the miscommunication, I kind of understood why she chose not to say anything, but how can you know if something can make a difference if you don’t do anything?

The writing style was easy to get into, and all the info about the Bengali culture and food really made me see everything that makes it beautiful and fascinating. I must be honest, I don’t think I really know where is Bangladesh, but now I feel like a know a bit more about the culture. I love learning something new while enjoying a nice book. Mixing both things is perfect!

The love story might sound like the dreaded trope of instalove. It’s more of an instacrush and then we have a really slowburn kind of love story. It was a bit frustrating because it’s the first crush, all encompassing, and Nishat didn’t manage it very well. I admit to have been quite angry at her for most of the book, but the last chapters made up for all the anger and shakes of head. It was pretty cute in the end. The sum of all the parts of the book make it good! It was like a journey inside Nishat’s head with all the doubts, the sadness, the anger, the hopelessness.

This is a book I would certainly recommend to everyone.

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[ARC] The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis

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4stars

Title: The Raven and the Dove
Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Series: The Raven and the Dove #1
Number of pages:
 506 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Avian-themes and full of magic.
Bad things about this book: Instalove and miscommunication.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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Avian-themed novel about starcrossed lovers and a King who will do anything to save the world as they know it. With 4 povs, this book had everything, from dragons, magic, to heavy pining. A bit of angst and relatable characters who didn’t speak their mind. JUST TALK, things are better if you communicate!!

You know when things could’ve been 1000% times better if the characters just told the other characters what was going on in order to avoid the unnecessary drama? Well, that’s exactly what happened here and what made me rate it 4 instead of maybe a bit more. The characters, even with the whole “I’ve spoken to you 5 minutes but I already love you” thing they almost had going on, were likeable and the 4 povs weren’t hard to follow, even if I still need to understand Cassi’s. She’s still a mystery and I’m angry at her, and at one other character who was the worst!

I loved the whole world above the clouds with different floating islands each inhabited by different bird people: doves, ravens, hawks, hummingbirds, and more. Everything was well detailed and it painted a clear picture of the above world in my mind. I can’t say the same about the kingdom beneath the mist, but I’m sure it’ll be cover in the sequel.

The last chapters were wild af! I expected almost all of it since the beginning; I still have so many questions, though. A couple scenes from the last chapters broke my heart, made me cringe hard. Being inside all of their minds, knowing their thoughts, following each of their journeys, made me more aware of their feelings, and seeing them in certain situations wasn’t easy.

The sequel sounds great! I read the synopsis and colour me intrigued!

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Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

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4stars

Title: Last Bus to Everland
Author: Sophie Cameron
Number of pages: 325 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Relatable characters, deep story with a bit of magic.
Bad things about this book: It was nice, so nothing.
Do I recommend it? I do.
Rate: 4/5

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Bittersweet kind of story about not thinking you’re enough or have a place on earth for you to fit in. It tackles lots of hard themes, and it gives you realness mixed with fantasy. I really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down.

I found Brody a bit too much sometimes like he was really exaggerating things with his moods. But then I thought of myself, and it happens. So often. You get into one bad day mood and even the tiniest of things make you want to wreck the world.

I just felt sad: about how he felt like he was a waste of space, like he wasn’t enough, like people didn’t even notice he was there. I cared about Brody’s wellbeing. He deserved to have the life he pictured in his head, with a boyfriend, his beloved cat, his friends, and I family who saw him and accepted him flaws and all.

Everland sounded pretty amazing. I would’ve used the time there to learn a new language, read a long book, learn to play an instrument. And I could’ve been brave enough to befriend people from around the world and maybe being their pen pals! It sounded like a great idea!

The side characters each had a well rounded personality and the more I read about them, the more I liked them. They seemed carefree even if that really wasn’t the truth. Nico was a rollercoaster: full of life but at the same time full of sorrow, of missed opportunities.

As I said, this was a very bittersweet book that ended in the most hopeful note I could’ve asked for. I really liked it and I would recommend it!

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Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

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4stars

Title: Her Royal Highness
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Royals #2
Number of pages: 274 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Scotland, private school, royals, tartan!!
Bad things about this book: I wanted at least one more chapter, just one more!
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s really cute.
Rate: 4/5

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This was a really cute book, without much drama. A quiet and sweet book set in Scotland with royals, friendships, romance, and rocks! Millie likes rocks and I love that she likes rocks because rocks…rock! I’m not sorry for that.

The not really enemies to lovers trope was perfectly adorable! I loved Flora’s character!! I thought she was going to be the mean girl, bully, but she wasn’t and I was pleasantly surprised!

It was really nice that there weren’t really bad girls in the school, and that Millie found real friends within the first minutes she got there. Going to a whole different country to finish school must be hard, but it also sounds like a very amazing adventure!

There wasn’t enough kilt talk for my taste since this was a book set in Scotland but I pictured them in my head so it’s okay! Everyone was wearing a kilt, and that’s my headcanon for the book!

I would never want to be a royal, though. It sounds like a pain in the royal buttocks!

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