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EndGame by Aisha Tritle

Welcome to The Game, Leigh

EndGame…EndFreakingGame – This was one of the absolute coolest stories I have EVER read you guys. Seriously, anyone who loves black mirror would so so enjoy this. EndGame is a fast, read in one sitting, Techno-Thriller story that follows the MC – Leigh – who is a young successful lawyer who just so happens to have been dumped recently. The Game is a virtual reality dating app where Leigh meets Alexei who of course is gorgeous and super into her. Now, here is where it gets wild, from the moment Alexei comes in you’re hooked. Who is this beautiful mysterious man?! Well without giving any spoilers I can only tell you he definitely is not your average guy.

When Leigh finds herself trapped inside The Game stuff gets wild. She’s trapped during a Gatsby-themed gala and forced to get involved in a plot to catch a hacker whose been using the app to set up crimes within the real world. and whats the best part? Alexei might be the death of her. *Wink*

Are you hooked yet? okay cool stop what you’re doing and go read this incredible techno-thriller novelette! I was absolutely stunned with this one. I read it in the car on the way to do my nails! (I wasn’t driving fyi) I couldn’t not put it down I was so intrigued with this story and it certainly did not disappoint. So much so that I finished it and I was trying to scroll for more pages haha I really didn’t want it to end. (Just saying if the author wants to continue this I would have NO problems [: ) I’ve been disappointed by so many big name thrillers recently that it was seriously so refreshing to read a story that left me grasping for more.

Of course the plot isn’t the only thing that hooked me but Aisha Tritles writing and her descriptions were on point and I was able to clearly visualize the real world and the virtual world. I want to thank her for reaching out and sending me an E ARC of this because its definitely a 2020 favorite. Oh and someone please tell Black Mirror to make me an episode of this!! It’s just the perfect length for a 45 minute episode, please please pleeeease.

EndGame is currently available for download and I’ll go ahead and link it here! I can’t say much without spoiling it so read it for yourself! and then come talk to me because wow I NEED to discuss this!! Make sure to read it review it tell your friends tell your fam! It gets 5 out of 5 stars from me!!

After all, The Game is about winning

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Shadow of The Batgirl ( Graphic Novel)

Graphic Novel by Sarah Kuhn

Illustrated by Nicole Goux

Cassandra Cain is the daughter of super-villains and a living weapon trained from birth to be the ultimate assassin. But that doesn’t mean she has to stay that way, right? She’ll have to go through an identity crisis of epic proportions to find out. But how do you figure out who you’re supposed to be when you’ve been trained to become a villain your entire life?

Shadow of the Batgirl was a lot cuter than I was expecting it to be, which is not a bad thing at all!
It’s targeted towards young adults and I felt like it was a very juvenile take on Cassandra Cain. I’m assuming she’s about 15? maybe 16? and If I was that age now I would have been obsessed with this!
The art was fun and cute, different from the other DC YA graphic novels but it still fits in well with the others.

I am Cassandra Cain. And I am here to hero you!

Er, do hero things?

Hero it up?

Whatever.

Her character development was obvious and well planned out for a comic, and I love that it still had fighting and action without being as brutal as regular comics. I would definitely buy all these for my nephew. This one has to be one of my favorites form the Ya graphic novels and of course I love the tiny snippets of Barbara Gordon/ Oracle and Gotham city.

This was a super fun read and I flew through it in one sitting I would definitely recommend to older and younger readers alike! 4/5 stars from me! Also check out this super cute costume creating montage, who doesn’t love those?!

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Wonder Woman : Warbringer (Graphic Novel)

I received an eARC of Wonder Woman : Warbringer Via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I found out that they were turning the DC YA novels into comics I was absolutely thriller! I couldn’t wait to see some of my favorite books come to life. Well, its safe to say, I loved this as much as the book. The original book is written by Leigh Bardugo (one of my all time favorite authors) and I feel like Louise Simonson’s adaptation of it matches the book and the pace of the story perfectly.

I also very much enjoyed the art style in this graphic novel. I felt like it wasn’t too cartoony for this type of story and all the characters felt accurately portrayed. It was still action packed, funny, heartfelt, and YA appropriate. When I had first read the book I tested it out to see how accurate the feel of the book would be to Diana so naturally I played the soundtrack from the movie (I know im a dweeb haha) and it was perfect! I of course had to do that with the graphic novel and , no surprise there, it made it just as fun! Fun fact : I pair up almost everything I read with music.

I also need to mention that previous to this I read Batman: Nightwalker (Graphic Novel) and once again they’ve made it all flow correctly – I can totally seen a Diana/Bruce cross over – These Graphic novels have been such a genuinely fun reading experience for me and I can’t wait to see what other ones come out!

Wonder Woman : Warbringer Graphic Novel gets 5 out of 5 stars from me! This Graphic novel came out January 7th 2020 so make sure to get yourself a copy!

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Storyteller By Savanna Roberts

First I want to start this by saying that Savanna Roberts has not only become one of my favorite authors in this season of my life but she’s also become one of my friends thanks to the bookstagram community, she’s over all such a sweet soul and everyone should read her books!

I was fortunate enough to read an advanced copy of Storyteller which is the second book in Quelmirian Duology and I’m so so so happy with how this Duology ended.

If you’ve read my review of the first book (Villager) you know how much I liked this story to begin with, Savanna has a talent for making the story flow without making it feel too rushed or too slow.

The freaking Character Development UGH I love it so much. Viviana, Nex, Tyde, Tina, and Reeve all grow so much in this book I don’t know how Savanna managed it but wow I some how loved them all so much more. Without giving any spoilers, I want to say that the resolution to the problem in this story was definitely well thought out and the ending gives the world room to grow and you can just feel the happiness at the end of this.

Now, I will say – I cried. Ohhhh this book made me cry at one point (Savanna how dare you, you genius) I made the mistake of finishing it on my way home while on public transport and I had to try sooooo hard to hold it in so people wouldn’t think I was crazy haha this book also made me laugh, smile, and got to my heart.

The characters are all very likable and the villainous rival was well done – and mean as all hell.

This is a story about adventure, hope and even forgiveness.

I absolutely loved this duology and im very happy that it got such a beautiful ending.

Over all 4/5 stars and would definitely recommend!

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The Girl The Sea Gave Back

The Stones Don’t Lie

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young has to be one of my favorite books of 2019. There are so many reasons to love this book and this wasn’t even a tough decision to make when trying to review it. – 5 out of 5 stars – I was fortunate enough to receive and ARC of Sea from Netgalley so before I get into it I want to thank Netgalley and Wednesday Books!

Now I do want to say one thing before I get into my review, I have heard a couple people aren’t happy with this book and in its defense I want to say – Stop comparing it to Sky In The Deep. Sea is also set in the same universe as Sky but in no way is it the same type of story. Sea is definitely more character centered than Sky so the events that play out in Sea are not as fast paced. Also both are very different characters and Tova is by no means a warrior and it’s pretty clear from the start.

NOW, that being said, I want to give you my reasons for loving this book SO much. This story was such a visually appealing story to me, Tova’s ability to read the stones and notice the omens was actually a really good build up of the story in my opinion. I also felt like the mysticism in this book was done so well I could basically see it all playing out in my head as I was reading it. As a reader I feel like the pace of the story was fine for the kind of story this was, again its not about the actually fighting this is story of a people who grew too big and too powerful and to say it plainly, got too chummy.

What lies in the future for the Svell?

In the future, there are no Svell.

I want to dive into the characters of course, to start off – Tova. She is a character that has grown up difficultly, hated and feared but has also grown up fearing for her own life. She IS strong but not in the way most people I think want her to be. Her ability is of course super cool and I loved her chapters because she is more of an inward character than she is an outward character because shes had to internalize everything. Even the man who practically raised her, Jorrund, wouldn’t truly defend her before his own people. The details in her chapters were also my favorite – The Spinners, the Nighthawk, her stones and their meaning – it was all very interesting and watching from her perspective how the people of the Svell fall into their own destiny trying to avoid it was , to be honest, very entertaining to me.

Halvard and the Nadhir- aka my faves – I was of course rooting for them the whole time during this story and what can I even say about Halvard as a character? His whole story and his internal turmoil about having to some day lead his clan and the problems ahead just made his character all the more admirable, if that makes sense? I just really loved Halvard (wait till you read the fight scenes holy crap) I love that regardless of the fact that he has to lead these people and pretty much doesn’t want to he steps up and not only fights a long side them but he’s also not a tyrant when he had all the opportunity to be one. There are of course other characters in the story like The Kyrr (who btw are terrifying? Yeah just wanted to add that in there. They aren’t messing around) Halvards family – who I love because of reasons. Adrienne Young has such a smooth way of bringing everything and everyone together by the end of it in my opinion, catch me reading her books forever.

Augua ór tivar. Ljá mir sýn.

Eye of the gods. Give me Sight.

The world building is without a doubt one of my favorites!! The whole Mythology of the gods and the spinners was done so well. From the language to the stories of the spinners, the omens and the nighthawk. Tova’s visions and even and did I mention the spinners? The. Fight. Scenes. oh my wOW. I’m a sucker for a good battle scene and this book did not disappoint me!! I want to quote one so bad but I won’t spoil it. Over all The Girl The Sea Gave Back impressed me thoroughly and Adrienne Young has me forever.

Just please please please remember that this book is not a continuation of the events in Sky this is simply in the same world and of course the events in Sky are mentioned and some characters are involved but don’t judge this one based off of that one. The Girl The Sea Gave Back gets 5 starts from me and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone who loves fantasy and vikings!

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A Shifting of Stars

Her Stars have Shifted to a new uncharted universe, and so have mine

A Shifting of Stars – Kathy Kimbray

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to try to keep my cool because A Shifting of Stars got me messed.up. This is a book that everyone needs to read! Kathy Kimbray really killed me with this one and I know that in the future her books are definitely going to be on my shelves for years to come.

Let’s get into to the deets not shall we. whats this book about? well here’s the synopsis :

A squandering emperor. A handsome stranger. A reluctant heroine. And the ancient magic that will capsize a kingdom.

Seventeen-year-old Meadow Sircha watched her mother die from the wilting sickness. Tormented by the knowledge that the emperor failed to import the medicine that would have saved her, she speaks out at a gathering of villagers, inciting them to boycott his prized gladiator tournament.

But doing so comes at a steep cost.

Arrested as punishment for her impulsive tongue, Meadow finds herself caught up in the kind of danger she’s always tried to avoid. After a chance meeting with an enigmatic boy, she’s propelled on a perilous trek across the outer lands. But she soon unearths a staggering secret: one that will shift her world—and the kingdom—forever.

Let me point out the fact that ‘reluctant heroine’ is not an exaggeration in the slightest! Meadow just wants to chill and live her life in her stone brick home with her father, that should be tough right? Wrong. Meadow gets her self into trouble and to be completely honest, she makes me laugh! in an endearing way not in a ‘haha loser’ way its more of a lol Meadow shut up for a sec and listen! but she just does know how to! haha I love that she needs to asks questions about everything! I read the Ebook and i”m pretty sure I highlighted most of the interactions with her millions questions I just found them so funny lol

Now, world building. This story has a pretty solid put together world. It speaks of different provinces, previous emperors, a forest no one will enter, the palace and even the wilderness out side of the towns. The Map in this book is also really beautiful and pretty easy to follow along if you’re like me and you like to look back at the map. I would say over all the world building does it for me and I’m excited to see what else we’ll get from this world in the next book.

Characters! All the characters felt pretty concrete as well I gotta say. Even side characters had stories, lives, pasts and fears. I’ve say Kathy Kimbray thought this story out really thoroughly. One thing with the characters, just one tiny thing- the names. I really wasn’t a fan of most of the names except for Meadows. The ‘Handsome Stranger’ in the synopsis I loved I absolutely loved but his name was the one thing that I was not a huge fan of. It didn’t get in the way of my reading in thr slightest – the story is just THAT good- just its just something I wanted to comment on.

Also just a reminder this story is a fantasy but also counts as a mystery. The reason I say that is because once I realized it also counted as a mystery I kinda sat back like oooooh it all clicks now okay. That could also be my fault cause i’ve been on a high fantasy kick and I forget other genres exists when I get like this lol oops and I can’t forget to comment on the fact that Kathy Kimbray is a sweet heart you should absolutely go follow her on twitter and IG! being on the street team for this book was actually pretty unexpected and I don’t remember how I stumbled upon it but those are the best adventures I guess!

Over all give this story 4 stars out of 5! I almost gave it 5 out of 5 but the progression of the story was the only thing that helped me back from that last star cause even though at the end when I closed the book I had an absolute freak out because something happens in the book and I had no idea that was ever eveN AN OPTION!!!! (Kathy Kimbray is a genius) It just felt like SO much kept happening to poor Meadow that I was like ..please. PLEASE give her a second!! but other than that go read this book right now, as a matter of fact heres the link to go buy it

I loved a Shifting of Stars and I’m super excited for the next installment of this series. Btw here’s a graphic made by yours truly 😉

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Villager By Savanna Roberts

Do you think the gods told the Kings of old what sins were just so we would always be tempted?”

Villager – Savanna Roberts

Hey everyone!! Today I have the honor of telling you all about the hidden gem that is Villager! First I want to go ahead and thank Savanna so much for giving me the chance to be on her street team for this book and for being such a kind heart! You should definitely go and give her a follow on IG andalso check her out on Goodreads! Villager is actually her third book and I’m already trying to get her other books because her writing really snuck up on me and now I can’t wait to see what other adventures she takes me on!

Villager is the first book in the Quelmirian Duology and im gonna tell you this but you’ll see it in other reviews too, put. your. seat belt. on. this ride is wild and you know what im not getting off it haha The story follows the MC Vivianna on her journey to pull her family forward after her mother abandons the family for another man, Vivianna as a character first off is such an easy likable character she follows her heart and wants the best for those around her. She accepts a job at the Quelmirian Palace and has no idea that its going to and has no idea that its going to change her life pretty drastically!

First thing I do want to mention about Villager is that the story plays out pretty smoothly. Savanna is very good at keeping the flow of the story going without adding to many unnecessary details or leaving out any important ones. Each character has their own personality and they each come with a pretty concrete backstory. I also want to mention that anything that is not addressed (which I don’t think is much) is only because those are details for the next book. Speaking of which, Savanna I need book two as soON AS POSSIBLE THANKS.

I obviously don’t want to give anything away but I will say I love prince Nex so so so much. I also of course love Vivianna, right from the beginning I love her. The story mainly follows them but of course we have a couple others, Tyde my poor nervous child, Kallimene, Princess Fiatina, and Reeve who I cannot wait to see more of in book two! (Who doesn’t like a sassy pirate?!)

Now, the actual plot of the book…vnekhbhkbdhksfjhs IM A MESS. Okay let me compose myself..but seriously It all hit me and then next thing I knew I was faced with the To Be Continued page and I was like….you’re lying…NO. And that’s pretty much all I can say without giving up too much about that.

Oh and I also want to mention how the life in the village reminds me of the villages in Skyrim and I love love love that. I love how Savanna did the fantasy in this series, it has a mix of like heavy fantasy mixed in with some newer technological aspects towards the end that I really wasn’t expecting at all and I love how it all ties in together. Over all I definitely recommend Villager or pretty much anything Savanna writes to be totally honest.

I would rate Villager 4/5 stars and if you’ve never checked out an independent author I would say to start with Savanna Roberts.

I’m very very excited for book two and I can’t wait to see how all the characters grow from the events in Villager and I’m so excited to see the Baylan Isles!! Definitely a 2019 favorite for me!