Warcross by Marie lu 

As can see this was my first beach day of the year and I started this book right at the beach. But this book is about a girl named emika where about have no money and dealing with eviction notice. To make ends meet she hunts people who made bets on the insanely world famous game called warcross since your not supposed to and this game has changed the world since it’s everything people do. You can walk down the stores and see people with like virtual pets clothing crazy avatars and this is normal life.  But besides being an ok bounty hunter she is a great hacker. And last night before she is being evicted is the start of tournament for the Great Warcross players. And some items in it are sooo rare and if she can sell the items she could instantly buy her debt only way is if she hacks the system or find a glitch. Which being the tourney system going to be so hard. Well she finds a glitch and gets the item instead of disappearing she is transported to the games and be canes instant sensation. Suddenly from no one to being invited to be a player in the games, sorry not greatest explanation for the book.  But this was my first Marie lu book and gotta say I really really fun read Marie explains her world very well while still making it interesting but takes awhile near 100 pages. But this is a mix of pop culture and gaming was really cool and I feel my gaming friends would enjoy this book. I don’t want to say much more but I can’t wait for book 2 since its plot twist was crazy did not see coming and heard Marie is very known for this and sorry bad review. One of more fun stories Iv read 5/5 stars 

The Magic Misfits- Neil Patrick Harris

"Each of you has a long road ahead. It will be hard at times, but if you work together and stay true to one another, nothing will bar you. Alone you are weak. Together you are strong. So says the universe."

I'm so disappointed in myself that I talked myself out of meeting Neil Patrick Harris at Bea this year. He was signing copies of this and I didn't want to wait. Now I'm kicking myself because this book was so good and magical. Everything about this grabbed my attention and didn't let up. 🙃🙃

Carter is a runaway. After escaping the clutches of his evil "Uncle" Sly Mike who is nothing but a no good pick pocket. That's not the life Carter has set for himself. After his parents disappeared, he has been finding a place to belong. And now he is riding the rails to his new forever home.

He gets off in a small town of Mineral Wells and runs right into the show of B.B. Bosso's. Which Carter comes to find out is nothing but tricks and thievery.

Carter meets a colorful cast of Magicians who bond together and help people get back what truly belongs to them before one of the biggest heists happens in that very small town.

From the start, this reminds you of The Series of Unfortunate Events. The way the words flow even down to his mannerisms, this is NPH trying to be his counterpart L.S. It took some of its character away from the final overall review. Besides that, I thought this was a well thought out magical mystery that will razzle dazzle you. Opens your eyes to the middle-grade world and show you that you can be an adult and still enjoy some wacky humor and intrigue.

Now! Now! Anyone want to see a trick???

4/5

The dreadful tale of prosper Redding by Alexandra bracken

Going into this book I was excited since its Alexandra Dang bracken even though I disliked with a extreme passenger which only read second since was a dualogy but thanks to darkest minds still Alex is a instant read for me. But going in I’m finally getting ready for fall so been reading fall books and this was the start. But this book is about a kid prosper who hasn’t had such a great life what ever he does just frowned upon of extremely disliked in his town that his family started years and years ago. You would think he would be a celebrity but Nooe really disliked.why does his family hate him is because years ago his family made a deal with a fiend or in my mind one of the devils of the underworld and that deal was if they received all this good luck and fortune but come certain year he will come for like your soul or something well the family finds out a way to kill/ trap the fiend. You learn they failed and one bloodline of someone goes away he will be back well he ends up in the mind and body of prosper. And is trying come back alive to take revenge for the family ooooo in ghostly voice. But yea I soooo enjoyed this Alex makes the perfect world right in perfect for fall and it’s middle grade but to show friendship in ways don’t expect I loved. In all else that’s the biggest. Plus the cliff hanger for this book was sooo bad but sooo good I’m dieing for book 2 and this book has became a book I’ll read for many years. 5/5 stars. ~~~JUSTIN 

Wesley James Ruined My Life- Jennifer Honeybourn 


“He’s sweaty– his shaggy blonde hair is sticking to his neck– but it’s the good kind of sweaty. The sexy kind of sweaty. Wait. Why am I noticing his sweat? Why am I noticing anything about Wesley James? I should be focusing on my master plan to get him fired, not about how sexy he looks or whether or not he smells good.”

This was a very quick read. The storyline caught my attention with a broken family, love and some kind of revenge. I wanted to be hooked but I felt more annoyed and awkward throughout. 

Quinn is a huge bitch with an ego to match. The grudges she holds and the vendetta she has against Wesley is downright cruel and completely unnecessary. Quite a few times she goes above and beyond to make his life as miserable as possible. And all of this over something she doesn’t know the full story about. Yes, I know, we have all been in that place. Something we heard when we were younger breaks a friendship and things get thrown around. But that’s it! When it’s over… it’s over. We grow up and move on, but not for our girl Quinn. 

Wesley moves back to town and wants to reconnect with Quinn. She has plans of her own. She’s gross and appalling at her schemes and tricks. If you didn’t hate her before you will definitely hate her when she uses a guy who has a crush on her to make Wesley jealous. And all Wesley wants is to be loved and liked. 

If Wesley was a real person, I know too many girls who would jump at the chance to be with a genuinely nice guy. Quinn is just an evil asshole with a childish demeanor. Her petty games ruined this book. 

The thing that got me was the smoochy lovey dovey ending. We all knew what was going to happen but it didn’t make it less cute. I loved dreaming of new love in a different place. Living in her grandmothers footsteps. 

And don’t get me started on the crazy family drama. Talk about a definite save! 

Now go out, explore, and fall in love!! 😍

2/5

*SF*

My Most Anticipated August Releases

My Most Anticipated August Releases

Hi, everyone!

August is right around the corner, which means more wonderful Young Adult books are coming out! Check out my most anticipated Young Adult releases for August!


Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

Release Date: August 8, 2017

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A magical new world with adventure, romance, and an intriguing plot? Count me in! Faris will do whatever she can to protect her younger sister, especially when her sister is sold into slavery. When Faris agrees to a scheme to buy her sister, she inadvertently binds herself to Princess Bryn, a power-hungry royal looking to sit on the throne. Faris must now smuggle magic into Avinea with the help of North, a traveling magician, and Faris can’t help but start to fall for North. The fate of the kingdom is at stake and Faris needs to figure out how to work through this dangerous game of magic and intrigue, if she hopes to save her sister and many others.

Preorder Shimmer & Burn

*Mary Taranta has an awesome preorder giveaway for those who preorder her debut! Fill out the form here.


The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Release Date: August 8, 2017

IMG_1461High school girl? Check. Good grades? Check. Have to save the world from demons? Whaaaat? Genie Lo thought she was just an average high school student with her only worries being about volleyball, family, and grades. That all changes when she finds out she is meant to save the world from demons with the help from no one other than the Monkey King! I luckily received an advanced copy of this fantastic Chinese folklore tale and my review will be posted soon. This is such a wonderful read, I highly recommend picking this up. And even though I have already read it, it is still one of my most anticipated releases for August. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is everything I hoped it would be and more!

Preorder The Epic Crush of Genie Lo


The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Release Date: August 8, 2017

Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon: her heart in exchange for an escape from her current life. She becomes “heartless,” and starts to realize that the trade may be a nightmare she did not sign up for. In this new world, Dee teams up with other deal-making teens and soon finds herself growing closer to one charming and secretive boy. The Hearts We Sold sounds like such a lush, yet atmospheric read; I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Preorder The Hearts We Sold


Crystal Blade by Kathryn Purdie

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Release Date: August 15, 2017

This is the second installment in the Burning Glass series. I highly enjoyed Burning Glass and I am looking forward to the continuation of Sonya’s story! Kathryn Purdie is a great storyteller and she weaves such beautiful writing into her stories, so if you have not already read Burning Glass, you need to now!

Purchase Burning Glass

Preorder Crystal Blade

*Kathryn Purdie also has a special preorder giveaway for those who fill out the required fields here!


Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

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Release Date: August 15, 2017

I am super excited for this book, and you should be, too! Iris and Malina are twins who are born with a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. They live in Old Town Cattaro, where their mother runs a bakery. When their mother is attacked and left hovering between life and death, the sisters must look into their history and the ancient curse that is part of their family. Lies and secrets will come to the surface, but will the sisters be strong enough to overcome these secrets and save their mother?

Preorder Wicked Like a Wildfire


Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: August 29, 2017

IMG_1459Who doesn’t love Wonder Woman? This book is going to be amazing, and I know my fellow co-blogger, Stacy, has read this beauty and has posted a review about it here. Plus, the amazingness that is Leigh Bardugo wrote this wonderful piece of work, so it is no question that I’ll be at the bookstore on release day. If you love superheroes and girl power, Wonder Woman: Warbringer is a book you do not want to miss!

Preorder Wonder Woman: Warbringer

*Leigh Bardugo has a great preorder giveaway! Check out the details here.


Here is a list of other books coming out in August:

August 1

  • Blight by Alexandra Duncan
  • Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor
  • These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips
  • Venturess by Betsy Cornwell

August 8

  • In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody
  • Reunited by Colleen Houck

August 15

  • A Map for Wrecked Girls by  Jessica Taylor
  • Ferocious by Paula Stokes
  • The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims

August 22

  • Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
  • The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes
  • The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker
  • The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

August 29

  • All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
  • The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
  • The Keep of Ages by Caragh M. O’Brien
  • Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell

These are not all the wonderful books coming out in August, so make sure to check out Goodreads and your local bookstore for other upcoming August releases.

What books are you looking forward to coming out in August? 

♥ Nikole

First half of fav 2017 reads 

It’s that time of year again where I do my first half of 2017 fav reads I try to do my best 1-10 but some are equally tied or not enough finally give ranks but here they are. 

1.operation prom date by cindi madsen

This book is very low key and never ever talked about from entangled teen and oh my this book is sooo fluffy and swoon worthly I love it sooo much. And great read every prom season. 

2.perfect by Cecilia ahern 

Book starts right where book 1 end with this dystopian novel. Usually second books in dystopian books might not do as good but this is not one of them from page 1 to end none stop action literally and sad to see it end but amazing book. 

3. Flame In the mist by Renee adhieh (#1 for fantasy)

Slow burn book but it was really good and can’t wait for book 2. Ps looking back at my good reads I don’t have many fantasy books and if I did wasn’t highly ranked.

Rest are books I overly enjoyed but couldn’t judge which one’s liked better but for viewing process I’ll add a # to them to see it clearly 

#4. Girl in pieces by Kathleen Glasgow 

5. Fill in boyfriend by kasie west 

This book has the perfect contemporary touch and enjoyed it very much and recommend it.

6.#famous by jilly gagnon

7. how it feels to fly by Kathy Holmes

8. Traitor to the throne by Alwyn Hamilton

9. Obsidian and stars by Julie Eshbaugh

Ok this book should be near my top top since I loved it so much. It had me with all the feels and emotions sooo worth the read. Just had tissues on hand. 

10. Mulberry moon by Catherine Anderson

This was first read of the year and was cute nice way start the year.

11. Perks of wall flower

If you seen the movie then you have pretty much seen the book not much changes between the 2 just more scenes for the aunt. 

12. Unspoken by cc hunter

Last book in after midnight series it how ever say for Della and want to cry it’s like last shadow falls novel. What am I supposed to do?!?!? Wah it’s Hp, the selection vampire academy/ bloodlines all over again. 😭😭😭

13. Female of species 

That ending that’s all gotta say. 

14. Midnight jewel by Richelle mead

Going in unsure if I would like it since didn’t like as much the glittering court but I loved this.

15. Haunting the deep by Adriana Mather

I enjoyed book 1 with its fall Halloween thrill plus aspects of the Salem witch trials and add in the author is 12th generation Mather from the trials. Well comes book 2 and its sinks you away literally X). Was amazing. 

That’s the top reads of the year you can see rest of my books on my good reads which I have linked in my about me page.  And comment some of your fav reads or if we match with books read ~~~~JUSTIN