*Arc Review* Neverworld Wake- Marisha Pessl

“There are rules of this world, and there is what you do when life comes crashing down around you.”

This was my first experience with this author and my expectations were high. Readers lead me in a direction that this author was the best at what she does, but this was such a huge letdown.

From page one I knew that it was going to be a strange read and I’m not denying that it wasn’t. The story just reminded me of things I have read before with a mix of an episode of the Twilight Zone with a dash of the movie Happy Death Day. So for me it was a case of the dejavu’s. Kind of like a been there done that situation.

My favorite part of this book is the cover. Its beauty and it’s underlining darkness draws you in. It leads you to this creepy feeling and you can’t let go. Sadly, that was the only thing that stands out with this.

The story is obviously repetitive for reasons that I won’t say and you feel yourself being lead down this dark hole that is nearly inescapable.

The mystery that develops between the pages wasn’t nearly enough to keep me interested but I stuck with it.

If you’re interested in books by this author, I would start with something else.

This is why I should never judge a book by its cover.

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First Line Friday- Bring Me Their Hearts- Sara Wolf

Welcome to First Line Friday where we share the first line in a book.

I’m going to be doing teasers for upcoming books and our book this Friday is Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf.

“King Sref of Cavanos watches me with the deadened eyes of a raven circling a corpse- patient, waiting to devour me the second I let my guard down.”

Synopsis:

Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera’s heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him—every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him—until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.

Happy Reading!!

Claire legrand and phoebie North signing

Sooo on Tuesday I was able to go to Claire legrand’s signing, she is a local author to my state so Iv seen her a lot. Just this signing for myself was 2 states over and a 3 hour car drive. Reason didn’t when close I had work. What made this trip worth it though was I was able meet some book friends I usually don’t in the state of Connecticut, town was Madison. The signing at the store was at rj julies book seller and gotta say this store is sooo cute with small resteraunt style cafe and check out this room just for YA books

So after reading awhile in this room my book friends Melissa and Julie came and ate at the cafe downstairs and met phoebe there as well. By time finished we were all ready for the signing. Which thing we had were a queen see which queen you were a poster of the world & some snacks. Then came signing which is always fun to learn the world. Ect. So that able take some photo’s with props after the signing sooo yea was fun. Oh did I say I did get murdered can see below.

~~~~JUSTIN

Good reads Monday

This time around I had to go near my front of my good reads tbr and this may sound bad but my book is

And just never got to it. But I should have had since in acknowledgments I’m in there since the author needed help with people who worked at haunted houses and I worked at one but shockingly we didn’t meet in a book group we met in a neopets group. Yes I said that right neopets. Which is still around but barely thriving. And best part about these series since it’s mystery each book can be read as it’s story.

So hope you check it out. I know I will be soon.

*Arc Review* Carnival Magic- Amy Ephron

“Remember, sometimes the best way to see someone again is not to say good-bye.”

We all have those fond memories of the Carnival. Where you begged and pleaded for your parents to take you. And when you finally get there, the air felt different. Like maybe you were in a different world. But in the end, we all had that same feeling, as if that place held all the answers to the universe and we all left with a little magic in our hearts. This is what that book reminded me of. All those fond memories from the past that you hold so dear to your heart.

It took some time for me to actually get into this one. And It kind of dragged for me until the hall of mirrors. After you are introduced to that clever trick, that is when the story fully develops.

The brother and sister combo is really sweet and you cheer them on as they go on one wacky adventure at the carnival. We all should feel envious but not that much as we see what they endure.

As I was reading this, I kept thinking about all the people who I’m going to recommend this to at work. It had a lot of strong vocabulary building words. I know parents will love that not only are their kids reading but they are learning new words that they haven’t been introduced to yet.

Having an imagination kind of disappears as you grow older but this will bring it right back into your world. Just remember to Touch The Sky!!!