Review: Teen Titans: Raven

Title: Teen Titans: Raven
Author: Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Ink
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

When a tragic accident takes the life of 17-year-old Raven Roth’s foster mom—and Raven’s memory—she moves to New Orleans to recover and finish her senior year of high school.

Starting over isn’t easy. Raven remembers everyday stuff like how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. And when impossible things start happening, Raven begins to think it might even be better not to know who she was before.

But as she grows closer to her new friends, her foster sister, Max, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she’s ready to face what’s buried in the past… and the darkness building inside her.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and first-time graphic novel artist Gabriel Picolo comes this riveting tale of finding the strength to face who you are and learning to trust others—and yourself.

Review:

I didn’t know anything about Raven before reading this graphic novel, but I loved her!

This is a great origin story for Raven. She gets into a car accident right at the beginning, and gets amnesia. Since she can’t remember who she is, she learns about herself along with the reader. This was a great technique to introduce Raven’s powers while not explaining things she already knew.

I loved the illustrations in the book too. It was mostly in shades of black, white, and gray with the exception of Raven. She often had purple accents in her clothes or her hair. This made her stand out. There were some parts in full colour, especially when characters liked each other or went on dates. This was a great contrast in colours.

I loved this graphic novel! I’m excited to read the rest of the series!

What to read next:

Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige, Stephen Byrne

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle, Isaac Goodhart

Have you read Teen Titans: Raven? What did you think of it?

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Blog Tour Review: The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2)

Title: The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2)
Author: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: August 13 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A stunning conclusion to the sci-fi romance duology by writing duo Krista & Becca Ritchie, The Last Hope is filled with twists and turns you’ll never see coming.

Sacrifice all you have to survive.

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity. 

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins. 

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost. 

Review:

I was so excited to read this sequel!

I loved The Raging Ones when I first read it. It had so many twists at the end that I didn’t see coming. This story also had loads of twists. There are so many pieces to the puzzle of how Franny, Mykal, and Court came to be where they were. The story was very complete at the end, with no loose ends.

The ending was also open to a continuation. This series is a duology, but I would love to see what happens in their future.

This is a fun science fiction story that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Thank you Wednesday Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

About the Author:

Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times Bestselling Authors and identical twins, one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek. With their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Graduates from the University of Georgia in Biology and English & Journalism, the twin writing duo now lives in Atlanta. The Raging Ones is their first young adult novel.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.kbritchie.com/index.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KBRitchie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KBRitchie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kbmritchie/

Buy the book:

http://wednesdaybooks.com/galaxies-and-kingdom/the-last-hope/

Thank you to Wednesday Books for letting me participate in this blog tour.

Review: Red, White and Royal Blue

Title: Red, White and Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. 

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

Review:

This book definitely lived up to the hype!

I loved this parallel universe with a queer romance between a prince and a first son. They were such a cute couple! It really didn’t feel that far off from the future. Things are changing everyday, and I can imagine these kinds of changes in these historical institutions. However, it was heartbreaking that these two boys, who were perfect for each other, could have been kept apart because of some people’s prejudice.

Some of the parts were predictable, but that’s what I loved about the story. I could tell that Alex and Henry would get together, because of the tension between them. I also predicted that they would be caught in some way because that was the danger of their relationship becoming public.

I’m so glad I read this story! I loved it!

Thank you St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Royals (Royals #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins

Have you read Red, White and Royal Blue? What did you think of it?

Blog Tour Review: Season of the Witch

Title: Season of the Witch
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Publisher
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s the summer before her sixteenth birthday, and Sabrina Spellman knows her world is about to change. She’s always studied magic and spells with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda. But she’s also lived a normal mortal life – attending Baxter High, hanging out with her friends Susie and Roz, and going to the movies with her boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle.

Now time is running out on her every day, normal world, and leaving behind Roz and Susie and Harvey is a lot harder than she thought it would be. Especially because Sabrina isn’t sure how Harvey feels about her. Her cousin Ambrose suggests performing a spell to discover Harvey’s true feelings. But when a mysterious wood spirit interferes, the spell backfires in a big way.

Sabrina has always been attracted to the power of being a witch. But now she can’t help wondering if that power is leading her down the wrong path. Will she choose to forsake the path of light and follow the path of night?

Review:

This is a great prequel to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

I read the graphic novel of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina before I watched the show on Netflix. The graphic novel was the creepiest one I’ve ever read! The show is also quite creepy and gruesome. I was so glad that this book didn’t have the same horror themes.

I loved the way the characters were introduced in this story. The story added a lot to the plot, by introducing the characters before the beginning of the show. It also gave a lot of the background on Ambrose, who I always found was a confusing character, as to how and why he was there. It also gave some details on Harvey’s family.

I really enjoyed this story!

Thank you Scholastic for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert Hack

About the Author:

SARAH REES BRENNAN is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have been long-listed for the Carnegie Medal and short-listed for both a Nebula Award and a Hugo Award, as well as received multiple starred reviews. Her most recent novels include In Other Lands, Tell the Wind and Fire and the Lynburn Legacy trilogy. 

Giveaway:

5 copies of SABRINA: SEASON OF THE WITCH by SARAH REES BRENNAN

US Only

Link:http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86388/?

Blog Tour Schedule:

July 24th

Popthebutterfly Reads– Creative Post/Bookstagram
The Reading Life- Bookstagram
Book Slaying– Review & Favorite Quotes

July 25th

One More Chapter– Review
Booked J- Review
Rhythmicbooktrovert- Review & Favorite Quotes


July 26th

Lost in Storyland- Interview
Starlight Reads- Bookstagram
BookCrushin- Creative Post

July 27th

The Book Nut– Playlist
onemused- Bookstagram
Morgan Vega- Review

July 28th

Here’s to Happy Endings– Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads– Interview

July 29th

Moonlight Rendezvous– Review
Jill’s Book Blog- Review
The Reading Corner for All- Bookstagram

July 30th

Story-eyed Reviews– Review & Favorite Quotes
Musings of a (Book) Girl- Review/Creative Post
Twilight Reader- Playlist
A Book Addict’s Bookshelves- Playlist

Thank you The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Scholastic for letting me participate in this blog tour.

Have you read Season of the Witch? What did you think of it?

Review: Riverdale Student Handbook

Title: Riverdale Student Handbook
Author: Jenne Simon
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Riverdale High student handbook looks like an ordinary introduction to the high school. There’s class photos and a campus map and student guidelines from Principal Weatherbee. But what you really need to know about Riverdale, can’t be found in an official handbook. 

Luckily, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and other classmates have gotten hold of the guide. They’ve slipped in classified student records, private notes, and secret photos and scribbled their own notes with tips on surviving Riverdale High.

Review:

I just finished catching up with the latest season of Riverdale! This book was released last year, so it’s a little dated now. I still loved reading about this crazy school!

This student handbook contains information about academics and extracurricular activities. It also has editorial notes from the students, mostly Veronica and Cheryl, though some others comment at times. It was funny to read their opinions and edits of the handbooks, especially when they inserted their own documents, like autopsy reports and arrest documents.

This was a really fun book! It’s a must read for fans of Riverdale.

What to read next:

The Day Before (Riverdale #1) by Micol Ostow

Have you read Riverdale Student Handbook? What did you think of it?

Review: The Wise and the Wicked

Title: The Wise and the Wicked
Author: Rebecca Podos
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies—a destiny as inescapable as it is inevitable. Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother, although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It’s a fool’s errand, because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one’s Time.

Until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky’s death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she’d be allowed to hope for—life, love, time—seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family’s history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope. 

Review:

This story reminded me of The Raven Cycle. Ruby’s family is a little like Blue’s family in that series. They both have some mystical powers. The women in Ruby’s family see their death when they get to a certain age. It’s called their Time. They had to flee their original home in Russia generations before because their family was being hunted by a man. This old battle was reopened in this story.

I liked this story but I found some parts confusing and unclear. There are some queer characters, which was great representation. One character was transgender. I thought that the character magically changed gender in some way, so it was only later that I realized they were living as a transgender person.

I also found the multiple generations of the family confusing. There hadn’t been that much time since the family moved from Russia, but they made it sound like it was many generations ago rather than two. A family tree could have helped me keep everything straight.

This is a good story.

Thank you HarperCollins Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Love and Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford

Have you read The Wise and the Wicked? What did you think of it?

Review: My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant

Title: My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant
Author: Laura Dockrill
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

This honest, laugh-out-loud novel brimming with body positivity, bite-sized nuggets of feminism, and commentary on eating will have readers rooting for sixteen-year-old BB as she navigates her world while maintaining her plucky zest for life even in the most trying of times.

It’s a food diary. I have to tell the truth. That’s the point.

Sixteen-year-old Bluebelle, also known as BB or Big Bones, lives her life unapologetically. She loves life! She loves food!

When BB has a worse-than-usual asthma attack, her mom insists she go to the doctor. There, she is told that she is overweight (no surprise) and prediabetic (big surprise) and must lose weight, move more, and keep a food diary. To get out of this immediate health crisis, she agrees to make an effort.

Then a tragedy occurs in the family, and things get seriously complicated. Suddenly, losing weight and moving more are the least of her worries. As for the food diary, though, BB doesn’t just document what she’s eating, she documents what she’s feeling–and she has a lot to say!

Review:

This story was both hilarious and heartbreaking.

Bluebelle is told that she is obese and needs to lose weight after a serious asthma attack. A nurse gives her a food diary to keep track of her diet. The diary ends up turning into a journal where she talks about everything in her life. It takes a serious accident for her to rethink her life choices.

There was so much delicious food described in this book! This is definitely not a book to read when you’re hungry. There was a paragraph that described toast, which made me crave it. I’ve never read toast described in such detail before!

The only thing that bothered me about this book was the cover. The character is supposed to be so obese that she is unhealthy, or at least that is the way she is described. However, the girl on the cover looks like she’s a healthy body weight. I wish her size was represented with a more appropriate model on the cover.

I really enjoyed this story!

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh

Have you read My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant? What did you think of it?