Book Review: Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 2 in the Perfect Chemistry series

Summary

This book follows Carlos Fuentes as he adjusts to life in Colorado. He grew up in Chicago and most of his family is in Mexico, except for his brother in Colorado. His family hopes that the move will help him and his gang-leaning ways. At his new school, he finds himself attracted to Kiara, a blend-into-the-background sort of girl.

What I Liked

  • Sometimes it’s nice to pick up a young adult romance such as this. It flowed decently well and I was able to read it in a day or less. I love the predictability of romances sometimes, and this was no exception.
  • Some of the pranks the characters pull on each other are fun and creative. It was nice to see that as well.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The relationship moved crazy fast! I know this is fairly typical in romance novels, but this seemed a little extreme. At the very least, we didn’t see as much relationship building as you would expect.
  • Kiara didn’t have very much personality in the book. Her pranks were fun and quirky, and she definitely had her moments, but as a whole she was pretty unmemorable.
  • The ending seemed way too easy and quite unrealistic. Compared to the first book, this was a little disappointing.

In Conclusion

If you liked Perfect Chemistry (book 1) or if you’re a fan of books like Anna and the French Kiss, you’ll probably enjoy this one.

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1 year ago: Book Review: Scooby-Doo y el Monstruo de las Nieves (Scooby-Doo and the Snow Monster)

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Book Review: Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

This graphic novel follows Willhelmina (Will), a high school student who has to navigate part of her summer without electricity, thanks to the storm Whitney, which knocked out the power.

(“Storm”, in this case, actually means “storm”, like a thunderstorm or hurricane. When I first read the synopsis, I definitely thought Whitney was a person who “blew into” her life and messed it up. But no, Whitney is the name of a storm.)

What I Liked

  • “Poignant” is probably the best way to describe this graphic novel.
  • This reminded me of Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. I saw this especially in Will’s use of a hobby to deal with loss. (Will’s hobby is building lamps out of found objects, which is really cool! Especially since this is a graphic novel and you get to see her inventions.)

My Favorite Lines/Pages

(This book didn’t have page numbers, so I don’t have those for you.)

  • “‘Reality might suck right now, but I guarantee things will change.’
    ‘How do you know?’
    ‘Because things always do.'”
  • “‘You know. You fake it ’til you make it.’
    ‘So… Act the part until you become it?’
    ‘Yeah! If you always challenge yourself, you get used to being outside your comfort zone.’
    ‘Huh, that’s like being comfortable being uncomfortable.'”

What I Didn’t Like

  • Thanks to reading the synopsis beforehand, I was sort of expecting a girl named Whitney to show up. Turns out, Whitney is a storm, and Will is short for Willhelmina. I was just a tad confused for a bit. 😛

In Conclusion

If you are a fan of Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, you’ll probably enjoy this book. It’s also great for anyone looking for a young adult graphic novel.

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1 year ago: Book Review: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Can’t-Wait Wednesday

CAN'T

I got this idea from Wishful Endings who hosts a weekly link-up for books for which people are waiting. So here is a book that I can’t wait for!

Wildcard by Marie Lu

While I don’t think I loved Warcross as much as others did, I still enjoyed it enough that I have to find out what happens next! Wildcard is the next book in the series, and it’s expected to come out on September 18. I’m not reading much about the sequel so I don’t go in with weird expectations.

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What books are you looking forward to reading?

❤️ Annette

1 year ago: Can’t-Wait Wednesday

Book Review: Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gullege

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

This graphic novel follows high schooler Paige Turner as she works to push beyond her comfort zone – both as an artist and as a person. She’s just moved to New York and buys a sketchbook to challenge herself to be a better artist. Along the way she makes discoveries about herself and the world around her, and we (the readers) get to follow along.

What I Liked

  • I loved the art in this book. The comic itself is beautiful, but I love how the author incorporated a lot of out of the box ideas into the book. We see Paige’s story intertwined with fun sketches and ideas from her sketchbook. The author also includes artwork from a couple others, which pops out in a fun way because they are usually in a different style.
  • This was just a happy, feel-good story. There’s a touch of romance, and the main character is constantly working to improve herself by doing things that make her uncomfortable. While it reads like a coming-of-age story, it seems very relatable to life as a whole (or at least to me, in my late twenties).

My Favorite Lines/Pages

(This book didn’t have page numbers, so I don’t have those for you.)

  • There’s an image at the beginning where Paige goes to school. Across the building there is a banner that says BE AN EXTROVERT, as the artist’s way of showing the pressure Paige is feeling when walking into this world. I liked this because I feel that’s a common pressure, especially for those with social anxiety. I also liked this because (spoiler in white, highlight to read) at the end of the book this image reappeared, but the banner had a new one over it that read BE A PAIGE. (Be yourself! I love that the character grew into herself throughout the book.)
  • “It’s up to me to sculpt myself into who I want to be…”
  • “Okay, so maybe I am self-absorbed. But who isn’t? When someone looks at one of my drawings, it reflects back THEM. Not me.” (This made me laugh because it’s totally true.
  • There’s an image where she’s holding a large heart (representing dating/romance) and is surrounded by banana peels. Like she’s afraid one wrong step will screw everything up.

What I Didn’t Like

  • It was a little cliche. But it the creativity and artistry makes up for that.

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for a beautiful and fun graphic novel about someone discovering themself, this is the book for you.

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Book Review: Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce

Book also by Julie Holderman, Timothy Liebe, and Megan Messinger

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

This book takes place after the events of all of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books so far. If you haven’t read them yet, you should! They’re all like my favorite books ever. The series are Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, Protector of the Small, and The Daughter of the Lioness. (affiliate links) It is a collection of papers found in George Cooper’s trunk, which means there are a lot of cool things in this book such as:

  • Details on how the spy system of Tortall is set up
  • Letters from Ali and Thom’s childhood
  • Bios of characters throughout the series
  • Accounts of the food served at feasts
  • Killing machine reports
  • How Lord Sir Wyldon of Cavall became training master
  • Daine’s immortal notes
  • Dimplomat’s Guide to Tortall (including holidays celebrated in the country)
  • Nealan of Queenscove’s poetry
  • A timeline of Tortall up to 463 H.E.

What I Liked

  • Tortall is probably my favorite fictional land ever. So I loved every second I spent reading this book. It was great to see a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff that happened during the different series.
  • This book is beautiful. It’s put together like a collection of papers, so some of them have cup rings or ink splots or (images of) wax seals and lots of other cool stuff. I love books like this that are in a slightly different format, or appear to be more of a hand-written collection than a book.
  • The timeline was fantastic – now I finally know the ages of each character at any given point in time, which was always sort of an estimate for me. If you haven’t read the series yet, I wouldn’t read this book though, because the timeline includes everything.
  • I loved the sections with sketches – the bios of different side characters, and Daine’s notes on immortals.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The thing that Alanna reveals at the very beginning of the book isn’t discussed at all for the rest of the book. 😦 The timeline doesn’t go that far either, so I guess we’ll just have to hope that Tamora Pierce writes about it in another series? 😀 😀
  • Because this is more or less a reference to Tortall, it could be a little dry at times. I loved it because I love all of Tortall, but if you’re not as big of a fan, maybe it wouldn’t hold your attention.

In Conclusion

Someone buy this book for me? 😀 If you’re a fan of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall, you’ll love this book. And if you’re not a fan of Tortall, you clearly haven’t read her books – so go read them!

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Book Review: The Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(⭐)

Summary

Chelsea Martin has always been the ugly duckling wallflower, just doing her best not to stand out and get made fun of. Then her dad makes a big announcement – they’re moving to California, and he’s marrying his girlfriend. Her new stepmother helps Chelsea with a complete makeover – and now she’s getting all the attention. While this is great for her confidence and making new friends, it also means she’s getting a lot of attention from jerks who only like her for her looks. Hence she is dubbed the “jerk magnet”.

What I Liked

  • This book does a great job of addressing what it’s like to be judged by your looks from many different perspectives. She’s attracting both positive and negative attention with her new looks, but she watches and sees how people treat those like she used to be.
  • This book sort of introduces CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) without directly stating it. The character just works to refine her thoughts through a more positive lens. It was really cool to see this thought process because while CBT is super important (especially if you struggle with anxiety or depression), it’s not often conveyed in characters.

Neutral Observations

  • This is a Christian book. Just putting it out there in case that’s not your thing. 🙂
  • The book was a little outdated in what it mentioned – it was written more for me in high school (10ish years ago) than for high schoolers now. Which is probably why I gave it 5 stars when I read it in 2012, but only 4 stars when I re-read it in 2018. (Examples include references to Robert Pattinson/Edward Cullen and “What Not to Wear”.)

What I Didn’t Like

  • There were a couple of phrases or moments that threw me off guard because they wouldn’t be considered politically correct. This author as a whole is great at addressing different mental issues (I mean, see the CBT part above), but described the main character’s thoughts as schizophrenic or socially retarded. Which I thought seemed incongruous with the rest of the book and with the author’s writings as a whole. (She’s one of my favorite authors, so please don’t hate her for the two words I found that just stuck out weirdly to me. Clearly I’m being nitpicky, and the other tens of thousands of words are great. :))

In Conclusion

If you want to read a high school level book regarding what it feels like to be judged by your appearances, this one is perfect for you.

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Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Emika Chen is just barely scraping by, using her hacking skills to track down criminals as a bounty hunger. That is, until she accidentally glitches into the Warcross virtual championships. That’s when everything changes. We get to follow her as she uses her hacking skills and explores the different virtual worlds of Warcross, as well as the intricacies posed by its creator and most popular players.

What I Liked

  • I loooved the world. It’s ours, but slightly in the future, when virtual reality becomes easily available for everyone. Now there’s a digital layer on top of the existing world, as well as the super cool game of Warcross. Being able to control what you see out of your car windows, or talk to people who speak a different language (and see instant translation), or play a game that allows you to fly… how cool!
  • The last third of the book.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The first two thirds of the book? They weren’t horrible, but they were very slowly paced. If I didn’t want to discuss this book with my friends, I probably wouldn’t have pushed through to finish it at all. Don’t get me wrong, the ending, and the last third, is great enough that the book still got four stars from me. But man, it took a while to get there!

In Conclusion

If you have the patience to read 200 pages to get to some action, and if you love futuristic tech or hacking, then you’ll enjoy this book.

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Book Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Alice picks up a lottery ticket for her best friend (and crush) as a joke for his 18th birthday. The ticket turns out to be a multi-million dollar winner. This book follows the aftermath that results. We follow three best friends:

  • Alice, the main character, is madly in love with Teddy, the lottery winner. She is also struggling to come to terms with the fact that, at eighteen, she’s lived without her parents for half of her life. She has to determine how much effect they are going to have on her life moving forward.
  • Teddy is the multi-million dollar winner. He goes from sharing a one-bedroom apartment with his mother to having more money that most people will ever see. And that definitely has some ramifications!
  • Leo is their best friend who has always dreamed of getting into a specific graphic design school. But his (very serious) boyfriend goes to college in Michigan. He’s got a very big decision to make.

What I Liked

  • The whole concept was great. I feel like “winning the lottery” is usually the end of a story, but in this case it was the beginning. It was fun to explore all the ramifications, good and bad, of winning the lottery. I also liked that the author included pretty realistic actions what you would do after winning the lottery. (Google what to do, of course!)
  • I loved all of the characters in this book too. They were well-rounded, and I felt invested in their choices.
  • It wasn’t a cheesy “I’m-a-high-school-senior-who-needs-to-make-seemingly-important-but-cliche-decisions” sort of book. The decisions actually were important.

What I Didn’t Like

  • This book made me cry quite a bit. It was well written, which means I got invested in the characters and when things were difficult for them, it made me cry. It wasn’t in a beautiful sort of way though, like in Letters to the Lostit just made me sort of depressed. 😦
  • This one is a spoiler, so highlight over the white text to see it:
    I felt like Teddy’s attitude shift toward’s Alice at the end was sort of unexpected. I can see where the author tried to lead up to it, but it still felt like a pretty sudden switch in character. It also felt like too easy an ending. Although it’s definitely what I wanted, for Alice’s sake, I’m not sure it was the most realistic. Plus, I sort of liked Sawyer too.

In Conclusion

This is a pretty cute young adult novel.

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100 Book Quotes + Giveaway

I now have over 100 followers! 🎉 To celebrate, this post has 100 quotes about books. Not all of them have attributions – some of them are just fun sayings. If you know of an attribution that I don’t have, please let me know.

PLUS I also have a young adult book giveaway!! Details are at the end of this post.

  1. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
  2. “Bookmarks are for quitters.”
  3. “A day without reading is like… just kidding. I have no idea.”
  4. “We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too.”
  5. “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” Oscar Wilde
  6. “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” J. K. Rowling
  7. “Everyone is a reader… Some just haven’t found their favorite book yet.”
  8. “You know you’re a bookworm when your house is one book away from being considered a library.”
  9. “I enjoy long romantic walks through the bookstore….”
  10. “Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession… but about securing a portal.” Laura Miller
  11. “Ordinary people have big TVs, extraordinary people have big libraries.”
  12. “I see a book, I see coffee, I see a good day ahead.”
  13. “All the secrets in the world are contained in books.” Lemony Snicket
  14. “A good book makes you want to live in the story. A great book gives you no choice.”
  15. “I have a terrible sleeping disorder. It’s called reading books that are too good.”
  16. “To read a book for the first time is to make a new acquaintance; to read it a second time is to meet an old friend.” Chinese proverb
  17. “The cure for boredom is books. There is no cure for books.”
  18. “The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.” Harper Lee
  19. “I tried everything to get to sleep last night. Well, everything closing the book and putting it on the nightstand. Let’s not get too crazy.”
  20. “Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books – even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome.” William Gladstone
  21. “Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” Lloyd Alexander
  22. “To read or not to read… that is a silly question.”
  23. “Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?” David Baldacci
  24. “Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. Some books just swallow you up heart and soul.” Joanne Harris
  25. All I want is peace, love, understanding and a library bigger than the Grand Canyon.”
  26. “What do you mean ‘I can’t believe you read the whole book already?!’ What are you supposed to do once it’s open?”
  27. “So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.” William James
  28. “I’m a bookaholic on the road to recovery. Just kidding. I’m on the road to the bookstore.”
  29. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Cicero
  30. “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” Descartes
  31. “Book hangover: The struggle a person goes through trying to reconnect with reality after finishing an amazing book.”
  32. “There is space on everyone’s bookshelves for books you have outgrown but can’t give away. They hold your youth between their pages, like flowers pressed on a half-forgotten Summer’s day.”
  33. “Did you order from Amazon again? We’re getting your books their own house.” from Gilmore Girls
  34. “I never understood people who don’t have bookshelves.” George Plimpton
  35. “Hell hath no fury like a woman interrupted in the middle of one of her favorite author’s books.”
  36. “We read to know we’re not alone.” William Nicholson
  37. “When you read a book, the neurons in your brain fire overtime, decinding what the characters are wearing, how they’re standing, and what it feels like the first time they kiss. No one shows you. Your brain paints the pictures.” Meg Rosoff
  38. “A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” Chinese proverb
  39. “I don’t buy books. I adopt them.”
  40. “If there is a book that you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet then you must write it.” Toni Morrison
  41. “Books are proof that humans can work magic.”
  42. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… the man who never reads lives only one.” George R. R. Martin
  43. “Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.” Neil Gaiman
  44. “Books aren’t just made of words, you know… they’re also filled with places to visit and people to meet.”
  45. “To a bibliophile there is only one thing better than a box of new books. And that is a box of old books.”
  46. “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.” Charles Eliot
  47. “I love books because I don’t have to wait for the commercials to be over to find out what happens.”
  48. “Oh for a book and a shady nook either indoors or out with the green leaves whispering overhead or the street cries all about where I may read at all my ease both of the new and old for a jolly good book whereon to look is better to me than gold.” John Wilson
  49. “Books fall open, you fall in.” David McCord
  50. “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and the sweet serenity of books.” Henry Longfellow
  51. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” Walt Disney
  52. “Write to be understood, speak to be heard, and read to grow.” Lawrence Powell
  53. “Reading is to your brain what water is to a tree.” Terry Hill
  54. “When we read and write, we become superheroes, sports starts, mermaids, angels, grown-ups, and crazy creatures.”
  55. “Read more books it’s good for your soul.”
  56. “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” W. Somerset Maugham
  57. “Reading is the ultimate adventure, books are the ultimate destination.” Mark Ankerud
  58. “Great books help you understand, and they help you to feel understood.” John Green
  59. “Did you know that parents are the key reading role models? High frequency reading parents are six times more likely to have high frequency reading children.” Karon Graham
  60. “The stories we love best live in us forever.” J. K. Rowling
  61. “Read in order to live.” Gustave Flaubert
  62. “To find just the right book at the moment when the soul is hungry for it is a miracle, and not a small one.” Jane Steger
  63. “You’re never too old/too wacky/too wild/to pick up a book and read to a child.” Dr. Seuss
  64. “Any books that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” Maya Angelou
  65. “Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.” Paul Theroux
  66. “I walk into a bookstore like I’m in a musical.”
  67. “Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book.”
  68. “Sometimes I forget myself in a book. And when I have to stop reading it takes me a minute to remember where I am. Or who I am.”
  69. “When I’m really into a novel, I’m seeing the world differently during that time – not just for an hour or so in the day when I get to read. I’m actually walking around in a bit of a haze, spellbound by the book and looking at everything through a different prism.” Colin Firth
  70. “You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be – I had a mother who read to me.” Strickland Gillilan
  71. “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
  72. “The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.” Benjamin Franklin
  73. “When I say ‘I wish they would turn this book into a movie’ what I really mean is ‘I wish they would turn this book into a 17-hour-long spectacle that includes every single solitary detail and doesn’t deviate at all from the storyline and has perfect casting.'” Problemsofabooknerd.tumblr.com
  74. “The more you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss
  75. “The best place for your nose is in a book.”
  76. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
  77. “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” Dr. Seuss
  78. “Cutting libraries in a recession is like cutting hospitals in a plague.” Eleanor Crumblehulme
  79. “Reading is dreaming with open eyes.”
  80. “Fill your house with stacks of books, In all the crannies and all the nooks.” Dr. Seuss
  81. “The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.” Rachel Adams
  82. “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” Mark Twain
  83. “Each time a child opens a book, he pushes open the gate that separates him from elsewhere.” Lois Lowry
  84. “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” Confucius
  85. “Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
  86. “What you read when you don’t have to determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” Oscar Wilde
  87. “It has always been great comfort to me that I could bring a book anywhere, to any place. To any part of my life.”
  88. “A book you finish reading is not the same book it was before you read it.” David Mitchell
  89. “One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” Theresa Gray
  90. “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine pleasurably.” C. S. Lewis
  91. “I hate the idea that, when it comes to books and learning, hard is often seen as the opposite of fun. It’s strange to me that we should be so quick to give up on a book or a math problem when we are so willing to grapple, for centuries if necessary, with a single level of Angry Birds.” John Green
  92. “I am simply a book drunkard.” L. M. Montgomery
  93. “Without libraries, what do we have? We have no past and no future.” Ray Bradbury
  94. “There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.” Jacqueline Kennedy
  95. “That’s how it is with books, isn’t it: They’re not in a hurry. They’ll wait for you till you’re ready.” Charles Bukowski
  96. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C. S. Lewis
  97. “If you think reading is boring, you’re doing it wrong.”
  98. “Books are the perfect entertainment; no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everyone doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” Stephen King
  99. “I was born with a reading list I will never finish.” Maud Casey
  100. “I don’t have a favorite book, I have hundreds.” J. K. Rowling

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And now for the fun part – a giveaway!

Winner will receive the following ten books listed below. All of the books are used (I read them :D) but are in very good condition.

The Martian by Andy Weir (paperback)
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (paperback)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (paperback)
Magnolia by Kristi Cook(paperback)
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci (paperback)
Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci (hardcover)
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger (paperback)
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger (hardcover)
Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger (hardcover)
Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger (hardcover)

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Sweepstakes will be open to entry between December 26, 2017 and midnight Arizona time on January 2, 2018. Approximate retail value of giveaway is $32 (US) based on current Amazon prices. No prize substitutions allowed.

Giveaway open to those 18 and older who are residents of the United States. (I don’t have the legal knowledge to open it up to younger or international readers, I’m sorry!)

Winner will be chosen using the Rafflecopter below. I will email the winner on January 3 to get their mailing address. If they don’t respond within a week, I will use the Rafflecopter to choose another winner. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
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Book Review: The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Sage is one of a few orphans chosen by Conner Bevin to pretend to be the long-lost prince. Conner, a nobleman, claims that this is the best for everybody – for the kingdom, for him, and the orphan he chooses. We as the reader get to follow Sage as he competes to be the best false prince for Bevins plan, and as he uncovers the details of the plan.

What I Liked

  • There were a lot of subtle complexities to this book. It wasn’t a mystery, but we were constantly learning new things about all of the characters, the kingdom, and the plan to be a false prince. It kept me intrigued the whole way.
  • I’m struggling to find a way to describe this book without giving much away. Lets just say that it definitely cracks my top five books for this year.

What I Didn’t Like

  • This was clearly written for an upper middle grade or lower young adult audience (similar to the Percy Jackson series I would say). This was fine by me, but I want to let you know in case that isn’t your cup of tea.
  • There was a specific chapter that confused me so much that I had to read it twice. But once I got it…. wow!

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for a great fantasy, this is your book!

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