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WWW Wednesday: 01/17/18

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

Check out their blog if you’d like to do this too. 🙂

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

#1: I’m currently reading:

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Voiceless by E.G. Wilson

 

#2: I recently finished reading:

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So Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch

It’s been a busy week so I only finished one book. Review will be posted soon!

 

#3: Next on my reading list will be:

 

  1. Expression (Voiceless #2) by E.G. Wilson
  2. Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

I really hope to finish this week’s TBR! *fingers crossed*

 

Sooo, that’s it for Wednesday!

Tell me what you think in the comments or share your WWW to me 🙂 Happy reading!

 

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Book Review: Keeper by Kim Chance

Title: Keeper

Author: Kim Chance

Publication Date:  January 30th 2018

Publisher: Flux Books/North Star Editions

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

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Description

(from Goodreads)

When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.

After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous but powerful spell book. But there’s a problem. The Grimoire has been stolen by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world’s magic.

With the help of her comic-book-loving best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave her life of college prep and studying behind to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book.

 

About the Author

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Kim Chance is an English teacher from Alabama, currently residing in Michigan with her husband and three children. When not writing, Kim enjoys spending time with her family and two crazy dogs, binge-watching Netflix, fangirling over books, and making death-by-cheese casseroles. Keeper is her first young adult novel. Kim is also a YouTuber who loves connecting with other writers.

Connect with Kim Chance:

Website || Twitter || Youtube || Goodreads

 

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Thoughts

Warning: May contain spoilers (maybe only a few)!

 

Keeper by Kim Chance is a fantasy read about Lainey, a teenager whose past is a mystery to herself. Lainey is goal-oriented, she gets good grades and aims to study at top schools for college. Everything changed after she saw a dead woman in an emerald dress. She thought it was just her mind playing tricks on her, but it started following her around. Little did she know that not everything can be explained by logic.

I mostly read sci-fi and fantasy books, that’s why Keeper caught my eye immediately. I love its catch-phrase, “Magic always leaves a mark.” The book features different supernatural creatures like witches, warlocks, seers, faeries, praetorians, etc. Surprisingly, almost every main character is a different creature although some are really unexpected. The back story is well-written. Lainey’s family history was really something.

It was also quite nice how a female character led the story. Every witch from Lainey’s family was assigned to be the Keeper and protector of the Grimoire. It felt good to read how bold those women are in upholding their family’s mission.

Maggie, Lainey’s best friend is human. Yet, she embraced every truth about her friend’s past. It was adorable how Maggie’s into comic books and superheroes. She actually does remind me of someone. Aside from that, she stood by Lainey even when things got pretty crazy.

There’s also Ty, Lainey’s love interest. I did not feel anything at all! I don’t know what’s with all these romance thing to me nowadays but it just feels forced! You see a weird guy fighting on the streets, you suddenly found out that he’s your new classmate. You skip classes with him and bang! Thinking that Lainey aims to be the top of the class. Yes, maybe she’s a little preoccupied of all the revelations but I just don’t feel something real between them.

The story was told in 1st person point of view by Lainey. It was okay, but it gets awkward at times specially in the first half. It felt uncomfortable when I was starting it but it went good on the second half. There are also parts of it where everything felt rushed.

Overall, I rate Keeper by Kim Chance 3 out of 5 stars and I recommend this to fans of fantasy books and those who are interested in supernatural creatures.

 

I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Soooo, have you read this book? Or are you planning to? Tell me what you think in the comments!

 

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WWW Wednesday: 01/10/18

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

Check out their blog if you’d like to do this too. 🙂

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

#1: I’m currently reading:

 

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (a reread)
  2. So Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch

 

#2: I recently finished reading:

 

  1. The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson
  2. Keeper by Kim Chance
  3. Animorphs #2: The Visitor by K.A. Applegate
  4. Animorphs #4: The Message by K.A. Applegate

*Reviews will be posted soon

 

#3: Next on my reading list will be:

 

  1. Voiceless by E.G. Wilson
  2. Expression (Voiceless #2) by E.G. Wilson
  3. Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

 

Sooo, that’s it for Wednesday!

Tell me what you think in the comments or share your WWW to me 🙂 Happy reading!

 

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Book Review: The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson

Title: The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray

Author: B.A. Williamson

Publication Date:  May 15th 2018

Publisher: North Star Editions/Jolly Fish Press

Genre: Childrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Adventure

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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Description

(from Goodreads)

Gwendolyn Gray faces an overwhelming battle every day: keeping her imagination under control. It’s a struggle for a dreamer like Gwendolyn, in a city of identical gray skyscrapers, clouds that never clear, and grown-ups who never understand.

But when her daydreams come alive and run amok in The City, the struggle to control them becomes as real as the furry creatures infesting her bedroom. Worse yet, she’s drawn the attention of the Faceless Gentlemen, who want to preserve order in The City by erasing Gwendolyn and her troublesome creations.

With the help of two explorers from another world, Gwendolyn escapes and finds herself in a land of clockwork inventions and colorful creations. Now Gwendolyn must harness her powers and, with a gang of airship pirates, stop the Faceless Gentlemen from destroying the new world she loves and the home that never wanted her—before every world becomes gray and dull.

 

About the Author

 

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B. A. Williamson is the overly caffeinated writer of The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray. When not doing battle with the demons in the typewriter, he can be found wandering Indianapolis with his family, singing in a tuxedo, or taming middle-schoolers. He is a recipient of the Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship.

Connect with B.A. Williamson:

Website || Twitter || Goodreads

 

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Thoughts

The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson is a fantasy read about a 12 year old girl whose imagination is vast. Gwendolyn, with her red hair, always stands out. She lives in a grey world where everything is dull colored and uniformed. The red-headed girl was special, although others look at her as a freak. Everything changed after Gwendolyn gave her classmate bunny ears.

B.A. Williamson is a new author to me and I admit that the cover and title immediately caught my attention which made me request it from NetGalley. I can say that it was written quite nicely. Williamson made a great job at creating different worlds including where Gwendolyn came from. The book is divided into three parts which indicates the phases of their adventures.

Gwendolyn is different. She doesn’t exactly blend in. She has a very wild imagination like kids these days and she refuses to be part of a boring world. I love how she still chose to be herself and stand up for who she is. Gwendolyn still doubts herself but she is a really loving daughter. All she thought about was how she was going to find her way back to her family. She reminds me of Merida from Brave.

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Starling and Sparrow are Gwendolyn’s adventure companion. They’re brother and sister that came from a whole new world. The characters are great. They all have their very own personalities. Sparrow is a little stubborn. Starling is quite older and acts like a disciplinarian. I actually see myself in her because I’m the eldest child in the family.

It took me almost a week to finish reading this because I was in the middle of a reading slump. (I think I still am, somebody help me!)  But when I got to the second part, I couldn’t get enough of it. Every character turned out to be lovable and the story got more interesting. I got the feeling wherein I belong to the world itself.

It’s a pretty colorful read. The book is not just great for middle-grades but for every other age as well.  The book has a dystopian opening but it slowly came to life. It was like, a whole new world opened up for them (the characters and also us, readers).

What I didn’t like is the unnecessary romance! Gwendolyn wasn’t even in her teens yet. She was twelve but to force her into romance? I didn’t like it at all. It seems a little forced and maybe even slightly creepy. But all that aside, it ended really well. The revelations and plot twists left my mouth hanging open.

Overall, I rate The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray 4 out of 5 stars and I look forward to reading more of the author’s works!

 

I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Soooo, have you read this book? Or are you planning to? Tell me what you think in the comments!

 

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TBR: January 2018 Reads!

I’ve been on a huge reading slump during the holidays and I’ve missed out a lot on books and blogging! I finished one book in more than two weeks and that’s so not the regular me. Well, I’ve been trying to get back to reading and I’m now in the middle of my second read this year!

This month’s TBR consist of some books from my list last month that I didn’t have the chance to read. I’m currently reading Keeper by Kim Chance that I received via Netgalley and I won’t be including it on my new TBR. Here are some of my (hopefully) future reads for January 2018.

 

 

  1. Animorphs #2: The Visitor by K.A. Applegate
  2. Animorphs #4: The Message by K.A. Applegate
  3. So Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch
  4. Voiceless by E.G. Wilson
  5. Expression (Voiceless #2) by E.G. Wilson
  6. Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
  7. The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lilian Jackson Braun
  8. The Zanna Function by Daniel Wheatley
  9. Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing
  10. Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon

 

And maybe I’ll reread Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! Hope I get to finish 10 books (or more) this month since things will start to get pretty busy again.

Aaaaand I’m finally starting the 2018 A to Z Challenge! Got one book down, 25 more to go! Goodluck to everyone participating 🙂

 

Happy reading!

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Book Review: The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith

Title: The Girl and the Grove

Author: Eric Smith

Publication Date:  May 8th 2018

Publisher: Flux

Genre: Teens & YA, Fantasy, Adventure Fiction

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

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Description

(from Goodreads)

Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.

But the voices in Leila’s head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn’t working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park. 

 

About the Author

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Eric Smith is an author, blogger, and literary agent from New Jersey.

He Young Adult books include Inked (Bloomsbury, 2015), Branded (Bloomsbury, 2017), the anthology Welcome Home (Flux, 2017), and the upcoming novel The Girl & the Grove, due out May 2018.

His first humor book, THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO DATING, was published with Quirk Books in December 2013, and has sold into eight languages.

When he isn’t busy working on his own books, he works representing YA, sci-fi, fantasy, and quirky non-fiction with P.S. Literary.

Connect with Eric Smith

Website || Twitter || Goodreads

 

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Thoughts

The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith is about Leila’s adventure as she follows the voices she’s been hearing since she was young. It combines the genres: fantasy and adventure. Leila is an adopted child and has been with different foster parents, so the book also dwells on adoption and being an orphan.

I like how Leila seems so pure. She has this absolute love for the environment and takes care of her own sapling at her new parents’ backyard. Her best friend, Sarika is the friend that we all need in our lives! Sarika loves Leila unconditionally and is always there for her. She’s the friend who’ll always protect you from bullies and stands up for what she believes in. The characters are easy to love especially Leila’s adoptive parents.

I enjoy the part where Eric Smith featured the characters’ message boards. It was like I was reading directly from their blogs or something like that. I like how active they are in environmental issues. The Girl and the Grove also delivers a message about protecting and conserving our forests, endangered species and historical places.

Leila’s past was revealed throughout the story and boy, was it shocking. Great concept. Although there are some things that feels too forced. It was like some parts of the book were just put together hastily. The first half was great. It provided the needed backgrounds in order to understand each character. But when I reached the second half, it almost felt rushed. Everything happened so fast.

The plot is great. It’s pretty intriguing but I wasn’t fully satisfied on how the story was told. Also, I didn’t feel anything on the “romance” part. It felt unnatural. I think the story would be pretty great to even without the whole “falling in love” part.

Overall, I rate The Girl and the Grove, 3 out of 5 stars. Despite of the things that I did not end up liking, I was still pleased with the ending.

 

I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Soooo, have you read this book? Or are you planning to? Tell me what you think in the comments!

 

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WWW Wednesday: 01/03/18

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

Check out their blog if you’d like to do this too. 🙂

This is the first WWW post of the year and I’d like to greet everyone a Happy New Year!

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

#1: I’m currently reading:

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The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson

I’ve been reading this book for more than a week now. Hopefully, I’d finish it tomorrow.

 

#2: I recently finished reading:

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The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith

From Goodreads:

Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.

But the voices in Leila’s head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn’t working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park.

*REVIEW WILL BE POSTED SOON

 

#3: Next on my reading list will be:

 

  1. Keeper by Kim Chance
  2. So Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch
  3. Animorphs #2: The Visitor by K.A. Applegate
  4. Animorphs #4: The Message by K.A. Applegate

Those are the remaining books on my TBR last week, looking forward to read them this week! *fingers crossed*

 

Sooo, that’s it for Wednesday!

Tell me what you think in the comments or share your WWW to me 🙂 Happy reading!

 

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