The Conspiracy of Us Review

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Title: The Conspiracy of Us

Author: Maggie Hall

Release Date: January 13, 2015

Publisher: Putnam Juvenille

Pages: 330 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance–perfect for fans of Ally Carter

Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.”


my review

I’m a sucker for a book with a dress on a cover. So lets just go ahead and assume any book that has a dress on the cover …. was a cover buy!

I actually ended up really enjoying this book. I love the whole YA which guy is she going to go for kind of thing.

Also it’s just a really cool spy book!

The characters are well written, its a fast paced book with lots of twists and turns but it makes you feel for the characters. Excellent read

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A Curious Beginning Review

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)

Title: A Curious Beginning

Author: Deanna Raybourn

Release Date: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Berkley Books

Pages: 368 pages

Genre: Mystery

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsis

In her thrilling new series, Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England…and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell. 

London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth.”


my review

This was another book sent to me by Berkley Publishing. I love the cover on this. Absolutely gorgeous.

The story is really good but I think what makes this book is the characters. They are amazing! Veronica is hilarious and once again another strong leading female. Her interactions with others are just priceless. You will laugh out loud.

When she meets Stoker the book just explodes with greatness! <— that sounds cheesy but seriously so good! Their banter and interactions with each other is basicaly what is making me need to read the rest of this series ASAP.

A great historical mystery book!

 

Murder on Astory Place Review

Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)

Title: Murder on Astor Place

Author: Victoria Thompson

Release Date: September 1, 2009

Publisher:  Berkley Publishing

Pages: 278 pages

Genre: Mystery

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsis

The first Gaslight mystery, newly repackaged.

After a routine delivery, midwife Sarah Brandt visits her patient in a rooming house and discovers that another boarder, a young girl, has been killed. At the request of Sergeant Frank Malloy, she searches the girl’s room, and discovers that the victim is from one of the most prominent families in New York and the sister of an old friend. The powerful family, fearful of scandal, refuses to permit an investigation. But with Malloy’s help, Sarah begins a dangerous quest to bring the killer to justice, before death claims another victim.”


my review

I recieved this book from Berkley Pub! I am a fan of mystery, cozy mystery and historical books! This book was good. Its a great historical mystery. The main character is a very strong female lead. The whole book has a creepy vibe to it which is just great, matches the cover. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy historical mysteries.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World Review

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

Title: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

Author: Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Release Date: February 7, 2017

Publisher: Marvel Press

Pages: 324 pages

Genre: Comic/YA/Tween

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

WHO RUNS THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?


my review

Anyone who knows me in person knows I love squirrels. Like really. I play with them in my backyard. One little one will even sit on my lap.

So when I saw something called Squirrel Girl … how could I not?!

I loved this book!! Squirrel Girl is just a normal friendly girl who is completely oblivious to social situations. I love it! She talks to and plays with squirrels … because she’s half squirrel!

Like every superhero comic she has another side to her and that’s squirrel girl. Where she puts on a hoodie and lets her tail run frree while she you know, saves the world. How amazing!

Three Dark Crowns Review

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

Title: Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 398 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown. ”


my review

Oh goodness this book!

So it started off a bit confusing for me. Just trying to understand who all the characters were and the initial world building was very overwhelming. This may just be me though. Its part of the reason I’m hit or miss with fantasy books. If they make it too complicated it takes away from the plot for me.

But that was just the beginning of the book, after that it was so clear and easy to follow. Turned out to be amazing.

The plot is exactly as the goodreads synopsis explains. Which is good because it made for a fantastic story.

We follow each of the triplets in their preparation for the big night when they are finally allowed to go and find each other to kill each other for the crown. During this there’s a bunch of love affairs and trials and triumphs. Some of it is really graphic and gross … think GOT style. But it never ever takes away from the story.

The best part of this whole book is the ending. Literally the very last paragaph. It just blows your mind. I mean you totally can see it once it’s been revealed, but wowwww! So good!

 

Frostfire Review

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)

Title: Frostfire

Author: Amanda Hocking

Release Date: January 6, 2015

Publisher: St. Martins Griffin

Pages: 321 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsis

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?”


my review

I’ll be honest I bought this book purely because I love winter and snow and well … look at that cover. i was really surprised though I really enjoyed the book and now need to go get the rest.

The book follows Bryn who is a tracker. She is responsible of bringing back changelings to her world. During one of her latest missions she encounters the guy she was crushing on as a kid before something tragic happened to her and her family.

This book reminds me a lot of the Vampire Academy books. I LOOOVVVEEE the Vampire Academy books so the comparison is great. Also the tension between Ridley and Bryn … HOT!

It was a face paced book which made for a quick and easy read, but very enjoyable!

 

August 2017 Wrap Up

Another great reading month! I’ve had a lot of time but that lots of time to read will be gone for the next ten months. Which is completely ok because I’m excited for what’s in store for me 🙂 24 books … that’s almost one every day of the month! I’m even more excited about it because at the beginning of summer I had set out to read all the books I had bought and stored at home. I had a huge list of 65 books! I can say that at the end of this month I officially have only 8 left! Now I guess it’s really 11 because during this month I may have broken my no buying book ban and treated myself to three books … but those are a reward for myself I swear! hahah. I was also sent some amazing books from Berkley Publishing! See anything you’ve read? You want to read? thoughts?


Books I read this month:

The Rome Affair  Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me  Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book  Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #8)  The Museum of Intangible Things  Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #9)  Dreamology  Olive and Let Die (Greek to Me Mystery #2)  Death by Darjeeling (A Tea Shop Mystery, #1)  Tea for Three (A Tea Shop Mystery, #1-3)  If You Find Me  On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (Her Royal Spyness #11)  Off Balance: A Memoir  Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery, #13)  Knit to Be Tied (A Knitting Mystery, #14)  Scorched Eggs (Cackleberry Club, #6)  Murder, Plainly Read (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery #4)  A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1)  The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us, #1)  A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)  Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)  The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World  Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)  Rest in Peach (Georgia Peach Mystery #2)


Favourite Books This Month: *there were a lot this month*

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)  Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery, #13)  Off Balance: A Memoir  On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (Her Royal Spyness #11)  If You Find Me  Dreamology


Books I bought this month:

Daughter of the Burning City  I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France, #1)  A Grave Prediction (A Psychic Eye Mystery, #14)


Books I recieved this month from Berkley:

On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (Her Royal Spyness #11)  Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)  A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)  A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, #1)  The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery, #1)


Books I plan to read in September (I rarely stick to TBR lists …. and I won’t have as much time):

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)  Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah Swensen, #12)  Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen, #13)  Devil's Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #14)  Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen, #15)  A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, #1)  The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery, #1)  Once Upon a Dream: A Twisted Tale  Beauty and the Beast Novelization (Disney)  These Shallow Graves

 

 

July 2017 Wrap Up

errr I know I know but still better late than never! and right after this one I’ll do my August wrap up so that its up tomorrow! I had a really good reading month though! 15 books in one month! Not bad at all


Books I read this month:

Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #10)  Death al Dente (Food Lovers' Village Mystery, #1)  See How They Run (Embassy Row, #2)  A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)  They All Fall Down A Grimm Warning (The Land of Stories, #3)  Perfect Timing  Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen, #11)  Cinderella's Dress (Cinderella's Dress, #1)  Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3) Hearse and Gardens (Hamptons Home & Garden Mysteries #2)    The Love That Split the World  The Crowns of Croswald (The Croswald Series)  Out of the Easy  The Flip Side


Favourite book this month:

The Flip Side  The Crowns of Croswald (The Croswald Series)  The Love That Split the World

 

 

Crowns of Croswald Review

The Crowns of Croswald (The Croswald Series)

Title: The Crowns of Croswald

Author: D.E. Night

Release Date: July 21, 2017

Publisher: Stories Untold Press

Pages: 320 pages

Genre: YA/Children’s Lit

My Rating: 5star


goodreadssynopsis

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.”


my review

I recieved this book from the author in exchange to post on my IG and an honest review!

I am so happy to have recieved this because the book did not disappoint!

The story follows Ivy through a journey. Without saying too much about it because you should all definitely go read it, it has a very Cinderellay vibe to it! Which is fantastic because I love Cinderella stories. But it also has a lot of Harry Potter elements in the sense of a magic school and magical elements. Absolutely fantastic.

The main characters are all likeable especially Ivy and her adorable pet. The setting and story telling is all fantastic. I honestly read this book in one sitting, it was that good.

Absolutely loved it.

Moss Hysteria Review

Moss Hysteria (A Flower Shop Mystery #18)

Title: Moss Hysteria

Author: Kate Collins

Release Date: April 5, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 336 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

Abby and Marco’s new neighborhood isn’t as rosy as it seems in the latest Flower Shop Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Florist Grump and A Root Awakening.
 
Flower shop owner Abby Knight and her husband, Marco, are ecstatic to finally be moving into their new home, despite the prospect of unpacking a seemingly infinite number of boxes. After all, Brandywine—their new subdivision—seems like an oasis with its welcoming neighbors and beautifully manicured lawns.

But their idyllic community is suddenly uprooted when a body is found floating in a nearby pond. The police think Abby and Marco’s helpful next door neighbor is the culprit, but the newlyweds aren’t convinced.

Meanwhile, Marco distrusts his mother’s slick new boyfriend, and Abby’s cousin Jillian has agreed to decorate their new home, resulting in comic chaos. Even worse, as Abby and Marco dig through Brandywine’s secrets in search of a killer, they discover that some flowers come from very bad seeds…and danger stalks even the sunniest small-town streets.”


my review

I also recieved this book from Berkley last summer (I know I’m slowly finishing them up!) and I was super excited to receive this book because I love this series!

It was nice to finally see Marco and Abby moving in together. When you follow their story as long as I have been

I really liked this story because it kept the old little town and characters but also introduced a new set of characters and setting. That’s really nice with long series such as this because then it feels like something different is happening rather than the same thing over and over.

I also liked how Collins made you think so many different people were suspects without actually saying it, but then it wasn’t even who you suspected!

Great Cozy Mystery once again from Kate Collins!