Rule Number 32

Enjoy the little things. ~Zombieland

Theme Thursday: YA time travel

I love Passenger and Wayfarer – but they are the only YA time travel books I have read so far. There aren’t that many that interest me, but I have two others on my TBR that have unique time travelling.

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Passenger ~ Wayfarer

Still to read:

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Invictus ~ Proof of Forever

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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy review

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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

A fun collection of stories focusing on Simon and his time at the Shadowhunter Academy. The new characters that Simon befriends had great personalities and many had cool arcs over the course of the tales. My favourites were Nothing But Shadows and Bitter of Tongue.

It was awesome to see how Simon navigated life as his forgotten memories slowly came back to him. He has a unique experience and perspective of the Shadow World, so it was great to have him change his classmates’ opinions on the relationships between Shadowhunters and Downworlders. I look forward to his role in future Shadowhunter books.

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Becoming an Animagus. {The Little Things}

I have been enjoying playing Hogwarts Mystery so much, and all the little side quests are really fun to complete. My favourite so far has been becoming an Animagus – and I chose to become a dog!

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High as the Heavens review

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High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a really enjoyable read with great pacing, interesting characters and relationships, and an awesome plot. Eve’s work with the Belgian resistance group was fascinating and badass. There were a couple of really great twists – one was the perfect level of shocking!

There were also many sad parts of course – the realities of the war are heartbreaking and so unfair. Eve’s devotion to her family kept her going through all of the awful things she had to deal with. The supporting characters were great additions to her story.

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Theme Thursday: Symbols mixed into the cover

Cover designers who do this are so clever! The less obvious the better, but I love any symbol that is featured on a book’s cover. The covers that seem confusing until an important point in the story are so very satisfying.

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue ~ Extraordinary Means
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The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter ~ Vengeance Road
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The A-Z of EverythingAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Reboot + Rebel reviews

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Reboot by Amy Tintera

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Came for the intriguing sci-fi, stayed for the adorable relationship! Wren and Callum are excellent characters, and the others added depth to this book as well. These two MCs drive the plot along at a great pace – it was fun to discover all of the secrets with them. There is plenty of awesome dialogue along the way that showcased the unique personalities of Wren and Callum.

The way the Reboots are controlled was obviously leading up to a rebellion, so it will be cool to see what happens in the next book!

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Rebel by Amy Tintera

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There was a decent amount of development, especially with Wren and Callum. The characters were the highlight of this series, along with the cool sci-fi stuff. It would have been cool to have a bit more explanation on the science of the Reboots.

The plot seemed a bit repetitive, and it wasn’t as exciting as the first book. It was typical dystopian YA – an oppressive group trying to keep those with less rights in check while a portion of the oppressed rebels. This one was also more predictable and less captivating. But aside from this, it was still an enjoyable read.

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Perfect Harmony review

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Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publication date: September 25, 2018

I received a digital ARC thanks to the “Read Now” feature on NetGalley!

“Pippa, you are so much more than your cello.”

I enjoyed everything about this book and stayed up late reading it way too many times. It felt like a very honest representation of the high school experience, and I related so much with Pippa. There was plenty of drama, confusing emotions, friendship hurtles, music talk, great parenting, adorable banter – this list could go on and on!

Pippa is a driven teen who knew exactly what she wanted out of life. Her goals were solid, she put in the work to achieve them, and her support system was cheering her on along the way. But then Declan showed up and complicated so much of her plans in such a hilariously cute way. It was clear how things would develop (the love triangle in this book didn’t stand a chance!), but I enjoyed seeing how it all came about. There were tons of scenes that had me grinning uncontrollably and rereading simply for the enjoyment I got out of them.

The supporting characters all had a part to play, and they definitely played them well – some a bit too well: *cough cough* Quinn. Pippa’s family was so lovely and there were many great friendships and relationships featured throughout the book. There were just enough scenes with these characters to show how important they were to Pippa and Declan’s story, but the focus was perfectly kept on the two main characters.

I loved all the musical talk and how important Pippa’s cello was to her. I love the sound a cello makes, so I will definitely be looking up all the songs mentioned in this book! Also, the quotes at the beginning of each chapter were a lovely addition. Music was a way to bring Pippa and Declan together, but it didn’t feel like a pawn in the story – it really mattered to who they both were deep inside. Pippa still had a strong storyline without Declan there, and I think that’s missing from so many of the books that feature high school girls. Her life kept moving and she didn’t have an identity crisis without a guy by her side, so it was lovely to read about such a strong and motivated young lady. The ups and downs of her senior year made for a great read that I would strongly recommend!

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