Friday, September 30, 2016

Book Review: Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer

Dig Too DeepBook: Dig Too Deep
Author:  Amy Allgeyer
Published: April 1, 2016
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Number of Pages: 272
Format: ebook (.mobi)
Source: Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Quotes in this review are from an uncorrected proof, and are subject to change.
Rating: 4 Stars
Tags: YA, ARC, NetGalley, 4 Stars, Contemporary, Received for Review


Synopsis: With her mother facing prison time for a violent political protest, seventeen-year-old Liberty Briscoe has no choice but to leave her Washington, DC, apartment and take a bus to Ebbottsville, Kentucky, to live with her granny. There she can finish high school and put some distance between herself and her mother-- her 'former' mother, as she calls her. But Ebbottsville isn't the same as Liberty remembers, and it's not just because the top of Tanner's Peak has been blown away to mine for coal. Half the county is out of work, an awful lot of people in town seem to be sick, and the tap water is bright orange--the same water that officials claim is safe to drink. When Granny's lingering cold turns out to be something much worse, Liberty is convinced the mine is to blame, and starts an investigation that quickly plunges her into a world of secrets, lies, threats, and danger. Liberty isn't deterred by any of it, but as all her searches turn into dead ends, she comes to a difficult decision: turn to violence like her former mother or give up her quest for good.  


"It's the mine,' she says. 'Ever since they started pulling down that mountain, ever'body's well water been orange."

I have been delaying reading this book for months now, and it's because I've kept telling myself that I'm just not in the mood. I've been putting it off for a long time now, and I've finally read it. And let me tell you, this book was really good.

In this book we follow Liberty as she moves into her Grandma's house after her mother got arrested for a protest gone wrong. Liberty is less than thrilled by her current situation, but along the way Liberty starts to investigate into the funny orange water that is coming out of the water well, and starts to get really passionate about it when her Grandmother get diagnosed with cancer.

I liked Liberty, but I didn't love her. She was always so daring, doing things that are way out of my comfort zone. I always got so scarred for her, and part of the reason why I didn't like her more was because I was always trying to criticize her. I loved her Grandma though! I thought that she was very funny, and she always said the right things (even if she didn't say the nicest things).

I'm proud that Liberty took a stand against the mine! It was cool to see her push against the boundaries even though it made some people mad. I would never have the guts to do what she did, and it was cool to see her thought process throughout the book.

So overall, I really liked this book! With strong headed main characters, and lives saved, I highly recommend this book!         

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: Above the Flames by Cassandra Fear

Above The FlamesBook: Above the Flames (The Flames Trilogy #1)
Author: Cassandra Fear
Published: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Number of Pages: 396
Format: ebook (.mobi)
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Tags: 2016, YA, 2.5 Stars, Received for Review


Synopsis: Jasmine’s sixteenth birthday was the worst ever…

All in one day, her dad died, she met a demon, and her mother rejected her existence forever. After all, the demon who killed her dad was there to take her, and all because of her stupid powers—the ability to conjure blue flames.

Two years later, she’s happy. But happy never lasts…

After moving to Idaho to live with her grandparents, Jasmine has a new life. Almost nobody knows about her powers, and she’s just a normal teenager with normal problems. Then comes her eighteenth birthday—and the earthquake that changes her world forever.

An army of demons rise from Hell. And Jasmine is right in the middle of the battle…

When demons claw their way to Earth, Jasmine is surrounded by hundreds of fire-eyed beasts. Worse, she is captured by a big-shot demon named Bael. He’s a tricky foe with a chip on his shoulder—and the desire to make Jasmine use her powers for evil.

Amon is a fallen angel with an attitude—and everything to lose.

Successfully escaping the underworld undetected, Amon is on a quest to regain God’s grace when he rescues Jasmine from the clutches of a particularly nasty demon he knows all too well. The attraction between him and the not-entirely-human captive is instantaneous. Heavenly sparks fly, but ideas of romance will have to wait. First they have to stop the demon race from wiping out the mortal realm. Humanity’s fate rests in their hands.

Can two troubled angels rise above the flames to ensure a future for mankind? Or will Jasmine and Amon’s souls be bound together—in hell?

 "And if you haven't realized this by now, I have my own mind. I won't be told what to do by a man, not ever. So if you think you are going to control me, think again."

I am obviously in the minority when it comes to rating this book. Am I upset that I didn't like this book as much as I wish that I had? Simply put, no I'm not. Everyone has different opinions, and not everybody is going to like the same book. So while I may not have loved this book, that doesn't mean that you won't.

In this book we follow Jasmine, who has had powers for as long as she can remember. Her powers are really brought forward though on her sixteenth birthday, when a demon came and killed her father. After that she goes to live with her grandparents, and lived a normal life for two years. All of that changes one day when demons start coming to Earth from hell, and she has to pair up with a group of fallen angles in order to save the world. 

If you know anything about my reading tastes, you might know that I love a good angle book. I don't read a ton of them, but when I do I want them to be really good. One of the things that I didn't like about this book was the plot, and the way the story progressed. I found that the story would focus a lot on the romance, and all I could think about were the people being killed by the demons. If demons start terrorizing my city, I would wish the Earth's one hope would be killing them, and not kissing someone other than her boyfriend. I thought that the relationship problems between Jasmine and Beau overpowered the story, and I wish that we got to read more about Jasmine's powers.

I did really like that Jasmine wasn't afraid to stand up for herself. It was nice to see Jasmine stand up and talk about how she wasn't owned by anybody. It didn't matter if you were her mother or boyfriend, she was her own person. That was my favorite part of the story.

Everything else I found to be okay, but not great. There wasn't really anything that stood out to me. The characters were okay, the writing was okay, there just seemed to be a lot of okays. I'm not saying that this is a bad book, because a lot of people really liked this book! There was just nothing that stood out to me.

So overall I thought that this was an okay book. I didn't like it, but I didn't dislike it. I can see those who like romance and those who are new to reading YA really enjoying this though.    

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, you can click here to learn more about TTT.

theme: ten books on your fall TBR

Hello everybody! This week's theme is super simple, so I'm just going to get right into it. Tell me what books are on your fall TBR along with your TTT posts in the comments!

Cuckoo SongSweet MadnessThe Cresswell PlotPretending to Be EricaReawakened (Reawakened, #1)Dying for ChristmasDevil and the BluebirdPhoenix Awakens (The Phoenix, #1)Hunting Lila (Lila, #1)Melody's Key

What books are on your fall TBR?  

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cover of the Week: The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

The Last Boy and Girl in the WorldBook: The Last Boy and Girl in the World
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Published: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Number of Pages: 419


Synopsis: What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together?

While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together.

And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.

There’s a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there’s nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn’t. Or say things you shouldn’t. The reward almost always outweighs the risk.


It’s the end of Aberdeen, but the beginning of Keeley’s first love story. It just might not turn out the way she thought. Because it’s not always clear what’s worth fighting for and what you should let become a memory.

Why I Like this Cover: While I may not have liked this book, I do really like the cover. I especially like the color combinations, and and how the water is made with the different shades of blue. Do you like this cover? Let me know in the comments!  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Weekly Recap: I FINIALLY HAVE IT!! (Week of 9/18/16)

This week I'm linking back up with The Caffeinated Book Reviewer for The Sunday Post.

IT FINALLY CAME! I now have Empire of Storms from the library! I'm on page 214 right now, and I'm really enjoying it so far! I have really enjoyed reading about Manon, and I can't wait to see what happens next! Other than getting Empire of Storms my life has been pretty normal this week. I am going to drop one of my classes though. I signed up for more than I can handle, and I'm hoping that my life will be a lot more stress free when I don't have to worry about that class anymore. Have a good week everybody! :)

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)  

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)   
Libraries are great aren't they?


As always you can find me on Instagram, I'm @bookish_anna. I'm also @bookish_anna on all social media. :)

Have you read Empire of Storms yet? Let me know in the comments! 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Book I REALLY Want to Read: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns (Untitled, #1)Book: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Published: September 20, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 416


Synopsis: 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.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Why I REALLY want to Read this Book: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! THIS SOUNDS INCREDIBLE! I NEED IT NOW. Do you want to read this book? Let me know in the comments!  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)Book: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Number of Pages: 624
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Tags: YA, Retelling, 4.5 Stars, Majestic Brick, Romance, Fantasy, Favorite


Synopsis: Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.

-My Review-

"And this,' I breathed, leaning close to say the words into its ear, into its rotted soul. I slid my dagger in a third time, relishing the splintering of bones and flesh. 'This is for me." 

*Please note that spoilers in this review are written in red.*  

This book gave me a pretty big book hangover, and now I don’t know what to do until book three is released. Sarah J. Maas’s books always do this to me, and yet I never learn. This has turned into one of my favorite series, with one of my favorite couples. I am so glad that there are going to be six books.

In this book we follow Feyre, as she plans her future life with Tamlin (BOOOOO) after everything that happened under the mountain. There is a ton of things that happen in this book, and they all make this book o much better than the first.

Can we just talk about Feyre’s character development? IT WAS SO GOOD! She was naturally scarred by what happened to her under the mountain, and who wouldn’t be! She was beaten, hunted by a giant worm, almost killed her friend, had to kill two innocent beings, was killed, and was then brought back to life as a Fae.  Ya, I would call that a traumatic event. And I was so pissed at Tamlim because he did nothing. He just acted on like everything was normal, and pushed these activities onto her that she didn’t want to do. She needed someone to be there for her, and he wasn’t. That’s when Rhysland comes in, and I just loved him in this book! He was really the friend and mate that she needed. Throughout what happens in the book, Feyre just keeps getting stronger and stronger. I love who she becomes at the end of the book, and I can’t wait to see her conquer on.

In this book we get to see a lot more of the Night Court because of the deal that Feyre and Rhysland made, and I have to say that I really like the Night Court. It was nice to explore into the other courts, and even venture into the human realm. Of course with the new settings, we meet some new characters.  I loved all of them. I hope that they’re all okay! I can’t wait to read more about them in book two.

I know that the second book in a series tends to drag, but that isn’t the case with this book. There was always something new happening, or something that had me pacing around my room. I mainly paced because I loved the characters in this book, and I didn’t want them to get hurt! Now, let me gush about Rhysland because he is just the best. I loved how he treated Feyre as his equal, not anyone below him. Even when they became mates, he always respected her. Usually there is a love triangle element in these types of books, but there can’t be one here. There just can’t be. The relationship is just too strong, and she is a High Lady of the Night Court now. I am interested to see how everything works out with her in the Spring Court again. Needless to say, I am very happy with Feyre and Rhysland.

Do I know where the story will go from here? No. But I do have some theories. I think that Feyre will be back in the Night Court by the end of book three, and I think that Lucien is going to go with her. Right now Lucien is a HUGE problem. He just lost his mate, after seeing her for I think a grand total of five minutes. I think that Lucien will go wherever Elain is, Elain will go wherever Nesta is, Nesta will go wherever Feyre says that she will be, Feyre will go wherever Rhys is, and Rhys will go wherever he is needed. This will leave a very unhappy Tamlin, and I think that he will become the finial enemy. Oh, and I think that Nesta and Cassian will be a couple. I’m not sure if they will be mates, but I do think that they will be a couple. That’s my theory as of right now, but I’m sure that that it’s wrong.

So overall I loved this book! It’s a Sarah J. Maas book, did you expect anything else? ;)   

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Review: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)Book: The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Number of Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Rating: 1.5 Stars
Tags: Romance, 2016, 1.5 Stars, Fantasy, Why?


Synopsis: Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

-My Review-

“I don’t like that. The idea that it’s all up to them. That they’re in control. Shouldn’t we have the right to figure out what we want too?”
Richelle Mead is a very popular author with fourteen book currently published. I have now read seven of them, and I like six out of the seven. While I really liked the Vampire Academy series, this book did not live up to my hopes. Will I read her other series? Maybe. I think that my problem might just be with this book.

In this book we follow Adelaide as she escapes an arranged marriage by traveling to The Glittering Court, where she will be again placed in a marriage in the new world. There’s forgery, blackmail, murder, and enough talk of dresses to last a life time.

Starting with the characters, I didn’t really like them, at least the main characters. Adelaide first seemed like a total brat. Usually I like the whole ‘girl escapes an arranged marriage’ theme, but this one just didn’t work for me. One of the reasons being that the story line moved so fast at the beginning, and as a result I just didn’t care about her. Sadly I found that she just became more annoying as the story progressed. Cedric wasn’t much better, and I found him to be bland and honestly not that much fun. The story needed a bit of fun, and Cedric was probably the most boring character out there. If anything, I found one of the side characters, Mira, to be a bright and shiny beacon of hope, but she wasn’t in the story enough to make an actual dent of my boredom.

Also, what was with that storyline? We went from the Old Land, to a form of boarding school, to the New World, to the Wild West, to a form of safe haven? Some of those together are awesome, but all together is too much. The first half of this book was mainly talk about dresses, hair, and makeup; the second half of the book was mainly talk about cleaning. The storyline had a tendency to drag, a lot. Also, there would be gaps in the storyline, and there wouldn’t be part of the story there, like the author just decided that she didn’t want to write that part of the book. While sometimes I was grateful for it (especially during the talking about dresses phase), there were times where it left me confused because a big part of the story was just left out. Also, running away from an arraigned marriage, for another one? That could have been thought out more.  

There was a part of this book that was interesting though, and it was the in between part where all of the drama started to unfold. I thought that the story would just continue on with all the drama, and I was quite happy with it. Instead, the interesting drama got (mostly) resolved, and then the rest of the book was left for me to be confused and bored. Not. Fun.

So overall, this was not a hit for me. I found the characters to be unlikable, the plot to be boring, and the storyline to be confusing. While there was a short bit of this book that I mildly enjoyed, the overall result was not good.