Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Title: The Prince and the Dressmaker
Author: Jen Wang
Rating: 5/5

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

My Review: I loved the ending, this is a lovely and beautiful story about how oneself should not hide who they are on the inside and embrace who you are. And there are people out there that love you for who you are. The story was lovely just as the artwork and the characters are those who anyone would love! Love this!

The Grey Bastards

Title: The Grey Bastards
Author: Jonathan French
Reviewing for: First to Read
Rating: 1/5 DNFed

Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man's-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs.
But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards' existence - one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity's tenuous peace with the orcs, and exposes a grave danger on the horizon.
On the heels of the ultimate betrayal, Jackal must scramble to stop a devastating invasion - even as he wonders where his true loyalties lie.

My Review: Not much to say, I couldn't get into the book at all, and sorry to first to read because I requested it!

Thursday, May 17, 2018


Title: Shadowsong
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Rating: 1/5

Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?

My Review: I've tried several times to get into this book, but alas its lost its power over me! Nothing like the first book!

Friday, May 11, 2018


Title: Amal Unbound
Author: Aisha Saeed
Rating:  4/5

Sent a copy for the blog tour... such a pretty cover for a beautiful story!

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when--as the eldest daughter--she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn't lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens--after an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt. 

Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal--especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal's growing awareness of the Khans' nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.

My Review:
This book was just wow... it's about a girl who wants to be a teacher but standing up for herself takes her dreams away... and she has to learn the hard way that nothing goes as plan but to have hope will help her in the future and to be strong.
I connected a bit to the character in the way she loves books and everything that was so wonderful! The book is as beautiful as the cover is! Will make more people read this book! MUST!

Info about the Author:
Aisha Saeed also wrote Written in the Stars, and is a Pakistani-American writer, teacher, and attorney. She has been featured on MTV, the Huffington Post, NBC and the BBC, and her writings have appeared in publications including the journal ALAN and the Orlando Sentinel. As one of the founding members of the much talked about We Need Diverse Books Campaign, she is helping change the conversation about diverse books. Aisha lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and sons.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Reflection (sample)

Title: Reflection (chapter 1-3)
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Rating: 5/5

What if Mulan had to travel to the Underworld?
When Captain Shang is mortally wounded by Shan Yu in battle, Mulan must travel to the Underworld, Diyu, in order to save him from certain death. But King Yama, the ruler of Diyu, is not willing to give Shang up easily. With the help of Shang's great lion guardian ShiShi, Mulan must traverse Diyu to find Shang's spirit, face harrowing obstacles, and leave by sunrise--or become King Yama's prisoner forever. Moreover, Mulan is still disguised as the soldier called Ping, wrestling with the decision to reveal her true identity to her closest friend. Will Mulan be able to save Shang before it's too late? Will he ever be able to trust her again? Or will she lose him--and be lost in the Underworld--forever?

My Review:
This is the sample version for the first 3 chapters and I was like OMG when I read them. So good and I'm glad I have the full version waiting at home with me :) I'm going to jump on it like a bear with honey! So more to come!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Greatest Showman (movie)

The Greatest Showman

This movie focus is about what makes a place a home, not the actual house but the people around you! Not only that but to be comfortable about who you are and not worry or judge others. I love this movie and seen it twice already. But truly my fav is the music. Rewrite the Stars and This is Me are my number ones of this musical with most of the numbers right behind them... I hate Never Enough... and the character... it just wasn't needed! But heck it didn't lower my thoughts about this movie.
Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Thursday, April 12, 2018


Title: Contagion
Author: Erin Bowman
Rating: 5/5

It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don't set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

My Review: 
I read most of this book during a 24 hour read-a-thon. Which is still going as I type this... a need break- but not because of this book... heck no. This book is so good, and thank you for the not so much romance and alot of action. Yes... I think the only down side is the wait for book 2. The main characters were a bunch of goobers and not perfect which made me enjoy them more. The story interesting to keep this girl with ADD to keep reading it for hours on end. So good! Now for Book 2 for this run!