The Hating Game Review

the hating gameTitle: The Hating Game

Author: Sally Thorne

Release Date: August 9, 2016

Publisher: Wiliam Morrow

Page Number: 384

Rating: 4_stars-svg

Synopsis

Nemesis (n.)

1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;

2) A person’s undoing;

3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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A Court Of Wings And Ruin Review

acowarTitle: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 2nd, 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Page Number: 699

Rating: 5_stars-svg

Synopsis:

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

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Daughter Of The Pirate King Review

daughterofthepiratekingsTitle: Daughter Of The Pirate King

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Release Date: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Feiwal And Friends

Pages: 320 Pages

Rating:2000px-4-5_stars-svg

Overall Thoughts:

I had high hopes going into this book and let me tell you I was not disappointed. This book promised me pirates, and a badass main character and I definitely got a lot of both. This being the first book I’ve read that had dealt solely with pirates, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need more pirate books. One: pirates are extremely good looking and you can never have too many cute fictional boys (and girls) running around and two: they are entertaining. I read this book in one sitting and I had the most fun reading this than I’ve had in awhile. If you haven’t already definitely go pick this up you’ll love it!

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Synopsis:

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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Dawn Study Review

dawnstudy1Title: Dawn Study

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Publisher: MIRA

Page Number: 478

Ratings: 5_stars-svg

Overall Thoughts:

After a month and a half of dragging my feet, I finally finished Dawn Study!!! It was a GREAT conclusion, this saga all began with Poison Study and now almost ten years, 3 series and nine books later it’s over. It’s kind of bittersweet because we have grown with all the characters, starting with them when they were in their late teens and early twenties (Yelena, everyone else was like 10 years older) and now it ends with her in her 30’s. It is an awesome classic high fantasy and if you haven’t read this or any of her books yet, you’re truly missing out.read-the-book

No pressure though.

Synopsis:

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.

Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person’s resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.

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13 Reasons Why Review [T.V.]

13 reasons whyTitle: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Where: Netflix

Release Date: March 31, 2017

Rating: 2000px-4-5_stars-svg

 

Overall Thoughts

This show killed me, I spent most of it in tears and it was absolutely heartbreaking and amazing all at once. As an adaptation, I think they did a great job of adapting this for the screen. It stayed faithful to the books and the few changes that were put in place didn’t bother me. If you haven’t read the book or watched the TV show yet I strongly recommend you do so. There are a lot of triggers present in the show so be careful as you watch it but ultimately you will be sucked into this world and will never be let go.

Synopsis:

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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Democracy in Black Review

democracyin blackTitle: Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

Author: Eddie S. Glaude JR.

Release Date: January 12, 2016

Publisher: Broadway Books

Page Number: 284 pages

Rating:4_stars-svg

Overall Thoughts:

I’ve always had this deep rooted prejudices towards non-fiction but my reading tastes have evolved over the years and now I am reading non-fiction of my own volition. I found this book extremely fascinating, this world is so divided on so many issues, and it’s almost impossible to meet someone without your ideologies conflicting so I thought it would be great to educate myself and this book was certainly very informational.Read More »

Born A Crime Review

bornacrimenoahBook Title: Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood

Author: Trevor Noah

Release Date: November 15, 2016

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Page Number: 304 pages

 

Rating:5_stars-svg

Synopsis:

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

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These Ruthless Deeds Review

theseruthlessdeedsBook Title: These Ruthless Deeds

Author: Tarun Shakur and Kelly Zekas

Release date: March 14 2017

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Page Count: 320 pages

Rating:2000px-3-5_stars-svg

 

Overall Thoughts:

I had a lot of fun reading this book, anything that takes place in Victorian England with fantastical elements is right up my ally. It did take me a little bit to get into this book because I couldn’t remember much of what had happened in the first book, but over the course of the first hundred pages most of the main events came back to me and I was able to enjoy it  a lot more.

Synopsis:

England, 1883. Still recovering from a devastating loss, Evelyn is determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would harm them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself indebted to a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.

As she follows the Society’s orders, healing the sick and embarking on perilous recruitment missions, Evelyn sees her problems disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are newly wealthy. She reunites with the dashing Mr. Kent and recovers the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who has much less to brood over now that the Society can help him to control his dangerous power). But Evelyn can’t help fearing the Society is more sinister than it appears…

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Full Package Review

fullpackageBook Title: Full Package

Author: Lauren Blakely

Release Date: January 9 2017

Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books

Page Count: 300

Rating: 2000px-4-5_stars-svg

 

Overall Thoughts:

This was definitely the perfect time to read this book, it’s so close to valentines day and I’ve been in a romance novel type of mood, so obviously I picked up a Lauren Blakely book. Let me just preface this by saying I love her books. They’re all funny sweet and steamy in the best ways. They’re a fun and easy to read and I breezed through this really quickly. If ya’ll love new adult you should definitely give it a shot.

Synopsis:

I’ve been told I have quite a gift.

Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing….

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Spoiler—neither one of us sleeps.

Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?

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