Review: Six of Crows

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Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


My rating: 5 / 5 Stars


Six of Crows in one word: EPIC.

I read somewhere that Six of Crows is Oceans 11 meets A Game of Thrones. I couldn’t agree more. The plot was amazing. It had a criminal mission like Oceans 11 and a cool world and multiple view points like A Game of Thrones. There were also so many surprises I didn’t see coming. And I love being surprised!

What really made this book outstanding, though; was its characters. They were all so different and interesting. I loved reading their backstories. I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. It didn’t matter that they were criminals. I wanted them to succeed and find the happiness they were all searching for.

Six of Crows is surrounded by a lot of hype. In my opinion, it’s worthy of said hype. I more than loved this book. I don’t have the words to even describe how I felt about it. I’m going to be telling everyone (inlcuding you!) to READ.THIS.BOOK.

Side note: I borrowed an electronic copy of Six of Crows from my local library. I really wish I would have borrowed a physical copy for two reasons:

1) I would have liked to have been able to flip back to the maps at the front of the book while reading the story.

2) I didn’t realize the story was going to end at 85% completion. There are acknowledgements and a sneak peak of Bardugo’s The Grisha Trilogy at the end. I thought I had more story but got a cliffhanger instead!

 

 

Before the Blog: My True Love Gave to Me

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Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

20309175My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

Publication Date: October 1, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Goodreads Synopsis:

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Why did you choose this book? 

We’re getting closer to the holiday season and this YA anthology is a really fun way to get into the spirit. Also, when I read this book I hadn’t read any of the authors except for Rainbow Rowell. It was a great way to find some great new authors.

 When did you read this book? 

December 2014

Who would you recommend this book to?

YA readers

Review: Rebel by Elle Casey

Rebel Rebel (Rebel Wheels #1) by Elle Casey

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

Publisher: Elle Casey

Synopsis:

For college senior Teagan Cross, money has never been a problem. Her wealthy father has always given her everything and anything she wanted.Teagan always thought he would support her until she was able to support herself. But one phone call changes everything. Teagan has no money, no way to live. Now, she’s going to have to learn to survive without her daddy’s riches.

What Teagan lacks in job experience, she makes up with in determination and guts. She’s not about wind up in the gutter. So she starts her job search and ends up at Rebel Wheels.

Teagan can’t help but be attracted Rebel. He’s more man than she’s ever met before. But Teagan isn’t about to do anything to cost her the job she so desperately needs. She’s going to suck it up and stay away from the boss…

NOTE: This story contains sex, foul language, adult situations and violence. It is not appropriate for young readers.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


I absolutely loved Rebel from beginning to end. It was so entertaining! It had a little bit of everything. It was funny, mysteriously, romantic and super steamy all wrapped up in one.

Teagan’s point of view was so much fun to read. I loved her snarky toughness and determination. She knew what she wanted (most of the time) and went for it. I never thought it would be so much fun to read about someone losing everything, but it was.

Rebel…He was the perfect strong and silent type. His silence and lack of words amped up his sexiness. I also loved the way he took care of Teagan — even when he didn’t really want to. And when they finally get together? Just…wow!

But Rebel was more than just a New Adult romance. There was a very interesting mystery involving Teagan’s father, too. The mystery was suspenseful and kept me on high alert the entire book.

I truly loved Rebel. I didn’t want it to end! I definitely plan on continuing to read the rest of the series. Rebel didn’t exactly end with a cliffhanger, but there were some questions left unanswered. That being said, it could be read as a standalone novel.

If you’re interested in reading Rebel, it is FREE through until Monday only! Get your copy now!

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**I received an electronic copy of Rebel from the author in for an honest review.

Other books in this series:

Before the Blog #14: The Weight of Blood

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

Publication Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

Goodreads Synopsis: 

The Dane family’s roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn’t keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago. When one of Lucy’s few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls-the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn’t protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri’s necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin. More alarming, she suspects Cheri’s death could be linked to her mother’s disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Why did you choose this book? 

The Weight of Blood had me on edge the entire time I read it. It was suspenseful and had me worried with Lucy’s every move to find the truth. I loved how the story wove past and present and different character points of view. I especially enjoyed Lila’s point of view.

When did you read this book? 

May of 2014

Who would you recommend this book to?

Readers who like a good thriller and books by Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins would enjoy The Weight of Blood.

Before the Blog #12: Save Yourself

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

 Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

Publisher: Crown

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Patrick Cusimano is in a bad way. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother’s girlfriend, Caro, has taken their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. On top of all that, he can’t quite shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand and doesn’t fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing him to his breaking point.

Meanwhile, Layla’s little sister, Verna, is suffering through her first year of high school. She’s become a prime target for her cruel classmates, not just because of her strange name and her fundamentalist parents: Layla’s bad-girl rep proves to be too huge a shadow for Verna, so she falls in with her sister’s circle of outcasts and misfits whose world is far darker than she ever imagined.

Kelly Braffet’s characters, indelibly portrayed and richly varied, are all on their own twisted paths to finding peace. The result is a novel of unnerving power-darkly compelling, addictively written, and shockingly honest.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Why did you choose this book?

Save Yourself is different than the romances I normally read. It was also the first book I read by Kelly Braffet. I was impressed with her writing and story telling. She took five characters and wove their lives together in a dark and angst-filled way. You know from the beginning there’s not much that could turn their lives around to make them all live happily ever after. What I loved most about Save Yourself was that I wondered the whole time how it was going to all play out. I wanted to know how Ms. Braffet was going to save all her characters.

When did you read this book?

August of 2014

Who would you recommend this book to?

I would recommend it to mature readers that like darker fiction. Also, some readers might be intrigued by the fact that Kelly Braffet is married to Stephen King‘s son, author Owen King.

Before the Blog #11: Belzhar

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Publication Date: January 1, 2014

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Synopsis from Goodreads:

If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book?

Belzhar as one of my favorite books I read last year. It was dark. It was mysterious. It was enthralling. It was full of surprises. I didn’t want to put it down. When it was over, I wanted more. I know that I’m going to be telling all of my friends to read it. I really loved it.

When did you read this book?

December of 2014

Who would you recommend this book to?

Readers that like YA fiction with a little but of magic and a bunch of surprises.

A Good Killing

A Good Killing (Anna Curtis, #4)A Good Killing by Allison Leotta

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

Publisher: Touchstone

Synopsis:

Anna Curtis has returned to her Michigan home town to help her sister, Jody. Jody has been wrongly accused of murdering the beloved high school football coach. Anna’s doing everything she can, even enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Cooper, to prove Jody’s innocence.

Proving Jody’s innocence will not be as easy as Anna hoped, though. Jody’s not being very cooperative and it’s well known that Jody had a thing for the married coach. The entire town thinks she’s guilty and they’re going out of their way to make things uncomfortable for the Curtis sisters.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A Good Killing begins with Jody describing to Anna her first interaction with Coach Fowler. The chapter was three and a half pages long and I was completely hooked by the end of that fourth page. The story didn’t slow down from there. It raced, alternating between Anna’s current POV and sprinklings of Jody recounting her relationship with Coach Fowler to Anna, to the conclusion.

I couldn’t put down A Good Killing. I read it in one night. I loved everything about it: the writing, the characters, the bit of romance, the way the mystery slowly unravelled and the way the truth presented itself. Allison Leotta is one of the best crime writers I’ve ever read.

I also loved that even though this is the fourth book in the Anna Curtis series, it was easily read as a standalone novel. There were references to Anna’s recently called off engagement and characters that I didn’t really know, but they didn’t take over the story or bother me at all. In fact, they just made me curious about the other books in the series. I’m looking forward to reading more of the Anna Curtis series.

I highly recommend A Good Killing to anyone who loves a great crime mystery.

Thank you to Touchstone for opportunity to read and honestly review A Good Killing.

Other books in the Anna Curtis series:

Law of Attraction (Anna Curtis, #1)  Discretion (Anna Curtis, #2)  Speak of the Devil (Anna Curtis, #3)