“The Fire Within the Storm” by Kim Vermaak

4/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After saving her family and a dragon hatchling from the King, Nadine returns to Lord Logan’s lands with the rest of her family. However, the King is coming for both her and Lady Christine so Nadine is far from safe. In order to keep everyone she loves safe, she is going to have to prepare to fight. With the help of the dragons, her family, female warriors, a Friar, and a Dragon Whisperer, Nadine begins to train for the fight that is sure to come. Meanwhile, the King begins to make his move.

I actually enjoyed this book even more than I enjoyed the first one! I loved seeing the various characters as they prepared to do their own missions. Also, Muquin’s growth since we first met her in book one was so nice to see! Her perspective was one of my favorites. I also really liked the POVs of Lord Logan and Captain Julian as they are usually rather amusing. I will say that I thought that a particular battle in the middle of the book had a bit of an abrupt ending. Also, as much as I admire Nadine for her spirit and courage, I did feel like she was a bit immature in this book which is understandable as she is young and under a lot of stress. However, I loved the dragons the most and I’m hoping to hear more from them in the next book! I’m really looking forward to seeing the characters go against the King in the next book; they’ve grown a lot and it is definitely time for this King to go!

If you’re a YA Christian reader looking for a medieval fantasy or dragons, check this book out (or start at book 1 if you haven’t already read it!)

October Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! Sorry for another very late wrap-up! I’m slowly approaching the end of the semester, so I’ve been writing papers non-stop! I’ll also do my best to get some reviews up on here soon, and look forward to an author interview in about week and a half!

  1. Fire Within the Storm by Kim Vermaak
  2. Love in the Aisles by Heather Van Fleet and Jessica Calla
  3. Waiting for Spring, Vol. 5 by ANASHIN
  4. Waiting for Spring, Vol. 6 by ANASHIN
  5. Waiting for Spring, Vol. 7 by ANASHIN
  6. Waiting for Spring, Vol. 8 by ANASHIN
  7. Waiting for Spring, Vol. 9 by ANASHIN
  8. Waiting for Spring, Vol. 10 by ANASHIN
  9. Waiting for Spring, Vol. 11 by ANASHIN
  10. Waiting for Spring, Vol. 12 by ANASHIN
  11. Throne of Silver by K.B. Anne
  12. Par for the Course by Sincerely Mickie

That’s all for today, but I’ll have other content up soon! 🙂

“The Last of the Silver Wings” by Kim Vermaak

Hi there! I’m finally getting my reviews up again! This book is the first in a series and the sequel comes out on the 3rd! Keep reading for my review!

4/5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Nadine’s life takes a drastic turn when her village gets attacked by a dragon, leaving her family trapped underground. Nadine sets off on a quest to find the Dragon Whisperer as he is the only one who can help save her family. Along the way, Nadine meets several allies who assist her on her quest. Meanwhile, the mother dragon is heart-broken. Her hatchling has been stolen from her by humans. She is unable to locate him. The wicked King is responsible and plans to use the dragon hatchling as a weapon. Will the characters be able to rescue the dragon from the King before it is too late?

If you couldn’t tell, this is a medieval fantasy. It is also Christian and is mostly a clean read (though some content would be bad for younger readers). Nadine is a brave, young girl who the story revolves around, though there are multiple POVs in this book. I also appreciated the side characters and found their backstories to be rather interesting! I also love dragons in general and I thought the way they were portrayed in this book was unique and fascinating! I’m quite curious about what other adventures Nadine and her allies will go on in the next book! A few things that I found to take away from the book are some abrupt POV changes (not all of them were abrupt, just some) and grammatical errors, like missing quotation marks and misspelled character names. I’m not sure if those grammatical errors made it into the final copy or not, but it did make it somewhat difficult to tell who was talking. Other than that, I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more adventures and dragons in book two!

Incredibly Late September Wrap-Up!!

Hello everyone! Long time, no see! Happy Halloween to those of you who celebrate it! I’m sorry for neglecting to post on here lately; college is consuming a lot more time than I expected. I know it’s the last day in October but I’m just now posting my September Wrap-Up! I’ll do my best to get an October Wrap-up posted soon too! Without further ado, here’s what I read in September!

  1. The Crush by Allyson Kennedy
  2. Crown of Bones by A.K Wilder
  3. The Gremillet Sisters, Vol. 1 by Giovanni Di Gregorio and Alessandro Barbucci
  4. The Cup and the Prince by Day Leitao
  5. The Threat Below by Jason Latshaw
  6. Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen
  7. If the Broom Fits by Sarah Sutton
  8. World Trigger, Vol. 19 by Daisuke Ashihara
  9. Haikyuu!!, Vol. 40 by Haruichi Furudate
  10. Prince Freya, Vol. 2 by Keiko Ishihara
  11. The Last of the Silver Wings by Kim Vermaak

Have a great day everyone!

“If the Broom Fits” by Sarah Sutton

Hi everyone! Here’s another book review! If you’ve been following me for a while now, you’ll know that I absolutely adore Sarah Sutton and her books! Her newest one is Halloween-themed which is perfect for the month of October (and for people like me who just have an insane love for Halloween in general!) Without further ado, read ahead for my review!

5/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Blaire hates Halloween. Halloween is a reminder of things she’d rather not remember, a pain she’d rather not experience again. When Blaire and her boyfriend break up, she decides to shut him out of her life. However, he has other plans, like teaming up with her best friend in an attempt to get her to appreciate Halloween. To top things off, a letter arrives for Blaire from the last person she wants to talk to. As her anger, hurt, and bitterness grow, she begins to become distant, isolated. Blaire is left to figure out what she wants and how to put her life back together; not to mention, she has to figure out who she wants in her life as well.

Okay, as most people know, Sarah is my favorite YA contemporary romance author! I’m convinced she can’t write a bad book! This book was shorter than her other two books, but I loved it just as much. I’m a sucker for all things Halloween/autumn so that definitely contributed to my love for this book! Blaire is super sarcastic and I loved her; I want Donnie to be my best friend, and Lucas is so sweet! As always, Sarah is a master of writing not just the main character and her romantic relationship, but all of the side characters and those relationships! While there is a lot of cute moments, there’s also a lot of hard, difficult moments as well. For example, Blaire’s relationship with Delia was one of my favorite relationships in the book. I also thought the concept of Gram’s business was cool and unique! This book definitely has me super pumped for Halloween now!

If you love YA, Halloween, romance, or are just looking for a short and sweet read, this is the book for you! And if you haven’t already, make sure you check out Sarah’s other two books!

“Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts” by Jennie Allen

Hi guys! Here’s another review; I’m working on getting some old ones up on here! Today’s is a bit different from normal as it’s a non-fiction book! I don’t read non-fiction often, but I occasionally make exceptions. Jennie Allen’s book was an exception and it was definitely worth it!

4/5 stars

I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley and I’m voluntarily leaving an honest review.

Thoughts seem like small, trivial things, but they can actually have a huge impact on your life. Your thoughts affect your behavior, your emotions, etc. Once your thoughts turn negative, it can be easily to get stuck in a spiral of negativity. This negativity can easily start to hurt you; it’s a dangerous path to start down. Jennie Allen explains the way thoughts work, and with biblical support, she explains how one can turn these thoughts into more positive ones.

First off, this is a Christian non-fiction book. Readers who are not Christian will probably not find this to be a helpful read because of all the references to Scripture and God. However, if you are a Christian, I would definitely recommend this book! Without discrediting people with mental health issues, Jennie discusses the idea of taking our thoughts captive and fighting against the spiral of negativity. As she explains, the devil would like nothing more than to get us stuck in a spiral of negativity as it has a bad effect on our behavior and can often make us upset with God. I liked the graphics used to reflect the spiral that our thoughts can lead us into; overall, this was an informative book on winning the battle for your mind and keeping your thoughts positive.

In the end, I think this book is a rather helpful resource for Christians struggling with negative thoughts. I would definitely recommend it!

“The Cup and the Prince” by Day Leitao

Hi everyone! Here’s another book review for you all! Enjoy!

4/5 stars

Zora had been a pretty decent person her whole life. Until her (ex) boyfriend turned out to be a scumbag and thought she was incapable of a lot of things, all because she was a girl. What else could she do by taking her revenge, knocking him out of the competition, and taking his place in the Games for herself? Despising love and being looked down on, Zora decides she’s going to win the Games to save her people and prove that she can. With a prince trying to knock her out of the competition, another prince forcing her to play weird games, and someone trying hard to murder her, Zora has a lot to worry about whether she’s in the arena or not.

Zora is such an awesome main character! I loved how she didn’t let people walk all over her, even the royalty! Her desire for revenge (mostly to spite all the men looking down on her) was quite amusing and her sarcastic nature was so entertaining! I didn’t care for how she seemed to cry somewhat frequently for someone who claims to be strong, though. However, her clever tactics and determination to win were definitely brilliant!

The world-building, particularly the idea of the Dark Valley, was so fascinating! The idea of the Royal Games was cool as well, though there’s still a lot about it we don’t know. I have a lot of questions about it, but I guess more will be revealed in the next book! The political games that were being played were also interesting; there’s some plot twist stuff towards the end that made me rather curious! The romance fell a little flat for me, and I didn’t really care for most of the side characters, but it’s always possible things will change in the next book.

Ultimately, I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes to see a female fighter as a main character and who appreciates unique world-building, political games, and competitions!

“The Gremillet Sisters, Vol. 1-Sarah’s Dream” by Giovanni Di Gregorio and illustrated by Alessandro Barbucci

Hey guys! You might have noticed that I missed Top Ten Tuesday yesterday. I’m a little behind on things, especially blog posts and reviews, due to school work. Today I’ll be sharing a review with you all, and I’ll hopefully share a few other reviews with you throughout the rest of the week!

5/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Three very different sisters set out to solve a mystery about their mother! After the oldest sister has recurring dreams, she and the other sisters discover a photo of their mom that they can’t figure out. Trying to find clues, the girls go searching for information about their mother which seems to be related to the recurring dreams.

First of all, the illustrations in this book are absolutely breathtaking! From the characters to the backgrounds/scenery, the illustrations were absolutely magnificent! The story itself was rather short and sweet, perfect for younger readers! Like most siblings, the girls have their ups and downs with each other. The mystery of the photo of their mother and the dreams was intriguing and also sad. Overall, this was an excellent graphic novel with beautiful illustrations, a lovely story, and unique characters! I’d definitely recommend it to younger readers!

“The Threat Below” by Jason Latshaw

Hey everyone! I’ve been bad about writing and posting reviews lately as I’ve been dealing with lots of college assignments. I’m finally posting another review today! This book was what I call a hidden gem–aka it blew me away and I was not expecting it! I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 for a few reasons mentioned below, but the story itself was a solid 5.

4/5 stars

Thank you to the author for gifting me a copy of this book! I am leaving this honest review completely voluntarily!

               Humanity was almost wiped out a few hundred years ago; however, the remaining survivors fled up to Mountaintop, surrounded by a wall that protected them from The Threat Below. Having grown used to the peaceful and boring life on the mountain, humanity is suddenly faced with a crisis unlike anything they’ve experienced since they fled to safety so many years ago. Their water source is being poisoned, by something Down Below, and the only option for survival is to figure out what it is and put a stop to it. Icelyn Brathius ends up joining the expedition and quickly realizes how dangerous things are on the outside of the wall. Soon she ends up learning all kinds of secrets, ones that will forever alter how she sees the world and everything in it.

               Wow, this book was so unexpectedly amazing! I’m don’t often read dystopian books, and I’m very picky about the ones I read. This one was definitely worth it! I struggled to get into it a bit at first—there are multiple POVs in both first and third person, the writing style is very unique, and the beginning was a bit slow to start. I ended up really loving the writing style as it added so much to the experience of reading this book and the multiple POVs do an excellent job of letting the reader experience the plot from the viewpoint of all kinds of characters. The beginning was a bit tedious, but I did appreciate learning more about the fascinating lifestyle of the descendants of the survivors on the mountain.

               Icelyn is the main character; the reader gets to hear her viewpoint the most often. The reader listens to a lot of her thoughts as the story progresses. I liked her a lot more at the beginning than I did at the end, but I’m still very curious about where book two will take us. The other characters have viewpoints here and there which all contribute to the story. I ended up being extremely intrigued by the mystery and all the secrets about the truth behind the near-extinction of humanity and the current state of the world. The middle of the story progressed faster than the beginning, so I rushed onward to the end, hoping to get some answers. The journey this book took me on was remarkable, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The end left me anxious for more, so I can’t wait to get started reading it as well!

               This book is perfect for anyone who likes dystopian, fantasy, or apocalyptic books! I would definitely recommend it to middle grade, YA, or even adult readers! (Just a heads up, this is what I would consider a clean read, but the violence might be a bit much for some readers.) Do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy of this book!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall TBR

Hey everyone! I’m back again with another Top Ten Tuesday! In case you missed my last two posts, Top Ten Tuesday is a challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! There’s a different bookish theme for every week that bloggers can choose to participate in. You can find the prompt list here!

This week’s challenge was a bit difficult for me as I am ridiculously bad at keeping track of release dates! After going through my TBR to figure out which books are actually coming out soon, I finally settled on these ten as my most anticipated fall reads. I’m still probably missing a few (sorry to any authors I forgot!) Click on the titles to find their descriptions on Goodreads!

If the Broom Fits by Sarah Sutton

Crush by Tracy Wolff

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

Shine by Jessica Jung

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

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