**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**WOW, just wow! Nemesis is the first book in the young adult science fi**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**WOW, just wow! Nemesis is the first book in the young adult science fiction series, called Project Nemesis by author Brendan Reichs. I cannot stop thinking about this book! I loved so much about this novel, and even as I am typing this , I am itching to ditch my computer and grab my copy of the sequel so I can lock myself in a room and read read read. Nemesis is great for fans of science fiction, dystopians and mysteries. Let me break down what I enjoyed about Nemesis for you.
One I loved the msyterious vibe that Brendan Reichs created. This is a book that doesn't give you a lot of answers off the bat, and it even leaves you with some unanswered questions. Which made me all the more excited to start book two, Genesis. There is a lot going on in this novel. And I loved that there were really two parallel plot lines featured, which kept me constantly wondering if or when they were going to merge or what direction the book was going to morph into.
First we have our main character, Min, who...wait for it...gets murdered every two years. Yes, you read that right. Every other year on her birthday the same man murders her. She then finds herself alive again several hours later. That fact alone made me pick up this book. I needed to know more. Why does this guy kill her repeatedly? How does she keep coming back to life? What the heck is going on?
But then we have the larger plot line of the asteroid threatening to destroy the earth, which understandably has everyone a bit worried. On top of all of this, we have secrets galore, awesome main characters ( I will admit that a few of the secondary characters fell a little flat for me at times, but the plot more than made up for that.) and a plot that will have you turning the pages as fast as your eyes can read because you just need to know what is going to happen next. Simply put, Nemesis had me riveted from start to finish. I loved this book and I cannot wait to dive into Genesis. Bravo, Brendan Riechs!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Layover is a young adult contemporary novel by authors Amy Andelson &a**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Layover is a young adult contemporary novel by authors Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer. I love a great sibling story, which is exactly what I got with Layover. Layover follows three step-siblings- Amos, Flynn & Poppy. Layover felt refreshing and delightfully "not canned". I really enjoyed the emotional themes explored as well as the dynamic between the characters. There is a romance as well, but it didn't take over the story and best of all, it didn't take anything away for our three main characters and the other things they are going through.
Layover is told in the point of views of Poppy, Amos and Flynn. I really liked this multiple perspective format. It was great to see the rotating chapters because we got to delve deeper into what each of the siblings were going through. Let's start with Flynn. Flynn's mom has just passed away, so she goes to live with her father and step-mom, which is Amos and Poppy's mother. Then we have Amos, who escaped to boarding school to run away from his budding feelings for Flynn. Amos definetly had a certain brooding quality about him, so if you are a fan of that, Amos will be your guy! I actually really liked Amos. And finally, we have little Poppy, who is the youngest, and who suffers from severe anxiety. It is Poppy who finds out what her parents plan to tell the three of them in Bora Bora.
The story picks up with the siblings missing their flight, because they know bad news is waiting for them when they get to their parents. Instead they decide to go off on an adventure of sorts, just the three of them. I think I loved Poppy most of all. I thought her issues at school made her seem very relateable and I loved that her voice felt very age appropriate. I enjoyed Flynn and Amos' chapters as well, but there were times that Flynn got on my nerves a bit. Nothing big though.
For me the shining part of the book was just watching the three characters interact and be there for one another. I loved how both Flynn and Amos were there for Poppy. You can tell the three of them genuinely care about one another. Plus, the ending was excellent. I thought it was wrapped up perfectly. Totally satisfying. If you like books that are heavily character driven and focus on the relationships between the characters, Layover is a book I think you should check out. I liked this one. It was good quick read for me. Also, isn't the cover just fabulous?! I am completely in love with it.
Romanov is a new adult paranormal by Samaire Provost. It has been a wh**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Romanov is a new adult paranormal by Samaire Provost. It has been a while since I have read a paranormal featuring vampires, but I was in the mood for one, so I decided to check out Romanov. I have seen a few people indicate that they were unsure that vampires were being featuring in this story, so you have been warned. This novel is about vampires. It is a feuding families type story with lots of moving parts and lots of vampires. I liked this story. It felt mysterious and it was an atmospheric read, but overall it didn't blow me away. Don't get me wrong, it was good. But it was lacking something to push it up over the top in my book. But let me tell you what I did like and you can see if it would be a read you would enjoy.
If you are a fan of paranormals featuring vampires, then you will really like Samaire's take on these creatures of the night. I found them to be really interesting, especially with the animal element. I also really liked how many different characters there are in Romanov. The beginning of the book can feel a little scattered because we are jumping around meeting the different members of the different families and the various players in the story, but you fall into the author's groove after a while and everything becomes easier to understand.
My favorite two aspects of the book were the setting and the monster Samaire Provost created. The setting in manhattan was the perfect backdrop for creatures of the night and the monster was truly scary. With so many characters moving around the various plotlines, I didn't really know which direction the story was going to veer off into, which was pretty exciting for me. I liked the unknown of Romanov. It all added up to a very atmospheric read. One that I enjoyed, but didn't fall fully in love with. If you enjoy atmospheric reads with creepy monsters and feuding families, check out Romanov.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Dating Debate is the first book in the Dating Dilemmas series by C**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Dating Debate is the first book in the Dating Dilemmas series by Chris Cannon. The Dating Debate is a young adult contemporary romance. I have read Chris Cannon's other young adult series, the Going Down in Flames series, which is a young adult paranormal romance. I really love that series, so I was excited to read something completely different from this author. The Dating Debate was a super quick read that was light, fluffy and a lot of fun. The Dating Debate is perfect for when you are looking for a quick fun book that you can easily finish in one afternoon.
The Dating Debate follows our spunky main character, Nina. Nina is an unapologetic bookworm, which I totally loved about her. She cracked me up when she found out that her next door neighbor, West was "fluent in Harry Potter", which was so obviously a major plus in all bookworms books. Nina cracks me up. She is spunky and adorable and she really loved debating, over everything. Which, in some of her arguments makes her seem more than a little stubborn and a tad immature, but overall she was a pretty age appropriate character.
West is a great guy. I really liked him, and I loved the added illness he was dealing with, with his mom. It is a topic I haven't seen addressed in many young adult books, and the secret he was keeping was an interesting one. Honestly, I was pretty intrigued to see how that aspect of the story was going to play out. But the main focus of The Dating Debate is the romance between Nina and West. It starts out as a way for both of them to avoid going to a valentines day dance with people that they don't like, but it turns into a really nice and natural relationship between the two of them. I loved that Nina and West just started hanging out more. It wasn't so much about a fake relationship as it was the start of a real friendship. It was really cute.
Bottom line: The Dating Debate is a great reader for younger YA readers. It is a cute romance that has a fast paced plot with adorably quirky characters. There are moments of immaturity, but overall this was a very fun read.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Beauty That Remains is the debut young adult novel by Ashley Woodf**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Beauty That Remains is the debut young adult novel by Ashley Woodfolk. The Beauty That Remains is powerful book featuring wonderfully diverse characters. It is a realistic fiction piece about how people deal with loss differently, and also about how this new era of social media can shape the grieving process. I really enjoyed this novel. I found it to be so multi faceted, and so interestingly put together. I think this is a great book to recommend to reads of realistic contemporary fiction. Ashley Woodfolk is a wonderful new voice in young adult literature.
The Beauty That Remains is told in three different point of views, following our three main characters- Autumn, Shay, and Logan. Each of our main characters has lost someone close to them. Autumn lost her best friend, Shay lost her twin sister and Logan lost his ex-boyfriend. There were a few things that I really loved about this novel. First, I loved the diversity in the cast of characters, and I loved how each of their journeys were distinct but merged together in a really beautiful way. Having the book told in each of their points of views, really allowed the reader to get to know everyone really well and we got to see inside their heads and see how they were coping with their loss.
Second, I really loved the format that The Beauty That Remains is told in. Social media has invaded almost every single aspect of our life, and our social media does not just disappear after we pass away. I thought it was really smart to incorporate various social medias and use them to showcase how grieve is changing in this technological and very public world. The Beauty That Remains is told in a multitude of formats, including traditional conversations but also in various emails, gchat, and comments from our main characters to their loved ones. This was a really interesting look at how social media has affected the grieving process. I think the format of The Beauty That Remains was my favorite part of the story. I also loved the thread of music that wove the characters together. Watching each of their journeys overlap was bittersweet but it was also beautiful and realistically raw.
Overall, The Beauty That Remains is a really thought provoking bittersweet novel. I loved the way music and social media through the mixed formats were incorporated into the story. This was a really beautiful and power debut novel from Ashley Woodfolk. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to see what she thinks up next.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** S.T.A.G.S. is a young adult mystery thriller by author M.A. Bennett. I**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** S.T.A.G.S. is a young adult mystery thriller by author M.A. Bennett. In case you didn't know, S.T.A.G.S. stands for St. Aidan the Great School, is a book that is touted to be awesome for fans of The Secret History and Pretty Little Liars. I am a big fan of both of those books, so that coupled with the boarding school setting, I was pretty pumped for S.T.A.G.S. And S.T.A.G.S. delivered on what it promised, a twisty thriller. And though S.T.A.G.S. is set at a boarding school, a bulk of the novel took place at a country manor where this "hunting" weekend is set to take place.
I loved the premise of S.T.A.G.S. I think that was my favorite aspect of the story. And the writing and storyline were both excellent. They kept my attention the entire time and I loved the eerie feeling of the story. But the characters didn't always live up to the plot in my opinion. I liked Greer well enough, but I didn't completely love her. And I not entirely sure why. There wasn't anything I could pinpoint that I really disliked. I was just way more invested in the storyline than I was the characters.
But the storyline was pretty great. I loved the way the story is presented. Pretty early on we learn about a murder and we also know the murderer, which is totally unique. (It kind of reminded me of episodes of the tv show Monk, where we watch the murder take place, and then we spend the rest of the episode finding out the how and the why.) We didn't know the why, which had me totally intrigued. And I have to say, I really really enjoyed watching this story unfold. MA Bennett did a really great job making it very interesting. It does seem reminiscent of The Secret History by Donna Tart.
Overall, Plot driven readers will likely enjoy this suspense thriller. The setting was great and the writing was excellent. There were many areas of the plot and mystery game that I absolutely loved, but I don't want to get into specifics because they are every much a part of the plot that gets revealed as Greer and her friend pulls back some layers and dive into the mystery. It is worth discovering for yourself. I liked the characters well enough, but I wasn't completely won over by them all. Fans of this book will be excited to find out that it is going to be made into a movie. I am really excited for this news because I think it will translate really well to the big screen.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Nocturne is the first book in the fourth talisman series by Kat Ross.**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Nocturne is the first book in the fourth talisman series by Kat Ross. I really love Kat Ross' books. There should be a big ole disclaimer on this review though. Although Nocturne is the first book in a series, it is really a follow up series to Kat Ross' Fourth Element trilogy. Though you might be able to read this series without having read The Fourth Element trilogy, I am not sure that I would recommend it. There are some spoilers for events that happen in the previous series. I think these books are best read in order. Plus, The fourth Element series is a really awesome fantasy series that is perfect for fans of The City of Brass. And even better, the whole trilogy happens to be on sale right now for only 99 cents!
Nocturne follows Nazafareen after the events of Queen of Chaos leaves off. I can't really get into much about those events without spoiling the previous trilogy, so let's keep it vague. Nazafareen is now in the foreign land of Nocturne, which is the land of eternal darkness. I actually love the lands of Solis and Nocturne even more than the world from the first trilogy. I just found their magic spellbinding and the setup is so unique. A land of endless sun and one of endless night. The only spoiler I will give you is that Nazafareen has forgotten much of her past and she is trying to get some answers to unlock her past.
I loved that we got to see some of the same characters, like Nazafareen and Darius, as well as some new ones. Plus, I really love it when there is a character that I cna love to hate. And boy have I hated some crazies in this series! When I think back on Nazafareen and Darius in these four novels, I just get so excited at their progression. Even with the setback of Nazafareen's forgetfulness I still love them so much! Nazafareen and Darius feel like old friends of mine and I eat up every word that Kat Ross has to write about them. I think both the Fourth Element and the Fourth Talisman series is perfect for fans of City of Brass by SA Chakraborty, which was one of my favorite reads of 2017. I love getting to know daevas and the rich magical atmosphere that Kat Ross so expertly crafts. Her books never let me down.
And now for the hard part. As much as I loved the characters, I have to say the plot in this story stole the show. (Which is something for me to say, since you all know I am such a character driven reader.) But I could not put this book down. I want to bow down to Kat. This book seriously rocked! I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. I cannot wait for more.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Winner Take All is a young adult contemporary by Laurie Devore. It was**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Winner Take All is a young adult contemporary by Laurie Devore. It was a really interesting read for me. There were parts of it that I liked and parts of the story that I didn't love as much, but I will say one thing about this novel, it really made me think. Even the characters that I didn't love, made me think. And for that, I enjoyed Winner Take All. It was different than I expected, but not necessarily in a bad way. Winner Take All was a very entertaining read that made me think a lot about double standards that exist in our society today.
Winner Take All is the story an extremely competitive main character. Nell wants to be the best at everything. Nell is a very polarizing character. I can see readers either really liking her or really disliking her. Personally, I liked Nell. I liked that she is who she is. No, she is not perfect. Yes, she can be brash and abrasive at times, but she owns who she is. And we got to see a lot of great character growth with Nell throughout the course of the story. I felt like I really got to know her and get a feel for what was going on inside of her head. I was rooting for Nell.
And hey, I liked her more than Jackson. Jackson had his moments, and I came to appreciate him as a character, but man oh man did he get on my nerves at times. One thing that was unexpected for me was the sexiness of the book. I didn't expect it to be quite so saucy. It was a pleasant surprise for me, but be warned for some of the younger readers. I would recommend Winner Take All for upper young adult readers due to the mature nature of more than a few scenes. (If you like that sort of thing, let me tell you...you will really like this.)
Winner Take All is set in high school, and it really delves into a lot of the double standards that exist for males and females. That was my favorite part of the book. Yes, I liked the romance and I loved the competitive natures of the characters, but this book was thought provoking as well. Plus, I love a good rivalry. Overall, I had moments of annoyance with Winner Take All, but I ended up really enjoying this one. I can't wait to see what other readers think of Nell, so let me know.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Dear Dwayne, With Love is a standalone romantic comedy by the hilariou**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Dear Dwayne, With Love is a standalone romantic comedy by the hilariously funny Eliza Gordon. Eliza's book, Must Love Otters is one of my favorite romantic comedies. It is so seriously awesome, I recommend it to everyone. I am such a big fan of her books, that I read them all! She never fails to crack me. Her books always feature relateable, quirky characters and an adorable heart racing romance. They are the epitome of funny, feel good reads. And Dear Dwayne, With Love is no different.
I was drawn into this story from the very first page. Dear Dwayne is the story of Dani, a girl who is a self proclaimed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson fanatic. She has been writing letters to Dwayne for the better portion of her teenage and adult life. Let me tell you, her letters completely cracked me up. She even forms responses and has conversations with Dwayne in her head, which are equally funny. We get to watch as Dani balances her real life with fantasy life with Dwayne, but don't worry. Dani is not just a crazy person, soon she embarks on a fitness journey (end goal: meet Dwayne, obviously.) but she finds love along the way.
I just love Dani. I love everything about her. The best part about Eliza Gordon's books are that her writing is hilarious and she writes the best characters. Characters you just can't help but love. I don't want to reveal too much about this book because watching Dani find herself is part of the fun. I will admit there was a point at about 15% into the story, that I was having a great time. The writing was super funny and I was really engaged, but I did think to myself, what is the point of this story? And that is what I want you to find out for yourself. Trust me, by the end of the journey you will have laughed your butt off! Dear Dwayne, With Love is just what expect from Eliza Gordon's books- funny, smart romances.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Batman is the second book in the DC Icons series. Each of the books in**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Batman is the second book in the DC Icons series. Each of the books in the DC Icons series is written by a different author, and it features the origin story of some of the biggest superheroes (and villains) in the DC universe. I am such a huge fan of all things DC and Marvel and I love origin stories, so this series was made for me. I still need to read the first book, Wonder Woman. Now that I have read and enjoyed Batman so much, I know that Wonder Woman will be coming up on my TBR pile shortly. Batman was everything I wanted it to be. It was fun and it was really cool to see a younger, and super nice Bruce Wayne.
I have a bit of a confession to make. Batman is my first Marie Lu book. Yes, I know! Please don't throw tomatoes or rocks. I have a bunch of her books, but I haven't read any of them. But fear not! That will all be changing soon because Marie Lu pulled me right into Gotham and held my attention until the very last page. I love Bruce Wayne. He is such a good guy. And you all know how much I love a good guy. It takes a lot for a bad boy to win me over (unless they have marshmallow for their insides) but Bruce is good through and through. He just has this internal urge to save people, which you can tell right from his first scene. I have never read the Batman comics, but I have seen the movies and tv shows centering around this icon so I do know enough about his world to have some expectations going in. And Marie Lu did not disappoint. I loved the exploration of all the Wayne Industries safety tech, and I loved that we got to see some familiar faces to the batman world. Of course we got to see Alfred, and we also got to see Harvey Dent as one of Bruce's best friends.
But other than Bruce himself, my favorite character in the book was Madeleine. She intrigued me right from the very start. The first scene of the book is actually from her point of view, and she is one interesting girl. Bruce meets her at Arkham Asylum, where he is doing community service. Let me tell you, Madeleine is brilliantly creepy. That girl is always thinking. I loved her, as long as I am not on her bad side. She made the story extra interesting for me.
Overall, Batman delivered everything I wanted. I got to learn more about Bruce Wayne. I loved Marie Lu's depiction of him, and I loved her rendering of Gotham. This was a book that I easily lost myself in. It had great characters and was an overall great time. Fans of superheroes books and of origin stories do not want to miss this one. Check out the DC Icons series if you have not already. Two books have already been released (Wonderwoman and Batman) and up next is Catwoman: Soul stealer by Sarah J. Maas!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Awkward is a standalone romance by author Lily Kate. I have read one o**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Awkward is a standalone romance by author Lily Kate. I have read one of Lily Kate's other books, and I really enjoyed it, so when I saw this best friends romance about an awkward doctor, I knew I had to read it. Awkward is kind of my thing. Plus, I really do enjoy best friends romances. Awkward was a really fun read. Great for fans of funny slow burn romances with lots of mishaps and plenty of heart.
Awkward is the story of Dr. Jack Darcy and his best friend Allie. I loved watching Allie and jack together. Allie is trying to help Jack become less awkward around new women, so he can find his match. But of course both Jack and Allie have feelings for each other and they haven't acted on them because they are oblivious to the other one. If I am honest with myself, this is my least favorite set up for a best friends romance trope, because most of the time it is so obvious. I feel like the characters would have to know how the other felt. So while Awkward did have a fair bit of obliviousness between Jack and Allie, it didn't bug me much because the story line of this novel was so much fun. I devoured this book in one afternoon!
My favorite part about Awkward was how good of friends Jack and Allie actually are. They have a genuine connection. I love that they have chinese food every Sunday and that they know each other so well. Awkward's premise is that Allie is trying to set Jack up with women and help coach him on being less awkward on dates. And there are a few dates that Jack goes on, but a large part of the story is the in between times where Jack and Allie are hanging out, which I really loved. It was pretty much all about them. Lily Kate has a very easy writing style in her books. They feel conversational and fun. She also has a knack for writing humor. I have really enjoyed both of her books. They put me in a great mood and the romance is always really satisfying. I can't wait to read more from Lily.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Rise is the first book in the new adult Coven of Fire series by author**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Rise is the first book in the new adult Coven of Fire series by author Sierra Cross. It has been some time since I have read an urban fantasy and even longer since I have read an urban fantasy featuring witches, so I was really pumped to read Rise. I love new adult books that are in the fantasy and paranormal genres because there don't seem to be too many of them. Rise did not disappoint. I enjoyed this read from start to finish. There were a few slow sections of the book, but overall, I flew through this novel and I am anxiously awaiting the second book, which is already out. In fact, the first four books were all released in 2017, which is crazy! You go Sierra Cross! Book 5 is due to come out this year.
Rise follows our main characters, Alix, Callie, Matt, with some great secondary characters as well. I really enjoyed how many people were showcased in such a short book. I think that is going to be my favorite aspect of the upcoming novels as well. We get to watch some of the characters come into their powers and we get to watch everyone as a whole as they try and save the world. We get to learn about their parents coven, and watch as they start their own to try and battle the demons entering their world. The plot was interesting, if not a little conventional and predictable. But it worked with the story. I am interested to see where the author is going to take this series next.
The characters were hit or miss for me. Some of them I loved and some not so much, which I think was intended. But as I said before, I like how many characters we were introduced to in this novel. I think it opens up lots of possibilities for future plot lines and developing relationships. Overall, I think the Coven of Fire series is one that I will enjoy continuing on with. It is a little formulaic but it was nonetheless a good read. If you like witchy urban fantasies and new adult books, give this series a try!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Valiant is a young adult novel about a female gladiator. I was pre**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Valiant is a young adult novel about a female gladiator. I was pretty much in from the very moment I saw the cover. And then I read the summary and I was really in! And then I saw the piles and piles of hype this book was getting and I was in even more. Sometimes hype makes me nervous, but I was already so convinced that I would love The Valiant that this hype just ratcheted my excitement up more. And guys, this is no ordinary hype. I am pretty sure The Valiant was the book I saw popping up on almost everyone's top 10 books of 2017. And I am beyond happy to report that The Valiant lived up to my very, very high expectations and even exceeded them!
In The Valiant we meet Fallon, who has a vendetta against Julius Caeser for killing her sister. But before she can carry any of her plans out, she is captured and sold as a slave. She is sold to an elite training school for female gladiators. Let me repeat that! She is sold to a training school for female gladiators!!! Yes, please!! Fallon is awesome. I cannot even express how much I love her as a character. the other characters were compelling as well. I really enjoyed Elka and Cai. Fallon herself comes into her own. Her world view changes throughout the book, which is really exciting because I know there is so much more character growth to come in books 2 and 3.
There is a lot of world building in The Valiant, which I loved. But it also makes me even more anxious for the second book, The Defiant. I think the romance is going to be more prevalent, and there will be plenty of kick butt characters doing kick butt things. I am all about Fallon and Caius. Right from their first meeting things were pretty explosive between these two. I want to see more from them!
Bottom line: The Valiant lives up to everything it promises and more. Kick butt female gladiators, set in a wonderfully fleshed out world. The Valiant was an addictive read that I absolutely love. Bring on the second book!