Wanted: A Boyfriend Who Doesn’t Suck by Natasha Sapienza ~ Book Review!!

Wanted: A Boyfriend Who Doesn’t Suck is a contemporary teenage looking-for-love story told from the perspective of the narrator. I received an advanced copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is a novella, about 200 pages so a quick read that’s is great for Valentine’s Day!

The world building is good. While I’ve never been to Florida, the author is able to put you in the location of the story so that you are always right there along with the characters as they have their adventures. It is very easy to visualize and to understand the back story of our main character.

World: 5

The characters are good in the story. Natasha is the narrator and writes like she’s taking to the reader. It is written in her “voice” so it all feels like a conversation. This story made me feel like I was a teen listening to the stories of my best friends again, and living vicariously through their adventures. Natasha and her friends are well established, and how she interacts with other characters feels natural to her. The romantic interests in the story are also described well so that you can empathize with Natasha as she goes through her experiences with them and you find yourself loving or hating the characters alongside her. For character growth, there isn’t a lot in this part one of the story but I’m interested in seeing where the characters end up.

Characters: 4

Relationships are what the story is all about. Romantic, family, and friend relationships are the backbone of the story. Natasha is looking for love, but is also deeply connected to her family and friends. There is nothing romantically graphic described in the story, Natasha’s Christian beliefs are strong, but there is the sweet kiss here and there. Family and friends are important to this story as well as the love, the characters have a tight knit community and without them a lot of the story couldn’t happen naturally. I really like seeing how close Natasha is to her family and seeing the role they play in supporting her.

Relationships: 5

There aren’t a ton of emotional moments for me in the story. It always keep interested by wondering what will happen or what Natasha will do next. I found it exciting or interesting and she kept me hanging on her words, like a teenager again, rather than emotional.

Emotions: 3

The pace of the story is good. There are a few time skips because the narrator going to the next moment with the potential love interest, but the scenes all seem to take place in a manner that make sense. No scene seemed too rushed or drawn out.

Pace: 4

Overall, I give this story 4 out of 5 stars! It’s fun to read and feels like you’re listening to the story of your best friend as a teenager. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next parts of the story!

Ttyl,

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Citadel by Kristofor Hellmeister ~ Book Review!!

I received Citadel as an ARC from the author to read and review, and it is going to be released this month so be sure to check it out!!! Citadel is the sequel to dystopian story Axiom by Kristofor Hellmeister. This is an adult dystopian story full of betrayal and technology in a unique world that I highly recommend. If you haven’t already, be sure to see my review of the first book Axiom here! This book picks up where the previous left off in a dystopian world full of interesting technology and characters.


The world building is good in this book. It expands on what was laid out previously, and is very descriptive. Technology and abilities are also explained in a way that makes sense and are used appropriately throughout the story. I always felt like I was in the story alongside the characters and experiencing the craziness unfold around them. I always appreciate being drawn into a book.

World: 5


Characters in this story are continually learning and their character growth is excellent. I found the main characters to feel a lot more real and all are coming into their true selves. The story is told from multiple points of view with each character facing their own struggles but ultimately them being tied together within what is occurring in Axiom. Some of the characters, I didn’t identify with as much as others, but I enjoyed the story line of Sebastian – who I consider to be the main character quite a bit, he is still nieve at times as he’s learning the truths of the society but where his story line ended up in this book left me loving his character even more.

Characters: 4


Relationships i don’t consider the focus of the story. There is some family dynamic that is important to the story such as siblings and other family structures that drive some of the characters forward. Some of the strongest moments for me are the discussion or visualization of relationships being lost because of Axiom because it shows the nature of the society they are living in and how it has tried to take humanity away from every citizen. The hope for normality and true relationships again is left hanging and it left a nice hole in my heart.

Relationships: 3


Emotions are good in this book. There were not any moments for me that made me want to cry, but there were some moments that definitely left me feeling disappointed or shocked. I would have liked to have seen some stronger emotions, but the character’s fight and the technology really stood out to me as the driving force over emotions. There is death in this story, there is a fight for life going on and it’s to be expected. I do think that the deaths of some of the more prominent characters would strike some as emotional, but they weren’t strongly done in a way to invoke me to tears because i already had a mind set about them. The ending is shocking and was unexpected to me yet left me feeling strangely satisfied.

Emotions: 4


The pace of the story is good! I always felt like it was easy to follow, even when it was switching between characters it made since for the story line to avoid major time jumps one way or another. Nothing felt too rushed or held back to the point where I was bored with one scene and ready to go on to the next.

Pace: 5

Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I think it was a strong sequel to the story and really liked how the characters would grow and experiencing the society and technology inside if Axiom. It also had some shocking moments, and the ending was unexpected. I definitely recommend to anyone looking for a unique take on a dystopian world!

P.S. If you’re interested, it is available for pre-order now on Amazon!

TTYL,

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle ~ Book Review!!

A Wrinkle in Time is one of those iconic books that I’ve been wanting to read for years, literally over a decade. By the age of the main characters, it is a middle grade story but it’s pretty complex so I wouldn’t discourage older readers from reading this book/series.

The melodramatic opening line “It was a dark and stormy night.” brought chuckles as soon as I opened the book and I couldn’t wait to see what story would unfold. While some may see this line as cheesy, I think it’s a lovely reminder of the old days of writing when people weren’t so afraid to be so outright from the very beginning. Plus, it sets a pretty good picture from the get-go.


The world building in this book is fantastic really. They are in many different locations and I found each to be engaging and unique, as the characters go to different locations they’re faced with different challenges and the scenes always seemed to reflect the appropriate level of danger or strangeness the characters are experiencing. This book had several science and math references in it that I was not expecting (I have not seen the movie) so reading those parts I felt they added a nice depth and excited my nerdy brain. While there are many scientific moments there are also several lovely Christian religious references. I loved that the author was able to bring the whole thing together in a way that felt real and natural and I appreciated all the facets of this story very much.

World: 5


Characters in this book are very interesting even though I found their growth rather stagnant. The main characters’ growth isn’t the main plot. And even though the children do have to learn along the way it doesn’t really change their character in the end. I liked the majority of the characters, but it was ingesting to me that not one more than the others. I felt they mostly acted appropriately for their age, some were too incredibly intelligent. Even when a character loses themselves it was depicted naturally I think.

Characters: 5


Relationships in this book are highly family related. There are different types of family dynamics included in the story and the realization that things are not always as they seem. There is some friendship but it mostly takes a backseat as family is the driving force in this book so it was not as explored as much as I’d have liked it to. For romantic relationships, there really isn’t any – this is a children’s book – aside from the mom and dad, but they are not affectionate in this book.

Relationships: 4


Emotions in this book were okay. There are several scenes where you can feel the characters frustrations and I was often able to empathize when them. However, there are no moments that lead me to tears or to great concern.

Emotions: 4


The pace of the story is interesting. We’re dealing with time/dimension travel so time skips are too be expected but nothing significant happens during those times. The book is short at a little over 200 pages but a lot goes on and somehow it feels like nothing was rushed. I loved it.

Pace: 4


Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I found it to be lovely, full of science, perseverance, and hope. I Definitely recommend this book.

Ttyl,

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Animorphs: The Encounter (#3) by K.A. Applegate ~ Book Review!!

The Encounter is the third book in the Animorphs series. The Animorphs is a middle grade sci-fi series full of aliens, adventure, and action. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my reviews for books 1 & 2 in the series.

The world building in this book is good. The story is still taking place in the same city as the previous books but from a slightly different perspective. Our narrator is Tobias in this book and we’ll say he sees the world differently than the other kids, therfore we get to see and experience some parts of the world we hadn’t before.

World: 5


The characters are well portrayed in this book. We finally get to know Tobias and have him narrate in good book. I foun him and the other animorphs to have a lot of character growth in this book, they’ve faced danger in the other books but here is where stuff starts to feel more real and they all question where the line is between animal and human. Tobias is one of my favorite characters in this series and I think he’s very well fleshed out.

Characters: 5


Relationships in this book are primarily friendship based. The five kids that become the Animorphs have a good bond and are there for each other as you’d hope friends would be. I enjoy their dynamic quite a bit.

Relationships: 3


Emotions in this book are a little more than in the previous books. There are some intense moments and this time their actions effect more than just themselves. Tobias is forced to face and consider about himself and I also found his struggles to be somewhat emotional. I never shed any tears but I felt for the characters more.

Emotions: 4


The pace is good. This is a short book and takes place in a short time frame. There are only skips of a few days at a time and the action sequences feel appropriately length compared to the non-action times.

Pace: 4


Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Infind Tobias’ story particularly emotional and enjoy reading him as the narrator, the group is starting to understand how their actions are effecting others around them and are learning how to be the heros they should be.

TTYL,

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Life L1k3 by Jay Kristoff ~ Book Review!!

Android and sci-fi stories are a great way to escape the real world… and especially in 2020 we all need a little bit of that. I’d had Life L1k3 on my shelf for a while waiting to be read so when I wanted something different and unique, I decided it was time to pick this one up!


The world building in this book is great! It was unique and the history is well explained. I found the world easy to visualize and each new location was just as detailed as the last. It has some visualizations that reminded me of both sci-fi I’ve watched and read before but in it’s own unique take!

World: 5


The characters I thought were well done. I found the main character annoying and unaware of her surroundings. Maybe she’s intended to be an unreliable narrator but I’m not 100% sure? Later in the book her choices never made since to me and seemed out of character even though I figured her out pretty early on. There are some awesome secondary characters that I grew really attached to though. Her best friend is amazing and I’d shamelessly name a child after her! Haha, but seriously I’ve loved the name Lemon for a long time and now I have a legit reason to use it!

The bulk of android characters are very human like (life likes) and are easy to like and relate to as a reader. Probably some of the most human androids I’ve read and I really like their part in this story and how important their being is to the story.

Characters: 4


Relationships are important to this story. Romantic, friendship, and family all play a role to the story line. The friendships were my favorite testing all the boarders of loyalty and betrayal. Romantic relationships are there and somewhat felt one sided most of the time, this was unfortunate, but eventually it seemed to start to level out. Family in this book probably isn’t what you’d typically expect and I found it nontraditional and loved it.

Relationships: 4


Emotions just didn’t seem to be a driver of this book. I was disappointed a couple times when intense moments could have been more emotional but when I thought I’d reach the brink of tears it was all dried away. The story always moved on too quickly and the characters never really addressed all of (only some) their emotions.

Emotions: 2


The pace of the story is good. There are some flashback type scenes to help tell the history but for the most part the story moves straight along at the speed it needed to without major time skips or time changes.

Pace: 4


Overall, I give this book 3 1/2 stars out of 5. I loved this world and some characters. The way it ended made me hate the main character even more, but want to read the next book to see what could happen next.

TTYL,

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis ~ Book Review!!

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia when reading the series in chronological order.

I had been looking forward to finally getting the chance to read this book, this series has been high on my TBR and I wanted to punch through a much of it as I could this year. In this book, four siblings stumble into the world of Narnia. Here is a beginning and end of their journey, but other books in the series will document some of the adventures that happened during their time in the magical world of Narnia.


World building is good in this story. The wonders and sights that the children see when coming into Narnia are well described and it’s easy to imagine yourself there with them. I enjoyed taking the journey with the kids and experiencing good and bad parts of Narnia.

World: 5


The characters are portrayed very well in this book. From the humans to the creatures of Narnia they are all created well and have their place in the story. The main characters all have some character growth by the end of the book and have their own struggles to overcome. I find this important in a book like this that shares lessons on morals & values.

Characters: 5


The relationships in this book are focused mainly on friendship and family. There’s lessons about loyalty and trust and where those loyalties should lie. I like that both the family and true friendship relationships were strong and the children ultimately knew they were strongest together and when they supported each other.

Characters: 4


For emotions in this book they were surprisingly lacking. I knew the gist of the story gong in so was expecting a couple scenes to move me with emotions, but that just never happened. This book series was intended originally for children so I’d assume that is why even what could be heart breaking moments are muted.

Emotions: 3


The pace of the story is good. The bulk takes place in the same time, there’s no major time jumps. However time moves differently in Narnia so years there could be just minutes in our world. If you’re ok with that type of time changing then this shouldn’t bother you.

Pace: 4


Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I think that the world and characters are well done and look forward to the rest of the series. It’s a lovely magical world and the story has some good morals and lessons in it.

TTYL,

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Eragon by Christopher Paolini ~ Book Review!!

Eragon is a book that I’ve wanted to read for a long time. I’d see people carrying around this think dragon book and was always curious about what it contained. Dragon style fantasies aren’t something I read enough of so I made a goal that I wanted to read this one in 2020. This book would be considered MG/YA based on the age of the protagonist but I think it’d be appropriate for any that are interested in this genre.


The world building in this book is good. I always felt like I was traveling with the characters and their settings were described very well at each new location. I read this on my Kindle so while I had access to the map I never felt like I needed to look at it during the read. This story also comes with a little lore that we learn along with the protagonist, this is almost always my favorite way to learn background or historical information so I appreciated these parts of the story.

World: 5


The characters are done well. The story is focused on Eragon and his journey so we don’t get the behind-the-scenes on some characters that I wish we could have gotten to know better. I found the secondary characters and teachers for Eragon to be much more interesting, but that is mainly because they’re much older than him and have gone on adventures where this is his first.

Characters: 4


There aren’t many meaningful relationships in this book. We see family, friendship, and mentor type relationships but most of them are sublevel to the story and don’t really end up meaning much. The strongest relationships and most meaningful ones are going to be the ones that are student & mentor type roles.

Relationships: 3


Emotions are fairly non existent here. There are a few moments that I thought should have been emotional but weren’t. There weren’t even feelings of concern or anxiousness for me. It’s possible this was done because the protagonist is a young boy and the audience was expected to be as young? I’m not sure, but I was pretty disappointed.

Emotions: 2


The pace of the story. Thus is a long book, over 500 pages, and a lot has to happen there. As expected there are some time skips to keep the story moving but nothing too extreme hairball during these time skips and they make sense.

Pace: 4


Overall, I give Eragon 4 out of 5 stars. I’m glad I finally read the story but I don’t think I will be reading the rest of the story. I’d definitely recommend it for someone who likes dragon fantasy stories, definitely give it a chance.

TTYL,

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Surrender by Elana Johnson ~ Book Review!!

Surrender is the second book in the YA dystopia Possession series. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out my review of the first book Possession!


The world building is good. We start off in a different area than what was in the first book yet it’s described clearly and easily to see. Any time the characters are traveling their new settings are easy to get into and feel accurate for what their goal is. The world in this story is unique and well developed, the author writes them very well and I always feel like I’m transferred to a new yet somehow familiar world every time I open the pages.

World: 5


Characters in this book are done well. We have new leading protagonists that are narrating the story. At first I was skeptical because they are so different from the original characters but they grew on me quickly and had just as engaging back stories. We see a lot more characters in this book than previously but they’re well developed so that they don’t blend in and each has a solid purpose in the story. I was pleased with the way characters grow and learn in this book, maybe more than the first.

Characters: 5


Relationships are varied again in this story, but the main focuses are romantic and family relationships. The family relationships were striking at times because there’s a stark contrast between the characters and their family’s. Some are highly toxic and others are loving. For the romance side there will not be anything physical discussed beyond kissing, the main focus being the bonds and loyalty they have for each other and encouraging others. And, yes, there is also a love triangle. Some of the time the newer relationships in the book felt a little too unrealistic though and forced.

Relationships: 4


Emotions in this book were fair. There is an overhanging feeling of unease and concern for the characters because their story just keeps getting darker in this book. However, there weren’t moments that made me cry even when they probably could have if they’d been written differently. Strong emotions though just didn’t seem like then goal of this book.

Emotions: 3


The pace of the book was good. There weren’t any long time skips where something important happened, only small skips forward to keep the time line moving. Some scenes seemed to drag a little out for me, particularly toward the middle where I felt the action should be seeking new away through the rest of the book, it wasn’t distracting exactly but it would make me want to skim forward a few paragraphs to get to the story again.

Pace: 3


Overall, I give Surrender 4 out of 5 stars. I think it’s a well built world with great characters and the plot is strong enough that I look forward to reading the next book in the series!

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Ttyl,

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