REVIEW: If I’m Being Honest – Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

IIBH_Reveal.inddTitle: If I’m Being Honest
Author: Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Rating: ★★★★★

I finished this at 3:37am after staying up all night to read it, so I guess you could say I liked it. I’m pretty picky when it comes to YA Contemporary, but If I’m Being Honest was pure perfection and completely cured my reading drought!

The premise of the story draws inspiration from The Taming of the Shrew, in which our protagonist Cameron attempts to “tame” herself in order to win back the affections of her crush. If I’m Being Honest bypassed any expectations I had going into this. I absolutely loved Cameron’s character growth and self-discovery throughout the novel. It was not a smooth ride and she had a few moments of regression, but the way it was written was so honest and real. The book highlights the fact that no one is perfect, and that we should surround ourselves with people who love us despite our flaws, and more importantly learn to love ourselves because of them.

The characters were really the heart of the story. The authors did a fantastic job of creating characters that were fleshed out and relatable. Another positive aspect of the book were all the different relationships; good and bad, old and new. They brought a lot of depth and really made the story stand out. In particular, I thought the relationship that Cameron builds with Brendan was amazing! I am one hundred percent here for cute, nerdy guys a the love interest.

If I was in high school, this would have been the type of book I would have brought with me from class to class and forced all my friends into reading. If I’m Being Honest is a fun, engaging, delightful read that I highly recommend!

WWW Wednesday #20

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words in which the three W’s stand for:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

41147279WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

 

 


30075662 (1)WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

 


35424766WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

Nyxia Uprising (The Nyxia Triad #3) by Scott Reintgen

Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2019

Hello everyone! I’m currently on break from school and work for a week and a half and it is amazing. It feels great to be able to take some time to myself without having anything to do or stress over. I also got to catch up with some reading these last few days which I’m happy about! Next month is May which is super exciting because of both my birthday and BookCon at the end of the month (okay, technically June but it’s a birthday trip so it counts). Is anyone else planning to go to BookExpo/BookCon? It’s my second time going and I cannot wait!


40590407ROMANOV: This started out really good – the author did a great job setting the book up and building the tension of what was to come. Unfortunately, the story started going downhill towards the end. The last quarter of the book was extremely rushed; there was too much going on at once and it was hard to follow. More than once I found myself having to reread chunks of text because I was confused.  ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.  ★★★

28220826WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS: I absolutely love Anna-Marie McLemore and this has been on my TBR for a long time, so I was really happy when I saw that it was the book of the month for the Dragons & Tea Book Club! Like all of her other books, this was extremely creative and I loved all the magical realism. It wasn’t my favorite of hers though; the writing (which I usually adore) was a little too dense for my liking.  ★★★½

39841372DEFY THE FATES: This was such a stunning conlcusion to an amazing series! I really loved these books so much and I highly, highly recommend them to anyone who loves sci-fi! They’re action-packed, fast-paced, full of romance and plot twists and space travel fun!  ★★★★½

 

36430989DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE: This book might be low on the action, but it’s high on the suspense and political intrigue. I actually really enjoyed the slower paced story and how the focus was instead on the intricacies of the murder mystery and the inner court machinations. Hesina was a character that I greatly enjoyed following as she attempted to navigate her struggles between her personal wants/beliefs and what she needed to portray in order to gain the support and find justice for her father’s murder. My biggest disappointment was finding out that there will be no sequel, but rather a companion novel because I felt that Hesina’s story was left totally unfinished.  [review]  ★★★★

IIBH_Reveal.inddIF I’M BEING HONEST: The premise of the story draws inspiration from The Taming of the Shrew, in which our protagonist Cameron attempts to “tame” herself in order to win back the affections of her crush. I absolutely loved Cameron’s character growth and self-discovery throughout the novel. It was not a smooth ride and she had a few moments of regression, but the way it was written was so honest and real. The book highlights the fact that no one is perfect, and that we should surround ourselves with people who love us despite our flaws, and more importantly learn to love ourselves because of them. ★★★★★

41438037DARK SHORES: I was expecting an action-packed high-seas adventure, but instead I struggled to get through this. Nothing happens for almost 80% of the book. I also did not feel a connection with either of the protagonists, so it made it really difficult to care about their journeys or struggles. I really, really wanted to like this because I love Danielle L. Jensen’s Malediction trilogy, but it honestly just fell flat.  ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.  ★★½

30075662 (1)AURORA RISING: I’m loving all the great sci-fi/space books coming out recently in the YA genre, and this was no exception. From the beginning, this book was full of nonstop action and it was very easy to get lost in the pages. Amie and Jay did such a great job with the writing (no surprise) and they’ve created a really fun, interesting cast of characters to follow along with.  ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.  ★★★★½

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The ABC Book Challenge – F | #ARCstravaganza: Aurora Rising | WWW Wednesday #19 | Blog Tour + Giveaway: King of Fools | #ARCstravaganza: The Dragon Republic

#ARCstravaganza: The Dragon Republic – R. F. Kuang

Happy Monday! #ARCstravaganza is a weekly meme now hosted by Flavia the Bibliophile where readers can show off their wonderful ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) and spread the word about upcoming releases. For more information about this meme and its origins check out this post.


ABOUT THE BOOK

41118857Title: The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2)
Author: R. F. Kuang
Release: August 6, 2019

In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.

With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.

But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.


I was so excited that I was approved for this ARC because this is literally the first time I’ve ever been approved for anything on Edelweiss and it also happens to be one of my most anticipated releases for this year! Are you excited for The Dragon Republic? Have you read The Poppy War? Let me know in the comments!

REVIEW: Descendant of the Crane – Joan He

36430989Title: Descendant of the Crane
Author: Joan He
Rating: ★★★★

Is Descendant of the Crane a wholly unique story sure to please even the most critical of readers? No. Is this Chinese-inspired fantasy a beautifully written and well-crafted novel? Absolutely.

Descendant of the Crane might be low on the action, but it is high on the suspense and political intrigue. I was expecting something very different from what I read, however not necessarily in a bad way. I actually really enjoyed the slower paced story and the focus instead on the intricacies of the murder mystery and the inner court machinations. Hesina was a character that I greatly enjoyed following as she attempted to navigate her struggles between her personal wants/beliefs and what she needed to portray in order to gain the support and find justice for her father’s murder. There were a few plot twists woven into the story that made it all the more interesting. I did successfully guess the big reveal/twist at the very end, but I loved its cleverness nevertheless and am excited for where the story will go next.

The love interest/romantic plotline was only okay. I didn’t hate it, but on the other hand I think I also might have been okay without it (*le gasp* who am I?!). I still quite put my finger on what it is or why I feel this way, but something about the way Akira was written just felt off compared to the rest of the book.

My biggest disappointment was finding out that there will be no sequel, but rather a companion novel. I felt like Hesina’s story was left totally unfinished, but hopefully there will be some answers with the companion novels. Overall, I think Descendant of the Crane was a wonderfully written YA fantasy debut and I greatly look forward to reading more from this author in the future!