Cress by Marissa Meyer, A Quick Review

I love all of the different romantic plotlines in this series and the easy banter among friends.   These books are packed full of emotions that pull at my heart strings while at the same time the action never stops and there is never a dull moment.
I loved the addition of Cress as a main character.   She adds a sweetness and innocence that is completely endearing. 
So much happened in this book that really sets up the next book, Winter, as a continuation and possibly a conclusion. Although,  I have no idea how Marissa Meyer is going to pull it off. But, of course,  that is half the fun!

A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier, A Quick Review

A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier started out slow for me and it took me a while to understand the direction it was taking. Elodie is an unlikely hero. She is shy and always apologetic but by the end I believe she understands that there is much much more to the world and that perhaps she is a force to be reckoned with. I loved the interaction between Elodie and Aleida, a somewhat sisterly connection that I feel binds them. The ending of this story was the strongest part in my opinion. I recommend this if your interested in witchy vibes and unique spell craft.

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir, A Quick Review

“You are broken.  But it is the broken things that are the sharpest.  The deadliest.  It is the broken things that are the most unexpected, and the most underestimated.”

This book is such a great ending to this series.   I honestly did not know exactly what to expect, was Sabaa Tahir going to break my heart or give me a happy ending? Turned out that the answer is both.
The strength and tenacity of these characters is what makes the story so appealing.   They keep fighting no matter what, and at the same time,  they do not forget to laugh and celebrate life amidst all the tragedy.   This tale shows the essence of the effect war has on young people and their ability to overcome.  I love how the suffering in these books is what brings out the main characters magical ability.  That this hardship creates these unique gifts. 
A truly mesmerising series that I highly recommend!

Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore

Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore is a fast-paced, thrill ride through a land that is permanently stuck in Winter. The main character, Sylvi, is coerced into driving her rig along with a few companions to find a friend that has joined the rebel cause. Winter is not simply just a season in this book, the land and it’s people are ruled by winter and the kol that is produced. However, the kol that is destroying the people can also be used to control winter and force this overwhelming season into submission and Sylvi knows more about this than she likes to admit.
This story was definitely very exciting and fun to read. There is a balance in the magic used in this story, consequences for controlling winter that causes frostbite particularly around the mouth and lip, which honestly was a little strange to read about. This tale is unique and full of intricate myths and legends that breathe life into the peoples of this land.
I would recommend this if your looking for something that is not heavy on romance and that is very different than the norm.

The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige, A Quick Review

This book is about sisterhood, mixed in with mysterious secrets and, of course, it is brimming with witchcraft.
Vivi is moving on from a hectic life with her tarot card reading mom and moving to Savannah to attend Westerly. This is where she discovers a sorority name Kappa and meets the seemingly perfect Scarlett who will wind up becoming a major part of her life. Kappa is not a normal sorority. It is literally a sorority of witches and their sisterhood overflows with magic.
I definitely recommend this for a fun and quick read. I had a blast reading about all the awesome spellcraft and the more normal day to day life of an awkward college student. Overall a great read.

A Universe of Wishes,A We Need Diverse Books Anthology, Edited by Dhonielle Clayton, A Quick Review

This incredible book of short stories took my breath away. Find the best way to spend a wish. How to make hard choices. Pushing boundaries. Be bold. Not to forget your past. That you may need a partner in crime. Dare to Dream. That wishes can come true. To learn the true story of the heart in unexpected ways. The true price of not feeling heartbreak. To unfold your own myth and be connected across the ages. Stories of beauty. A fairytale in NYC. How love is always real, no matter the form it takes. These stories create an enchanting and, sometimes, heart wrenching way to look at love and I cannot reccomend this higher. I do not think any of these tales will leave me any time soon.

A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha

First of all, I do not know how anybody can pass by this cover without feeling the NEED to know more. And, I’d like to say this story is just as beautiful as it appears. I really appreciate the author’s note at the beginning. A kind of warning about topics that could make a reader uncomfortable. However, all these topics were covered with such class that I had no difficulty. This is based on a Portuguese story about a princess named Ysabel. Ysabel is not a typical princess and believes she is cursed. She is basically starving herself because the food she touches and tries to eat turns into flowers. However, with the help of an unexpected new arrival she learns to turn this curse into a blessing. This book has so many layers, from religious to political to the fantastical. What this comes down to is can Ysabel accept herself, all the things that make up herself, and be true to herself.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, A Quick Review

I had no idea how much I needed Yadriel and Julian in my life! This is such a vibrant book that simply overflows with love and acceptance. Yadriel is a 16 year old trans boy that is right on the cusp of discovering that not only can he be accepted by his family but he will find a way to be more accepting of himself as well. Before he meets Julian, Yadriel thinks that all he needs is to become a brujo, which he believes will show everyone that he is also truly a boy. When he secretly completes the ritual to become a brujo, he also tries to raise a spirit and this is when the ghost of Julian enters the story. This is an eye opening tale in many ways and I was captivated until the end.

Someone’s Story by B.A. Bellec, A Quick Review

This really surprised me, not just for what an amazing story this is, but that it is honestly the most enjoyable and fulfilling reading experience I have had in a while. This tale is about Someone that I think we all can relate to. This 17 year old young man feels a heightened sense of pressure from the outside world and has the anxiety that goes along with that. When he begins a new school year as a senior in a new town, he doesn’t just learn new things, but learns a whole new way of living. This story made me laugh out loud and also had some very emotional moments that left me in tears. I also love the author’s unique writing style that fits this story perfectly. I feel like Someone’s Story is a must read for YA fans and, honestly, I don’t think I will be forgetting this incredible tale anytime soon.

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco, A Quick Review!

Thank you Netgalley for this ARC! Wow, this ending! I have to read the next book as soon as possible! This is the perfect Halloween read. Maniscalco spins a tale about witches, demons (sexy demons!), even Vampires and werewolves. Join Emilia as she searches for her sister’s murderer and finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into dark magic and her families secrets. This was a thrilling ride and, like I said, I can’t wait for the next book!