Adventures Thru Wonderland

I'm Stephanie, an avid book reader. I read a little of everything but most often either YA or Fantasy with a dash of romance!

The Snitch, The Witch, and The One Who Was Rich

The Snitch, The Witch, and The One Who Was Rich - Joe Spraga *I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

Such a charming tale! Told in rhyme, this story tells of a large group of people waiting for Father Time. Father Time is very wise, and teaches each person who waits a different lesson. Encouraging kids to try their best, be kind, and to dream big, this is perfect for children, parents, and teachers alike!

Refuse

Refuse - Joanne Macgregor *I received an ecopy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*
(Oh and this series is also on KindleUnlimited ;)

This series! While I'm realizing that Jinx is pretty naive, I'm still totally in love with this series! This one somewhat reminded me of The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. Jinx is starting to question everyone, and soon finds out something about ASTA that she can't ignore. Planning to run, she struggles to find out who she can trust, and what side is right in this war.

She makes some new friends both inside, and out of ASTA, as well as some new enemies. With blackmail, danger, fugitives, and rabies hitting close to home, where can Jinxy turn?

Recoil (Recoil Trilogy Book 1)

Recoil (Recoil Trilogy Book 1) - Joanne Macgregor *I received an ecopy from the author for review. This does not affect my review*
(Book 1)
When I agreed to read this series, I just thought it would be a fun read. Which it is..but it's so much more! While I loved The Hunger Games, and watched the Divergent movies, this one blows the genre out of the water! While it takes a few chapters to get an idea of what's going on, it doesn't take long to realize something's not adding up. But only later on does the truth start to come out.

I loved the characters in this one, and look forward to seeing them, and some new faces in the next book! The romance was perfection, and the friendships especially between Jinxy and her twin Robin. But my favorite character is Quinn!

I the more I read, the more I loved about this series. The world is a post-apocalyptic version of Earth, where rats are mutated and infected with a version of rabies by terrorists. Jinx E. James is a video game sniper, in a world that largely lives their lives isolated inside their houses. With the disease spreading, no one goes outside by choice anymore, and are forced to interact in 'social functions' to encourage them to meet other people a couple times a year. Otherwise they have all their need delivered to them, and never leave the house.

But is that the only way to live? Is there more to life than what people are led to believe? Jinxy wants to find out.

(Book 2)


This series! While I'm realizing that Jinx is pretty naive, I'm still totally in love with this series! This one somewhat reminded me of The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. Jinx is starting to question everyone, and soon finds out something about ASTA that she can't ignore. Planning to run, she struggles to find out who she can trust, and what side is right in this war.

She makes some new friends both inside, and out of ASTA, as well as some new enemies. With blackmail, danger, fugitives, and rabies hitting close to home, where can Jinxy turn?

(Book 3)

Death...so much death! This final book in the Recoil Trilogy picks up right after book 2 (Refuse) ended. Robin, Jinx's twin brother, has been caught and taken to ASTA for questioning. Quinn seeks out Jinxy to tell her the news, and together they go on the offensive to stage a rescue.

But that's only the beginning! So much happens in this final title, and the stakes are higher than ever! While I had an idea where the ending was headed, this ending is so worth the read! Far more complex and chaotic than I imagined, and there is a ton of character growth for Jinx and the team. While Jinx's character has gone through a lot of growth already, in this final confrontation we see the team truly find their strengths and weaknesses

Polaris

Polaris - Michael Northrop *I received a review copy from KidLitExchange on Instagram. This does not affect my review.*

I loved this one! I was worried as I read Northrop's Trapped as a child, and at the time I hated the abrupt ending. After reading this one, I realized that in truth I loved them both! This one actually helped my better understand Northrop's reasoning for why he ended Trapped the way he did, and showed my how immersed I get into his stories. I love a good survival story, and these have always been some of my favorites, despite the love/hate statue of Trapped after reading it as a teen. I actually believe I just had to grow up a little to understand his books, so even though this is about kids around 12 years old, it's better suited for the YA crowd? Though I'm sure middle-graders would enjoy it as well.

Bridge of the Gods (The Silver Mountain Series #1)

Bridge of the Gods (The Silver Mountain Series #1) - Diane Rios *I received a copy for review from the KidLitExchange on Instagram. This does not affect my review.*

This one was hard for me to rate, I loved the nature and animals, but at the end was left with a lot of questions. I understand this is part of a series, so I hope to get answers later in the series. That said, I always struggle with the first book in a series, and often find each book draws me deeper into the world it holds. I really give this a 3.5 but couldn't bring myself to give it a four. I loved Chloe, and her friends were very interesting. I am curious to know more about the hospital, and more about the people and creatures of the North. I look forward to more of this series!

Pure Healing (A Novel of The Pure Ones Book 1)

Pure Healing (A Novel of The Pure Ones Book 1) - Aja James *I received a copy from RABT Book Tours for review on a blog tour. This does not affect my review.*

I enjoyed this story immensely! I wasn't sure, since I'm not a big romance/erotica fan, but I loved the writing style and characters in this story. The plot was well written, and kept me wanting to know what happened!


Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 01

Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 01 - Bisco Hatori This was a library read.

This book...is weird. I liked the characters, but the idea of a Host Club is strange to me. Everyone is super fake, and it's just about guys who flirt and flatter girls for entertainment. While the girls know full well none of it's real, they still line up for this attention. That said, I did enjoy reading about all the awkward moments and liked seeing how they react to a poor kid, and a girl at that, joining their club. I will probably read on, but not sure how far I'll make it in this series.

Helen's Daimones (Dyscrasia Fiction)

Helen's Daimones (Dyscrasia Fiction) - S.E. Lindberg *I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review*

This book, where to start? I first heard about this series starting with Lords of Dyscrasia a few years ago, and long before my new found appreciation of horror, and apparently, weird fiction. Only recently have I started reading such stories, and I was reminded of this series. I was advised by the author to start here. While it didn't give much in way of getting to know the characters, it has a disgustingly brilliant world, full of strange magics, and sorcery. I loved how detailed and grotesque this world is, and am excited to know there are two more books in this series!

Angel of Shadow: Wormwood Trilogy, Book 2

Angel of Shadow: Wormwood Trilogy, Book 2 - D.H. Nevins *I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

I read the first one in this series, Wormwood, in December, and loved it, so I was excited for the chance to read this one! I never read angel/demon books, but this one grabbed my attention, and I am so glad I took a chance! While the first one caught my attention, it was this book that made me fall in love with this series! I love Kali and Tiamat's characters and seeing them struggle to survive in a dangerous world. The writing style is masterfully done, and the plot is well written. I am excited to learn there will be another book in this series!

Prism

Prism - Nina Walker *I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

This book is so cool and original! I loved the characters, and the story was brilliantly told! I enjoyed how unique and original the story is. In a world where colors are magic, Jessa is training to be a color alchemist. I was fascinated by the idea of colors representing different magical aspects. I can't wait for more from this series!

Gravitate

Gravitate - Cory  Reynolds *I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

I enjoyed this paranormal romance. While it seems like a simple idea, I love how Gravitate takes witches and vampires and turns it on its head. Not only is this a paranormal or romance story, but it also answers questions I haven't even thought of in a fun and interesting way. I love that this is the first book in a series! I am excited to read more from this author!

Oak and Mistletoe

Oak and Mistletoe - J.Z.N. McCauley I really enjoyed this one! Rich in culture and magic, and well written! I loved reading about the characters, especially Catherine Green, and her connection to Ireland. I love the setting, and the descriptions used throughout the book, it really is a beautiful setting, and one I could easily picture as I read along. While it is a fantasy, it also has a touch of historical fiction and maybe even a bit of sci-fi mixed in, making it a thrilling read. Fast paced, and a quick read, I'm excited to read more of this series!

The Oathing Stone

The Oathing Stone - J.Z.N. McCauley *I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

Even better than the first! Just as action packed, with more at stake than ever before! I loved this one from cover to cover. When Catherine marries Bowen, the love of her life, the world around them suddenly explodes with chaos. The Fae want something that was stolen from them, Bowen is dying, and the King of the Fae has a sudden interest in Bella, Catherine's best friend. I sped through this one, the fast pace is perfect for this story, and the plot is fun and exciting.

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The Creeping Shadow - Jonathan Stroud I...I feel totally unprepared for book 5. Reading this only strengthened my fears of what might happen in the next book. and I'm so not ready to say goodbye. That said, I loved this installment of the Lockwood & Co. series, and loved listening to it on audio. This one focuses slightly more on Lucy, much like the first, but for a very different reason. Whereas in the first book Lucy had just met Lockwood and George, in this one she has recently left them after a ghost reveals a terrifying future for one of them, which places Lucy as the cause.

Against her better judgment, she does see Lockwood again, and we get to learn more about the Problem, as well as some key players in other agencies. While I am not ready for this series to end, after the cliffhanger in this book, I am anxious to read on! I want to know how things end, perhaps more so than I'm afraid of the end, and so I look forward to listening to the last book in this series soon! (I bought it on Audible as soon as it came out, but have been putting off these last two books because I want the series to go on forever. That said I plan to reread them, or rather listen to them again this year, so my review might change slightly in the future.)

I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four - Neil Kaplan, Pittacus Lore I read this originally when the movie first came out. At the time I rated it 3 stars, and started the second book, but never finished. Needless to say, I liked the series, but the writing style didn't hold my attention my first time around.

This year it was my goal to try to finish some of the series I started but never finished. While I didn't get to reread as many as I hoped, I'm finally catching up with my reading to a point that next year I plan to listen to a lot of audiobooks to finish the series faster.

After listening to this one on audio, I decided that I will listen to this series instead of reading them. I loved listening to this one, and am once again excited to be reading this series! I loved Neil Kaplan's accents and the emotion he put into his acting! I'm happy to see he is also reading the rest of the series on audio!

Mama Graciela's Secret

Mama Graciela's Secret - Mayra Calvani *I received a copy through Enchanted Book Promotions for review. This does not affect my review.*

I loved reading about Mama Graciela's bacalaĆ­tos fritos, but more than that, I wanted to see how Mama handled the Food Inspector. I love how this story is told, and the illustrations are beautiful. A great children's book, and one that parents can enjoy too.


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