The Book of Secrets by M.L. Little book review

The Book of Secrets by M.L. Little book review

Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5

“If you listen close, you can hear the world waking up.” – The Book of Secrets

Book summary:

After Gabriel Draven smuggles home the Stone of the Seven Realms, his fear of facing consequences launches him and his oddball family on a rollicking run for their lives across the world they only thought they knew. As his journey takes him out of his realm and into another, Gabriel discovers that the deepest mystery lies at the heart of his own family, and he must do whatever it takes to find his way back home.

Strong and unapologetic, full of vivid, well-timed simile and lilting rhythm, bright with humor, at times bursting into a depth of pure simplistic beauty, The Book of Secrets looks far beyond the typical medieval swords-and-sorcery and, instead, introduces mystical creatures, absurd new worlds, and, at its heart, a hymn of praise to the complicated bond of siblinghood.

My thoughts:

This book is soooo good!

I remember the first time I laid eyes on that beautiful cover; I was starstruck! (and it’s even prettier in person!) So, the thing is, the book is wonderful on the outside as well as on the inside (something very rare my friends ). One thing I really love about this book is the world building. The world and places are very well developed, fun, and whimsical! I liked Gabriel, the main character, very much, but Ren, his sister, is my favorite! She’s so fearless and, as a character, so well developed, I wished that she was my sister in real life, lol! The family interaction is exciting and unique, and I love the fact that the story is composed of a big family! I loved the humor in this book, it’s wonderful and oh so ”bubbly”! I wish I could say more, but I don’t want to spoil anyone, so my bookish advise to you is to go and preorder this book! It will make your imagination soar and fill it with adventure and suspense! I absolutely loved M.L. Little’s debut novel very, very, much!

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5

Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

Do I recommend it: Yes

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** I received an ARC copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All the above mentioned thoughts are my own and weren’t influenced by the author or publisher. **

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Every Bright and Broken Thing by Brian McBride book review

Every Bright and Broken Thing by Brian McBride book review

Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

Haunted by the last question their mother ever asked them, the Greyson brothers struggle to cope with their grief and adjust to life after tragedy.
Semi-popular sixteen-year-old Liam spends his nights performing as the lead singer of his high school indie pop/rock band, Liam and the Landmarks. But something happened to Liam four years ago at his friend’s house – a secret Liam will take to his grave. But in small towns like Summit, Colorado, secrets always seem to find their way out. 
Twenty-four-year-old Ezra thought that he could cure his grief when he left Summit behind for a prestigious art school in Chicago, but things only got worse. Now a college dropout working at a gas station mini mart, he turns to alcohol, prescription painkillers, and meaningless one-night stands. But Ezra can’t run forever – life always catches up with you. 
With abrasively honest dual-perspective narratives, Every Bright and Broken Thing illustrates the unbreakable bond between brothers and the power in coming home.

My thoughts:

I don’t have words to describe how I feel…

Every Bright and Broken Thing surpassed all my expectations. To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect when I got this ARC from the author. I don’t have a good overall experience with Christian books. Why? Because many times Christian authors try to hard to convey a good Christian message in their books (something I really appreciate) that they leave aside another important, though not equal aspect, that is, the actual writing style and development of the book. I cant express how beautifully this book is written. Its almost as if you were reading a melody of words that wake your emotions in such a unique way, I felt every description was a poem of some sort! I cried like a baby in some parts and wondered, how can someone know how I felt sometimes?!?
How is it possible that the same doubts I had in the past as a Christian could be described in this book so clearly and harmoniously?! This book is a must read. It’s a genuine masterpiece. And I, as a christian, feel so proud of this book bt Brian McBride. The characters were AMAZING! Their ARC’S were beautifully written. The plot, pace… everything was perfect. The book does contain some scenes were some sensitive subjects. Both main characters are young adults that are going through some tough times, so there are scenes were, alcohol, drugs, suicide, and sex are mentioned though not in a very detailed or graphic way. Definitely a read for older or mature teens. But, yes, BUY IT! you won’t regret it! Every Bright and Broken Thing is a book that will remind you of God’s grace and faithfulness and His power to restore our brokenness.

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 4.5/5

Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5 (reasons mentioned above)

Do I recommend it: Yes (to older or mature teens that can handle all of the above mentioned subjects)

Suggested age: 16+

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** I received an ARC copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All the above mentioned thoughts are my own and weren’t influenced by the author or publisher. **

Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King

Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King

Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️ 2/5

Book Summary:

A fierce young female adventurer battles time itself to claim her destiny in a sweeping new fantasy saga from the author of the Hundredth Queen series.

Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage.

Her journey takes her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where she will be married off and charged to build the new world. It is here, and beyond, that hidden realms hide, treasures are unearthed, her family secrets are buried, and young love will test the strength of her makeshift heart. When Everley discovers Markham may not be who he seems, her pursuit for truth is bound to his redemption, her tragic history, and her astonishing destiny.

My thoughts:

If you were like me, after reading that book summary you are just like, Woahhhhh 🤯✨🤩😱

Before getting into the real book review, I just want to clarify what my satndards for books are, ’cause, yeah, you need to know. Kk? Ok.

It’s pretty simple. I want to honor Him with everything I read. In simpler words, I strive not to read anything that I would not be proud to tell Jesus to face to face off. I don’t do books with explicit or graphic sex scenes, dark magic, cussing, horror/terror, LGBT characters, etc. In essence, I try to guide my reading standards to what I’ve been taught in my church and from my personal relationship with God and His word. This doesn’t mean I don’t read non- Christian books! I believe there are many CLEAN books out there to be discovered and as many of you know, that’s why I created The Official Indie Readalong. Ok now that we have that clear let’s get back to the review.

This book had soooo much potential! I have to be honest and say I didn’t finish it because… you’ll see. Anyways, the first chapter of the book is SO good! That was what made me even say I was in love with the book before I even finished reading 10% of it. The prologue of the book starts with a description of how the world was created by a goddess and the ”creator”, mythical gods the people worshiped…ok, I guess I can view it as a greek mythology book, keep reading…But then a scene was the main character, Everley, has a flashback to some things an evil guy does, implying that he abused her sister. Then there are gore references and scenes of prostitute women and their line of work. The author want’s to make it seem as something ”that was done back in those days” but it was utterly unnecessary. Men are cruel and insensitive, and they try to take advantage of women. That’s the negative stuff — quite a bit. But the good is that the plot was AMAZING. I really wished I could keep on reading and see where this adventure would take Everleyl, but my brain just couldn’t handle any more of those things.

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5

Cleanness ⭐️ 1/5

Do I recommend it: No

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All thought are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Queen of the Warrior Bees by Jean Gill book review

Queen of the Warrior Bees by Jean Gill book review

Overall rating: ⭐️ 1/5

Book Summary:

One misfit girl and 50,000 bees. Together they must change the world. As the Mages of the Citadel fight amongst themselves and prepare for war against the Forest, Mielitta, a despised servant, has her own battle to face. Bastien and Jannlou, the boys who terrorised her as a child, have grown into their status as Mages and she cannot escape them forever. 
   In desperation, she flees to the forbidden Forest and its dangerous attractions. Her scent angers thousands of bees and, although she survives their attack, she has changed. A strange bee symbol glows on her thigh and her senses are altered. She learns that her connection with bees enables her to summon their aid and gives her the power to shift shape. 
   This new-found bond works both ways and the bees need Mielitta’s help as the rift widens between Forest and Citadel. Can one girl and a colony of bees reunite Man and Nature, or is the split irreversible? 
Block Nature out and she’ll force a way in. 

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My toughts:

I don’t like giving negative reviews, but in this case, I have to. So, to be honest, I DNF the book after reading a couple of the first chapters, why? Because it felt too superficial, rushed, and dark. I didn’t feel a connection with the main character and the magic in the book itself was somewhat dark. There were some bad cuss words and the implication of sexual harassment from young men. The story lacked a LOT of world building and I felt confused and lost in so many descriptions of feelings and senses I just didn’t know what was happening. The characters were flat and very much alike. What I did like was the Authors idea of natural powers, such as bees! The story has so much potential the author could have fabricated a really good book.

Plot: ⭐️⭐️ 2/5

Characters: ⭐️ 1/5

Cleanness: ⭐️✨ 1.5/5

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All thought are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer book review

A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer book review

Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5

Book summary:

Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and “take care of Mama” by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.

Langdon Rochester’s parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents’s command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women’s Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life–even with so little to offer?

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My thoughts:

A Silken Thread is a very nice Christian historical novel set in the 1800s. The book deals with many thematic topics such as racism and Christianity in a time in history when America was battling with the incorporation of people of color as part of their society. I wanted so much to love this book, but I just couldn’t seem to connect with the characters. The story setting and general idea were so original, but, for me, the characters lacked originality, and their personalities were somewhat superficial and even animated. The story development was very slow paced, making it a little difficult to engage with the novel. What I did like about the book was the beautiful Christian message. We could see how each character struggled with their faith in different situations. And, even though their lives and struggles were very different from each other, they all tried to do what was right in Gods eyes. The story has a great message on slavery, love, and friendship, and even though it felt more like a middle school book than a YA book, I would definitely recommend it to younger audiences that want a light, modest and romantic book with a clear and edifying Christian message.

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 3.5/5

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5

Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

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*I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All thought are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.*

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber book review

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber book review

Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 4.5/5

Book summary:

Imagine living in a world where girls couldn’t go to college and were intelligent girls were seen as weird. That’s the kingdom of Caldon…until Rehn comes to the scene. This book is about a teen named Rehn and her love for science. Rhen’s story begins whit a terrible incident in her life that determines her to go against everything she knows, even against her uncles to achieve something no one had, be the first girl to earn a scholarship to the Stemwicks Men University. Rhen knows it is the only palace in the world where she will fulfill her dreams and help her find answers to something she desperately needs, a cure. This book will take you along a mysterious labyrinth that will challenge your imagination, make your heart skip, and put your senses to the test.

My Thoughts:

Phew, writing that tiny summary took forever!
Ok, time for the good stuff.
I really, really liked To Best the Boys by Mary Weber. From the synopsis on Amazon and various reviews, I thought this was going to be one of those books where girls just beat the poor boys up and make them look inferior, and try to prove they are like them, if that makes sense. I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, at the beginning of the story, the first two chapters have a slight feminist message, but then as the story develops, it shifts its focus to the actual story itself. Something I LOVED about the book was the diversity of character personalities! I feel that’s one of the main things a lot of YA books lack and Mary portrayed it beautifully. The plot was very good paced, and it submerged you in the story. The romance was a little fast forward for my taste though the characters that fall in love knew each other since they were kids so I’ll give them credit for that. The labyrinth part was SO good. I liked that I could keep up with the author’s descriptions and not feel lost among a lot of information. There is some romance in the book though I like how the author balances it. There are two kisses that are somewhat descriptive — overall great CLEAN book with a great fantasy world, great characters, and excellent story development.

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers http://booklookbloggers.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

The Trace and The Integer books by Adelaide Thorne book reviews

The Trace and The Integer books by Adelaide Thorne book reviews

Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 10/5 😇

If only monsters were a myth and telepathy were impossible. If only, if only, if only…’’
-The Trace

Confusion, despair, doubt. What if all you believed in, all you thought you knew, all the things that made you-you, were a mere illusion? A constant mirage that clouded your view from seeing the world as it truly is? Welcome to Briarwood, a town were average things happened to average people every day.
I cannot adequately express how much I loved @adelaidethorne.author books The Trace and The Integer. Thank you so much @adelaidethorne.author for letting me part of your little experiment and for awakening my love for dystopian books!
I don’t really know how to start this review because I feel I will be spoiling so much, so ill do my best! (The less you know, the better, trust me!) so here Ladies and gents come my spoiler free review.


Unimaginable, phenomenal, astounding. I can guarantee you these books will blow your mind in a million tiny, tiny pieces!
The books follow the life of Ella Kepler and her very average teen life… you guys know, bestie, high school, parents, etc. But all is about to change when some mysterious people start stalking Ella… Aliens? Thieves? A gang? All those options go through Ellas mind. As she tries to resume her normal life, she notices weird things start to happen… As I’m writing this I wish I could tell you ALL the things that are going to happen, but it will undoubtedly spoil everything for you, I’ll just say that these books are filled with adventure, mystery, drama (umm yes please!), love (portrayed in the most delightful way!), friendship, war, dark secrets, painful pasts, and sooooo much more!
I’m giving this book 10 stars! Hehehe…I just loved it! I feel I really got to know Ella, Sheedy, Kara, and all the other character in such a very close way, I literally spent days with the books on my mind! My personal favorite was book number two, The Integer! (just read them, ok? then we can fangirl together) I really admire and applaud @adelaidethorne.author, for seeing her growth as an author throughout her books is something inspiring and beautiful to witness. Thank you again @adelaidethorne.author can’t wait for book three!

Sexual content: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Mild

Ratings:

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

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