ARC Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

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Title: My Lady Jane
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Release Date/Publisher: June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen
Finished: April 29th 2016
Pages: 512-eBook ARC-given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

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ARC Mini-Reviews: Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here + The Rose and the Dagger

scarlett epsteinScarlett Epstein Hates It Here

Author: Anna Breslaw
Publisher/Release Date: April 19th 2016 by Razorbill
Pages: 288-ARC Paperback-Given by another blogger
Finished: May 3rd 2016
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My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • This book had some super funny moments and I really enjoyed it! The sheep scene was hilarious.
  • Avery doesn’t have a huge part, and she’s not around much in the middle of the book, I would have like to know her more but she was a good character. I really liked Ruth too and I liked how she interacted with Scarlett.
  • The fanfic story she wrote was really interesting, the ending part of it was the best though. I would have read something like that on its own. It didn’t take up too much space in the book but it was fun reading it.

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the rose and the daggerThe Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher/Release Date: April 26th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 420-paperback ARC-Given at a blogger meetup
Finished: May 10th 2016
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My Rating:4.5/5

Review:

  • I loved this book, and I really think it was even better than the first! Not only was there the romance that we came to love, but politics, possible war and so much more was added. Including a little magic.
  • Shahrzad was just as tough and stubborn and intense as before, but you can’t help but like her. I really liked her sister too and I’m glad she plays a bigger part in this one.
  • It’s the last book and I’m sad there won’t be another, but this is definitely a series I will want to re-read someday and I think only having two book worked out well for it

I was given these advanced review copies for free in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

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Title: Girl Against the Universe
Author: Paula Stokes
Release Date/Publisher: May 17th 2016 by HarperTeen
Finished: March 21st 2016
Pages: 400-eBook ARC-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Maguire is bad luck.

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.

From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.

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Bout of Books 16 Wrap-up

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I had a lot of fun this past week! I got a lot read and I’m really happy with how everything went. Here’s how I did.

Books finished: 4

Pages read: 1521

Goals:

  • To get to at least one chat-I did the saturday one!
  • Participate in at least one challenge- Yeah I wasn’t able to do this but that’s ok.
  • Have fun and meet new people-I did this too! Especially during the chat.
  • Read in the back yard on the weekend!-Sadly I couldn’t! It was a rainy and cold weekend.

Bout of Books 16 Progress

 Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 Goals:

  • To get to at least one chat
  • Participate in at least one challenge
  • Have fun and meet new people
  • Read in the back yard on the weekend!

Books to Read:

I was debating on just winging it this round, but I definitely have some books I want to get through. So I chose a few, but the rest will be dependent on my mood at the time. I’ve already started The Rose and the Dagger so I’ll just be finishing that up.

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Social:

I’ll be updating on my blog once a day, but I will be on Twitter and Instagram way more often throughout the week. Feel free to see how I’m doing from there!

Twitter: @Kelsenator

Instagram: @kelseysclutteredbookshelf

Progress:

Monday

Books finished today: The Rose and the Dagger (started at page 271)
Pages read: 149
Total Pages/Books read: 149 pages/ 1 book
Comments: I think I did pretty well today! I wasn’t able to make it to the chat though since I had to be up early the next morning. I’ll miss Wednesday’s for sure since I’m still at work during it.

Tuesday

Books finished today: –
Pages read: 271 of Run
Total Pages/Books read: 420 pages/ 1 book
Comments: Had a good reading day! I just kept wanting to get back to reading Run because I was enjoying it so much. I would have finished it but I was so tired.

Wednesday

Books finished today: Run by Kody Keplinger
Pages read: 17 of Run, 64 of The Crown’s Game
Total Pages/Books read: 501 pages/ 2 books
Comments: Had a headache most of the day but I still managed to get some reading in. Started The Crown’s Game by Evelyne Skye.

Thursday

Books finished today: –
Pages read: 104 of The Crown’s Game
Total Pages/Books read: 605 pages/ 2 books
Comments: A pretty good reading day! Excited for the weekend to get here though.

Friday

Books finished today: –
Pages read: 75 of The Crown’s Game, 273 of Dragonball Volume 2
Total Pages/Books read: 953 pages/ 2 books
Comments: I’m really enjoying the Crown’s Game! It’s really good, but I wanted to take a break before it got really epic and read some of my Dragonball manga. It’s going to be a busy weekend and we have to go visiting family on Sunday so I wanted to read manga since it doesn’t make me car sick like regular books do.

Saturday

Books finished today: Dragonball Volume 2
Pages read: 303 of Dragonball Volume 2, 125 of Dragonball Volume 3
Total Pages/Books read: 1078 pages/ 3 books
Comments: I participated in the chat and had a ton of fun! Hung out with a friend for her birthday and had a pretty good day.

Sunday

Books finished today: Dragonball Volume 3
Pages read: 443 of Dragonball Volume 3
Total Pages/Books read: 1521 pages/ 4 books
Comments: We went out of town to visit family and I was able to read a ton of my manga in the car while hubby drove.