Title: The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) Author: Alison Goodman Release Date/Publisher: January 31st 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers Finished: December 10th 2016 Pages: 496-ARC Paperback-Given for review Series:
1. The Dark Days Club
2. The Dark Days Pact
Synopsis from Goodreads:
June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers. However, the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work have taken hold, and his sanity is beginning to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are even higher for Helen as she struggles to become the warrior that everyone expects her to be.
Author: Gretchen McNeil Publisher/Release Date: October 18th 2016 by Balzer + Bray Pages: 352-Hardcover-Library Finished: December 16th 2016 Goodreads My Rating: 4/5
The idea that math could create a way for you to not only become popular but meet certain goals sounded really cool, and the concept worked well for this! She did have some math which I thought would have been confusing but she added notes to help explain things and it was helpful.
Near the beginning of the book I predicted a few things that I knew were going to happen at the end, and I was right. Such as who likes her, who she ends up with and that some big drama would happen (not going to spoil it). I didn’t know specifics, but a few things were predictable. And yet it was still a good read and cute.
I think a lot of people will like this overall, and it went by pretty quickly. It was a cute romance that had them finding out who they really were while acting out a designated role from the formula.
The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
Author:Jenn P. Nguyen Publisher/Release Date: June 7th 2016 by Macmillan/Swoon Reads Pages: 336-Paperback-Library Finished: December 18th 2016 Goodreads My Rating: 4/5
When I saw this title I automatically assumed it was a New Adult book, but it was Young Adult it ended up being super cute though! There was POV from both characters and I really enjoyed seeing this develop through both of them.
The idea of having a contract to pretend to date was the best, and in the end of the book you can actually see a copy of it. Which was awesome bonus content. There was a few other extra stuff too which I always like to read.
I’m definitely going to be checking out future book from this author!
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This time the read-a-thon kinda crept up on me! I’ve been so busy lately and I almost forgot it was time for it to start. But as usual I’m signing up and I hope you do too! It’s a lot of fun, no matter how much you read. I’ve participated in every one so far and I’m excited to do it again.
As usual my goals and books and progress will be posted just before the read-a-thon starts.
Author: Amy Spalding Publisher/Release Date: April 5th 2016 by Poppy Pages: 320-ARC Paperback-Given during a blogging event Finished: November 3rd 2016 Goodreads My Rating: 3/5
The budding romance at the beginning of the book was super cute! I was starting to really get into it, and then something happened to do with the newspaper she works on with other students, and then it dipped down a bit from there. I know she needed struggles to overcome but it was a bit much.
Jules kind of bugged me throughout parts of the book. Mainly for the way she treated other people, especially her best friend. I also didn’t like how she was treating Alex in the second half. She was trying to get into the college she wanted, but she was over the top and overreacting for so many things in this book. Ans the one thing she was trying so hard to do most of the book, we never find out if she gets it or not.
It had some points that bugged me, but I did still enjoy this book to a point.
Random, but the cover I had for my ARC was different than the one above. The one above doesn’t really fit the book very much.
The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson Publisher/Release Date: May 3rd 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Pages: 519-ARC Paperback-Given during a blogging event Finished: November 10th 2016 Goodreads My Rating:5/5
Loved this! Andie was such a planner for everything, and it was so nice to see her relax as the book went on. And the romance was great! Not only was Clark geeky and adorable with an awesome job, but the two of them were so good together.
I also loved that she was walking dogs! I’ve never had a dog, mostly because of allergies and I’m a cat person, but I loved reading about her encounters with different ones. I totally predicted one thing that would happen near the end but it was good.
Her group of friends were so great, and their group was so supportive during the whole book. Even though stuff happened, I wished I still had friends that would be there for me like that.
Another great book by this author. I’ve read Since You’ve Been Gone, and both were good so I now totally love this author. I’ll be reading her others soon hopefully!
Author: Patrick Ness Publisher/Release Date: October 6th 2015 by HarperTeen Pages: 336-Paperback ARC-Borrowed Finished: October 23rd 2016 Goodreads My Rating: 5/5
This is my first book by this author but now I definitely need to check his other stuff out! I really liked this book. I had a hard time putting it down and I finished it the day after I started it.
I originally had an eBook ARC of this, but after trying to read it last year I couldn’t get into it. This paperback copy was borrowed from a blogger, and I’m glad I finally read it.
The idea of showing the side of the normal people in a world of “the chosen ones” was a great idea. They’re having to deal with illness, love, betrayal and all other kinds of things, and I really enjoyed how the author showed everything.
Ruined (Ruined #1)
Author: Amy Tintera Publisher/Release Date: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen Pages: 368-ARC Paperback-Given for review Finished: November 1st 2016 Goodreads My Rating: 3/5
I received this back at the beginning of May at a blogger event. It took me this long to read it because I was never in the mood. I thought the description sounded pretty common and I had a feeling I could predict a lot of things.
I did end up enjoying it though! A few things I did predict. I felt like some parts didn’t have as big an impact as I thought they would. Like the romance was cute but not swoon worthy. The action and battles were the best part of this book honestly.
I also liked the kinda of powers I saw the ruined use. There wasn’t a whole lot of their pasts explained and I would have liked to see that. A little more world building too.
A good start to a series that I definitely will continue to read, even though it was lacking a few things.