ARC Review: I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France #1) by Sarah Mlynowski

Title: I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France #1)

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Published: 11 July 2017 | Harper Teen

Date Read: 26 June 2017

Synopsis:

I see London, I see France
I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war.

In this hilarious and unforgettable adventure, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski tells the story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera… wearing only her polka dot underpants.

*ARC Kindly provided by HarperTeen thru Edelweiss for review*

DISCLAIMER:

This book is meant for more mature audiences. I’m expecting for this to include a bit of kisses here and there because it was tagged as YA but I was surprised that there’s a LOT more than that. There are quite some wild activities – smoking pot and watching live sex in Amsterdam – so definitely, this is for more mature audiences.

Now that I had that disclaimer out, let’s go on to what I really thought about the whole story. I’ve always been a fan of books that involves travelling – road trips, crossing countries, etc – whatever type of travelling a book involves, I’m up to it. That’s why it was no surprise that I put I See London, I See France on my anticipated reads this July, because it involves travelling specifically in the European Region.

“I could practically taste the fresh air. The fresh air, gelato, macarons and stinky cheese”

Sydney and Leela are off to a month of travelling in Europe visiting some of the most amazing cities – London, Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris, Pisa, Florence, Venice. Aside from going to these places, there are new people to meet, new foods to try and some people from their current lives they cross paths with.

The thing I enjoyed most while reading this is how the author described each places Sydney and Leela visited. I get the feel that the author did not simply researched about these places but have experienced the very same adventure that Sydney and Leela has been too. I love how each city were described – their culture, the people and the food!

The set of characters that this book has couldn’t get more unique and different from one another. Reading them altogether was fun even though there’s two characters that annoyed me and one I can’t seem to know what to think about.

Sydney is an okay character. She’s very caring to the people around her – family and friends. She’s so open to every adventure that comes to her way even though she did seem shy and aloof on the first few pages of the book.

Leela on the other hand, quite annoyed me for most part of the book. I hate how self-absorbed and childish she may seem for some time. But I did appreciate the change in her on the last pages of the book.

“A friendship can’t survive on childhood memories alone. We have to create new experiences, or the friendship will shrivel up.”

Sydney and Leela has been separated for a year because of college and this trip is their one and only time again to be with one another. They are off to a very rocky start on the trip. Add in unexpected people travelling with them and everything comes way way more crazy. They had their misunderstandings along but they did manage to work things out. I believe these two will go back home with a stronger friendship bond.

Aside from the travelling and friendship aspects of the story, I really appreciate how the author managed to squeeze in and handle what Sydney’s mom is going thru. Sydney’s mother is dealing with Agrophobia. I know what Agrophobia means but this book has let me look at it from a very different context that It’s not just fear of going to public places but being afraid of being out in public and losing control.

In all, it has been a wild and fun reading adventure. Though the ending feels a bit abrupt, I still loved it. Though, I would’ve appreciate it more if we were given a few more pages to save that happy ending. *wink*

ARC Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Published: 30 May 2017 | Simon Pulse

Date Read: 10 June 2017

Synopsis:

A New York Times bestseller

The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

*ARC kindly provided by Simon Pulse thru Edelweiss for review*

Ever since I read about When Dimple Met Rishi, I’m immediately head-over-heels excited for it and wanted to read it pronto! Some of you might say and may find this book cliché and predictable but for me, this is one of the most adorable, fun and lighthearted book I’ve read this year!!!

“It was beginning. Her freedom, her independence, her period of learning-about herself, about the world, about her career. She was finally doing it. Here, she wouldn’t be Dimple Shah, wayward, Americanized daughter of immigrant parents; she’d be just Dimple Shah, future web developer.”

Dimple Shah is attending the Insomnia Con – a camp for aspiring web developers. She’s off to Stanford at the end of summer and she’s pretty much excited to start college and study coding.

Rishi Patel is attending the Insomnia Con – a camp for aspiring web developers. But he’s not an aspiring web developer. He’s there to woo Dimple Shah, his future wife.

When Dimple Met Rishi is like a dose of a romantic comedy movie. Written in alternating POV’s of Dimple and Rishi, there’s the awkward first meet, the getting to know you, the fun moments and of course the falling in love. As I’ve mentioned earlier, some readers might find this story cliché and predictable but I find it adorable, fun and fresh. I’m excited with each turn of the page.

Dimple and Rishi are probably one of the most fun and memorable characters I’ve read. They feel real and very much relatable for me.

“Seriously? That’s what you think I should be relegating my brain space to? Looking nice? Like, if I don’t make the effort to look beautiful, my entire existence is nullified? Nothing else matters-not my intellect, not my personality or my accomplishments; my hopes and dreams mean nothing if I’m not wearing eyeliner?”

Dimple Shah is a headstrong character from the very beginning. I admire her determination and will to reach her dreams. I enjoy reading about her geekiness over coding/computer stuffs.

Rishi Patel is a true blue nice guy from the very beginning. Nope, he’s not perfect, but for me, he’s the epitome of an all-out nice guy. He also had a good sense of humor which really spices up the story. He wanted to please and make his family proud of him and really values his Indian culture. He’s a bit of a geek too with his love for drawing and doing his own comics.

“Rishi..he was like a pop song you thought you couldn’t stand, but found yourself humming in the shower anyway.”

Dimple and Rishi’s relationship are off to a very rocky start (with iced coffee spilling incident included). There’s no love-at-first-sight and there’s no insta-love, they started with nothing and it was refreshing to see how their relationship progressed throughout the story.

Dimple was against the whole arranged marriage thing. She’s focused in studying and reaching for her dreams instead of looking for the IIH – Ideal Indian Husband. To her, arranged marriages are more about practicalities than romance and she’s not yet ready to dive into the domestic Indian wife life because she have dreams to pursue. Though saddened by it, Rishi has been understanding with Dimple’s thoughts about their arranged marriage and that made me admire him more.

But since they are the same camp and has been partnered together for a project, they spend more time together, getting to know each other until they find themselves liking and falling for each other.

Of course, there is a drama on the last couple of chapters but it was resolved satisfyingly. Both characters ended up apologizing and owning up to each other’s mistakes. I also saw changes especially with Dimple. She started off mean and a bit cruel but she ended up being more open and a bit nicer, I guess.

I’ve read a couple of books about arranged marriages and most of them are treated in a negative tone with all the force and abuse, but I like how Sandhya handled this topic on this book in such a positive way. It kind of deletes the negative connotation that I have with arranged marriages.

The author, being an Indian herself shared to us about their culture in a very interesting way. I enjoyed reading about Hindi references, clothing and even Bollywood stuffs.

Overall, When Dimple Met Rishi is a fast, fun and adorable read. I’m recommending it to each and every one of you!

ARC Review: That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim

Title: That Thing We Call a Heart

Author: Sheba Karim

Published: 09 May 2017 | HarperTeen

Date Read: 20 May 2017

Synopsis:

Shabnam Qureshi is a funny, imaginative Pakistani-American teen attending a tony private school in suburban New Jersey. When her feisty best friend, Farah, starts wearing the headscarf without even consulting her, it begins to unravel their friendship. After hooking up with the most racist boy in school and telling a huge lie about a tragedy that happened to her family during the Partition of India in 1947, Shabnam is ready for high school to end. She faces a summer of boredom and regret, but she has a plan: Get through the summer. Get to college. Don’t look back. Begin anew.

Everything changes when she meets Jamie, who scores her a job at his aunt’s pie shack, and meets her there every afternoon. Shabnam begins to see Jamie and herself like the rose and the nightingale of classic Urdu poetry, which, according to her father, is the ultimate language of desire. Jamie finds Shabnam fascinating—her curls, her culture, her awkwardness. Shabnam finds herself falling in love, but Farah finds Jamie worrying.

With Farah’s help, Shabnam uncovers the truth about Jamie, about herself, and what really happened during Partition. As she rebuilds her friendship with Farah and grows closer to her parents, Shabnam learns powerful lessons about the importance of love, in all of its forms.

Featuring complex, Muslim-American characters who defy conventional stereotypes and set against a backdrop of Radiohead’s music and the evocative metaphors of Urdu poetry, THAT THING WE CALL A HEART is a honest, moving story of a young woman’s explorations of first love, sexuality, desire, self-worth, her relationship with her parents, the value of friendship, and what it means to be true.

 

*ARC Kindly provided by HarperTeen thru Edelweiss*

It is rare to find a book with a Muslim lead-character. So I always get excited whenever I encounter one and read it. The Thing We Call a Heart might be the 3rd Muslim book that I’ve read and I’m happy and excited to be given a copy for a review. *wink*

“I had a simple plan. Get through the summer. Go to Penn. Begin anew. Don’t look back.”

Just like it is being rare to find a book with a Muslim lead-character it is also rare for me to find a book that I consider to be totally character-driven and reading The Thing We Calla Heart is one of those rare times.

Shabnam is a complex character. I had a hard time gauging who she really is I begin the story. She’s awkward, self-conscious but intelligent. She came off self-centered for me on most parts of the book and she frustrates the crap out of me most of the time as well but I still liked her – she’s flawed and she’s real.

Farah is Shabnam’s best friend and I like her just as much as I like Shabnam. They did have a bit of a fall-out in the beginning of the story after Farah started wearing a jihab without telling Shabnam but they did manage to work things out between them.

Of course, a love interest paved its way as well into the story into the form of a non-Muslim boy who’s very interested into the Muslim culture named Jamie. I never actually liked Jamie. I’m skeptical about his character from the beginning but it seems to fade whenever he makes or feel Shbnam special but nonetheless all throughout the story, I never liked him.

To say I’m surprised how Shabnam and Jamie’s story went is a complete understatement. I’m not going to go into details on what happened between these two but for me, the right thing happened because it opened a lot more for Shabnam.

It never gets old learning about the Muslim culture and history. I enjoyed reading about Urdu Poetry and learning about The Partition.

I love how different the Shabnam I met at the beginning of the story to the Shabnam on the last page of this book. Overall, this story is all about growing up. Figuring what you wanted in life and trying to understand life itself.

“Though sorrow is life destroying, we cannot escape it, as we have a heart.”

 

 

ARC Review: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Title: Girl Out of Water

Author: Laura Silverman

Published: 02 May 2017 | Sourcebooks Fire

Date Read: 13 May 2017

Synopsis:

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves

*ARC Kindly provided by Sourcebooks Fire thru Edelweiss for review*

The Girl Out of the Water is one of my most anticipated books this year. The first few pages seems a bit slow for me but reaching the 15% mark and I immediately plowed thru the book.

Anise is our main character who loves surfing. To say she loves surfing is an understatement because Anise and the waves flowed as one whenever she surfs. She’s athletic and competitive which I immediately saw on the first pages of the book.

“How much will I miss while I’m gone? What if so much changes and I don’t even recognize home?”

For this summer, she has everything planned – from surfing the waves, planning the yearly summer party and saying goodbye to some of her friends that are bound for college and joining the military.

Anise has never traveled out of town, she’s a true-blue Santa Cruz Girl. Until an accident happened and summer plans was put into a halt. Her aunt residing in the land-lock state of Nebraska was into an accident and Anise and her dad are bound to help. There’s no ocean and waves in Nebraska and none of her friends were there.

“I know I should want to go, I should want to help my family. But knowing and wanting are two very different things.”

I can see myself in Anise – comforted by the familiar things and is a bit afraid of changes. I understand where she’s coming from especially on how she feels when her summer plans were suddenly changed. The ocean was Anise’s comfort zone and when she finds herself landlocked in the middle of Nebraska she doesn’t know what to do. Without the water and surfing she feels like she’s losing herself.

But despite all of that and after all the attitude and even though she did have a hard time coming into terms on the changes on her summer plans, she did manage to help her dad, her aunt and her cousins. I think that summer helped Anise grow and move out of her own shell.

Just like your normal teenager, she may come off as flighty and have the “I don’t care in the world” attitude but she’s struggling with several personal issues. She has an abandonment issues with her mom.  Her mom who is an absentee wife and a wrecking force who goes in and out of Anise and her dad’s life without notice, not caring what destruction she leaves in her wake. I really appreciate how this issue was also handled on this book. It was heartbreaking and tough.

The story was also filled some amazing set of characters who are there to help Anise achieve her happy summer.

Anise’s father is great. Though he’s the one who has been under the spell of Anise’s mom and experienced her wrath tenfold, he didn’t let that deteriorate that love he has for Anise. He worked hard and bring Anise up greatly. I really appreciate how open he is with his daughter. He’s one of the best dad characters I’ve read!

I also appreciate the participation on Anise’s cousins. Though they are all young, they were able to contribute a part in the story that makes it whole.

“Disabilities are a part of us, but they are in no way our full definition.”

I really like Lincoln. He’s one-armed, straight-forward, fun, polite and talented especially on skateboarding. Lincoln is a nice guy. The skateboard place at the park was his turf. His attitude was so infectious and I really like how his character was built up. He’s also sensitive in way that he knows when to deal or say things at the right time.

Lincoln and Anise’ chemistry was so on point. They have their similarities and differences which I think makes them for compatible for each other. I really enjoy their bickering and skateboarding moments.

As to story progressed more, I wanted Anise to resolve her issues. I wanted for her to find healing with the help of her dad, aunt, cousins, friend and Lincoln because she truly deserves it.

“Home isn’t a place. It’s people. And I’ve always been with my people.”

The topic of family has played a huge part into this story. I really love how Anise’s family dynamics was written. They are not perfect but they are an inspiration. I’m so happy how Anise’s story turned out. She grew and learned. It was a tough and shaky journey but everything did work out well.

“One day, years from now, when these memories have blended together, I won’t remember the time I missed Eric’s wipeout or the time I missed Cassie’s dance recital, I’ll just remember I grew up with a group of really amazing friends.”

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Girl Out of The Water. It was interesting, touching, realistic and relatable. The ending was a bit open but it was a good conclusion to the story. This is another lovely coming of age story.

Blog Tour & ARC Review + Giveaway: The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

Title: The Color Project

Author: Sierra Abrams

Published: 18 July 2017 | Gatekeeper Press

Date Read: 12 June 2017

Synopsis:

Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

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I don’t know how to start writing my review for this book. Even after a week I finished reading it (and recommending it to my bookish friends) The Color Project still left me at lost for words. So, basically, I’m going to just gush all my feels about this book over this review!

The Color Project started out okay for me. We have our main character Bee who despises using her real name and lives with her loving parents and siblings. The first few pages felt familiar as to what your typical YA story would be especially that first meet-up with Levi.

“I notice that his eyes are a light brown, almost golden. And then I try to un-notice because those eyes are still looking right at me.”

Okay, that first meet-up was cute and immediately made me gush about Bee and Levi, but it was your typical YA first-meet. But then, as I go on to the pages, I was immediately sucked into this wonderful world of Bee and Levi and The Color Project and from then and there I was invested all in.

The characters that were introduced were all wonderful. I easily connected with them. I feel their every feel – happiness and pain.

I love Bee because she’s the sweetest. Though I might have disagreed on her decisions and actions on the latter parts of the book, I completely understand her. In all honesty, I see myself on her several times into the book – especially with her being a hopeless romantic, a book pusher and having a unique bond with her dad. She’s a very relatable character that was well written.

Levi is such a sweet-heart! I love how despite his young-age he accomplished a huge thing. I really admire his will to help people that are in need.

“The world spins, and I feel pain everywhere, and I die a little bit inside with every tear I shed, so that I’m left feeling like a husk, empty, ruined, devoured.”

It is hard to tell what happened on the latter part of the books without spoiling anything but let me tell you that it is complicated and painful. But don’t fret because everything will turn out okay and you will be leaving the world of The Color Project with a bunch of hope in your hands. The story is sad, yes, it is, but it was told beautifully.

“Who said you aren’t allowed to get lost every once on a while? I love you, lost or found.”

The Color Project is a story about different kinds of love and holding on to that love especially at times of unimaginable pain and sorrow. I love Sierra’s writing especially the way she has shown the authenticity and realness of the story.

Overall, I’m truly grateful to read this book. Hands-down one of the best books I’ve read this year. I had a great time reading this book. I laughed and cried but as I’ve said, I ended up feeling revived and holding a bunch of hope after. I can’t wait for all of you guys to read this as well.

At 7 years old, Sierra Abrams decided that one day she would publish a book. For over a decade, in between exploring other career options, she kept coming back to that very first dream. Now her life consists of writing books of all kinds… Kissing books, angsty books, killing books, whimsical books, and sometimes books that are all of the above. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, traveling, consuming sushi, or daydreaming about Henry Cavill.

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ARC Review: Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher

Title: Deacon Locke Went to Prom

Author: Brian Katcher

Published: 09 May 2017 | Katherine Tegen Books

Date Read: 13 May 2017

Synopsis:

In this funny, offbeat, and smile-inducing contemporary romance from award-winning author Brian Katcher, the love life of an awkward teen takes an unforgettable turn after he brings his grandmother to prom.

Promposals are taking over Deacon Locke’s high school and there is no place left to hide. But even with graduation looming, shy and unusually tall Deacon doesn’t think he can get up the nerve to ask anyone to the dance. Especially given all the theatrics.

It isn’t until Deacon confides in his witty and outgoing best friend Jean that he realizes should could be a great person to take. Only problem is Jean isn’t your typical prom date. She’s older. A lot older. And she’s Deacon’s grandmother.

But when Deacon meets Soraya—a girl unlike any other he’s ever met—he fears he has totally squandered his chances of having a prom he’ll never forget. Deacon couldn’t be more wrong. About everything.

*ARC Kindly provided by Katherine Tegen Books thru Edelweiss for review*

Deacon Locke is probably one of the awkward-est but cutest characters I’ve ever encountered and his story is as well one of the cutest & simplest story I’ve read this year!

Deacon Locke Went To Prom is a story about a shy guy who decided to bring his grandma to his prom and ended up being instantly internet famous. Ohhh, yes, that quick. This is not the first insta-internet-famous story I’ve read. There are several YA books with the same insta-internet-famous plot line. I think, this goes to show how influential the social media is really getting right now.

Anyway, back to the story. The story flowed smoothly for me but I was just a bit left perplexed by the thought of Deacon not owning a cellphone and having no interest with social media. There might be some millennials – like Deacon – that may not be interested in social media but not owning a cellphone? Hmmm.

The first part of the story focuses on Deacon’s Prom dilemma while the second half is a bit more personal and emotional for me. I love how the story transitioned from focusing on the normal teenage dilemma such as prom then proceeding to turn the story into stuffs that I guess is more serious.

On to the characters, there’s only a handful of characters introduced but they all captured my interest!

I loved Deacon and I want to hug him for the entire duration of the story. He’s awkward and I really liked him. With Deacon, what you see is what you get. He’s a bit of a nerd when it comes to astronomy, has a dry sense of humor but over all a very good guy.

Elijah – Deacon’s friend is such a sweetheart as well and I really liked how he’s pushing Deacon out of his shell. Soraya is the love interest in the story but since the story doesn’t really revolve on the love story aspect of it we only get a few glimpses of Soraya here and there (but don’t fret there’s a HEA here *wink*). Jean – Deacon’s grandmother also captured my heart. She’s a great character and though her love and support for Deacon isn’t really shown verbally, you can see thru the actions she’s making for him that he do love our main guy.

“Like the universe, my future is limitless. And like the universe, my future is mostly uncharted and kind of scary.”

In all, Deacon’s story was cute, plain and simple. More than everything, this is a coming of age book with Deacon deciding what he wants for his life and his future.

Blog Tour & ARC Review + Giveaway: Obsidian and Stars (Ivory and Bone #2) by Julie Eshbaugh

Title: Obsidian and Stars (Ivory and Bone #2)

Author: Julie Eshbaugh

Published: 13 June 2017 | Harper Teen

Date Read: 11 June 2017

Synopsis:

In the sequel to Ivory and Bone—the prehistoric fantasy novel that New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman described as a “richly crafted world of life-and-death stakes”—the story shifts to Mya’s viewpoint as vengeful adversaries force her to flee the life she once knew.

After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.

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*ARC Kindly provided by Harper Teen thru Edelweiss and FFBC for review*

Ivory and Bone is one of the YA books that I’ve read last year that left its mark on me what with its prehistoric setting and all the tribes and clans. I loved that first installment to this series that’s why I’m so ecstatic to be given a chance to read Obsidian and Stars a bit earlier that its release date and you guys and girls, its definitely worth the wait!!!

I’m going to start this off by giving my kudos to the author Julie Eshbaugh for keeping me at the edge of my seat for most the time that I am reading Obsidian and Stars. Not even into 20% of the story, my adrenaline is already pumped-up! It was non-stop heart stopping adventures and fight-scenes.

Obsidian and Stars was told in a new POV that is of Mya’s. If you can still remember, the first book was told in Kol’s POV. Mya’s POV was so much different than of Kol’s but I do enjoy getting to know her – how she values her family more than anything and how strong-willed she is to fight for what’s right and of justice. Reading on Mya’s perspective also gives us a different view on her and Kol’s relationship – their chemistry is still undeniably there! *wink*

The story was supposed to focus on Mya and Kol’s wedding until an unexpected thing happened and Mya needs to save her younger sister. And from there, more trouble seems to come their way. The plot twists and the unexpected things that happened are what really makes me love this book.

As much as the 1st book Ivory and Bone intrigued me, I enjoyed reading Obsidian and Stars so much more. I also love how the vividness of the author’s description and her prose is still present on this story. As I’ve mentioned already, the actions kept me at the edge of my seat most of the time. Obsidian and Star was fast-paced and really an enjoyable read.

The story wrapped-up nicely though there are still questions in me that are left unanswered, nevertheless, it was a bitter sweet ending for me. I’ve read that this will be the last book for this series – making it a duology instead of a trilogy – but I’m excited to see what’s more that is instore for us from Julie Eshbaugh.

Julie Eshbaugh is the author of Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.
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