Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Book Review | Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows by J. M. Bergen

*I was sent an ARC of this book by a publisher in exchange for an honest review, my thoughts and opinions are my own!*

Title: Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows

Author: J. M. Bergen

Published: February 2nd, 2019

Genre: Middle Grade; Fantasy


[About: Thomas thinks he's an ordinary twelve-year-old, but when a strange little man with gold-flecked eyes gives him an ancient text called The Book of Sorrows, the world he knows is turned upside down. Suddenly he’s faced with a secret family legacy, powers he can hardly begin to understand, and an enemy bent on destroying everything he holds dear. The more he reads and discovers, the deeper the danger to himself and the people he loves. As the race to the final showdown unfolds, Thomas must turn to trusted friends and uncertain allies as he seeks to prevent destruction at an epic scale.]

 Can a Middle-Grade Fantasy remind you of so many other favorite series, but also be nothing like them at the same time? I'm gonna go with yes!
At the beginning this book made me think about the good 'ole days with Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, it just gave me that vibe- though they are completely different.

 This first book felt like a large introduction to a new adventurous series to do with young magicians, but you only actually get the big picture halfway through when everything really picks up.

 I personally really enjoyed the story before the climax- I know, I know- it wasn't the exciting part! But I was kind of backward with this book, I enjoyed the slow parts a lot and the build up so much that the climax was not my favorite part.
It was weird, yes.

But it's one of those books where the side characters and the main character's normal life (that's about to fall apart) were just so entertaining! These were sad, hopeless 12-year-old boys that I just had to feel sorry about because one's head turned to absolute mush when he so much as saw the girl he liked. And they turned out to be magicians!

So what do they do?

Pranks, of course! I absolutely loved Thomas and Enrique- they're boys after my own heart! *sniffles*

I'm curious to see what the author does with the next book and the characters, there's clearly
 more to discover about their abilities and of course Thomas' dad- and the epilogue just gave more hints that there was more to come.

Speaking of the epilogue... I know I said everything before the climax was my favorite... but can I include the epilogue in that? I really liked that too...

SPOILER: Thomas gets a girlfriend! (The little innocent child is growing up!!) *squeals*

So, is this a Middle-Grade that I suggest trying? Yes, if you like Middle-Grades- I definitely suggest this one- it brings back so many book ideas and plots that I loved when I was younger.

[My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐] [3.5 stars]

Have any of you heard of this book or read it before? What did you think of it? Do you like Middle-Grades??

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel

Monday, March 18, 2019

Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | Book Review

Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins


{Synopsis: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets ร‰tienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, ร‰tienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Okay, I owe you guys a long overdue book review!

It took a lot of courage for me to pick up this book. For one, I hadn't ever read a contemporary at the time I read this- so it was a scary adjustment. I actually attempted to read quite a few contemporaries in the month of February to get me over my fear of them.

Yes, I was actually afraid of reading contemporaries xD

Last month, Anna and The French Kiss was one of the best books I read! I am now over my fear of romantic books!! ๐Ÿ˜€

So while I did not necessarily like Anna at first- she really grew on me throughout the story to where I couldn't not like her! To be fair, the only reason I hadn't liked her at first was because she'd been so upset about going to Paris, France.

Bloody Paris, France, Y'all!! (FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW: I'm utterly obsessed with France.)

I really didn't care for most of the side characters until about half way through, when they too- grew on me.

This book was absolutely wonderful and I'm in love with it ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜!

I did get frustrated with Anna multiple times, for one she had been a bit of a hypocrite towards her friends- and I mean a harsh hypocrite. And for another, she had actually gone after another girl's boyfriend. Though that aspect didn't bother me, because Anna was trying to be friends with St. Clair- she had already stated he was not an option especially when her new friend was in love with him too.

So... does that make it all St. Clair's fault? *Le gasp*

Not to mention he was giving Anna lots of mixed signals and encouraging her...while being a coward and running back to the girlfriend he'd already kinda cheated on...

Huh. When you put it that way, he's no longer that dreamy... but if you go back and re-read the last two chapters, you fall in love with him too.

This book has increased my expectations for both real and fictional guys (hence why I'm still single).

[My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Have you read this book, is it on your TBR? What did you think of it??

Thanks for reading!! Have a lovely day!!
~Books with Noel

Saturday, March 16, 2019

My Blogger Friends + New Blogs! ~ 4

Blogger Friends + New Blogs! is something I do every Saturday to share and support my favorite blogs, new bloggers, authors, and friends. I do a handful in each post, and do not share any of my own posts- this is strictly for you guys!

Caffeinated Reviewer

There's no end to the caffeinated reviews and reads this blog talks about, but my favorite the past week (that I really want to share) is a book review for Wild Country by Anne Bishop!

Do You Dog-Ear?

Lindsy gave a book review for Black Wings Beating, which I was pretty curious about for a while as the cover looked very intriguing.

Crazy For YA

I love Tessa's posts! Right now she has a Blog Tour and Review for Beware The Night by Jessika Fleck!

All That Mess

This blog I just discovered the other day through Goodreads, has several wonderful Book Stops. But there's only one post I can share with you- her Kindle Unlimited Binge Reviews!

What Makes A Good Book

Abigail shared her ambitious March TBR!

La La In The Library

If you love Harry Potter you really don't want to miss The Snidget: Magical News Bulletin that La la shared this past week!

Starry Meadows

A new bookish online store that I discovered through Pinterest! Anything from pillows to boots and dresses with bookish designs. I personally love the Alice in Wonderland and the Peter Pan collections- here's the link!

D. Books and Reviews

Desara shared her thoughts on The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (one of my favorite books I read in 2018)!

Pages of Wonderland

Vivien's post Quick Music Monday shares what music she's been listening to lately that she obsessed over!

Thank you for reading, and go check out some awesome posts you might have missed!!
~Books with Noel

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