Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Faelti by Rachel Pudsey | Book 2 in the Aronia Series

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 Title: The Faelti

Author: Rachel Pudsey

Series: The Aronia Series

Genre: YA, Fantasy

    Synopsis:  Never wish upon a star

  Sixteen-year-old Abigail Crumble's learning this the hard way. During a moment of weakness, Abigial wished on the stars only to discover she's cursed as a result. And she's been on a journey to rectify her mistake ever since. Trouble is, the quest to rid herself of the curse has proven to be much more arduous than have ever imagined. And far from over.

  Seperated from her friends and believing them dead, trapped in the faelti camp and being held hostage by the evil Kai Sisu, Abigail is no closer to reaching Levana's Dwelling and breaking the curse than she was the day she left her hometown. 

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In this second installment, stakes are definitely raised. 

As before, I loved the side characters- and this time we get some backstory that explains the mindset of some of them. I enjoyed it a lot!
We meet the villain, Kai Sisu, and saw some other side characters we didn't expect to see again.

This book picked up right where we left off in the first book (thank goodness), and we proceed from there. 
Abigail is seperated from everyone for awhile, and we really get to understand the guys better without seeing them from just her pov.

We finally find out more about that pendant Abigail had when Mr. and Mrs. Crumble found her, we get to meet Levana, we find out about the curse, and we meet more dwarves!

I have also come to the conclusion that I want a minature horse that understands me, is super fast, and can get larger. Helvi for the win!

The three kingdoms are in need of help, war is brewing, the Faelti are ready to take everything, and Levana is almost useless.
Yeah, I'd say the stakes were raised in this book. 

*Spoiler* Mr. Crumble also makes a reappearnce with Abigail's teacher, and boy do they have an interesting story to tell. *Spoiler over*

We learn along side Abigail who she really is, what happened to her, and how she plays into saving the kingdoms from war and anhilation.

I have to say that while I like all the suitors- except for Roan- my favorites are Clay, Eric,and Etva. I want Clay and Abigail to be together, too cute! <3

I almost want to say I liked this book better than the first, but I loved a lot of the scenes with the side characters in the first one more I think. Rather hard to pick a favorite though.

One of the things that I loved the most in the first book was the author's humor. So, was it the same or just as good?
Yes, yes it was! I did laugh more in the first book, but in this second one we are getting to learn more of what's at stake- we care more. But there were still parts that were absolutely hilarious!

Now, for the ending. How did it make me feel? 
Well let's say (without going into to many details) my reaction went a ''little'' like this: *Screaming*

Was I disappointed? Heck no! I just didn't think it was going to end right there! The author is clearly mastering her skills of cliffhangers. I think I cried at one point when I realized that was where it was ending for now. 
The good news though is that book 3 will probably take up right where The Faelti left off. (At least I hope so.)

[My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Have any of you read it yet? What did you think? 

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel

Monday, June 18, 2018

Hufflepuff Book Tag

I actually have two Hogwarts houses, strangely enough, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. 
Though I actually am more Hufflepuff than I am Ravenclaw, so this book tag will be for my fellow Puffs! But feel free to join in even if you're in a different house :) 

While I love to read and in the past I was a Ravenclaw, my personality fits Hufflepuff (and when I took the test again this was the result as well). 

(Also this is the first book tag that I've made.)

Valuing Hard Work:  A book that you had to work to get through.

I would have to say Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. I did not like the book, but when I think of a book that I had to literally push through, this book is what comes to mind for me.

Dedication: A book series that you were very dedicated to when it was coming out.

Ah, yes. So many series that fit this... actually only three. But I'd have to say the one I kept up with the most was the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.

I'd bought book 1 shortly after it came out, fell in love and waited for book 2. Then it was waiting for book 3. 

Patience: A book that you were willing to wait however long it took to get.

Well I'm not very patient when it comes to books of all things, so.... 

But I would probably have to say Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Because I actually have been waiting forever to get my hands on it and I still haven't got it yet :(

Loyalty: A book or series that you will never not love. 

Okay, The Sisters Grimm by Micheal Buckley. 


Favorite book with yellow on the cover: 

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan!

Favorite book with a Black cover:

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid (The UK cover is a black background instead of white)

What do you guys think?? Which Hogwarts house are you?

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Watcher of the Night Sky by Rachel Pudsey

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Title: The Watcher of the Night Sky

Series: The Aronia Series

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Author:  Rachel Pudsey

{Synopsis:  Fifteen-year-old Abigail Crumble was never much for talking about love and marriage and other such nonsense – no matter how often her boy obsessed best friend pestered her to do so. Or so she so adamantly proclaimed.

Yet on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Abigail makes the biggest, most contradictory mistake of her life. She wishes on the stars for love, or even the smallest amount of attention, without knowing the full impact of such a feat.

Abigail soon finds her simple life in chaos as princes, men and mysterious creatures come to her door, each adamantly in love with her and refusing to leave her side.

Mixing fantasy and romance, The Watcher of the Night Sky begins the tale of one girl’s quest to rid herself of a curse that was definitely far more than she wished for.

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The first book in the Aronia series, which I will definitely be needing to buy a paperback version of.

The author's humor was so funny, I burst out laughing more than once! (I'd have to say the funniest scene was when all of Abigail's ''suitors'' show up.) The humor was the first thing that caught my attention, and from there everything else built.

I also liked all of the characters that we came across- whether they tried to kill the beloved protagonist or ended up doing something stupid or not- I liked them. Each character was different and funny. (Though Olivia annoyed me more than once.)
If you want a book where you love the side characters as much as the protagonist, this is definitely what you need to read.

Speaking of, as there were more than a few suitors for Abigail, who did you like the most? I really liked Clay from the beginning, though I had also liked Roan a bit- but then that switched to Etav.

Onto the world and plot, I loved the crazy adventures this rough group had- you have to give them prompts for even putting up with each other. And their luck absolutely sucks to top it off! But at least half of them got their looks, the others not so much...
The world was extremely creative and awesome to read about. Especially with Abigail and the others- they made it rather fun.
Dwarves, Fae, Faelti, and other creatures were interstingto discover in this book. 

Then we have the cliffhanger ending, and let me tell you this year I have been reading a lot of cliffhanger endings in books.
 And I have come to the conclusion that there are different kinds of cliffhangers.
We have the horrible ones that literally hurt, or the ones that you can just shrug off, or even the ones that make you fall out of a chair *cough* last book review *cough*. 
The Watcher of the Night Sky's cliffhanger was none of those, it's was more along the lines of...''my jaw just dropped and I can't pick it back up.''

So what did I think of the romance? No instant love to hate, and well- I absolutely loved Abigail all the more. Especially since all the other girls were wanting to find husbands, etc. 
I felt like Abigail was a lot like me, so all the more points for relatable characters!

[My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Have any of you read this book yet? What did you think? If you haven't read it, does it sound interesting to you?

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Guarded Heart by Addison Carmichael | Book 2

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Title: Guarded Heart

Series: Book 2 in Guarded Series

Author: Addison Carmichael

Published: June 1st, 2018


   It’s been a year since Andee Peter’s father unsuccessfully sent an assassin through the dimensional veil to hunt down and kill her on earth, and she’s been living incognito with her Guardian Prime boyfriend Mick Barron in Roundup, Montana ever since. Now her Iroment king father, Lydon tel-Mortem, kidnapped her foster sister with the threat to kill the little girl unless Andee crosses the divide and faces him on their home planet of Noma where his own power is strongest.

   But in the process of sending her military guardian to rescue little Marie, Andee falls down the dimensional rabbit hole instead, landing in Noma—alone.

   Not in the modern metropolis of Umbrey she aimed for either, but in the wilds of neutral territory.
There she’s captured by a band of rebels led by a young, attractive mountain man who’s determined to find out who this strange young woman really is. And Leotner c-Tallega doesn’t plan to release Andee until she divulges her true identity, tempting her in ways that makes her want to confess to all kinds of things she didn’t do.


 As this is book 2 in a series there will be spoilers for the 1st book. 
And I actually had a lot of feels while reading Guarded Heart, so brace yourself for spoilers in this book review!
If you wish to skip the spoils, look for where it says ''Spoilers Begin'' and skip to where it says *Spoilers over'' and proceed reading.
If not, then by all means carry on! :D

 We start where it has been a year for Mick and Sandy. They still live in a small town in Montana, though there has been a change in their relationship. 
Also note that Sandy has gotten used to her real Nomian name, and is more comfortable being called Andee.  

 So first I'd like to say that I do actually like Sandy/Andee's character. She's funny, sarcatsic, and fierce while also caring. I love seeing her relationship with her friends, especially when she makes new ones. 
Though she did annoy me at times, I have come to look foreward to when I care so much about a character that their every decision can either make me cry, laugh, or shout at them in my head.

Now where the first book left off, we see Mick and her get together. We are told a little bit about Nomia, Mickel's family, Andee's true family and home, and their powers of course. 
In the sequel however, we get tons more information that was worth waiting for. 
 We discover Nomia- without Mick and through Andee's eyes and ears. And holy macoroni, I'm glad I can't talk to my food. 

It was like I was on a rollercoaster, with twists and turns making have to know whether everything would end up okay or not.

*Begin spoilers*

 Here's where it got crayzy though, we see that Andee and Mick are having some problems. And then we're pissed at Mick for what he tells Andee when they finally talk about it. 

 I was in a turmoil through the first half of the book because of that actually. We get Mick telling her that he lied about basically their whole relationship and that he doesn't actually love her! And I had loved their bond in the first book, so I was ready to reach through the book and murder him for making her cry- and even saying those things!

Then when Andee is in the amazing world the author created, we meet Leot. 
And we like Leot. 

And we hear some things about Mick that makes us want to strangle him yet again. 
Flash foreward quite a bit, I really liked Leot and Andee. I was like, ''Okay Mick- you suck take Candor and go away. Leave Andee to be happy with her new man.''

They get married! 

But not! Because we learn later that it was also a lie! He's already got a wife that's not Andee, and Andee and him didn't actually get married legally.  
AND guess what else Andee was lied to about? Mick lied about lieing about loving her. 

 Make sense? 
And now Andee is pregnant with her false husband's child!

 *End spoilers*

 I was surprised throughout this entire book, and it took me awhile to process it and get it into words for this review. 

I know that if you read the spoilers it probably sounds crazy and so much drama. But it was fun to read, and I enjoyed it. 
I had to know how it ended, and now I'm pleasantly waiting for book 3!

Things definitely changed in this second installment in the series, but it worked out for the better! 
I really liked Guarded Wish, but Guarded Heart had so much more things to reveal that it might take place as my favorite of the two.

The epilogue scene legit made me fall out of my chair. I'm not gonna say what it is, but just know that it was totally unexpected!!

[My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐]

Has anyone read Guarded Heart? Or Guarded Wish yet? What did you think? 

Would you want to live in a house made out of rubies if it was normal on your planet? If animals talked to you and could hold a conversation, would you still eat them? 

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Everblue by Brenda Pandos

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Title: Everblue

Series: Mer Tales Book 1

Author: Brenda Pandos

 Published: March 22nd, 2012

A mermaid romance

Synopsis:  She wanted her life to change... he wanted his to stay the same.

Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Ashlyn is about to discover what she'd thought to be true her whole life, wasn't, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.

 The characters were entertaining, though I had a hard time connecting with Ashlyn, I did like her at first. I liked her and Tatchi, and the small brief mentions about when they were younger and hung out with Fin. (Though there was sadly hardly enough mentions of it.)

But if I am being honest, the only characters I really- truly- liked were Tatchi and  Georgia, Jack, or Ash's parents. 
I liked Ash and Fin at first, but as I got to know them I really just got annoyed. 

The story and plot were practically the only reasons I finished the book. I wanted to know what would happen at the end, though it was pretty easy to guess who ended up with who. 

We dived into the mermaid world with Fin and Tatchi, and saw how things were without them with Ash's pov. The mermaid world was I suppose worth reading the book for- until the last few chapters. 

Instant Love does not always bother me, but holy crap this book just about made me want to hurl. (I'm rather surprised I didn't.)

We have both protagonists think about each other every so often, but are for the most part with other people and happy- until whoopie-freaking-do, they kiss. 
And suddenly everything goes nauseating mushy. 

I had the option to read book 2, but um- no thank you.

So... I didn't like they're whiny characters, I didn't like the hurling romance, and I just about died when at the end they have to go through ''withdrawl'' from each other for two months probably (even though they just got together) and they act like they're going to die from not seeing each other. 
Phone calls, text messages, emails... people! Have you never heard of these? Just freaking take her with you if it's gonna be that bad for you!

Another thing that annoyed me, when it mentioned something interesting- they never mentioned it again. Or they just didn't go into detail. At all. 

I'd had such high hopes for this book, I was so excited to read it- and.... yeah no. 
I usually would be willing to overlook some things, but um, something that makes me want to hurl no. 

Sorry for that lovely image.

Now it wasn't so bad that I hated every single thing in the book or story, there were good and interesting things that held my attention- but I can't stand the romance. Sorry :(

[My Rating: ⭐⭐]

Thank you for reading!!
~Books with Noel

P. S. I read the ebook format.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer 
(Book 1 in the Mara Dyer Trilogy)

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Published: September 27th, 2011

Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.

 I had heard this book was spooky and too scary to read at night. However that was very untrue for me. 
Just looking at the cover, I expected so much paranormal stuff I would have trouble sleeping at night. (Though that was not the case.)

I liked the mystery and suspense of the plot and story, it kept me on the very edge of my seat- and I just wanted to make sure the characters were going to be okay!
Strange things indeed were happening with our beloved protagonist, and we needed to get to the bottom of it.

I definitely liked how Mara was with Noah for most of the book, I really don't feel like this was too much of a case of Instant Love (if it even was one at all).

Next, I was so freaking surprised when we finally figure out what's up with Mara (or at least some of it, there's definitely more too it than that). And then the flashbacks were rather surprising as well...

But seriously, was I the only one who expected more paranormal stuff??

Anways, I loved where it was going and how everything was changing. Though those last few chapters straight up blew my mind and left me sitting there like ''No, just no- Where's book 2?!''

I was surprised by how quickly everything changed, but I really really liked reading this book. And I ended up adding every one of the Noah Shaw and Mara Dyer books to my TBR pile lol :D

[My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟]

Have any of you read it yet? What did you think? Please let me know! Are the Noah Shaw books supposed to be like a second series?

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Books That Need More Recognition | My Top Ten

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Hey guys! We all know some books or series that need more love, so in this post I'll be sharing the love for some some books that really need it!

Here's my Top 10 on the list:

#1. The Realms Series by Emory R. Frie

I have bought the first two books in this series, read them, loved them, and rated them 5 stars each. I have the rest of the series on my Wishlist, and I will actually be releasing the book reviews for the first two books soon. 

This series is a fairytale mix-up, with everything I love and characters that are amazingly written.We have 5 main characters, from 5 different fairytales, and friendships and romance that are killer to the heart.

The author's website is here.

#2 Fire and Ice: The Elementals

Fire and Ice is the series name, but I have only read the first book (The Elementals) so far. But book 2 is also out and is also on my Wishlist.
The world the author created was very interesting to read about, and I especially liked the details and scenery she described- it sounded so beautiful.

There was a cover change for the first book not too long ago, so it matches the sequel very nicely. And the new covers are simply gorgeous!

The author's website is here.

#3 Guarded Wish by Addison Carmichael

You can find my book review here. And I recently found out book 3 was announced! I just need to read book 2 first :)

Fairytale and make believe characters coming to life and appearing in front of you in modern day. What's not to like?

The author's website is here

#4 Half Upon A Time Series by James Riley

 Three books in this wonderful, fantasy middle grade series. Characters to root for, want to slap, and miss terribly when it's all over. 

I went out and bought the last two books from Barnes and Noble once I finished the first one. I had to know what happened next!

The author's website is here

#5 Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

Just one book, but gauranteed to make you fall in love and burst with curiosity.
I have reread this book over and over again. I might love it a little too much for my own good :)

The author's website is here.

#6 The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

This is a duology, and I honestly can't pick which book is my favorite. I love them both equally. A fantasy, scifi adeventure for sure. 

The second book is The Mirror King, and I love it just as much. 

 The author's website is here

#7 The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

There are four books in this masterly made series, and a novella that takes place a couple years after the fourth book. 

A teenage version of Criminal Minds.  Be prepared to fall in love. I rated the entire series 5 stars!

The author's website is here

#8 The Ever Afters by Shelby Bach

Another book series that has 4 books total, but this one is middle grade and has had my heart captured for years. Ready to discover the perfect mix-up of fairytales?

The author's website is here.

#9 Pulse by Patrick Carman

There are three delightful books in this dystopian, YA series. I actually forced a friend to read these books, and they loved them (though we have disagreements about the ending).

You can find the author's website here

#10 Cupid's Match by Lauren Palphreyman

This book has a few YouTube videos about it, you can find the trailer here. And that was actually how I found out about it. The author has made a sequel, a few novellas, and announced a book 3.

I actually have not finished Cupid's Match yet, but I am in love with the idea, the plot, and can. Not. Wait. To finish it!
P. S. You can only read it as an ebook or audiobook at the current time. 

The author's website is here, and her YouTube is here.

Here are a few of the lovely covers of the books mentioned above: 

What books do you think need more love? Have you read any of these? What do you think?

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel