Monday, January 16, 2017

Review - Unknown by Wendy Higgins

Unknown (Unknown #1)
by Wendy Higgins
Published August 16th, 2016 by Wendy Higgins
New Adult

4 stars - Read this soon!!

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.


I absolutely love Wendy Higgins. I love her because she gave me Kai and if you don't know who Kai is, then you aren't living right! ;) But seriously make sure to check out her first series, The Sweet Trilogy.

So back to my actual review of her latest novel, Unknown. I'm going to admit that looking at the cover I wasn't exactly sure if I was going to enjoy this book. Also, it's dystopian and I'm not always fond of dystopian. And I had read other reviews saying that there wasn't actually that much romance which made me a little unsure. But I should have known that I didn't need to worry because, hello, it's Wendy Higgins writing this!

Unknown grabbed me and didn't let go, for real. I was completely entertained by everything that was going on this book. The action, the suspense, and the questions didn't let up once! The characters, and me by extension, were always going and trying to figure out what was going on with the world and their own lives.

Wendy Higgins did it again by creating Amber Tate. I have loved all of Higgins' other female characters and Amber was no exception. I was able to relate to her a little more because she was half Mexican (which I appreciated since I'm Mexican American). Her relationships with her family and friends reminded me of my own. She was a strong individual, she was smart, and she was stubborn. I so enjoyed watching her handle everything that was thrown at her. And I totally felt for her with Rylen.

Don't get me started with Rylen though, haha. Rylen is yet another swoon-worthy male character of Higgins' but he wasn't perfect. He had his flaws and there were times where he just didn't see what was going on (specifically with Amber).

Aside from my two favorite characters, Higgins' introduced some other amazing characters as well. For example, Amber's family members were actually really involved with the story and that is something I really enjoyed.

The whole sci-fi/dystopian aspect of the story was also interesting. I just have to know what is going to happen! I really felt like I was there with these characters trying to figure out how to survive in a world full of disaster and confusion.

Oh, and the romance that I mentioned above? There wasn't as much as I am used to with Wendy's books but it didn't take anything away from the story! So for those that like romance mixed in with any book that they read, don't worry! This is a book that will keep you reading romance or not.

All in all, this was a definite page turner! Go and give this one a try soon!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

By Marissa Meyer
Published November 8th, 2016 by Fiewel and Friends
449 pages

5 stars - This book stole my heart!

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


Wow. Marissa Meyer has totally stolen my heart again with her enchanting story and addicting characters. Heartless captured my heart and stomped it to bits and I loved every moment of it.

I had read the synopsis for this when I first heard about it but I really didn't need to know much because Meyer won me over with Cinder. So I read this book thinking the ending was going to be something totally different than it was. I mean, I kind of knew how it would but I didn't want to admit it to myself until I turned that final page.

The ending made me cry buckets of tears. I sobbed and glared at my book thinking that there had to be some alternate ending! Alas, there was and is not so now I have to deal with my feels.

While the ending definitely killed me, the whole book was nothing short of magical. I felt was if I was in Wonderland and I loved every minute of it. I loved the characters and their personalities and dreams.

I absolutely loved Cath's dream. I connected with her immediately and felt her emotions and troubles as my own. She wasn't perfect by any means but I connected with her dreams and hope for the future.

Other characters that enchanted me include Hatta, Chesire, and Jest. JEST!!! Jest is the love of my life for certain. Sigh.

Heartless was definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. It took me to a place full of wonder and madness that was absolutely delightful. This book left me wanting more and I'm eagerly awaiting another book by Marissa Meyer.

Until next time,

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! 2017

Happy New Year everybody! I can't believe another year has come and gone. 2016 was such a hectic and somewhat stressful year so I hope 2017 is even just a little bit better. I'm sure it will be. :) 

I wasn't able to blog as much as I wanted to in 2016 so I'm also hoping that I'll be able to blog more this year. I've missed being able to share my thoughts and feelings about all of these books I'm reading! There are so many great looking books coming out this year as well so I'm eager to share about them. 

 I also wasn't able to do much with my "new" booktube channel like I wanted to. The Night Owl kind of fell by the wayside once I started my new job but I want to get started on it again. My job training will be ending soon so maybe once that happens I'll be able to film some videos and really get it going. One can only hope! :) 

I know this year is going to be better than the last. It has to be! I'm excited to get back into the blogging world and to find even more great authors and books. Also, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! Can't wait for that either. ;) 

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy 2017!