Early Review: Interference by Kay Honeyman

Title: Interference
Author: Kay Honeyman
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date:  September 27th, 2016
Page Count:  352 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: From author in exchange of an honest review (thank you!)


Summary:
Friday Night Lights meets Jane Austen's Emma in this wonderful novel about a big election, big games, the big state of Texas, and a little romance. 

As a Congressman's daughter in Washington, DC, Kate Hamilton is good at getting what she wants -- what some people might call "interfering." But when her family moves to West Texas so her dad can run in a special election, Kate encounters some difficulties that test all her political skills. None of her matchmaking efforts go according to plan. Her father's campaign gets off to a rough start. A pro tip for moving to Texas: Don't slam the star quarterback's hand in a door. And whenever Kate messes up, the irritatingly right (and handsome) Hunter Price is there to witness it. But Kate has determination and a good heart, and with all her political savvy -- and a little clever interference -- she'll figure out what it takes to make Red Dirt home.

Terrifically funny and sweetly romantic, with whip-crack dialogue and a wise perspective on growing up, Interference is the perfect next read for fans of Jenny Han, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Eulberg, or Sarah Dessen.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars

I feel like demanding for more pages, more chapters, and more Hunter! I had such a great time reading Interference that I was a bit sad when I reached its last page and I had to say goodbye to the characters. However, it left me with a smile on my face so I believe that's a really good sign, don't you agree?

What I really liked about this book is that it takes place in a small town in Texas. Being from a small town myself (not from Texas though), I instantly felt a connection towards Red Dirt and its people. Small towns are great settings since they allow the reader to explore every nook and cranny and get to know the tight unit of citizens through the eyes of the main character. They often come with such colorful personalities and strong values, like Kate's aunt with her animal shelter.

I could also understand Kate's feelings of moving from a big city to such a small place where everyone knows everyone and everything. It's a bit daunting to be the odd one out and Kate faces it all, from unwanted attention to jealousy from her peers.

Before reading this book, I had not caught the comparison to Jane Austen's Emma, but yeah, it certainly reminds me of Emma when it comes to Kate's whole matchmaking adventure at her new school. It's funny how she gets everything horribly, horribly wrong and yet she never lets her errors bring her down. Some might think it annoying, but I found her personality highly entertaining and someone with good intentions.

There's also a bit of romance inside this book that I found to be very sweet. Hunter is a great guy just like Mr. Knightley from Emma, and I was glad that his past wasn't as problematic as other book boyfriends. His role is any less important as he grounds Kate from making further mistakes, and when she does, he's there to soften her mind. I liked that about him.

The big focus of this book, however, was about Kate learning to embrace her knowledge of political life to achieve things that matter instead of trying to run away from it or use it as a way out. Her family goes through the same journey in fact, so it's a nice message, even when you're not that into politics.

Final Verdict:

Interference is a sweet, fun, and full of heart read that's perfect to brighten any reader's day and will leave you wanting to be part of a small town like Red Dirt! If you haven't added this book to your TBR then, dear readers, I must push you incessantly until you do so!

The Week's Entrée #108

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!


Can't believe this is the last week of July! I am WAY behind on my reading schedule, but I've been reading a lot more lately that I believe I will be able to catch up soon (I HOPE). How are you all doing with your TBRs? ;)

In other news, if you've been checking our Bookstagram and seen my tweets on Twitter, you might have noticed us talking about some cool Harry Potter recipes we made specially for Harry Potter month on YA Books Central



We had a lot of fun creating these recipes & they sure kept us busy since YABC gave us our posting date. If you have time, we would love for you to check them out on the site! :)
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New books!
{For review}
From authors, publishers, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.



I downloaded this beauty of a book from Edelweiss (it's available for download to anyone!) My friend Becky from Book Nerd Addict tells me it's an amazing read, so I am excited to start reading! 

{Purchased}


I bought myself a physical copy of Graceling by Kristin Cashore since I'll be buddy reading it with Alex from The Book's Buzz soon and The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas since S. Usher Evans recommended it to me to satiate my brooding book boyfriend needs. I'm excited!!!


I also bought a kindle copy of Pawn by Aimée Carter since it was on sale for $0.99! I love Aimée Carter's The Goddess Test series (one of my all-time favorite YA Mythology reads) so I just had to have it.
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To Read This Week:

 

I'm currently listening to the audiobook of The Sin Eater's Daughter and I am liking it so far. It has a prince (tho I'm not much into him... yet). I'll also be starting on The Union by S. Usher Evans whose series just got a cover change! The new ones are so pretty and yeah, more visually apealing, but now my covers won't match since I'll be getting the new cover instead of the old one (which is still available on Sush's site for those that do want to match).
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Summer Blogger Promo Tour #4: Carlisa from Confessions of Carlisa


Hi everyone! It's the second week of the 2016 Summer Blogger Promo TourThis wonderful event was pulled together by the awesome ladies Amber & Jessica from The Book Bratz
The 2016 Summer Blogger Promo Tour consists on featuring one blogger every Sunday from July 3th to August 21st for the sole purpose of making new friends and to get to know them better through guest posts, interviews & other fun posts! 
Today, please welcome to the blog Carlisa from Confessions of Carlisa! Carlisa and I teamed up to create a book tag, but since this is all about getting to know Carlisa, you can check out her answers to the book tag below and you can find my answers over on her blog! Please feel free to do the book tag if you want, we had a lot of fun creating it!
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The Royalty Book Tag

The Royalty Book Tag was created by Carlisa at Confessions of Carlisa and Melissa at the Reader and the Chef—two book bloggers who love reading and love swoony princes.

Carlisa's answers:

His Royal Highness: A Book that rules over all books

​The Book Thief by Markus Zusak will always be one of my all-time favorite books. It's beauitful and unique and heartbreaking and life changing. 

The Regal Queen: A book with elegant writing that left a strong impression


​The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is absolutely stunning. The writing and the story are magical, unique, and enchanting. Seriously, if you haven't read this yet, please go and do so. Or listen to the audiobook by Jim Dale. That's just as good. Go, go, go.

Evil King/Queen: A book/series with a great villain that you loved to hate


​Can I have this prompt and not include Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles? Fairest is a prequel about how she became the evil queen she is...and I thought maybe I'd sympathize with her a little bit after I read it. But nope. I hate her even more. She's the worst ever and super crazy.

The Brooding Prince: A book boyfriend that left you swooning


​Persuasion by Jane Austen is an underrated but fantastic novel. And Captain Wentworth is just amazing and wonderful. He and Anne are goals. I dare say that I like him more than Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy!

The Fierce Princess: A book/series with a kick-butt leading lady


​Uprooted by Naomi Novik! I just read this book, so it's on my mind, but Agnieszka is an amazing heroine. She grows a lot in the 400-or-so pages, but all of the growth was really natural. And I loved how she was always an equal with her love interest. He didn't see her as lesser just because she was newer to magic. Agnieszka really just took control and didn't let fear stop her from doing what she knew to be right.

The Duke of Secrets: A book that make you wait until the sequel to learn the truth


​The Program by Suzanne Young. Young knows writes these crazy epilogues in her books that make you question anything and everything. And in the Program, I literally didn't know who to believe and who to trust after that epilogue. I had to wait until the sequel to find out...and I'm still not 100% sure to be honest. 

Captain of the Royal Guard: A book/series where you shipped the secondary character instead of the main love interest


Éponine's my favorite character in this (very long) book, so of course I shipped her with Marius. Unrequited love is never a fun thing, and she literally gives her entire life for her love. She's a great and very interesting character. She has much more to her than the movie portrays!

The Court Jester: A book that made you laugh out loud


​The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is a book that came from the Youtube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I love both with all my heart. They're hilarious and wonderful and make my heart so happy.
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I haven't read Persuasion by Jane Austen yet! I must get it soon. And I've heard so many great things about Uprooted. I agree with Queen Levana, she is just plain crazy. Such fun answers, Carlisa! Guys, don't forget to visit Carlisa's blog soon, she has wicked content and her blog is SO PRETTY. ♥
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About Carlisa
My name's Carlisa, and I love words. I'm studying English and minoring in editing, and I read whatever I can get my hands on. I hope to work in the publishing industry when I finish school next year! I've been blogging since January of 2015 and I don't plan on stopping anything soon! You can find me at Confessions of Carlisa.


The Book Bug Tag

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Hey everyone! I was tagged by the ever awesome Ryan from Unbookly to do The Book Bug Tag! The rules for this tag are:
- copy/paste the rules and the tag logo
- thank whoever nominated you, and don’t forget to link to their blog
- come up with a book for each bug category
- nominate as many or as little bloggers as you’d like

OKAY, so here goes mine!

1. butterfly: a cover you found most aesthetically pleasing


P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han has one of the prettiest covers! Very eye-catching, pleasing to look at, and extremely photogenic. I love showing this book off on IG!
2. ant: a book/series that had in your opinion, incredibly strong writing

I said it in my review and I'll say it again here: This book is so POWERFUL. It hits so many chords, but specially the one that says that we are all so quick to judge without giving people the chance to prove themselves. Without knowing the full story beneath the cover. I highly recommend!

3. moth: a book that had you up at all hours of the night



I recently read Stalking Jack the Ripper and boy, was it amazing! I opted to only read this book at nights to raise the creepy factor and it was the best choice ever. It took me two nights to finish it. ♥
4. fly: a character that really bothered you


I so did not like Xander from All the Feels by Danika Stone. The way he talked made me so uncomfortable, specially when he would often tell the MC that she looked "delicious". Um, NOPE.
5. bee: a book that has had a lot of buzz, either recently or in the past


THIS BOOK IS EVERYWHERE. I EVEN HAVE IT. And yet I don't know how I've managed not to be spoiled. All I know is that there's a lot of yummy Rhysand involved. Hmmm... I should read this soon ;)
6. firefly: a book that makes you light up, which you always want to bring up



This book gives me all the feels! It's so cute. CRICKET is so cute omg. Such a fun, bright read, just like the TV show called Pushing Daisies. Did anyone see it? It's amazing, too bad they canceled it with just one season.
7. flea: a book that hasn’t been released yet and you’re itching to read it


I. NEED. THIS. NOOOOW. *cries*
8. cockroach: a villain you despised who had your skin crawling


My skin crawls every time I think about Angoulême from Warrior Witch. He was just too awful and disgusting. Yuck. He deserves to be in the pits of hell, along with Lessa, who is also eugh.

bonus: do you have any books with bugs on the cover? share it!



I do! There's a butterfly in the cover of Hyde by Lauren Stewart. This was a cover buy for me when I went to the San Francisco Golden Gate Author Event last summer. It looks so pretty in physical form and the author was super nice! I haven't read it yet since it turned out to be an adult novel and *ahem* maybe when I turn 60 or something.
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I tag:

Becky from Book Nerd Addict
Jazmine from This Girl Reads A Lot
Erika from The Nocturnal Fey
Jasmine from Jasmine Pearl Reads
Alex from The Book's Buzz

The Week's Entrée #107

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!


Omguuush, you guys! I just finished Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and HELLO FAVORITE BOOK OF 2016. It was so so good and perfect for mystery fans. One of the main characters also reminded me a lot of BBC Sherlock Holmes but as a teen, and I AM IN LOVE. You must add this book to your TBR!! I was going to share my review on YABC but I realized I couldn't until closer to release date :/.  Still, trust me on this one, it's a must read. Dark, bloody, so much gore, and yet humor! Ahhh ♥ 




Have you added it yet?
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New books!
{For review}

From authors, publishers, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.



I will be beta reading The Union by S. Usher Evans and I AM PUMPED. Really excited to read the final book in this amazing trilogy! ♥
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To Read This Week:



Remember when I said I was going to read Rose & Thorn? Yeah... I didn't. But this week I will, I promise! Same goes for Breakfast with Neruda. Have to read all the books!!!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you reading? :)

Summer Blogger Promo Tour #3: Jaclyn from Living in a World of Book Quotes


Hi everyone! It's the second week of the 2016 Summer Blogger Promo TourThis wonderful event was pulled together by the awesome ladies Amber & Jessica from The Book Bratz
The 2016 Summer Blogger Promo Tour consists on featuring one blogger every Sunday from July 3th to August 21st for the sole purpose of making new friends and to get to know them better through guest posts, interviews & other fun posts! 
Today, please welcome to the blog Jaclyn from Living in a World of Book Quotes, who is here to share her favorite book quotes to live by:
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Book Quotes To Live By

"Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will" : Paper Towns

"He liked all books, because he liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head." : An Abundance of Katherine's 

"I think maybe you try to be odd on purpose. I think you like that. It makes you you and not someone else." An Abundance of Katherine's

"Once you think a thought, it is extremely difficult to unthink it." Let it Snow

"Cool in that he seemed totally happy to sit in the lunchroom absorbed in a book, not just pretending to read because he didn't have anywhere to sit or anyone to sit with." If I Stay

"Just tell me how to be different in a way that makes sense." The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

"I think the idea is that every person has to live for his or her own life and then make the choice to share it with other people. Maybe that is what makes people participate." The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

"I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them." The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Those are awesome quotes and great advice to follow in real life! To my readers: if you want to know more about Jaclyn, you should definitely visit her blog. She's the queen of bookish quotes! ♥
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About Jaclyn
I love reading. What I love most about reading, and what makes reading so special to me are the quotes. Amazing quotes are what takes a book onto a whole new level. “When reading, we don’t fall in love with the characters’ appearance. We fall in love with their words, their thoughts, and their hearts. We fall in love with their souls.”

“Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul.”
― Joanne Harris

I will post about my favorite book quotes from time to time, as well as book reviews and recommendations! Enjoy!! And happy reading!!

ARC Review: Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova

Title: Crystal Crowned
Series: Air Awakens #5
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Published:  July 12th, 2016
Page Count:  432 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: From author in exchange of an honest review


Summary:
Long live Solaris. 


One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn? 
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
It's over. I've finally reached the end of the Air Awakens series. I am sad, because this series has taken me into a wild, fast-paced, magical journey in the last year and it has set some high standards when it comes to action-packed fantasy series. Elise Kova is an extraordinary writer, EXTREMELY FAST writer, and one of the nicest authors out there who cares about her fanbase.

With that said, it does pain me to say that I was left a bit disappointed in this last installment. I enjoyed the ride and the characters were as amazing as always, but I encountered with several things that didn't sit well with me. I often went into rage mode and I had to calm myself before I did something silly, like throwing my kindle across the room, for example.

First, I will say what I DID love & enjoyed in Crystal Crowned:

Exploring the continent. I loved how we finally get to see more of the continent, from South to North and in-between. It was a nice change of scenery and, despite being a dangerous time, I liked the time spent in each place, even the smallest of time-frames. Fine, I may be stretching a bit the whole exploring thing since Vhalla, Aldrik and the rest of the gang are just traveling to get to the West and then back to Aldrik's throne to defeat Victor, but so many things happen in their journey, that made their treacherous time all the more exciting.

That thing that happens in Norin. It's a bit spoilery of I say it, but it was one of the happiest moments in this book. Also one of the places where my mind was going all "oh boy oh boy, something terrible is about to happen to shatter this blissful moment, I just know it." Did something terrible happen? I can't say, but hey, it's Elise Kova, you know how she writes. ;)

Finally learning about Jax's past. YES. JUST YES. I can now sleep at night. This has been bugging me ever since we meet him in the third book. To be honest, it should have been revealed in the fourth book, but okay, better late than never. It's quite shocking. Widened my eyes, and yet I still can't stop thinking "my poor Jax".

Aaaaand the epilogue. It was good. Brought a smile to my face.

What left me wanting more:

(Forgive me if I go all ragey here but my feels need to be let out.)

First of all, I did not enjoy how the fate of one important character, who was crucial to Vhalla's sanity throughout the whole series, was handled. This character deserved to be sent off in a better manner instead of being disregarded as if unimportant. Why? WHY? I'm not okay with this.

Secondly, I feel that Crystal Crowned told more rather than showed. Too many thoughts, too many words, and not enough action. I don't mean battle scenes, those were done spectacularly as always, but we spend too much time in Vhalla's mind, and it gets annoying. She gets annoying. And that really upset me. Vhalla is an amazing character, but she let's her guard down in this book. Maybe it's because she lost a part of herself when Victor stole her magic, or maybe is the stress about wearing a crown, but I feel that she had more to give and that she didn't even try.

Also, the lack of an enemy face. I will leave it at that.

The plot twist that felt a bit forced and not enough to be the enemy's ultimate evil plan. However, thanks to a friend's opinion, I now see it as a different & interesting perspective to something that us readers had come to love and cherish in the series. Still, I feel it was unnecessary to drive the plot forward.

Lastly, well, Crystal Crowned as a series-ender. It was not the epic finale I was expecting. It was epic in its action-packed battle scenes, but not the ending that I thought would leave me gasping for air, shoving ice cream and cookies into my mouth, and plain old crying my eyes out. It was an okay finale, with a good long epilogue, but the feels were nowhere in sight. And, it surprises me because I'm so used to Elise finishing off her books with a big bang, but this time it didn't come. That may be it though, maybe I let my expectations get too high.

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HOWEVER, this doesn't in any way diminish my love for the series as a whole. The last book might not have been the strongest book in the series, but the first four books rocked my world (specially Fire Falling!). The Air Awakens series remains as one of my favorite fantasy series and I won't tire of recommending it to everyone who seeks out a fantastical journey.


Overall series rating:
4/5 stars