ARC Book Review: Daughter of the Siren Queen

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
 Rated: ❤❤❤❤❤/5
 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
 Published: 2/27/18
 Buy or Borrow: Buy

Alosa is back on the hunt to find the last map that will help the Pirate King locate Isla de Canta : the sirens island which is full of treasures. After retrieving the map, Alosa discovers that her father has not been truthful about alot of things in her life. Alosa must decide on how best to deal with her father, find the treasures and most importantly, reconcile with who she truly is, the Siren Queen’s daughter.

With school and exams looming, I went through two sleepless nights to finish DotSQ and it was absolutely worth it!

We immediately pick up from the ending of DotPK (check out my review of DotPK ) and learn more about Alosa, Riden, her parents and how protective and smart Alosa is. Levenseller whipped a fast paced adventure that keeps you on edge, looking forward to the next scene.

One of the many things I loved about this book was how it depicted Alosa. She was strong in the face of danger yet vulnerable when she discovered some personal and hurtful things. She held her mostly female crew to high standards and earned their respect from the very young to the oldest. Her leadership skills were unmatched and she was willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of her crew on several occasions.

I enjoyed every part of this novel because although it’s a fantasy adventure, you find alot of realistic moments that makes you feel connected to each characters.

DotSQ will join my very limited list of favorite fantasy novels and I’ll absolutely recommend you read the series.

ARC Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a honest review. 

Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

Book: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller  

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 

Published: 02/28/17

 

Hey guys, I’ll be writing my review for Daughter of the Siren Queen and realized, I never uploaded the video review of the Daughter of the Pirate King.

I loved the first book, as you’ll be able to tell by my expressions and cannot wait to let you know my thoughts on DotSQ.

Ps. This video quality probably isnt the best, apologized in advance.

 

Have you read the book? Any thoughts?

 

Book Review: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
 Rated: ❤❤❤❤❤/5
 Published: 02/28/17
 Publisher: HarperColins
Buy or Borrow : Buy

Sixteen year old Starr Carter shuffles between two different worlds. She is the poor black girl from the ghetto as well as the smart black girl at a fancy prep school in the surburbs. Her world carves in when she is the last witness the night she lost her best friend, Khalil at the hands of a police officer. As she tries to reconcile with what happened that night, the public wants to know what really happened and it’s up to Starr to decide if she wants to share her story and be ready to deal with the consequences.

One of the most RELEVANT and AUTHENTIC book I’ve read in a while! The Hate U Give (T.H.U.G) brings you into Starr’s world with superb writing as you follow her life after the night of the murder. You learn quickly to try to keep up because the ride is a fast and dangerous one.

T.H.U.G discusses the matter of race, politics, how the system is built to work against African Americans as well family values. One of the greatest points of this novel was the family dynamic and the realistic way Angie Thomas handled each character. The book doesn’t give false hopes but to shed a bigger light on the injustice towards African Americans in the United States.

People dealing with this issues will find a part of themselves within the chapters, while others who cannot identify, will gain a better understanding on why reforms are vital for the lives of many African Americans.

I’d recommend this book to everyone and to spread the word, “black lives matter”. 

CR: The Hate U Give

👋🏾🖐🏾

what are you currently reading and is it moving you ?
I’m reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and imagining all the scenes in my head and I’m so happy about the increase in diversity in the book world.

I mean, growing up, I read alot of books but I’m sure if I kept a list of them, I can probably count how many had a POC or diverse main characters or relatable social stories.

So, here is to more positivity and acknowledging that the world is full of different people who will like to be represented 🖐🏾🖐🏼

Book Review: Year of Yes

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

❤❤❤❤❤/5

Synopsis: “How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person” Shonda Rhimes takes us behind the scenes of her very personal life and how some muttered words from her sister became a challenge that changed Shonda’s life : “You never say yes to anything”.

I bought this book out of the need to just try something different from my usual pile of YA fiction. And I thought, “oh Shonda Rhimes, I’ve heard of you and this sound interesting”.

You see, I’m one of those people who is aware of their flaws, but I tell myself, as long as I know them, I’m half way there. BUT I rarely do anything to improve on them and that is why Year of Yes was an eye-opener.

Year of Yes touches upon how Rhimes must accept herself for who she is because she has worked hard for it, how to enjoy the moments in life, how hard it truly is for women to juggle family and career, how to accept the hardest challenges we think is in our way and many more life fulling topics. She doesn’t shy away from painting the truth behind why she started this journey and how hard every YES was to make.

Shonda Rhimes created a masterpiece that keeps you eager for her next reveal, almost like her TV shows, although I have only caught an episode, here and there.

I’d recommend this book to everyone out there. We can all learn one or two things from other peoples journey!

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts, that’s better than Flowers and Chocolate

Before you go Marie Antoinette on me, I love flowers and chocolate , especially the chocolate part BUT when it becomes repetitive, you want something new. So I have compiled a list that’s suitable for both men and women that will bring a smile to your partner’s face.

-Edible Arrangements : delicious, and kind of like flowers and chocolate together !

-Books! Lots of Books! Go to the bookstore, read while browsing, spend time with each other while lost in another world 💛💛

-Sephora or Ulta’s gift card: you can thank me later. Makeup, skincare & perfumes/cologne?? Yep!

-Indoor Sky diving; something your partner will remember without actually wanting to kill you for taking him/her for the REAL skydiving

-Jewelry: Alex and Ani bracelets are amazing. The new Apple watch? maybe even a RING? **wink wink**

-Private Chef for the evening if you want to wine and dine

-Spa: unlimited wax pass ? YES! Mani and Pedi? YES, Facials & Massages? YES

-Fuzzy Sock, Hats & Gloves : Keeps him/her warm when you’re not there

-Candles and Bath Bombs, I can a see a relaxing evening in your future!

Hope these item gives you a clue and remember to celebrate love everyday.

Happy Valentine’s Day