How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake review

I was kindly sent an e-arc of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Synopsis:

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.


Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

 

Review:

How to Make a Wish is a seemingly sweet summery read with diverse characters along with undertones of darker themes.

This book really shines with its diversity in that the main character is bisexual (ownvoices) and there is also a biracial LGBTQ+ main character. I found the representation in this book to be fantastic, I love how the other characters didn’t even blink an eye when they discovered two of the characters to be LGBTQ+, it was perceived as nothing but normal, and there didn’t seem to be any homophobic main characters, which is fantastic! This book also discusses being biracial and the hardships that may be present, but it explains how these can be overcome. There was also a prevelant unhealthy mother and daughter relationship, where the usual roles are switched. The mother is quite unstable and reckless while the daughter has to alway keep an eye out for her mother, this is explored more in depth throughout the novel. Along with this, majority of the characters only have one parent (or none), as I have lived the majority of my life with one prevelant parent, I found this to be very relatable.

With all these important topics and themes being discussed in this book you would think that it’s a very dark intense read, but I actually found it to be quite the opposite. It had a light summery feel to it, similar to other YA Summer contemporaries, just with undertones of intense topics. The romance was very sweet and adorable, which added to the fluffy feeling. This book is a short quick read, a book that you could easily read in one sitting!

Quotes:

Quotes have been pulled from arc and are subject to change

“Such a loaded word – live. It could simply mean existing. Heart pumping blood, lungs taking in air. Or it could mean settling for something. Being a part of what’s around you. Investing.”

“You’d think having a white dad and a black mom means I have three legs and feathers. I’m biracial, not some rarely spotted species from some barely populated island.”

“Here’s the thing about wishes: They’re always changing on you. They’re either dying out or they’re realized, and then they’re not wishes anymore. They’re only truly alive in their anticipation.”

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Want to Read More from

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Topics are set for every week so to join in on the fun just check out the memes goodreads group. This week’s topic is the top authors you want to read more from.

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah. J Maas is one of my all time favourite authors, but saying that I still have yet to read the Throne of Glass trilogy *gasp*. I know, it’s shameful, but I know i’m going to get to it soon. They hype surrounding that series is incredible, i’m planning on binge reading it then fangirling with my fellow book lovers. Sarah J. Maas is one of my all time favourite authors because of her acclaimed A Court of Thorns and Roses series. The third instalment, a Court of Wings and Ruin, is being released in a weeks time. I’ve already preordered it and once I receive it i’m going to hide in my room and stay there until I finish it, this isn’t an exaggeration people.

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is another one of my all time favourite authors, I read the Infernal Devices last year and absolutely loved it! I also read City of Bones a couple years ago but never got around to finishing the series as I was swamped with school. I own the entire Mortal Instruments series, along with The Shadow Hunters Codex and Lady Midnight. I’ve even preordered Lord of Shadows?? Don’t ask why, i’m equally as confused as you are. Anyway, I know i’m going to end up reading all Cassie’s works, including the ones I don’t currently own (The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadow hunter Academy), and I know i’m going to love them!

Rainbow Rowell

Once again, one of my top favourite authors, yet I still haven’t finished reading all her published works. See a pattern here? Rainbow became my favourite YA contemporary author after reading Eleanor and Park and couple years back, I distinctly remember physically throwing the book across the room after reading the ending (the ending was so cruel *cries*) Then reading Fangirl, Attachments and her short story Midnights which is included in the anthology My True Love Gave to Me last year (I also read Kindred Spirits but sadly didn’t enjoy it as much). I own her adult book Landline, and I also want to read Carry On. Someday it will happen, and when that day comes I know my heart will be obliterated by the classic Rainbow cliff hanger ending.

Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is a fairly new to me author, the first book I read from her was November 9. I read it in one sitting one afternoon on holiday, I absolutely devoured it and I LOVED it! At the beginning of this year I read It Ends With Us which I also read in a day, I didn’t enjoy it as much as November 9 but it was still fantastic! I know Colleen Hoover has many published works, none of which I own but someday hope to. Colleen writes amazing new adult books that I can just devour in one sitting, and I can’t wait to read all her other works!

David Levithan

Funnily enough, I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green a couple years ago but didn’t think much of it, I wasn’t particularly a fan. But I discovered my love for his writing when I read Dash and Lily’s book of Dares, the Twelve Days of Dash and Lily and his short story in Let It Snow around Christmastime last year. They were the perfect reads for that season, I just flew through his books! I adore his quirky witty writing style, and unique characters. I also own Everyday by David Levithan but have yet to read it, he also has numerous published works that I can’t wait to read including The Lover’s Dictionary, Two Boys Kissing, Boy Meets Boy and How They Met and Other Stories.

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas review

Synopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Review:

I read A Court of Mist and Fury for the first time in May last year, and it absolutely obliterated my heart. I reread it again this month, and it once again destroyed me without fail. My love for A Court of Mist and Fury is infinite, and it will forever remain a special place in my heart. THIS is why I read, it’s books like this that spur my hunger and love for reading.

I consistently find it difficult to write reviews on my all time favourite books, my mind is always a jumble of thoughts and emotions racing a thousand miles an hour. And it seems that no amount or string of words will ever express my insurmountable love for this book. So bear with me as I attempt to write a review that isn’t an utter incoherent mess.

A Court of Mist and Fury contains all the elements to complete the perfect fantasy novel. It intertwines fantastic world building with a complex magic system, defiant characters, a slow burn romance, witty banter and just the right amount of action. All bound ceremoniously with Sarah’s sensational writing.

This book is on a whole new level compared to A Court Of Thorns And Roses. The world is fully fleshed out, and we get to truly understand how magic is wielded as well as all the rules that are present in Prythian that the fae abide by. Everything little thing in this world felt solid and substantial, it all just made complete sense and was understandable to me.

What really brought the story to life was the utterly amazing characters, Sarah creates an incredible cast of characters, each and everyone so perfect and loveable in their own way. Each one of them hold a special place in my heart. I love how majority of the characters are so strong and defiant, which are two of my favourite traits that I always look out for in characters when reading a book. And do I even have to mention Rhys ❤️❤️❤️ let’s be honest, he’s one of the real reasons why this book is so outstanding!

Contrasted to A Court Of Thorns And Roses, this book had a very slow burn romance. The tension was almost palpable, and was keeping me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The witty banter between the two are absolutely hilarious! And all the sexy times WOW 😉

A Court of Mist and Fury has just the right amount of action to keep you constantly intrigued, and with the various plot twists and reveals I was SCREAMING throughout it.

I honestly don’t know what else to say, yet this review doesn’t do the book justice in the slightest. The only way for you to fully comprehend my love for this book is to fully experience it for yourself. I urge everyone to read this book ASAP, please just do yourself a favour. If you’re reading this post, STOP and pick up A Court of Thorns And Roses RIGHT NOW. Then come back and fangirl with me when you’re done, okay? Okay. If you have read A Court Of Thorns And Roses and somehow disliked it please at least give ACOMAF a chance, it’s 1000 times better, and a lot of people agree.

I’m about to burst right now knowing that the third instalment in this series, A Court of Wings and Ruin comes out in a weeks time. So far yet so close, I know for a fact that ACOWAR is going to be my favourite read of this year!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox Monday is a meme created by Marcia of To Be Continued, check out the blog

Last week I only acquired one ebook, that’s a new record for me! But I did purchase a few hardcover books, they just haven’t arrived in the mail yet, you can keep an eye out for those in next weeks Mailbox Monday!

eBooks:

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.

 

 

Standalone Sunday

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @ bookslayerReads 

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.

On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, iscover106249-medium.png Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the bad boy, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the jock, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investi­gators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

This week I chose a book I have yet to read but am highly anticipating. The premise of this book is so intriguing and i’ve seen multiple good reviews already!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas review

Synopsis:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Review:

I first read A Court of Thorns and Roses last year in may right before reading A Court of Mist and Fury. The first time I read it I REALLY liked it, I loved Tamlin and the whole world, it was a 4 star read. This time, after rereading it, I LOVED it! It was way better the second time around, it was a whole new experience.

If you have yet to read this book, I URGE you to, stop reading this post and pick it up. No seriously, this series is by far one of my favourites, and I am absolutely overwhelmed by the emotions it brings me, so bear with me as this review will probably be a jumbled mess. But here we go…

I love everything about A Court Of Thorns and Roses, it’s hard to pick out at any flaws. The writing is utterly beautiful the characters just perfect, the banter hilarious and the romance oh so sexy! When I first read this book it took me a bit to get into it, but the second time around I had no trouble falling straight into the story and the magical world! This time I picked up on a few little things that I didn’t notice the first time, and when Rhys showed up I was overwhelmed with joy! Everything was enhanced this time around, I even found myself falling for Tamlin all over again, despite now being team Rhys. That’s how good Sarah J. Maas’ writing is, I just couldn’t help myself! The writing was so whimsical I could feel the magic in the air, and the lush descriptions were incredibly beautiful I found myself sighing with joy. All throughout this book I found myself laughing out loud, smiling and crying, it was a wonderful journey to take again, as I fell in love with the book more the second time around.

My review doesn’t give this book justice, you just need to go ahead and read it and experience the absolute pleasure yourself. And even if you somehow don’t enjoy this book PLEASE give the second book a chance as it blows the first book out of the water!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

 

 

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


“What do you want with me? You said you’d tell me here. So tell me.”

Rhys leaned back in his chair, folding powerful arms that even the fine clothes couldn’t hide. “For this week? I want you to lean how to read.”

Synopsis:

The # 1 New York Times bestselling sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ spellbinding A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.