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Saving Zoë by Alyson Noel

One of my favorite aspects of Book of the Month is that you can add extra books to your monthly box for a very reasonable cost. When I saw Saving Zoë, I knew I needed to add it to my box, and I am so glad I did.

Read along at your own risk for spoilers!

Overall, I was very happy with this book. While it is mostly superficial, it did delve a little into potential dangerous circumstances that surround teenagers: drugs, alcohol, sex, meeting strangers, and all of the risks that go along with these topics. I would have liked to see the book go more in depth into the way Zoë’s life was transformed by these areas, besides the ultimate change that occurred. I also would have liked to see the aftermath of Echo’s life changing after discovering the truth regarding her sister.

I enjoyed seeing the way that Echo realized she was in a relationship because she felt that she should be. Because she felt it was the right thing to do. I enjoyed watching her realize this and then end it when she realized that she did not truly have feelings for the guy. I loved seeing Echo realize that she is her own person and that it is okay to be different from Zoë and that she does not need to follow in her footsteps. The character development of Echo and Marc was also great to see and showed how, realistically, it could happen in everyday life.

The book was well-written and a quick read. I would have liked it to delve a little more into the hard topics rather than staying superficial, but I think it works great for the intended age demographic. I am curious to see how the movie compares to the book! And I am curious to read more books by Alyson Noel.

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Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta

I hate writing negative reviews, I really do.

This was an….interesting…..book. Watch out for spoilers.

I honestly struggled through this book. While I enjoy the story of King Arthur, I did not enjoy this adaptation. I think it was so far from the original that it was hard for me to accept. I also wasn’t expecting it to be as dystopian of a book as it was.

There were definitely parts that captivated my attention and caused me to not want to put the book down. However, they were few and far between. I found myself checking my phone every couple pages and being very easily distracted while reading. This does not happen when I am truly engaged in a book.

I do like the idea of King Arthur reincarnations, I also like that Merlin is aging backwards, ie getting younger with reincarnation. But that is where my enjoyment ended.

Ari and Kay’s moms being imprisoned, Kay dying, Ari being named a ceremonial king, Gwen becoming pregnant with her wife’s nephew, and on and on. My eyes were rolling so much during this book that I’m surprised I can still see straight. Maybe it’s been too many years since I read the story of King Arthur, but I do not remember it being that over the top.

I’ll probably add to this later on with more details, but for right now, this is all I can manage.

 

***Dragon from SofiasClayCorner***

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Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

Amazing!!!

I will admit, I chose this book because I thought the cover looked really cool. And I am so so glad that I did. This book was absolutely incredible. The author weaved you into her story seamlessly and you could imagine every second of it within your own mind.

I easily found myself cheering along with the two twins as they figured out what happened to their mother, and the truth about themselves and their family. When Luka and Iris finally got together, I had a huge smile on my face.

Wicked Like a Wildfire was a great combination of independence, strength, family, betrayal, hope, determination, and perseverance. You will definitely have a gamut of emotions as you are reading this book.

This book was the absolute perfect introduction into the series and I absolutely cannot wait to read book 2. The ending is the perfect way to leave you anxious for more.

***Pillow from BookBeau and bookmark from ItalicBookmarks***

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August 2018 – Notes From My Captivity by Kathy Parks

Once Upon a Book Club is definitely my favorite subscription box that I have ever subscribed to. I love getting a new book each month and the gifts to open while reading, definitely enhance the experience. I also love that the gifts are of quality and aren’t simply cheap throwaways.

Notes From My Captivity by Kathy Parks was a very engaging read. I was hesitant at first but my attention was quickly captured and I had a hard time putting it down to sleep. I loved seeing Adrienne’s viewpoints and mindset change as she encountered new experiences and she had to learn how to survive. I won’t say too much, but highly recommend reading this book!

I loved the gifts with this book. I wear the necklace frequently and the bowl is a cute little decoration now! I also love the little box that the pictures were kept in.

All in all, definitely a 10/10 star box 🙂