Top Ten Tuesday: 10 books I want to read before Christmas

Dear Rebellious Readers,
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl  and this week’s topic is 10 Books I Want to Read Before Christmas 

1. The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young– I have been meaning to read this since release day. Sky in the Deep is one of my favorite books of the year and I love that one of the secondary characters from Sky in the Deep is going to be the main character in this one.


2. Rage by Cora Carmack– I loved Roar so much. The magic, the romance, the characters, the story all drew me in. The sequel looks just as great.

3. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto- This book has some of my favorite things, sibling relationships, phoenix, and a world that sounds unique and beautiful.

4. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim- I love books with contests. Plus anything pitched as Project Runway meets Mulan sounds right up my ally.

5. Brazen and the Beast by Sarah Maclean- I have been craving regency lately and this book has been on my TBR for months plus I love Beauty and the Beast and this sounds like a great retelling.


6. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert- I got this in Owlcrate last year and it has been on my TBR ever since but it keeps getting bumped for sequels, final books, or buddy reads.

7. Tithe by Chani Lynn Feener- I really love books with faeries and have heard this book praised by my friend Mary who shares my love of all things fae. I also hear there is a love triangle and it has been a while since I read one. I love them which I know is a very unpopular opinion.

8. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig- I love retellings. I love books set by oceans/on islands/on boats, ect… and this book fits both of those things. I can’t wait to get to it. Plus I just read the fairy tale it is based on and can’t wait to compare it.


9. Thunderhead by Neil Shusterman- I finished Scythe a few days ago and I read it in about 2 days. I couldn’t put it down. I ordered Thunderhead and as so as it comes I am picking it up asap.

10. The Grace Year by Kim Liggett- I have heard this book praised so highly from reviewers I trust and am looking forward to reading it. I have been wanting to read more dystopian after Scythe so this is perfect.


What books do you plan to read this month?

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and got some great black Friday deals if you shopped. Sorry I have been more silent here. I am going to try to post 3 times a week in the New Year.

Yours in Rebellion, Nicole



This Rebel Reviews: I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi


I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary with Science Fiction Elements



Seven days. Seven days. The Earth might end in seven days.

When news stations start reporting that Earth has been contacted by a planet named Alma, the world is abuzz with rumors that the alien entity is giving mankind only a few days to live before they hit the kill switch on civilization.

For high school truant Jesse Hewitt, though, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. Life has dealt him one bad blow after another — so what does it matter if it all ends now? Cate Collins, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about, most of which she didn’t believe. And then there’s Adeem Khan. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, forgiveness doesn’t. He can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.

With only seven days to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide even as their worlds are pulled apart.

My Review

7 days until the end of the world. Maybe. I Hope You Get This Message is the journey of three teens Jesse, Cate, and Adeem, the end of the world, and the chooses they make when they might only have 7 days left.

I love Jesse, Cate, and Adeem. I was so wrapped up in them and their personal journeys. Adeem was my favorite. He is so sweet and caring. His love of antique radios was such a unique part of his character. I learned some really intersecting radio facts from him. I connected with his character the most because he was nerdy and his close relationship with his sister reminds me of the one I have with my own brother. Cate’s character was so strong and I loved how devoted she was to her mother.  Jesse was the hardest character from me to connect with but then again his character doesn’t want you to connect with him. Jesse wants to go it alone or thinks he does. I am not going to say anymore because I want you to get to know these three and fall in love with them yourself.

I couldn’t put this book down. The writing was amazing. All the character’s voices were so them that I never got confused about who’s Point of View I was reading. Every character in this book was so realistic. I loved the messages that the author included that random people had sent to people they love or hate after hearing the world was ending.  Rishi captures humanity at it’s best and worst. This book is full of heartbreak, beauty, and hope.

Rating: 5 stars





This Rebel Reviews: Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake 

4th and Final Book in the Three Dark Crowns series 

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy


My Review

In this final book in the Three Dark Crowns series, the question of the sister’s fate and the island’s future are answered.

The Elemental Queen

Mirabella has never been my favorite character and the decision she made in the last book made me dislike her even more. But the love that she has for Katherine and Arsinoe shines so brightly in this book I couldn’t help but like her. While she will never be my favorite character. I grow to really respect and like her in this final book.

The Poisoner Queen

I will always love Katherine. She is ruthless and power-hungry and even more so in this book. I will always remember her how she was before she was possessed with the dead queens.  Katherine’s struggle with the dead queens was one of my favorite parts of the book.

The Naturalist Queen 

Arsinoe will always be my favorite of the sisters. I have always loved her spunk, loyalty, bravery plus who doesn’t love a character who has a pet bear. I love Arsinoe and Billy’s relationship. They are so adorable together. The friendship between Arsinoe and Jules has always been one of my favorite parts of the story and still is.

The Legion Queen

Jules has always been one of my favorite characters. I don’t want to say much about her character because of spoilers but she continues to be one of my favorites in this book.

And one to be Queen

I loved seeing old characters return in this book. This book has tons of twists and turns and that final battle was amazing and heartbreaking. The Queen Crowned was who I was rooting for and I am sad to say goodbye to these characters and this world.

Rating: 5 stars




This Rebel Reviews: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab aka VE Schwab


Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Genre: Middle-Grade Paranormal

Book 2 in the Cassidy Blake series

My Review 

In this second book, we follow Cassidy and her ghost best friend forever Jacob to Paris and into the Paris Catacombs. Cassidy is a great heroine. She is strong, smart, compassionate, and brave. I love Cassidy’s ghost friend Jacob and their friendship. I love how Jacob is more careful and tries to be the voice of reason when Cassidy’s Griffindor spirit decides to do anything reckless. Even if he sometimes fails he never lets her go alone. They have their own code and rules. They are so cute together. I loved watching Cassidy embrace being a ghost hunter in this book and really finding her prepose in it.  I loved all the spooky moments. I loved learning about the history and hauntings of Paris. I just loved this book. If you love ghosts, great friendships, and spooky settings I highly recommend this book. Victoria Schwab is a genius writer. Her stories, her characters, her settings, her worlds, I can never get enough. I am so hyped to see what city Cassidy’s adventures take her to next.

Rating: 5 stars




This Rebel Reviews: Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

This Review Reviews

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

4th and Final book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series

Genre: Young Adult Historical Mystery 


My Review

In the final book of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series Audrey and Thomas must catch the most diabolic killer they have ever faced. Do they have any hope of capturing this devil?

It was both wonderful and bittersweet following Audrey and Thomas on their final case. The descriptions of both New York and Chicago were beautifully written and I really felt I was standing there with the characters taking it all in. I was happy to see characters return from past books. The author picked the perfect final villain and love that she even used words out of his own mouth in one part of the book. This book had some really great plot twists which I didn’t see coming. I loved all the Thomas and Audrey moments in this book. The good, the bad and every moment in between made them grow closer and they are just perfect for each other. Thomas is one of my favorite book boyfriends he is always so thoughtful and sweet with Audrey and always has me swooning. Audrey’s bravery and how she always follows her dreams even when society tells her not to make her one of my favorite heroines.  I will miss Audrey, Thomas, and Co. but the ending was perfect. I can’t imagine a better ending for Audrey and Thomas.

Rating: 5 stars


This Rebel Reviews: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan


Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Book one in the Something Dark and Holy Trilogy

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

My Review

A centuries-long holy war. A girl who talks to Gods. A prince who was sent to war too young. A boy fighting a monster inside him.

This book is one of my favorites of the year. This book wreaked me. This book destroyed me. This book broke my heart. I loved every single minute. I got so lost in this book’s cruel monstrous beauty that I stayed up all night to finish it. I was really craving a dark book when I picked this up and it delivered and then some.  This book made me question what makes a sinner and what makes a saint. Nadya, Serefin, and Malachiaz all stole my heart. This book is told from the Point of Views of Nadya and Serefin who are both on opposite sides of the war. I loved getting to see both sides of this war from people who had been living it their whole lives and not just one side like most first books. I loved the side characters as well. I also have two ships I am going down with. The writing was outstanding and flowed so smoothly. After the cliffhanger ending, I NEED Ruthless Gods aka book 2 now. I highly recommend this book especially if you love dark books.

Rating: 5 stars

Cover Reveal: Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen



Lydia is a scholar, but books are her downfall when she meddles in the plots of the most powerful man in the Celendor Empire. Her life in danger, she flees west to the far side of the Endless Seas and finds herself entangled in a foreign war where her burgeoning powers are sought by both sides.

Killian is Marked by the God of War, but his gifts fail him when the realm under the dominion of the Corrupter invades Mudamora. Disgraced, he swears his sword to the kingdom’s only hope: the crown princess. But the choice sees him caught up in a web of political intrigue that will put his oath – and his heart – to the test.

With Mudamora falling beneath the armies of the Corrupter, Lydia and Killian strike a bargain to save those they love most—but it is a bargain with unintended and disastrous consequences. Truths are revealed, birthrights claimed, and loyalties questioned—all while a menace deadlier and more far-reaching than they realize sweeps across the world.