This Rebel Reviews: Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Thriller

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My Review

I didn’t know anything about this book other than it was a thriller and the tag line on the cover which says “If she dies, she takes the truth with her”. I NEVER read a book without having some idea about what the book is about. I did with this one and I highly recommend that you read this book knowing only what I did. You will not regret it.

I know some people just hate going in blind and I can understand that. You don’t want to waste your time on something that you don’t know anything about. So I have left a full review below.

19-year-old Sadie has had a hard life. She is raising her sister Mattie single-handed. Even before her druggie and alcoholic mother took off and left them without a word. Mattie is the only bright spot in Sadie’s life and she is completely devoted to her. When Mattie is murdered, Sadie is determined to find the man who killed her sister. Sadie’s story is told in a very unique way. This book switches between the PoV of Sadie who is looking for the man who killed her sister and the podcast The Girls which is about the journalist looking into the case of Sadie’s disappearance. I fell in love with Sadie’s character. Sadie is not an easy character to get to know. She doesn’t give up her secrets or her thoughts easily and even then you feel like she hates revealing them. I didn’t want to put this book down. I was so invested in Sadie and her story. This book has so many great twists and turns. I loved the writing especially Sadie’s chapters. I didn’t see the ending coming. This book is young adult but I think many adult readers will love it as well. I listened to the audiobook and followed along in my hardback. The audiobook is amazing. It is a full cast and one of the best I have ever listened to. I can’t wait to get my hands on Cracked up to be an older book by Courtney Summers which is being re-released in February by Wednesday Books.

Rating: 5 stars

 

This Rebel Reviews: Someone to Remember by Mary Balogh

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Someone to Remember by Mary Balogh

Book 7 in the Westcott series 

Genre: Adult Regency Romance

My Review 

In this novella by Mary Balogh, Matilda Westcott gets a second chance at love with Charles Sawyer. They were in love as young adults but Matilda refused him because her parents didn’t approve. It has been 34 years and Matilda is now a spinster who takes care of her mother and Charles’s wife has passed and they are thrown together again. I loved this story so much. Second Chance romances are one of my favorite romance tropes. I loved both Matilda and Charles. They have both lived very different lives since they courted 34 years ago and I loved watching them reconnect and discover you are never too old to fall in love again. I wish this story was longer. That is my main complaint. I haven’t read the other books in the series before reading this one and it took me a while to get everyone straight as there are a lot of characters. I also fell in love with a few of the other characters even if they were not in the novel much. I am going to pick up the rest of the series as soon as I can. Mary Balogh is a genius at writing realistic regency romance. I highly recommend her books to all romance lovers. I prefer her later work but her early work is good as well.

Rating: 4 stars

*I was given this book for review by Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin Random House through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

Content: Adult

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

Dear Rebellious Readers,

1. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare– the sequel series to one of my favorite series ever The Infernal Devices is finally almost here. I freak out on a daily basis about this book. More of my favorite characters and they have kids who are the main characters. March 3 can’t come fast enough.

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2. Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan– I am totally obsessed with this series. Wicked Saints is one of my favorite books. I get it out every so often to reread my favorite parts. I have 2 copies and dream of getting my hands on a Ruthless Gods ARC.

3. Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– I love Aurora Rising so much and after that ending, I need this book now.

4. House of Earth and Bone by Sarah J Maas– an adult fantasy by SJM!? I am there. I love her ToG and ACOTAR series so much and am so excited to see what Maas writes next.

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5. Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa– I loved book one of this series Shadow of the Fox and can’t wait for this come out so I can reread book one and then read books 2 and 3. I am looking forward to binging this series. I love Julie Kagawa.

6. The Betrothed by Kiera Cass- I loved The Selection series and have been waiting for Cass to write a new series for a while and I am so excited to read this.

7. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins- I am so hyped to return to the world of the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games holds a very special place in my heart.

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8. TRUEL1F3 by Jay Kristoff- I love everything Jay Kristoff writes and loved book one in this series. I can’t wait to binge read books 2 and 3.

9.  Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin- I am reading an ARC of this book right now and it is amazing. I can’t wait to read more after I write this blog post. I am planning on buying myself a finished copy. If you love revenge, grey characters, and writing that is great, read this book.

10. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar- I am so excited about the book. It looks so great and I love enemies to lovers and henna tattoos sound like my perfect book.

What are your most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020? Do we any of the same books that we are excited about? Please leave your thoughts in the comments

Yours in Rebellion,

Nicole the Reading Rebel

This Rebel Reviews: The Duke’s Desire by Erica Ridley

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The Duke’s Desire by Erica Ridley

Genre: Adult Regency Romance

Book 8 in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series

Synopsis

Meg Church adores two things: life in a village of perennial Yuletide, and the freedom of being a spinster with no reputation to protect. Oh, very well, three things: She’s harbored a secret tendre for Christmas curmudgeon Lucien le Duc since the moment she first glimpsed him. But the sexy blacksmith won’t give her the time of day, much less a night of torrid passion.

Ever since Lucien le Duc was forced to flee his beloved France during the revolution, his all-consuming goal has been to recover not only his lost land and fortune, but also his rightful place among the French aristocracy. He would never be distracted by an English dairy maid’s sultry glances… or her soul-consuming kisses… or the temptation to turn one night into forever…

My Review

I love both Meg and Lucien. Meg is so spunky, kind, and is always so herself and not ashamed of it that you can’t help but love her and want to be her friend. Lucien was forced to leave France when he was young and has taken care of his family for years. I love how much he loves his family and his home country. He will do anything for them.  He has dreamed of returning to France and reclaiming his family name and lands and in a few weeks, he is about to get his wish. But he is going to miss his family. He always thought they would return together but his brother and sister are both married and have put down roots in the town of Christmas. Lucien doesn’t speak English and is proud of it but he decides to learn so he can better communicate with his family and make them feel at home if they ever come to France. Meg offers to help him. Meg slowly teaching him and him relaxing around her and showing a different side of himself to her was so heart-melting and tender. I love how their relationship grows in this book and loved watching these two find they’re happily ever after. This is a very feel-good read with a bit of spice. It is the perfect Christmas read. I highly recommend it.

*I was given this copy for an honest review by Erica Ridley via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.*

Rating: 5 stars

Content: Adult

 

2020 Reading Goals

Hi Rebellious Readers,

The past few days I have been thinking about my reading, blogging, and bookstagram goals for next year. These past few years have been very sad and stressful for me. I was helping my mom take care of my grandmother who has dementia for over 4 years. We have finally found her a place in a memory care facility. Her dementia has gotten so bad that it is impossible for us to care for her. She needs to be watched and cared for 24-7 now because she had started trying to run away, turning on the stove and oven, and other things that make it unsafe for both herself and others if she is not under the care of professionals.

Sorry to ramble on like this and I know it has nothing to do with my reading goals for 2020. It is easier for me to write about this then talk to people in person about it. So back to the goals.

1. My Goodreads Goals- I am setting my Goodreads goal this year at 106 books. I set it last year for 100 and read 103. I am hoping to finish one or two more before 2020(btw I did finish 2 more bringing my total to 105). I am also setting a goal for total pages to read I want to get to 40,000 this year.

2. Read at least 10 classics- I love reading classics but many of them HUGE and while I have been dying to Middlemarch, Anna Karenina, and The Portrait of a Lady. The size of them has been intimidating me. It is time to pick them up and read them. If I can read War and Peace I can read these three books.

3. Read books on my shelves- I have a lot of books on my shelves I haven’t read yet. My goal is to read at least half of them. Which is no small task as I gave up on counting them a long time ago.

4. Write better reviews- I think my reviews are good but not great. I want them to be more organized and much better worded. I want to do a great job. Authors and Publishers count on reviews to sell books and I hate to think I am letting them down.

5. Post every day on Bookstagram and improve my pictures- I haven’t been posting as regularly as I want too. I now have a lot more time to take pictures and improve my amateur camera skills.

6. Do more unboxings, reading updates, and share more of my life on my bookstagram stories- I get so nervous making videos. I get tongue-tied and sometimes my sentences don’t make sense and I have to resay or rephrase what I just said. But the only way to get better is to practice so this year I am going to pluck up the courage and learn to talk on camera like a normal person.

7. Make more friends and interact with more people in the book community- I am a very shy person and always worry I am bugging someone or that they will not like me or that I will say something wrong. It is time to stop. I have made some great friends and meet some amazing people I never would have met without this amazing community and feel like I have found my tribe. I can’t tell you how many times I almost dmed someone to talk about a book but was too shy to do it.

What are your reading goals this year?

Yours in Rebellion,

Nicole the Reading Rebel

This Rebel Reviews: Dukes,Actually by Erica Ridley

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Dukes, Actually by Erica Ridley

Genre: Adult Regency Romance

Book 5 in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series

About:

The Duke of Azureford isn’t the arrogant, aloof lord his peers perceive him to be. Yes, he’s awkward, but he has a plan to fix it. In order to woo a respectable lady, he must learn how to flirt. The completely inappropriate girl next door would make a perfect instructor, but a terrible duchess. So why can’t he walk away?

Incorrigible hoyden Miss Carole Quincy likes fast carriages, carom billiards, and the beautiful, buttoned-up Duke of Azureford. She’d be delighted to help him out of his shell and into her arms. Who cares if they’re just pretending to flirt? The heady, breath-taking, soul-consuming feeling inside her runaway heart surely can’t be love…

My Review

The Duke of Azureford aka Adam has poor social skills. He is about as good at talking to people as I am aka almost hopeless. But he is lonely and wants a wife. He has a plan though. He plans to build a billiard room in his house in the small town called Christmas and work on his social skills with the local townspeople. Enter Carole. She is the opposite of Adam. She is friendly, funny, and gets along with everyone. When she offers to help Adam with his social skills and sparks start to fly between them. Maybe these two lonely people have found their match.

I love both Adam and Carole. Both have great hearts and really care for others. They both want to do their duty but have found it a lonely road. I love how Carole has a very unusual hobby for a woman in the era. Carole loves math and architecture.  I really connected with Carole over her mother’s death and wanting to take care of her father. I love opposites attract romance and this one was perfect. The friendship, respect, and love that grows between Carole and Adam in the book is everything you want in a romance. My one complaint is that I wish the epilogue was longer. This was the perfect Christmas read and can’t wait to read more books in this series.

Rating: 5 stars

Content: Adult

*Thanks to NetGalley and Erica Ridley for giving me this copy to review. All opinions are my own.*

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I need in my hands right now

Dear Rebellious Readers,

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl  and the theme this week was not one I could do as I already had Christmas with my family so know what presents I have gotten. So I came up with another topic. Books I need in my hands right now. 

1. Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan- this is the sequel to Wicked Saints one of my favorite books of the year and I really need to know what happens to my boys and girl.

2. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare- I love everything about the Shadowhunter books. One of my all-time favorite series is The Infernal Devices and to get to see Tessa and all the other characters as adults and parents is what I have been waiting for since before Cassandra Clare said she was writing this trilogy.

3. One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus- I read One of Us is Lying in two days and want to catch up and see what the characters have been up too. I know the book follows different characters but have heard the original four do show up.

4. My Calamity Jane by the Lady Janies- My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane are so great and I have been waiting for what feels like forever for the next Jane book.

5. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins- I love the Hunger Games books and the trilogy means so much to me. It is the only book series I ever got my dad to read. He borrowed my set and loved them. He sadly passed away in 2014 and wish he was alive to read this one with me.

6. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar- I saw this book on a friend’s bookstagram and it looks so amazing. Henna art is so beautiful and reading about two girls with rival businesses that fall in love sounds like my kind of romance.

7. Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman- OMG Aurora Rising was just as amazing as I knew it would be. After that ending please give me Aurora Burning now.

8. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by VE Schwab- Schwab is Queen. This book is about a girl who makes a deal with the devil. This book is very personal to Schwab as she has had these characters and story in her head for many years.

9. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller- I have loved all of the authors’ other 3 books and just love her writing and characters and settings and everything about her books.

10. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas- I love Sarah J Maas and will read every book she writes. I am excited to read her first adult novel well not really ACOTAR was an adult series in my opinion.

What are some books you want right now that haven’t come out yet? Leave you me a comment and link to your TTT.

Yours in Rebellion, Nicole