The Classmate #ARCreview.

I was sent an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Book: The Classmate
Author: Will Mcintosh
Publication Date: June 21, 2022
Pages: 170
Genre: Middle Grade, Sci-Fi

Goodreads Blurb:

Thirteen-year-old Benjamin is pulled from his old life and forced to attend a special boarding school in the middle of nowhere. That’s confusing enough. Then, he’s fed instructions through an earbud and thrown into etiquette classes alongside an angry, spike-covered creature. Despite wearing purple dresses and having the unassuming name of Eve, the creature is horrifying and, as Eve quickly demonstrates, dangerous.
With the help of his new friends Lorena and Persephone, Ben must overcome his own anxieties and uncover the truth about Eve’s origin. But he learns that the school’s agenda is much bigger than he ever thought possible. Ben needs to earn Eve’s trust, and fast. The fate of the world depends on it.

My Review:

This story gives a message of acceptance. As it is for middle-grade readers, accepting everyone is very important and this book covered that. It also talked about anxiety disorder which I felt that could have been gelled into the story naturally but it was mentioned separately. As it is set in a fantasy world, it was interesting to read about the topics covered.

Coming to the plot line, it could have been more developed, although the world-building was done well, the story plot wasn’t in-depth. At first, it went slow, but it was a quick read as I went into the story. There could have been more character development as well. Overall it is a good story about friendship, adventure, and acceptance.

As this was a middle-grade book, It is suitable for them as they will like the characters and the story’s world! They will learn a lot of values with some interesting adventures!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

My Book Shopping List!

I have not bought books since September, which is a long time! Although I did receive books here and there, I have been adding some books to my cart. So I will be showing some books that are on my shopping list!

Loveboat Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen.

Age Limit: 13- 17 Yrs

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

I have been meaning to read this book for a long time! The sequel is going to come out soon, so I am planning to get to this one asap!

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik.

A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets.

There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere.

El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.

I have heard that this book is very funny. I love the element of humor in books, so I am excited to pick this fantasy!

American Royals 2: Majesty.

Age limit: 12- 17 Yrs

Power is intoxicating. Like first love, it can leave you breathless. Princess Beatrice was born with it. Princess Samantha was born with less. Some, like Nina Gonzalez, are pulled into it. And a few will claw their way in. Ahem, we’re looking at you, Daphne Deighton.

As America adjusts to the idea of a queen on the throne, Beatrice grapples with everything she lost when she gained the ultimate crown. Samantha is busy living up to her “party princess” persona…and maybe adding a party prince by her side. Nina is trying to avoid the palace–and Prince Jefferson–at all costs. And a dangerous secret threatens to undo all of Daphne’s carefully laid “marry Prince Jefferson” plans.

I read the first book and fell in love with it. I want to pick this one up, but I have heard mixed reviews. I will buy this one but still, I am in a dilemma with this one.

The Mountain Is You by Brianna West.

Coexisting but conflicting needs create self-sabotaging behaviors. This is why we resist efforts to change, often until they feel completely futile. But by extracting crucial insight from our most damaging habits, building emotional intelligence by better understanding our brains and bodies, releasing past experiences at a cellular level, and learning to act as our highest potential future selves, we can step out of our own way and into our potential.

For centuries, the mountain has been used as a metaphor for the big challenges we face, especially ones that seem impossible to overcome. To scale our mountains, we actually have to do the deep internal work of excavating trauma, building resilience, and adjusting how we show up for the climb.

I have decided that I will read more self-help books this year, which can help me change, my perspective about thinking. I have heard great things about this one!

101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna West.

Over the past few years, Brianna Wiest has gained renown for her deeply moving, philosophical writing. This new compilation of her published work features pieces on why you should pursue purpose over passion, embrace negative thinking, see the wisdom in daily routine, and become aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life. Some of these pieces have never been seen; others have been read by millions of people around the world. Regardless, each will leave you thinking: this idea changed my life.

I didn’t realize that I have been meaning to read two self-help books by the same author lol. I believe that for self-care, there should be an input of feel-good books that can guide and help me.

My shopping list is short, but I will be buying these books soon!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Serpent & Dove Trilogy! #bookreview.

Hello Bookish People! Today I will be reviewing The Serpent & Dove Trilogy which was kindly sent to me by The Harper Collins Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Harper Collins for sending me the trilogy!

Book 1: Serpent & Dove

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Books: Serpent & Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Pages: 560
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Age Limit: 14-17 years

Summary:

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is ancient, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

My Review:

I did not expect this book to be so good. The story is set in the 17th century with magic, which invested me completely. I loved the way the relationship between the characters is changing and advancing from the starting to the evident end. The story has the enemies to lovers trope, which was well written. This was a quick read. I love the way the author showed Coco and Lou’s friendship. The main characters i.e. Lou and Reid are shown to be very powerful but in a different way. Lou is a bold character who is also soft at times. While Reid is a Chasseur who is daring. As this book has dual perspectives, it made the whole story rich in emotions. However, as the story is fast-paced, some moments felt very hurried in the story, making it kind of unstable. Other than that, the combination of Magic, Romance and Friendship was top notch! 

Book 2: Blood & Honey

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Books: Blood & Honey
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Pages: 532
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Age Limit: 14-17 years

My Review:

The story took a huge turn in this one! The blood witches and werewolves were introduced in this book. The magic and romance are top-notch, but I was struggling with the pacing. In some parts, the story went with a slow pace, while in some parts the story was hurried. At some point, I couldn’t connect with the story. Also, this book ends on a cliffhanger and is heartbreaking. So it is continued in the last book i.e. Gods & Monsters. The starting of the story was not strong, but eventually, the story grew. I wasn’t that invested in the story because of the pacing. Serpent & Dove was better than this one. Blood & Honey was an average read for me.

Book 3: Gods & Monsters

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Books: Gods & Monsters
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Pages: 612
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Age Limit: 14-17 years

My Review:

Wow! This book was so good! I enjoyed this one just like I enjoyed Serpent & Dove. The ending was great and overall the story is wrapped in action, love and laughs! From Serpent & Dove to this book, the characters have developed well! I love the way Shelby Mahurin’s writing makes the readers so attached to the characters. The whole theme of this book is Hope being the cure and not sickness which was beautiful. I also liked that the side characters are unpacking their feelings and are developing. The author definitely did a great job writing this book. The only problem was the pacing of this book, which I have struggled with in the other books of the series as well.

Overall Review Of The Series:

Overall I give this series 4/5 stars. If you love reading about witches then this series is good for you. This series was definitely a rollercoaster and all the readers have very different opinions about this one, but it worked out well for me! The only thing was the pacing of the series, but other than that the series stood up well. Also, the covers of all these books are soo pretty! My favourite book in this series will be Serpent & Dove and my least favourite is Blood & Honey. Give this series a try!

Have you read this series? Let me know your thoughts about this one in the comments! I will be back with another post soon!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.