Top Ten Tuesday: Words Frequently Used in YA Fantasy Titles

Top Ten Tuesdays (TTT) is a weekly event now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's TTT is: Frequently Used Words in [Insert Genre/Age Group] Titles

For this one I chose to list the frequent words used in Young Adult Fantasy titles. I had a lot of fun browsing through lists - there was one or two surprise words, and some others I thought would be easy, but ended up having a harder time finding titles.

 

Fire
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Fire, City of Heavenly Fire

Bone
Shadow and Bone, Children of Blood and Bone, Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Crown
Three Dark Crowns, Crown of Midnight

Magic
Wild Magic, A Darker Shade of Magic

Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes, Snow Like Ashes

Queen
The Star-Touched Queen, Red Queen, The Imposter Queen

Court
Court of Fives, A Court of Mist & Fury

Kingdom
Crooked Kingdom, To Kill a Kingdom

Kiss
The Winner's Kiss, The Kiss of Deception

King
Daughter of a Pirate King, The Demon King


Book Review: Rebel Heir (Rush Series Duet #1) by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward


Rebel Heir (Rush Series Duet, #1)Title: Rebel Heir (Rush Series Duet #1)
Author: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Release Date: April 7, 2018
Pages: 294
Format: eBook
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary


        
How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:
Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.
Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

Check. Check. Check.

I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss.

Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town.

Especially when he’s mean to you.

Or so I thought.

Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.

That was sort of how it all started with Rush.

And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.

I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.

I wasn't supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.

As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.
 
Like many people, I'm such a moody reader and was so excited that Rebel Heir published when it did because I was in the exact mood to read a light, fun, sexy read!

This one hit all the right marks for me: Gia is such a great female lead. I think it's hard to strike an exact balance of a strong, female lead who doesn't come off as pushy and unlikeable. Gia is a writer who's working on a book for the summer. The place she's staying in at the Hamptons for the summer is a bit out of her price range but absolutely perfect for the research she requires to write her book. 

Luckily, she's able to get a job hostessing at a local bar/restaurant called The Heights. And the way she gets the job is absolutely fabulous and one of the hottest meeting between two main characters.

Rush is the owner of The Heights - a young, self-assured, hard-working hottie (I mean, just look at the cover!). Yes, he's a smoker, as the cover suggests, but not to worry if this kind of habit is a complete turn off but I won't say more than that for now... (I mean, if it is a turn off, then you won't like Rush at all and this book may not be for you, just saying.) 

I loved the dynamics between these two characters - especially because they seem to be inverted mirror images of each other - Gia has a tough interior but is a softie on the outside, and Rush is a softie but with a tough exterior. It makes for an interesting read and I'm elated that I don't have to wait too long for the second book, since it comes out May 22. 

And yes, there is a twist which leaves us with a cliff-hanger ending. And yes, I kind of figured it out before it happens. And yes, yes, yes, I still cannot wait to see how this story concludes because I've fallen in love with these two characters just as hard as they do for each other. If you're into this kind of read too, this one was well done, and I highly recommend. As always, happy reading!

And...just because I can't help it, here's the cover for book 2!!!

Rebel Heart (Rush Series Duet, #2)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by
Book Journey * *
Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is
Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!

It's been a busy week for all of us.  Sadly, we didn't get to do much reading. Hopefully this week will be better!

Birthday Girl Brightly Burning Sense and Sensibility

Long Shot: A HOOPS Novel The Sunshine Sisters


Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
We love getting new books and seriously can't wait to dive into them.
How about you? What new books did you get?

Captain Superlative Brightly Burning Devoted to Pleasure (Devoted Lovers, #1) The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #16)

#MURDERTRENDING


The Eternal Enemy Switched (Fear Street, #31) Bad Dreams (Fear Street, #22) The Second Evil (Fear Street Cheerleaders, #2) The Third Evil (Fear Street Cheerleaders, #3)Road to Nowhere The Lost Mind Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1) To Tame a Highland Warrior (Highlander, #2)
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, #2) Fear University (Fear University, #1)
Birthday Girl




Book Review: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Stay Sweet
Title: Stay Sweet
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

        
A summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream. Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…
 
I was really looking forward to this one - I'm such a sucker for summer reads - but unfortunately, this one didn't quite hit the mark with me. 

I'll start out with the things I enjoyed. I love that Meade Creamery has a history that stems all the way back to WWII. It made me nostalgic for the past, and I can imagine, just like the main character Amelia does, that it was a time where etiquette towards one another was a way of life, where you had to make due because war called away so many men, and shortages of food and materials existed, prompting ingenuity. Women, in a lot of ways had to stand up and take charge. Which is exactly what Molly Meade did, so she'd have something to focus on while her fiancee was away. And to her astonishment, she comes up with and perfects 4 flavors of ice cream, including Home Sweet Home, that people can't get enough of. This type of courageous passion and vision is inspiring and will certainly be for young readers.

Working at the Meade Creamery stand is an honor and a privilege. But this summer starts a little  differently for Amelia, who is supposed to be "Head Girl" this year, which means she'll be in charge. Except instead, and to her shock, she finds Molly dead and sprawled on the floor of the stand. (I'm not giving anything away as this happens right at the beginning and is in the synopsis). What comes after, is what really made this just an okay read for me.

Molly's grandnephew, Grady, learns that he has inherited the ice cream stand, although he's never been involved before. This really throws everything out of whack and what I thought would be a story about friendships and fun between the ladies who worked the stand, ultimately just became a quest for Amelia to help Grady keep the stand running, at all costs. Amelia really is a pushover, to the detriment of her role as "Head Girl" and her friendship with her best friend Cate. It made me a little bit angry as the story went on and probably why I didn't like Grady very much. And since this is a contemporary read where romance is a staple, Amelia and Grady develop a summer romance but I didn't feel invested in the slightest. 

I really wish I would have liked this one more but I definitely believe some books are "it's me, not you" and I always encourage others to read books even if it didn't particularly resonate with me. That's what makes the love of reading so fantastic!

As always, happy reading!


Book Review: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Love and Other WordsTitle: Love and Other Words
Author: Christina Lauren (Christina Hobbs & Lauren Billings)
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Pages: 416
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

          
Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.
But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly teen friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.
Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco reading books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love. 

I can not put into words how much I love this book.  I can confidently say that Love and Other Words is my favorite book so far for 2018! And I have a feeling it will also be one of my top 3 too.  I just love it that much.  

The last two books that I have read from Christina and Lauren have been absolutely amazing.  These two just keep writing the best books!

Do you believe in soulmates? I do! I am such a sucker for romance novels about soul mates too. Especially second chance ones. Sometimes when I read an amazing book, I  have a really hard time writing a review on it. LOL I wish I could just say, "read it! I promise you are going to love it too!" So here is my review, and hopefully, without any spoilers.

Love and Other words is told in in THEN and NOW. I know that sometimes that can be confusing, but it really worked this time. I looooooved the THEN. I love how Elliot and Macy meet. That closet is the cutest thing ever. I wish I had one growing up along with an Elliot too! LOL I love watching their friendship grow into something special as they got older. You could just tell from the very beginning that they are meant for each other. Soulmates DO exist.

My heart ached while reading Love and Other Words. I was an emotional mess. One minute I was swooning and the next I was crying my eyes out.  When you find out why Macy is mad at Elliot, you will understand. Your  heart will break for her and you will be a hot mess like me. Ugh! I am tearing up right now just thinking about it.

Love and Other Words is a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. It's a type of book that will still make you emotional every time you think about it.  It is also a book that I will recommend over and over again.  Christina and Lauren, you ladies have outdone yourselves. To say that this book is amazing, is an understatement.  Keep writing, and I promise to keep reading your books and recommending them.  






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