What I Read: March 2016

What I Read: March 2016


1. The Love That Split the Word – Emily Henry

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start…until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meetsThe Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

Rating: 3.5/5
Thoughts: This one really held my attention. It was full of twists and turns and imagination. The characters were interesting and captivating, but the plot was bit confusing. I still haven’t fully processed everything.


2. The Immortals (Olympus Bound #1) – Jordana Max Brodsky

Manhattan. The city sleeps. Selene DiSilva walks her dog along the banks of the Hudson. She is alone-just the way she likes it. She doesn’t believe in friends, and she doesn’t speak to her family. Most of them are simply too dangerous.

Murders. In the predawn calm, Selene finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns. And so does the memory of a promise she made long ago. To protect the innocent-and to punish those who stand in her way.

Gods. With the NYPD out of its depth, Selene vows to hunt the killer on her own. But when classics professor Theo Schultz decodes the ancient myth behind the crime, the solitary Huntress finds herself working with a man who’s her opposite in every way. Together, they face a long-forgotten cult that lies behind a string of murders, and they’ll need help from the one source Selene distrusts most of all: the city’s other Immortals.

Rating: 4/5
Thoughts: I was very impressed with this one. I’ve always been a fan of Greek Mythology and I thought this was an interesting way to bring it into a modern story. Reminded me a bit of Kendare Blake’s antigoddess series.


3.The Forbidden Wish – Jessica Khoury

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

Rating: 4.5/5
Thoughts: Yesssss. Just, yes. This was absolutely beautiful. The writing was fantastic, the story was creative and captivating… loved it.


4. Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) – Alwyn Hamilition

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Rating: 3/5
Thoughts: I just don’t know with this one. Parts of it were very intriguing, but parts of it just lost me. I don’t know if it was the pacing or the story it’s self, but I found it difficult to not skim through chunks of it.


4. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

Rating: 2.5-3/5
Thoughts: I don’t even know what I just read. Started off very interesting… then it all fell apart. I loved how the story was written (quick chapters from 3 different points of view), but the story, the characters and their actions completely baffled me.

Today I am linking up with:

Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books

  • FNL meets The Time Traveler’s Wife is a very odd yet very specific description that I am trouble wrapping my head around. I might wind up giving it a try anyway.

    • I think they just meant the small town vibe with the FNL reference. I mean, there are football players in the book, but its not a main point. It was good though. Very interesting :)

  • Man, Wink Poppy Midnight sounds so promising. I’m sad it didn’t deliver!

    • It was just all over the place. It’s hard to explain. It was charming, I just didn’t really have any idea what was going on. I felt like it threw me for loops, just to throw me for loops. The twists didn’t make sense to me – they felt like they were there just to be there. If that makes any sense ;)

  • Immortals sounds interesting!

  • the love that split the world is on my list, i hope i like it. added the immortals and the forbidden wish. how could i not after that so much yes review lol

    • The Forbidden Wish was so awesome. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but it was awesome :) And I saw that The Love That Split the World is up this month for your Book Club. I Kicked myself after I saw that… I wish I would have waited to read it now so that I could join in :)

  • I like when fairy tales are retold, so that Aladdin one has my attention.

  • I just finished The Love that Split the Word. I had a very mixed reaction to it. Parts I love and parts I definitely did not. I do feel, though, that Emily Henry has great potential as a writer, so even though I didn’t love the book, I’m anxious to see what she does next. The Immortals is getting added to my TBR and prioritized because I love stories involving Greek mythology too. The Forbidden Wish has the most beautiful cover and sounds great too. Added!

    • I agree. Emily Henry has a lot of potential, I just found elements of it to be confusing. And yes! You should add both the Immortals and the Forbidden Wish. They both were great! Thanks for stopping by :)

  • All of those sound like really interesting books! I especially liked the sound of The Immortals because I love a good mystery and I think that it’s cool that it weaves Greek mythology into it as well. The Forbidden Wish sounds really interesting too! It sounds like it’s a twist on Disney, which I would really love!

  • The Forbidden Wish sounds super good! :)

  • All your book selections seem to be filled with imagination and creativity. True escapism :)

  • I just got The Love That Split the Word from the library today :)

  • OOh Love that Split the World and Rebel of the Sands are already on my list but… The Forbidden Wish sounds really good! Love this post!! XO – Alexandra

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