Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman Book Review

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend, filled with many hours of reading. I wish mine was like that, but alas, I had to continue unpacking since I recently moved. I was, however, able to start reading Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. I’m enjoying it so far!

To start off the week, I bring you my review of Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman. Here is the synopsis of the story:


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The town of Glory is famous for two things: businesses that front for seedy, if not illegal, enterprises and the suicides that happen along the Indigo River. Marsden is desperate to escape the “bed-and-breakfast” where her mother works as a prostitute—and where her own fate has been decided—and she wants to give her little sister a better life. But escape means money, which leads Mars to skimming the bodies that show up along the Indigo River. It’s there that she runs into Jude, who has secrets of his own and whose brother’s suicide may be linked to Mars’s own sordid family history. As they grow closer, the two unearth secrets that could allow them to move forward . . . or chain them to the Indigo forever.


 

My review

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I hate leaving bad reviews, and this review is not necessarily bad, it’s just not good either. I loved Elsie Chapman’s previous novels, Dualed and Divided, so I was a little upset that I did not enjoy Along the Indigo. I tried, I really did, but it was just not working. And the thing is, I feel like it was not because the story was bad or there was no character development (because there was). I feel like it’s due to me not being the right audience for the novel. That may sound like I’m trying to avoid writing a bad review, which I’m not, but that’s the truth. Along the Indigo is a contemporary and if anyone knows me, they know I rarely like contemporary. I want action, romance, adventure, magic, etc. My go-to genre is fantasy, so I was honestly not surprised that I could not finish Along the Indigo. I should have known better than to read a contemporary, but I wanted to give this story a shot.

The overall plot was interesting. Dead bodies showing up along the Indigo river and the main character skimming those bodies for cash. Then a dead boy’s brother comes to the covert looking for answers about his brother’s death, which starts to unravel the mystery behind his death and the death behind Marsden’s father. It was overall interesting…except I was not really hooked. There were times where I had to force myself to get through a chapter because I did not feel any type of connection with the characters or the plot or the scenery. But then again, I may not have been the right audience.

From what I read in Along the Indigo, there was some character development. Marsden was learning to open up more and to not be afraid to make friends in a place you plan on leaving. Jude was learning to let go and to not hold on to the past. Unfortunately, my issue was that I had a hard time finding any connection with the characters. And when I can’t find a connection, it’s difficult for me to remember those characters.

Overall, this was not the book for me, but it definitely has potential. For those who want to read Along the Indigo, please be aware that there are mature themes (such as suicide and prostitution). Contemporary readers will likely enjoy this story, so if you love contemporary, check out Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman, which hits bookstores tomorrow!

2.5 out of 5 stars

♥Nikole

*Arc Review* People Like us- Dana Mele

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“Resilient is the wrong word for someone who attracts tragedy like a magnet but survives to watch her loved ones die.”

I finished this book in less than a day and I’m not ashamed. I instantly immersed myself into the world of Bates Academy where girls are mean and everyone has skeletons hiding in their closets. And I loved every page of this.

My mind is working overtime with that ending. It was a continual shock, just one after another and they just kept coming. The shock that came with those last few chapters had me reminiscing about the end of Behind Her Eyes and we all know how that ending shook the world.

Every single part of this is exactly what I want in a book. It was different, mysterious, and even a little saucy. Everything was spaced perfectly, the character development was superb, the scenery was to die for, and this psychological thriller had me guessing right up until the end. My mind is still working a mile a minute even after all this time has passed.

I’m grateful for picking this up. I can’t wait to see what Dana pulls out of her magic hat next time. All I know is that I won’t be disappointed and neither will you.

Just be careful who you place your trust in!

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Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade Blog Tour + Review

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Thank you to Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade for letting us take part in this fantastic book tour! And thank you for the e-galley of Our Dark Stars! 

Click here to view the Our Dark Stars tour schedule.

About the book:

Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade
Genre: Young Adult, Science
Fiction/Fairy Tale Retelling
Publication: March 6th, 2018

37459966.jpgWhile she sleeps, the whole universe changes.

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.

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About the Authors

AudreyAudrey Grey is an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including the Moonbeam Children’s Award bronze finalist, SHADOW FALL. She lives in the charming state of Oklahoma with her crew: one husband, two little people, four mischievous dogs, and one poor cat. You can usually find Audrey hiding out in her office from said crew, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

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KrystalKrystal Wade is the USA Today bestselling author of six Young Adult Fantasy and creeptastically imagined fairytale books. She can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas-sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty-mile commute? Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.

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Nikole’s Review

Imagine waking up 100 years into the future, not knowing where you are and not knowing everything you know and love is gone. Imagine waking up to a world where mocks are the rulers and humans are slaves. It doesn’t sound too appealing, does it? But this is exactly what happens to Princess Talia. And, boy, do these two authors bring this book to life.

This was a whirlwind of a novel! I finished this beauty in one sitting because I absolutely could not put it down. I haven’t read a sci-fi this good since I picked up Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

The world building was phenomenal. I could picture the world inside my head and I truly felt like I was there with the characters, battling alongside them. During the many battle scenes, my heart was racing because I felt a connection with all these characters, and I did not want anything bad to happen to them. The authors did an amazing job of bringing this world, this story, to life. What I also really liked is that I could not tell which author was writing each chapter. It was one voice, so the flow was perfect.

The characters were relatable and as a reader, I felt the hardships Will went through and I felt the pain Talia felt. The book itself felt so real, and those are the best books, in my opinion. The books that get you to feel all sorts of emotions are the books you remember; they are the books that stay with you forever. This is one of those books.

Overall, I highly enjoyed Our Dark Stars!If you love sci-fi, romance, intense battle scenes, snarky comments and witty attitudes, then Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade is the book for you!


Stacy’s Review

“Perhaps, up here, the last vestiges of his humanity still lingered inside. A shadow of the flesh-and-blood boy he once was.”

I’m not much of a sci-fi fan when it comes to books. There’s always too much to remember and by the time it’s done, I have to reread some parts and then it’s really not worth it. This isn’t the case here. This was amazing from start to finish.

I know some of you are going to burn me at the stake but it really reminded me of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson. With that being said, I do think this holds its own and people will remember this for being the gem that it is.

This is an amazing sci-fi adventure with twists, turns, and some deceiving members of the mock/human race. It captivated me and I craved more pages even after it was over.

As I was reading this, my husband asked me what I was reading. He said something that stuck with me throughout the entirety of this book. Why is there always a Princess? and Why does it always involve Humans versus Robots? It played over and over in my mind and if it wasn’t for him then this would have been a higher rating for me.

This is a book that will stick with me even after I finished it. The writing style was beautiful and I was absolutely mesmerized by the world building. This actually changed my view of YA sci-fi novels and I can’t wait to try more of them.

Our Dark Stars is a book that you need in your life!! And this is coming from someone who would rather be swooned than shot at by murderous robots! 


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Echoes by Alice Reeds Cover Reveal

Hello, lovely book people! Today I bring you a cover reveal for Alice Reeds’ new book, Echoes! I truly love this cover and I hope you do, too. Thank you, Entangled Teen, for letting me be a part of this amazing cover reveal! So without further ado, I bring you the cover real of Echoes by Alice Reeds!


Let us know what you think of the cover for Echoes by Alice Reeds, which releases August 7, 2018!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen.


LOOK AT THAT COVER! Isn’t it just beautiful? I absolutely love the trees and the glass breaking and how it looks like the title is really echoing. Entangled Teen did a fantastic job with this cover! And check out the summary of Echoes below:


About Echoes:

“Fast-paced and thrilling. ECHOES is a heart-pounding and addictive love story.” —Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait

They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to.

Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them.
Something that won’t let them leave alive.

Echoes is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and, above all, finding hope in the face of the unknown.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Echoes by Alice Reeds today!

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About Alice Reeds:

Alice Reeds was born in a small town in Germany but spent her first eight years in Florida, USA. Later on, she moved back to Europe, where her family moved around a lot. She was raised trilingual and has a basic understanding of Russian, read and spoken. After getting her International Baccalaureate Diploma, Alice is studying English Language and Literature at University. In her free time Alice mostly writes, reads, figure and/or roller skates, or watches countless let’s plays and figure skating videos.

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Restore me tour stop of taheri mafi and ransom Riggs

This was my second time seeing them. Plus it’s exciting to see them since these 2 together are very funny. But day started usual yadda yadda get to NYC. Was able to meet up with more book friends from bookcon app but my friend melissa and first time hung out Stephanie. Like any pre waiting for the event we went to the strand to look at what new good deals the place had. Next my fav pasta dinner in the city this time went with basic food of pasta Alfredo. Then was time for the signing. Sadly first time ever I had to stand since all the spots were taken. But while waiting I saw Adam silvera again, and Alex London. But best part besides meeting ransom and taheri was won’t say a name but books of wonder owner has a service dog and he walked over and as the dog did my friend said loudly aww he is cute!! And just as sayes it loud guess who walks right by? You guessed it ransom which he just looks at my friend and thinks proubly talking about him since many females think he is gorgeous. So my friend and I were laughing historically while she was sooo bright in the face as well. So overall fun night full of laughs and hope to new friendship.

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross Review

Happy Monday, fellow book lovers! It’s been a while since I last posted an actual book review, thanks to the chaos that is my life currently. I’m just starting my capstone for my bachelor’s program and I am also in the process of moving. And let me tell you this: you do not realize how hectic moving really is until you are actually moving. Boy, was I not prepared. Anyway, moving on! Starting with this review, I will be crafting my reviews differently. I will be basing my review on multiple categories and then the overall review is the average of those scores combined. For example, for The Queen’s Rising:

Writing: 5/5

World Building: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

Plot: 4/5

Cover: 4/5

Overall rating: 4.20/5

Overtime, I will most likely add other ways to rate a book, depending on each genre, but for now, I feel this is a good start. Now, on with the synopsis and review!


Goodreads Summary:

35098412When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?


This book was just, WOW. The writing is beautifully crafted, with some of the most stunning descriptive scenes I have every read. The author’s writing was just magical; the whole story was a motion picture inside my head. I was captivated by the author’s writing from start to finish. The world building, the plot, and the characters were all unique.

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and storyline. Whereas some people may note it as being slow, I saw it as a build up to the epic finale. The author made sure the readers were well-informed of every background and Brienna’s long and dangerous journey, and made sure it all came together in the end.

The slow-burning romance was intense, and I savored every moment between Brienna and her love interest. And there were times where I got antsy because I was waiting for something romantic to happen and when it did, I had to read it over and over again because, ROMANCE. I’m a sucker for fantasy romance. Plus, I really liked that it was not your standard romance; it was an attraction that grew overtime for both of them.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Queen’s Rising and I look forward to what is in store for Brienna in book two.

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross can be purchased wherever books are sold.

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