Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Midnight in the Piazza

Midnight in the Piazza by Tiffany Parks

Goodreads Summary:
Mysteries abound in this exciting race through Rome!

Beatrice Archer may love history, and Rome may be chock-full of it, but that doesn’t mean she wants to move there!

Too bad Beatrice’s father got a job as the head of the history department at the American Academy in Rome—now, Beatrice has no choice but to get used to the idea.

When she arrives in Rome she explores her new city as much as she can, but it isn’t until she hears talk of a strange neighborhood legend that Beatrice perks up. A centuries-old unsolved mystery about the beautiful turtle fountain outside her window? Sounds like fun!

Before Beatrice has a chance to explore, though, she sees a dark figure emerge from the shadows of the square in the middle of the night—and steal the famous turtle sculptures that give the fountain its name.

When no one believes her story, Beatrice knows that it’s up to her to solve the crime and restore the turtles to their rightful place. With the help of her new friend Marco, she navigates a world of unscrupulous ambassadors, tricky tutors, and international art thieves to unravel one of Roman history’s greatest dramas—before another priceless work of art is stolen.

My Review:
This is a fabulous middle grade mystery! I loved every minute of it, and found myself not wanting to put it down. It was a great mystery that kept you intrigued, yet not scared. I loved that it took place in Rome as well. Italy is my favorite country, so that was definitely an added bonus.

I enjoyed getting to know Beatrice and how brave she was for just thirteen years old. I am normally not a history person, but she made me excited to learn more about the history that she was discovering. It was written in a way that make me want to keep reading!

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Love and Other Train Wrecks

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

Goodreads Summary:
A twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstorm

One train ride. Two strangers.

Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s heading back home for one last chance with his first love, whom he broke up with when he went off to college.

Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—her parents being prime examples. She’s escaping from a mom who can’t take care of her to a dad who may not even want her. That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York.

After a train-wreck first encounter between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down due to a snowstorm. Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the whirlwind journey of a lifetime, and over the course of the night they fall in love. But come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst. Can one night can really change how they feel about love...and the course of their lives forever?

My Review:
This was such a sweet, fluffy, winter read. I loved getting to “watch” these two get to know each other and fall for each other just over the course of a day. It reminded me a little bit of Just One Day by Gayle Forman.

I liked the twist that was included (although it wasn’t really that surprising), and seeing how they handled it. However, I will say the last few chapters seemed to start to drag on. I felt like the end of the book and the Epilogue should have happened sooner (and then continue the book so we can see what happens afterwards).

Overall, this was a cute story that I would recommend.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Everless


Everless by Sarah Holland

Goodreads Summary:
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

My Review:
Everless is the first book by Sara Holland, and the first book in a series. This book started out slow, but quickly picked up the pace. By the end I felt like I couldn’t read fast enough! I was dying to know what was going to happen next!

I loved all of the twists and turns in this book. It definitely kept me on my toes throughout the entire book. What I expected to happen was never what actually happened, and I found myself wanting answers as badly and as urgently as Jules did. I don't want to say too much more, because I feel like it will be really easy to spoil some of the surprises that happen in this story.

This was a really unique world that I loved being transported to. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series! I feel like we have only glimpsed the greatness of what this series will be.

4.5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.