Captive Rebel by Erin McDermott|Book Review

Book title: Captive Rebel (The allegiance book 1)

Author: Erin McDermott

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: Destined to be enemies, bound by fate…

Prince Ariston rules over the Allegiant – an elite faction favored by the Greek Gods. Separated from his family at a young age, he became a prisoner to the rebellion.

Marylyn O’Conner is a rebel, forced to do the rebellion’s bidding until an unforgiving family debt is paid. A pawn in the war for rebels to gain their freedom, she is obligated to become a spy, or her family will suffer.

Driven by revenge after returning from captivity, Prince Ariston makes it his mission to hunt down rebel spies, capturing Marylyn O’Conner in the process.

Desperate, Marylyn knows she needs to escape her alluring captor, or risk the safety of her family.

My Review: For some unknown reason this book reminded me of Cinder(the Lunar Chronicles). The story is by no chance similar but my feelings towards both books were. Why? Because the characters were likeable, straightforward. There was no clutter in this book which I appreciated as a reader, and writer. Everything flowed, no loop holes, no mindless yammering. A romance, but not only a romance. And it ended well yet left avenues open for the sequels. Overall, I would recommend if you like YA Dystopian or Fantasy, Action & Adventure.

Happy reading!

Xo Kat

The YA Book Craze

I’ve always seen book reviews online, on Youtube, on blogs but recently I’ve been subscribing to more of them on Youtube. Little did I know there’s an entire community online called Booktube. At first I thought it brilliant, as I myself love to share reviews and talk about books. Most of my spare time is spent writing or reading books so finding Booktube was amazing to me until I realized that the same books were being talked about over and over and over until it lost its appeal. Most of these books were also in the YA category.

Now don’t get me wrong, from time to time I enjoy a good YA novel, like most recently History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. And some of my favorite books are YA, such as, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I also enjoyed series such as The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. But most books that are hyped aren’t always worth the hype. I couldn’t get past a few pages in a lot of YA books. Not that they were bad, but because I am no longer a young adult and I enjoy reading a wider range of content.

Come to think of it, I’ve always enjoyed books with older characters like those of Dan Brown, Steve Berry, Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult, just to name a few. I also like darker content, for example Anne Rice or V.C. Andrews and of course the man himself, Stephen King. I read these novels quite early on so I connect with these type of stories better.

So while I do think that Booktube is amazing and I love it, there is lack of diversity in its genres. It’s largely because there is an abundance of young people making videos on Booktube. Another factor to consider is the marketing part of it where publishing companies send out copies for them to review. Which I have no problem with at all. But I’d like to see some older characters being talked about in crime fiction, historical fiction, action and adventure, romances etc.

I’ve been heavily considering making videos to share my world of reading and thoughts but since I’ve discovered Booktube, I feel like I wouldn’t fit the bill. Maybe I will, at some point in time because I know there are tons of people who read the same books that I do.

What genres do you read? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear.

xo Kat

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera|Book Review

At the end of this book, all I said was, “wow”. Again I am not a huge fan of YA fiction but this book was an emotional roller coaster ride coupled with enough wittiness to keep one engaged throughout.

To briefly summarize, seventeen year old Griffin’s ex-boyfriend and best friend, Theo has just died and it’s difficult for him to work through his grief, and loss. He turns to the unexpected Jackson, someone he thinks he hates, and also Theo’s current boyfriend atthe time of his death. They help each other work through it to a point but what I really love and appreciate about this book is how the author captured a completely messed up teenager, which is basically a normal teenager. Griffin has OCD, he suffers from anxiety. Told from first person POV it really took me back a decade ago, when I trusted too hard, loved too hard, felt too deeply. As the book progresses, we see that Griffin whines about a lot and you feel sorry for him but he is sort of the one making his own bed so to speak. He has a lot to account for and a lot to feel bad for. It’s a great read that encompasses family, friendship, love and coming of age.

xo Coffee Doll

The Cilantro in Apple Pie by Kimberly Knights|Book Review

When it comes to YA fiction I’ll probably gravitate towards dystopian or apocalyptic so I was hugely surprised that I actually enjoyed this coming of age story about friendship and loss.

Just to give a brief synopsis, the book starts out with Ruby a bi-racial sixteen year old from the Caribbean who’s moving to the US with her sister who recently got married. Ruby is a bit of a loner at school and is having trouble fitting in because of her different background and culture. She eventually befriends Gil who belongs to a rich and snobby family. Here is where Ruby’s and Gil’s world collide. There is a bit of a culture clash and the author does a beautiful representation of Caribbean language and slang. The book was written in first person narrative so I quite enjoyed the voice of the story. Without giving away spoilers, Gil basically proves that he can be a true friend to Ruby, and he does care about her even though she doesn’t fit into his world and lifestyle. The second part of this book was emotional but like I said, I’m not spoiling this one. It’ll definitely ruin the story if you decide to pick this one up. Ruby’s fight was to become a resident of her community, finally feeling at home despite being away from home. A nice quick read about friendship and family.

Thanks for reading and happy Saturday!

xo Coffee Doll