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Daughter of the Pirate King
Author Tricia Levenseller
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King. (from Goodreads)
After LOVING The Shadows Between Us earlier this month, I decided that I wanted to tackle more of Levenseller’s work and this was first on my list! I listened to the first half on audio while doing a puzzle and then finished the rest on my Kindle app. I thought it really picked up in the middle and I was thoroughly entertained! I really liked Alosa, she was sassy and funny and smart and she was a super fun narrator. I didn’t love this as much as TSBU, nor was the romance up to par, but I will definitely be reading the next book!
The Kingdom of Back
Author Marie Lu
Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.
Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.
And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything. (from Goodreads)
I thought the premise of this book was super creative! It was fascinating to learn more about the forgotten Mozart sister, and I thought it was such a fun angle to take for a historical fiction book. However, I just couldn’t really connect with the characters at all. Maybe it was the setting, or the fact that both Mozarts come across as super young for most of the book, but I couldn’t get myself to be super invested. The Kingdom was definitely super creepy though, so that was a fun aspect!
If I’m Being Honest
Author Emily Wibberly & Austin Siegemund-Broka
High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. So when she puts her foot in her mouth in front of her crush, Andrew, she fears she may have lost him for good.
In an attempt to win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. First, she’ll have to make amends with those she’s wronged, which leads her to Brendan, the guy she labelled with an unfortunate nickname back in the sixth grade. At first, Brendan isn’t all that receptive to Cameron’s ploy. But slowly, he warms up to her when they connect over the computer game he’s developing. Now if only Andrew would notice…
But the closer Cameron gets to Brendan, the more she sees he appreciates her personality—honesty and all—and wonders if she’s compromising who she is for the guy she doesn’t even want. (from Goodreads)
I just stayed up until 1:30am to finish this entire book in four hours and it just made me REALLY FRICKIN’ HAPPY. This is based on The Taming of the Shrew, which my ALL-TIME FAVORITE MOVIE, 10 Things I Hate About You, is also based on, and it was great. This book just brought a whole lot of joy into my life for a few hours and I’m really grateful. I thought Cameron and Brendan were super frickin’ adorable and I loooooved Cam and Paige’s friendship. A lot of great friendships in this one, actually. The ending had a bit more drama than I would’ve liked, but it all ended really sweet and I’m just over here smiling like an idiot which I think is the sign of a good book. 🙂