What if you won millions? What if you won millions for your best friend, who you maybe kind of (sort of) had a crush on?
Alice and Teddy have grown up together, dealing with hardships that no child should have to suffer; Alice's parents died and Teddy's father abandoned them due to an ongoing gambling problem. So, what to do? Friendship and camaraderie between themselves, and Alice's cousin Leo, kept them strong; that is until Teddy turned eighteen, and Alice wrote a card with valuable words, and an even more valuable lottery ticket in it.
This book deals with a lot of moral quandaries about money, especially in how it can change people and those around them. The romances were sweet and the story classical. I would say this is the first book in a while that felt truly "YA" to me (except for the awesome Geekerella earlier this year). This book is the perfect summer read for the beach, with just a touch of sorrow and a huge helping of hope, it helps us to look inside at where our true values and worth lie.
*I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review*
In a great conclusion to what many call an epic tale, Beloved and FitzChivalry Farseer go on a journey of vengeance and discovery, only to find out the peace that they were searching for may have been inside themselves all along.
At times redundant and sentimental, every word of this manuscript really dives into the relationships of two characters we watched grow up through pain and great amounts of suffering.
Robin Hobb's works always tend more toward character study than a forward and fast plot, but this book almost had too much plot for me. I've read these books for over a decade, including all of her other trilogies set in the same world, and they all come to clash and mesh into what feels like a long sentimental and final goodbye.
Bee Farseer (which this trilogy really focuses on), is a great character, combining so many different personalities into one tiny and powerful package made for a great read. While we visited A LOT of old friends, Bee always remained the most interesting to me, even if the story started to veer into old territory.
The Fool, who I consider to be one of my favorite characters in literature, begins to show his true colors as the book reaches its final conclusion. Selfishness, vanity, conceit, duality, and manipulativeness all come into play, and it isn't really that bad to see all of those traits finally start to come out at one time.
Fitz has made many a long journey, and none so far as to deal vengeance for his stolen child, but in the end we see more of what makes his character weak, instead of strong, and what characteristics tend to make the Fool vain and narcissistic. Fitz's friendships and life goals finally start to reap great rewards in this chapter of his life, and it's about time.
In the end all our heroes are people, and maybe all they really needed was attention and true love shown to one another.
*I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Diadem of Death (Nefertari Hughes Mystery #2)
by B.R. Myers
Release Date: April 25th 2017
Blue Moon Publishers
Summary from Goodreads:
Nefertari “Terry” Hughes is looking forward to spending the school break with her boyfriend, but when her archaeologist father announces he’s working on a project that will take him to Egypt, all hopes of having a romantic summer are buried.
Terry accompanies her father to Alexandria where she’s reunited with her first crush, Awad—all grown up and an expert in translating hieroglyphics. He confides that the team is in a race to find Cleopatra’s lost tomb before a secret band of rebels steals Egypt’s last Pharaoh and her diadem.
But sabotage and a deadly accident put everyone on high alert, and Terry isn’t sure whom to trust. As the line between ally and enemy begins to blur, Terry has to keep her wits about her and figure out who wants the diadem badly enough to kill.
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