My YA Reading Club (Monthly Subscription Box)

 I was offered the March box for My YA Reading Club in return for an honest review of this product.


Description:

The YA monthly box focuses on young adult stories – those that teens and grandparents can enjoy. Two categories are offered. Real World and Fantasy, and you can expect books and movies similar to the The Fault In Our Stars, Divergent, Paper Towns, and The Book Theif. The monthly boxes includes two books and DVD. The price for this box is $14.99. U.S. shipping is free!

What is inside the March box?

  • The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black
  • Zom-B (book one) by Darren Shan
  • Eragon DVD
  • Signed packing slip


So, the lovely people over at Risqué Reads contacted me about their new YA subscription box and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their boxes for a review.  I didn’t even need to think about that! Count me in! I was so thrilled with the their romance box that I had no doubts this YA box would be just as good. I am so honored this group asked me to review this new box. To give a little background, Risqué Reads is the erotic romance subscription box that US Sampleworks offers. They have seven other boxes including the new YA box! This company offers something for every reader! I didn’t even know about a few of them until this box came to me! I am particularly intrigued about My Sc-Fi club and My Thrill Club boxes. However, their romance (Risqué Reads) box is one of my favorite book subscription boxes out there. Trust me, there are a lot of them. The reason it is one of my favorite boxes is because the box contains books. Two, to be exact. Also, a little something extra. Nothing SO extra that it takes way from the books. Do not get me wrong, all the extras are fun, but the book is ultimately what I am after. I am reader. It is the reading I want to do. Risqué Reads always delivered books by authors I did not know about. What a magic experience to read a new authors world! This box is also only $14.99. S, two books of your favorite genre for the price of one? This is a no brainier box to me.

Now that ther is some background, let us talk about the My YA Reading Club March box. I listed the box contents in the beginning of this post. Mirroring the romance box, the YA March box had two books. The first one is The Coldest girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I am not sure how many of you all have read any of Holly Black’s books, but she is fantastic. her books always take me surprise and the Coldest Girl reads like it is going to do the same things! I can’t wait! The second book is Zom-B by Darren Shan. I am not a huge zombie fan, mostly because I get too freaked out ha-ha, but I’m half way through this book already! I am curious about the zombie concept. I am always looking to learn more. So many people have their own version of how the zombie-pocalypse happens. Book one in the Zom-B  series is wonderfully creepy though and I am pretty sure I’ll finish it pretty quickly too. If only I can remember not to read it before bed again. Not cool mr. Shan! 😳. 

This new YA box is overall everything I could ask for in a book subscription box. Two books and a movie for a very reasonable price. It is perfect for those book nerds who want to expand their library but may not have the funds to do so. The only problem? If they keep sending such awesome picks for books, The two books may not last e until the next month! must pace myself…

You can find this lovely box on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook at MyYAReadingClub and on their website at www.myyareadingclub.com
🖖🏻 Chelsea Kuehler 




Worlds Of Ink And Shadows by Lena Coakley (short review)

WOIAS“Old Tom. Old Tom. Take me to Paris. Take me to Rome.”

I was really hesitant about reading this book. It sounded almost too awesome to be real, so when I tell you that I REALLY wanted to like this book, please believe me. This review comes with a heavy heart because of how much I feel let down with this book. The premise was there. The characters were there. The story/writing was almost there. You could clearly see where the author wanted to go, but it felt so far away. Like when Banny was trying to find his Character’s home in Verdopolis. At times I felt myself really sucked in to this book (like who doesn’t love a black dog with red glowing eyes creating a storm?) and I would turn the page just for it to fall flat again. This was almost like listening to your sibling describe a really weird dream to you, for hours on end, except you don’t feel the excitement because you weren’t in the dream with them. Your just sitting on the edge of your seat waiting, because you can feel it coming but it never does. That is pretty much exactly how I felt during this book. The only thing that kept me going was the hopeful promise of something more.

 

I gave this book 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

I Met Leila Meacham!!!!!!!

So, the flight home from Texas was a nightmare. I don’t ever want to fly #Southwest again…But there was one extremely good thing that did occur on our flight home. I met the brilliant Leila Meacham. That’s right. New York Times Best Selling Author, Leila Meacham!!!!!!!!!! She was on her way to a book signing on Pawley’s Island in SC to promote her new book, Titan. We talked about which eReader would be best for her then we talked about our dogs and how much personality they have, then about all the rain in TX making it hard on crops. And she even gave me the deets on her new book coming out in July (a romance with a “few smooch scenes”)!! Boy am I excited!! Talking with Leila, it truly felt like I was talking with a longtime friend. Leila even talked with my husband and told him she was an author and my husband said to her, “Does my wife know that? You’re going to make her day.” And boy did she! I didn’t have any of her books on my shelves but my local book store had all four of her books, and you bet your sweet cheeks my husband dropped me off to pick up all four of them! I told the cashier at the bookstore about meeting Leila Meacham and we totally had a fangirl moment. There may have been some high pitched squeaking….ha-ha!! I didn’t make the signing yesterday because of work, but I was there in spirit. I hope there was a great turn out and Leila was able to relax with her husband. That is what she was really looking forward to. That, and shrimp and grits. I told her she was in the right part of the world for that! I hope I can catch her next time she is in my neck of the woods again.

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

image1Okay. I think I am finally in the mind-set to write my thoughts on this book. This book was simple and beautiful. Understated elegance. Spoilers, read ahead at own risk.

“Someday you’ll learn that you’re no better than your own name.”

“Travis has always been taught that the feeling to do good is the Holy Spirit speaking, and when you feel that call, you’d better answer.”

“…You never took up the serpent. So you ask me, between you and your father, who I think Lucifer ensnared? God has given me that answer. I don’t need to guess.”

 

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A Court Of Mist and Fury By Sarah J Maas

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So, here’s the deal. I am so stuck on this book I can’t even think straight about my life. I go to bed thinking about it, I dream about it, I wake up and get ready thinking about it. My whole day is filled with the Night Court! I feel like I am going crazy! I’m just going to jump right on in and pour my thoughts out how they pop into my head, because there is no way of organizing my thoughts on this book. There are mild spoilers, so read ahead at your own discretion.

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

“Mare Barrow’s blood is red-the color of common folk-but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown call her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince-the friend- who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive King, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind old master she is trying t defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?” – Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

  

So I’m going to talk about the good, before I talk about my issues with this book. I don’t think they are bad things with book, just my personal peeves. That’s what a review is about right? 

Okay. So this book was a lot of fun to read. I really enjoyed the fight scenes and the moments where Maven was haunting Mare. I know…my mind is a terrible thing. The reason I liked these scenes so much is because they were the only parts in the book that showed any emotion or action. Except the end when she finally sucked it up and showed a true act of bravery for all the Reds and Newbloods. Something she should have figured out early on! I just hope this final act of bravery doesn’t end up costing her. Okay, there is my good. 

Here are my issues. MARE! Oh my god! She was so annoying. She couldn’t stay on one track of emotions. I mean, I know us women are very emotional, but we usually know what side of the fence we’re on once we make up our minds about how we feel. I felt like Mare kept going back and forth. Back and forth. I was getting whiplash from her thoughts and emotions. She could never make up her mind about how she felt. Like she was waiting for someone to tell her how to feel about everything that was going on. And when someone did, she would write them off! They don’t understand because they are not the Lightning girl.  Wha wha, boo who! I was pretty tired of it by the end of the book. I hated the way she treated Cal too. Kilorn not so much because he knows Mare better than anyone so I wasn’t too worried about him. Well, I take that back. It bothered me that she tried to baby Kilorn so much, like I understand wanting to protect people and keep them safe, but you also have to let them live and learn. I was very proud of Kilorn in this book. Cal was amazing (I’m forever #TeamCal) in the parts where we got the see him. He wasn’t very present even though he was a huge character in the book. The love interest, the rouge prince who knows Maven better than anyone, the General who knows all about warfare. Mare would never let herself give in to the love we ALL knew they BOTH were feeling. Who cares if your from opposite sides of the pasture? Love doesn’t care. Stop treating Cal like he burned you in another life or something. If I’m remembering right, Cal has done absolutely nothing to warrant her untrustworthiness. He may have his reserves about killing Silver’s and waging civil war, who wouldn’t, but he has stuck with Mare throughout both books. Why couldn’t she see he wasn’t going anywhere? These two obviously felt better about the world, and themselves, when they were together, I just don’t understand why they never acted on it. Why they deprived themselves of a little bit of happiness.
There were some pretty monumental moments in this book that I feel needed to be explored more than they were. Like Shade’s death for one (huge deal!!)…Farley being pregnant with his baby. Elara’s death. I had no idea she would be that easy to kill nor did I ever expect her body to be on the jet…toasted. That should have been a bigger fight scene for sure. The moment Mare gives Gisa a blue earring when she is going to the Choke. That was a huge moment because it is a tradition among the kids! How about these random, come out of nowhere, Newbloods from a country far far away? They should have popped up sooner and probably explained themselves a little better. I feel like they are going to be a big part of the next book, and we should have gotten more familiar with them. 

And now, my last issue. The lack of world building. We spent so much of the book traveling from place to place I got lost on my minds map. I couldn’t keep it straight. Maybe I was the only one, but my golly, I would have loved to have a map drawn out in the front of the book. I eventually gave up on trying to keep the locations in my head. I was so lost and turned around it was no use trying to figure out where we were in relation to anything. 

Overall I really did enjoy this book. I love this world and most of the characters in it. I like the story line, I just don’t know where Aveyard is going with it. The end of the book really threw me off with Mare’s submission to Maven. But I have hope for book three! 
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

⚡️⚡️⚡️/5

South Carolina Grown

So one thing I love about where we live is all the local, fresh fruits, veggies, meats, dairy and eggs! We have some of the most influential SC farms here in our county and everyone knows the faces behind the name. They are a part of our community. From going to church to selling their crops at a small stand on the side of the road. I work with the farmers at my work and I can call them by name and ask them questions. They are extremely hard working people and we are so very proud of our county and all that we produce. Part of my work is the federation that helps support our local farmers and help to shed some light on where our food comes from and how important it is that we support local farms. We should be doing this no matter where we live! It is an awesome feeling to know the guy who put the pork roast in your oven, or the gal who plucked the peanuts for a boiled peanut snack! 
These gorgeous strawberries cAme from one of local (massive) farms, Breland Farms. The book is something our federation does every year for our local elementary schools and libraries to teach our kids where their food comes from. Last year the book was called “Who Grew My Soup?”. It was an adorable read!