Book Review: Arcana Chronicles

Let me get this out of the way.

Personified Tarot cards? COOLEST idea ever. Arcana = types of tarot cards. If you don’t know what the characters are, do a little research. It’s worth it.

I read A LOT of fantasy books and I have never read a single book that has this theme. It’s just so creative and I’m totally a fan. Plus tying it into the whole Greek Mythology thing? Win/Win.

Basis of the story line: Some very long ago, the Gods bored as they were decided to hold a contest where each could pick a champion to battle to the death. The winner gets immortality.  So every few hundreds of years or so, natural disaster strikes and the battle begins. Each champion is gifted abilities that derive from the God they represent. Some of these champions come from a long lineage of champions and others are first timers. Obviously, this comes with advantages/disadvantages. Once the game starts, the players of the games are drawn to each other, alliances are made and betrayal stars AND AND…it’s just all really exciting.

Evie is the main character. She’s been suffering from bad dreams, delusions her whole life only to find out after apocalyptic disaster that they weren’t so much dreams/delusions as they are premonitions. This is a YA series so of course she meets a boy, and of course she meets another boy.

I’m going to make this brief because I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ll tell you this. I’ve forced 4 different people to read this series. If you want to theorize together after you’ve consumed me. Let me know? I have feelings. And the quotes? You’ll notice a theme. I make no apologizes. I’m completely bias.

First Book: Poison Princess. Let me be real with you. The first book it’s a little slow. And I don’t know how you feel but Evie does that thing that most female lead YA characters do. You know what I’m talking about? They complain, make decisions that don’t make sense, and then insert random “heroic” action. But the story line will make you curious enough to read the second book.

Favorite Quote: “I’m goan to kiss you until your toes curl, until we’re breathing for each other.” – Jackson

Second Book: Endless Knight. This is the one that will kill you. You meet Death. Yes, DEATH. And let me just tell you that I’m #teamDeath 100%. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. Hands down. No flippin’ contest. Death. Death. Death. Book 2 you start meeting all the other characters and it gets INTERESTING.This book is when you’re going to start loving characters. This one is my favorite, so let me do a couple quotes?

This quote because I feel like it’s epic and heart breaking.

Favorite Quote(s): “You refused – twice – to beg me for your own life, but you’d beg for his?” – Aric

This quote because…it’s heartbreaking and romantic AND AND….*sigh*

Favorite Quote(s): “I desired you before, but I never loved you until this life.” – Aric

Book 3: Dead of Winter. You’re going to start rooting for characters, you’re going to start hating people, you’re going to make theories, you’re going to get INVESTED. And once you read the end, you’re going to be mad. Or happy. Depends what team you’re on.

Favorite Quote: “I take no actions that I wouldn’t publicly recount. If you can’t speak your deeds, then don’t do them.” – Aric

Book 3.5:Day Zero. You’re going to find out what happens before the apocalypse. What happens after. And your theories? They are all wrong. wrong. wrong. wrong. This one makes me like other characters. I feel like a traitor.

Favorite Quote: ” I know better than to hope, but gods, maybe I could finally know contentment- the kind other men take for granted.” – Aric

Book 4: Arcana Rising. You going to see more of those other cards. You start learning something and you’re going to make new theories. And you’re going root for Evie, and then you’re going to be mad. Then you’re going to hate Evie. And then you’re going to finish the book. And then you’re going to be mad it’s not 2017.

Welcome to my world.

Can I just need mention how hard it is to pick a quote that gives no spoilers?

Favorite Quote: “I know dying must seem temping but I need you. Come back to me. ” – Aric

Read the book. Read the series. You won’t be disappointed. This is a prime example of how YA and Fantasy can be done right. There’s so much mystery, so much character development and so many things that connect. It’s so good.


Here’s are less words about how I feel when I’m reading these books:

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SugarPop Reading Challenge Update #3


A mini update today, but still.

First things, first. GUESS WHAT?! I’ve finally caught up with my Goodreads reading challenge. You don’t even know what amount of relief that brings me. I was SO FAR BEHIND. Now it’s like a weight has been lifted. Nerdy, right? Oh well.

If you’ve checked, you probably noticed that those reviews I promised last time still aren’t up yet. I know, forgive me. I’ve been reading. They are sitting in draft form, so I promise in the next week.  They’ll be up!

Let’s talk the challenge now. I made some changes to the form because someone told me the font was hard to read. So hopefully this helps? Also, I numbered the books because I like lists. I’ve checked 3 more off the list. Theres only about 3 months left! Will I make it?!

Probably not. But I’ll try.

Sorry. No favorite quotes right now. But maybe later?



10. A New York Times Best Seller
Logan Kade
by Tijan

The Fallen Crest series is one of my favorites. I never want this to end. It’ll be book 100 and I’ll still want to know what Logan and Mason are doing. Talk about ultimate Book Boyfriend crush. If you haven’t read this series, I have no idea what you’re waiting for.

Seriously. Go.

Anyway, no. 5 for week of April 17th. Go Tijan. Please never stop writing. My heart would break.

24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation.
by Whitney G.

Okay, let me just call myself out right now. No, I’m not a pilot or a flight attendant. I do however work with airplanes, so I figured this would be about as a close as I was going to get. So it counts. It does. Shut up.

This book. So much angst. I freakin’ loved it. Seriously I read it 3x back to back. It hurt my heart, it made me mad, and then it made me sigh. Please, just read it. Totally a Five Star read.

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24. A book and it’s prequel
(The Book) Tear and  (The Prequel) Strung
by Rachel Van Dyken

Small town girl meets rock star story line. There’s a love triangle. And they’re BROTHERS. Gasp.

I read a lot of YA and it’s always hit or miss.This was too insta-love without enough feels for me. I just needed more material. It’s an easy read if that’s what you’re into.


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Book Review: Lev by Belle Aurora

Have you read this?

Because if you haven’t you really, really need to. Best part (subjective) it’s also currently part of that Kindle Unlimited thing so you should totally be about it.

Lev is Levsooo…sweet. He’s lived his whole life feeling like he doesn’t fit in. He has a really hard time processing emotions which makes almost impossible for him to read people. It has him feeling socially awkward.

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Book Review: The Waiting Room | Alysha Kaye

Book REVIEW!!!! The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye

Waiting until a progress update of the challenge wasn’t going to be enough. A review seemed like a better idea. This is not one of those books you can read and not debrief. 

 This book was suggested via twitter. So, if you have a good book you want to share, tell us about it.

We’ll read anything once.

This sort of (read that as definitely) contains spoiler so take note of that before you continue reading.

Forgive me because this will be less of a review and more of a what I thought about the book.  I can’t pick just one quote, so I’m just going to sprinkle a few of my favorites through this. Ready? Okay.

I have always loved the idea of loving someone in this life, the one before and the one after. Call me a romantic. There’s just something about that idea that I seriously can’t get over. 

You know that sequence in UP where we see the love story of Carl and his wife and there are no words? This book is the words missing from that sequence. 

“…most people want to be with someone specific for all their existence.” 

 Their story is told 100 different ways. We know what’s going to happen. They meet, they fall in love, they die and then they reunite Waiting Room.  You almost just want them to die because you know that no matter what happens: it’s going to be okay in the end. I mean for once, we seriously know that and we just aren’t making it up. Especially after the Bus Tragedy of 1960. That was so mean, I thought that was going to be the great love story, but nope.  

 “He was my first everything.”

 It wasn’t just the love story though. It was the room. Everyone’s theories and ideas and the fact that we really never know what life after death is. We didn’t get any answers, no solid leads about what happens when we die, but it’s the truth right? We don’t. It was oddly comforting. I loved how that was written. 

“…I want you like belief of which I have none. I want you like love of which I’ve had little…”

 Then just when we start getting comfortable, the one thing that we depended on in the story is taken away and I seriously felt their pain. I had to take another break. Then it was just one story after the next. It wasn’t as fulfilling without the intermission. 

“She was bitter, full of hate. Her insides and outsides don’t match up.”

 Then you get to the last chapter. The last 5 or 7 sentences of the book and I turn the page and then that’s it. Really? Not nice. So of course I had to read the book again.