We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, A True Story-Should You Read It?

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Genre: Fiction/Memoir

Rating: 4/5

This book is a gem in disguise. It is a true story by Josh Sundquist with a few names and words and things changed around for the privacy of those involved and for the sake of writing a great piece.  (A few spoilers in summary portion this review; read at your own discretion).

This story starts off with Josh wondering why he is still a 25-year-old virgin, and if his lack of a leg has anything to do with it, or if there is something else wrong with him entirely. Josh had a leg amputated early in life due to cancer. In 8th grade he experiences his first rejection from a girl after having gone out for less than 24 hours, and to Josh, you are not actually dating unless you are together for over a day. With his religious family and the neighbor girl being of the same sort, he thought it was a good match, but alas, she never called him back and broke up with him through a friend.

After each girl, Josh forms a hypothesis for why he may have been rejected and finds his answers by reconnecting with the girls later in life. Josh was home-schooled until high school, where he goes out of his way to memorize the face of every person in his class and to say hi to them on the first day, especially one girl in particular. When he finally finds her, she explains that he knows about his “situation,” from her youth leader. Josh tends to hide his amputation with a fake leg because he does not want to be a burden and he does not want to be different and stand out in the eyes of others. When he decides to join the youth party, a pumpkin foot race ends it all.

Josh eventually uses logic and statistical reasoning to justify that “We should hang out sometime,” is the best pick-up line, since it is not a yes or no question and does not give means for a girl to give excuses. When Josh applies this new phrase to another girl during his junior year, it works, and they hang out multiple times. When Josh thinks she could be the one, he does not go in for the kiss…

Josh has a few girls in college, one he likes throughout his college career and one who is…well…a stalker, and not what he wants for a girlfriend. After many attempts, he goes to a party and a girl comes up to him saying he is awesome! Just a random girl!

Anyway there are a lot of girls and he finds out that it was more the fact that he never took the initiative or discussed a relationship when perhaps he should have, and it had nothing to do with his leg!

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All in all it was an amazing book. One of the unique qualities about this book is the insertion of graphs and charts to demonstrate his current dilemmas, which gives the book an interesting visual aspect that also adds some political and social humor. From a teacher perspective, it was interesting to see how Josh perceived himself, not wanting to be a burden on or treated differently by his teachers. It was also interesting to see how he felt transitioning from home school to public school, which is something educators may want to be mindful of with their students. I would actually want Josh to confide in me, and any students experiencing, feeling, or going through what he has, but that is just the kind of educator I am!

The question is: should you read it? I would give this book a big, fat YES. The demographic is wide, catering to young adults, new adults, amputees, home schooled people, college age, all kinds, which makes it very appealing and marketable as well!

Star Wars Highlight: Comics (Part 12)

There are many, many comics in the world of Star Wars. The ones I have here vary in era, art, publication date, publisher, and style, but they are all interesting releases both to the old Expanded Universe as well as the new canon. They are listed in order based on the Battle of Yavin. Just remember, this is a highlight on a small fraction of a larger whole.

 

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Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi (Guide(36,453 BBY)

Publisher: Dark Horse (1 Issue)

Writer: John Ostrander

Artist(s): Jan Duursema

This single issue is very unique. Rather than a story arc of any kind, this in a short informational issue with accompanying art work that portrays some of the Dawn of the Jedi era. This single-issue informative comic gives background details about the Je’daii code, temples and the planets they are one, what the temples main affiliation is, ships from the era, and some of the iconic masters.

Despite not having a story, this is an interesting issue to own for any Star Wars fan in that it add some history and context to the early era of the old timeline, not to mention it is a pretty hard to find issue these days.

 

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Knight Errant: Deluge (1032 BBY)

Publisher: Dark Horse (5 Issues)

Writer: John Jackson Miller

Artist(s): Ivan Rodriguez, Michael Atiyeh, et. al.

This is the second installment of the Knight Errant series of comics: Deluge. When Kerra returns to her home-world, Aquilaris, she finds that her world is still in havoc. Not only is the Hutt crime lord Zodoh fighting Sith Lord Daiman for the planet, but Zodoh has sent an emissary to smuggle drugs in and out of the planet. The smuggling involves one drug in particular: deluge, a drug that gives people a more blissful feeling and an apathetic manner of looking at life, not giving a care about the circumstances surrounding them. Now Kerra must stop the Hutt and reclaim her world for her citizens.

As always, the art in this series is appealing, and Kerra is a fun female character to follow. This is a nice extension to the Knight Errant series and adds just a bit more flavor to the conflicts in the Old Republic era.

 

Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 8 (20-19 BBY)

Publisher: Dark Horse (6 Issues)

Writer: John Ostrander

Artist(s): Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Brad Anderson, Thomas Giorello

This volume contains the Star Wars Republic issues 72-77. “Trackdown Part 1,” and “Trackdown Part 2” Quinlan has gained some vital information that can change the events of the war. The problem is, we as a reader are just as conflicted about his loyalties as his own Jedi brethren are. Many still do not trust him, but Aayla is keen on finding out just what side he is on. When they join together to search for their master, Tholme, it is apparent that many Jedi have already turned to Dooku’s aid. Aayla and Quinlan must save their master and determine who the other Sith Lord is, and Quinlan thinks he knows just who it might be. In “The Siege of Saleucami” Parts 1-4, Quinlan forces the idea that Sora Bulq must be the other Sith and aims to track down the Anzati Jedi. In the mean time, Quinlan is being hunted down by Dooku’s men. The Jedi form a small battalion to face off against Bulq and other turned Jedi in hopes to end the war. When Aayla enter’s Quinlan through the Force, Quinlan must face his Dark Side and conquer it before he can return to the light and fight for the Jedi. An interesting betrayal from someone close to Quinlan adds for an exciting ending, and a lead-in to the final chapter of The Clone Wars.

Being the Quinlan fan that I am, I loved how this volume really revolved around him. We get to see his internal struggles with the choices he has made and the Jedi he has become, as well as see more in-depth connections between him and his fellow Jedi…and his girlfriend!

 

Star Wars Volume 4: Last Flight of the Harbinger (0 ABY)

Publisher: Marvel (6 Issues)

Writer: Jason Aaron, Chris Eliopoulos

Artist(s): Chris Eliopoulos, Mike Mayhew, Jorge Molina

The Harbinger is a Star Destroyer, and guess who plans to take control of it? Leia has planned to take the Harbinger to aid a planet in need of help from the Empire, a planet with a blockade of other Star Destroyers surrounding it. To get through, Leia plans on using the Harbinger to get into the planetary orbit and release the planet from the Empire’s blockade. When Sergeant Kreel, a lightsaber-wielding Stormtrooper, is sent to reclaim the Harbinger, Luke must fend off the enemy. In the meantime, Han and Leia fight over the position of captain of the new ship! In this volume as well is included another of Ben Kenobi’s journals. In this issue, the Whookie bounty hunter, Black Karssantan, is sent by Jabba to find out who has been thwarting Jabba’s men. Of course, Kenobi may know a bit about that, as he has been ensuring that Luke and his family do not have problems from others through his interventions.

This volume was not as exciting as some of the previous volumes, but the art is still phenomenal; Mike Mayhew never ceases to amaze in the Star Wars comics. Kreel is an interesting character, so getting to see some background and development of a Stormtrooper as an actual character was fun. While Kreel may not have succeeded in receiving Luke for Vader, we are left with a captured C-3P0…great…

Phases of First Year Teachers’ Attitudes Towards Teaching

A Future First Year of Teaching English

Fictional Journal Entries about the stages of an academic year of teaching as told by Teresa Mullin

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Anticipation: August 24, 2018

I am excited to meet my students on the first day of class. I am teaching three periods of regular freshmen English and two periods of junior honors English. The mix of students is exciting and the different levels will be fun to explore and work with as well. I have all these great project ideas to get students engaged as well as a number of activities and graphic organizers in my arsenal to ensure that all students learn and succeed in my classes. I have taken a day to clean my classroom, have the desks organized in pods of four, and have posters of writers from various cultural backgrounds as well as a multitude of Star Wars and Shakespeare décor in my classroom. From day one, I plan on being assertive and making my expectations clear through behavior contracts and a constructed, developed syllabus. Students will do a “Getting to Know You Bingo” game to build classroom community, as well as a syllabus and class procedure scavenger hunt with partners. Students will also be making “Getting to Know You” index cards that they will be handing in to me so that I can learn a bit about my students as well as use the cards as random name generators for calling on students. They will also be doing a “20 Minute Autobiography” where they respond to a number of questions written on the board. I will use this as a diagnostic way of seeing how they write and organize their thoughts as well as another method to get to know a bit more about my students. I cannot wait for the school year to start next week. It will be perfect, the classroom community will be great, and students will find my English class to be engaging and fun.

“I want 80% of my students to get a B or better,” -Ms. Groves

 

Survival: October 22, 2018

After a long weekend of grading the first string of long essays, I am beat, and it is only Monday. Today gets even better! My class of freshmen read an article independently today and I gave them graphic organizers with sentence starters to help them summarize the main points and determine the author’s perspective. When I observed Anthony’s response, I was baffled. I laughed along with him and said, “I do not think the author’s main point was the invention of Spongebob Squarepants.” He does this all the time; he does not try, and it is absolutely frustrating. While he is being funny about it, I do not know what to do to get him engaged or to get him to try. I have tried talking to him about trying before, but he just shrugs and tells me English is not important to him. He has a failing grade at present, and if I do not do something to make this content important to him, he will not learn and he will continue to not care. To top things off for the day, students in my period 5 English 11 class were not having the much-needed grammar lesson for today. Based on the writing I had previously received and handed back, it appeared that my juniors needed a review on subordinating and coordinating conjunctions, as well as when and how to use them. Ronny, one of my more troublesome students who likes to make snide remarks, said, “Why are we doing this? Do you think we are stupid?” Of course I did not think they were stupid, but finding the words to explain this review was a challenge, especially after being called out in this way in front of the whole class. Other students began to join him and the class period turned into an uncontrollable riot. It reminded me of Entertaining an Elephant by William McBride, and I figure tomorrow I will write an amazing quote on the board and have students discuss and reflect on the quote in their journals to give them a class day to focus on their own writing and ideas, rather than the grammar we were going to do…

“You attack the day or it attacks you,” -Ms. Groves

 

Survival: December 1, 2018

I need to make the final exams and books reports are going to be due on student Goodreads accounts next week. It is going to be a lot of grading before the winter break, but I am very anxious to see what some of my students will produce. There are some I know will not turn in a book review report on Goodreads, and that is a major assessment for the semester (students do a total of 4, 1 each month). Grading, grading, grading…

“Grade big things, not small things,” -Kayla Marley

 

Disillusionment (Winter Break): December 26-30, 2018

The results of the final exam for the semester were a bit disconcerting. I need to rethink my methods to get students engaged with the reading and show them why reading should matter to them personally…

I had  great Christmas with my husband and his family yesterday and I am taking a well-needed break. I get to read my own books, play some video games, and enjoy nice mid-day naps to avoid thinking about my classes for just a few days.

Over the break, I am wondering if I taught well enough, or if I am the one who set them up to fail. What can I do at the beginning of the second semester to get my students motivated?

“Did I set them up to fail?” -Ms. Groves

 

Rejuvenation: February 10, 2019

Over the break and as the second semester began, I reevaluated how I do things. I have students doing more work with graphic organizers in hand-on activities and more jigsaw groups. I also had students write in their journals the percentage grade they want to leave the semester with. Having students set goals had really gotten them determined about succeeding and achieving their own goals. I am also doing a lot more art activities with the students and having them build a poetic journey portfolio project involving poems that students research, write themselves, songs of their interest, and illustrations by the students. This is going to be a semester-long thing with an abundant amount of class time spent on it. So far, the kids love it! Valentine’s Day is coming up and students will be writing “kindness notes” to each other as assigned by numbers (kind of like a white elephant gift exchange, but instead of gifts it is positive, empowered comments to classmates). We have also started doing “celebrations,” where 3-5 students share something positive that happened the day before. We have begun to do this everyday. Unlike last semester, this semester we have really built up the classroom community from the get-go, and students are more open and willing to share than they were the previous semester.

“Build the family atmosphere in the classroom,” -Kayla Marley

 

Reflection: June 20, 2019

Looking back on the whole school year, I have taken away what activities work and do not work with the students. When technology is involved, students seem more interested in the content, such as doing their book reviews on Goodreads or posting their poems on a portfolio-style blog using WordPress. I have tested out Google forms with the students to get their own feedback and input on what they remember the most, what they enjoyed,. and what they did not enjoy as much. I found that a few students would rather have worked independently more often than in groups, so perhaps next school year I will give those students an option. I have also found that giving students multiple options for projects or essay prompts allows student to write about what they want to write about while still demonstrating the main learning goals being assessed. I will be sure to add at least 2-3 more options for all the projects and prompts I will be repeating next year.

“Make use of technology,” -Kayla Marley

 

Anticipation: August 20, 2019

I have already set up my classroom in a similar way, but this year I have all five teaching periods of English 9 CP! It is a good thing I found out what worked and what did not work with the students last school year, but this is a whole new batch of kids. While I may have finally found some decent engagement strategies for my students last year, the same strategies might not appeal to my group of students this year. We will for sure be doing the Goodreads book reviews and the poetry portfolios, since those are major assessments that the students tend to have fun with while demonstrating their knowledge and understanding toward the learning goals. I will ensure students in the classroom have a “family” atmosphere right from the star, as well as having them set their own academic goals so that they have something to look back on when they feel discouraged. Let the academic year for 2019-2020 begin!

“It starts all over again,” -Phases of First Year Teachers’ Attitudes Towards Teaching

Crewe Chase and the Jet Reapers-Should You Read It?

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Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.5/5

I was an advanced reader for this book, and to be honest, it is pretty hard to rate. I dived in knowing nothing about the book (I didn’t read a description or anything). All I knew was that “fans of Harry Potter” would love this book and that it is a fantasy book.

To begin with, yes, it is very reminiscent of Harry Potter, but it deviates from that pretty quickly.

The prologue is mysterious and interesting and is actually forgotten for the most part as the story goes on. The premise is that wizards are 1% of the global population and dropping due to their being hunted by the envious Cados humans who are jealous of wizarding powers.

Crewe  Chase is orphaned at birth, but his uncle kindly takes him in. When the Cados find out about their wizardry, Crewe is then orphaned at the age of 8 once again. A time skip brings us to 18-year-old Crewe and his hopes of getting accepted into Barbota University, a secluded school where wizards can practice magic and re-cultivate the magical culture. All Crewe wants is vengeance against the Cados.

Most of the characters are kind of plain and dry, but when Rockcave was introduced, I was in love! He’s my favorite and the animal linking is definitely one of the most interesting elements of the book. The plot was slow at first, but once Crewe arrives at the university, the pace picks up and the mystery of the Jet Reapers, as well as whoever is behind Crewe’s demise, keeps the plot fresh and moving forward. Overall I enjoyed the plot and would like to read the second one, but the thing that brings the book down is the writing.

The writing is very simple and there are many rewritten redundancies that I have learned to avoid in my own writing by numerous professors and writers when I edit my work (yes, we know the girl has green eyes and she is hot, and wasn’t it stated that Liam grew up on a farm when Crewe says later, “I didn’t know that,” wait what?) so that was a bit throwing. There are also a number of typos that were a bit irksome. Normally as an advanced reader, I send in to the editor the typo’s or redundancies that i notice, but with my digital copy I have location numbers, rather than page numbers, making it a bit hard to cite, and there were too many, just too many.

Despite all this, the question lies here: should you read it? Overall it was an enjoyable read and the simplistic writing made the story move fast, which I like. After the beginning and the very Harry Potter-esque qualities, the story picks up. The characters are a bit meh, but the plot is interesting enough to have me curious as to what comes next. The writing does not reflect the age of the character very well, and at the same time, it does. When I was 18, I was excited about college and had some end-goal in mind, and I even had a bunch of the same people in my classes once I was in my major. The ideals of the character match his age, but the language Crewe uses is very simplistic, but this leaves potential room for character development, which is good.

All in all, I would say that if you were or are one of those Harry Potter fans, give this books a chance. If you have never read Harry Potter, even better, because this story will be more fresh! I was interesting growing up with Harry, who was school age, and not being older having Crewe to continue the tale of magic for an older version of me and an older audience in general. Also, if you are a contemporary fantasy fan, I would say give this book a chance. It is for a somewhat selective audience, but I will be recommending it to those I know would appreciate and love this sort of tale.

Should You Read It?-Honorable Mentions Part 7

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Genre: Adolescent Fiction

Rating: 4/5

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This is the story of three children who are orphaned after their parents die in a fire. When they are sent to their closest (literally, closest in terms of distance) relative, they find that Count Olaf is a terrible man who just wants to steal the children’s fortune by whatever means necessary.

While this book features three children who suffer some, to say the least, terribly unfortunate events, it is well-written for its target audience. It is a vocabulary rich book that defines new words and phrases for young readers to increase their own vocabulary, although reading that as an older reader gets a bit tiring.

 

Entertaining an Elephant by William McBride

Genre: Education Fiction

Rating: 4/5

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At first, this was a novel assigned to one of the classes everyone must take to obtain a single subject teaching credential in California. On the first day of classes, it was no longer on the syllabus (but it was listed as required through the bookstore). I got a copy on Amazon, but my professor said since it is out of print and hard to find, we won’t be reading it for the course.

That said, I read it anyway. This book is about an English teacher who has been teaching the same lesson plans on grammar every day for the past fifteen years. When  a janitor comes in and writes quotes on Mr. Reaf’s board everyday after he leaves, Mr. Reaf finds that the students are excited to discuss these quotes. Mr. Reaf thinks the debate club is leaving the quotes, but the janitor has secretly been leaving them in hopes that the anger in Mr. Reaf’s room would dissipate. While Mr. Reaf has a hard time accepting the janitor’s words on how to change his teaching strategies, he takes his own life and meaning for teaching in to consideration.

All in all, the book was a decent read, but not life changing to me as an educator. It was a bit tiresome that Mr. Reaf is one of those teachers who sticks to the same thing year after year after year, because many teachers these days do not do that. Teaching as a profession is changing, and this book is now 20 years old, dating it to a time when school was a very different place.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Graphic Novel) by Rick Riordan

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Graphic Novel

Rating: 3.5/5

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I had thought about reading this adaptation for quite some time and finally decided to pick it up and give it a go. The art is what prevented me from reading it previously, but I found that the art is actually rather interesting, different that a lot of the graphic novel art out there these days. That said, this adaptation was all right. It spent nearly half the book with Percy making his way to Camp Half-Blood and getting his quest. The quest itself left out a number of iconic aspects that are in the novel itself, and the fight at the end was lackluster and somewhat disappointing. Where the adaptation takes so much time with the beginning aspects of the novel and the universe, it could have elaborated on the quests and involved more action. Overall it was a decent read and worth the read for any Percy Jackson fan, but perhaps not worth a re-read.

X-men Misfits Volume 1 by Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman

Genre: Action/Modern Science Fiction/Graphic Novel

Rating: 3/5

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While deviating from the original X-men stories to make it more Japanese style and appealing to a female audience, this manga was still interesting, to say the least. When Magneto takes Kitty Pryde from her home to join Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, she finds that she is the only girl in attendance, besides some of the teachers. Being the only girl has made her quite the popular spectacle, especially with the Hellfire Club. She and Pyro become an item, but only when it is too late does she realize the wrongs that the Hellfire Club has done.

The art is fairly appealing and gives a more shojo (female-based) perspective. It has a few cliches, such as being the only girl in the school and being favored by all the guys. There also is not much appeal in terms of plot. While it is an interesting perspective, not a whole lot happens in the volume. It has potential, but just not quite enough. Worth a one-time read, but definitely not worth owning or re-reading.

Uglies: Shay’s Story and Uglies: Cutters by Scott Westerfeld

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Graphic Novel

Rating: 3.5/5

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Fans of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld will absolutely love these graphic novels. Not only is it a graphic novel adaptation, but it tells the story from Tally’s friend, Shay’s perspective. We see how Shay sees Tally as a friend and a betrayer in all things. Inviting Tally to join her at the Smoke may not have been Shay’s best idea ever, for the Specials follow and make Shay a Pretty. When Tally arrives as a pretty, she takes Shay’s boy, again, and seems to be the ruin and seed of Shay’s anger.

These are great graphic novels for fans of the series who are already familiar with the dystopian world of the series (a world in which regular people get their surgery at age 16 to become Pretties, a surgery that is meant to keep people simple and happy to prevent crime and chaos in society). The art is great and it was fun to see a visual representation of the dystopian world.

A Darker Shade of Magic-Should You Read It?

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Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5

I dived into this book not really knowing much about it or what to expect. The beginning was a bit slow in that it took a few chapters to get into the mechanics of the worlds and how the main character travels between, but once it picked up, it really picked up! A great first book for a series that keeps the reader itching for more, something we need more of in today’s fantasy publishing’s.

While there are characters that are relatively young in age, this is not a young adult novel, it is a fantasy novel (also confirmed by the author, depending on which name she uses on the book will determine the target audience).

Kell is one of the last Antari, a magic user that can travel between worlds. There are four worlds, although one has been seemingly destroyed by dark magic. The remaining three worlds exist like sheets of paper, one placed on top of the other, and they have absolutely nothing in common save for all the worlds have a city named London in a similar place geographically: Grey London, Red London, White London, and the no longer existent Black London. Each of the London’s has its own unique features. Grey London is just that: grey, boring, and lacking magic (somewhat reminiscent of the London we know in our reality). Red London, Kell’s London, is bursting with festivity and magic and the ruling empire is flourishing, while White London is controlled by whoever is the strongest, whoever can kill and murder their way to the throne.

When Kell is given a package to deliver to another London, he is nearly killed in the process. Opening it to find a half jagged and half smooth black stone, Kell recognizes it as an implement of black magic, a relic from Black London that must go back. When his stone is pick-pocketed by a young thief, Delilah Bard, he must get it back, and expose the secret of magic to the citizen of Grey London.

Lila seeks adventure. She would love to have her own pirate ship one day, but when magic is introduced to her world, she aims to follow Kell in his trek to return the black magic stone to Black London. Kell can only travel between worlds if he has a relic from the world he is traveling to, a piece of that world that will allow him to connect. Black London is at the bottom of the stack, and getting there means moving through each of the London’s.

When the rulers or White London are found to be responsible for harboring the black magic stone in the first place, Kell and Lila must join forces to bring down the evils of White London and to get the stone back to the destroyed Black London from whence it came.

After starting this book and not knowing what to expect, I was drawn by the craft and characters that Schwab lays forth in her novel. Kell and Lila are both vastly interesting and unique characters that make me want to follow their adventures into the next book. The chapters are written episodically with a title for each section to get the reader thinking about what might be coming next. I would highly recommend this book for not only fantasy readers, but readers who enjoy a fast-paced adventure with great characters, so yes, you SHOULD read this book! I am looking forward to following Kell and Lila in the next part of their adventure in A Gathering of Shadows, the second book in the trilogy.

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Frostblood-Should You Read It?

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5

You may have come across this book at your local Barnes and Noble, Costco, or Target. With it being in all these places, being a debut novel by Canadian author Elly Blake, it makes you wonder, should you read it?

  • I tried to keep the following details of the novel relatively brief and non-spoilery, but I also wanted to give enough detail for the events throughout the novel to put forth the main idea and conflict as it unfolds in the novel as well.

The premise of the story is that there is a kingdom divided by blood. While there are regular humans, there are also Frostbloods, who can manipulate frost, and Firebloods, who can manipulate fire. The lore of the blood origins is interesting, and Frost and Fire were once allies, but no more.

Firebloods are being hunted in the kingdom, and despite her mother’s efforts, the Frost King has found Ruby and imprisoned her. When two Frostbloods come to set her free, she is wary about their reasoning, but only gets the response that they need her fire power for something, but they will not say what.

Going through rigorous training at an abbey in the mountains, elderly Brother Thistle and young Arcus attempt to train Ruby in hopes to destroy the Frost King’s throne of ice. The speculation is that the Frost King’s of past and present are being manipulated by a creature that possesses the throne of frost.

Before Ruby can help Brother Thistle and Arcus with their mission, she is captured by the same soldiers who initially raided her village and killed her mother. Ruby is now titles as one of the Frost King’s champions, to be used in a fighting arena against soldiers, beasts, and frost users in fights to the death. When she continues to win, the Frost King is sure he has found the one to partner with him and his throne.

This is a fast-paced book, one of the quickest I have read in quite some time, and it was fantastic! What prevents it from being a 5/5 on my score chart? Well, the plot was relatively predictable and slightly cliche in that SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS Arcus was the prince the whole time and the pacing of the romance was the usual guy-is-an-ass-but-they-fall-in-love story that we see all the time, it was still an AMAZING premise, especially for a debut novel. Out of all the debut novels I have read from various authors, this one is probably one of the most well-crafted and plot-driven books I have read.

I would highly suggest picking up this book, because it is well worth it, and Elly Blake deserves to be on your top 10 YA author list for sure!