Book Review: Draekora by Lynette Noni

Draekora (The Medoran Chronicles, #3)


“I swear by the stars that you and the others slain tonight will be the first of many. Of that you have my word.”

“With Aven Dalmarta now hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives. Training day and night to master the enhanced immortal blood in her veins, Alex undertakes a dangerous Meyarin warrior trial that separates her from those she loves and leaves her stranded in a place where nothing is as it should be. As friends become enemies and enemies become friends, Alex must decide who to trust as powerful new allies—and adversaries—push her towards a future of either light… or darkness. One way or another, the world will change… “— Summary from Goodreads


I loved the first two installments of the Medoran Chronicles, so Lynette Noni’s third book Draekora did not disappoint. Although it had been awhile since I read the second book, as soon as I started reading I was pulled into to the magical world and was reunited with old characters I adore. The book begins with three of our main characters–Alex, Bear, and D.C.– in action as they try to find some information about one of their other friends. The action starts there and it does not let up!

I must commend Noni on her world-building skills and the tremendous amount of detail that makes the world of Meya come to life on the page. I especially loved her descriptions of this new setting Draekora. The land in the skies was described so eloquently that I could perfectly visualize the breathtaking city of the drakons. I often have a hard time visualizing the story when I am reading a fantasy book, but that is not a problem with the Medoran Chronicles.

Some of my favorite aspects of the Medoran Chronicles has been the setting of Akarnae and the library. For the past two books, we have gotten used to this setting the characters that Alex usually interacts with. However, Draekora tells a much different story as we spend most of the book with the Meyarians. In fact, there is not many interactions at all with the Akarnae characters, and as much as I wanted Alex back with her crew, I absolutely loved getting to know the Meyarian characters better (especially Nyx…for those of you who have read Draekora, you know what I mean.)

For me, this book really picked up when Alex is pulled through time with Xira. I have read time jump stories before, but this has to be one of the most creative executions. Alex is sent to past Meya where we see the younger versions of our favorite Meyarians. We get to learn SO much about this world as Alex learns how to be a Meyarian. This book also provides a ton of backstory for why things are the way they are, especially with Aven. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the way Noni ties the past and the present together is very entertaining to read. I had so many “ a-ha” moments where I was connecting the dots between the past and the present.

Overall, Draekora was a fantastic read. Once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down. This action packed novel will not disappoint.



Beautiful YA Book Covers that Grace My Shelves

You know the old adage–don’t judge a book by its cover. However, I would be lying (and I’m sure many people are in the same boat as me) if I said that I have never based my reading choices off of a cover. A cover can produce an immediate negative or positive judgement–it goes both way. There have been times where I won’t even look into a book because its cover is just horrendous. I have probably missed some great stories because of this, but it is really hard to control.

A cover is the first thing you see that is associated with the story in most cases. Just like there have been times I have not bought a book because of the cover, there have also been times where the cover absolutely drew me in. When a cover catches my eye, I will read the description, and if the book sounds good I will buy it. So of course, the cover does play a big part in getting a reader to read a particular book! Here are some of my all-time favorite YA book covers–some of them are just beautiful covers in a series and others attracted me to read the book in the first place!

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My Most-Anticipated 2018 YA Book-to-Movie Adaptations

I’ll be honest…2017 was a pretty “meh” year for movies for me. With the exception of Cars 3 and The Last Jedi, there weren’t many movies I was thrilled about (I’m sure there were some GREAT movies that came out, but I just completely missed them). There also was not many book adaptations movies in 2017 that I was interested in, which definitely played a role in my excitement level. Continue reading “My Most-Anticipated 2018 YA Book-to-Movie Adaptations”

Book Reviews

Book Review: Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Far from the Tree“A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment. Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family,including—Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs. And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fear are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.”    — Summary from Goodreads


Far From the Tree is a book that I put on my Christmas wishlist on a whim.  After glancing over the summary and seeing the ratings and beautiful cover, I decided to add it to my TBR. When I picked it up, I wasn’t expecting to stay up all night until I finished it. I wasn’t expecting to become so attached to the characters as the story went on. Most of all, I wasn’t expecting to read such a beautifully written, tear-jerking YA novel based on family.

I’ve said it once before, and I’ll say it again: there are few young adult books that realistically represent and ultimately focus on family. It seems like in most contemporary novels, the family is the side plot or ignored altogether. Not in Far From the Tree.  Robin Benway constructs a beautiful scenario to showcase three–albeit different–realistic families. She was able to incorporate several real-life occurrences–teen pregnancy, alcoholism, divorce, adoption–and fold them into a story where they didn’t feel cliche but genuine.

The three main characters–Grace, Maya, and Joaquin–all have hardships they have had to deal with in their life. When Grace puts her own baby up for adoption, she learns that she has two biological siblings, so she begins to reach out to them. The reader gets to see the relationship between these siblings grow from the awkward initial conversations to the vulnerable and open cry-sessions. Watching these bonds form is my favorite aspect of the book; at one point Joaquin stands up for his Grace, and it is one of the sweetest scenes I have ever read.

The topic of adoption is also handled very well by Benway in Far From the Tree. We get to see Grace’s perspective after giving up Peach as well as her determination to find her birth mother. On the other side, we see Maya and Joaquin’s frustration and anger toward their biological mother for giving them up in the first place. Adoption has had a different impact on all three of the kids. Maya feels like she doesn’t belong in her own family while Joaquin is having trouble accepting that a family can love him after he spent his life in foster care.

Overall, this was an absolutely fantastic read. I finished it at the end of 2017, and it easily became of my favorites of the year if not one of my new favorite contemporaries ever. I adore the focus on the family. While each character has their own side story that may include romance, the relationships that are focused on are the ones within families. Far From the Tree will make you laugh and cry (and then cry some more). Even after some thought, I don’t think there is any flaw in this book or anything that I would want to change. It is perfect the way it is.


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My Fascination with Fiction (Books,TV Shows, Movies, etc.)

EDIT: This post (along with a few others) were supposed to be published throughout last week because I pre-wrote  and scheduled them, but silly me didn’t hit the save/confirm button when setting the date. So sorry for the unintentional absence.

Since I can remember, I have always been entranced with stories whether they were books or movies or even TV shows. I love all of these mediums because they each offer something different.  Continue reading “My Fascination with Fiction (Books,TV Shows, Movies, etc.)”


Happy New Years!! Bring on 2018–My Personal Resolutions

We are on day 2 of 365. I love the feeling at the beginning of the year. It’s like a fresh new start–an opportunity to forget the mistakes of your path and set yourself on a path of success and happiness. I have already shared my reading goals for 2018 in this post, but I thought I would also share some of my own personal goals as well. I try not to make my goals very limiting. The last thing I want is disappointment because I didn’t fulfill a resolution. Rather, I created a list of overall healthy habits I want to pick up during 2018, whether they are physical or mental.

Physical Goals 

  1. Perhaps the most popular resolution ever, I too would like to start exercising. I don’t have any goal of losing weight or obtaining a so-called “perfect” body. I just want to get in the habit of exercising due to its health benefits.
  2. Drink more water. This is something I have always had a problem with. The last 2-3 months of 2017 I started working on this goal, but in 2018 I want to consistently be drinking enough water each day. It’s very important.

Mental Goals 

  1. Worry less. There are many times where anxiety takes over my thinking and my thoughts are consumed with worry. This is not healthy and even creates physical effects. So, as hard as I know it will be, I want to make an effort to not worry as much.
  2. In an effort to fulfill my first goal of less worrying, I want to adopt a mindful lifestyle. I have read many techniques on how to incorporate mindful activities into your day, such as meditation. Overall, mindful thinking is a positive and healthy way of living life in the present. I don’t want to be stuck in the past or worrying about the future, but rather I want to enjoy the moment. I want to live deliberately and not go through the motions.
  3. Create more “me” time. Each day, I want to set aside a dedicated amount of “me” time. Whether it is reading a book or working on a blog post or simply painting my nails, I want to be able to relax in the moment and not have to worry about anything.


These are my 2018 goals. Do you have any of your own?