Blog Tour + Book review: The Good for nothings by Danielle Banas

The Good for Nothings
Danielle Banas
(Rogue Ethereal #6)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 4th 2020
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

They’re only good at being bad.

Cora Saros is just trying her best to join the family business of theft and intergalactic smuggling. Unfortunately, she’s a total disaster.

After landing herself in prison following an attempted heist gone very wrong, she strikes a bargain with the prison warden: He’ll expunge her record if she brings back a long-lost treasure rumored to grant immortality.

Cora is skeptical, but with no other way out of prison (and back in her family’s good graces), she has no choice but to assemble a crew from her collection of misfit cellmates—a disgraced warrior from an alien planet; a cocky pirate who claims to have the largest ship in the galaxy; and a glitch-prone robot with a penchant for baking—and take off after the fabled prize.

But the ragtag group soon discovers that not only is the too-good-to-be-true treasure very real, but they’re also not the only crew on the hunt for it. And it’s definitely a prize worth killing for.

Whip-smart and utterly charming, this irreverent sci-fi adventure is perfect for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lunar Chronicles, and Firefly.

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Author Bio:

Danielle Banas is the author of THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME and THE GOOD FOR NOTHINGS. She earned a degree in communication from Robert Morris University, where she spent slightly too much time daydreaming about new characters instead of paying attention in class. When she isn’t writing, Danielle can be found loudly singing show tunes, spouting off Disney World trivia, and snuggling with her puppy. She lives in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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(I received an eARC from Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

The Good for nothings by Danielle Banas 

Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Romance

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

I loved the author’s other book, The supervillain and me, so I was eagerly awaiting this book!

I found it fast paced and loved the conflict, it gave me Guardians of the Galaxy vibes which I enjoyed. It was action packed and thrilling, keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. It also reminded me of Cinder and Sanctuary, which I both loved.

There is an interesting cast of characters and the story is motivationally driven with a lot of mistrust. I did not connect to the characters, but really enjoyed the story with a tinge of romance. All fans of sci-fi books with heists and tons of adventures should check this book out!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions?

Thank you to Xpresso Tours for the opportunity!

‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Review

Unlike a lot of my other reviews where I usually start off with the series’s genre, number of episodes/seasons before rambling on about the rest of the review, I wanted to start this one off a different way.

I binged-watched Voltron: Legendary defender in the matter of less than a week, and I must say, I have fallen head over heels with this cartoon. I never watched the original one (it wasn’t a thing in my country), but I was glad that there was a remake, because if not I would never have watched this cartoon.

I mainly like cartoons that are pretty romance-centric like Miraculous Ladybug, Star vs the forces of evil, Tangled: the series and etc… But Voltron: Legendary Defender didn’t actually have much of that and it wasn’t romance-centric at all. I fell in love with the characters and the plot of this cartoon and even after a few days, heck, for the rest of my life, I don’t think I’ll ever forget this cartoon, that was how inspirational and how in love I was with it.

So even before I start the review, I’m just going to ask fans of sci-fi and adventure genres and those who like friendship-centric shows to definitely give this series a go!

It ripped my heart out and sew it back, and before I knew it, it ripped my heart out again, tossed it into a black hole before my heart worm-holed back to me. So, I was practically and basically a mess of tears.

*May contain some spoilers, but I’m trying my best to review all seasons without any spoilers. So there may be mention of names and revelations but not in detail, of course.

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Book review: The quantum weirdness of the almost-kiss by Amy Noelle Parks

(I received an eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Book review: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

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House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

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This book is available at all good bookstores once published.

I have read all of the other books from the author and excited for this one, the book was dark and mysterious which kept me intrigued at first, but eventually, it didn’t hold my attention and I wasn’t a big fan.

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The review is up on my Insta as well!

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