Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Windwitch by Susan Dennard


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine highlights books releases we are most looking forward to. My pick this week is Windwitch by Susan Dennard. I really enjoyed Truthwitch so I am definitely looking forward to this sequel when it comes out January 3, 2017.

Summary:

The follow-up to New York Times bestselling Truthwitch, next in a breathtaking YA fantasy series hailed by Alexandra Bracken as "a world you will want to inhabit forever."

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a "witchery," a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In this follow-up to New York Times bestselling Truthwitch, a shadow man haunts the Nubrevnan streets, leaving corpses in his wake—and then raising those corpses from the dead.Windwitch continues the tale of Merik—cunning privateer, prince, and windwitch.
 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Problem With Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pages: 474 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.07 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Content Rating: 13+ (violence, language, kissing)

Summary:

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.


My Review

I am definitely a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout's and this book, while it wasn't my favorite, I did enjoy.

I liked the main character, Mallory. I thought she was a really well developed character and was really realistic. I liked her depth and the elaborate backstory and I thought she was a very nice character. I also really liked Rider. I thought he, like Mallory, was a really well developed character and had a lot of depth. 

The romance in this book was also really nice. It is not insta-love nor is it snail paced. I liked how realistic the relationship was and how it progressed. I also liked how outside influences played a part in the relationship between Rider and Mallory and how realistic that was. 

The only real problem I had with this book was that the pace was crawling. So because of that, it took me longer to read this book than other books. However, I did like the plot and it wasn't predictable which is good.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and if you think this is a book you'd enjoy, definitely give it a try. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Review: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Title: Air Awakens
Author: Elise Kova
Pages: 377 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.04 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Content Rating: 12+ (violence, fighting, death)

Summary:

A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.


My Review

I didn't really know what to expect when I read this book, but I am glad I read it. I loved this book and definitely think everyone should give it a try.

First off, I love the main character Vhalla. She is definitely her own person and very independent and I liked that. I also really liked her depth, she's a very well developed character and I just really loved her. 

I also liked the secondary characters. They weren't just stock characters, they too had their own depth and stories associated with them that I enjoyed. I think they played their own part in the story and I really loved that. 

As much as a callous character as he was, I really liked Aldrik. I thought he was super mysterious and weird, but I also liked that about him. There's a lot you slowly learn about him - he's kind of like an onion that you have to peel layer by layer - and I really liked his character. 


The plot was another part of this book that I loved. It wasn't predictable at all and there were parts of this book that really surprised me. The pace of this book is really great. I was able to finish this book in like a day. One last great part of this book was the fantasy elements. I loved all the fantasy in this book. It was great. 

Overall, I really loved this book and definitely recommend this to anyone that loves fantasy. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Hunted by Meagan Spooner



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine highlights books releases we are most looking forward to. My pick this week is Hunted by Meagan Spooner. It's a twist on Beauty and the Beast and I cannot wait for it. It releases March 14th, 2017. 

Summary:
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore

Title: I Am Her Revenge
Author: Meredith Moore
Pages: 336 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.58 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Content Rating: 14+ (violence, death, kissing, language)

Summary:
She can be anyone you want her to be.
Vivian was raised with one purpose in life: to exact revenge on behalf of her mother. Manipulative and cruel, Mother has deprived Vivian not only of a childhood, but of an original identity. With an endless arsenal of enticing personalities at her disposal, Vivian is a veritable weapon of deception.

And she can destroy anyone.
When it’s time to strike, she enrolls in a boarding school on the English moors, where she will zero in on her target: sweet and innocent Ben, the son of the man who broke Mother’s heart twenty years ago.

Anyone… except for the woman who created her.
With every secret she uncovers, Vivian comes one step closer to learning who she really is. But the more she learns about herself, the more dangerous this cat and mouse game becomes. Because Mother will stop at nothing to make sure the truth dies with her.
 


My Review

I think the premise for this book is super interesting and I was really excited to read this book.

The first thing that really stuck out to me was Vivian. I thought she was a complex character. She doesn't really know much about her mother and this revenge and she almost blindly follows her mother and her plans. She doesn't even really begin to question things until a person of her past shows up. 

A great part of this book were the relationships. Vivian has a very complicated relationship with her mother. She also has a complicated relationship with Arthur, someone she knew when she was a kid. I liked how these relationships changed throughout the novel and how they played their own part in the book. 

The characters were the best part of this book. First off, Vivian's mother is so crazy. It was interesting to see because she is literally like bat-shit crazy. Vivian was interesting in herself because she wasn't really crazy, she was just like "under the influence" of her mother and just following her orders. 

The end of this book was also really great. There are revelations that come in the end of the book that I thought were really great and surprising. 

This review was really vague, but this book is definitely worth picking up. Between the mystery and the revenge,  it is very good.
 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Pages: 320 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.97 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Content Rating: 13+ (violence)

Summary:
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from. 

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.


My Review


I was really excited to read this book. The cover and summary drew me in and after reading it, it didn't disappoint.

Let me just say this. Amani is a badass. She really is. And I love badass female characters. She is a sharpshooter, she is unapologetic, she is tough, etc. She is a pretty great character and I really loved her throughout this book. 

Jin is also a really great character. As the foreigner, he had this mysteriousness about him in the beginning of the book that I really liked and I also really liked how we slowly got to know him throughout the novel. 

I think my only problem with this book is that for me, the mythology and the legends weren't really well told. I was a little confused by it all. But that was really my only problem. 

There is romance in this book and I did like it. I liked the chemistry between Amani and Jin but also liked how that didn't take over the main plot. The romance was a subplot and stayed a subplot. 

Overall, I did like this book. Between great main characters and an interesting plot, I recommend you give this book a try. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Title: Starflight
Author: Melissa Landers
Pages: 369 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.93 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Content Rating: 13+ (kissing, violence)

Summary:

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...


My Review


As with fantasy, science fiction is also a genre that I really enjoy. And Starflight is a really good sci-fi book. 

I really loved our main characters, Solara and Doran. First off, Solara is kind of a badass who was just dealt a bad hand. But she is trying her best to start fresh. I really liked her. I thought she was tough, hardworking and totally deserving of some good. Doran was an ass. Especially in the beginning of the book. But as the novel progresses, you really get to know Doran and like him. Both characters were really great characters and I loved them. 

The secondary characters were great. They were really well developed and just all around great characters. I liked their place in the story and how they help Solara and Doran throughout the novel. 

There is romance in this novel and I really liked it. But I am also a sucker for romance, tbh. But in all honestly, the romance was great. It wasn't insta-love but it also wasn't like the slowest romance ever. It progressed at a good pace. 

There was action in this book and the plot went at a great pace. I also loved where the plot went and it wasn't that predictable either. 

Overall, I really loved this book. I loved pretty much everything about it. So definitely give it a try. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Title: Truthwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Pages: 416 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.95 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Content Rating: 13+ (violence)

Summary:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden - lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult's true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls' heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


My Review

I really love fantasy. It is definitely one of my favorite genres and this fantasy book did not disappoint. It was wonderful. 

Safiya and Iseult were awesome. It was great to see such a strong friendship between the two of them and how that friendship was tested throughout the book. I also love the character development of the two. They were very similar characters but also really different characters and I really appreciated that. 

Another great part of this book were all the other characters. Yes, this book focused more of Safiya and Iseult, but there were also other really great characters. Merik and Aeduan and all the other characters were great. 

I think the best part about this book is its feminism. There is a strong female friendship, the women in this book can save themselves, the female characters are strong as hell and badass. It's really great. 

There is a little chemistry between Merik and Safiya that comes across but it was definitely a subplot and I really appreciated how the chemistry did not push the main plot to the background. The focus was still on the main plot and I really liked that. 

This is a really great feminist fantasy book. If that is something you would be interested in, definitely give this book a try. 

*I apologize for my absence. I'm beginning college in the fall and have been incredibly busy. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Release Day Launch: Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry: Excerpt and Giveaway

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CHASING IMPOSSIBLE, the highly anticipated fifth book in the Pushing the Limits Series by Katie McGarry has arrived! In true McGarry fashion this book will have you flipping pages well into the night. Grab your copy today!

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About CHASING IMPOSSIBLE:   

Tough and independent, 17-year-old Abby lets very few people into her inner circle. It’s common knowledge in her Kentucky town that she deals drugs, but not even her closest friends know why. But when a deal goes south and Abby’s suddenly in danger, she finds herself reluctantly forced to lean on daredevil Logan—a boy whose restless spirit matches her own.

Logan has his own reasons for wanting to keep Abby at arms’ length. But he never expected to find in her the one person who might help him face the demons he’s tried so hard to run from.

Together, Abby and Logan will have to make a decision: let their current circumstances weigh them down forever…or fight for the future they both thought was impossible.

 

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And don’t forget to read the first books in the Pushing the Limits Series…

 

PUSHING THE LIMITS

CROSSING THE LINE

BREAKING THE RULES

DARE YOU TO

CRASH INTO YOU

TAKE ME ON

   

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EXCERPT: Abby People near the stage scream and clap and I’m about ready to throw my cell against the wall. Stupid, stupid boy and stupid me for stupidly somewhat liking him and him thinking he can get away with not answering me. “Give it up for our boy Logan.” My eyes rip up, go for the stage, and my mind shifts into reverse, fast-forward, rewind, and then that smile that’s associated with the devil slides across my face. Logan stands strong on the stage. Guitar strapped across his chest. Baseball cap backwards on his black hair. And when he strikes the strings of the guitar, those biceps flex beautifully. That chord just struck a lot deeper than anyone could have imagined. Past my bones, past my muscles, and it’s created a nice warmth that’s curling around my belly. Liquid warmth. The logical part of my brain demands that I walk away, but he’s the one that scared me by not answering back. He’s the one that’s causing all these alien emotions stirring in my veins. Yeah, I shouldn’t kiss Logan. I should definitely leave a boy like that alone. But he returned and he’s the one that climbed onto the stage and is looking addictively sexy with that guitar. Yep, shouldn’t kiss him, but I already told Rachel, I’m going to kiss the guitarist tonight. Wouldn’t want that one to be a lie, now, would I?  

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About Katie McGarry: Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.  

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cover Reveal: 100 Hours by Rachel Vincent


I am so excited to share the awesome cover for 100 HOURS, the first book in a new trilogy by New York Times best-selling author Rachel Vincent, which releases on March 28, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books, along with a note from the author about her upcoming novel and an amazing giveaway.

Scroll down to take check out the gorgeous cover, read what Rachel Vincent has to say about 100 HOURS, and enter for a chance to win. And be sure to share your thoughts about the cover in the comments!


The Cover Revealed


Title: 100 HOURS
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Formats available to pre-order: Hardcover

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Description:

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.

A Note from Rachel Vincent

In my upcoming YA suspense 100 HOURS, Genesis and her cousin Maddie come from opposite ends of the privilege spectrum, but when they wind up kidnapped for ransom during spring break in Colombia and have no one else to count on, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought.

If you’ve read any of my previous releases, 100 HOURS probably seems like a departure for a Rachel Vincent book. And that’s what I thought, back when it was just me and an idea. But as I wrote the story and got to know the characters, I realized that even though this book is set in the Colombian jungle and these characters have no supernatural abilities, 100 HOURS is very much a book about the themes that draw me in over and over. Survival. Family friction and loyalty. High-stakes pulse-racing action. Twists, turns, secrets, and revelations. Girls who can fend for themselves—and for anyone else who needs help.

About Rachel Vincent

Photo credit: Kim Haynes Photography

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.



The Giveaway

Courtesy of the author, there is a blitz-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED SET of a paperback copy of THE STARS NEVER RISE + an ARC of THE FLAME NEVER DIES
Giveaway is US only. Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on July 11th at 11:59 PM Pacific. 

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