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Jul 22, 2016

Some Books Ago: The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse


Some Books Ago is a shout out to all those books published some years ago. I don't want you to forget them!

I always wanted to read The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse. It sounds badass and action packed! Sadly, I never had the chance, but I've been reading reviews lately and I think I will give it a try this year. I hope I can.
Have you read it? The covers of this series are so pretty!
Check it out! 

It was published on Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


 


Summary:

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.

The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.
 
 

Jul 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin




 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

 What I'm waiting for...

 


Nell Crane has always been an outsider. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—an arm, a leg, an eye—her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs everyone now uses. But Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. As her community rebuilds, everyone is expected to contribute to the society’s good . . . but how can Nell live up to her father’s revolutionary idea when she has none of her own?

Then she finds a mannequin hand while salvaging on the beach—the first boy’s hand she’s ever held—and inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology? The deeper she sinks into this plan, the more she learns about her city—and her father, who is hiding secret experiments of his own.

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Why am I waiting on this book? Ahhhh! this book sounds so cute! It reminds me a little of Pure by Julianna Baggott. I liked that book and I'm lucky to have an eARC of this one. So, I hope it's great!

What about you?

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Jul 18, 2016

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


An Ember in the Ashes. 
(Una Llama Entre Cenizas)
by Sabaa Tahir. 
Source: borrowed.
Summary:
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
 
 
*****


I wasn't going to write a review or something about this book, because I feel like everybody knows already how awesome is it. But I need to tell someone how much I loved it. I devoured An Ember in the Ashes, and it wasn't just because this was my first book in Spanish in TWO years (and reading fantasy in Spanish is so much easier!). It was because it was awesome! Bloody perfect!
I don't read many books in Spanish because I'm afraid some translations don't do justice to the writer's... voice? mood? I don't know how to explain it, but one of the reasons why I HATED  Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini is because I read it in Spanish and the transtaion was awful. Well, it wasn't a "bad translation" but one with too many slang I didn't understand.
However, the translator of An Ember in the Ashes did such a good job! The words she picked were perfect and beautiful.
Translation aside. An Ember in the Ashes is my first 5 stars book in two months, I think. One of the few 5 stars reads this year.
Sabaa Tahir writing is beautiful and flawless. Her characters are so freaking amazing I couldn't help but love them all. The plot and world were brutal and sad, but I loved it anyway because it felt real, the characters felt real. And most important of all... after so many books, I'm ready to have my heart broken by a love... triangle? I don't know if this was a love triangle, but I ship Elias and Laia so bad that I die a little with all the love for Helene... I mean, I loved Helene, but I don't want her with Elias.
Oh boy... I must stop now.
So, whoever you are, if you haven't read An Ember in the Ashes, you must. Now!


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Jul 15, 2016

Some Books Ago: The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell


Some Books Ago is a shout out to all those books published some years ago. I don't want you to forget them!

The Vespertine is not the kind of book I read, but I fell in love with Saundra Mitchell's writing when I read a short story she wrote for an anthology. I'm not fan of historical romance, but this book was beautiful! and the writing was as perfect as the short story that made me want to read it. I never read The Springsweet, the sequel, because it was narrated by a different character and I didn't like her. 
However, I do hope that if you haven't read this book, you add it to your TBR pile now!
Check it out! 

It was published on March 7th 2011 by Harcourt Children's Books



 


Summary:

It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. 
Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.
When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause. 

Jul 12, 2016

What's New? Wait for Me by Caroline Leech



 


I don't what to say about this book. It sounds tragic and fantastic and impossible and so freaking "romantic" I haven't read many books set in wars, but I'm dying to read this one.
What do you think?

Expected publication:  January 31st 2017 by Harper Teen

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

Can their love survive a war?

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?


But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.


 
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You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan



You Know Me Well
Source: bought
My Rating: 4 stars
Summary:
Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really? 
Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.
That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.
When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.
Told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, You Know Me Well is a story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.


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I ADORE David Lavithan! I still need to read some of his books, but when I heard about You Know Me Well, I knew I had to read it SOON. This is my first book by Nina LaCour, but I've wanted to read Everything Leads To You for a long time now, and this book was the perfect place to start. 
I only read one review of this book before I started to read it (waves Jen!), so I knew this wasn't a romantic or heartbreaking book, but a story about a lovely friendship. And hell if I didn't love that friendship!  Mark and Kate are such a great couple of main characters. 
I'm not going to lie, Kate got on my nerves so many times that I was starting to dislike her. I hated how she was always escaping of happiness. But as her character grew and her reasons became clearer I couldn't help but relate to her. Her fear was so real!
And then there’s Mark... in love with his best friend. Of course he's David Levithan's creation.
The sadness, the angst. The torturous love. I freaking loved this guy!
This book wasn’t too long and everything happens within a week, I think? It was fast paced and light. A perfect and cute read. And if you already know these authors, then you can expect a good writing and perfectly likable characters.
I did enjoy You Know Me Well a lot! Four stars because really, well, I didn’t love Kate all the time. 

Jul 8, 2016

Some Books Ago: Hourglass (Hourglass #1) by Myra McEntire


Some Books Ago is a shout out to all those books published some years ago. I don't want you to forget them!

Happy *almost* weekend everyone! Today, in Some Books Ago, I'd like to spotlight Hourglass by Myra McEntire. I loved this book when I read it and I still think about it as one of the best time-travel books I've ever read. Sadly, I made the big mistake and waited too long to read the sequel and I found myself unable to reconnect with the characters *sighs* Even though I had to DNF Timepiece, I still think of Hourglass with love. And I still think this is a great series.
Check it out!

Hourglass was published on June 14th 2011 by Egmont USA



 


Summary:

One hour to rewrite the past…

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should've happened?
 
 
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