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Jun 30, 2015

What's new? The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine


 

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Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Balzer + Bray
 

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

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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Jun 25, 2015

What's new? Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan



Expected publication: February 9th, 2016 by Harper Teen

 

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

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.


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Jun 12, 2015

Some Books Ago: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma


If you realize, every Tuesday I post about the new books I discover. So, I wanted to give a shout out to all those books published some years ago, that maybe some readers may have forgotten.


After reading and loving The Walls Around Us, I can't wait to read more by Nova Ren Suma. Her writing is fantastic and I've read that this book is as good as TWAU!

Imaginary Girls was published on June 14th 2011 by Dutton Juvenile


 


Summary:
Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.


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Jun 5, 2015

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay



PRINCES OF THORNS
Author Stacey Jay
My Rating: 5 stars
Summary:
Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.
Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?




*****


I don’t know if I’ve said this in public already, but I HATED Juliet Immortal, the first book I read by Stacey Jay. Really, I hated it.
So, when I read Ari @ Reading After Midnight’s review of Of Best and Beauty I wasn’t eager to read it. But I ended up taken aback because I ADORED IT.
Since that day I’ve been really excited about Princess of Thorns. I was dying to read. So, at soon as it landed on my kindle, I started to read it.
And once again, I felt in love with a new Stacey Jay book.
Princess of Thorns was not what I expected. I blame the synopsis for that, because I feel it’s wrong.
Aurora is such a brave and funny character. She and Niklaas had the best camaraderie I’ve read in YA books.
Princess of Thorns reminds me a little of Graceling, though I liked this one better. It reminds me of Thorn and Cress, too. They’re that cute together.
Even thought I felt a little confused about the world building: there were human, witches, ogres, fey, feeding tress, etc, with little explanation about them, I loved the fantasy, I loved the landscapes described, and I loved the myths and legends within.
You know, Princess of Thorns is one of the few books I kept picturing in my head, like a movie.
The romance came fast, because Aurora and Niklaas were just three weeks together, but it felt like it grew slowly. They were stubborn and childish together, but I loved them anyway.
And then, there were the villains: horrible, cruel and… surprising.
The ending wasn’t the blood-bath I was waiting for (hey, it was fantasy!), but it unexpected.
Overall, Princess of Thorns is an amazing fantasy standalone. You have battles, magic, an almost impossible quest and a beautiful romance.
Well deserved 5 stars for me.


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Jun 3, 2015

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma



THE WALLS AROUND US.
Author: Nova Ren Suma
My Rating: 5 stars
Summary:
On the outside, there's Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.
On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there's Amber, locked up for so long she can't imagine freedom.
Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls' darkest mysteries…
What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?



*****


This is the weirdest, most messed up book I’ve read in my life.
I was warned this book was singular. I read the synopsis a while ago, when I first knew about it. By the time I started reading it the only thing I remembered was: Ori’s dead because of…
Well, it was confusing at first. So confusing I had to read slower and put more attention.
And when I started to understand it was brilliant, fantastic, I was stunned and surprised and I was dying to read more about the story of Ori narrated by two different characters.
I’m glad I didn’t remember the synopsis, even if I was confused at first.
Nova Ren Suma’s writing is hauntingly beautiful.
While I adored Amber’s “plural” POV, I hated Vee, I hated her even when her POV was as good as Amber’s.
This is such a thought-provoking read. The feelings in this book are so deep. You can taste the rage, the envy, the sadness, the sympathy.
Even if the plot wasn’t completely unexpected, some things were. The final twist was mind-blowing. I could help but read it once, twice, three times. It was extremely satisfying, at least for me.
Everything about this book felt gothic and dark. It had something magical that makes you keep reading to dying to read more.
Times moves different when you read it, it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
So, if you want a haunting story, a different story, a thriller and two unreliable narrators, then you have to read The Walls Around Us.
Soon!



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Jun 1, 2015

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven



ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES
Author: Jennifer Niven
My Rating: 5 stars
Summary:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.




******



The first time I read anything about ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES, it was because I read a comparison to John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. As a really huge fan of that book, I immediately added All The Bright Places to my TBR pile.
I’m so glad to say it didn’t disappoint me at all.
One of the things I love the most about books, are those larger-than-life characters.
I know people also hate them because they’re too smart or arrogant. But I love them because they are unforgettable! I would never be able to forget Augustus Waters, or Richard Gansey, or Jace Wayland, just to mention some of the most loved-hated characters I’ve heard of. And now I would never forget Theodore Finch.
Jennifer Niven’s characters were spectacular and lovely and interesting.
I loved Violet and Finch, their very different POVs, the dynamics between them and how their relationship was built.
The author did an amazing job even making me HATE Finch’s family. I detested them, but at the same time I was stunned at how realistic they were (I met myself a family like them once).
I finished this book with tears in my eyes and a huge smile on my lips, because even when I was heartbroken, I was glad I’ve found a new favorite book.
All The Bright Places is a beautiful book. Not only the story, but the author’s note after it.
The GR summary says: For fans of John Green, Jay Asher, and Gayle Forman. And indeed, if you liked those books you’ll probably like this one. I should add, too: for fans of Maggie Stiefvater. I don’t know why but these MC reminded me of how much I love Maggie’s characters.
I really, really hope that if you haven’t read it, you give it a chance!



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May 22, 2015

ARC Review: The Cage by Megan Shepherd


The Cage #1
Author: Megan Shepherd
My Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC provided by Publisher. Thank you.
Summary: 
When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.
Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.
As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?


****


This is my first book by Megan Shepherd, and I’m so glad to say that it didn’t disappoint.
The Cage is a wonderful book about a group of teenagers kidnapped and brought to a strange place far away from Earth.
There’s no doubt my favorite part of this book was Megan Shepherd’s writing. It was fast passed and addictive. I wasn’t able to put it down once I started.
The characters in this book are so diverse and complex. The book is told from different POVs, so we got the chance to meet each character and understand them.
Cora, the main character is a brave girl with a tough past. She’s the most daring in the book. She was my favorite character even though there were some things I didn’t like about her.
The plot was full of twist and turns. It was realistic and mind-blowing. The world building is as creepy as it was dazzling. I can’t complain about it at all.

The only problem I had with this book was the romance. As you can read in the synopsis, Cara felt attracted to Cassian, her jailer. I already knew that could be a problem for me, but when it happens is insta-attraction, you know, that cliché of “I dreamt about him” was thrown right away.
Cora was a strong girl but kept thinking about how beautiful he was and how he looked like an angel. I mean, he was an alien who stole her and spy on her. It didn’t matter that she was aware how sick her feelings were. It didn’t feel right at all.
And there’s Lucky, the other boy. It was a kind of love triangle where I liked the “human” boy better.

Anyway, the last twist in the story made me really happy. It made me more excited to read the next book, and I just hope my problem with the romance is solved, as I can see I’m not the only against that romance.

Overall, if I don’t count the romance, which isn’t the main focus in the story, The Cage is an amazing science fiction book. It has suspense, betrayals, a cast of diverse characters and a world that will blow you away. 


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