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Aug 18, 2017

Some Books Ago: Illusive (Illusive #1) by Emily Lloyd-Jones


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

I was reading reviews for Emily's new book The Hearts We Sold when I saw this cover and it made me remember how much I wanted to read this book when it was released. I still didn't have the chance, but Illusive sounds awesome, and I hope I can read it some day. 
And if you haven't, make sure to add it to your TBR!


It was published on July 15th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company


 


Summary:

THEY ARE YOUNG.

THEY ARE CRIMINALS.

THEY ARE IMMUNE.

When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers, and Americans suffering from these so-called adverse effects were given an ultimatum: Serve the country or be declared a traitor.

Some people chose a third option: live a life of crime.

Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist. She's also a thief. After crossing a gang of mobsters, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow superpowered criminals on a job that most would have considered impossible: a hunt for the formula that gave them their abilities. It was supposedly destroyed years ago - but what if it wasn't?

Government agents are hot on their trail, and the lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race that could cost them their lives.
 
 

Aug 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi



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

 What I'm waiting for...

 


A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.

Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.

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Why am I waiting on this book? To be honest, I've never read a middle grade book, but this is Tahereh Mafi and this sounds a lot darker that Furthermore, so I really, really want to read it!
What about you?


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Aug 15, 2017

What's New? Sinless (Eye of the Beholder #1) by Sarah Tarkoff


 


Hello there! I'm back in the blogosphere! I'm been lost lately because I still don't have internet at home and these past two weeks were our town's holidays, so I didn't have time for anything. 
I need to catch up on bookish news and my fave blogs, but hopefuly I'll do it this week.
For now, I'll leave you to this awesome-looking book. 

Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Harper Voyager

 

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

In Grace Luther’s world, morality is physically enforced. Those who are "good" are blessed with beauty, while those who are not suffer horrifying consequences—disfigurement, or even death. 
When the cleric’s daughter stumbles onto information that proves her world is more complicated than it seems, she finds herself at the center of an epic battle where good and evil are not so easily distinguished. 
Despite all her efforts to live a normal teenage life, Grace is faced with a series of decisions that will risk the lives of everyone she loves.


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Aug 1, 2017

What's New? Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda


 


I have a few Megan Miranda books, but I still haven't read any. All of her books sound amazing, and this one, too! Lately I'm in the mood for mysteries and I hope I can read this one when it goes out.
Check it out!

Expected publication: January 16th 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

 

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

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere—in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket…the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

His mother asked her to pack up his things—even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?
 
 
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Jul 25, 2017

What's New? This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter


 


I haven't read anything by this author because, and even though this book sounds like the kind of sad book I love, I'm not sure if I'll end up reading it. Anyway, it sounds really good.
Check it out!

Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Wednesday Books 

 

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

A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

This Heart of Mine is a haunting, poignant tale about living and dying, surviving grief, guilt, and heartache, while discovering love and hope in the midst of sadness.
 
 
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Jul 18, 2017

What's New? Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake


 

I always love long book titles, so this one caught my attention for it. Like I use to say, I'm not too much into fantasy, but some books look and sound really amazing, and I wouldn't want to miss the chance to read them. And this is one of them! 
Are you ready to add it to your TBR!?


Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen

 

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

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.
 
 
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Jul 14, 2017

Mini Reviews: Long May She Reign & Hunted



Long May She Reign
by Rhiannon Thomas
Source: eARC provided for review.
My Rating: 3 stars
Summary:
Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.
Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.
Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.
As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown

 ***

I read this book some time ago, and I had to change my rating from 4 stars to 3, because in all honestly I didn't remember much about it. All that I remember is what I wrote in the mini reviews I keep in my bullet journal.
So, here's that:

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas is a book with such a cool premise with many likable characters. I loved Freya and how she handled the situation of becoming a queen when she wasn't supposed to.
The plot was really good, I loved the mystery about the murdered and what really happened at the banquet. I knew from the beginning that I couldn't trust anyone but Freya (AND her best friend AND her cat), so I loved when I couldn't guess who the killer was.
Although the characters and the worldbuilding were good, my biggest problem with Long May She Reing is that sometimes it felt too slow and a little boring. Like those the times Freya stayed in her laboratory, it was really easy to skip some pages and I didn't miss anything important.

This book had so much potential, and I wish there were more action packed escenes to make pages fly, but sadly that didn't happen.
Anyway, for a standalone fantasy, it was really good and there's a chance you will love it more than I did.



*****


Hunted
by Meagan Spooner
Source: eARC provided for review.
My Rating: 4 stars
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?


****

This is my second favorite Beauty and the Beast re-telling! Don't ask me about my very favorite one, because right now I CAN'T remember! 

I absolutely loved all the characters in this book, from fearless and strong Yeva, to the messy and chaotic Beast. I loved how they were written, their character development and the slow hate-to-love shift between them. 
One of my fave "changes" about this book is how lovely was the relationship between Yeva and her sisters (and their father). In most of the re-telling I've read, the sisters are mean and cruel to her, but in this book, Yeva's family was lovely and united. 
I'd like to say that I loved everything about this book because I did, but for a long time, Meagan made me think Beast did "the inforgivable" and I hated him for a long time.I ended up loving him, but it took some time, so I feel like my time hating him was wasted? 

Overall, I loved this book. Loved the plot, the setting, the characters, the magic and the creatures. This book did not disappoint at all. It's a must read!