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Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 352
Genre: Contemporary

Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.

        When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

How would you feel if a rumor stemmed about a student-teacher relationship?

Well, we're gonna find out . . . seven different times. Seven Ways We Lie follows, you guessed it, seven different point of views over a vast array of high school cliques and tropes. The sexual one, the thespian, the stoner, the model student, the jock who hasn't come out just yet, the "neurotic genius" as the synopsis says, and the anxious overachiever feeling out of the loop. Seven different stories connecting through a school wide scandal.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Review: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Series: Seraphina #2
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 608
Genre: Fantasy
The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways. 
     As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

Mini Review
I can't go into deep detail, but Shadow Scale rocked my world! Why can't I go into detail? Well, I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't yet read Seraphina. But, let me tell you. There are more dragons than ever. More half-dragons. Twists and turns. Different lands. Traveling. Many languages. Seraphina taming her garden. Mind control. And the handsome Lucian Kiggs. This story needed 600 pages to get it all in there.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (90): This Savage Song

Waiting on Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. To join in on the waiting game festivities, click the link to Jill's blog. Leave me a comment below with what you're waiting on this Wednesday.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas

Kingdom of Ashes  by Rhiannon Thomas
Series: A Wicked Thing #2
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
A Young Adult novel
Genre: Fantasy, Retellings, Fairy Tales, Romance, Magic
Asleep for a hundred years, awoken by a kiss, Aurora’s life was supposed to be a fairytale. But since discovering that loyalty to the crown and loyalty to her country are two very different things, Aurora knows she can only dream of happily ever after. Once the enchanted princess, savior of her people, she is now branded a traitor.
Aurora is determined to free her home from the king’s tyrannical rule, even if it means traveling across the sea to the kingdom of the handsome and devious Prince Finnegan—someone who seems to know far more about her magic than he should. However, Finnegan’s kingdom has perils of its own, and any help he gives Aurora will come at a price.
As Aurora and Finnegan work together to harness her power—something so fiery and dangerous that is as likely to destroy those close to Aurora as it is to save them—she begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before…and uncover the truth about the destiny she was always meant to fulfill.
Brimming with captivating fantasy and life-threatening danger, the sequel to A Wicked Thing takes Sleeping Beauty on an adventure unlike any she’s ever had before.
*Received an advanced readers copy from the publisher for the blog tour and an honest review*

There is something about a princess in charge that really gets me going. Kingdom of Ashes leaps off where A Wicked Thing left off: Aurora on the run, her magic out of control. King John warranting her arrest, and with only one place left to go, with Prince Finnegan and his home kingdom, Aurora fights to remain alive and understand her powers all while plotting to regain her lost kingdom.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (89): This is Our Story

Waiting on Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. To join in on the waiting game festivities, click the link to Jill's blog. Leave me a comment below with what you're waiting on this Wednesday.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Pre-Order Blast: The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

New books are amazing. New books that come with free gifts are even better!
Debut Young Adult author Kerry Kletter is giving you just that!
Pre-order THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED on or before March 14th, 2016 and you’ll get a signed poster and bookmark! Supplies are limited to 50 sets, and ship ONLY in the US.

Getting your free poster and bookmark is as easy as 1..2..3..4..

Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: Front Lines by Michael Grant

Front Lines by Michael Grant
Series: Soldier Girl #1
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Kathrine Tegen Books
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 576
Genre: Historical Fiction
Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name VerityNew York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.
     World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.
Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families—to go to war.
     These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

I can't really explain how little I cared about this book.  I could blame my feelings on simple preferences but there was something lacking. It was just how distant the whole story felt. The story is split between three characters as they come together after a particular battle but it's rather jarring to get pulled out of every story and moved to a plot with completely different feeling.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Release Day Blast: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 448
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Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 
     The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
      Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 
      But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 
      Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
About the Author
Victoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays. You can visit her online at www.victoriaaveyard.comor on Twitter at @VictoriaAveyard.
Giveaway Details
One winner will get a RED QUEEN Prize pack from HarperTeen, which includes:
- 1 Physical Copy of CRUEL CROWN (0.1 & 0.2 Red Queen)
- 1 Red Queen foam sword that reads “Kneel or Bleed”
- 1 Scarlet Guard scarf

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Series: Assassin's Heart #1
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 400
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
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In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.
     Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.
With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.
Interview with the protatonist, Lea Saldana

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (88): The Sleeping Prince

Waiting on Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. To join in on the waiting game festivities, click the link to Jill's blog. Leave me a comment below with what you're waiting on this Wednesday.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Review: Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
A Young Adult novel
Series: Untitled #1
Pages: 400
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
L ilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humans and faeries. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans.
       Lily’s father has always shielded her, but when she’s sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, she’s delivered straight into the arms of a fae sleeper cell—the Black Diamonds. The Diamonds are planted in the human world as the sons and daughters of the most influential families and tasked with destroying it from within. Against her will, Lilywhite’s been chosen to join them...and even the romantic attention of the fae rock singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the familiar world she knows.
      Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there. The combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen will have longtime fans and new readers at the edge of their seats.
                        *An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

What if fairies were real and they were really pissed off?

  First, before I start telling you the ehs about Seven Black Diamonds, let me say that this book was pretty great. I have never read the Wicked Lovely series but if it's like Seven Black Diamonds, I'm pretty tempted to pick it up.  The artwork for the cover is nice, some of the characters were really fun and very genuine, and the world was so real and raw.  Really, the world aspect of this book was great because it just was this glam/ rich kid world with a darker undertone that I think we don't get to see in this kind of story.  Yeah, everyone is pretty, but they also have some issues. While there wasn't any relatable situations, Seven Black Diamonds accomplished being a good adventure.