Monday, February 29, 2016

New Releases|March 1st, 2016

Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week!

"Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go."

"When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.      Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens."

"The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense."

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Stacking the Shelves|February 2016 Book Haul

I cannot believe it! February 2016 is almost over! 
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share your recent book purchases, giveaway wins, and books received from publishers.

Throughout the month, I accumulated quite a lot of books. I guess I have a lot of reading to do or can't control my bookish needs. 


In preparation of Flamecaster's release, I bought Chima's Seven Realms series in hardback! I also finally got the second book to the Age of Shadows series by Kelley Armstrong.

NetGalley Reviews:


Reviews to come!

What books did you get this month?

Friday, February 26, 2016

Erasing Time By C.J. Hill|Review

Erasing Time (Erasing Time #1)
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on August 28th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: Hardback

When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that's so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can't go back home. The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city. Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

My Thoughts

I'm a big fan of C. J. Hill's Slayer series and thought I'd give her Erasing Time series a try. I was a little disappointed because one chapter a character who feel a certain way about something and then a few chapters later they felt the complete opposite. The story defiantly has potential. Seriously, the world building is phenomenal! It's not necessarily Hill's writing that annoyed me, it was more of the characters doing. Don't get me wrong, C. J. Hill is fantastic writer, but the characters were not as well rounded as I thought they should be. I did enjoy the entire twin aspect of the story, mainly because I am one myself. I thought the reason behind Echo's name was simplistically clever. It made me feel for him a little more thought out the book. I wish I enjoyed this book just as much as Hill's other series, but not all can be winners.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Wizard Heir By Cinda Williams Chima|Review

The Wizard Heir (The Heir Chronicles #2)
Published by Disney-Hyperion on June 10th, 2008
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 458
Format: Hardcover

Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it's not his attitude that's the problem: it's the trail of magical accidents - lately, disasters - that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained, and his powers are escalating out of control. After causing a tragic fire at an after-hours party, Seph is sent to the Havens, a secluded boys' school on the coast of Maine. Gregory Leicester, the headmaster, promises to train Seph in magic and initiate him into his mysterious order of wizards. But Seph's enthusiasm dampens when he learns that training comes at a steep cost and that Leicester plans to use his students' powers to serve his own mysterious agenda.

My Thoughts

Joseph McCauley is a troubled 16-year-old searching for answers. After being expelled from multiple schools, his lawyer gives him no choice but to attend the Havens, a boarding school in Maine. Something seems off from the moment Seph enters, discovering that there is more to the Havens than trouble teens. Born as a wizard and raised by his foster mother, Seph finds himself alone as he endures relentless nightmares and the mysterious headmaster, Gregory Leicester. That is until he stumbles upon Jason, the most recent wizard to go against Leicester's wants. With Jason's help, Seph can escape the nightmares and daydreams, build his spellcasting skills, and look forward to the day Leicester is dead. Together the two teens devise a plan of escape, except all seems lost when Leicester discovers their plan. But miracles do happen. Once free of the Havens tight hold, Seph is swept away by no one other than Linda Downey and taken to the Sanctuary. Sheltered but not fully protected in the Sanctuary's boarders, Seph knows Leicester and the alumni are searching for him. Throw into a churning pot, Seph discovers what it is like to have courage, friends, and a family.  
This is by far one of my favorite series! I love how complex the stories are and how they intermingle with each other. Each time I read them, I go back and catch why a certain character spoke that way or why they acted as they did. Speaking of the characters, they are all well developed, bringing their own unique personalities to push the story further along. The wording was straight and to the point during the more action packed scenes and more calm and descriptive in the more tense scenes. There is something for everyone in this series. There is romance, humor, action, and emotion. An excellent read for anyone looking for an adventure into the world of magic.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Down With the Shine|Waiting on Wednesday

A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.

Down With the Shine hits the shelves April 26th, 2016.

"There's a reason they say "be careful what you wish for." Just ask the girl who wished to be thinner and ended up smaller than Thumbelina, or the boy who asked for "balls of steel" and got them-literally. And never wish for your party to go on forever. Not unless you want your guests to be struck down by debilitating pain if they try to leave.

These are things Lennie only learns when it's too late-after she brings some of her uncles' moonshine to a party and toasts to dozens of wishes, including a big wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was abducted and murdered six months ago.

Lennie didn't mean to cause so much chaos. She always thought her uncles' moonshine toast was just a tradition. And when they talked about carrying on their "important family legacy," she thought they meant good old-fashioned bootlegging.

As it turns out, they meant granting wishes. And Lennie has just granted more in one night than her uncles would grant in a year.

Now she has to find a way to undo the damage. But once granted, a wish can't be unmade..."

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