Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Delphi Effect By Rysa Walker|Review



The Delphi Effect (The Delphi Trilogy #1)
Published by Skyscape on October 11th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 379
Format: eGalley
Rating: 

It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review

You have no idea what you're getting yourself into when you first begin reading this book. In the beginning, I wasn't quite sure if this book would earn a high rating. That was until I finished the first chapter. I was incredibly intrigued. I needed to know more. 

I loved Rysa's writing! I hadn't read any of her other works before this but am now I think I might just have to. Her words were straightforward and to the point, creating a quick pace story. I like how she somehow manages to weave subtle details into the story. A paragraph may be about Anna's past but you're so intrigued that you don't necessarily care about the delay in the story. 

I found her writing to be genuine and believable. Her characters didn't feel like fictional people stumbling into each other. Their emotions and actions were what really brought the story together.

I'm always wary of love triangles. Fortunately, I don't have to add this book to the list. I liked how the emotions were there but not as sudden as most young adult books. Instead of them falling in love within the first few chapters, Rysa perfectly draws it out into a more realistic time frame.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Continent|Waiting on Wednesday


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The Continent hits the shelves March 27th, 2018.

"For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two nations remain perpetually locked in combat. Most citizens lucky enough to tour the Continent do so to observe the spectacle and violence of battle, a thing long vanished in the peaceful realm of the Spire. For Vaela, the war holds little interest. As a smart and talented apprentice cartographer and a descendent of the Continent herself, she sees the journey as a dream come true: a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast, frozen land.

But Vaela’s dream all too quickly turns to nightmare as the journey brings her face-to-face with the brutal reality of a war she’s only read about. Observing from the safety of a heli-plane, Vaela is forever changed by the sight of the bloody battle being waged far beneath her. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, Vaela finds herself much closer to danger than she’d ever imagined—and with an entirely new perspective as to what war truly means. Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home—but first, she must survive."

What are you waiting on? 


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Out of the Shadows|Book Blitz

New Releases|November 14th, 2017


Here's a look at a few books releasing this week that I am most excited for!





"Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass--a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . . "

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Shadow Bright and Burning By Jessica Cluess|Review


A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1)
Published by Random House BFYR on September 20th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Rating: 

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city--and the one she loves? 

My Thoughts

I’ve been meaning to read this book for quite some time. I finally got around to it. However, it was defiantly not what I was expecting or hoping it to be. 

Immediately, when I first began reading, I was brought back to the books I read when I was a child. I don’t know how to explain it, but this book was very nostalgic to me. I don’t know if I may have read something similar or just the fact that I hadn’t picked up a book for a couple of weeks. Whatever the reason, I found myself falling in love with the first chapter. There was so much potential, I couldn’t wait to dig deeper.

Unfortunately, I really had to dig to make progress in this book. It started out strong; however, the middle was pretty bland. Yes, there was a little bit of action here and there. But for the most part, I was very uninterested and bored. At times, it felt like a burden to go back to because nothing interesting was going on. At least for me, there needed to be more action to keep me interested. The training was interesting but I felt like it wasn’t progressing the story, only the character. 

Another reason why I may not have plowed through this book like I imagined I would be due to Henrietta’s character. Often times, I found myself annoyed with her character. She’s living in a castle, surrounded by attractive sorcerers, yet she still has the nerve to complain about her life. One thing that annoyed me the most was the fact that she rarely thought about Rook. Yes, she did think about him but mostly when he wasn’t well. This happens too often in young adult books, the main character is whisked away to a new fantastic place and brings along a friend. But pretty soon, they are so consumed in their lives that they don’t pay attention to the people around them. Yes, it may be a realistic aspect in some cases, but it is very much overused. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Cluess’ choice of diction. It was a bit unusual for a young adult novel; however, it worked perfectly for the time period, setting, and story.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ink, Iron, and Glass|Waiting on Wednesday


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Ink, Iron, and Glass hits the shelves February 20th, 2018.

"Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.

But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones—young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy or scriptology—and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.

In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created—and only she can stop it."

What are you waiting on? 


Monday, November 6, 2017

New Releases|November 7th, 2017


Here's a look at a few books releasing this week that I am most excited for!



"I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.

Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us."



"Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?"


"The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming."






"Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both."


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

Friday, November 3, 2017

November 2017|Infinite's Book Club

November's book is...

Secret of Souls by Aubrie Nixon


The Empire of Lucent has stood for centuries as a beacon of strength and light. But now an otherworldly realm has unleashed an army of nightmarish creatures upon the peaceful empire, spreading a lethal plague called The Decay which consumes its victims mercilessly from the inside out.

The king of the Empire of Lucent calls upon “Lady of Death” Zephera Travelle—an infamous assassin with a weakness for braided cinnamon bread and a striking aptitude for murder and mayhem. He sends her on an impossible quest to find the one person who can concoct a cure and save the realm from total annihilation. Together with her best friend Zadkiel, mage extraordinaire Brenner, girly city-guard Oriana, and broody warrior Daegan, she embarks on a journey that will test her wits, will, and sanity. Along the way, she discovers that no one—and nothing—is as it seems, including herself.

Joining is easy!

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This is a big endeavor. Thank you for all of your continued support on this bookish journey! 



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Through the Arch By Devri Walls|Review


Through the Arch (Venators #1)
Published by Superstorm Productions on September 12th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: ARC
Rating: 

Six years ago, Grey Malteer was attacked by creatures he thought couldn't possibly exist. They repeated a word, calling him a name he'd never heard before...Venator. Since then, his life has been a hellhole of secrecy-hiding old pain alongside strange new abilities. Rune Jenkins has an itch, as she calls it, but it's more than that. It's an anger that builds up like the inside of a boiler whenever she's around anything remotely supernatural. The pressure is growing steadily worse and she can't understand why. All she knows is-her control is slipping. By order of an unknown council Grey and Rune are pulled through a portal in the St. Louis arch, landing them in an alternate dimension where creatures of myth and legend exist. A realm that calls them, Venators. Made up of centuries old fae, vampires, werewolves, elves and succubi the council's corrupt nature becomes obvious as they seek to wield the newly returned Venators as weapons. Wedged in an impossible position, Grey and Rune must decide their fate-do they go against the council's wishes and help the innocents of this unforgiving land, or face the possibility of execution by the council.

My Thoughts

I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway.

Despite my confusion when I first began reading Through the Arch, I later found the pieces clicking into place. I wasn’t sure of the dual perspective in each chapter at first. However, I think it worked in this story’s case. Though I wasn’t particularly a huge fan of it, I did prefer it than a new chapter each time the POV switched.

My biggest issue with this book was Rune’s initial response to the monsters at the beginning of the book. Yes, she has her ‘itch’, but she had no logical explanation for it. Just because she becomes skittish around supernatural photographs, doesn’t elude to the fact they exist. When the supernatural monsters do appear, Rune doesn’t even flinch. Sure, she is a little shellshocked, but not nearly as much as one would think she would. Yes, her ‘itch’ may have increased her skepticism a little, but again, she wouldn’t be quite as calm.

Besides that, I found myself flying through the book. There was action at every turn. The plot twists, though predictable, did add a little bit of suspense into the story. Overall, the writing was easy to comprehend and understand, especially for a young adult book

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Reign of the Fallen|Waiting on Wednesday


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Reign of the Fallen hits the shelves January 23rd, 2018.

"Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?"

What are you waiting on? 


Monday, October 30, 2017

New Releases|October 31st, 2017


Here's a look at a few books releasing this week that I am most excited for!




"In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. 

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. 

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life. 

A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy."

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

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Stacking the Shelves|October 2017 Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly or monthly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share your recent book purchases, giveaway wins, and books received from publishers.



NetGalley:


In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their
protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl--a subspecies of a dragon--who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she's tried to forget to threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.



What books did you get this month?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Faller By Will McIntosh|Review



Faller
Published by Tor Books on October 25th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 336
Format: eGalley
Rating: 

Day One

No one can remember anything--who they are, family and friends, or even how to read. Reality has fragmented and Earth consists of an islands of rock floating in an endless sky. Food, water, electricity--gone, except for what people can find, and they can't find much.

Faller's pockets contain tantalizing clues: a photo of himself and a woman he can't remember, a toy solider with a parachute, and a mysterious map drawn in blood. With only these materials as a guide, he makes a leap of faith from the edge of the world to find the woman and set things right.

He encounters other floating islands, impossible replicas of himself and others, and learns that one man hates him enough to take revenge for actions Faller can't even remember.

My Thoughts

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Immediately, I was hooked. The story begins with a man waking up on the street with no memory of his life before. He’s not the only one, the entire world seems to have forgotten. Still able to understand concepts such as police, the man searches for help but finds the edge of the world instead. Meanwhile, the story shifts to a group of scientists, searching for answers of their own. A cure. Through the process of duplication, one scientist, in particular, is desperate to make his experiment a success on human organs.

Throughout the story, we are given snippets—clues, hints, as to how the two stories connect. However, I found the interruptions too frequent. With the chapters already being fairly short, there wasn’t much to keep the reader going. There were many observations and ideas within each chapter; however, they were just that. An Idea. An idea to be brought back in later in the story when it is appropriate to build onto. Some of the breaks from Faller’s point of view, I could see as useful. However, some of the breaks from Peter’s point of view, I just viewed them as useless fluff that could be added to a bigger chapter or expanded. I’m no so much concerned about how long or short the chapters are so much as I am about their content.

I realized now why I don’t read too many adult novels. They are superior on so many levels compared to the young adult books that I am used to. Instead of vague medical definitions and explanations, McIntosh at least tries to make the science sound legitimate. However, since it is science fiction, emphasis on the fiction, it doesn’t have to make sense. That being said, there are too many plot holes and questions that are left unanswered. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Unearthed |Waiting on Wednesday


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Unearthed hits the shelves January 9th 2018.

"When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race... "

What are you waiting on? 


Monday, October 23, 2017

New Releases|October 24th, 2017


Here's a look at a few books releasing this week that I am most excited for!



"A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?"

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mer By Joelle Sellner|Review


Mer
Published by Diamond Book Distributors on April 19th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel
Pages: 128
Format: eGalley
Rating: 

Twilight meets the legend of Atlantis in this gripping graphic novel from writer Joelle Sellner and artist Abby Boeh. After the death of her beloved mother, Aryn’s father has moved her family to a new town hoping for a fresh start. At first things seem to be going well—Aryn is making friends and has even caught the eye of one of the hottest guys in school. But there are dark forces moving under the surface that Aryn cannot see; and her new crush may not be … human.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review

I am very specific and picky about the art style of a comic and graphic novel and this book just so happened to meet my aesthetic requirements. However, it failed to please my literature requirements. 

First of all, Mer is packed full with high school tropes and annoying cliches. I understand that there is a page limit; however, the entire story felt rushed, realistically speaking. But then again just look at the subject matter of this book. 

I strongly feel that the characters did not remain their true selfs. I mean, honestly, do you think a girl is going to march up to a guy she didn't even know and accuse him of stealing her necklace? Really? 
Sadly, the art style is the only thing this book has going for itself.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Cruel Prince|Waiting on Wednesday


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The Cruel Prince hits the shelves January 2nd 2018.

"Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself."

What are you waiting on? 


Monday, October 16, 2017

New Releases|October 17th, 2017


Here's a look at a few books releasing this week that I am most excited for!




"Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them, a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . ."








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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Obsidio|Waiting on Wednesday


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Obsidio hits the shelves March 13th, 2018.

"Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion? 

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. 

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken."

What are you waiting on? 


Monday, October 9, 2017

New Releases|October 10th, 2017


Here's a look at a few books releasing this week that I am most excited for!



"An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute."



"THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win.

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportunity to travel to space. But to secure a spot on this classified mission, she must first compete against the best and brightest people on the planet. People who are as determined as she to win a place on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe. 

Cassie is ready for the toll that the competition will take; the rigorous mental and physical tests designed to push her to the brink of her endurance. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat. Or that with each passing day it would be more and more difficult to ignore the feeling that the true objective of the mission is being kept from her.

As the days until the launch tick down and the stakes rise higher than ever before, only one thing is clear to Cassie: she’ll never back down . . . even if it costs her everything. "


"Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth."

"Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance."

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Friday, October 6, 2017

October 2017|Infinite's Book Club

October's book is...

Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott



Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sparked By Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous|Review



Sparked
Published by Geek & Sundry on October 3rd, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: eGalley
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Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.
Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn't always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review
I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Despite being able to predict most of the plot twists throughout this book, I thoroughly enjoyed Sparked. 

I fell in love with the writing from the beginning. Each sentence flowed together seamlessly. The amount of detail and emotion Echlin and Watrous put into this book is phenomenal. The ominous disappearance of Laurel’s sister is what initially drew me into the story. That and the mysterious super powers.

The characters weren’t too different from mainstream young adult books. However, they do touch on a few serious issues that most books might overlook or skim over. I very much appreciated how the characters approached each situation that was thrown at them. 

I’m interested to see where Echlin and Watrous take this story in the future if it grows into a series, especially after that cliffhanger.