Thursday, June 29, 2017

Carve the Mark By Veronica Roth|Review



Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1)
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 17th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 468
Format: ARC
Rating: 

In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth's stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

My Thoughts

I’d heard many unflattering things about this book even before it was released. I obtained an ARC at a local bookstore that is often sent advanced copies. I understand why this book had not already been snatched up.

In all honest, I don’t really know why I picked this book. The big name author? The controversy? Or the pretty cover? Either way, it should’ve stayed where it crawled out of. 

I was not the biggest fan of Roth’s Divergent series. In fact, I hated it. So trying out this book was very difficult. But nevertheless, I journeyed on. 

First Impressions: S L O W

Is there even a story worth my time in here? (Spoiler alert! There wasn’t)

After the first couple of fast-paced pages, I honestly believe I could tolerate some aspects of the book. Unfortunately, I spoke too soon. Once the action has passed, you fall into a thorny patch of fluff and end up in a sloppy information dump. I understand wanting to establish some context and background information, but did we honestly need the history lesson that really had no purpose? 

I will always forget that is book did, in fact, take place in space. Seriously? With the lack of sufficient or in this case, good, world building, the story could have taken place practically anywhere! Space. Seriously? 
Just like the world building, character development was also lacking. I did not get attached to either one of the characters. But then again, this is a Roth novel we’re talking about. Her characters are more bent on action than personalities. 

Overall, very displeased. If it were at all possible, I’d give this book 0 stars.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wild Beauty|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.



Wild Beauty hits the shelves October 3rd, 2017.

"Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family. "

What are you waiting on? 


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Best Books I've Read In 2017 So Far|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten Five is:





"Save Haley. Find Peregrine. Kill Feodor.

Joshlyn Weaver has a list, and she’s going to check off every item or die trying. She needs to save Haley from the Death universe, hunt down her scheming grandfather, and force Feodor to return the souls he stole. Will would help her—if she’d let him. But since healing the broken bonds between them isn’t on her list, he’ll have to prepare to meet Peregrine on his own, and his investigation leads him to the dream-walker community’s strangest corners. When the Veil separating the Dream from the World begins breaking down, Josh and Will have to come together to stop Peregrine from destroying the balance between the three universes—and they’ll need Feodor’s help, which always comes with a price. With the three universes collapsing into one another, Josh must decide who she is and who she can trust in time to save the World, herself, and everyone she loves."





"This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.












"From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.
Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name—citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.
Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.
That's when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who's attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery—and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.
Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed."






"Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life. "



"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."

What books made your Top Ten?

Best Books I've Read In 2017 So Far|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten Four is:




"Save Haley. Find Peregrine. Kill Feodor.

Joshlyn Weaver has a list, and she’s going to check off every item or die trying. She needs to save Haley from the Death universe, hunt down her scheming grandfather, and force Feodor to return the souls he stole. Will would help her—if she’d let him. But since healing the broken bonds between them isn’t on her list, he’ll have to prepare to meet Peregrine on his own, and his investigation leads him to the dream-walker community’s strangest corners. When the Veil separating the Dream from the World begins breaking down, Josh and Will have to come together to stop Peregrine from destroying the balance between the three universes—and they’ll need Feodor’s help, which always comes with a price. With the three universes collapsing into one another, Josh must decide who she is and who she can trust in time to save the World, herself, and everyone she loves."




"Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages."




"Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life."



"Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless."

What books made your Top Ten?

Monday, June 26, 2017

New Releases|June 27th, 2017


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



"An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love."

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stacking the Shelves|June 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.



Review Copies:






What books did you get this month?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates By Wes Moore|Review


The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
Published by Spiegel & Grau on January 1st, 2010
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Rating: 
The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

My Thoughts

I don't have much to say about this book. As noted by the author himself, we were not left with a clear explanation as to why their lives are very different. But that is life. Even if you have the same name and live just a few streets down from each other, that doesn't mean the outcomes will be the exact same. Choices were made. End of story. I don't know why so many people have rated this book low because they weren't given an answer at the end. There is no way of knowing the outcome for either gentleman. 
Regarding the writing, I thought it was good. Though there were instances where it deviated from the main point of the chapter. I often found myself skimming over those parts.
Overall, this book was okay. It wasn't groundbreaking or inspirational. It just kind of fell flat to me. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Prophetess|Trailer Reveal


COVER TO BE REVEALED ON AUGUST 2ND!

The Prophetess
by Desy Smith
Genre: NA Fantasy Romance
Floebe Publishing

Summary:

High up in the heavens, righteousness faces off against the greatest dissenter of all time, and in the crossfire, an angel loses his wings…

Fallen from Heaven and forced to live amongst the humans in exile, angel Ezekiel bares the tragic fate of a disgraced angel. Having overheard the rebellious Lucifer’s plans to rise up against the sanctuary of Heaven, Ezekiel remains silent, and for his inaction, he is cast from the pearly gates and onto the unforgiving lands of the mortals. Two thousand years pass with a cold and hollow wind at his back, and for a moment, Ezekiel resigns to his fate.

However, in the year 2016, the winds of fate begin to change, and redemption comes in the form of his brother, Gabriel, who bares great news. Ezekiel is given a chance to return to Heaven, but only once he has taken down Molach, an evil demon on the rise. If Ezekiel can stop Molach from helping Lucifer return, he will be welcomed back into Heaven. However, there is more than just a demon in his path, Ezekiel must uncover what else fate has in store for him, including a lovely solitary Prophetess named Isabelle and the endless possibility for joy and whimsy she offers. Can Ezekiel rise once more to the great destiny that awaits him? Or has he been amongst the fickle mortals for far too long?



Book Trailer:

About the Author
A long time fan of a good story, Desy Smith grew up creating and shaping stories of far-off kingdoms and hero princesses. Having written her first novel at the tender age of 13, her lifelong career in writing took off. With her Bachelors’ degree in English, Desy is currently studying for her Masters in Creative Writing, honing all of her skills, energy, and effort into pursuing her dreams as an author. Staying true to her roots, Desy writes almost exclusively for the fantasy/romance/drama/science fiction genre. When she isn’t writing profusely or working on her next project, Desy can be found sneaking a sweet or two. A lover of baked goods, candies, and a happily ever after, Desy can still be found in her native land of Texas.

For more information on Desy and all of her latest projects, please follow her on Facebook @ Floebe Publishing, Instagram: Floebe_publishing, Personal Website:floebepublishing.com
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten Five is:





"In a world where layers of magic create worlds on top of our own, a girl desperately hunts an elixir for death. Through the hallowed halls—and criminal underworld—of the magic world's most elite institution, time and glittering evil stalk her steps.

Animated creations, enchanted gadgets, and marvelous machines vie with the students themselves: mischievous engineers, diabolical tacticians, battle-hardened warriors, and terrifying roommates. But even amidst an eclectic and powerful student body, there is something off about Ren's magic...and the wrong people have started to notice.

Where art comes alive and the bonds of destiny are forged, Ren will find the answer to who and what she is.

A secret inside a secret world.


The series:
The Ren Crown series is a New Adult and College Fantasy series that deals with art magic, magical science, and technology. The Awakening of Ren Crown is the start of an epic adventure featuring a protagonist who would rather be diligently working in her lab than saving (or ending) the world -- but who will do anything to protect her family and friends."




"The Earth is dying.
Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it.
The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie.

That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds.
A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought. Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.

But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.

Break the chains.

Live for more."





"Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home... forever."




"She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is."





"A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake."

What books made your Top Ten?

Monday, June 19, 2017

New Releases|June 20th, 2017


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



"Five high school seniors. Two different roads. One life-changing decision. For fans of Tommy Wallach and Patrick Ness comes a thoughtful, funny novel that explores what happens to five teens when they choose the road…and the road not taken.

Should Brian play in Friday’s football game, even though his head really hurts?
Should Allegra commit to college now that her mother’s illness has returned?
Should Cole cheat on the SATs for a chance to get into his dream school?
Should Nikki go all the way with her boyfriend?
Should Wiley tell his best friend that he loves her and risk losing her completely?

These five seniors are about to have an opportunity people only dream about: to experience two potential outcomes of a life-altering decision. When it’s all over, will they still recognize their futures? "

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Stealer By A.M Yates|Review


Stealer (Stealer #1)
Published by CreateSpace on July 8th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 292
Format: eGalley
Rating: 
A Thief. A Portal. A New World. But can she get back home again? Home alone over spring break, Dee looks forward to a week free from worries about her sliding grades, her lack of friends, and her mom’s overbearing boyfriend. But when she chases a thief out of her house, she ends up with a whole new set of troubles . . . in a whole new world. The Crescent. Where everyday objects possess extraordinary power. Where countless other worlds are mere steps away. And where the High Minister has a plan for a greater future . . . that Dee really didn’t mean to screw up. Really. Pursued by masked hunters, all Dee wants is to get back home again. Yet her every move only entangles her deeper in the fantastic and dangerous new world of the Crescent.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review
In the beginning, the story started out strong. I was really disappointed when the remainder of the book was told in Dee’s point of view. A hackneyed, cliche tactic used to expose the reader to a new world without having to explain a single thing. 
Honestly, there really wasn’t anything different or extremely unique about this book that set it apart from many others exactly like it. Female lead is seen as an outcast due to her height and abnormal connections to inanimate objects. She quickly discovers that her mysterious father may not be entirely human, thus the reason behind her strange powers. Her mother and grandparents conveniently take a trip that same day for a week, leaving the main character to her own devices. Enter cocky male lead. Cocky male breaks within 24 hours of their departure, thus bringing out female’s alarmingly newfound bravery. (I mean seriously, Dee can stand up to a complete stranger without a second thought, but she must contemplate her actions when it comes to two fourteen year old's bullying her friend.) Inevitably, the two fall in love and must face “unforeseen” odds in the near future. Heartache. Heartbreak. Same old, same old.
I was completely hooked when I read the prologue. I was completely disappointed to be thrown into Dee’s drab life in the first chapter. When Verge finally appeared in chapter 3, I was even more disappointed because the entire encounter was a joke. He spoke how difficult it would be to enter the ‘Waste World’ if there even was one. Obviously, it didn’t take him that long to find an entrance because Dee was able to spot the bruises he’d received in the prologue. Once the author has your attention, you begin to see a few plot-holes, character flaws, and just eye roll worthy scenes.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop|Delirium & The Shimmering Road


Summer has just begun!

I'm giving away two books to two lucky winners!


A pulse-pounding mystery from the author of "The Gates of Evangeline" featuring Charlotte Charlie Cates, an unforgettable heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will heal or destroy those around her...

When soon-to-be mother Charlotte Charlie Cates begins to have recurring dreams about harm coming to her unborn daughter, she knows these are not the nightmares of an anxious mom-to-be. They are the result of her mysterious gift. But before she can decipher what these dreams might mean, Charlie learns that the mother who abandoned her when she was a toddler is the victim of a double murder in Arizona. The other victim Jasmine, a half-sister Charlie never knew she had has left behind a child, a little girl who speaks to Charlie in her dreams and was present on the night of the murders. Convinced that she must help her orphaned niece, Charlie travels to Tucson, Arizona, where she must confront her painful ties to her mother and delve into her sister s shadowy past.

To untangle the web of secrets that will reveal the truth of her nightmares, Charlie can no longer avoid her family s checkered history. Who is in the racy photos that turned up in Jasmine s apartment? Where is her niece s father, whom Jasmine was rumored to have been seeing again on the sly? Was her mother s charity work in Mexico really as selfless as it seemed? And most important of all, what did her niece really witness on the night of the murders?

The search for answers leads Charlie across the Mexican border, from the resort town of Rocky Point to the border town of Nogales, and elucidates the meaning of her dreams in most unexpected ways. Ultimately, to protect her niece and her unborn child, Charlie must battle not just evil but the forces of nature, in one final terrifying encounter in the Tucson desert.

A thrilling mystery that combines literary suspense and romance with a mystical twist that is unputdownable. If you love Kate Atkinson and Alice Sebold, you should not miss Hester Young.



In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn't about to make the same mistake.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the "Wilds" who lives under the government's radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?






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Mask of Shadows|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.



Mask of Shadows hits the shelves September 5th, 2017.

"Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home. 

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. 

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive."

What are you waiting on? 


Monday, June 12, 2017

New Releases|June 13th, 2017


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



"“It’s dark magic brings him back.”

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family—it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” But none of that seems to matter after Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard. 

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events—including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin—that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth—and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel—she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the centuries-old curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried… at any cost.

From award-winning author Elle Cosimano comes a haunting, atmospheric thriller perfect to hand to readers of the Mara Dyer trilogy and Bone Gap."

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis |Review


Spinning Starlight
Published by Disney Hyperion on October 6th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 327
Format: ARC
Rating: 

Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men shows up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home—a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for its very survival. 

My Thoughts

I’m not sure how to feel about this book. I liked that it retold a fairytale that isn’t as common. I'd never even heard of the story that the book retold. I loved all of the different concepts that went into creating the world. It is defiantly a futuristic retelling. I though the idea behind blackmailing Liddi was very clever. The majority of this book is Liddi thoughts. If she had spoken, then there wouldn't be that much to the story. The emotions and feelings thrown in throughout the story felt genuine and perfect for Liddi's character and for each situation. 
From what Liddi's tells us, her universe sounds interesting. However, despite some of the intricate details and descriptions, the setting was a little hard to imagine. I understand how difficult it can be to creative a completely different world from our own because of the vast variation in technology, equipment, and terminology. You want to keep our world and their world separate, so describing everything from their world in their terms but somehow relating it to our world and our terms can be quite tedious. 
Though I do enjoy a little bit of backstory; however, in Spinning Starlight, I wasn't a huge fan of the flashbacks. Oftentimes, they were slow and disrupted the story. 
Overall, I thought the book was okay. I would've liked it more if there wasn't so much scientific terms and objects. Also, a short, none vague description would've been great too.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Arsonist|Waiting on Wednesday


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The Arsonist hits the shelves August 22nd, 2017.

"Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, her father is a convicted murderer, and his execution date is fast approaching. For another, Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and she waits for the day when they’ll be reunited . . . despite all evidence that this will never happen.

Pepper Yusef is not your average teenage boy. A Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy, serious girl problems, and the most useless seizure dog in existence, he has to write a series of essays over the summer . . . or fail out of school.

And Ava Dreyman—the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall—is unlike anyone you’ve met before.

When Molly gets a package leading her to Pepper, they’re tasked with solving a decades-old mystery: find out who killed Ava, back in 1989. Using Ava’s diary for clues, Molly and Pepper realize there’s more to her life—and death—than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them. And someone out there is guiding them along, desperate for answers."

What are you waiting on?