Posted in Young Adult

Feed the Flames Review

Feed the Flames by Annette Mariefeedtheflames

Steel and Stone #3.5

Published: July 22nd 2015 by Annette Marie

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

In this short story addition to the Steel & Stone series, discover the fate of Seiya and Lyre following the conclusion of YIELD THE NIGHT (Steel & Stone #3).

Seiya wants nothing more than to disappear with her brother, safe from all the enemies that would tear them apart. But now she, along with Lyre, has been taken prisoner. Separated from Ash, his fate unknown, and tormented by memories of her imprisonment in Asphodel, she must put her faith in Lyre and his carefully guarded secrets. To have any chance of escape, they’ll have to work together to find a way out before they learn what fate their captors are planning for them.

“Death was one mistake away for them all, and her brother was no exception.”

This picks up right after Lyre and Seiya are kidnapped by the Ras. So far I am not a big fan of Seiya, but this books helps me like her a tiny bit. We get more insight on who she and Lyre are as characters, and now I wish we knew more about Lyre and his mysterious past!

Sometimes I find it hard to rate short stories because they are so short! This one though is packed with action, just like the series. Marie could have written an entire novel on just this side story alone.

Posted in Subscription Box, Young Adult

Uppercase Box November Review

It’s that time of the month again! A new box from Uppercase by Lisa Parkin!

IMG_0024.JPGEvery month you receive:

  • a brand new hardcover book, the book is either signed or you receive a signed bookplate,
  • 1-2 high quality bookish items,
  • Uppercase reading experience with exclusive content,
  • and a special note!

You can choose from two different plans:

Expert plan: comes with everything above for only $23/month plus $6 shipping and handling;

Book exclusive plan: comes with everything above except the 1-2 bookish items for only $17/month plus s/h.

You can check out my other Uppercase reviews here, and my other book subscription reviews here!


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I know I have said this before, but I really like how Lisa includes a personalized note and a list of the items inside the box. I also like how this month Lisa included who provided that particular item.

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The book this month is The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.

Published: November 1st 2016 by Delacorte Press

Goodreads Summary:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

This book has a retail value of $18.99, on Amazon it is $11.41.

Everyone seems to be talking about this book and I am very excited to dive in! This seems like a book I would really enjoy, and lets face it so far I have enjoyed all of my Uppercase books!

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Did I mention that it’s signed?! Uppercase has solely increased the amount of signed books on my shelves in the past couple of months alone! 🙂

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To further enjoy your reading experience, when  you get to a particular page you can unlock a new video, poll, or question that corresponds to that spot in the book! This is a very neat idea that no other subscription box that I subscribe to does!

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The Sun is Also a Star temporary tattoo. “Love always changes everything.”

This doesn’t have a company associated with it, so I am going to estimate that this tattoo has a value of $2.

Just how cute are these Harry Potter cookie cutters by FrostedCo?! This was a custom order so they don’t have them on their website. On their website (either their personal or Etsy shop) they sell their cookie cutters for $3.00 a piece. So this set has a value of $6.00

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“Books are Magical” greeting card set by 9th Letter Press. This was a custom order, so they do not have this particular card set on their website. A similar unicorn card has a value of $5. That makes this set have an estimated value of $25.

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This month, Uppercase included a Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth chapter sampler! I have this book on my list of books to buy for the new year, and I can’t wait to see what the first chapter holds! I would not mind at all if this is January or even February’s book! *hint hint* I don’t think this item has a value on it, you can find an excerpt online if you want or click this link and read it.

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Overall, this box has an estimated value of $44. Not bad, but if the greeting cards were not included, this box would cost less than the subscription. Considering I really only like the book and the HP cookie cutters, this box didn’t appeal to me as much as past boxes. Uppercase still tends to be one of my favorite boxes, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next month!!

What do you think of this months Uppercase?

Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday #15 (11/16/2016)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title: Carve the Mark (Untitled Duology #1)

Author: Veronica Roth

Expected Publication: January 17th 2017

Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books

Goodreads Summary:

Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series.

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

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 from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Honestly, I have only read the the first book in the Divergent series, and I devoured it in two sittings! I haven’t gotten around to reading the other two books, but I have a feeling I am going to like this new series even more!

What are you waiting for this week?

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Mondays #14 (11/14/2016)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: Legend (Legend #1)

Author: Marie Lu

Published: November 29th 2011 by Putnam Juvenile

Goodreads Summary:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

I seem to be on a Marie Lu kick recently. I was too busy to post last week (okay, I really forgot because I was so busy), but my last post was also a Lu book for another one of her series. I have heard some really good things about this book, so I picked it up over the weekend while in Indy and have officially added it to my TBR shelf.

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesdays #14 (11/9/2016)

Hey guys! It seems like forever since I have last posted. It has been a very busy week for me in grad school and I am waiting for this week to be over with already! I need some down time!!!!


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title: Flashfall

Author: Jenny Moyer

Expected Publication: November 15th 2016

Publisher:  Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Goodreads Summary:

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

I had the opportunity to read this book over the summer as an arc, and I really enjoyed it! I can’t wait for this to actually come out to see what changes were made!

What are you waiting for this week?

 

Posted in Young Adult

Yield the Night Review

Yield the Night by Annette Marieyieldthenight

Steel and Stone Book #3

Published: March 18th 2015 by Annette Marie

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

After surviving a round-trip to hell, Piper figures she can survive anything. After all, she just lived through the devastating loss of her Consul apprenticeship and a torturous stint at boarding school. How much worse could it get?

Well, she wasn’t expecting a group of crazy radicals to burn her home to the ground and take her prisoner.

The Gaians, a.k.a. the crazy radicals, plan to rid Earth of daemons and they need Piper’s help. In exchange for her cooperation, they promise her the answer to all her problems: magic. With her own magic, she could reclaim her apprenticeship, the only future she’s ever wanted. But her magic comes at price — it could kill her.

With the life she’s always known crumbling around her and her future slipping from her grasp, she needs Ash’s help one more time. But the greatest danger of all lies within her, and no matter what she does, she may lose everything — including him.

After reading the second book, check out my review of it here, this one was a little bit of a let down. I enjoyed it immensely, but it just didn’t have the oomph of the second book. The ending though was great, and I can’t wait to dive into the next book to see how it unfolds!

As far as characterization goes, I feel as if it left a little something to be desired. Piper is still a great main character. She was still a down to earth character, that is very relatable. She isn’t as naive as she was in the first two books, well at least in the last bit of the third book. So far, in the series, I think we see Piper grow the most in this book. In the beginning, she was very dependent on Ash and anyone else to save her from situations with other daemons. By the end of this book, Piper realizes that she can’t keep depending on others to save her life, especially if they keep getting hurt in the process. So what does Piper do? Well I could tell you, but then that might give some things away. So crossing my lips!

Ash on the other hand is still my favorite guy. At this point he is probably on the top of my literary boyfriends list. We start to see the damage that being tortured for 5 weeks has done to Ash. He is slowly falling apart at the seams, and whatever his friends do to help doesn’t seem to work. Poor Ash, I can’t help but feel sorry for him. I hope in the next installment he heals from his wounds and can finally be with Piper. (I really like them together)

This novel did leave some questions unanswered. For instance, what is the Gaians real purpose? Piper said it perfectly, they messed up the stealing of the Sahar, stole the wrong guy, and couldn’t defend themselves against an attack. So far they haven’t proven themselves a capable group. And then all of a sudden they are blowing up consulates? It just doesn’t make sense.

Just like the rest of the series, this was fast paced and action packed! It always amazes me all the situations Piper, Ash, and Lyre can get themselves in to. I hope in the 4th book that some questions are answered or issues resolved, as of right now they just keep piling up on each other and going nowhere.

 

Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday #13 (11/2/2016)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title: 
Wires and Nerve , Volume 1

Author: Marissa Meyer, art by Doug Holgate

Expected Publication: January 31st 2017

Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends

Goodreads Summary:

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure — with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

A graphic novel by Marissa Meyer on The Lunar Chronicles? Yes, please.

What are you waiting for this week?

 

Posted in Young Adult

Halloween Read-A-Thon Update

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This was created by Lauren@WonderlessReviews,so if you are interested in checking out the original post for the details here.

Happy day after Halloween, and 1st of November! Last night, I dressed up as Jessica Jones and gave out Halloween candy to the kids in my neighborhood. Although, I believe, I looked flawless, I should really consider where I live when picking out a costume. It was way to hot to be wearing boots and a leather jacket in south Texas.

I saw one of the people that I follow did an update on her read-a-thon and thought that was a pretty good idea. It’s a good way to gage how well you did over the month. Well I read books, but I don’t think I read a single book in my read-a-thon list. Oops.

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Supposed to have read And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. I could never find the book at my library and it’s not available as a Kindle Unlimited, so I had to skip this book.

Instead I read The Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo, you can check out my review here. This novella was perfect for this month! It had some creepy aspects  and a plot twist that I didn’t see coming!

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I was supposed to read The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows, and instead I read Bind the Soul by Annette Marie. You can check out my review here.

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I was supposed to read The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy. Instead I read The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo. You can check out my review here.

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Supposed to read- The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Read- The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry. This book while wasn’t too great still fit the them of supernatural! With world jumping and time travel, that aspect was pretty great. The only problem was the romance. =/ You can check out my review here.

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Supposed to read- Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

Read- Mechanica by Betsy Cromwell. This book was alright. I was in a bit of a reading slump this month, so I picked this book hoping that it would help. It didn’t, but you can check out my review here.

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Supposed to read- The Mara Dyer Series books #2 and #3.

Read- Yield the Night by Annette Marie.


As you can see none of the books I read were on my original Halloween read-a-thon list. However, I am proud of myself for at least reading something that still fits in the categories. Although to be honest, reading paranormal books is not hard for me. I have been reading Crooked Kingdom all month, and I am taking my time with it. I just don’t want it to end!!

Did you participate in this read-a-thon? How well did you do on your list?