Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday

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:  A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Expected Publication:  May 2nd 2017

Publisher:  Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Goodreads Summary:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

I can’t believe that this book finally comes out next week!!!! I am so excited! I still need to read the second book in this series, but I think I’ll just wait until next week and then binge read the three books together!

What are you waiting for this week?

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Monday (4/24/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @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: The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight #2)

Author: Melissa Grey

Published: July 12th 2016 by Delacorte Press

Goodreads Summary:

A battle has been won. But the war has only just begun.

Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature—or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?

Welcome to the shadow hour.

This is probably the most recent addition to my Goodreads TBR pile. I just finished the first book last week, and I really enjoyed it a lot. I just posted my review two days ago, so definitely check it out if you are interested in this book.

The first book has strong similarities between The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Hopefully, this book will deviate and stand out on its own.

Whats on your TBR pile this week?

Posted in Arc, Young Adult

Mask of Shadows Book Review

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Millermaskofshadows

Expected Publication: September 5th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

This eArc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

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 drew me to this book on NetGalley was the summary saying that it was for fans of Maas and Bardugo. I just wish that this book was more its own, rather than a mix of series that we have already read and for the most part love. This book had a Throne of Glass meets Hunger Games feel to it, and for that I didn’t have must interest in it.

The only aspect of this book that I did enjoy was that Sal was a gender fluid character, or well I more like the idea of such character. There was never really an explanation of why Sal was gender neutral, and the author made it seem as if everyone accepted Sal in whatever gender he/she was dressed that day. This would have been all fine and dandy that everyone was very accepting during this time if it wasn’t for Sal getting teary eyed every time someone accepted him (I’ll just call Sal him to make things simple). But even though Sal is gender fluid, it wasn’t a big aspect of the plot and sometimes felt thrown in as filler.

In reality, we don’t really know who Sal is as a character and anyone else for that matter. As soon as the audition starts everyone is given a number and a mask. This made caring about anyone in the book particularly hard, and since it’s a competition we don’t really learn who they are to begin with.

The world building was very confusing in this. I felt as if we were just thrown in and expected to know everything already. It didn’t help that I felt like I was rereading another book set in a dystopian world where everyone has to fight for the death to become the victor, or in this case the queens new assassin.

Overall, this book was a disappointment for me, and I will definitely not be picking up the second one when it comes out. Giving this book 2 stars is being very generous, my rating would actually be closer to 1-1.5.

Posted in Young Adult

The Girl at Midnight Book Review

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Greythegirlatmidnight

Published: April 28th 2015 by Delacorte Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Magic lives in our darkest corners.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants…and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

I haven’t heard of this author before, and decided to buy this book on a whim from Book Outlet. I am so glad that I did! I really enjoyed this book, and although it is similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone I felt like the book was original enough to stand out on its own.

…I like to be around all these books. They’re very good at making you forget your troubles. It’s like having a million friends, wrapped in paper and scrawled in ink

This started off with a 7 year old girl pick pocketing who she thought was a woman in the library late at night. The prologue was so well written that I was hooked after the first few pages. Who was this little girl? Why is she living in the library? Why was the woman that she tried to steal money from have feathers? So many questions, and I just had to read the rest of the book to find out the answers.

I loved the pacing of this book. There was plenty of action and they were spaced out very well. I also liked how the author put a really huge emphasis on friendship and didn’t really focus that much on the romantic aspect of Echo’s life. Yes, there was some very cheesy moments in the beginning with her boyfriend Rowan. When Caius showed up there was a brief moment that seemed as if there was going to be a love triangle, but thankfully the author didn’t put too much emphasis on it. I didn’t like how Echo thought oh well I screwed up so Rowan isn’t going to like me anymore, guess I’ll just like Caius instead. It wasn’t really that quick, but it felt like it a little bit.

The young always think they’re invincible, right until the moment they learn otherwise. Usually, the hard way

I knew going in that this was going to be a series, because lets face it no one does just standalones anymore it seems, so I was waiting for them to get almost to the firebird and we be left with a cliffhanger. Thankfully, this novel didn’t end on one! Yes, you know that there is still a war going on, but they found the firebird and lines have been drawn.

But think carefully on it. Names are not a thing to be rushed. There’s power in names.

The only aspect that I had a problem with in this novel, was the fact that no one really knew how the war between the Avicen and the Drakharin started. I felt like it could be flushed out a little bit more, or maybe the truth will come out in the second or third book. For this one, it just seemed like a scapegoat that each side just blamed the other for starting it.

I did enjoy that there were LGBT characters, and that they didn’t seem awkward or just randomly placed into the story. They were involved for most of the book, and they weren’t just thrown in to have a LGBT aspect. (These characters and the friendship between Dorian and Caius, is how I can see that this book reminds people of The Mortal Instruments). 

Overall, I enjoyed this book and how strong and independent the main character is. I can’t wait to get the second book to see how their stories continue.

Posted in Young Adult

Wires and Nerve Book Review

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyerwiresandnerve

Published: January 31st 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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.

The copy I read actually had the staff in Iko’s hand instead of the gun. I’m sure by now you probably heard of the controversy of the cover, but honestly I don’t think it makes much of a difference. I don’t think in the graphic novel Iko ever had a staff, but she was always using a tranquilizer gun so whether or not its on the cover doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. But I am also older than the intended audience, so I could also see the other side of the problem.

That’s not necessary. I’m doing what any good friend would do, out of loyalty and Lunar patriotism and–“
“I’ll buy you a new pair of shoes.”
“Sold.”

Before going into this book, I have already heard a few rumblings, but I wanted to give it a clean shot and without any expectations. Especially since I really love the actual series that this is based off of. This novel starts off a few months after the end of Winter, so if you haven’t read the series yet I wouldn’t start with this one.

I enjoyed the fact that this was based upon Iko and her adventures with and outside of the group. Although, if I had to deal with her this much in the first 4 books, I probably wouldn’t have liked her as much. (She can be a tad bit annoying) TLC itself was a bit more complex, where this one was light in the plot development. The tone was a lot different as well going for a more comical, I need to feel needed kind of way.

This book was centered around Cinder getting ready to abdicate the throne, and Iko rounding up the rogue wolf hybrids terrorizing Earth. So as you can see there wasn’t much of a plot, except near the end when a true “villain” appeared. The dialogue along with the graphics in this novel made it seem as if the target audience was for more of a middle school reader rather than for an older young adult reader like the previous books. To be honest, I was not a fan of the graphics and didn’t really look at them that much.

I misread the romantic tension, Didn’t I?

There was also a moment where there was “romantic tension” between Iko and another character, and it just felt really forced. Not everyone in the series needs to have a romantic partner, and I was hoping that Iko would just keep on having her fangirl crush on Emperor Kai like all the other girls. There wasn’t much else going on in the book, so I felt like the author was just trying to throw something “new” into the mix.

Overall, I felt very meh about this book. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t enjoy it all that much either. If you really love The Lunar Chronicles then maybe you’ll want to stay away and just keep your love alive by rereading the series. If you don’t really care one way or another, you can pick up this graphic novel and maybe you’ll enjoy it more than me! I would love to hear your inputs on this, as I know there is a big following for the author and there are plenty of mix reviews.

 

Posted in Young Adult

Vassa in the Night Book Review

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porterimg_1572

Published: September 20th 2017 by Tor Teen

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…

I got this in one of my Uppercase subscription boxes a few months ago, and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to finally read it! Although it did take me a few chapters to really get into the book, but once I did I enjoyed it immensely.

You don’t have to be human to be a person. I mean you don’t have to be human to be somebody. I don’t know you that well, but you seem like way more of a somebody than lots of humans I know! Really 

This story is based upon the Russian folklore Vassilissa the Beautiful, and after reading a few chapters I just had to go and brush up on what the folklore was all about. Once I did, I could see a few aspects lining up, and then I just tried to guess what would happen next and I was wrong on every account. This book is strange, and you think it’ll go one way but then the author will take you on a totally different path.

This book had talking wooden dolls (who was very sassy), dancing stores, moving hands, and strange dreams. It is also very dark at moments, sometimes gory, and just the right amount of snark. Sometimes I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Vassa and her situation, and other times I just couldn’t believe she did that to herself.

The book is centered around Vassa going to the convenience store to get light bulbs, only to be framed for stealing by one of the hands. Now she has to survive three nights in the shop to prove her innocence. While there she begins to solve the mystery of why night time seems to last so long, all while trying to keep her head attached to her body. The tasks that Babs puts her through are very ridiculous and for Vassa they all were very overwhelming. She makes friends along the way and they help her through each situation and to come to terms with certain truths she rather keep in the dark about herself.

If you enjoy retellings and weird, whimsical books, then I definitely suggest you check out this book!

Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday (4/19/2017)

It’s that time of the week again, another WoW!!! I know I’ve been a little MIA lately, and I keep saying that I’ll do better but honestly I probably won’t be consistent again until after I finish writing my thesis this summer….[insert nervous looking emoji here]

With that being said on to WoW….

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…


Legion

Title:  Legion (Talon #4)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Expected Publication:  April 25th 2017

Publisher:  MIRA Ink

Goodreads Summary:

The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde. Book 4 of 5 in The Talon Saga from New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa.

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all–dragons do not suffer human emotions–let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she’s capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante–the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.

Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.

I haven’t read the third book yet, but after finding out that there will be 5, I will probably wait until they are all out and binge read the whole series. I really enjoyed the first two books and I can’t imagine not liking the last 3. Although, when did trilogies stop being a thing? Why does series these days have to be 4+ books? Depending on the series it’s okay with me, but some series should have stopped at just one! Which series would you recommend and which would you not?