Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #1
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Source: Finished copy received from publisher (Thanks, Tor!!)
Rating: 5 Stars

***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

So You Like Retellings? I've Got a List For You...

You know what one my favorite things to do is? Look at all the upcoming releases on Goodreads! I love to discover all these new and exciting books coming out so I can wait in agony for them to be released. And you know what I've noticed? A HUGE trend in retellings. Not just limited to fairytales either. I've seen Frankenstein retellings. Shakespeare retellings. Pretty much anything. For both 2015 and 2016. I really think that we're going to be seeing a LOT of retellings in the next couple years. Which I'm not complaining about. I do love me a good retelling. As long as it's done well. Like Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles or Claire Legrand's Winterspell. If all these retellings are anything like those two, we are in for a very good couple years. I love the way people reimagine classic fairytales and stories and I can't wait to do see what these amazing authors are going to do. I thought I'd share a list of 2015 & 2016 retellings with you guys that I'm excited about. 

2015 Retellings:

Winter by Marissa Meyer - November 10, 2015 - the last book in the Lunar Chronicles series!! 
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee - September 22, 2015 - Frankenstein retelling! 
A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell - September 21, 2015 - a whole series of Disney stories with a twist!  
Spelled by Betsy Schow - June 2, 2015 - Wizard of Oz retelling! Hopefully this one doesn't disappoint like Dorothy Must Die did... 
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - May 5, 2015 - It's a Beauty and the Beast retelling by Sarah J. Maas. Um... DYING!!! 
Alice in Wonderland High by Rachel Shane - April 18, 2015 - A contemporary retelling of Alice in Wonderland! This one sounds so fun! 
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas - February 24, 2015 - Sleeping Beauty retelling - I wasn't a huge fan of this one, but a lot of other people liked it. 
Fairest by Marissa Meyer - January 27, 2015 - Queen Levana's (aka the Evil Queen) story. How have I not read this yet?? 
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge - May 5, 2015 - Little Red Riding Hood retelling! I don't know that I've ever read one of those... 
Never Never by Brianna Shrum - September 22, 2015 - A Peter Pan retelling all about Captain Hook and how he became what he is. Omg. My Hook fangirl is screaming for this book!! 
Ash & Bramble  by Sarah Prineas - September 15, 2015 - Cinderella retelling. Not really a retelling though. About the girl who makes the dresses for the fairy godmother and the shoemaker. Um, yes please. 
The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz - May 5, 2015 - I can't begin to express how excited I am for this book. It's about Disney villains' children!! *squeals* This is the prequel novel to the movie Disney's Descendants that comes out sometime this summer!!! 
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell - August 4, 2015 - Mechanic Cinderella retelling. Sounds similar to Cinder, but I'm not complaining. 
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh - March 12, 2015 - A retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, another one I haven't read, but this book sounds amazing. 
Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross - January 27, 2015 - This sounds like a mash-up of a bunch of fairytales and is actually the sequel to Kill Me Softly which I haven't read, but both sound amazing! 
Mirrored by Alex Flinn - September 15, 2015 - A Snow White retelling of sorts about the witch from Snow White training a modern girl on how to make herself the "fairest of them all". 
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson - May 12, 2015 - Pitched as "Swan Lake meets Robin Hood" about a girl who poaches to feed the poor. 
Fair as Snow by Tracy Barrett - July 2015 - Snow White retelling where the evil queen really may be the "fairest of them all". 

2016 Retellings: 

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins - March 2016 - Inspired by the Grimm Brother's "The Singing Bone". I've never read it, but this book sounds awesome! 
Heartless by Marissa Meyer - 2016 - A prequel to Alice in Wonderland. Um, it's Marissa Meyer. This is bound to be awesome. 
Never Ever by Sara Saedi - 2016 - Another Peter Pan retelling! 
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman - 2016 - A Blackbeard retelling! Yes, please to pirates! 
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter - March 2016 - A retelling of a Russian folktale "Vassilisa the Beautiful" - Never heard of it, but it says there's an evil stepsister and a magic doll. I'm in. 
The Stars Turned Away by Lisa Maxwell - 2016 - Yet another Peter Pan retelling. I don't even care. I'm so excited. 
Untitled Aladdin Retelling by Jessica Khoury - This doesn't even have a release date yet, but I don't care. It sounds awesome. About a genie in love with Aladdin forced to grant his wishes for trying to fall in love with another girl. 
The Shadow Queen  by C.J. Redwine - 2016 - It's a Snow White retelling by C.J. Redwine!!!! I'm freaking out!!!!!!!
Untitled by Rosamund Hodge - 2016 - Pitched as "Shakespeare meets Sabriel". Um, I LOVED Sabriel so I'm all about this. 
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters - 2016 - Inspired by Hamlet. More Shakespeare. Yes, please. 

This is how I feel about all these books:

Did I miss any? If I did, please share so I can add them to my wishlist! Which ones are you most excited about? 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To

Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: ebook
Release Date: May 22, 2013
Source: Bought
Rating: 4 Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Two Year Blogoversary Celebration + Giveaway!

The Library Canary just turned two! *throws confetti* My blogoversary was actually on Sunday, but I was participating in the Love-a-Thon so decided to to do my celebration post this week instead. I wanted to share some fun stats with you guys and some things that I've learned in my two years of blogging.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Death Marked by Leah Cypess

Death Marked

Author: Leah Cypess
Series: Death Sworn #2
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: ebook
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 3 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A young sorceress’s entire life has been shaped to destroy the empire controlling her world. But if everything she knows is a lie, will she even want to fulfill her destiny? The sequel to Death Sworn is just as full of magic and surprising revelations, and will thrill fans of Leigh Bardugo and Robin LaFevers.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Love-a-Thon 2015 Mini Challenge #5: High Five!

We've made it to mini challenge #5! I can't believe the love-a-thon is almost over! It's time to high five some things/people! These are all the things that are currently at the top of my list of favorites:

Love-a-Thon Mini 2015 Challenge #4: Snapshots

This was by far my favorite mini challenge of the love-a-thon. It was just so much fun to look at all my books and come up with some fun pictures to share with you guys. I decided on a theme of "50 Shades of Books".