Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we make lists of bookish things!

In the theme of back to school we are talking about who we are sitting with at lunch upon our return to the glorious place that is high school.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Illusions of Fate

Author: Kiersten White
Series: Standalone
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: ebook
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Source: egalley received by Edelweiss
Rating: 4 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:

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: ARC
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Source: ARC received from publisher at BEA (Thanks, Bloomsbury!)
Rating: 5 Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book/Movie Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Publisher: Speak
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Source: Bought
Rating: 4 Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: Rabbit Ears by Maggie di Vries

Rabbit Ears

Author: Maggie di Vries
Series: Standalone
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: ebook
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 5 Stars
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Synopsis from Edelweiss:

Kaya, who is adopted and multiracial, has just been released from a Youth Detention Centre and is carrying a painful secret: she was sexually abused by a neighbour for years. Kaya keeps away, repeatedly disappearing into a life of sex work and addiction. Meanwhile, her sister, Beth, uses food and a rediscovered love of magic tricks to escape her own troubles. Though both girls struggle through darkness and pain, they eventually find their way towards a moment of illumination and healing.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we make lists of bookish things!

This week's topic is about books that we want to read desperately, but somehow don't yet own. Maybe it's because we're broke. Maybe it's because we keep forgetting about them every time we buy books. Maybe it's because shiny new releases distract us. Here's the ones that I need to buy: 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Starry Night by Isabel Gillies

Starry Night

Author: Isabel Gillies
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: ebook
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 1.5 Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sometimes one night can change everything. On this particular night, Wren and her three best friends are attending a black-tie party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of a major exhibit curated by her father. An enormous wind blasts through the city, making everyone feel that something unexpected and perhaps wonderful will happen. And for Wren, that something wonderful is Nolan. With his root-beer-brown Michelangelo eyes, Nolan changes the way Wren’s heart beats. In Isabel Gillies's Starry Night, suddenly everything is different. Nothing makes sense except for this boy. What happens to your life when everything changes, even your heart? How much do you give up? How much do you keep?