#Review | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince
The Cruel PrinceThe Cruel Prince by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air #1)
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | February 27 – March 5

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of February 27 – March 5. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big week for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

FANTASY / SCI-FI

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (Rise of the Empress #1)

Published by Philomel Books

October 10th 2017

Forest of a Thousand LanternsEighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

The Knowing by Sharon Cameron (The Forgetting #2)

Published by Scholastic Press

October 10th 2017

The KnowingSamara doesn’t forget. And she isn’t the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.

Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city’s forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs — and truths — collide?

The Curses by Laure Eve (The Graces #2)

Published by Amulet Books

October 10th 2017

The CursesPicking up the pieces after the chilling events of the previous year isn’t easy, but the Graces are determined to do it. Wolf is back after a mysterious disappearance, and everyone’s eager to return to normal. Except for Summer, the youngest Grace. Summer has a knack for discovering the truth—and something is troubling her. After a trail of clues leads her to what could be the key to both her family’s mysterious past and the secret of Wolf, she’s determined to vanquish yet another curse. But exposing secrets is a dangerous game, and it’s not one Summer can win alone.

At Summer’s behest, the coven comes back together, reluctantly drawing their erstwhile friend River back into the fold. But Wolf’s behavior becomes unpredictable even as Fenrin’s strength fades, and Summer must ask herself whether the friend she so loves is also planning her family’s ultimate, cursed demise.

Generation One by Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies Reborn #1)

Published by HarperCollins

June 27th 2017

Generation OneIt has been over a year since the invasion of Earth was thwarted in Pittacus Lore’s United as One. But in order to win, our alien allies known as the Garde unleashed their Loric energy that spread throughout the globe. Now human teenagers have begun to develop incredible powers of their own, known as Legacies.

To help these incredible and potentially dangerous individuals—and put the world at ease—the Garde have created an academy where they can train this new generation to control their powers and hopefully one day help mankind. But not everyone thinks that’s the best use of their talents. And the teens may need to use their Legacies sooner than they ever imagined.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Published by Amulet Books

August 8th 2017

The Epic Crush of Genie LoHer only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

DYSTOPIAN

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach (Anchor & Sophia #1)

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

October 3rd 2017

Strange FireThere is power in knowledge and power without it. Choose wisely.

They said that the first generation of man was brought low by its appetites: for knowledge, for power, for wealth. They said mankind’s voracity was so great, the Lord sent his own Daughter to bring fire and devastation to the world.

The survivors were few, but over the course of centuries they banded together to form a new civilization—the Descendancy—founded on the belief that the mistakes of the past must never be repeated.

Brothers Clive and Clover Hamill, the sons of a well-respected Descendant minister, have spent their lives spreading that gospel. But when their traveling ministry discovers a community intent on rediscovering the blasphemous technologies of the past, a chain of events will be set in motion that will pit city against city…and brother against brother.

Alongside Jez Poplin, Clive’s childhood sweetheart, and Paz Dedios, a revolutionary who dreams of overthrowing the Descendancy, Clive’s and Clover’s paths will diverge, and each will play a part in determining the fate of humanity itself.

CONTEMPORARY

A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers

August 15th 2017

A Map for Wrecked GirlsWe sat at the edge of the ocean—my sister Henri and I—inches apart but not touching at all. We’d been so sure someone would find us by now.

Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.

I’d trusted Henri more than I’d trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I’d follow.

Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.

For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on this shore.

To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

Published by HarperTeen

October 3rd 2017

Far From the TreeBeing the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.

Running Full Tilt by Michael Currinder

Published by Charlesbridge Teen

September 5th 2017

Running Full TiltLike most siblings, Leo and Caleb have a complicated relationship. But Caleb’s violent outbursts literally send Leo running. When the family is forced to relocate due to Caleb’s uncontrollable behavior, Leo tries to settle into a new school, joining the cross-country team and discovering his talent for racing and endurance for distance. Things even begin to look up for Leo when he befriends Curtis, a potential state champion who teaches Leo strategy and introduces him to would-be girlfriend, Mary. But Leo’s stability is short-lived as Caleb escalates his attacks on his brother, resentful of his sport successes and new friendships.

Leo can’t keep running away from his problems. But, with a little help from Curtis and Mary, he can appreciate his worth as a brother and his own capacity for growth, both on and off the field.

Prince of Pot by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Published by Groundwood Books

September 5th 2017

Prince of PotIsaac loves art class, drives an old pickup, argues with his father and hangs out with his best buddy, Hazel. But his life is anything but normal. His parents operate an illegal marijuana grow-op, Hazel is a bear that guards the property, and his family’s livelihood is a deep secret.

It’s no time to fall in love with the daughter of a cop.

Isaac’s girlfriend Sam is unpredictable, ambitious and needy. And as his final year of high school comes to an end, she makes him consider a new kind of life pursuing his interest in art, even if that means leaving behind his beloved home in the Rockies and severing all ties with his family.

For a while he hopes he can have it all, until a disastrous graduation night, when Sam’s desperate grab for her father’s attention suddenly puts his entire family at risk.

All Things New by Lauren Miller

Published by Three Saints Press

August 1st 2017

All Things NewSeventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble—now she looks as shattered as she feels.

Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but things go from bad to worse when she realizes she’s seeing bruises and scars on the people around her that no one else can see. She blames it on the accident, but as her body heals and the hallucinations continue, Jessa wonders if what she’s seeing could somehow have a deeper meaning.

In her quest for answers, she falls for Marshall, a boy whose kindness and generous heart slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world—a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

Munro Vs. the Coyote by Darren Groth

Published by Orca Book Publishers

October 17th 2017

Munro Vs. The CoyoteSince the sudden death of his younger sister, Evie, sixteen-year-old Munro Maddux has been having flashbacks and anger-management issues. He has a constant ache in his right hand. And there’s a taunting, barking, biting voice he calls “The Coyote.” Munro knows a six-month student exchange will not be the stuff of teenage dreams, but in Brisbane he intends to move beyond his troubled past. It is there, at an assisted living residence called Fair Go Community Village, that Munro discovers the Coyote can be silenced.

Munro volunteers as a “Living Partner” and gets to know the team of residents he is assigned to. The burden he carries, however, is not so easily cast aside. When one of the team makes the decision to leave, the Coyote gets a new life. When a second resident is taken away, the specter of trauma and death looms larger than ever.

Will Munro learn how to silence the voice? Or will the Coyote ultimately triumph?

Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer

Published by Candlewick Press

November 17th 2017

Being FishkillWhen Fishkill Carmel meets the eccentric, fearless optimist, Duck-Duck Farina, her life begins to change – maybe too much, definitely too fast. Fishkill had forged an impenetrable, don’t-mess-with-me identity to cope with years of abuse, neglect, and hunger. If she lets her guard down now, how will she deal with the hard times ahead that are all but guaranteed for someone like her?

Just as it does for Fishkill, meeting Duck-Duck Farina and her mother Molly will leave readers forever, deeply changed.

HORROR

The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics

Published by Harlequin Teen

September 26th 2017

31123250From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn’t quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.

When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they’ll go to keep their family together.

COVER REVEALS WITHOUT SYNOPSIS

The Potion Diaries: Going Viral by Amy Alward

The Silver Mask by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke


Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

Until next time,

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Rae over at Bookmark Chronicles to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag. This looked like such a fun tag to do which may put me in some hot waters if a lot of my favorite books show up! So thank you Rae for all this wonderful torture I’m sure I am about to go through!

Rules:
  • Randomly choose 3 books. (Use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf. Thanks for that tip, it makes this so much easier)
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread. (A lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill.)
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or five) 🙂

Okay, let’s do this!


ROUND 1

BURN: The Iron Trial by Holly Black/Cassandra Clare. I just did not like this book. In my opinion it is a horrible middle grade.

REWRITE: The Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. Don’t get me wrong, I liked this book a lot. But I think I would rewrite the first quarter of it and lay off the heavy romance nonsense that was there.

REREAD: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This book was great! Everything I could have wanted in a book with Superheroes and Super Villains.


ROUND 2

BURN: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger. No shock there. This book was boring as hell!

REWRITE: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I would rewrite the last quarter of this book. This three quarters are fantastic! But that last part when they’re in the cave and she is paraded around as a slave just made me so uncomfortable….

REREAD: Soulless by Gail Carriger. This was my first ever steampunk paranormal fantasy I’ve read and I loved it. It is well written and smart, and I loved all the characters too!


ROUND 3

BURN: Wayward Vol. 1 by Jim Zub. Sorry Wayward… I loved your story and your art, but up against these two, you’re going to lose.

REWRITE: Saga Vol. 1 by Brian k. Vaughan. I don’t know what part of this graphic novel I would attempt to rewrite because it was so freaking good, but I’m sure there is something I can add to it!

REREAD: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson. This novel was brilliant and heart breaking. I would read it a thousand times over!


ROUND 4

I should have stopped at Round 3… this one is going to break my soul!

BURN: Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan. I’m so sorry Saga… you got the shit end of the stick this round! Nothing personal… keep on being your amazing self!

REWRITE: Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes. This is breaking my soul right now. This is one of my favorites from the Falling Kingdoms series and it’s absolute perfection. SO the only thing I will rewrite is the ending where a certain character I loved gets back stabbed… you know who Morgan!

REREAD: Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I literally just finished this book a couple days ago and man I was blown away! That ending needed to be read over and over again. Hot damn!


ROUND 5

BURN: Paper Towns by John Green. I hold no allegiances to Mr. Green, and although this is a good book, I might just have to burn it this round. Oops!

REWRITE: Rat Queens Vol. 2 by Kurtis J. Wiebe. This graphic novel had a lot of chapters on character back story, and I loved it. But I might rewrite and throw some more action sequences into the mix!

REREAD: The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho. One of my favorite sequels from an indie author I’ve read so far! I loved the time traveling adventure they went on this time around and would love to read it again sometime!


Man that was a tough tag to do, but oh so much fun! I hope you enjoyed my answers and not get offended by any of them. Let me know if you would have done anything differently, I’d love to know!

I TAG YOU

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Laashan & Trang @ Bookidote

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

Joan @ Fiddler Blue

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

Lois @ My Midnight Musing

Amy @ Book Enthral

Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks

JM @ Book Freak Revelations

Until next time,

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Summer Reader | TAG

Summer-Reader-Book-TagHey guys!

I was tagged by Erika over @ Erika In Bookadventureland. First off I want to thank her for tagging me and that you should go check out her blog because she’s awesome! So now that summer is over for me and autumn has arrived, it’s time to put away my shorts and tanks and pull out my pants and sweaters! What better way to end off the season then to finish it with a book related tag. So let’s do this!


LEMONADE: pick a book that started off bitter, but got better.

Crown of MidnightSummer-Reader-SpotWhy have I chosen Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas? Well that’s because I was not so thrilled with Throne of Glass and therefore this book was starting on a bitter note. But by the end of it I was super into it and couldn’t wait to pick up the next book. Finally the plot thickened and more and more fantasy elements were being explored!


GOLDEN SUN: pick a book that made you smile beyond compare.

Summer-Reader-Spot-2Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli put the biggest smile on my face. I was absolutely in love with this book from beginning to end. I loved the romance, the drama, and the big reveal at the end. Simon and Blue were adorable and perfect for each other. I wish there was a sequel! I need more of them in my life.


TROPICAL FLOWERS: pick a book set in a foreign country.

CinderSummer-Reader-Spot-3Cinder by Marissa Meyer is set in New Beijing from the future. A newly re-imagined Asia called the Eastern Commonwealth. As I have never been to Beijing or Asia before, it was quite cool to experience a futuristic version in this book. I could have listed Scarlet and Cress as well as they are set in future versions of Europe and Africa!


TREE SHADE: pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character was first introduced.

Summer-Reader-SpotShadow and BoneShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo introduced a very mysterious and shady character. It’s none other then The Darkling himself. He is pretty much made of darkness and we don’t learn much about him until the ending. I’m looking forward to see how his character developments in the future books of the series!


BEACH SAND: pick a book that was grainy, and the plot barely developed.

The Iron TrialSummer-Reader-Spot-2The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black has ultimately fallen flat for me. I didn’t like the pacing of the story and felt it was barely developing as it continued. They spent so much time sorting through grains of sand that I was getting quite bored in the middle. So I thought it was quite literally the perfect book to put in this category.


GREEN GRASS: pick a character(s) that were full of life, making you smile.

Summer-Reader-Spot-3Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a perfect example of a character so full of life, because she has never been able to actually experience it. It’s none other then Madeline. Having been kept in the bubble of her home because of her disease she has never been able to get a fresh breath of air. So when she finally gets the chance she grabs life by the reins and makes the best of it while she can!


WATERMELON: pick a book that had some juicy secrets.

Steel HeartSummer-Reader-SpotSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson. I felt like everyone had all these juicy secrets that they were keeping. I mean all the Epic’s keep their weakness a secret as best as they can. The Prof, Megan, David and the rest of the reckoners all seemed to be hiding things from each other which ended up to be some real juicy ones!


SUN HAT: pick a book that had a vast, big universe/setting.

Summer-Reader-Spot-2Red RisingRed Rising by Pierce Brown had a vast universal setting quite literally, it was set in space. There was so much to the world of Red Rising with the whole color caste system. Everyone had a place in the world and it takes a lowly red to infiltrate the high golds to achieve justice for horrible slave working.


BBQ: pick a book in which a character was portrayed as a hunk.

EnsnaredSummer-Reader-Spot-3The Splintered Trilogy by A.G.Howard houses one of my all time favorite hunks, and that is Jeb! He was the most realistic teenage boy in my opinion and completely swoon worthy. He is also described to a T of what my ideal type is. He was just perfect in every way possible.


Since Summer is now over I will not be tagging anyone specific! If you feel like you want to do this tag, then by all means please do.

Hope you guys enjoyed my end of summer tag. Now bring on the pretty colored leaves and fall fashion!

Until next time,

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