#Review | Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Mask of Shadows
Mask of ShadowsMask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (Mask of Shadows #1)
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 29th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | May 29 – June 4

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of May 29 – June 4. 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

The True Queen by Sarah Fine (The Impostor Queen #3)

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books

January 2nd 2018

The True QueenNow that Ansa knows she is the destined queen of Kupari, she is desperate to find a permanent home for her people, the Kriegere, in the Kupari lands. But as the small band of warriors crosses into the foreign territory, Ansa loses her fragile grip on her newly-acquired—and violent—fire and ice magic and puts everyone, including her love Thyra, in danger.

Inside the walls of Kupari, Elli maintains the facade that she is the magical queen, with her secret—that she has no magic at all—on the brink of exposure every day. But as she tries to prepare the citizens to protect themselves from another invasion, unrest spreads as wielders like her beloved Oskar begin to lose control of their powers.

As Kupari grows increasingly unstable, with the land literally crumbling beneath their feet, and a common enemy once again threatening everything, these two young women on a collision course with destiny must find a way to save the realm and their people from total destruction.

In this epic conclusion to the Impostor Queen series, Sarah Fine’s sweeping tale of two fierce leaders imbued with unimaginable power and called to unthinkable sacrifice finally answers the question: who has the strength to be the True Queen?

SCI-FI / DYSTOPIAN

Light Years by Emily Ziff Griffin

Published by Simon Pulse

September 5th 2017

Light YearsLuisa is ready for her life to start. Five minutes ago. And she could be on her way, as her extraordinary coding skills have landed her a finalist spot for a fellowship sponsored by Thomas Bell, the world’s most brilliant and mercurial tech entrepreneur. Being chosen means funding, mentorship, and most importantly, freedom from her overbearing mother. Maybe Lu will even figure out how to control the rare condition that plagues her: whenever her emotions run high, her physical senses kick into overload, with waves of color, sound, taste, and touch flooding her body.

But Luisa’s life is thrust into chaos as a deadly virus sweeps across the globe, killing thousands and sending her father into quarantine. When Lu receives a cryptic message from someone who might hold the key to stopping the epidemic, she knows she must do something to save her family—and the world.

CONTEMPORARY

The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith

Published by McElderry Books

February 6th 2018

The Last To GoHow do you let go of something you’ve never had?

Junior year for Brooke Winters is supposed to be about change. She’s transferring schools, starting fresh, and making plans for college so she can finally leave her hometown, her family, and her past behind.

But all of her dreams are shattered one hot summer afternoon when her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father. No one really knows what happened that day, if it was premeditated or self-defense, whether it was right or wrong. And now Brooke and her siblings are on their own.

In a year of firsts—the first year without parents, first love, first heartbreak, and her first taste of freedom—Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction, as she struggles to embrace her identity, finds her true place in the world, and learns how to let go.

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Published by Simon Pulse

November 28th 2017

The Chaos of Standing StillOver the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Published by Simon & Schuster

April 10th 2018

The Summer of Broken ThingsFourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.

But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them—and their families—farther apart.

The Border by Steve Schafer

Published by Sourcebooks Fire

September 5th 2017

The BorderOne moment changed their lives forever.

A band plays, glasses clink, and four teens sneak into the Mexican desert, the hum of celebration receding behind them.

Crack. Crack. Crack.

Not fireworks―gunshots. The music stops. And Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys are powerless as the lives they once knew are taken from them.

Then they are seen by the gunmen. They run. Except they have nowhere to go. The narcos responsible for their families’ murders have put out a reward for the teens’ capture. Staying in Mexico is certain death, but attempting to cross the border through an unforgiving desert may be as deadly as the secrets they are trying to escape…

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Published by Soho Teen

January 16th 2018

Love, Hate and Other FiltersA searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape–perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.

Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a “suitable” Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City–and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she’s only known from afar. There’s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya’s last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?

Lizzie by Dawn Ius

Published by Simon Pulse

April 10th 2018

LizzieSeventeen-year-old Lizzie Borden has never been kissed. Polite but painfully shy, Lizzie prefers to stay in the kitchen, where she can dream of becoming a chef and escape her reality. With tyrannical parents who force her to work at the family’s B&B and her blackout episodes—a medical condition that has plagued her since her first menstrual cycle—Lizzie longs for a life of freedom, the time and space to just figure out who she is and what she wants.

Enter the effervescent, unpredictable Bridget Sullivan. Bridget has joined the B&B’s staff as the new maid, and Lizzie is instantly drawn to her artistic style and free spirit—even her Star Wars obsession is kind of cute. The two of them forge bonds that quickly turn into something that’s maybe more than friendship.

But when her parents try to restrain Lizzie from living the life she wants, it sparks something in her that she can’t quite figure out. Her blackout episodes start getting worse, her instincts less and less reliable. Lizzie is angry, certainly, but she also feels like she’s going mad…

And She Was by Jessica Verdi

Published by Scholastic

March 2018

And She WasDara’s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she’s dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents?

Dara confronts her mother, and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under “father”? That’s her. She transitioned when Dara was a baby, shortly after Dara’s birth mother died. She changed her name, started over. Dara still has more questions than answers, though.

Reeling, she sets off on an impromptu road trip with her best guy friend, Sam, in tow. She is determined to find the extended family she’s never even met. What she does discover—and what her mother reveals, piece by piece over emails—will challenge and change Dara more than she can imagine.


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

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue | Waiting on Wednesday [#56]

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


The Gentleman’s Guide for Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, LGBT+, Historical
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: June 27th 2017

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and VirtueAn unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Why I’m Waiting

This one just sounds like a wickedly fun ride of a journey! To top it all off we have LGBT+ representation. Count me in!

P.S. Mackenzi Lee is the author of This Monstrous Thing.


What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich | REVIEW

reviewsThe Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 16th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

The Love InterestThere is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

🌟🌟🌟🌟

4 Stars

** Received an ARC from Raincoast Books for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

All four walls of my cell are mirrors.


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COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟     PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟      ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟     FEELS 🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich is a YA spy organization, teen drama filled, feel good book! That was a mouthful, but I have no other way to explain it. I had so much fun reading this one and I highly recommend it to you all!

My Likes

Interesting Concept

Let me break down this concept to you guys without spoiling anything of course. So there is this secret organization that trains orphan children to be a Love Interest. As a Love Interest, they will be paired up with someone of importance to society. Someone like a politician, celebrity, future business head; pretty much anyone who could influence the world one way or the other. They are to get close and win their hearts so they can learn secrets and information to feed back to the secret organization who will then sell it to the highest bidder.

Still with me? Well here comes the good part. Caden is a nice love interest and he is finally sent out into the field to win over a girl named Juliet’s heart. She is on track to be a high priority inventor. But it’s not only Caden who is after her heart, so is Dylan the bad. They must compete to win her acceptance and her heart. When one of them is chosen by Juliet the loser gets killed. High stakes right? But in the game of love, everything is not as it seems.

Dietrich managed to create this unique concept and sell it with his writing and play against all the contemporary tropes. It was fun, witty, and had me invested right from the beginning!

Swoon Worthy Romance

I can’t tell you how much romance in The Love Interest worked in every way. It was fun, cute, romantic, angsty, and most importantly swoon worthy. It was everything you could want in a romance. It wasn’t love at first sight. They had to work for it. But most importantly, it felt real to me.

Dietrich pulled out all the stops with this aspect of the book. I applaud him for pulling it off so seamlessly.

Makes Fun of the Genre

I couldn’t count how many times Dietrich makes fun of the tropes of contemporary romance. There were so many good ones. He really knows the genre and used it to his advantage!

My Dislikes

A Little Too Rushed

The last section of the The Love Interest kind of fell flat for me. When it came to the rescue mission and the sci-fi aspects of the book, I thought it could have been more fleshed out. It just felt too rushed to enjoy to it’s full potential.


I highly recommend this one if you like spy novels, cute swoon worthy romance, and fun around every corner. Let me know what you guys thought of The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Cale DietrichCale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop pink enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel. He can be found on Twitter at @caledietrich