Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas | REVIEW

Empire of Storms
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #5)
Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books on September 6th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 693
Format: Hardcover
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Empire of StormsKINGDOMS WILL COLLIDE.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | June 19 – June 25 (Part. 1: Fantasy/Sci-Fi)

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of June 19 – June 25. 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

Everless by Sara Holland (Untitled #1)

Published by HarperTeen

January 2nd 2018

EverlessIn the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him.

Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths.

As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.

The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine (Ravenspire #3)

Published by Balzer + Bray

February 13th 2018

The Traitor PrinceJavan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan’s identity — is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.

The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.

Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.

Shatter by Aprilynne Pike (Glitter Duology #2)

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers

February 13th 2018

ShatterDanica planned to use beauty, blackmail, and a glittering drug to control her own fate. Her escape from the twisted world of the Palace of Versailles was perfectly orchestrated and paid for. Or so she thought.

Betrayed by the man who had promised her freedom, Dani is now married to the murderous King. It’s a terrifying position to be in…and yet it’s oddly intoxicating. Power may be an even stronger drug than Glitter–a drug Dani can’t resist, in the form of secrets, manipulation, and sabotage.

In her new position at the head of the court, Dani must ask herself who she really is. Can she use her newfound power to secure her real love, Saber’s freedom and a chance at a life together outside the palace? Or is being Queen too addictive to give up?

The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Glaser

Published by Feiwel & Friends

January 2nd 2018

The Forgotten BookEmma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she’s convinced that a relationship with her long-time crush is on the horizon.

As it turns out, Emma hasn’t seen anything yet. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma’s way: anything she writes in the book comes true.

But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn’t the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her—and they’ll stop at nothing to succeed.

A new boy in school—the arrogant, aloof, and irritatingly handsome Darcy de Winter—becomes Emma’s unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (The Bear and the Nightingale #2)

Published by Del Rey

January 9th 2018

The Girl in the TowerThe magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #6)

Published by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books

September 5th 2017

Tower of DawnChaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

Published by Balzer + Bray

2018

InkmistressAsra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself. Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer (Spindle Fire #2)

Published by HarperTeen

April 10th 2018

Winter GlassA curse comes undone. A kingdom shatters. But some bonds can’t be broken.

Princess Aurora, torn from the dream world, plots to assassinate the faerie queen Malfleur, only to confront temptations she never expected. Isabelle, meanwhile, opens her heart to Prince William as they attempt to unite their kingdoms and wage war against Malfleur’s army. But when the appearance of an unbreakable glass slipper prompts Isabelle to discover more about her lineage, her true identity begins to take shape and her legacy becomes as clear as ice.

Devoted half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora will grapple with their understanding of love and loyalty as they face a threat even greater than that of the evil queen—the threat of losing each other forever.

Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman (Elementals #1)

Published by HarperCollins

March 27th 2018

Ice WolvesEveryone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he has to question whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Anders knows that Rayna is his best and only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

To learn what he needs to rescue her, Anders will have to enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than blind obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shape-shifting force of all.

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross (Untitled #1)

Published by HarperTeen

February 6th 2018

The Queen's RisingWhen her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

SCI-F

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Published by Balzer + Bray

February 13th 2018

Heart of IronAna is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09 — one of the last remaining illegal Metals — has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them — and the coordinates — and not everyone wants them captured alive.

Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift

Published by Solaris

February 2018

Paris AdriftIt is the near future and humanity is on the brink of destruction. The only way it can be saved is if the course of history is forcibly altered. In the twenty first century, misfit student Hallie Lane packs up her troubled life in England and takes the first train to Paris, where she falls in with the eclectic expat community as a bartender at the notorious Millie’s.

Here she finds a new family, and an attraction to the enigmatic Leon. But Millie’s is not all that it seems: inside, there’s a time portal in the keg room with an inescapable hold on her. As if that’s not strange enough, she receives garbled warnings from a bizarre creature and keeps meeting a mysterious woman claiming to be a time agent.

Soon, she is navigating through the city’s turbulent past and future – from the wild years after the French Revolution, through the horrors of the Nazi occupation, and to a grim near future of her own making. But with only Leon to guide her in this fractured world, it soon becomes apparent that she is an unwitting pawn in a much bigger plan and the key to humanity’s future lies in her hands.

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine (The Honors #1)

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

February 13th 2018

Honor Among ThievesZara Cole has been in and out of New Detroit’s rehab facilities for treatment of her antisocial disorder. There’s no adjusting Zara’s attitude, though. A painful past has made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in the Zone instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan–a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned to along with fellow Honor Beatriz, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time, along with a devotion she’s never experienced before. Yet nothing—not her Honors training or her street smarts—could have prepared her for the dark, dangerous truths that lurk behind the glitter of starlight.

Genesis by Brendan Reichs (Project Nemesis #2)

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

March 6th 2018

GenesisLord of the Flies meets The Matrix in Brendan Reichs’ blistering follow-up to the instant New York Times bestseller Nemesis.

Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

The 64 members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning, and zero rules apply. But Noah’s deaths have trained him–hardened him–to lead the strongest into the future . . . whatever that may be. And at any cost.

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn’t enough.

Trapped in a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it’s tempting to lay back and let everyone else fight it out. But Min’s instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She’s ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.

The Complication by Suzanne Young (The Program #4)

Published by Simon Pulse

April 24th 2018

The ComplicationEvery cure has a cost.

Tatum Masterson learned this after years of being monitored by The Program. She witnessed it when her boyfriend, Wes, came back changed, erased. And now, even the newest “cure” has a heavy cost—one she and Wes paid.

The Adjustment came into Tatum’s life just when she thought she needed it most, a promise for Wes to get back his forgotten memories. But when the procedure went wrong, a revelation shattered everything Tatum thought she knew.

Now, with no one left to trust, Tatum must find out what really happened last summer. And with the help of the boyfriend she lost, Tatum will have to dig into the past and future of The Program and its handlers.

And discover the true cost of a cure.

COVER REVEALS WITHOUT SYNOPSIS

 

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #3) – January 9th 2018

You Won’t Know I’m Gone by Kristin Orlando (The Black Angel Chronicles #2) – January 16th 2018


Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for Part 2: Contemporaries cover reveals later today!

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May 2017 Releases

ANTICIPATED RELEASES

Hey guys!

Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For May I’m bringing you seven exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Release Date: May 2nd 2017

A Court of Wings and RuinFeyre 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.

The Scattering by Kimberly McCreight

The Outliers #2
Release Date: May 2nd 2017

The ScatteringWylie may have escaped the camp in Maine, but she is far from safe. The best way for her to protect herself is to understand her ability, fast. But after spending a lifetime trying to ignore her own feelings, giving in to her ability to read other peoples’ emotions is as difficult as it is dangerous.

And Wylie isn’t the only one at risk. Ever since they returned home, Jasper has been spiraling, wracked with guilt over what happened to Cassie. After all they’ve been through together, Wylie and Jasper would do anything for each other, but she doesn’t know if their bond is strong enough to overcome demons from the past.

It is amid this uncertainty and fear that Wylie finds herself confronted with a choice. She was willing to do whatever it took to help Cassie, but is she prepared to go to the same extremes to help complete strangers . . . even if they are just like her?

The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

Traitor’s Trilogy #1
Release Date: May 9th 2017

The Traitor's KissAn obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist #1
Release Date: May 16th 2017

Flame in the MistThe daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Release Date: May 16th 2017

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.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

The Dark Artifices #2
Release Date: May 23rd 2017

Lord of ShadowsEmma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McMannis

Release Date: May 30th 2017

One of Us is LyingPay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these books this month! I really can’t wait to get my hands on them.

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | January 23 – January 29

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of January 23 – January 29. 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

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR #3)

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

May 2nd 2017

A Court of Wings and RuinLooming 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.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (Untitled #1)

Published by Sourcebooks Fire

September 5th 2017

Mask of ShadowsSallot 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.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Published by Feiwel & Friends

September 26th 2017

33158561For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

True North by L.E. Sterling (True Born Trilogy #2)

Published by Entangled: Teen

April 4th 2017

True NorthAbandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.??

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

CONTEMPORARY

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Published by Crown Books for Young Readers

October 17th 2017

Dear MartinJustyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In that media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.

Release by Patrick Ness

Published by Walker Books

May 4th 2017

31194576Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin

July 25th 2017

31450675Sebastian Alvarez is just trying to keep it all together: he doesn’t want to flunk out of high school, he doesn’t want his best friend, Kyle, to get into even more trouble, and he doesn’t want to lose his Ma to cancer. Then he meets Birdie Paxton, a Valedictorian in a science pun t-shirt, and the spark is instant and undeniable. Suddenly, he’s not so worried anymore. But before they can exchange phone numbers, they’re pulled apart.

What they don’t realize is a horrifying tragedy links them — a tragedy that will unfold in unimaginable ways.

When they reunite, they fall hard for each other — but how will the tragedy affect their lives and their love story? Told in alternating perspectives, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash is a story of love, loss, and hope.

What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Published by Delacorte Press

July 11th 2017

What To Say NextSometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT:I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID:In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Published by Simon Pulse

September 26th 2017

starfishKiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

September 26th 2017

A Short History of the Girl Next DoorThe unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart-breaking debut novel.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him.

Humorous and heart-wrenching, A Short History of the Girl Next Door is perfect for readers who fell in love with All the Bright Places’ Finch or Stargirl’s Leo.

MYSTERY / HORROR / THRILLER

Girl in a Bad Place by Kaitlin Ward

Published by Scholastic

2017

Girl in a Bad PlaceMailee and Cara take care of each other. Mailee is the star of their high school’s plays; Cara is the stage manager. Mailee can’t keep her life together; Cara has enough organizational skills for the both of them.

So when the girls are invited to visit the Haven, a commune in the mountains near their suburban Montana town, it seems like a cool new adventure to go on together. And it is, sort of — until Cara starts spending every waking minute there. Mailee isn’t sure if she’s losing Cara to the Haven or just losing her, but either way, she doesn’t know what to do about it.

Then Cara asks Mailee to come visit the commune and tells her the news: She’s decided to move to the Haven permanently. Mailee knows in her heart, in her gut, that this is a terrible idea. The Haven just feels like a bad place. And when she discovers that the “welcome ceremony” involves a three-day hike to some cave, Mailee is sure: They aren’t safe in this Haven. But is it already too late to save her best friend . . . from herself?

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo

Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers

October 17th 2017

A Line in the DarkThe line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”

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September & October 2016 Book Haul

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Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in September & October! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Replica by Lauren Oliver

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis


Owlcrate

Vassa in the Night

Vassa in The Night by Sarah Porter


Simon & Schuster

Tattoo Atlas

Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen


ARCs

 

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard (Indigo)

Frostblood by Elly Blake (Indigo)


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #4) | REVIEW

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #4)
Published by Bloomsbury on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 648
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Queen of ShadowsThe queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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5 Stars

*** CHECK OUT THE REVIEW FOR BOOK THREE: HEIR OF FIRE ***
** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: READ AT OWN RISK!!!**

First Line:

There was a thing waiting in the darkness.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟

She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.

Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series. It continues from where the third book left off as Celaena, now going by her real name Aelin is traveling back to Rithfold to stop the King from accomplishing his plans. We see new love, old enemies, broken friendships, and new plot twists as Aelin’s story continues to unfold right before our eyes.

So let’s dive in shall we?

The Good

Queen of Shadows takes us in a new direction then what the first and second book have set up. I see how some people were angered by it, but I couldn’t be happier with how things are turning out. This book was like a new beginning for the series, a breath of fresh air. Not only do we get some new plot twists and characters to fangirl over, but we also get closure on the story lines from the first three books.

With everything that happened in Queen of Shadows, I can’t wait to see what Maas is going to throw at us next!

The Throne of Glass series is no rookie when it comes to having strong female characters. I mean we have seen characters like Celaena/Aelin, Nehemia, Kaltain and Manon from the first three books. Now that the series has reached the half way mark Maas decides to throw some more badass female characters at us like Lysandra and Nesryn. Not only do we get to see these females kick ass, but we also get to see the strengths of a female bond and friendship.

When Aelin is at her lowest, Lysandra is there to pick her up. The importance of a female bond is so imperative to show a different side of the male driven world where females are expendable. I’m hoping for more bonding between Aelin, Lysandra, and Nesryn, as well as Manon and Asterin.

If you guys know me then you know I cannot go through a review of this book without talking about Rowan. The perfect fae prince that ever lived, at least in my opinion. The romance between Aelin and Rowan seemed to have blossomed and developed a lot more in this book. Their moments together we sweet, funny, and real. They are not perfect which is awesome! They still fight like regular couples which makes them very relatable on that level.

Can I say that I completely ship all the new budding romances we get to see in this book as well? The answer to that is yes, yes I can. Dorian/Manon, Chaol/Nesryn, and Aedion/Lysandra could all potentially be a thing in the next book. Give me a moment to fanboy over here. Yes, yes, and yes. I want them all!

If you’re a monster, I’m a monster.

Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

The Bad

So there really wasn’t much to dislike about this book and I even contemplated putting this in my review. So I just want to say that this did not effect my rating what so ever as I do believe this was more of a personal irritation then anything else. And it’s none other then the way the book was written. In terms of fragmented sentences and the use of the dash (ie. ).

“He shifted his arm so he could brush her hair back. His fingers lingered along her jaw. “You make me want to live, too, Aelin Galathynius,” he said. “Not exist—but live.” He cupped her cheek, and took a steadying breath—as if he’d thought about every word these past three days, over and over again. “I spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to wastelands, never settling, never stopping—not for one moment. I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.”

Really? In one paragraph we have three uses of the dash. Did that bother anyone else, or was it just me? Trust me when I say this was just a tiny example. If I were to go back and count how many times they were used I think I would surprise myself!

Sometimes there won’t be a right choice, just the best of several bad options.

Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

I highly recommend this one if you are a fan of high fantasy and badass female characters. Let me know what you guys thought of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #3) | REVIEW

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #3)
Published by Bloomsbury on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 565
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Heir of FireCelaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

5 Stars

*** CHECK OUT THE REVIEW FOR BOOK TWO: CROWN OF MIDNIGHT ***
** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: READ AT OWN RISK!!!**

First Line:

Gods, it was boiling in this useless excuse for a kingdom.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟       PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟      ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas is the third book in the Throne of Glass series. Celaena must leave her old behind and travel to new lands to discover her past and who she truly is, Fae. With the introduction to new characters and the exit of some old ones, it’s like we get a new and exciting upgrade to the Throne of Glass series. One I am totally on board with!

The Good

First I want to talk about the fantasy portions. The first book dabbled in it, the second book was an appetizer, and Heir of Fire was the main attraction! In this book Celaena learns how to use and control her magic and how to use her it to her advantage against her enemies. Then we have the witches with razor sharp teeth and claws who are learning to fly using these dragon type creatures for war. And finally we have Dorian back at the castle trying hard to suppress the magic within himself that just wants to unleash itself onto the world.

Heir of Fire also introduces some new characters into the mix and by far one of my favorite characters in the series until now. Rowan, the fae prince. With his tough and hard exterior he exudes strength, wisdom, and power. But when he gets to know Celaena, his exterior begins to crumble and we get to see the vulnerable side of him. I absolutely love when a character has many dimensions to themselves and we get to see them grow as the story progresses.

Maas is a brilliant writer and amazing storyteller. She has mastered the art of character dynamics and world building. Thus, she has created an astounding high fantasy series that I adore and to be honest, wish would never have to end. But I know as long as there is young adult readers, she will produce many more great stories for us to obsess over!

The people you love are just weapons that will be used against you.

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

The Bad

There was very little wrong with this installment of the Throne of Glass series. Again, the writing at times is still choppy and messy. It’s a small inconvenience but does not take away from my overall enjoyment of the story. Thus, Heir of Fire remaining a 5 star read for me.

Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, “I claim you, too, Aelin Galathynius.

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

I am loving the new direction this series is going in and can’t wait to see what happens next. Let me know what you guys thought of Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.