Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | October 16 – October 22 (FANTASY / SCI-FI)

Weekly CoverReveal RecapHey Bookworms!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of October 16 – October 22. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | October 16 – October 22 (CONTEMPORARY / THRILLER)

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | October 2 – October 8

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | September 18 – October 1 (CONTEMPORARY / THRILLER)

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | September 11 – September 17

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The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson | REVIEW

reviewsThe Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson
Published by Sky Pony Press on May 9th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Retelling
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

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The Duke of Bannerman PrepWords are weapons. Facts can be manipulated. And nothing is absolute—especially right and wrong.

Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for only one reason: the elite school recruited him after he brought his public school’s debate team to victory last year. Bannerman wants a championship win. Debate is Tanner’s life—his ticket out of his poor-as-dirt life and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and the start of a new, better future.

But when he’s paired with the Duke, his plans for an easy ride seem as if they’ve hit the rails. The Duke is the quintessential playboy, beloved by everyone for his laissez-faire attitude, crazy parties, and seemingly effortless favors.

And a total no-show when it comes to putting in the work to win.

But as Tanner gets sucked into the Duke’s flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of existing on the edge becomes addictive. A small favor here and there seems like nothing in exchange for getting everything he ever dreamed of.

But the Duke’s castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple down.

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3 Stars

** Received an ARC from Thomas Allen & Son for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

We’d been at the barbecue for less than two minutes, but several things were clear:

  1. I was underdressed.
  2. I had no idea how to pronounce several of the items on the menu.
  3. I had completely underestimated the length of time a group of moderately intelligent, narcissistic rich kids could hold a grudge.

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COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟     PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟      FEELS 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟     ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟


The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson is a retelling of the classic The Great Gatsby. I don’t consider myself a Gatsby expert, but I have read it more than the average person; more than 6 times over the course of my educational career. So when I say that this one definitely pulls it off I am telling the truth!

My Likes

Captures Gatsby Essence Perfectly

Like I said above, I’ve read The Great Gatsby many times in the past. So when I heard about this one, I was super excited. Let me start by saying The Duke of Bannerman Prep captures the essence that was the Gatsby himself.

The Duke was mysterious, rich, and threw lavish parties that were attended by everyone. Tanner was fascinated by the new world he has been thrust into as he is on scholarship at this private school. Together they were the epitome of Gatsby and Nick!

From the main plot points, to the relationships and hardships, everything fit so nicely together.

Good Cast of Characters

The Duke of Bannerman Prep hosts a wide cast of fun characters. From The Duke to Tanner, Kelsey, Abby, even Blake the hot headed jealous boyfriend. There was never a dull moment when it came to character interactions and I thought the dialogues were quite witty.

Nelson does a great job bringing these character’s to life and relating them to some of the characters from the original Gatsby tale.

Sweet Romance

Although is a slow burn, the romance between Tanner and Kelsey was very sweet indeed. I liked they worked their way up to relationship status through hanging out, studying together, helping each other out etc. It’s not often in the YA genre that we get a romance that isn’t almost instant.

Nelson took her time fleshing out the quirks and kinks of the relationship. Even through tough times the pair manage to pull ahead and work things out!

My Dislikes

Lack of Interest in Debate 

The Duke of Bannerman Prep is heavily filled with debate. Tanner is on full scholarship to Bannerman for debate. All the other characters featured in the story are also on the debate team. So when I say that debate is a huge influence in the story, believe me.

It was my least favorite part of the whole story. I couldn’t relate to the topic, and I found most of those sections to be extremely dull.


I highly recommend this one if you enjoyed The Great Gatsby, like retellings, and fun casts of characters. Let me know what you guys thought of The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Katie NelsonKatie Nelson has always loved words and stories. Formerly a high school English and Debate teacher, she now lives in Northern California with her husband, four children, and hyperactive dog.

Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | May 22 – May 28

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of May 22 – May 28. 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

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen (The Elementae #1)

Published by Bloomsbury

January 2nd 2018

Reign the EarthShalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae–mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed–a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

Poison’s Cage by Breeana Shields (Poison’s Kiss #2)

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers

January 16th 2018

Poison's CageA single kiss could kill. A single secret could save the kingdom.

Iyla and Marinda have killed many men together: Iyla as the seductress, Marinda as the final, poisonous kiss. Now they understand who the real enemy is—the Snake King—and together they can take him down. Both girls have felt as though they were living a lie in the past, so moving into the King’s palace and pretending to serve him isn’t as difficult as it sounds. But when you’re a spy, even secrets between friends are dangerous. And each girl has something—or someone—to lose. Does every secret, every lie, bring them closer to the truth or . . . to a trap?

In Poison’s Kiss, Marinda pulled a dangerous thread. In this sequel, it unravels to a heart-pounding conclusion.

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers

November 14th 2017

WhichwoodA new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.

Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.

The Legend of Me by Rebekah L. Purdy

Published by Month9Books

2018

The Legend of MeSixteen-year-old Brielle has grown up hearing tales of a beast that kills humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and limbs. Or so the village elders say. She thinks it’s just their way of keeping children in line, though it doesn’t explain her grisly premonitions of blood, claws, and severed heads.

When Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order, shows up asking questions about the legendary monster and Brielle finds a mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories are true. Her attraction to the handsome knight grows as she spends time with him searching for clues to the creature’s existence, and she becomes even more determined to help him discover the beast’s location.

But as her seventeenth birthday approaches, her nightmares worsen. If Brielle doesn’t figure out the connection between Kenrick, the monster, and visions of a ghostly woman in the woods soon, more people could die. Including those closest to her…

Secrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine

Published by Entangled Teen

June 5th 2017

Secrets of Skin and StoneSomething is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.

Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—they hide in the shadows of her room and tell her terrible things are coming. Too-charming city boy Grisham might be her only chance to save herself.

To survive, Piper and Grisham have to shed their secrets and depend only on each other. But what lurks in Hidden Creek still might take everything away from them, including each other.

SCI-FI

Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza (Empress of a Thousand Skies #2)

Published by Razorbill

February 20th 2018

Blood of a Thousand StarsWar tears the galaxy apart, power tests the limits of family, and violence gives way to freedom in this exhilarating sequel to Empress of a Thousand Skies.

Empress

With a revolution brewing, Rhee is faced with a choice: make a deal with her enemy, Nero, or denounce him and risk losing her crown.

Fugitive

Framed assassin Alyosha has one goal in mind: kill Nero. But to get his revenge, Aly may have to travel back to the very place he thought he’d left forever—home.

Princess

Kara knows that a single piece of technology located on the uninhabitable planet Wraeta may be the key to remembering—and erasing—the princess she once was.

Madman

Villainous media star Nero is out for blood, and he’ll go to any means necessary to control the galaxy.

Vicious politics and high-stakes action culminate in an epic showdown that will determine the fate of the universe.

Into the Black by Ava Jae (Beyond the Red #2)

Published by Sky Pony Press

November 7th 2017

Into the BlackThe world ruler is dead, technology foundational to their society destroyed, and Safara is on the brink of collapse. Half-human, half-alien Eros is the rightful heir to the world throne, but before he can return to the capital, he’s abducted by a rebel group of humans who call themselves The Remnant–and won’t release him until he swears to help them overthrow the very government he’s inheriting.

With Eros missing, ex-queen Kora is determined to stave off mad grabs for the throne. But as royalty from across the territories flock to the capital, and a new charismatic candidate takes the spotlight, Kora sets off into the desert with a skilled prince-turned-bounty hunter to find Eros before it’s too late for both the future king and his kingdom.

The Innocence Treatment by Ari B. Goelman

Published by Roaring Brook Press

October 17th 2017

The Innocence TreatmentYou may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.

Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her–and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?

Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren’s papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren’s story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.

CONTEMPORARY

It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

Published by Usborne Publishing

October 1st 2017

It Only Happens in the MoviesAudrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

October 17th 2017

The 57 BusOne teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

Busted by Gina Ciocca

Published by Sourcebooks Fire

January 1st 2018

BustedMarisa wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school, and Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

But when ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself. And worse yet? The feelings are quickly becoming mutual. Now, she’s stuck spying on a “mystery girl” and the spoken-for guy who just might be the love of her life…

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

Published by Tor Teen

January 30th 2018

Love Songs & Other LiesIt’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

MYSTERY/THRILLER

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

Published by Feiwel & Friends

April 24th 2018

White RabbitRufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to “talk.” Things couldn’t get much worse, right?

But then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. And then he and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife, beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.

April swears she didn’t kill Fox—but Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him the whole truth. April has something he needs, though, and her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can’t stop loving, Rufus has one night to prove his sister’s innocence…or die trying.


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