Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab | REVIEW

 

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Our Dark DuetOur Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #2)
Published by Greenwillow Books on June 13th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 510
Format: Hardcover

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Our Dark Duet | Waiting on Wednesday [#55]

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!


Our Dark Duet

Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: June 13th 2017

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Our Dark DuetKate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

Why I’m Waiting

This Savage Song was one of my favorite reads from last year. I’m anticipating for exciting adventures from August and Kate!

P.S. Victoria Schwab is the author of The Archived series, as well as the Shades of Magic series.


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

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Most Anticipated 2017 Sequels (Jan-June)

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to part 3 of my 5 part anticipated releases of 2017 series. I thought it would be fun to put together a couple of most anticipated lists for some amazing 2017 young adult books that I am thoroughly looking forward to. This is only part 3 of a 5 part list.

Part 1: Debuts

Part 2: New Series

Part 3: Sequels

Part 4: Finales

Part 5: Standalones

So stay tuned over the next couple weeks for many new books for you to add to your TBR’s if they aren’t on there already. Let’s move on to the Most Anticipated 2017 Sequels from January to June!


The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

Release Date: January 3rd, 2017

Ansa has always been a fighter.

As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way of life. But the day her Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of the Kupari, everything changes…

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

Release Date: February 14th, 2017

An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop…

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Release Date: January 10th, 2017

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed…

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Release Date: June 13th, 2017

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost…

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Release Date: March 7th, 2017

The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne…

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Release Date: June 27th, 2017

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her…

Blacklist by Alyson Noel

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

In the second book of the suspenseful Unrivaled trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noel, Layla, Aster and Tommy have to unearth Hollywood it-girl Madison Brooks’ secrets before one of them takes the fall for her disappearance and murder.

Layla Harrison has finally found herself in the middle of a celebrity story worth reporting. Aster Amirpour’s name is in every tabloid—even if it isn’t the good kind of publicity she hoped for. Tommy Phillips is inches away from getting the girl of his dreams, which may be harder than scoring a VIP ticket to an Unrivaled nightclub…

The Scattering by Kimberly McCreight

Release Date: May 2nd, 2017

Wylie 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…

Avenged by Amy Tintera

Release Date: January 10th, 2017

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors…

Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Alyssa ana’Raisa is the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of Fells, a queendom embroiled in a seemingly endless war. Hardened by too many losses, Lyss is more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, she goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne…

Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes

Release Date: January 31st, 2017

Dinah has been exiled from Wonderland. The vicious father she always feared has framed her for the brutal murder of her brother and turned the kingdom against her.

Now hiding in the lush and mysterious Twisted Wood with only her war steed at her side, Dinah is faced with a choice: leave Wonderland forever or stay and fight her father for the throne…

The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

Release Date: May 16th, 2017

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom…


Well there you have it! My most anticipated sequels for the first half of the year. Are you guys looking forward to any of these ones too? Stay tuned for Part 4: Finales coming soon!

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | October 10 – October 16

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Hey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of Ocotober 10 – October 16. 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

Now I Rise by Kiersten White (The Conquering Saga #2)

Published by Delacorte Press

June 27th 2017

Now I RiseLada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #2)

Published by Greenwillow Books

June 13th 2017

Our Dark DuetKate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic (Hibiscus Daughter #1)

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

August 15th 2017

Wicked Like WildfireAll the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.

Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.

Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands #2)

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

March 7th 2017

Traitor to the ThroneMere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

SCI-FI / DYSTOPIAN

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Published by HarperTeen

June 6th 2017

The Sandcastle EmpireWhen all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent

Published by Delacorte Press

May 9th 2017

Brave New GirlWe have brown hair. Brown eyes. Fair skin.
We are healthy and strong and smart.
But only one of us has ever had a secret.

Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She’s nothing special—just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city.
Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she’s interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can’t stop thinking about him—when she can’t resist looking for him, even though that means breaking the rules—she realizes she’s flawed, too. But if she’s flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be recalled.
Destroyed.
Getting caught with Trigger would seal not only Dahlia’s fate, but that of all five thousand girls who share her face. But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different?
Suddenly the girl who always follows the rules is breaking them, one by one by one. . .

CONTEMPORARY

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray

February 28th 2017

The Hate U GiveSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

Published by HarperTeen

2017

You Don't Know Me But I Know YouThere’s a box in the back of Audrey’s closet that she rarely thinks about.

Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she’s never met, handed to her by the woman she’s called Mom her whole life.

Being adopted, though, is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey’s life—the picture painstakingly put together by Audrey herself, consisting not only of the greatest family ever but of a snarky, loyal, sometimes infuriating best friend, Rose; a sweet, smart musician boyfriend, Julian; and a beloved camera that turns the most fleeting moments of her day-to-day routine into precious, permanent memories.

But when Audrey realizes that she’s pregnant, she feels something—a tightly sealed box in the closet corners of her heart—crack open, spilling her dormant fears and unanswered questions all over the life she loves.

Almost two decades ago, a girl in Audrey’s situation made a choice, one that started Audrey’s entire story. Now Audrey is paralyzed by her own what-ifs and terrified by the distance she feels growing between her and Rose. Down every possible path is a different unfamiliar version of her life, and as she weighs the options in her mind, she starts to wonder—what does it even mean to be Audrey Spencer?

The (Best) Worst Case Scenario by Sandy Hall

Published by Swoon Reads

August 29th 2017

The Best Worst Case ScenarioScenario: A Musical Theater Lock-In you’ve been looking forward to all summer long.

Best Case: You and all your best friends have a fabulous time, your crush falls madly in love with you, and you get amazing material for your college applications that gets you early admittance into their theater programs.

Worst Case: Your best friend brings your mortal enemy to the lock-in and insists that you be on the same team mere hours after you catch your father making out with the person in charge of the lock-in. The drama totally overwhelms you, making it impossible to charm your crush and leaving you wanting to lay down on the floor and cry. Not exactly a formula for success

In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

August 29th 2017

In Some Other LifeKennedy Rhodes turns down an acceptance to an elite private school, instead choosing to stay at her high school and jump at the opportunity to date the boy of her dreams.

Three years later, Kennedy walks in on that same boyfriend cheating with her best friend—and wishes she had made a different choice.

But when Kennedy hits her head and wakes up in the version of her life where she chose to attend the private school, she finds that maybe it’s not as perfect of a world as she once thought.

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers

July 4th 2017

Words on Bathroom WallsAdam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh

Published by Harper Collins Children’s

June 13th 2017

Who's that GirlJunior Nattie McCullough is totally OK with her place in life: Latin whiz. Member of the school’s gay-straight alliance. Joni Mitchell superfan. Seventeen-year-old who has never been kissed. So when last summer’s crush and her former classmate—Young Lungs lead singer Sebastian Delacroix—comes back to town with his new hit single “Natalie,” she can’t bring herself to believe it could possibly be about her…could it?

As Nattie sorts through the evidence (the lyrics, Sebastian’s elusive text messages, and their brief romantic encounter last year), the song’s popularity skyrockets, and everyone starts speculating about “Natalie’s” identity. If that wasn’t mortifying enough, Nattie runs into another problem: her confusing, flirtation-packed feelings for her good friend Zach. With her once-average life upended, Nattie is determined to figure out once and for all if her short-lived past with Sebastian was something love songs are made of—or just a one-hit wonder.

Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

May 30th 2017

Romancing the ThroneFor the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.

It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome 17-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne.

Charlotte’s had her eye on Edward, and soon they’re snogging all over the campus lawn and common rooms—while Libby busies herself with settling into her studies and navigating the complicated social code of Sussex Park. Eager to put her sister at ease, Charlotte encourages Libby to hang out with her new boyfriend. And much to everyone’s surprise, Libby and Edward hit it off.

Actually, they really hit it off.

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

June 20th 2017

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and VirtueHenry “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.

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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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Top Summer 2016 Reads!

Top Summer 2016 Reads

Hey guys!

Sorry to break it to you guys, but summer is almost over! I know… shocking. But hey, with the end of summer, comes autumn, which means better fashion, cooler weather, and everything pumpkin flavored! Over the summer I had the pleasure of reading some truly awesome books, and the ones that stood out to me the most, I would like to share with you all.


Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning StarDarrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.

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5 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • Ending to the one of the best trilogies ever written!
  • Expansive Sci-Fi world-building.
  • Fantastic, well fleshed out characters.

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

We Are the AntsThere are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.

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5 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • Makes you really think long and hard about your life.
  • Heartbreaking but beautiful.
  • Characters you can’t help but feel for.

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Court of FivesOn the Fives court, everyone is equal.

And everyone is dangerous.

Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family, she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for the Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best competitors.

Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an improbable friendship between the two Fives competitors—one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy—causes heads to turn. When Kal’s powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test her new friend’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

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4 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • EPIC high fantasy.
  • Diverse characters (not a single white character)
  • Fantastic writing and world building!

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman

Empire of DustIn Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust.

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.

Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing.

And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.

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4 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • Inspired by real history.
  • Huge cast of fun characters.
  • Magic, battles, and a cute prince!

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage SongThere’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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4 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • A story about monsters!
  • Great life lessons.
  • Dark, gritty, and evil.

Well there you have it, my Top Summer Reads of 2016! Let me know what books you really enjoyed this Summer or if you read any of the ones I’ve listed here.

Until next time,

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #1) | REVIEW

This Savage SongThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #1)
Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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4 Stars

First Line:

No one must suspect what I plan to do tonight.


Review

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CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

The Good

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab is a fantastic story about what it means to be human. It follows two protagonists, Kate and August. One is a monster and one is human. If we didn’t already know right off the bat who was who, I would say the roles could have been reversed. After a the start of a conflict between two sides of the city, Kate and August must run away together to escape, but ultimately to live. What a wild ride that was.

I loved Schwab’s writing. It was lyrical and raw. When a book can question your own humanity and what it means to be so, you know it has to be fantastic writing. Structurally I thought it flowed really nicely and I felt the pacing was perfect for a story like this. Schwab took her time telling the story and fleshing out her characters. Definitely one of the highlights of the story.

If there is one thing you take away from this review, it’s that August is probably one of my favorite characters ever written. He may be a monster, but he is more human then any of us will ever be. Throughout This Savage Song we see him in struggle after struggle. He fights his monstrosity all the way through. All he wants to be is a normal human being, but I think he embodies all the characteristics it takes to be one. He is flawed and real and that is what I loved about him.

Kate on the other hand was a tad annoying. But that is not because of bad storytelling or writing, it is because of her father. For a human, she acts more like a monster then August, but that is only because she believes she has something to prove. She grows exponentially throughout the story, going back on what she was raised to think and do. She makes decisions for herself and doesn’t let her father run her life.

One other highlight of This Savage Song is the world that was created. I love the idea of a world filled with real monsters. Schwab did a fantastic job bringing it to life and making it realistic too. Even with the creations of the different types of monsters I thought was quite creative.

Even if surviving wasn’t simple, or easy, or fair.
Even if he could never be human.
He wanted the chance to matter.
He wanted to live.

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

The Bad

There wasn’t too much that bothered me about This Savage Song. Which I guess is a good thing. There were only two small things that irked me a bit. One being the romance between Kate and August, and the plot itself.

For the romance I don’t feel like Kate and August are a good match. I’m not quite sure if it’s even going down the romance road either. But I literally felt nothing from their chemistry together. And as for the plot, you don’t really know what the endgame is or which direction it might be heading until maybe 70% into it. Which I guess is a good thing. It sets itself up for a good sequel to take what This Savage Song brought to the table and run with it.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out what happens in Book 2!

You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

I quite enjoyed what I read, this being my first Schwab book. Let me know what you guys thought of This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Victoria SchwabVictoria Schwab is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.

July 2016 Book Haul!

BOOK-HAUL-NEW

Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in July! There is quite a few to get through.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

Skyborn by David Dalglish

Black Wolves by Kate Elliott

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

And I Darken by Kiersten White

The Gray Wold Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

A Dance of Shadows by David Dalglish

A Dance of Ghosts by David Dalglish

A Dance of Chaos by David Dalglish

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands


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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