Monday, October 31, 2016

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.








Rating: 3 Stars

Book Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1)

Author: Jenny Han

Release Date:May 5th 2009

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers



            Typically this time of year I’m devouring any type of Halloween-esque book I can get my hands on: scary stories, thrillers, paranormal romance, you name it. And yet, none of the books on my shelf that fit these descriptions sound appealing to me lately! I think I’m still holding on to every last memory of this past summer, because this was one of the most memorable ones yet for me.  When I finished my last read I glanced over at my shelves in search of my next one and my eyes immediately went to The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, which I owe a big thanks to Tanya @ girlsplusbooks for sending to me (along with the other two in the series).
            Maybe I screwed myself by reading this book in the fall like I did, or maybe my rating would have been the same regardless. Either way, I didn’t fall for this book as much as I was hoping to.  I’ve read Han’s work before and I am in love with Lara Jean and her hilarious stories in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series. Isabel, better known by her nickname Belly, reminded me so much of Lara Jean.  So why I didn’t fall in love with her like I did Lara is a complete mystery to me. Sure, I thought she was cute and I could appreciate her situation, but I’ve never understood the whole “falling for a boy and his brother” notion. So I had little sympathy for Belly as she worked her way through her feelings for both of the boys, even if it was apparent which one she was truly in love with.

Favorite Bits:
o   The Beach House: I did appreciate the beach house and the tradition they have every year to go there, even if it did feel a tad unrealistic. Each summer the boys’ mom and Belly and her brother’s mom took their kids to the beach house and spent the summer there.  The dads never came unless they were visiting, and even before the divorce with Belly’s parents it seemed kind of odd to me that the dads were content with leaving their families for the whole summer. Either way, I thought it was neat that despite them aging and not being little kids anymore, the friendship between the four of them (and the three of them once Steven is gone) remains the same and they are able to do all of the things they did before: go to the beach, swim in the pool, and have movie nights with each other. The only aspect that changed a bit was the dynamics between them as they got older and Belly wasn’t just their “kid sister” anymore.
o   Susannah: I definitely fell in love with Susannah, just like everyone else in her life does. She’s your best friend’s cool mom, the one you’re always willing to confide in and talk with about things you wouldn’t even tell your own mom. I loved the relationship between Belly and Susannah. Susannah reminded me of my own best friend’s mom and I truly think every girl needs another female figure like that in her life growing up.
Not So Favorite Bits:
o   The Order of Events: Although it was my own fault for not realizing initially that the chapters were hopping around from age to age, I had a hard time understanding the order of events and what was the present story and what was Belly recalling other summers at the beach house.  Even though each chapter heading mentioned what age Belly is at the time, I thought the structure of the book was a little chaotic, at best.  The Summer I Turned Pretty jumped all over the place and very seldom were the transitions smooth enough between chapters for me to even realize that I was on to a new memory.  It made for a confusing read at times, and I was more than frustrated as the sequence of events took off in numerous direction.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Blog Tour and Spotlight: The Fourth Piece


The Fourth Piece (Order's Last Play #1)
by E. Ardell
Publication Date: July 18, 2016
Publisher:  48fourteen

Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war...

Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option.

In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and prophecies—and four brothers with the power to choose what’s left when the gods decide they’re through playing games.

Book I in the Order's Last Play series.

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About the Author: 

E. Ardell spent her childhood in Houston, Texas, obsessed with anything science fiction, fantastic, paranormal or just plain weird. She loves to write stories that feature young people with extraordinary talents thrown into strange and dangerous situations. She took her obsession to the next level, earning a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine where she specialized in young adult genre fiction. She’s a big kid at heart and loves her job as a teen librarian at Monterey Public Library in Monterey, California, where she voluntarily shuts herself in rooms with hungry hordes of teenagers and runs crazy after-school programs for them. When she’s not working, she’s reading, writing, running writers critique groups, trying to keep up with a blog, and even writing fan fiction as her guilty pleasure.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (20)

Waiting on Wednesday is a featured post hosted by Breaking the Spine that discusses upcoming releases that bloggers are excited about. 

This week's book I am looking forward to in 2017 is:

Author: Renee Ahdieh
Expected Release Date: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

The 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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (24 )

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books To Get You In The Halloween Mood
-Unless it's a fantasy book I'm not typically a huge fan of gore/scary stories.  Come fall every year though I am always in the mood to read a little something scary, even if it is just a book that "feels" like fall or has some supernatural elements to it. Here are some of my favorite thrillers or scary stories that I think are perfect if you're looking for a book to put you in the Halloween spirit!

1. Ghost House (The Ghost House Saga #1) by Alexandra Adornetto
2. Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake
3. Hexed (The Witch Hunter #1) by Michelle Krys
4. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
5. Thorn Jack (Night and Nothing #1) by Katherine Harbour
6. Briar Queen (Night and Nothing #2) by Katherine Harbour
7. Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1) by Martina Boone
8.  Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
9. Splintered by A.G. Howard
10. Accused (Rosato & DiNunzio #1) by Lisa Scottoline

Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: Under the Lights

In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle.

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

Rating: 4 Stars

Book Title:Under the Lights (The Field Party #2)

Author: Abbi Glines

Release Date: August 23rd, 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Pages: 320

            The Field Party Series by Abbi Glines brings back fond memories for me of my high school football game days: getting ready with my best friends beforehand, donning our letterman jackets, and gossiping about all the cute boys who would hopefully be there (and who they would be showing up with).  While watching football was certainly enjoyable, one of the best things about game nights was the excitement of everything else that happened at the games. Abbi Glines did a wonderful job of depicting these experiences in both books of the Field Party Series so far.  Although Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) is still my favorite of the two, I loved getting the chance to jump back into this series with book #2, Under the Lights.
Favorite Bits:
o   Willa’s Grandma: Grandmas are supposed to spoil their grandkids and dote on them.  Then there’s Willa’s grandma. Although she certainly loves Willa to pieces, she’s not your average cookie-baking grandma (despite being really good at cooking and baking). She’s tough and doesn’t take crap from anyone.  Willa, who used to live with her grandma before her mother came to take her, moves back in with her at the start of this book after her mother sends her packing when she is released from a youth detention center.  Even though she knows Willa has been causing trouble, her grandma takes her in anyhow.  The thing I loved about her most though wasn’t even her unfailing love for Willa; it was how she treated Willa.  Her grandma is tough and doesn’t baby Willa, she makes her earn her keep from the start, whether that’s cleaning the house or helping her cook and bake for the Lawtons, the rich family that her grandma works for. She also makes it clear to Willa that boys are not part of the equation if she wants to continue living with her.  Initially I thought her grandma was just overly strict, but the more we got to see of her in the story the more I realized it was all for Willa’s benefit. Her grandma just didn’t want Willa ending up like her mother, pregnant and unable to take care of her daughter at such a young age.
o   The treehouse: I really liked how Glines tied the treehouse into the story and made it such an important place for all of them, especially Gunner and Willa.  As children they played in the treehouse and it held fond memories for them, and as they get older and meet again after all of these years, the treehouse they spent every day in still holds some tie to them.  They can’t help but be drawn to it and go back there whether it’s when one of them is upset or just needs time to themselves.  The treehouse in Under the Lights reminded me of Oz and Emily’s secret place in Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry (which I loved).
o   The big reveal at the end AND the ending: There was a lot that I didn’t see coming that completely threw me for a loop. I knew there was some secret the Lawtons were keeping from Gunner, but finding out what it was definitely shocked me. Not only that, but Abbi Glines did another excellent job of setting up the next book in the series by introducing us briefly to Riley in Under the Lights. I have a sneaking suspicion Riley’s story might end up being my favorite one yet.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Blast: Skye (The Dragon Kings #4)

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Skye (The Dragon Kings #4) by Kimberly Loth!
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Rowan Winters is completely in love. With a shifter dragon.
But the drop-dead gorgeous Skye only thinks of Rowan as her best friend. But when she turns up in his room in the middle of the night in tears, he yearns to do whatever he can to help her. Even if that means running away and letting his family think he’s dead.
Skye’s entire world turns upside down the day her scales turns black. She knows she’ll have to flee to find answers. But she wasn’t planning on Rowan coming too. She just wanted to say goodbye. He is so eager to help that she can’t leave him behind even though she knows she’ll never be able to love him in return.
Together, they fight off murderous dragons and uncover sinister plans. But can they find the answers Skye so desperately seeks? And can Rowan sacrifice everything he knows to win her heart?
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Skye ( The Dragon Kings #4) by Kimberly Loth Publication Date: October 2016
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Skye was a coward. She knew that, but she couldn’t bring herself to stay and watch Sid and Aspen commit suicide. There was no way the council would allow Aspen to become queen. Not to mention that then Skye would have to know the exact moment when she died, because anyone who pledged loyalty to Sid would die the second he did. No, running away was better. She should have enough time to get to her parents before death came. She’d able to say goodbye. This was her fault. Pearl had told her to keep Aspen safe. Instead she’d gone and made everything worse. Maybe if she’d kept Aspen at home, Sid would’ve been fine. If she’d never given Sid that damn loyalty seal, she wouldn’t be this close to death. She wasn’t sure what she was thinking at that time. Part of her thought he’d make it. Another part didn’t care whether she lived or died. It wasn’t like she’d have much of a life anymore. When Sid became King she found Everett and begged him to remove the seal that marked how much she loved him. He did and now she longer had a swirl of gold on her ankle. But Everett warned her there would be a price to pay. She gladly paid it at the time, but but she hadn’t expected to feel so empty. For a half second she thought about heading to Everett’s instead of her parents. Maybe he could remove the loyalty seal before she died. She shook her head. How cowardly of her. The price would not be worth it. That was for sure. She was only fooling herself though. She would make the same decision if given the choice. Aspen was the only way they could possibly survive. When Skye dropped Aspen off , there were three possible outcomes. One, she and Sid would die and all those with loyalty seals would as well. Two, Helios, the final dragon that Sid needed to secure all the loyalty seals got to him before the council had a chance to killed him. Or three. Aspen could be become queen. She’d have to convince the council that she should be queen and pass the queen’s tests She hoped Aspen could do it. She felt her wings tiring. This could be the beginning of her death. She hadn’t known anyone who had died because of the loyalty seal and didn’t know how it worked. She spotted a lake below her and decided to stop and get a drink. She had to make it home. Skye landed a little rougher than normal. This had to be the end. She staggered over to the water and took a deep drink. The water sparkled under the full moon. Skye stretched her wings out and swiveled her neck around to scratch her nose. She froze. Her wing was no longer silver. This must be part of her death. Or at least that was what she tried to convince herself of. Adrenaline coursed through her veins and she no longer felt tired. Dragons didn’t change color before they died. In fact dragons never changed color. Except when they became king. Then they turned black. Skye spun neck around the other direction. It was more than her wings that had changed. Her whole body was now a deep coal black. This was impossible. There was no way she could become king. Sid was king. Unless he died. Then someone else would take his place, but that someone had to be a full royal dragon and male. Of which she was neither. There had to be some huge mistake. This had to be a dream. She stuck her head in the cold water and came out again. Still black. This wasn’t possible. Unless. That stupid prophecy. The one that said three kings would rise. The one that said they could come from other races. But she was still female. Something was definitely wrong. She was also still very much alive. She couldn’t go see her parents now, not like this. No, she had to go see the one dragon who could explain how this happened. She wracked her brain trying to think of everything she’d learned about the prophecy. She loved history and so she studied a lot, but this baffled her. Nothing in the prophecy said anything about a girl. She’d spent hours listening to Everett’s boring details about the prophecy, yet he hadn’t mentioned that females could become kings. He was so in for it. Chapter 2 Skye changed direction and instead of heading south for the warm waters of the gulf, she flew northwest. Her mind tried to make sense of what just happened. Her anger for Everett had turned into fear of what was to come. Everett would have the answers. But she might not like the answers he gave. She certainly didn’t like the consequences of his last answer. To never love again. That was the cost of removing the seal to Sid. She gladly gave it up. But now. Now something was missing and she ached to love again. After an hour she flew over Yellowstone and marveled at the fact that she wasn’t dead. That meant Sid and Aspen were still alive as well. Perhaps Aspen had become queen. Skye hoped so. She liked her. Plus, if the prophecy was fulfilled, Sid would be the right leader for the job. She flew over Sid’s house and faltered for a second. Rowan was asleep in there. Sweet Rowan. He’d become her best friend. Her heart tightened at the thought of never seeing him again. It was strange how the ache she often felt disappeared when she was around him. He made her feel human. She didn’t know what would happen when she found Everett. But if she was a king and the prophecy was being fulfilled, she’d be too caught up in the dragon wars to even think about her human friends. She supposed it couldn’t hurt to stop and say goodbye. She owed him that. After all, he’d been there for her when no one else had been. She dove for the house before she talked herself out of it. She wanted to feel human again, if only for a minute.
Kimberly Loth can’t decide where she wants to settle down. She’s lived in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, California, Oregon, and South Carolina. She finally decided to make the leap and leave the U.S. behind for a few years. Currently, she lives in Cairo, Egypt with her husband and two kids.
She is a high school math teacher by day (please don’t hold that against her) and YA author by night. She loves romantic movies, chocolate, roses, and crazy adventures. Kissed is her first novel.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (19)

Waiting on Wednesday is a featured post hosted by Breaking the Spine that discusses upcoming releases that bloggers are excited about. 

This week's book I am looking forward to in 2017 is:

Author: Kasie West
Expected Release Date: January 31st, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 352

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: A Torch Against the Night

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

Rating: 5 Stars

Book Title: A Torch Against the Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Release Date: August 30th, 2016

Publisher: Razorbill



            Poor Laia always seems to be on the run. At the beginning of An Ember in the Ashes she was running from the Mask who shows up at her grandparent’s house, and by the end of the book she’s running for her life once again, only this time with Elias. Part of the reason I was so hooked by the end of the first book in this series is because of the ending. I wanted to know NOW what was going to happen to the two of them, and how the Empire was going to survive under new rule.  Not only that, but there were so many separate stories going on at the end of the first book (Elias’s and Laia’s, Helene and Marcus, Izzi and Keenan) that even if you didn’t care for one or more of the characters, there were still so many elements of the plot going on at once that you couldn’t not be invested in at least one of their outcomes. For me, Helene was the only character I wasn’t overly thrilled about going into this book.  I would be lying if I said I didn’t hold any grudges against her in book 1, but I was shockingly surprised to find her personality growing on me in this book.

Favorite Bits:
o   Helene’s story: With Elias and Laia being on the run, it would be hard to see what was taking place in the Empire WITHOUT Helene’s story getting told the way it was. I liked the mix between scenes with Elias and Laia, and scenes with Helene and her job as the Blood Shrike to Marcus. Reading these portions of the book helped fill in some of the plot gaps that we didn’t get to see during the parts of the book with Elias and Laia. I also secretly started to enjoy Helene as a character overall, and I could side with her a little bit. Initially I think I was so irritated with her because she never seemed to do the right thing, like Elias, and I was constantly comparing her to him. In A Torch Against the Night though, doing the right thing isn’t as easy of a decision as it was in book 1, because this time her family and friend’s lives are at stake. 
o   The fantasy elements: HELLO MAGIC. You would have to be daft not to have noticed at least some foreshadowing to this in book 1 (I apologize if you did not realize it, I was only joking;) ), but A Torch Against the Night really started to incorporate more of the fantasy aspect of this world.  I also loved the inclusion of the Soul Catcher and the role she played in Elias’s journey with Laia. I think if you loved the Exquisite Captive Series by Heather Demetrios you’ll also love this one as well.

Not So Favorite Bits:
o   The deaths: There were one too many deaths in book 2 for my liking, but then again I could just be a big sap :)


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Boyfriend Whisperer

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski
Be on the look out for this upcoming release from Swoon Romance!
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As President and CEO of Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises, Lexi Malloy is Grand View High School’s undercover Cupid. One problem: She’s stuck in the friend zone when it comes to her own crush, Chris Broder. She and Chris have been best friends since the third grade, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s is a member of the opposite sex.
When pretty and popular cheerleader Lindsay LaRouche hires Lexi to whisper Chris, she has to decide whether to place her commitment to her company—and Chris’s happiness—before herself.
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The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski Publication Date: November 15, 2016 Publisher: Swoon Romance
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Linda Acorn Budzinski decided in the second grade that she wanted to be a “Paperback Writer,” just like in the Beatles song. She majored in journalism in college and now works in marketing and communications. She spent 18 years at a trade association in the funeral service industry, where she discovered that funeral directors are some of the bravest and most compassionate people on earth. Linda lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Joe, and their chihuahua, Demitria. She has two step-daughters, Eris and Sarah. THE FUNERAL SINGER is her debut novel. She is represented by Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (18)

Waiting on Wednesday is a featured post hosted by Breaking the Spine that discusses upcoming releases that bloggers are excited about. 

This week's book I am looking forward to in 2017 is:

Author: Veronica Roth 
Expected Release Date: January 17th, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 480

Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series.

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Release Week: All Laced Up

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All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher
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Happy Book Birthday, Erin!!
Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey.
When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh. But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch—or seven—she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than-stellar playing. Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one… Disclaimer: This book contains a swoony hockey player (and his equally swoony friends!), one-too-many social media accounts, kisses that’ll melt ice, and a secret identity that might not be so secret after all…
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All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher Publication Date: October 10, 2016 Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.
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Friday, October 7, 2016

Review: Empire of Storms

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. 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.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Rating: 5 Stars

Book Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 6th, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 704


What was obviously my most anticipated release this Fall, Empire of Storms was no let down whatsoever. Despite it’s length, the 704 pages were worth every minute of my life spent reading it! Drama aside, I really loved this addition to the series and I am still just as hooked with the storyline as I was when I set out to read this series at the beginning of last year.  I will say though, I can’t believe we have to wait so long for the next book.  On the bright side though, I’m pretty sure book 3 of Sarah J. Maas’s other book series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, comes out between now and the next TOG release.  So at least I have something to pass the time and keep the throne of glass withdrawal symptoms at bay! :) 

Favorite Bits:
o   “I know you two are old and up past your bedtime, so I’ll keep this quick…”
      Some things never change! Leave it to Aelin to taunt two of the oldest Fae warriors in her vicinity, Gavriel and Fenrys. Whether it was them, Rowan, or even Rolfe (who swore to kill her last time Aelin was with him) she was messing around with, Aelin never failed to be her old joking self. One of my favorite parts about Aelin is her ability to crack a joke in even the most dire of situations. I could be on the edge of my seat reading a battle scene and all of a sudden she’d makes a joke that had me in tears.  She always knows how to lighten the mood when the others are worried sick about the state of their current circumstances and I think that has to do in part with her coming into her role as Queen. I think Empire of Storms showed just how well Aelin is able to handle this role and it was the first time the story really cemented that fact for me. She’s always able to keep those in her court calm and it was the first book I read where I really looked up to her and understood why the others saw her as this force to be reckoned with. All of the decisions Aelin was making in order to keep them safe, she did on the side as a backup plan. She was ALWAYS prepared for the worst and even when the others thought they were doomed, one of her backup plans played out in their benefit.

o   The gang’s all here!
      What I really enjoyed most about EOS was seeing all of the character’s journeys come together as one by the end of this book.  I also loved that the attention shifted from being entirely on Aelin, and also on the other main characters as well.  We got to meet Elide in previous books, but EOS really explored her character and I saw her in an entirely different light after finishing this book. Besides Aelin and Rowan, I’m pretty sure Elide and __ are my new favorite ship (spoiler free, you’re welcome :) )

o   The diversity
       This is really minor in the book overall, but I just wanted to add that it felt like a small victory reading the scene where Aedion casually drops the fact that he’s bi-sexual.  EVERY TIME an author introduces a person’s sexuality like this in a book, as opposed to making it this big reveal, I feel like we’re one step closer to normalizing people with all sexual identities. I love how Maas revealed this detail in EOS and I thought it was even more awesome how well Lysandra took it, like it was no big deal (which it obviously shouldn’t be). YAY for diverse YA!

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