Saturday, December 2, 2017

2017 Debut Authors Bash & Giveaway: Kelly Garrett

Hey guys! Today I am featuring Kelly Garrett as part of the 2017 Debut Author's Bash hosted by YA Reads!


About The Last to Die, Kelly's debut novel:
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Sixteen-year-old Harper Jacobs and her bored friends make a pact to engage in a series of not-quite illegal break-ins. They steal from each other's homes, sharing their keys and alarm codes. But they don't take anything that can't be replaced by some retail therapy, so it's okay. It's thrilling. It's bad. And for Harper, it's payback for something she can't put into words-something to help her deal with her alcoholic mother, her delusional father, and to forget the lies she told that got her druggie brother arrested. It's not like Daniel wasn't rehab bound anyway.

So everything is okay-until the bold but aggravating Alex, looking to up the ante, suggests they break into the home of a classmate. It's crossing a line, but Harper no longer cares. She's proud of it. Until one of the group turns up dead, and Harper comes face-to-face with the moral dilemma that will make or break her-and, if she makes the wrong choice, will get her killed.


Her debut novel was published on April 4 of this year by Poisoned Pen Press!



About Kelly Garrett:
Kelly Garrett
I’m a mystery writer in Portland, Oregon. My debut novel, The Last To Die, came out in April 2017 from Poisoned Pen Press. If not writing, I’m probably hiking, watching the Portland Timbers, or seeking out new craft beer or cold brew coffee to try.
I’m also a member of Not The Usual Suspects, a group Facebook page and blog along with several fellow Portland-area writers.

And now I have an awesome dream cast for you guys, created by Kelly Garrett!

Coming up with a cast list for The Last To Die is a bit odd to me because I see my characters in my mind and they're not based on actors. If my book were adapted, I wouldn't be too hung up on the look of the actors as much as their ability to become the character. So just because I see Harper, my main character, as being athletic with brown hair, I wouldn’t be upset if someone with an entirely different look or even ethnicity was cast to play her as long as they embodied her sarcasm and drive.

Here are few ideas for actors:

Harper (the main character): Caity Lotz. She does snark well, and she can play brooding well with flashes of lightness. Plus she’s athletic. Harper is a soccer player able to sprint and climb a fence easily.

Gin (Harper’s boyfriend): a teenage Daniel Sunjata. Athletic, dependable, smart.

Sarah (one of Harper’s friends and a member of her burglary ring): a teenage Claire Coffee. Also able to do snark well, and she’d play a frenemy well.

Paisley, another one of Harper's friend and fellow burglary ring members: a teenage Morena Baccarin. Although in my head, I see Paisley as a blonde.

Thanks so much for taking the time to come up with a dream cast, Kelly!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

SST: This Mortal Coil Playlist!

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Hi guys! Today I have a playlist for you, based on the novel This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada. If you have the chance, I definitely suggest giving this book a read. Maybe this playlist will convince you! If you click on the song title, it will bring you to the YouTube link where you can listen to the song!

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
I had to include this one because it's literally about a post-apocalyptic world. 'Nuff said.

Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger
This one also kind of reminds me of sci-fi feels. Just like the genre and the world the book is set in!

Bad at Love by Halsey
There was a love triangle, so I thought it was funny to include this one.

Into the Black by Chromatics
Every playlist needs a slower song, and I think this one is perfect.

I Think I Like You by sirenXX
Had to include this one for the love triangle too!

All We Ever Knew by The Head and the Heart

I hope you liked the playlist! Don't forget to check out all the links to hear the songs!




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Synopsis (GR):


Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.


That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.


When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.


Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?






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About the Author:


Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.






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Monday, November 6, 2017

Autonomous by Andy Marino | Review

27919232Title: Autonomous
Author: Andy Marino
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Source: Netgalley

William Mackler is about to go on a road trip of a lifetime. After winning a contest-and nearly dying in the process-he becomes the proud owner of Autonomous, a driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do. #Worthit! To sweeten the deal he gets to pick three friends to go with him on a cross-country trip to see their favorite band. For William, a reckless adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect last hurrah before he and his friends go their separate ways after graduation. But Autonomous is more than just a car without a steering wheel. It's capable of downloading all of the passenger's digital history-from the good, to the bad, to the humiliating. The information is customized into an itinerary that will expose a few well-kept secrets, but it will also force William to face some inner demons of his own. Think you know Autonomous? The real question is, how much does Autonomous know about you?

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I wanted to love this book; I really did. I just had so much trouble getting into it.

I think my favorite part of the book was the car. The idea of a self-driving car is very interesting to me. Plus, there was a competition aspect.

However, I found it really hard to get to know the characters well enough because I felt that I didn't have anything in common with them or anything. If anything, they annoyed me a little bit.

Despite me not enjoying the book that much, I still think it's worth a shot to read it. You may be different; I just didn't really connect with anyone!

I'm still going to check out anything by Marino in the future because I did like his writing.


Friday, October 27, 2017

The Dark Intercept

33414251Title: The Dark Intercept
Author: Julia Keller
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Source: Netgalley

The Dark Intercept is the first novel in a "riveting" (Emmy Laybourne) science fiction series for teens by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Julia Keller that challenges the voluntary surrender of liberties for the perception of safety.
When the state controls your emotions, how hard will you fight to feel free? 
In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth's Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he's hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she's every known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.
Much like the device itself, The Dark Intercept might get under your skin.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I decided to try something new with this review & bullet my thoughts!
  • The idea of two worlds was amazing. How awesome is that? An Old Earth and a New Earth.
  • The idea of Intercept was interesting. I found it so incredibly fascinating and loved learning more about it throughout the whole book.
  • Violet was a great protagonist. She was incredibly smart and I loved following her around and listening to her commentary.
  • The writing style was incredible. I can't wait to read more by Keller in the future.
  • I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I literally love the cover of this one. All the lightening and the city skyscape. It's beautiful.
  • I overall loved this book and I can't wait for book two.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Satellite Blog Tour

29543122Title: Satellite
Author: Nick Lake
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 3, 2017

A teenage boy born in space makes his first trip to Earth.
He's going to a place he's never known before: home.
Moon 2 is a space station that orbits approximately 250 miles above Earth. It travels 17,500 miles an hour, making one full orbit every ninety minutes. It's also the only home that fifteen-year-old Leo and two other teens have ever known.
Born and raised on Moon 2, Leo and the twins, Orion and Libra, are finally old enough and strong enough to endure the dangerous trip to Earth. They've been "parented" by teams of astronauts since birth and have run countless drills to ready themselves for every conceivable difficulty they might face on the flight.
But has anything really prepared them for life on terra firma? Because while the planet may be home to billions of people, living there is more treacherous than Leo and his friends could ever have imagined, and their very survival will mean defying impossible odds.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

As soon as I heard about this book, I knew that I wanted to get the chance to read it. I was so excited when I was asked to be part of the blog tour!

I get a lot of vibes from The Martian and the movie The Space Between Us which have similar ideas in outer space. I loved both of those pieces of pop culture, so I knew that I was going to like this one too. Plus, it was written by Nick Lake. I've heard amazing things about his other books, so needless to say, I went in with a lot of expectations.

Before I start off, I just have to mention the text speak in the novel. There's quite a bit of it, so brace yourself. I honestly don't think it changes how a story is told, in my opinion, though I know that people think differently.

A lot of this book was humorous too, in the weirdest ways. There was quite a bit of swearing, but I didn't really care. However, if you're under 17, this may not be the greatest book for you. 

I really loved Leo. I loved following him throughout the book and him trying to understand gravity for the first time. 

Needless to say, I'm excited to read more by Nick Lake in the future.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Last Star Burning | Review

28797211Title: Last Star Burning
Author: Caitlin Sangster
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Source: Netgalley
Series: Last Star Burning #1

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal-a star burned into her hand. That's the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.
Now her mother's body is displayed above Traitor's Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she's more valuable alive than dead.
When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombinb, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev's only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person-Howl, the chairman's son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can't help but wonder if he knows more about her past-and her mother's crimes-than he lets on.
But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev's life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.
**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I really don't read enough fantasy novels, so I was so excited to be approved for this one on Netgalley. I started it as soon as I could. After starting it, however, I realized that it was a little more sci-fi than I had thought, which was awesome!

I absolutely loved Sev. She was incredibly strong and hilarious. She was even a little awkward at times, which made her really relatable. Plus, there was a great romance. 

The ending... let's just say I'm really glad that there's going to be a book two! I can't wait to find out what happens next.

Also, I have to comment on the writing. I don't know what it is about it, but I loved it. I'll definitely be checking out more by Sangster in the future! 


Monday, October 2, 2017

Protected by Claire Zorn | Review

34351042Title: Protected
Author: Claire Zorn
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Source: Netgalley

I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old. 
Hannah's world is in pieces and she doesn't need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn't have problems?
Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn't afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?
In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl's struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I was originally drawn into this book because of the premise. It sounded really interesting-especially the beginning part! I had to know what had happened to Katie. I didn't know if it was because of death, or if the book was going to take a sci-fi turn. Even the cover didn't really give much away, so needless to say, I was completely intrigued.

The book completely sucked me in and I felt for Hannah so much. She had been mistreated by so many people in her life, especially everyone at school. It's not Hannah's fault that she is different. 

In addition, the novel also takes place in Australia, which I found super awesome. I've never read a book that takes place there, so I really liked that aspect. 

I don't want to go into too much detail about what went down with Katie, so I'm just going to tell you to go read this book for yourself. The only reason I'm giving it 3 stars is because I found it a little slow at times.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Freefall by Joshua David Bellin | Review

29838368Title: Freefall
Author: Joshua David Bellin
Publisher: McElderry Books
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Source: Netgalley

In the Upperworld, the privileged 1% are getting ready to abandon a devastated planet Earth. And Cam can't wait to leave. After sleeping through a 1,000-year journey, he and his friends will have a pristine new planet to colonize. And no more worries about the Lowerworld and its 99% of rejects.
Then Cam sees a banned video feed of protesters in the Lowerworld who also want a chance at a new life. And he sees a girl with golden eyes who seems to be gazing straight through the feed directly at him. A girl he has to find. Sofie.
When Cam finds Sofie, she opens his eyes to the unfairness of what's happening in their world, and Cam joins her cause for Lowerworld rights. He also falls hard for Sofie. But Sofie has her own battles to fight, and when it's time to board the spaceships, Cam is alone.
Waking up 1,000 years in the future, Cam discovers that he and his shipmates are far off-course, trapped on an unknown and hostile planet. Who has sabotaged their ship? And does it have anything to do with Sofie, and the choices-and the enemies-he made in the past?

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

As soon as I heard about Freefall, I knew that it was a book I'd be interested in. I love books that take place in space, nonetheless on spaceships. However, I found that I had heard a story like this one before, so it seemed a little bit like deja vu a lot of the time with the movie Passenger. I'm sure if I hadn't seen and loved that movie so much, I would've enjoyed this book a little more. Only the beginning had some Passenger-esque feels... that's where the connections stopped, so that's a good thing!

One thing I liked about this book was the year changes. There were flashbacks to Earth and then present scenes as well. It was a great way to weave in Cam's history on Earth and what it was like before he boarded the ship. I really liked learning about all the training he had to endure before boarding the ship, which was mentioned in the very beginning. 

I liked the idea of the Upperworld and the Lowerworld, and of course I liked Sofie. She opened Cam's eyes to what is really happening to the rest of the people if they aren't in the top 1%. I loved that the book was a very politically-rich book in that sense. 

Despite all that, I felt that there wasn't anything super special about this book. Sure, I enjoyed it a lot, but nothing spectacular really stood out to me, which is why I'm giving it three stars.


Monday, September 18, 2017

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

30040068Title: A Short History of the Girl Next Door
Author: Jared Reck
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Source: Netgalley

The 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. 

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I'm going to start of this review by saying that this book is honestly perfect for fans of Jesse Andrews or John Green. Like the writing of this novel is literally on that level of greatness. After saying that, I'm not going to give a lot away in this review, because I think it's a whole lot of stuff that you've got to experience for yourself.

You'll absolutely fall in love with Matt. He goes through a lot of ups and downs and is falling for the girl across the street from him, Tabby. Matt also has his funny moments, and that's where he reminded me of some of Andrews' characters from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Throughout the whole book, you're going to experience so much heartbreak, and this book will make you feel a whole lot of feels, maybe some you didn't even know you had. 

FYI, this isn't a love story, but it is an amazing contemporary.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Invictus | Review

33152795Title: Invictus
Author: Ryan Graudin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Source: Netgalley

Time flies when you're plundering history.
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seams.
In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space. 

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I had never read a book by Ryan Graudin before, so I was super pumped when Netgalley allowed this one as a read now option for the first 500 readers. Of course I jumped on the opportunity. 

This book is all about time travel, so that already caught my attention. I immediately got a few Doctor Who vibes throughout the book. Plus there's gladiators and the Titanic, etc. What's not to love?? 

Our main character was also born to two people from different times. It's so interesting. 

Despite the awesome time travel premise, I did find the book a little slow at times, but that may just be because I read it during summertime and I'm always in the mood for super fast-paced novels in the summer. Honestly, that's the only downside to this book. Sure, it was fast-paced at times, but it was a little slow sometimes. 

I know for sure that I'm going to check out Graudin's past books now!

Monday, September 4, 2017

MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK


27426044Title: Nyxia
Author: Scott Reintgen
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Series: The Nyxia Triad #1

Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Forever.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to ravel down to the planet of Eden-a planet that Babel has kept hidden-where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel's ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won't forever compromise what it means to be human.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

 what i liked
  • Emmett. He was such an awesome main character, and I loved watching his character development throughout the entire book. He's come from a rough home life so he has been through some tough shit, which allows him to fight with everything he's got in this competition.
  • THERE'S A COMPETITION. I don't know why, but books with competitions always grab my attention, i.e. The Selection, Divergent, The Hunger Games, etc. Nyxia was no exception. In this book, the prize is to be able to go to Eden. The thing is, there are 10 people on the ship, but only 8 get to go. So there's fights/duels, team activities, brain games, and other activities and everyone's scored. At the end, the people with the top 8 scores get to go to Eden. 
  • Did I mention there's a spaceship?? YEAH. Eden is a planet that is now deemed habitable, so the spaceship is going there. 
  • Babel Corporation is fishy as hell. There's definitely something going on with them, because as we all know, most corporations in science fiction novels are corrupt. 
  • A romance blossoms in Nyxia. What's not to love about romance? 
  • A super awesome thing called nyxia exists. Basically, it's this element that you can form with your brain, and it's found on Eden, and all the competitors are trained to use it. When they get to Eden, they'll be mining for it since it's worth billions of bucks on Earth.
  • A crazy plot twist occurs, and boy did it spin the book around. I didn't see it coming, and it completely through me for a loop. But it definitely upped the suspense!
what i didn't like
  • The wait that I'm going to have to endure until book two!!
overall
Nyxia is going to be the book that brings back the popularity of young adult science fiction. Filled with suspense, clever characters, and a deadly corporation, Nyxia is sure to keep you guessing after the very last page.


Monday, August 28, 2017

An Ember in the Ashes | Review

20560137Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire's impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They've seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia's brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire's greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school's finest soldier-and secretly, it's most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he's been trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize their destinies are intertwined-and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 

I had heard nothing but amazing things about An Ember in the Ashes, so I knew that it was a book that I had to check out. I bought the book back when it had first been released, but it just sat on my shelf for ages until I finally picked it up.

The one thing I'd like to point out about this book is how slow it was. I don't know if it's just something I have against fantasy books or what, but I found this book to be so slow for at least almost 60% of the novel, which absolutely sucks. I am glad that I stuck it through, though. It really started to get better towards the end.

Now that I think about it, it may have been going slow because I knew that the two main characters were going to meet up at one point and I just expected that to happen way earlier than it actually did.

From the very beginning, I was a bigger fan of Elias than Laia. I just found his point of view to be way more interesting. Laia was really badass though, so she was a really respectable character, especially because she was going through a lot of tough stuff just to be back with her brother once again.

At the very end, there was a huge plot twist that I didn't see coming regarding Elias. I don't want to go into detail and ruin it for you, but honestly, I didn't see it coming!

I was also really drawn into this book because I had heard that it was a duology. I'm a little upset to find that now it's supposed to be a really long series. I don't know if I'll be able to stick it through all the way, especially if it continues being pretty slow.

I'm currently on the waitlist for the second book, so hopefully I get my hands on it soon!


Friday, August 25, 2017

Broken Prince | Review

29519514Title: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Genre: Contemporary
Series: The Royals #2

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.
THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU...
Reed Royal has it all-looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.
What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father's new ward suffer turned into something else entirely-keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed's arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed's entire world begins to fall apart around him.
Ella doesn't want him anymore. She says they'll only destroy each other.
SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.
Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It's like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he's going to win back his princess, he'll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

Okay, I'm going to be honest. I only read this book because I had spent $15 on it when I bought Paper Princess since I was so sure I was going to like this series. Anyway, this one was only slightly better than the first. I still wasn't the biggest fan of the story, and probably won't continue on and read the next book, especially after the reviews I've seen.

It just sucks that this one had an even bigger cliffhanger than book one.


Monday, August 21, 2017

A Book For Alien Fans

Title: Zero Repeat Forever
Author: Gabrielle Prendergast
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Source: Netgalley

He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn't know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.
His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her...
Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.
Shelter in place.
Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn't like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?
Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.
Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other...

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** 

what i liked 
  • This book reminds me a lot of The 5th Wave, yet it's still different. It has its own characters, its own faults, its own plot, its own story and cliffhangers. I absolutely ate it up.
  • The tenseness throughout the novel--I literally couldn't stop reading at some points and didn't want to believe other parts of the novel because of how much it affected me. 
  • I literally loved the characters. Eighth and Raven were great. I loved reading through both of their perspectives, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would definitely be Eighth. 
  • THIS WORLD. It's all messed up and interesting and I just loved it.
what i didn't like
  • The pacing felt extremely slow at times. I felt like it dragged on at parts and it took me a little bit to get interested in the book in the beginning. Other than that, I found no faults!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

An Epic Fantasy Must-Read

29960675Title: Mask of Shadows
Author: Linsey Miller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date; August 29, 2017

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.
Sallot 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.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • The worldbuilding is amazing. Miller created a world that is a cross between Game of Thrones and Throne of Glass. I loved it. There's fighting to the death, there's a world ravaged by war, and there's a group of people vying to be the next Opal for the Queen. Plus, there's assassins. What's not to love?
  • Sal was lovely. I've not read many YA books with a gender-fluid character, and for those I have, they were all in contemporary novels. That's what makes Sal awesome--they is a main protagonist in a fantasy novel. 
  • The suspense in this novel kept me reading. It's been a long time since a book has kept me up late at night, and this book is the exception. I literally had to take a nap in order to make up for all the sleep I felt I lost during the night, which never happens!

what i disliked
  • Literally nothing!! Besides the fact that now I have to wait awhile for the next book, of course...

overall
Mask of Shadows is great for readers looking for a new epic fantasy to delve into.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Paper Princess | Review

28678119Title: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Purchased

From strip clubs, and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.
These Royals will ruin you...
Ella Harper is a survivor-a pragmatic optimist. She's spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she'll climb out of the gutter. And her mother's death, Ella is truly alone.
Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.
Reed doesn't want her. He says she doesn't belong with the Royals.
He might be right.
Wealth. Excess. Deception. It's like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she's going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she'll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

 Now honestly, when I first saw this book, I expected it to be some royalty book and after writing this post I realize I should've read the freaking synopsis. Anyway, I had originally found out about this book from a YouTuber, I don't really remember who. But it was a trusted BookTuber that I avidly watch, so I thought why the hell not, I should give this book a try.

I was completely taken aback by this book. I don't want to go into too much detail, but basically every single review on Goodreads talks about what I had issues with. I don't feel the need to completely repeat myself. But at parts this book was utterly repulsive, yet I couldn't stop reading just because I wanted to know what was happening.

Give this book a read if you want, but I don't think you'd be missing out if you decided to skip out on this one.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | Review

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Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Genre: Fantasy

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who's ever been chosen.
That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.
Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here, it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story-but far, far more monsters.

So, after finishing Fangirl a few years ago, I knew that I'd have to read Carry On at some point. I mean, come on, that book was literally amazing and I had to know what the huge fuss was about Simon Snow. It may have taken me a few years, but I finally read Carry On and I have to say that it was quite the experience. Plus, there was a shit ton of feels.

First of all, I absolutely loved Simon Snow. I mean, sure, he's got a lot of the same qualities as Harry Potter, but he's just so different at the same time, and that's what makes him awesome. Plus, there's Baz, who I also loved. Then there's Baz and Simon, together, which I loved even more.

I remember when this book first came out, I had heard quite a bit about it being way too similar to Harry Potter and that's why it got some negative reviews. In my opinion, personally, you have to read this as an addition to Fangirl and fully know that yeah, there are gonna be similarities, but that doesn't mean that it's the same story. This one was really different, and there were a crap ton of adventures all in one book versus the one adventure per story in Harry Potter. There are also completely different characters and issues.

I really don't want to explain too much because I don't want to ruin the whole story for you, but honestly, even if you haven't read Fangirl, I suggest giving this one a try. As soon as I finished it, I knew that it was one I'd never forget. Plus, that ending was crazy.

I kinda wish that Rowell would write more about Simon and his adventures in the future.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Omega by Jus Accardo | Review

33509081Title: Omega
Author: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Source: Netgalley

The second book in the Infinity time travel series is full of action, romance, and an intricately designed roller coaster plot.
One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.
Only Noah isn't really gone. Thanks to his parents' company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he's determined to resist the magnetic pull he's felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission-and their lives-in danger.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

After reading book one, I immediately picked up book two. This one follows characters from book one, but now we see through the eyes of Noah and Ashlyn, who are best friends. I love it when books follow more than one character and have dual perspectives, so this was a huge perk to me.

Ash's best friend, Noah, died in her world, though of course she ends up stumbling across the other Noah, who is trying to bring justice to Dylan. 

One thing I liked about this sequel was the world. It is way different than the world from book one, which was incredibly clever on Accardo's part. The dimensions are all very unique and distinct. 

 The entire time I read this book I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. I was constantly flipping through the pages and I'm sure I'll be doing the same with book three.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sleeper by Mackenzie Cadenhead | Review

26059415Title: Sleeper
Author: MacKenzie Cadenhead
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Source: Netgalley

As if surviving high school wasn't hard enough, Sarah Reyes suffers from REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, a parasomnia that causes her to physically act out her dreams. When she almost snaps her friend's neck at a sleepover, Sarah and her nocturnal habits are thrust into the spotlight and she becomes a social pariah, complete with public humiliation.
When an experimental drug comes onto the market that promises nighttime normalcy, Sarah agrees to participate in the trial. At first, she seems to be cured. Then the side effects kick in. Why does a guy from her nightmare show up at school? Are the eerily similar dreams she's sharing with her classmates' coincidence or of her making? Is she losing her mind or does this drug offer way more than sleep?

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • The premise of this book completely caught my eye. I didn't think that the cover was very eye-catching, but as soon as I read the premise I knew that it was something I had to read.
  • The book was a thriller! I've been trying to read more thrillers because for some reason I'm a sucker for them in the summertime.


what i disliked 
  • The pacing was really slow. It took me quite a while to even get into the novel; I really had to push through. 
  • There seemed to be a lot going on throughout the whole book, like there was more than one plot at times. I never really knew what part to pay attention to.