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Arc Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Posted April 21, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Arc Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee AhdiehFlame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Series: Flame in the Mist #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 16th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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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.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I . NEED. BOOK. TWO.

I knew this wasn’t a standalone, but I got completely caught up in it and stopped thinking about how it wasn’t going to end. Now I need to know!

Flame in the Mist transports you into the life of Mariko, the daughter of a Samurai and therefore wealthy. In fact, she’s been promised to the Emperor’s son as a wife. She’s never content with just being valued as marital property only, but in the beginning she’s succumbed to her father’s wishes and is headed to be wed. That’s when her life forever changes. Her caravan is attacked and she overhears that she was the target. She fakes death, cuts her hair off to appear as a boy, and heads off to find answers as to who wants her dead.

We’re introduced to multiple characters in the Black Clan, who has been identified as the hired assassins. This is one of the best aspects of the story. The characters are so well-developed and you can’t help but feel some type of way about them.

I’m also a sucker for a mystery. If a book can keep me guessing and dying for answers, then I’m happy. This book definitely delivers. It’s the perfect mix of loveable (or hateable) characters, romance, and mystery. I also thought this was just enough Mulan mixed with originality. I love fairy tale retellings that add their own to the story, and Ahdieh accomplishes that.

5 stars, hands down. I loved it.

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Tour Cage of Darkness Review + Giveaway

Posted April 13, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review, Special Feature / 1 Comment

Tour Cage of Darkness Review + Giveaway

Tour Cage of Darkness Review + GiveawayCage of Darkness by Jennifer Anne Davis
Published by Reign Publishing on April 4th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 219
Format: ebook
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While traveling to Fren, Allyssa and Odar are hijacked by a ruthless assassin who divulges a stunning secret that changes everything.
Trying to come to terms with this newfound revelation, Allyssa is taken to Russek and delivered into the hands of a malicious and twisted royal family. She finds herself an unwilling pawn in a risky political game that will either end with her death or the annihilation of her beloved kingdom. Unsure of where the lies end and the truth begins, she must survive the brutal family and escape the fortified castle, all the while coming to grips with her feelings for Odar.
In a kingdom filled with darkness, Allyssa enters a game where one wrong move means death, secrets hide around each corner, and it will take every ounce of cunning she has to survive.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’ve been waiting for this book for over a year.

Cage of Deceit ended in a cliff hanger. While it was the perfect ending for the book, it also made for a very long, hard wait. Cage of Darkness is the culmination of all that waiting and it was well worth it. This book was perfection. I loved the first book but Cage of Darkness was 10 times better. It was interesting, exciting and surprising. Jennifer Anne Davis took everything I loved about Cage of Deceit and amplified it or subverted it in Cage of Darkness turning it into something totally new and exciting.

***SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 AHEAD***

I have yet to figure out how to review a sequel without spoiling the first book. Things have happened and book two is the continuation of those things.

The book opens right where Cage of Deceit ended. Princess Allyssa and Prince Odar are in the clutches of the evil assassin who is hell bent on dragging them to Russek. From there, things only get worse. Everything has been revealed to Allyssa. While she is initially pissed, she gets over it quickly. They have more pressing concernsOne of my absolute favorite things about Cage of Deceit was all of Allyssa and Odar’s bickering. This book has none of that, but it does have some sweet scenes. I like Allyssa and Odar almost as much as a couple as I did when they were at odds. Almost.

Thankfully, Cage of Darkness has a lot more going for it than just a kickass, adventuring princess and some sarcastic one liners. Where I found Cage of Deceit comfortingly predictable, Cage of Darkness is surprising. There were a lot of things that I just didn’t see coming. I love that! It’s also quite a bit bleaker than Cage of Deceit. This is definitely a good thing! The worse off things become, the more satisfying it is when the author turns things around. There are high stakes and that’s important. Finally, there’s some depth to Allyssa in this book. She struggles. As a princess, she’s used to everything always going her way and that isn’t necessarily true anymore. There’s a lot of adjustment that happens and it’s fun to watch.

Cage of Darkness has new characters, terrifying villains and intrigue. Everything I want in a fantasy novel.

About the Author

 

Jennifer Anne Davis is the award-winning author of the bestselling TRUE REIGN series. After graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential, she married her high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.

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Joint Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

Joint Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Published by Simon Pulse on May 30th 2017 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, romance Pages: 320 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not? Dimple and […]

Posted April 10, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Arc Review: Exo Project

Arc Review: Exo Project

The Exo Project by Andrew DeYoung Published by Boyds Mills Press on April 4th 2017 Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 455 Format: Paperback Source: the author Buy on Amazon Goodreads This fast-paced, sharply written multiple-perspective YA science-fiction debut opens on a future Earth ravaged by solar radiation. Desperate for money to save his sick mother, seventeen-year-old Matthew agrees to participate in the Exo Project, a government plan to save the human race by flying across the galaxy in search of a habitable planet for resettlement. He thinks he’s been given a death sentence: 100 years in cryostasis, followed by a quick death on some barren world. But then he lands on Gle’ah, discovering the strange, beautiful creatures who live there, including Kiva, the captivating teenage girl who leads her planet’s matriarchal society. Kiva views Matthew as a threat and for good reason—if he tells Earth that he’s found a suitable planet, it will mean the end of her people’s way of life. But then Kiva and Matthew discover an emotional connection they never expected—and as they begin to delve into the secrets of Matthew’s mission and the dark truth behind the seeming paradise of Gle’ah, the choices they make will have consequences for both of their worlds. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion […]

Posted April 4, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Rockstar tour Review: Hearts and Other Body Parts

Rockstar tour Review: Hearts and Other Body Parts

Hearts & Other Body Parts by Ira Bloom Published by Scholastic Press on March 28th 2017 Genres: humor, paranormal, Young Adult Pages: 352 Format: hardcover Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads A novel of love and monsters. Sisters Esme, Katy, and Ronnie are smart, talented, and gorgeous, and better yet . . . all three are witches. They have high school wired until the arrival of two new students. The first is Norman, who is almost eight feet tall and appears to be constructed of bolts and mismatched body parts. Despite his intimidating looks, Esme finds herself strangely — almost romantically — drawn to both his oversized brain and oversized heart. The second new arrival is Zack, an impossibly handsome late transfer from the UK who has the girls at school instantly mesmerized. Soon even sensible Esme has forgotten Norman, and all three sisters are in a flat-out hex war to win Zack. But while the magic is flying, only Norman seems to notice that students who wander off alone with Zack end up with crushed bones and memory loss. Or worse, missing entirely. Hearts & Other Body Parts is a wickedly addictive novel about love, monsters, and loyalty. And oh yeah, a Japanese corpse-eating demon cat. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion […]

Posted March 31, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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Rockstar Review: Blood Rose Rebellion

Rockstar Review: Blood Rose Rebellion

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves Series: Blood Rose Rebellion #1 Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 28th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place. Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary. Her life might well be over. In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t […]

Posted March 29, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashers

Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashers

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares Published by Delacorte Press on April 25th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 304 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met. Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past. The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control…or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of […]

Posted March 27, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Wildly into the Dark by Tyler Knott Gregson

Review: Wildly into the Dark by Tyler Knott Gregson

Wildly into the Dark: Typewriter Poems and the Rattlings of a Curious Mind by Tyler Knott Gregson Published by TarcherPerigee on March 28, 2017 Genres: nonfiction, poetry Pages: 144 Format: hardcover Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The most intimate and eclectic poetry collection yet from bestselling author and online sensation Tyler Knott Gregson With loyal fans around the world and across the internet, Tyler Knott Gregson is reinventing poetry for a new generation, using Instagram and Tumblr to reach readers where they are. Tyler’s third collection includes more of his popular Typewriter Series poems (featured in his first book, Chasers of the Light) as well as never-before-published scenes that paint the world as only Tyler sees and experiences it. Filled with vivid photographs and even more vivid emotions, Wildly Into the Dark is a must-have for longtime fans as well as newcomers to Tyler’s unique brand of passionate, intimate, and playful words and images. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I don’t usually post on Saturdays but I wanted to tell you about this new volume of poetry by Tyler Knott Gregson. I loved his last book, All the Words are Yours that was full of beautiful and simple Haiku. This book is full poems, […]

Posted March 25, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: The Gilded Cage by Vic James

Review: The Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage by Vic James Series: Dark Gifts #1 Published by Del Rey Books on February 14th 2017 Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 368 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved. Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. A girl thirsts for love and knowledge. Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price? A boy dreams of revolution. Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution. And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts. He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy? I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. […]

Posted March 23, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Review: American Street

Review: American Street

American Street by Ibi Zoboi Published by Balzer + Bray on February 14th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, romance, Young Adult Pages: 336 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream? I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My favorite part of this book was the voice of the narrator, Fabiola. She’s a teenage immigrant from Haiti whose mother gets detained when they attempt to come into the country. Her mother sends her ahead to Detroit where her aunt and cousins are waiting for them. The story is of her journey to get her mother released and her first few months as […]

Posted March 21, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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