Genre: Young Adult

Buddy Read Review: Siege and Storm

Buddy Read Review: Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Series: Grisha #2 Published by Henry Holt and Co. on June 4th 2013 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 435 Format: hardcover Buy on Amazon Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She canÂ’t outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the DarklingÂ’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. I had the honor of continuing my Buddy read through the Grishaverse with Siege and Storm with Jade from Bedtime Bookworm . Then Grishaverse Expert, Brittany, from BrittanyÂ’s Book Rambles chose our stopping points,  listened in to our twitter conversations and laughed at us good-naturedly. […]

Posted January 20, 2016 by Emily in Review, Special Feature / 1 Comment
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FFBC Tour: Review Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

FFBC Tour: Review Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 26th 2016 Genres: paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 368 Format: ebook Source: Edelweiss Buy on Amazon For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes. When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesnÂ’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that sheÂ’s somehow conscious—and not only that, sheÂ’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous. Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace. The biggest problem with this book is that the synopsis absolutely doesn’t do this book justice. I’m not sure what I was expecting after reading the back but this book is 1000 times better than the synopsis makes it sound. I think the […]

Posted January 19, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
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Review: Sanctuary Bay by Laura Burns & Melinda Metz

Review: Sanctuary Bay by Laura Burns & Melinda Metz

Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns, Melinda Metz Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on January 19th 2016 Genres: mystery, Young Adult, Thriller Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon In this genre-bending YA thriller, will Sarah Merson’s shiny new prep school change her life forever or bring it to a dark and sinister end? When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country-Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn’t sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate’s dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay’s glossy reputation. In this genre-bending YA thriller, Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, Sarah’s new school may seem like an idyllic temple of learning, but as she unearths years of terrifying history and manipulation, she discovers this “school” is something much more sinister. I have been avoiding writing this review. The past […]

Posted January 18, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Blog Tour: The Girl Who Fell

Blog Tour: The Girl Who Fell

The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker Published by Simon Pulse on March 1st 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon His obsession.Her fall. In this dark kissing book, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school. Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College. But love has a way of changing things. Enter the new boy in school: the hockey teamÂ’s starting goaltender, Alec. HeÂ’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesnÂ’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she canÂ’t control, something she doesnÂ’t want to control. Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, andÂ…terrifying? But love shouldnÂ’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldnÂ’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed. So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows itÂ’s time to take back control of her life. If she waits any longer, it may be too late. Pre-order Links:  Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Kobo I don’t know what to say about this book. […]

Posted January 13, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 2 Comments
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Review: Double Life by S. Usher Evans

Review: Double Life by S. Usher Evans

Double Life by S. Usher Evans Series: Razia #1 Published by S. Usher Evans on June 12th 2014 Genres: Sci Fi, Young Adult Pages: 244 Format: ebook Buy on Amazon Piracy is a game. How much are you worth? Since she was a little girl, everyone – from her father to the Great Creator himself – told Lyssa Peate the same thing: she’s worthless. But when she becomes the pirate bounty hunter Razia, she can see the price tag on her own head. Employed by one of the four pirate syndicates, she uses bank transactions and her considerable wits to capture rival members. At least, she would be if Razia’s boss ever gave her a chance. It’s a manÂ’s world, and all sheÂ’s allowed to hunt are purse snatchers while she languishes on probation. To pay the bills, she’s stuck in her old life as Lyssa, discovering and analyzing distant planets and selling them for cash. She’s doing just enough to stay out of trouble, pretending to be continuing her father’s mysterious research while away for long periods of time. Her slimy boss is always asking questions and even assigns one of her younger brothers, Vel, to intern with her. Already struggling to keep the balance between her double lives, she tries everything to rid herself of the kid… …until the universal police mistake LyssaÂ’s intern for Razia’s hostage. […]

Posted January 12, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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ARC review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

ARC review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira Series: Ever After #1 Published by Spencer Hill Contemporary on January 12th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, romance Pages: 350 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe MartinsÂ’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldnÂ’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win DevÂ’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing? This book tried to be really cute. The MC Phoebe loves books so much. She talks about books, always has a book in her hand, and even goes to an author signing at the beginning of the book. She is written to be relateable and familiar to all of us booknerds. She’s shy and awkward and sweet, while lost in a fictional world. The problem is that Phoebe is a caricature of a person instead of being a full fleshed out character. I wasn’t able to connect with her or sympathize with her at all. I […]

Posted January 11, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Buddy Read Review: Shadow and Bone

Buddy Read Review: Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Series: Grisha #1 Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on June 5th 2012 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 368 Buy on Amazon Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart. Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. I had the honor of Buddy Reading Shadow and Bone with Jade from Bedtime Bookworm . Then Grishaverse Expert, Brittany, from Brittany’s Book Rambles chose our stopping points, […]

Posted December 31, 2015 by Emily in Review, Special Feature / 6 Comments
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Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3 Published by Dutton on August 14th 2014 Genres: Young Adult Pages: 339 Source: library Buy on Amazon Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last? Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie PerkinsÂ’s beloved series. These books just keep getting better. This is the first series I’ve read one at a time and then reviewed each one. Honestly, I’m glad I picked up this series because it was such a great way to start this. I read Anna and the French Kiss and I liked it but I didn’t love it. Then I finished Lola and the Boy Next Door and I was hooked. I was […]

Posted December 30, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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SST Review: The Year of Lightning

SST Review: The Year of Lightning

The Year of Lightning by Ryan Dalton Series: Time Shift #1 Published by Jolly Fish Press on January 12th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction Pages: 350 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon When 15-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert moved to a new town, they never imagined that the old house across the street could bring them so much trouble. A secret machine has reawakened inside, with the power to pierce time itself. Meanwhile, lightning storms are breaking out all over town. TheyÂ’re getting worse every week, and seem to enjoy striking kids who just want to pass science class and mind their own business. When Malcolm and Valentine discover a connection between the house and the storms, their situation goes from mysterious to crazy stupid dangerous. Someone is controlling the great machine, and their purpose is nearly complete. In a race against time, the twins must uncover the chilling plan, the mastermind behind it, and the force thatÂ’s driving the deadly storms. TheyÂ’ll hunt a powerful enemy that threatens their townÂ’s existence, and the only clues are written in the sky. This book was a Middle Grade adventure novel based around the creepy house across the street and time travel. Malcolm and Valentine have recently moved into a small town. They live there over 2 months before they notice the house across the street. […]

Posted December 20, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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Debut Author Bash: Mandy Mikulencak

Debut Author Bash: Mandy Mikulencak

Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak Published by Albert Whitman and Company on September 1st 2015 Genres: Contemporary, romance, Young Adult Pages: 288 Buy on Amazon A meth lab explosion leaves Arlie permanently scarred — both physically and emotionally. Yet, she develops the street smarts and survival skills to keep her addict mother out of the reach of the law and hidden from her stepfather, Lloyd, the man responsible for the explosion that killed three people.Shortly after ArlieÂ’s 16th birthday, her mother overdoses, forcing an end to their nomadic lives. Social services steps in and rules suddenly exist where none had before. Soon, sheÂ’s living in a 31-foot Airstream trailer with an eccentric uncle and attending high school for the first time.While her facial scar makes it hard to fit in, Arlie begins to think a normal life might be possible – that is, until her stepfather tracks her down and insists she return drug money her mother had stolen. A final confrontation tests ArlieÂ’s idea of right and wrong, and how far sheÂ’s willing to go to protect her new life. I wanted to read this book and then I got to interview Mandy Mikulencak. Now I HAVE to read this book. I’ve posted about blindness before and how I think its important to have a positive view of disabilities because the way people are represented in literature is […]

Posted December 6, 2015 by Emily in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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