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Review: Roseblood by A.G. Howard

Review: Roseblood by A.G. Howard

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard Published by Amulet Books on January 10th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult Pages: 432 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’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.Let me start this review by saying that I have not read […]

Posted January 2, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Review: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill Series: Clash of Kingdoms #1 Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on December 27th 2016 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 400 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review, the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads I received this book for free from Free for Review, the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The story is fun and engaging. I read it in a single sitting and just tore through it. Erin Summerill’s writing is easy to read and her characters make the story easy to connect to. I liked Britta and Cohen for their shared history. The supporting characters were some of my favorites. Captain Omar and Leif kept me guessing the whole book. I didn’t know whether to cry or cheer half the time. Enta was easy because who doesn’t love a grumpy old grandmother. She was probably my favorite. I loved the culture of Malam. For instance, the entire conflict stems from a cultural traditon. Britta is in mourning for her father and mourners are forbidden from leaving their house. Typically, the town brings the mourner food. However, Britta is an outcast. No one takes care of her in these terrible circumstances. If she wants to survive, she has to leave to find food. Otherwise, she will starve.  I liked this book […]

Posted December 23, 2016 by Emily in Review, Uncategorized / 3 Comments
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Review: The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Review: The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon Published by Delacorte Press on November 1st 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, romance Pages: 384 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? 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.This was an amazing book. I went into it apprehensively because Everything, Everything ended up rubbing me the wrong way. I picked this […]

Posted December 19, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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FFBC Review: Flashfall

FFBC Review: Flashfall

Flashfall by Jenny Moyer Published by Henry Holt and Co. on November 15th 2016 Genres: Sci Fi, Dystopian, Young Adult Pages: 352 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city. But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it. 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.Flashfall is set in a dystopian world after some sort of nuclear war. Everything is covered in radiation. Orion, Dram and the rest of the people in Outpost Five are all Subpar so they have adapted to have some sort of radiation resistance. Flashfall’s […]

Posted November 15, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Three Dark Crowns

Review: Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Series: Three Dark Crowns #1 Published by HarperTeen on September 20th 2016 Genres: Fantasy, horror, Young Adult Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown. If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless […]

Posted November 14, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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FFBC Review: Aftermath by Clara Kensie

FFBC Review: Aftermath by Clara Kensie

Aftermath by Clara Kensie Published by Merit Press on November 1st 2016 Genres: Thriller, Young Adult Pages: 288 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad’s a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte’s twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life–the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free. 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.Charlotte was kidnapped and and held by a monster for over 4 years. During that time, she held onto the thought that her […]

Posted November 10, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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Review Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

Review Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen Published by Delacorte Press on October 11th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy Pages: 304 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher, Free for Review Buy on Amazon Goodreads Jae is a slave in a dying desert world. Once verdant with water from a magical Well, the land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. If a new source isn’t found soon, the people will perish. Jae doesn’t mind, in a way. By law, she is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, she’ll be free. Lord Elan’s family rules the fading realm. He comes to the estate where Jae works, searching for the hidden magic needed to replenish the Well, but it’s Jae who finds it, and she who must wield it. Desperate to save his realm, Elan begs her to use it to locate the Well. But why would a slave—abused, beaten, and treated as less than human—want to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn. Though revenge clouds her vision, she agrees to help if the kingdom’s slaves are freed. Then Elan’s father arrives. The ruler’s cruelty knows no limits. He is determined that the class system will not change—and that Jae will remain a slave […]

Posted November 7, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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FFBC Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

FFBC Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick Published by Roaring Brook Press on October 25th 2016 Genres: Historical, Thriller, Young Adult Pages: 320 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads It is 1917, and the world is tearing itself to pieces in a dreadful war, but far to the east of the trenches, another battle is breaking out – the Russian Revolution has just begun… Blood Red, Snow White captures the mood of this huge moment in history through the adventure of one man who was in the middle of it all; Arthur Ransome, a young British journalist who had first run away to Russia to collect fairy tales. Told as three linked novellas, part one captures the days of revolution but retells the story as Russian Fairy Tale, with typical humour and unashamed brutality. Part two is a spy story, set over the course of one evening, as Ransome faces up to his biggest challenge, and part three is a love story, full of tragedy and hope, as every good Russian love story should be. 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 was definitely expecting some sort of fairy tale retelling when I picked this one up. Right on the back, is says […]

Posted October 20, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 4 Comments
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Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky: Spotlight & Giveaway

Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky: Spotlight & Giveaway

Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky Published by Scholastic Press on October 11th 2016 Genres: Sci Fi, Dystopian, Young Adult Pages: 352 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The Robots Are Rising Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters. She understands why she’s never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it’s not her real father giving the orders . . . It’s his memories. Before he died, Frost’s father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the only living creature she loves. With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters . . . to talking to the first boy she’s ever set eyes on. But can a girl who’s only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own? Or will her first journey from home be her last? This dystopian has robots, genetically engineered pets and monsters lurking […]

Posted October 10, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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FFBC Tour: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

FFBC Tour: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria Published by Amulet Books on October 11th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, paranormal, Historical Pages: 384 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn. 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. Iron Cast by @TheDestinySoria is the book about friendship and magic and mind control that I didn't know I was desperate for. — Emily (@Emren) October 8, 2016 This tweet pretty much sums up my feelings about Iron Cast. The friendship between Corinne and Ada was really touching. I loved that there was no competition or pettiness. They understood […]

Posted October 9, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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