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Review: The Gilded Cage by Vic James

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

Review: The Gilded Cage by Vic JamesGilded 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
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four-half-stars

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. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I posted on twitter that I wasn’t sure if I liked this book but that I wouldn’t forget it anytime soon. That has been true so far. I just can’t get this book out of my mind.

The Gilded cage is deeply disturbing. I loved that it didn’t pull any punches. Usually dystopian worlds look pretty on the surface and it takes a while to get into the issues. Gilded Cage is horrifying right from the start. The ruling class are Equals, capable of performing fantastic feats of magic. They live a life of luxury and ease. Everyone else is known as a commoner and are forced to serve Slave Days. Slave Days are exactly what they sound like. Commoners give up 10 years of their lives as slaves. This is one aspect that really bothers me about the book. Commoners can choose when to serve their Slave Days. It’s an awful fate but forcing people to choose when it happens makes it seem worse.

The Gilded Cage also goes into the darker and more insidious aspects of a dystopian world that other books tend to shy away from. Especially in YA. Usually young adult fiction isn’t as dark as this was. I think that this book could be upsetting to read on a lot of levels. Horrible things happen off screen or before the events of the book but they are still dealt with or touched on. This is young adult because it has a young adult main character not because the content is watered down at all.

This book is going to stay with me for a long time. It really affected me. I can’t wait for book two. Still, I’m not sure I liked it. I’m not sure this is a book you like. It is a book you remember forever.

four-half-stars

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Arc Review: Literally by Lucy Keating

Posted March 16, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Arc Review: Literally by Lucy KeatingLiterally by Lucy Keating
Published by HarperTeen on April 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, romance, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
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three-half-stars

A girl realizes her life is being written for her in this unique, smart love story that is Stranger Than Fiction for fans of Stephanie Perkins.
Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.
It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her.
But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?
The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance blurs the line between reality and fiction, and is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut Dreamology, which SLJ called, “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.”

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 such a sweet book with a really original premise behind it. Annabelle is a seemingly normal teenager living her life trying to make it through her creative writing class. When an author comes in to speak to the class, she realizes her new book sounds awfully familiar. She’s shocked to have the author confirm that she is in fact writing her life. This, of course, leads to her at initially thinking that the author is crazy. Soon she starts thinking perhaps she’s crazy. The journey throughout is interesting to consider and I think Lucy Keating did a good job reflecting the way some authors think about their characters.

The most interesting point to consider when you wonder who is “writing” your story is choice. Are you making your own choices or is someone else making them for you? This was were Keating did an excellent job, in my opinion. Annabelle struggles with this when she finds herself in a love triangle with an old “friend” and a seemingly perfect new guy. You’ll have to read to see how it ends. 🙂

3.5 stars for this fun, easy read!

three-half-stars

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Review: The Ship Beyond Time

Review: The Ship Beyond Time

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig Series: The Girl from Everywhere #2 Published by Greenwillow Books on February 28th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance Pages: 464 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere. Nix has escaped her past, but when the person she loves most is at risk, even the daughter of a time traveler may not be able to outrun her fate—no matter where she goes. Fans of Rae Carson, Alexandra Bracken, and Outlander will fall hard for Heidi Heilig’s sweeping fantasy. Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father? Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is […]

Posted March 9, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones Series: Wintersong #1 Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling Pages: 448 Format: ebook Buy on Amazon Goodreads Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell. All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns. But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts. Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin […]

Posted February 20, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 3 Comments
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Review: Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Review: Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco Series: The Bone Witch #1 Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 7th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 400 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice. Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco! 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 story is told straight from the beginning with a narrator and then flash forward interludes between every chapter told from the point of view of a bard who is writing the story. Right from the beginning we know […]

Posted February 13, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Rockstar Tours Review: Wintersong

Rockstar Tours Review: Wintersong

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling Pages: 448 Format: ebook Buy on Amazon Goodreads Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell. All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns. But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts. Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As […]

Posted February 10, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston Published by Quirk Books on April 4th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, romance Pages: 320 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons before he was famous. Now they re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfieldfandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.” Fandom in media can be patronizing. If you know me, you […]

Posted January 25, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Review: The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova

Review: The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova

The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova Series: Air Awakens #0.1 Published by Silver Wing Press on November 22, 2016 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 292 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Goodreads Book one in an Air Awakens prequel trilogy. A coastal summer is turned upside down by a violent murder, and a quest for lost pirate treasure turns into a hunt for the killer. Jax Wendyll is the crown’s dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that tourment him to this day, his life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an Empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair. Erion Le’Dan, a nobleman’s son, expects a quiet summer visit to the Imperial Palace, his only agenda to visit with his unlikely friends. But Jax’s discovery the legendary pirate Adela Lagmir’s old workroom inspires a hunt for her long lost treasure. The pursuit of Adela’s truth takes the three men to the Imperial summer manor, built along the old pirate mainstays. When Adela’s trident is branded into a murdered servant, Prince Baldair’s summer amusement of treasure-hunting becomes a hunt to find the killer. But, as mysteries compound, the ghosts of Jax’s past may not be the only things haunting them. I received this book for free from Free for Review in exchange for […]

Posted November 21, 2016 by Emily in 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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