Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Review: Alone

Title: Alone
Author: Cyn Balog
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery | Thriller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they're not going back to the city…or Seda's friends and school. 
As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.
Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality… (goodreads)

That escalated quickly. 
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Review: The Empress

Title: The Empress (The Diabolic #2)
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Source: Author
Format: ARC

It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.
But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.
Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it (goodreads)

The Empress ended in a shocking twist, but I still think The Diabolic would have been better off as a standalone. 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

First Thoughts [#144]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, November 13, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017

Book Review: Dear Martin

Title: Dear Martin
Author: Nic Stone
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Source: Gifted
Format: ARC

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.
Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack (goodreads).

That was a whirlwind of emotions!
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Book Review: This Darkness Mine

Title: This Darkness Mine
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Genre: Young Adult | Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Source: ALA
Format: ARC

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.
But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?
Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back (goodreads).

That shit was weird. 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#123]

Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of Air #1)
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself (goodreads).  
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rosemarked is out TODAY

Rosemarked is out in the world today and I'm so excited for all of you to read it! My review goes live in a few week but the long and short of it: super unique and intriguing. 

I'm happy to join in the blitz day fun to celebrate Livia Blackburne's newest release; let's hear from Livia herself!

First Thoughts [#143]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.