Friday, August 18, 2017

Book Review: The Gentleman's Guide of Vice and Virtue

Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction | Romance | Adventure
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Source: Audible
Format:  Audiobook

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores (goodreads).

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue was a whole lot of fun.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: Wicked Like a Wildfire

Title: Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1)
Author: Lana Popovic
Genre: Young Adult | Magical Realism
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever (goodreads)?

Don't let the pretty cover fool you. 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

First Thoughts [#134]

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Trying to Find Focus: July at a Glance

Oh man. July was such a cluster and I said over and over again that I can't remember what I did. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Source: Audible
Format: Audiobook

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right (goodreads)?

This was just adorable!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#116]

Title: Mask of Shadows
Author: Linsey Miller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: August 29, 2017

When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen's personal assassins named for the rings she wears -- Ruby, Emeral, Amethyst, and Opal -- their world changes. They know it's a chance for a new life.
Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.
Sal is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home (goodreads)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Book Review: The Hearts We Sold

Title: The Hearts We Sold 
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Genre: Young Adult | Urban Fantasy 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Source: Gifted
Format: ARC

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.
With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give (goodreads)

The Hearts We Sold was a unique concept that took a different direction than I had expected. 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Amber Reads Her Shelves: August 2017

Amber Reads Her Shelves is my attempt to actually read the books I have. Every month I will choose 3 books that have been on my shelves for at least 6 months. Voting will be open until August 15.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Be Back Soon!

Hi friends! You may have noticed that I've been a bit MIA this summer in term of commenting and interacting. Summer is the peak season at my job and luckily it's almost over! On Saturday, I hopped a plane to D.C. for my annual work trip in Washington, D.C. then another trip to NYC for work as well so I will be gone for a few more days. I fly back August 6 in the evening so hopefully I'm back (and revitalized) in a week or so.

I'll miss you all!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Review: Daughter of the Burning City

Title: Daughter of the Burning City
Author: Amanda Foody
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Mystery 
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Source: ALA
Format:  ARC

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.
Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.
But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.
Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear (goodreads)

Daughter of the Burning City impressed me with its values and complex characters.