Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review: Like a River Glorious

Title: Like a River Glorious
Author: Rae Crason
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fantasy | Romance
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Format: Physical
Source: Gifted

After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.
Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom (goodreads).

It could just be me, but I didn't enjoy myself as much this time around. 
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Book Review: The Hollow Girl

Title: The Hollow Girl
Author: Hillary Monahan
Genre: Young Adult | Horror
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

Five boys attacked her.Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh.
Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her.
One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.
She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn (goodreads)

I was expecting a bit more from Hillary Monahan. 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

First Thoughts [#141]

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Original Did It Better

I've been looking at covers lately: rearranging my bookshelves, adding 2018 books to my TBR, and browsing through the rest of this year's releases. Some books have great covers and some have passable covers, it's not surprising that we have to remind ourselves not the judge a book by its cover. So I've decided to go through some of my favorite covers that had, in my opinion, unfortunate redesigns. 
Friday, October 13, 2017

Book Review: The Last Namsara

Title: The Last Namsara (Iskari #1)
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer. 
These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.
Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her (goodreads)

Wow. This book is something special. 
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Review: The Ravenous

Title: The Ravenous
Author: Amy Lukavics
Genre: Young Adult | Horror
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Source: ALA
Format: ARC

From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn't quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression. 
When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they'll go to keep their family together (goodreads).

The Ravenous was spooky but predictable. 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#121]

Title: The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare #1)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 24, 2017

A banished princess.A deadly curse.A kingdom at war.
Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.
Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.
But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.
With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever (goodreads)?
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

First Thoughts [#140]

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

Bookstore Spotlight: The Book Cellar

National Independent Bookstore day really made me realize how many awesome indies I have around me; there is just something special about going to a bookstore that has its own personality. Each month, I will be highlighting an indie bookstore that I come across and would love to learn more about your indies as well! Without further ado, I introduce you to...