Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review: Akata Witch

Title: Akata Witch (Akata Witch #1)
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Genre: Middle Grade | Magic

Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she's albino. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a "free agent" with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.
Soon she's part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she's finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs (goodreads)?

Akata Witch feels like Harry Potter but misses the interesting plot and engaging characters. 
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

First Thoughts [#132]

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

Monday, July 17, 2017

#24in48 Readathon

I mentioned briefly during my June wrap-up that I would be participating in the #24in48 Readathon for the third time. I've never been able to complete the full 24 hours of reading within the weekend, but I always end up having a lot of fun. Check out my goals!
Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Review: The Rose and the Dagger

Title: The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) 
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Genre: Young Adult | Retelling | Fantasy | Romance
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Source: Purchased
Format: Physical

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.
The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again (goodreads).

The Rose and the Dagger was a satisfying conclusion to a favorite series!
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction 
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Source: Library
Format: Physical

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world (goodreads).

Stalking Jack the Ripper was an excellent concept, but I found the book to drag more times than not. 
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#114]

Title: Shimmer and Burn (Shimmer and Burn #1)
Author: Mary Taranta
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: August 8, 2017

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.
Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.
Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.
With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch (goodreads).

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

First Thoughts [#131]

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

Monday, July 10, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017

Book Review: The Hating Game

Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Genre: New Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Source: Library
Format: Physical

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;2) A person’s undoing;3) Joshua Templeman.Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game (goodreads).

The Hating Game was equal parts sexy and fun!