Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Review: Warcross

Title: Warcoss (Warcross #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Young Adult | SciFi 
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Format: ARC
Source: ALA

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire (goodreads).


Warcross was fast-paced but never pulled me into the story. 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review: Before She Ignites

Title: Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher


Before
Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.
But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.
After
Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.
No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse (goodreads)



Before She Ignites became a fantasy novel that I just can't get enough of!
Friday, September 15, 2017

Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula

Title: Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction | Mystery
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Format: ARC
Source: ALA

In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life's dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school's forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again (goodreads).


Hunting Prince Dracula just brought this series to the next level. 
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Book Review: Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Genre: Young Adult | Retelling | Romance
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Format: ARC
Source: ALA


At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.
Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.
Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story (goodreads)


Girls Made of Snow and Glass was a delightful retelling with extraordinary female leads. 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#119]




Title: The Devils You Know
Author: M.C. Atwood
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: October 3, 2017

Plenty of legends surround the infamous Boulder House in Whispering Bluffs, Wisconsin, but nobody takes them seriously. Certainly nobody believes that the original owner, Maxwell Cartwright Jr., cursed its construction—or that a murder of crows died upon its completion, their carcasses turning the land black. If anyone did believe it all, there’s no way River Red High would offer a field trip there for the senior class.
Five very different seniors on the trip—Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen—have reasons beyond school spirit for not ditching the trip. When they’re separated from the group, they discover that what lies within Boulder House is far more horrifying than any local folklore. To survive, they’ll have to band together in ways they never could have imagined and ultimately confront the truths of their darkest selves (goodreads).  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

First Thoughts [#138]

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



Monday, September 11, 2017

Books I'm excited for!


It is September, and that means that bookworms across the country are desperately trying not keep up with all of the Fall releases. And guess what, this is just the beginning! Since there are only four months left of 2017, I thought I'd outline the 2017 releases I am anticipating the most!
Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Review: When I Cast Your Shadow

Title: When I Cast Your Shadow
Author: Sarah Porter
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: e-ARC

Dashiell Bohnacker was hell on his family while he was alive. But it's even worse now that he's dead....
After her troubled older brother, Dashiell, dies of an overdose, sixteen-year-old Ruby is overcome by grief and longing. What she doesn't know is that Dashiell's ghost is using her nightly dreams of him as a way to possess her body and to persuade her twin brother, Everett, to submit to possession as well.
Dashiell tells Everett that he's returned from the Land of the Dead to tie up loose ends, but he's actually on the run from forces crueler and more powerful than anything the Bohnacker twins have ever imagined....(goodreads)


That was confusing and weird. 
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Book Review: Shadowhouse Fall

Title: Shadowhouse Fall (Shadowshaper #2)
Author: Daniel Jose Older
Genre: Young Adult | Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Source: ALA
Format: ARC

Sierra and her friends love their new lives as shadowshapers, making art and creating change with the spirits of Brooklyn. Then Sierra receives a strange card depicting a beast called the Hound of Light -- an image from the enigmatic, influential Deck of Worlds. The shadowshapers know their next battle has arrived.
Thrust into an ancient struggle with enemies old and new, Sierra and Shadowhouse are determined to win. Revolution is brewing in the real world as well, as the shadowshapers lead the fight against systems that oppress their community. To protect her family and friends in every sphere, Sierra must take down the Hound and master the Deck of Worlds... or risk losing them all (goodreads).


Shadowhouse Fall raised all the stakes in this fast-paced sequel!