Monday, June 4, 2018

Book Review (ARC) | Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Title: Grace and Fury
Author: Tracy Banghart
PublicationJuly 31st 2018 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Series: First in Series
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy
Copy: ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Summary: Bold, brutal, and beautiful--a must-read fantasy full of fierce sisterhood, action, and political intrigue for fans of The Selection series, Caraval, and The Handmaid's Tale.

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace--someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir's eye, it's Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Book Review | Society of Wishes by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh

Title: Society of Wishes
Author: Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh
Publication: January 29th 2018 by Silver Wing Press
Series: (Wish Quartet #1)
Pages: 230
Genre: NA Fantasy
Copy: Arc provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
SummaryFirst book in the Wish Quartet, a new-adult, urban fantasy series set in a near-future alternate reality


Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.

With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.

Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of the world itself.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Book Review | Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

Title: Love, Life, and the List
Author: Kasie West
PublicationDecember 26th 2017 by HarperTeen
Series: First book in a set of three standalones with crossover characters
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Contemporary
Copy: Bought
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.
Which is where the list comes in.
Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Book Review | Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade

Title: Our Dark Stars
Author: Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade
Publication: January 2nd 2018
Series: Standalone
Pages: 316
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Copy: ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Book: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Expected Publication: January 9th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Why I'm Waiting: Y'ALL.  Okay, we already know how epic Amie and Meagan are.  But together, they are EPIC.  I mean, just look at the Starbound trilogy a.k.a one of my favorite series of all time.  I don't know how these two do it, but they never fail to write kickass characters and an overall crazy, fun story.  So I'm super excited to see what these two do with this new series!  Also, I'm majorly hyped because ALIENS and SPACE!!!  Also, two unlikely friends thrown together on an epic journey?  Sign me up please.  You better believe I'm gonna be hauling my ass to B&N on the 9th to go grab myself a copy, and I can't wait to read the rest of the day away in utter bliss.

*Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  Be sure to check them out for more information!*

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Stacking the Shelves | Book Outlet Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews!  Be sure to check them out for more information!

So in case you don't stalk Book Outlet on Twitter like I do, there was a big Boxing Day sale this past week, and if you're anything like me, it's literally impossible to resist a good book sale.  As soon as I saw the tweet, I just had to take a peek at the website.  Before I knew it, my cart had six books and I was checking out.  Point being: I have no self control and I need someone to take my debit card away from me any time I even consider shopping online for books.

Anyway, here's my Book Outlet haul from the Boxing Day sale!  Let me know if you've read any of them, or if you also have no self control and bought too many books during the sale...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Update 12-28-17 | I'm Back!

Hey guys... So.  It's been a minute.  I've kind of disappeared from the book blogging community for the past few months, which is really sad.  I've missed it so much!  I started my first year of college this past August, and it's been crazy trying to adjust.  I moved from California to Colorado, and I didn't know anyone at the school I was going to.  It was a big deal for me because I haven't always done the best socially and I love my family, so it was hard leaving them for a whole other state.  However, even though these past few months have been a huge adjustment, I'm so happy with my decision to move.  Pushing myself way out of my comfort zone brought out a whole other side of me that I didn't even know existed, and I got the chance to make incredible friendships and meet so many amazing people.  The only thing I regret is that it took me away from reading and blogging for a while, so I'm going to try and jump back into the blogging community and start posting again!  Anyway, this is just a little update and a little tidbit of wisdom: if anyone is considering moving away for college and is scared as hell, you can do it!  College is the best place to find people like you; if you want to make friends, you will make them!  Okay, okay, I'm done preaching now.  But seriously, I'm going to try really hard to get back into blogging this new year, and I can't wait to catch up on everyone's blogs and see what I missed!