Sunday, November 29, 2015

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard ARC Review + Giveaway

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
Paperback ARC, 440 pages
Published by HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Pre-order it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace ARC Review

Paperback ARC, 358 pages
Published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
Pre-order It: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository |
For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes.

When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye Manuscript Review Worshipping

Format: Uncorrected Manuscript, 388 pages
Published by Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 17th, 2016
Pre-order it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bluescreen by Dan Wells ARC Review

Bluescreen by Dan Wells
Format: Paperback ARC, 335 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 16th, 2016
Pre-order it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni—a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen—and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She might spend her days in Mirador, the small, vibrant LA neighborhood where her family owns a restaurant, but she lives on the net—going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. And it’s Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen—a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni and delivers a massive, non-chemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.

Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, returns with a stunning new vision of the near future—a breathless cyber-thriller where privacy is the world’s most rare resource and nothing, not even the thoughts in our heads, is safe.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!

Monday, November 9, 2015

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson Review + Twitter Chat with a Giveaway

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Format: Hardcover, 371 pages
Publisher: Dial Books/Penguin Random House
Publication Date: September 16th 2014
A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig ARC Review

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Format: Paperback ARC, 454 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pre-Order Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 
Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Fire Falling by Elise Kova Release Tour: Interview + Giveaway

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Ruined by Amy Tintera

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

I've seen this meme on a lot of blogs and decided to join in. This meme was created by The Broke and Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a new topic that involves a list of ten books. 

This week's topic: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel 

1) Heidi Heilig

Brittany: I'm extremely amazed at Heidi's imagination come to life in her book The Girl From Everywhere. It's a really magical book that reminds me so much of Studio Ghibli. I'm really excited to find out what is Nixie's next adventure!

2) Lucy Keating

Brittany: You guys should know by know how much I looooooove this book. Since reading it, I haven't let it be far from me so I can fall back into all of my favorite moments. It's such a beautiful story that's well-written and witty.

3) Renee Ahdieh

Brittany: I was completely blown away by The Wrath & The Dawn and I'm dying to get my hands on the sequel. The world-building, the characters, with a unique spin on a fairy tale? What more could you ask for?

4) Sabaa Tahir

Brittany: I was just a giant ball of feels after reading An Ember in The Ashes. I read it in one sitting, and around 2AM when I finished I just sat clutching the book to my chest and rocking back and forth. This was back before we had a sequel confirmed! I would have just died if we were left with that ending. BUT all is right in the world because we get a sequel in 2016! 

5) Victoria Aveyard

Brittany: Red Queen flew off the pages into a symphony of feels that I was not prepared to handle. It was one of the few books that I could imagine without putting a lot of effort, the writing just paints everything perfectly in your mind. I don't expect any less from Glass Sword and pretty much anything else Aveyard might write in the future.

6) Michael Jensen & David Powers King

Brittany: Woven was a very unexpected fun read. All I knew before reading it was how a close-minded publisher dropped this amazing book. Honestly, it was their loss and Scholastic's gain. That being said, these two can count on me to be reading all of their future work.

7) Kim Leggitt

Brittany: Kim Leggitt has made me wonder if I should give the horror genre (at least in YA) another go. Anyone who can do that to a wimp like me, is pretty amazing.

8) Kathy MacMillan

Brittany: Kathy MacMillan really knows how to build a culture and a world, and I really loved the setting in Sword and Verse. I'm very curious about what other worlds MacMillan has in store for all of us!

9) Nicola Yoon 

Nikki: Everything, Everything has completely changed my mind about contemporaries! Nicola Yoon is a great writer, and I would love to read anything else written by her. Her prose, dialogue, style—I need more!

10) Brianna Shrum

Nikki: It's really hard to find a good fairy tale retelling, but I love this one! It managed to be original, despite being a retelling, and had everything I was looking for. Another book by Brianna Shrum? Yes, please!

What Sophomore Novels are you looking forward to?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

October Wrap-up!

We hope that all of you had a Happy Halloween! This is our first wrap-up post but we're really excited to share everything we've done this month with all of you. 

Books Brittany has read and/or reviewed:

Sword and Verse by Kathy Macmillan 3.5/5 Stars (review + giveaway)

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan 5/5 Stars (Review)

Dreamology by Lucy Keating 5/5 Stars (review + giveaway)

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke 4/5 Stars (Mini Review + Wicked Reads!)

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (review + giveaway coming soon!)

Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch (review coming soon!)

Brittany: October was crazy busy for me and I didn't get to read as much as I wanted to, but hopefully November will be different =)

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Books Nikki's read and/or reviewed:

The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #2) by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare 2/5 Stars (Review)

Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan (re-read)

Percy Jacson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (re-read)

Soundless by Richelle Mead

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Nightfall by Jake Halpern

Nikki: I've been really busy with school, but hopefully I can get more posts up this month xD. I actually have reviews written for all of these books, but they're still in the process of being edited. To be fair, my reviews are edited by both of my co-bloggers, who are *ahem* hard to please.

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Features & Blog Tours:

Illuminae Blog Tour 5/5 Stars (Review + Giveaway)

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke 4/5 Stars (Mini Review + Wicked Reads!)

BBCP Project: From Screen to Page

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Waiting On Wednesdays:

The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

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Top Ten Tuesdays:

Ten Bookish Habits That I Need To Quit

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NYC Comic Con Recap

Family trip to Quebec City (Coming soon!)

How many books did you guys read this month? Did you do anything really fun? How was your Halloween?