ARC Review | The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

ARC Review | The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

  “All my life,” she said, “I have been told ‘go’ and ‘come.’ I am told how I will live, and I am told how I must die. I must be a man’s servant and a mare for his pleasure, or I must hide myself behind walls and surrender my flesh to a cold, silent god. I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me.” This was a enjoyable read; lush and atmospheric. It took me a while to get into it, but once things really start happening you find yourself swept away with the story. One thing though, this novel is definitely not meant to be read in one burst, it works best to savor this book in little pieces as you go along. I loved the main character, Vasilisa Petrovna – her fierceness, her stubbornness, her love and loyalty to her family and the world around her. The different familial relationships were all complicated, interesting, and (at times) rather lovely. I loved how nuanced the characters were – they were not […]

ARC Review | The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

ARC Review | The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

**PS: POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD** Read the first paragraph under “all the words” before deciding to venture further! The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch Published by Amulet Books on October 11, 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Source: Paperback ARC, BEA Length: 368 pgs Rating: ★★★★★ GR Rating: 3.33★ What It’s About: A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven: In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons. But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken […]

ARC Review | This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

ARC Review | This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills Published by Henry, Holt & Co. on October 4, 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Source: Paperback ARC, Gifted from Blogger Length: 320 pgs Rating: ★★★★ GR Rating: 4.24★ What It’s About: Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens. Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives. Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed. Ok, it’s not exactly perfect considering, well, a lot of things … but there’s just something in this gif with the FRIENDS FOREVER mixed with #squadgoals that got to me! I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons, the main […]

ARC Review | Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

ARC Review | Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West Published by Holiday House, Inc on September 15, 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy Source: Paperback ARC, BEA 2016 Length: 352 pgs Rating: ★★★★ GR Rating: 3.96★ Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two – now three – after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince’s band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form. Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, […]

ARC Review | The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

ARC Review | The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron Published by Scholastic Press on September 13, 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian Source: Paperback ARC, BEA 2016 Length: 416 pgs Rating: ★★★★★ GR Rating: 4.15★ Read: 8/12 – 8/14, 2016 What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written. In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten. But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray […]

ARC Review | The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow

ARC Review | The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow

The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow Published by Abrams/Amulet on Sept 13, 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Middle Grade, Fantasy Source: Paperback ARC, BEA 2016 Length: 240 pgs Rating: ★★★★ GR Rating: 3.78★ When a sweet nerd, an artsy cartoonist, a social outcast, and the most popular girl in school are involved in a mysterious bus accident, this seemingly random group of kids starts to notice some very strange abilities they did not have before. Artsy Martina can change her eye color. Nerdy Nick can teleport . . . four inches to the left. Outcast Farshad develops super strength, but only in his thumbs. And Cookie, the It Girl of school’s most popular clique, has suddenly developed the ability to read minds . . . when those minds are thinking about directions. They are oddly mighty—especially together. This group—who would never hang out under normal circumstances—must now combine all of their strengths to figure out what happened during the bus accident. With alternating narratives from each of the heroes, including illustrated pieces from Martina. Not a perfect representation, of course, but this book is really about a group of (mostly) outcasts and the first group I could think of was the most iconic freaks and geeks there are! […]

ARC Review | The Graces by Laura Eve

ARC Review | The Graces by Laura Eve

The Graces by Laura Eve Published by Amulet Books on September 1, 2016 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Magic Source: Paperback ARC, Book Expo America Length: 352 pgs Rating: ★★★ GR Rating: 3.36★ In The Graces, the first rule of witchcraft states that if you want something badly enough, you can get it . . . no matter who has to pay. Everyone loves the Graces. Fenrin, Thalia, and Summer Grace are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They’ve managed to cast a spell over not just their high school but also their entire town—and they’re rumored to have powerful connections all over the world. If you’re not in love with one of them, you want to be them. Especially River: the loner, new girl at school. She’s different from her peers, who both revere and fear the Grace family. She wants to be a Grace more than anything. And what the Graces don’t know is that River’s presence in town is no accident. This fabulously addictive fantasy combines sophisticated and haunting prose with a gut-punching twist that readers will be dying to discuss. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars as well as nostalgic classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 1996 movie […]