The Year of Recommended Reading: Sorcery & Cecelia

The Year of Recommended Reading: Sorcery & Cecelia

Last year I got to participate in a ridiculously fun blogger collaboration, Tracking Down Tunes, with a ridiculously awesome blogger, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books. As 2016 came to a close, we were chatting about how much we wanted to do another feature together, and how this one should center around books somehow. We came up with The Year of Recommended Reads to work on getting through some of the books that have been sitting on our TBR piles forever, as well as to have a reason to force each other to read books that we think the other would like! 😉 Without further ado, the book for this month was …. Make sure you visit Alexa’s post about her experience with this book over at Alexa Loves Books! Why I wanted to read this book: For this month, this question is almost more of “Why I wanted Alexa to read this book:” and it’s a pretty simple answer: BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. But no, really – this was one of my absolute favorite books/series as a teenager, and I was actually pretty surprised that Alexa hadn’t yet read it; it seemed totally up her alley! One of the great things […]

The Year of Recommended Reading: Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

The Year of Recommended Reading: Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Last year I got to participate in a ridiculously fun blogger collaboration, Tracking Down Tunes, with a ridiculously awesome blogger, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books. As 2016 came to a close, we were chatting about how much we wanted to do another feature together, and how this one should center around books somehow. We came up with The Year of Recommended Reads to work on getting through some of the books that have been sitting on our TBR piles forever, as well as to have a reason to force each other to read books that we think the other would like! 😉 Without further ado, the book for this month was …. Make sure you stop by Alexa’s blog to check out her experience reading Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms! Why I wanted to read this book: In December of 2014, I was going through the Young Readers section of the bookstore at the end of the night (hello recovery during holiday, EEK) and my eye caught on this gorgeous faced out book called Rooftoppers. I had never seen it before, and the author (Katherine Rundell) was unfamiliar to me. I picked up the book, checked out the synopsis, and made a mental […]

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 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 […]

Mini Review: The One With the Princess Who’s Flunking Algebra

Mini Review: The One With the Princess Who’s Flunking Algebra

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot Published: Oct 17, 2003 by Listening Library (Originally Published: 2000) Source: Audio, Audible Length: 5 hrs, 46 mins Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Date Read: 05/01/16 – 05/02/16 GR Rating: 3.75★ My Rating: 3★ What It’s About: She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom… NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!) DOWNER: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So there’s no heir to the throne.) SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material. THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne. Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal–blue in the face about her princessly duty—no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO? *Overall much preferred the movie although I can definitely see the appeal for teens This was the book that the 2001 film starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway was […]

Mini Review: The One with the Alternate History and the Skinshifter

Mini Review: The One with the Alternate History and the Skinshifter

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin Published: Oct 20, 2015 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers (Originally Published: 10/20/15) Source: Hardcover, Borrowed Length: 388pgs Genres: Young Adult, Alternate History, WWII Date Read: 12/11/15 – 01/12/16 GR Rating: 4.32★ My Rating: 4★ What It’s About: Her story begins on a train. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo. Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael […]

Series Review | The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan

Series Review | The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken | Untold | Unmade This is a series that I had heard a lot about (albeit not always coherently) from a lot of people – but somehow it took FOREVER to fully get on my radar and even LONGER THAN FOREVER to fully get on my TBR. (I mean, put it this way – I read this series in 2016 but the paperback of Unmade was published in 2015. So. Yeah. They’ve been out for a while.) A lot of my bookish friends count these as some of their all time favorite books, and I’ve got to say that I had more than just a little bit of trepidation going into this – what if I didn’t like them? What if I didn’t *get* it? What it these just didn’t work for me? So, uh, without further ado, let’s just see how I ended up feeling about this series. 😉 What It’s About (Briefly): Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. […]