Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday ... (31)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine. This event highlights the upcoming books that we're eagerly anticipating.
Title: The Last of August
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date of Publication: February 14, 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30256105-the-last-of-august?ac=1&from_search=true

In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.

So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

Source: Goodreads

Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date of Publication: February 28, 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30256105-the-last-of-august?ac=1&from_search=true

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.

Source: Goodreads



Title: King's Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Publication: February 07, 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30226723-king-s-cage?ac=1&from_search=true 

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

Source: Goodreads


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review: Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields



BLURB:

A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive like-- a poison kiss-- and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It's a miserable life, but being a visha kanya, a poison maiden, is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25081261-poison-s-kiss

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.



First of all, I've been excited to read this since I received the copy. The book cover is beautiful and together with the title, it caught my attention right away. First parts of the book was exciting already so I just continue reading it until my eyes hurts. I think this book helped with my reading slump and I'm really looking forward to read more books like this one. 

I enjoyed reading Poison's Kiss, this is the kind of book that I've been looking for short but full of excitement, it doesn't have any dull parts either especially when Deven appeared (LOL). Before I tell you about Deven, here's Marinda, a girl who can kill a person with just a kiss. She has a younger brother named Mani whom she loves so much and she will do anything to save his life from danger. Deven, is a young man that Marinda fancies. He's a good man who she met at the bookstore where she sometimes work. But, Marinda's handler ordered her to kill Deven and with that she decided to change everything. 

"Just because two things happen at the same time doesn't mean that they're connected."

I'm so tempted to spill every thing but I can't! Now I'm having a hard time what to say (laughs). Anyways back to my review, Poison's Kiss is spectacular and worth reading. I got hooked easily and it was hard to stop reading this I just found myself half of the book already before I went to sleep and continued the other half when I woke up and with that I wasn't able to do the other things I needed to do but... sorry not sorry! *LOL* 

People should read this! But I must warn every one... you'll end up loving Deven. 

The book isn't cliffhanger but it has a second book coming right? I just want to know what will happen to Marinda, she made a good deal the Raja it makes the book more exciting!!! I just can't wait to read the next one and what will happen to Deven? Will his story with Marinda continues?

"Fear is the fuel of bravery ."

My Rating




Breeana Shields graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English. Her debut young adult fantasy, POISON'S KISS, will be released from Random House in 2017, with a sequel to follow in 2018. When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, playing board games and spending time with her husband, three children and an extremely spoiled miniature poodle. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where it drizzles, rains or pours nine months of the year, but then transforms into paradise during the other three. She’s willing to make the trade-off.

Source: Goodreads

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Book Review: Because Of The Sun by Jenny Torrez Sanchez





BLURB: 

From the backyards of suburban Florida to the parched desert of New Mexico, Because of the Sun explores the complexity of family, the saving grace of friendship, and the healing that can begin when the truth is brought to light.

Dani Falls learned to tolerate her existence in suburban Florida with her brash and seemingly unloving mother by embracing the philosophy Why care? It will only hurt. So when her mother is killed in a sudden and violent manner, Dani goes into an even deeper protection mode, total numbness. It’s the only way she can go on.

But when Dani chooses The Stranger by Albert Camus as summer reading for school, it feels like fate. The main character’s alienation after his mother’s death mirrors her own.

Dani’s life is thrown into further turmoil when she is sent to New Mexico to live with an aunt she never knew she had. The awkwardness between them is palpable. To escape, Dani takes long walks in the merciless heat. One day, she meets Paulo, who understands how much Dani is hurting. Although she is hesitant at first, a mutual trust and affection develop between Dani and Paulo, and Dani begins to heal. And as she and her aunt begin to connect, Dani learns about her mother’s past. Forgiving isn’t easy, but maybe it’s the only way to move forward.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29905869-because-of-the-sun 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.



Because Of The Sun is one of the books that I can relate to. Losing a mother is never easy and you'll always wish they're around. Seeing your mother lifeless is like a nightmare that you can't forget. It will hunt you down no matter what. 

"I don't know what to do with myself. I just keep waiting. Waiting for something to happen."

This is a story of a young girl who lost her mother at a very young age, Dani saw her mother died horribly and recovering from that incident wasn't easy. She transferred to New Mexico to live with her Aunt. One day Dani went out to go for a walk and there she met Paulo who changed her life. 

The book has a good story even if it's not the fast paced story that I'm used to reading lately. I enjoyed it in my own way. I was curious on some of the parts here like when Dani keeps saying her mom is not a good mom, I wonder how bad it was and It doesn't tell much about her mother until the third part of the book, that's the only time things became clear to me. The rest of the story is how Dani cope up with the new things around her and how she fought her dark days. I could tell it wasn't easy, at some point I actually thought she's getting crazy because she's seeing the bear who killed her mother.  And I felt relief when the book suddenly shifted to a lighter mood. It's like Dani finally letting go of her dark past and finally moving on and accepting her aunt in her life. 

"Sometimes there is shade, there is respite, there is beauty and love."

My Ratings


JENNY TORRES SANCHEZ is a full-time writer and former English teacher. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, but has lived on the border of two worlds her whole life. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and children.







 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Truth About Love by Anna Bloom


Check out this gorgeous cover for Anna Bloom's new contemporary romance, The Truth About Love, releasing 8th Feb. I can't wait to get my greedy hands on this one!



 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33983628-the-truth-about-love

Synopsis 

Eve Harris has always had a point to prove: where you come from doesn't matter, it's what you aim for that counts. She's got it all planned; find the perfect teaching job and live with her best friend, Cherry, and never ever get dragged back into the destructive world of her youth.

The last thing she expects is to bump into billionaire heir Cameron Wallis on her last day on campus. Nor is she expecting to find that when she gives him a chance to win her over he's nothing at all the playboy the newspapers paint him to be.

Will Eve be able to let go of her judgements and embrace a spontaneous affair with Cam that isn't part of her plan? Or will the constraints of both their families prevent Cam and Eve from finding The Truth About Love?

The Truth About Love Vol.I is the first instalment in a serial About finding love even when you're least expecting it.  Can be read as a standalone.


Connect with Anna


Website – https://annabloomwrites.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AnnaBloomBooks/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/annabloombooks
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/annabloomwrites/
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7200943.Anna_Bloom








Sunday, January 8, 2017

Book Review: The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby


Title: The Stranger Game
Author: Cylin Busby
Published: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Balzer & Bray

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28925213-the-stranger-game

The Stranger Game is a dark, suspenseful, and twisty young adult novel—perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and E. Lockhart—about fifteen-year-old Nico Walker, whose sister returns home after a four-year disappearance.

When Nico Walker's older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah's daily cruelties.

Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found.

But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She's thin and drawn, where Sarah had been golden and athletic; timid and unsure, instead of brash and competitive; and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Sarah's retrograde amnesia has caused her to forget almost everything about her life, from small things like the plots of her favorite books and her tennis game to the more critical—where she's been the last four years and what happened at the park on the fateful day she vanished. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.



This book was one of the best reads I had, there were two POVs, I thought at first that this was a horror type of book because of it's cover but then I found out that this is full of mystery and twisted! I seldom read this type of book but this one catches my attention.

What made me interested in the book? It's the title. I would love to know why it was called The Stranger's Game. Who's the stranger and why? Luckily this book answered the questions in my head. I guess I could say mind blown, as I mentioned it was twisted but I loved how the two different character stories met at this book. How Nico found out about the stranger, how everything changed when she came in to Nico's life. Somehow it was a good thing that the stranger became the part of their lives.

Good news readers! It has a happy ending and no cliff-hangers. The book was straightforwardly written. You might get lost on some parts of the book but hang in there! You'll get the whole story once you've read everything. I swear it's worth it! :)

My Ratings



Cylin Busby is the author of several teen books and numerous articles as well as the acclaimed young adult memoir, THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED,which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Cybils Award winner. 

Her latest novel, THE NINE LIVES OF JACOB TIBBS, has earned starred reviews and was an Amazon Best Book of the Month. The former Senior Editor of Teen Magazine, Cylin now lives in Los Angeles with her family.


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