Ally Carter is such a fun author. I wouldn’t normally pick up a romance heavy YA spy-ish book, but when Carter’s name is on the cover, I want to. Something about her books feel different. It’s trope-heavy, but it always feel new in some way. This book was exactly what I wanted. Fun, light, and ultra-badass. If you want that kind of book, and haven’t picked up something by Ally Carter yet…get on it! This one would be an excellent start.
After a near fatal incident protecting the president’s family, Maddie’s Secret Service father quits his job and takes off to Alaska with his daughter in tow. Years later, Maddie’s former best friend (the president’s son) returns to her life. She is so angry with him she could kill him, but in order to get the chance she’ll have to save his life first…
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I don’t remember how exactly I heard about this book, but when I did, I put it on my to-read list almost instantly. This happened back in October 2017. A few months went by and I begin to doubt. Let’s be real: Ash Princess looks like a lot of other YA fantasies, right down to the beautiful cover with a crown.
Despite this, when I got my hands on an ARC copy of the book (hooray for staff days at the library!), I was ecstatic. This feeling only grew when I began reading: my initial gut feeling was right. This book is amazing!
Theodora, or Lady Thora as she now goes by, is the last royal connection to the country of Astrea. Ten years ago the Kalovaxians invided her country, murdered her mother (the Queen) and took over the court, sending the rest of the Astreans to either death or slavery in the mines. After many years of captivity, and after enduring beating after beating, Theo reaches her limit when the brutal Kaiser forces her to execute an unexpected visitor from the past. She is out for revenge.
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My reading patterns seem to go in waves. I’ll read a string of books I don’t like, or feel ‘meh’ about. Then I’ll go through several books in a row that I absolutely love. It’s a constant back and forth. And right now I happen to be, gloriously, in the latter pattern. Today’s review is for a book I expected to enjoy, though not at this level. It had an effect on me for oh-so-surprising a reason: An Enchantment of Ravens is, amidst all it’s beauty, is an uncomplicated, simple story.
When Isobel unknowingly commits treachery against a High Faerie by painting sorrow, a human quality, into his eyes, she is taken from her life in Whimsy to answer to her crime in court.
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Ink, Iron, and Glass, at face value, sounds fascinating. In reality, it’s one of those books that took so long for me engage in that by the time I thought to give up reading it, I was so far in that I thought I might as well finish it.
This book takes place in a steampunk, alternate Victorian era where Italian Unification never happened. The world is science crazed, specifically in scriptology, mechanics and alchemy (the ink, iron and glass, mayhaps?). Elsa is from a world written into being via scriptology, but that world goes upside down when her mother is kidnapped, her world disappears, and the danger sends Elsa on the lam.
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This book was a damn roller coaster. Seriously, I can’t count how many times I went from happy to sad… to torn… to destroyed… to hopeful… to ecstatic… to worried… to just plain thrilled.
So, I do this thing where when I can’t handle a book I either lay it down gently or I throw it at the closest wall. & I’ll tell you this book was thrown at a wall a fair few times. But, this is a sign of greatness. A sign that the book is definitely making me feel something.
So this review is short & sweet & completely spoiler free 🙂
The war has come to an end, the dust has settled & we are left to see who made it out alive. Is Juliette still breathing? Is Warner still heartbroken & leader of sector 45? What about Adam & James? & we can’t forget the heroes of Omega Point. So many unanswered questions & so many people’s lives at stake.
After finding out who has lived & who hasn’t (no spoilers here) it’s time to form a plan to take down the Commander, AKA Warner’s dad.
Through a lot of drama, planning & hijinks our heroes are ready to go to battle again, but this time it’s for the entire nation. They have a better plan & they’re prepared to do whatever it takes to win. Continue reading “Ignite Me”
I have a goal now of reading and reviewing at least one book a month that is not from the fantasy or sci-fi genres. Since Hamilton is a craze right now I’ve more or less haven’t been part of, I thought “why not?”
This story is a coming of age story for Peggy Schuyler during the Revolutionary War era. The title is a bit misleading, however. Hamilton is not all that important to the book, but I was okay with that.
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After reading Winter, I couldn’t imagine a continuation of the series. It has a happy ending! Why would I want anything else? Only the series kept continuing. First it was Stars Above (which I still need to read), though that only partly counts…most of that was short stories already available to the public. Then they announced a graphic novel series about Iko. Once again: why do I need anything else? Since I am essentially an avid Marissa Meyer fan now, however, I picked up Wires & Nerve Vol. 1. And loved it! Then I picked up vol. 2 and loved that as well. One thing is for sure: I was wrong. I did need more, even if I didn’t know it. I’m also so, so sad it is over.
(This review is sort of spoiler-y.)
It picks up right where the last novel left off. Alpha Lysander Steele is on a mission against Cinder because he believes she refuses to return the bio-engineered soldiers to their former selves. Everyone returns for the finale: Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Winter, Jacin, Iko, Kinney and more…
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Fracture Me is the second novella in the Shatter Me series. This little book is told from Adam’s perspective after the war with Omega Point. In less than 100 pages you see Adam’s love & dedication for his family & how he’s handling that whole Juliette situation.
Fair Warning: This won’t be spoiler free, but I’ll bold words just before a sentence that contains one! 🙂
The battle between Omega Point & The Restablishment has begun. Adam, Kenji, Juliette, & all the others are ready to defend what they believe in. We see the battle rage from Adam’s POV & how Juliette acts outside of her own mind. Spoiler: Girl has a few quirks to her that I never thought about before. After Juliette & Adam have a … talk … things get a little strained. Now they’re headed into battle & Adam is torn between her & his brother James. Juliette has all of this massive power at her disposal, however, she’s never been in an actual fight to the death before. James is just a kid Adam is so desperately trying to protect from the world & all of its horrors. Seeing Adam have his heart torn between two difficult choices will keep you on the edge of your seat as this short story develops. Continue reading “Fracture Me (Shatter Me 2.5)”
The Illuminae Files have been with me for only a short while, but it’s tough to think of any other time where a series ending felt so deserved of praise. Even the best series seem to fizzle out by the final book. Not Obsidio, though. Somehow it’s even better than the first two.
Warning: This review will have major spoilers for Illuminae and Gemina.
The files take us back to Kerenza IV, where we read about Kady’s cousin Asha, and Asha’s long ago ex Rhys. We also read about Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik & company and the struggles they face while heading back to Kerenza IV.
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I’ve been wanting to do a book tag post for a few months, and thought this would be the perfect first one when I saw it at Step Into A Book World. You can check out Amber’s tag post here.
For the purposes of narrowing down my options for these categories, I only included books I read in 2017. And with the exception of one book, I did not to use any title more than once.
What do you think of my picks? Chime in with your thoughts in the comments, and try out the post on your blog!
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