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Book Review: This Mortal Coil

After a few unplanned weeks off from reading/blogging I am back! Life has been busy. Also, so is this book. It is a wild roller coaster from beginning to end…

The Summary

When a soldier from an enemy organization called Cartaxus finds Catarina, bringing a message from her now dead father, Cat is pulled into a plan to decode and release a vaccine to the world to stop the killer Hydra virus.

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Book Review: Not If I Save You First

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.

The Summary

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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ARC Book Review: Ash Princess

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!

The Summary

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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Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens

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.

The Summary

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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Book Review: Ink, Iron, and Glass

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.

The Summary

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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Book Review: Hamilton & Peggy

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?”

The Summary

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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Book Review: Wires and Nerve, Vol. 2

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.)

The Summary

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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Book Review: Obsidio

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 Summary

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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Bookish Academy Award Tag

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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Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone

If you dabble in reading YA books, you know about this book. It’s the next big thing. I attended the NOVA Teen Book Festival a earlier this month and was so lucky to hear her speak. And to meet her during a book signing! I’ve never been this excited for a book before, during and after reading it. Since I picked it up, I’ve been praising it to everyone I meet, who I may usually recommend books to. If YA is your thing, if fantasy is your thing, you need to read this book ASAP. Stop reading this review and get a copy of this book from your local bookstore or library.

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