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Review: Cinder

4.30.2015
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Published: January 3rd, 212 by Feiwel and Friends
Source: Bought (Paperback)

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.



*This review does contain spoilers! Just in case you haven't read it yet.

I did actually read Cinder in 2012 when I got a copy from NetGalley. Back then, I gave it 4 stars and I think I was rounding up, but honestly, I was basically reading it for the first time this year because of how little I remembered. And it was fantastic. I am so happy I decided to read this again. (I so did not appreciate it enough the first time.) It was mostly because of the excitement in the blogging community after the cover for Winter was revealed.

Cinder is a beautiful tale of loneliness. (And hope, of course. It's based of Cinderella. What else do you expect?) But it's always the lonely characters that get me. They're all too easy for me to connect with, and Cinder's loneliness mixed with the prejudice she faces as a cyborg made her an incredible character for me. I felt for her SO much in this book. Marissa Meyer kind of ripped my heart out, and I feel like it's only going to get worse. But Cinder is also angry, caring, a little bit reckless. She stands up to Adri. She grieves, just like a human. She grows so much in this book.

"Cyborg. Lunar. Mechanic. She was the last thing he wanted."

As much as it hurts me, I love Cinder's fear of Kai discovering she's cyborg. She wants to keep that secret locked away, doesn't want to see that look of disgust on his face. Wants him to know her, know the truth, but she's just too afraid. And that just made her even more real for me. I also really love that there wasn't even a single kiss - not yet. There's still so much more developing to be done.

Kai is just one of a slew of other characters in the novel that I loved. I really appreciated how he isn't the stereotypical prince from novels these days. He felt so much more real to me. Iko is adorable, Dr. Erland is so entertaining, and Queen Levana . . . Wow. I love what Meyer has done with the glamour. Levana would scare the shit out of me if she were real, to be honest.

"But if there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out."

And, of course, the setting is just as fantastic as the rest of it. I love how New Bejing is portrayed. I love the world Meyer has created. That's not to say I would live there - I like to stay plague-free, thank you very much. But it was to cool to read about the market, the palace, the hovers. There weren't a thousand inconsistencies that just left me confused like most of this genre. And also MOON CIVILIZATION.

And the plot is just such a unique spin on the tale of Cinderella that I want to cry with happiness. I do feel that the reveals about Cinder's origins and the fact that she's actually Selene could have been a little different - Dr. Erland was kind of just like, oh, yeah. Here. And while the princess Selene part wasn't a shock to me, the Lunar bit definitely was! I was never bored and just couldn't wait to find out what was happening, what Levana was up to, if Kai was going to marry her or if they would find a cure for the plague. I'm so intrigued by the Lunar society and what it's like up there on the moon. Please tell me we get to see that!

Also, THAT ENDING. I'm so glad I'm getting into this series now and not waiting for Scarlet.

"Believe me, Cinder. You are a sacrifice I will never regret."

Overall: Cinder deserves nothing less than 5 stars. My heart ached for Cinder herself, the world is masterfully written, and I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to read Scarlet. (It's a good thing I already bought both Scarlet and Cress the very second I finished Cinder.)


My Song of Choice


ARC Review: Rook

4.28.2015
Rook by Sharon Cameron
Expected Publication: April 28th, 2015 by Scholastic
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.
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History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.



Rook was a breath of fresh air. In a time of cookie cutter dystopians, Rook breaks the mold. I want to spend days talking about this book, telling you about all the fantastic things happening. But I don't know how to say anything of substance without spoiling anything!

Our main character, Sophia, is absolutely incredible. She's wild, reckless, but clever and so, so brave. Entertaining. Strong. Caring. Real. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love her. I think her recklessness is what really draws me to her. She's not reckless in that frustrating way, when you want to take a character by their shoulders and shout at them. She's reckless in a calculating way, in a way that says she's got nothing to lose if she can't get her brother back. Does that even make sense? Either way, Sophie is a character you absolutely cannot miss. She's quickly becoming one of my favorites.

"Beneath the shiny metal, Sophia Bellamy was very breakable indeed."

And, in an odd turn of events, René is quickly becoming one of my favorites as well. This never happens to me. But his banter with Sophia was so much fun, and while I do think he could have been explored just a little more, we get plenty of glimpses into his head. He's just as strong-willed and fun and brave as Sophia, but more than that, he truly respects her. He doesn't put her down or make her feel less than she is, make her feel small and insignificant and incapable. René is definitely worthy of some swooning. His relationship with Sophia is truly heartwarming.

There are dozens of other characters to enjoy, too, each well written in their own way. There's Tom, Sophia's brother. Their relationship was another favorite of mine. They support each other, protect each other. And - again - he respects Sophia in a way that all women should be respected. There's Spear, a close friend of Sophie and Tom. (And WOW, you guys. WOW. Cameron really shocked me there. With all of it.) Orla, Benoit, René's mother and uncles, Sophia's father, losing his mind. LeBlanc, who is so, so crazy insane. I loved it. I loved the interactions between René and his family. No character felt flat to me. (Also, Sophia had a pet fox. WIN.) My only complaint is that as the novel goes on, we switch perspectives quite a lot, and it was kind of overwhelming. Suddenly I'd be reading from Gerard's perspective and be like - wait, who is Gerard? 

"Nothing made René Hasard suffer more than information he didn't have. It was a good thing he wasn't aware of just how much she denied him ."

And the plot. THE PLOT. Rook is such a unique spin on this genre, and I was literally always kept on my toes, so to speak. Cameron has weaved an incredible and intricate plot - I'm obsessed with it. Actually obsessed. It's sort of a quiet but powerful story of rebellion. (Okay, quiet probably isn't the right word for it. But it's not as in-your-face as something like Divergent or The Hunger Games, which I really loved.) Rook kept me guessing until the last page and was a truly captivating story.

The writing was just as lovely as the rest of the book. Detailed, beautiful, but not too overdone. There were a few times, when the characters were speaking, that I barely understood what they were saying, but I think that's more me than anything else. Sharon Cameron has written a world in a futuristic Paris that's gone backwards - hardly any technology. And she's written it well.

I do wonder though - where was everyone getting the feathers?

"He was making free with her hair on one side now, letting the strands spiral around his fingers while he ripped secrets from her soul."

Overall: Rook is definitely a 2015 favorite for me. I wish I could do it justice with this review, but I know I can't. I laughed a lot, I wanted to bite my nails and hug a pillow a lot. It's a book driven by both incredible characters and an incredible plot, and if you have a pulse, pick it up. Immediately. I just ordered my finished copy and am probably going to hug it for ten minutes when it gets here. 5 stars. 


*Quotes subject to change

My Song of Choice


The Sunday Post {5}: Is It Bedtime Yet?

4.26.2015
The Sunday Post is hosted at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, intended to recap the past week and share upcoming news!
You guys. I am so, so exhausted. I need three years to recover from this semester and this week alone.


I never claimed to be a master photographer.

Bought:
The Collector by Victoria Scott
Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
Nil by Lynne Matson

Someone ban me from Bookoutlet. Please.

Gifted:
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Gwen is the best. The actual best. End of story.

For review:
Broken Lies by Claire Vale (Thanks to the author and Xpresso Reads!)

I sped through the first half of Snow Like Ashes this week, and I definitely have some problems with it that I'm hoping improve. Still working on Rook! It's so fantastic, but Adobe Digital Editions is a pain in my ass.

I am also quietly reading A Game of Thrones. It's taking me a LONG time. As in months.


 In other news:
  • It was a hard and exhausting week. My aunt had a heart attack and so I missed three days of classes and drove about 700 total miles for the funeral. I pissed off a professor and screwed up way too many times at work. Sorry about any unreturned comments.
  • I am trying to force myself not to buy a Kindle Fire because $$$ and I'm not really a fan of ebooks but it would be SO CONVENIENT. I can't read any NetGalley books unless I'm in my room because I don't like to take my laptop with me everywhere. 
  • I'll be starting two new things on the blog: For every review, I'll be posting one particular song that I personally feel fits with the book. And from now on, I'll be posting a "Waiting on Wednesday" post once a month, chock full of books I can't wait for. I'm choosing to do this because I like the meme but considering I don't post every day, I don't want this blog to be totally dominated by memes.
  • A review of Rook. I swear. Hopefully.
  • A review of Cinder! 
  • Honestly, I have no idea how you guys come up with creative content for your blogs. I just want to sleep.

What did you get up to last week? Have you read any of these books? Thoughts on the Kindle Fire?

{Blog Tour Stop} Review: Cold Burn of Magic

4.25.2015

Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep
Expected Publication: April 28th, 2015 by K-Teen
*I received an eARC of this novel from the publisher and NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion.
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There Be Monsters Here. . .

It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power. 

I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick. 
But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . .


I'm glad to know that I can always count on Jennifer Estep for some seriously fun paranormal novels. I really enjoyed the Mythos Academy series and was so excited to see she had another YA series coming out. Cold Burn of Magic definitely did not disappoint.

Lila Merriweather is an orphaned thief living in the basement of a library in Cloudburst Falls, a tourist attraction for those who like little tricks and illusions and to believe in magic. Of course, the magic in Cloudburst is all too real. And so are the monsters that come with it. A book like this doesn't need elaborate world-building the way that something like Throne of Glass does, but Estep certainly makes use of what she has. I loved Cloudburst Falls and could easily imagine it. Somehow, Estep made a town full of trolls and pixies and magic seem incredibly realistic. And, of course, it's a town run by feuding magical mob families. MAGICAL MOB FAMILIES, YOU GUYS. It's such a cool concept that's executed very well.

"And look where it's gotten me. Smack dab in the middle of a gilded cage, one with spikes around the edges, all pointed in at me."

Lila is selfish, stubborn, good with a sword, and filled with both sadness and rage from the death of her mother. She's very rational but willing to take risks when it's necessary, and she has fun doing it. She's clever. She's funny and very easy for me to connect with, which made reading from her perspective really fun. You can't help but sympathize with her. She just wants to be left alone, but instead she's forced to guard a boy she hardly knows, live in a house full of strangers, stay silent in front of her mother's murderer. She's angry. She's bitter. She's practically been sold and blackmailed into doing the same thing that got her mother killed. But slowly, gradually, she comes to accept that it's who she is - a protector. A good one. One who could actually have friends. Lila starts to open up to people again, and it's kind of heartwarming, to be honest - and she still retains her stubbornness, her strength, her snark.

And let me say, this book definitely threw me for a few loops. There's the overall mystery of the novel, of course, which had a shocking conclusion, but there are other, smaller things along the way that definitely surprised me. I can't say anything without spoiling all of it, but rest assured, this novel will keep you on your toes.

"Kind of sucks, doesn't it? When someone has you by the throat like that? When they can take away someone you love just by saying a few words to the wrong person?"

Cold Burn of Magic has a cast of varied characters. Devon, of course, the son of the head of one of the most powerful families. His guard and friend, Felix, his mother, Claudia. Mo, the man who's been trying to look after Lila since her mother's death. And my personal favorite, the pixie Oscar, tasked with essentially being Lila's maid. Then, of course, there's the Draconis, the mob family to rival the Sinclairs. And I loved them all. I know I've already talked a little about the mob aspect, but it is SO COOL. It's unique and fresh, and I can't wait to see the conflict heat up in the next book. (You know what else is fresh? No love triangle. Thank you, Jennifer Estep.)

I think the only things I didn't particularly like were that Cold Burn of Magic suffers from a bit of Special Snowflake Syndrome and some info dumping, particularly in the beginning of the novel. In Cloudburst Falls, plenty of people have Talents. Some can see very well, or hear better than anyone, or move across the room in a blink. Lila, of course, has several Talents, and one of them is incredibly rare. Estep makes this work better than a lot of authors do, though. It's important to the story but not the most important thing on the planet.

"By the time I'm done with you, those will feel like paper cuts."

Overall: Though so far I prefer the Mythos Academy series, Cold Burn of Magic is full of action, mystery, and magic. It's got a very unique concept and a clever heroine I absolutely loved, a developing romance I can't wait to see more of, and a fast-paced plot full of monsters and plenty of surprises for me. 4 stars. 

My Song of Choice


I definitely think I could have chosen a better song, but I feel like this really fits with my interpretation of Lila.


Follow the Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep Blog Tour and don't miss anything!

About Jennifer Estep


Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her Elemental Assassin series follows the life and times of Gin “the Spider” Blanco, a barbecue restaurant owner who also happens to be an assassin with magical control over the elements of Ice and Stone.

The Mythos Academy series focuses on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. She studies at Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors.

Her Bigtime paranormal romance books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.

Estep’s new Black Blade series is about 17-year-old thief Lila Merriweather, who has a Talent for sight, along with the ability to take magic others used against her to boost her own powers. She tries not to get involved with the Families who control much of the town, but ends up in the middle of a potential turf war.

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Oh No, I've Got Wrinkles! + A Giveaway!

4.21.2015
What a lovely clickbait title that could be.

Anyway. The 18th was my birthday. I'm a whole 19 years old. You can see the crow's feet, can't you? Soon enough I'm going to have 14 pills to keep track of every morning.

My birthday was as disappointing as ever and I just found out I've got a funeral to go to this week, but I really wanted to thank you guys for being so supportive of me coming back to blogging. I obviously don't have anything exciting to give away, but I'll be giving away either two flatrate boxes to two US winners or substituting one of the boxes for anything from TBD under $16USD if one of the winners is international. (If a paperback of the book you want is available, sorry. You're getting the paperback.)

Not pictured but included: Blood Red Road and a hardcover of Shatter Me.

Feel free to click on the photos to make them larger and really see what's in there. Like I said, nothing too exciting, I'm sure. But I hope there are a few things in there you'd like. Also, apologies for the horrible photos/lighting. I still don't have a proper camera. For US winners, I'll be shoving as many books into a flatrate box as I can. The rafflecopter will tell you how to indicate your preference for which books you'd like, and I'll do my best to accommodate. 

The giveaway runs until May 28th. Mostly because I'll be three hours away until May 16th so I won't be able to mail these, but also because I want the chance to read/reread a few of these before I pass them on. Thanks for stopping by!

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The Sunday Post {4}

4.19.2015
The Sunday Post is hosted at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, intended to recap the past week and share upcoming news!
Hello, all! I'm a little late, but what's new there. Ended up three hours late for work because I didn't even know I was scheduled today. ISN'T LIFE FUN.

I'm definitely missing a few, because I didn't do this last week and I'm just so scatterbrained.


Bought:
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I got Meant to Be and Thornhill from BookOutlet. Cinder never seems to be in stock there, so when I went to the mall to get my shattered phone screen fixed and had to find something to for an hour and a half, I obviously went into Barnes and Noble. I started reading The Wrong Side of Right and was SO TEMPTED to buy it, but I just couldn't spend another $20. Sob.


















 For review:
Rook by Sharon Cameron (THANK YOU TO SCHOLASTIC AND EDELWEISS!)
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger (Thank you to Random House and NetGalley!)


Rook is SO GOOD so far. And so is Cinder, of course, even though I've read it before. Meant to Be? Not so much.


In other news:
  • Saturday was my birthday. As usual, I built it up to something and ended up being as disappointed as ever. You guys, if you have a truly good family, don't take that for granted. And if you don't, you are worth ten of them. This is definitely something I'm still working on and it's always a struggle, but it's the truth.
  • Chemistry is hard. The sky is blue.
  • A BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY. It's honestly not a very exciting one, but hopefully there'll be something you like.
  • A review of Rook, hopefully. 
  • Possibly a review of Cinder. I'm going through it pretty fast.
  • ?????? WHO KNOWS????? I have to get up at 4am on Friday to get on a bus for a field trip. (I still get field trips in college. This would be exciting, if not for the whole 4am ordeal.)

What did you get up to last week? How much did you love Cinder? Let me know!

Review: Throne of Glass

4.17.2015
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Published: August 2nd, 2012 by Bloomsbury
Source: Bought
//Goodreads//The Book Depository//Indiebound//Amazon//

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.


In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
 



I wanted to like this book so badly. High fantasy is my absolute favorite genre. Throne of Glass sounds absolutely incredible - a cold assassin battling in a competition to serve the king she loathes. But this book let me down so bad, you guys. SO BAD.

"Each week, they dug new mass graves behind the refining sheds. And each week, those graves filled up."

I know people love Celaena. I thought I would. But past the first few chapters, there wasn't a single time that I was really given the impression that she's a highly-trained assassin. She falls asleep in chairs. People enter her room and she doesn't even wake up. I don't know about you, but that absolutely doesn't sound like an assassin to me. And we never got to see that side of her at all, because she spent the entire competition "pretending" to be weak while doling out threats she was never going to fulfill. We didn't even get to see it in the final battle - even there, a dead woman did the majority of the work and Chaol ended up giving the fatal blow.

As I've mentioned before, I just wanted Celaena to go ballistic and show that she really is the greatest assassin. Throne of Glass has such an incredibly strong and intriguing opening, which ultimately just contributed to my disappointment. Because the rest of the book was not like that. Celaena spends the majority of her time worrying about dresses and being insulted that she doesn't get to go to fancy events in the palace full of people responsible for her imprisonment. And yes, there is obviously nothing wrong with liking dresses or feeling left out. But this, combined with the fact that Celaena only appears to be an assassin in title, just made me feel as if she wasn't very authentic at all.

"Libraries were full of ideas - perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of weapons."

I found the scenes from Chaol and Dorian's POV's to be awful. They were almost always focused on Celaena and felt very cheesy and certainly pointless. If we'd gotten real glimpses into what they were doing and the other parts of the castle, I could have enjoyed them. But instead, they were tiny snippets of a conversation with someone else, maybe, and then - OH LOOK! TIME TO THINK ABOUT CELAENA AGAIN!

And, of course, the love triangle. I will never like love triangles. Ever. (I've actually read maybe one or two good ones that I didn't absolutely abhor, so this is mostly an exaggeration. But also not really.) Throne of Glass is not an exception. The triangle obviously isn't full-blown yet, but I can see it developing, and I DON'T WANT IT. I know everyone is all for Celaena and Chaol. I don't think I've seen a single person rooting for Celaena and Dorian. Which is unfortunate, of course, because I'm kind of latched on to them. Although, as I stated on Goodreads, I think I'm very biased because I'm a poor college student who is actually a gold digger and therefore instinctively root for the prince. Whoops.

It's also unfortunate that Dorian is your typical cliche prince - unhappy with his position and quite the lady's man. I can see potential for a lot of future development, which I like. His guilt over not saving Celaena made him feel a little more authentic for me than Celaena herself.

"He had leapt from the cliff. He could only wait for the net."

Celaena and Nehemia's relationship was definitely a high point. I loved seeing that bond form between them, and I think it was very realistic that of all people, those two would be the ones to form such a friendship. I hope they start their own little reign of terror. On the topic of females, however, I have to say that I was disappointed at a particular part where a girl seen dancing with Dorian is deemed "some blond idiot" by Celaena. It's the little things, guys. I grew up reading phrases like that. A lot of us did. And that stuff starts to sink in until we start thinking the same without even knowing.

I did love the world-building in Throne of Glass. There wasn't an overload of information and there's still plenty left to be explored in the following novels, but I didn't feel as if anything was glossed over. The mystery behind the murder of the champions was written very well, and Mass ends the book perfectly to set it up for the rest of the series. 

"Dying - rather than playing in the King's game - was the only choice left to him."

Mass also writes in my favorite style - third person, full of vivid imagery and details without totally bogging me down. Honestly, the writing style and the concept of fighting to be a horrid man's champion are what really kept me reading.

Overall: I feel bad that I wasn't 100% in love with this. I was so tempted to just give it one star for being such an utter disappointment. I could barely handle Celaena most of the time and was not a fan of the developing love triangle and can't see how it could be written in any way I'd enjoy. Throne of Glass certainly hooked me right from the start but failed to deliver anything it promised to be. However, because I enjoyed the plot, the world-building, and the writing, I do give Throne of Glass three stars. I just really hope that the next book improves marginally, as I've heard it does.

Nowhere But Here: Trailer Reveal!

4.15.2015
You've probably seen this 100 times over by now, but I can hope, right?

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Expected publication: May 26th 2015 by Harlequin Teen

Nowhere But Here - coverAn unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

  

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And without further ado, here's the trailer!
 

  
The synposis has always given be a YA Sons of Anarchy vibe, but I feel it even more now! (Without all the death and violence, I'm assuming.) And we all know that Katie McGarry writes fantastic YA contemps!

About Katie McGarry: Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

 

 

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So? What do you guys think of the trailer? Which one of Katie's books is your favorite? 

4.30.2015

Review: Cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Published: January 3rd, 212 by Feiwel and Friends
Source: Bought (Paperback)

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.



*This review does contain spoilers! Just in case you haven't read it yet.

I did actually read Cinder in 2012 when I got a copy from NetGalley. Back then, I gave it 4 stars and I think I was rounding up, but honestly, I was basically reading it for the first time this year because of how little I remembered. And it was fantastic. I am so happy I decided to read this again. (I so did not appreciate it enough the first time.) It was mostly because of the excitement in the blogging community after the cover for Winter was revealed.

Cinder is a beautiful tale of loneliness. (And hope, of course. It's based of Cinderella. What else do you expect?) But it's always the lonely characters that get me. They're all too easy for me to connect with, and Cinder's loneliness mixed with the prejudice she faces as a cyborg made her an incredible character for me. I felt for her SO much in this book. Marissa Meyer kind of ripped my heart out, and I feel like it's only going to get worse. But Cinder is also angry, caring, a little bit reckless. She stands up to Adri. She grieves, just like a human. She grows so much in this book.

"Cyborg. Lunar. Mechanic. She was the last thing he wanted."

As much as it hurts me, I love Cinder's fear of Kai discovering she's cyborg. She wants to keep that secret locked away, doesn't want to see that look of disgust on his face. Wants him to know her, know the truth, but she's just too afraid. And that just made her even more real for me. I also really love that there wasn't even a single kiss - not yet. There's still so much more developing to be done.

Kai is just one of a slew of other characters in the novel that I loved. I really appreciated how he isn't the stereotypical prince from novels these days. He felt so much more real to me. Iko is adorable, Dr. Erland is so entertaining, and Queen Levana . . . Wow. I love what Meyer has done with the glamour. Levana would scare the shit out of me if she were real, to be honest.

"But if there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out."

And, of course, the setting is just as fantastic as the rest of it. I love how New Bejing is portrayed. I love the world Meyer has created. That's not to say I would live there - I like to stay plague-free, thank you very much. But it was to cool to read about the market, the palace, the hovers. There weren't a thousand inconsistencies that just left me confused like most of this genre. And also MOON CIVILIZATION.

And the plot is just such a unique spin on the tale of Cinderella that I want to cry with happiness. I do feel that the reveals about Cinder's origins and the fact that she's actually Selene could have been a little different - Dr. Erland was kind of just like, oh, yeah. Here. And while the princess Selene part wasn't a shock to me, the Lunar bit definitely was! I was never bored and just couldn't wait to find out what was happening, what Levana was up to, if Kai was going to marry her or if they would find a cure for the plague. I'm so intrigued by the Lunar society and what it's like up there on the moon. Please tell me we get to see that!

Also, THAT ENDING. I'm so glad I'm getting into this series now and not waiting for Scarlet.

"Believe me, Cinder. You are a sacrifice I will never regret."

Overall: Cinder deserves nothing less than 5 stars. My heart ached for Cinder herself, the world is masterfully written, and I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to read Scarlet. (It's a good thing I already bought both Scarlet and Cress the very second I finished Cinder.)


My Song of Choice


4.28.2015

ARC Review: Rook

Rook by Sharon Cameron
Expected Publication: April 28th, 2015 by Scholastic
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.
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History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.



Rook was a breath of fresh air. In a time of cookie cutter dystopians, Rook breaks the mold. I want to spend days talking about this book, telling you about all the fantastic things happening. But I don't know how to say anything of substance without spoiling anything!

Our main character, Sophia, is absolutely incredible. She's wild, reckless, but clever and so, so brave. Entertaining. Strong. Caring. Real. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love her. I think her recklessness is what really draws me to her. She's not reckless in that frustrating way, when you want to take a character by their shoulders and shout at them. She's reckless in a calculating way, in a way that says she's got nothing to lose if she can't get her brother back. Does that even make sense? Either way, Sophie is a character you absolutely cannot miss. She's quickly becoming one of my favorites.

"Beneath the shiny metal, Sophia Bellamy was very breakable indeed."

And, in an odd turn of events, René is quickly becoming one of my favorites as well. This never happens to me. But his banter with Sophia was so much fun, and while I do think he could have been explored just a little more, we get plenty of glimpses into his head. He's just as strong-willed and fun and brave as Sophia, but more than that, he truly respects her. He doesn't put her down or make her feel less than she is, make her feel small and insignificant and incapable. René is definitely worthy of some swooning. His relationship with Sophia is truly heartwarming.

There are dozens of other characters to enjoy, too, each well written in their own way. There's Tom, Sophia's brother. Their relationship was another favorite of mine. They support each other, protect each other. And - again - he respects Sophia in a way that all women should be respected. There's Spear, a close friend of Sophie and Tom. (And WOW, you guys. WOW. Cameron really shocked me there. With all of it.) Orla, Benoit, René's mother and uncles, Sophia's father, losing his mind. LeBlanc, who is so, so crazy insane. I loved it. I loved the interactions between René and his family. No character felt flat to me. (Also, Sophia had a pet fox. WIN.) My only complaint is that as the novel goes on, we switch perspectives quite a lot, and it was kind of overwhelming. Suddenly I'd be reading from Gerard's perspective and be like - wait, who is Gerard? 

"Nothing made René Hasard suffer more than information he didn't have. It was a good thing he wasn't aware of just how much she denied him ."

And the plot. THE PLOT. Rook is such a unique spin on this genre, and I was literally always kept on my toes, so to speak. Cameron has weaved an incredible and intricate plot - I'm obsessed with it. Actually obsessed. It's sort of a quiet but powerful story of rebellion. (Okay, quiet probably isn't the right word for it. But it's not as in-your-face as something like Divergent or The Hunger Games, which I really loved.) Rook kept me guessing until the last page and was a truly captivating story.

The writing was just as lovely as the rest of the book. Detailed, beautiful, but not too overdone. There were a few times, when the characters were speaking, that I barely understood what they were saying, but I think that's more me than anything else. Sharon Cameron has written a world in a futuristic Paris that's gone backwards - hardly any technology. And she's written it well.

I do wonder though - where was everyone getting the feathers?

"He was making free with her hair on one side now, letting the strands spiral around his fingers while he ripped secrets from her soul."

Overall: Rook is definitely a 2015 favorite for me. I wish I could do it justice with this review, but I know I can't. I laughed a lot, I wanted to bite my nails and hug a pillow a lot. It's a book driven by both incredible characters and an incredible plot, and if you have a pulse, pick it up. Immediately. I just ordered my finished copy and am probably going to hug it for ten minutes when it gets here. 5 stars. 


*Quotes subject to change

My Song of Choice


4.26.2015

The Sunday Post {5}: Is It Bedtime Yet?

The Sunday Post is hosted at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, intended to recap the past week and share upcoming news!
You guys. I am so, so exhausted. I need three years to recover from this semester and this week alone.


I never claimed to be a master photographer.

Bought:
The Collector by Victoria Scott
Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
Nil by Lynne Matson

Someone ban me from Bookoutlet. Please.

Gifted:
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Gwen is the best. The actual best. End of story.

For review:
Broken Lies by Claire Vale (Thanks to the author and Xpresso Reads!)

I sped through the first half of Snow Like Ashes this week, and I definitely have some problems with it that I'm hoping improve. Still working on Rook! It's so fantastic, but Adobe Digital Editions is a pain in my ass.

I am also quietly reading A Game of Thrones. It's taking me a LONG time. As in months.


 In other news:
  • It was a hard and exhausting week. My aunt had a heart attack and so I missed three days of classes and drove about 700 total miles for the funeral. I pissed off a professor and screwed up way too many times at work. Sorry about any unreturned comments.
  • I am trying to force myself not to buy a Kindle Fire because $$$ and I'm not really a fan of ebooks but it would be SO CONVENIENT. I can't read any NetGalley books unless I'm in my room because I don't like to take my laptop with me everywhere. 
  • I'll be starting two new things on the blog: For every review, I'll be posting one particular song that I personally feel fits with the book. And from now on, I'll be posting a "Waiting on Wednesday" post once a month, chock full of books I can't wait for. I'm choosing to do this because I like the meme but considering I don't post every day, I don't want this blog to be totally dominated by memes.
  • A review of Rook. I swear. Hopefully.
  • A review of Cinder! 
  • Honestly, I have no idea how you guys come up with creative content for your blogs. I just want to sleep.

What did you get up to last week? Have you read any of these books? Thoughts on the Kindle Fire?

4.25.2015

{Blog Tour Stop} Review: Cold Burn of Magic


Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep
Expected Publication: April 28th, 2015 by K-Teen
*I received an eARC of this novel from the publisher and NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion.
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There Be Monsters Here. . .

It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power. 

I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick. 
But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . .


I'm glad to know that I can always count on Jennifer Estep for some seriously fun paranormal novels. I really enjoyed the Mythos Academy series and was so excited to see she had another YA series coming out. Cold Burn of Magic definitely did not disappoint.

Lila Merriweather is an orphaned thief living in the basement of a library in Cloudburst Falls, a tourist attraction for those who like little tricks and illusions and to believe in magic. Of course, the magic in Cloudburst is all too real. And so are the monsters that come with it. A book like this doesn't need elaborate world-building the way that something like Throne of Glass does, but Estep certainly makes use of what she has. I loved Cloudburst Falls and could easily imagine it. Somehow, Estep made a town full of trolls and pixies and magic seem incredibly realistic. And, of course, it's a town run by feuding magical mob families. MAGICAL MOB FAMILIES, YOU GUYS. It's such a cool concept that's executed very well.

"And look where it's gotten me. Smack dab in the middle of a gilded cage, one with spikes around the edges, all pointed in at me."

Lila is selfish, stubborn, good with a sword, and filled with both sadness and rage from the death of her mother. She's very rational but willing to take risks when it's necessary, and she has fun doing it. She's clever. She's funny and very easy for me to connect with, which made reading from her perspective really fun. You can't help but sympathize with her. She just wants to be left alone, but instead she's forced to guard a boy she hardly knows, live in a house full of strangers, stay silent in front of her mother's murderer. She's angry. She's bitter. She's practically been sold and blackmailed into doing the same thing that got her mother killed. But slowly, gradually, she comes to accept that it's who she is - a protector. A good one. One who could actually have friends. Lila starts to open up to people again, and it's kind of heartwarming, to be honest - and she still retains her stubbornness, her strength, her snark.

And let me say, this book definitely threw me for a few loops. There's the overall mystery of the novel, of course, which had a shocking conclusion, but there are other, smaller things along the way that definitely surprised me. I can't say anything without spoiling all of it, but rest assured, this novel will keep you on your toes.

"Kind of sucks, doesn't it? When someone has you by the throat like that? When they can take away someone you love just by saying a few words to the wrong person?"

Cold Burn of Magic has a cast of varied characters. Devon, of course, the son of the head of one of the most powerful families. His guard and friend, Felix, his mother, Claudia. Mo, the man who's been trying to look after Lila since her mother's death. And my personal favorite, the pixie Oscar, tasked with essentially being Lila's maid. Then, of course, there's the Draconis, the mob family to rival the Sinclairs. And I loved them all. I know I've already talked a little about the mob aspect, but it is SO COOL. It's unique and fresh, and I can't wait to see the conflict heat up in the next book. (You know what else is fresh? No love triangle. Thank you, Jennifer Estep.)

I think the only things I didn't particularly like were that Cold Burn of Magic suffers from a bit of Special Snowflake Syndrome and some info dumping, particularly in the beginning of the novel. In Cloudburst Falls, plenty of people have Talents. Some can see very well, or hear better than anyone, or move across the room in a blink. Lila, of course, has several Talents, and one of them is incredibly rare. Estep makes this work better than a lot of authors do, though. It's important to the story but not the most important thing on the planet.

"By the time I'm done with you, those will feel like paper cuts."

Overall: Though so far I prefer the Mythos Academy series, Cold Burn of Magic is full of action, mystery, and magic. It's got a very unique concept and a clever heroine I absolutely loved, a developing romance I can't wait to see more of, and a fast-paced plot full of monsters and plenty of surprises for me. 4 stars. 

My Song of Choice


I definitely think I could have chosen a better song, but I feel like this really fits with my interpretation of Lila.


Follow the Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep Blog Tour and don't miss anything!

About Jennifer Estep


Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her Elemental Assassin series follows the life and times of Gin “the Spider” Blanco, a barbecue restaurant owner who also happens to be an assassin with magical control over the elements of Ice and Stone.

The Mythos Academy series focuses on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. She studies at Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors.

Her Bigtime paranormal romance books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.

Estep’s new Black Blade series is about 17-year-old thief Lila Merriweather, who has a Talent for sight, along with the ability to take magic others used against her to boost her own powers. She tries not to get involved with the Families who control much of the town, but ends up in the middle of a potential turf war.

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4.21.2015

Oh No, I've Got Wrinkles! + A Giveaway!

What a lovely clickbait title that could be.

Anyway. The 18th was my birthday. I'm a whole 19 years old. You can see the crow's feet, can't you? Soon enough I'm going to have 14 pills to keep track of every morning.

My birthday was as disappointing as ever and I just found out I've got a funeral to go to this week, but I really wanted to thank you guys for being so supportive of me coming back to blogging. I obviously don't have anything exciting to give away, but I'll be giving away either two flatrate boxes to two US winners or substituting one of the boxes for anything from TBD under $16USD if one of the winners is international. (If a paperback of the book you want is available, sorry. You're getting the paperback.)

Not pictured but included: Blood Red Road and a hardcover of Shatter Me.

Feel free to click on the photos to make them larger and really see what's in there. Like I said, nothing too exciting, I'm sure. But I hope there are a few things in there you'd like. Also, apologies for the horrible photos/lighting. I still don't have a proper camera. For US winners, I'll be shoving as many books into a flatrate box as I can. The rafflecopter will tell you how to indicate your preference for which books you'd like, and I'll do my best to accommodate. 

The giveaway runs until May 28th. Mostly because I'll be three hours away until May 16th so I won't be able to mail these, but also because I want the chance to read/reread a few of these before I pass them on. Thanks for stopping by!

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4.19.2015

The Sunday Post {4}

The Sunday Post is hosted at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, intended to recap the past week and share upcoming news!
Hello, all! I'm a little late, but what's new there. Ended up three hours late for work because I didn't even know I was scheduled today. ISN'T LIFE FUN.

I'm definitely missing a few, because I didn't do this last week and I'm just so scatterbrained.


Bought:
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I got Meant to Be and Thornhill from BookOutlet. Cinder never seems to be in stock there, so when I went to the mall to get my shattered phone screen fixed and had to find something to for an hour and a half, I obviously went into Barnes and Noble. I started reading The Wrong Side of Right and was SO TEMPTED to buy it, but I just couldn't spend another $20. Sob.


















 For review:
Rook by Sharon Cameron (THANK YOU TO SCHOLASTIC AND EDELWEISS!)
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger (Thank you to Random House and NetGalley!)


Rook is SO GOOD so far. And so is Cinder, of course, even though I've read it before. Meant to Be? Not so much.


In other news:
  • Saturday was my birthday. As usual, I built it up to something and ended up being as disappointed as ever. You guys, if you have a truly good family, don't take that for granted. And if you don't, you are worth ten of them. This is definitely something I'm still working on and it's always a struggle, but it's the truth.
  • Chemistry is hard. The sky is blue.
  • A BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY. It's honestly not a very exciting one, but hopefully there'll be something you like.
  • A review of Rook, hopefully. 
  • Possibly a review of Cinder. I'm going through it pretty fast.
  • ?????? WHO KNOWS????? I have to get up at 4am on Friday to get on a bus for a field trip. (I still get field trips in college. This would be exciting, if not for the whole 4am ordeal.)

What did you get up to last week? How much did you love Cinder? Let me know!

4.17.2015

Review: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Published: August 2nd, 2012 by Bloomsbury
Source: Bought
//Goodreads//The Book Depository//Indiebound//Amazon//

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.


In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
 



I wanted to like this book so badly. High fantasy is my absolute favorite genre. Throne of Glass sounds absolutely incredible - a cold assassin battling in a competition to serve the king she loathes. But this book let me down so bad, you guys. SO BAD.

"Each week, they dug new mass graves behind the refining sheds. And each week, those graves filled up."

I know people love Celaena. I thought I would. But past the first few chapters, there wasn't a single time that I was really given the impression that she's a highly-trained assassin. She falls asleep in chairs. People enter her room and she doesn't even wake up. I don't know about you, but that absolutely doesn't sound like an assassin to me. And we never got to see that side of her at all, because she spent the entire competition "pretending" to be weak while doling out threats she was never going to fulfill. We didn't even get to see it in the final battle - even there, a dead woman did the majority of the work and Chaol ended up giving the fatal blow.

As I've mentioned before, I just wanted Celaena to go ballistic and show that she really is the greatest assassin. Throne of Glass has such an incredibly strong and intriguing opening, which ultimately just contributed to my disappointment. Because the rest of the book was not like that. Celaena spends the majority of her time worrying about dresses and being insulted that she doesn't get to go to fancy events in the palace full of people responsible for her imprisonment. And yes, there is obviously nothing wrong with liking dresses or feeling left out. But this, combined with the fact that Celaena only appears to be an assassin in title, just made me feel as if she wasn't very authentic at all.

"Libraries were full of ideas - perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of weapons."

I found the scenes from Chaol and Dorian's POV's to be awful. They were almost always focused on Celaena and felt very cheesy and certainly pointless. If we'd gotten real glimpses into what they were doing and the other parts of the castle, I could have enjoyed them. But instead, they were tiny snippets of a conversation with someone else, maybe, and then - OH LOOK! TIME TO THINK ABOUT CELAENA AGAIN!

And, of course, the love triangle. I will never like love triangles. Ever. (I've actually read maybe one or two good ones that I didn't absolutely abhor, so this is mostly an exaggeration. But also not really.) Throne of Glass is not an exception. The triangle obviously isn't full-blown yet, but I can see it developing, and I DON'T WANT IT. I know everyone is all for Celaena and Chaol. I don't think I've seen a single person rooting for Celaena and Dorian. Which is unfortunate, of course, because I'm kind of latched on to them. Although, as I stated on Goodreads, I think I'm very biased because I'm a poor college student who is actually a gold digger and therefore instinctively root for the prince. Whoops.

It's also unfortunate that Dorian is your typical cliche prince - unhappy with his position and quite the lady's man. I can see potential for a lot of future development, which I like. His guilt over not saving Celaena made him feel a little more authentic for me than Celaena herself.

"He had leapt from the cliff. He could only wait for the net."

Celaena and Nehemia's relationship was definitely a high point. I loved seeing that bond form between them, and I think it was very realistic that of all people, those two would be the ones to form such a friendship. I hope they start their own little reign of terror. On the topic of females, however, I have to say that I was disappointed at a particular part where a girl seen dancing with Dorian is deemed "some blond idiot" by Celaena. It's the little things, guys. I grew up reading phrases like that. A lot of us did. And that stuff starts to sink in until we start thinking the same without even knowing.

I did love the world-building in Throne of Glass. There wasn't an overload of information and there's still plenty left to be explored in the following novels, but I didn't feel as if anything was glossed over. The mystery behind the murder of the champions was written very well, and Mass ends the book perfectly to set it up for the rest of the series. 

"Dying - rather than playing in the King's game - was the only choice left to him."

Mass also writes in my favorite style - third person, full of vivid imagery and details without totally bogging me down. Honestly, the writing style and the concept of fighting to be a horrid man's champion are what really kept me reading.

Overall: I feel bad that I wasn't 100% in love with this. I was so tempted to just give it one star for being such an utter disappointment. I could barely handle Celaena most of the time and was not a fan of the developing love triangle and can't see how it could be written in any way I'd enjoy. Throne of Glass certainly hooked me right from the start but failed to deliver anything it promised to be. However, because I enjoyed the plot, the world-building, and the writing, I do give Throne of Glass three stars. I just really hope that the next book improves marginally, as I've heard it does.

4.15.2015

Nowhere But Here: Trailer Reveal!

You've probably seen this 100 times over by now, but I can hope, right?

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Expected publication: May 26th 2015 by Harlequin Teen

Nowhere But Here - coverAn unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

  

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And without further ado, here's the trailer!
 

  
The synposis has always given be a YA Sons of Anarchy vibe, but I feel it even more now! (Without all the death and violence, I'm assuming.) And we all know that Katie McGarry writes fantastic YA contemps!

About Katie McGarry: Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

 

 

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So? What do you guys think of the trailer? Which one of Katie's books is your favorite?