Friday, July 20, 2018

Book Review: Sea Witch

Title: Sea Witch
Author: Sarah Henning
Genre: Young Adult | Retelling | Mermaids
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
Source: Author
Format: ARC

Everyone knows what happens in the end.A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.One feared, one royal, and one already dead.
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch. 
A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain (goodreads).  

Sea Witch will break your heart. 
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Book Review: The Dark Days Pact

Title: The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2)
Author: Alison Goodman
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fantasy | Romance | Magic
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers. However, the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work have taken hold, and his sanity is beginning to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are even higher for Helen as she struggles to become the warrior that everyone expects her to be (goodreads).

Oh, the angst!
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

First Thoughts [#175]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, July 16, 2018
Friday, July 13, 2018

Book Review: Grace and Fury

Title: Grace and Fury
Author: Tracy Banghart
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
Source: ALA
Format: ARC

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.
Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace--someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir's eye, it's Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.
Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything (goodreads).  

Grace and Fury started weak but had a stronger second half. 
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Book Review: Given to the Earth

Title: Given to the Earth (Given Duet #2)
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Publisher: Putnam's Books
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Source: Library
Format: Physical

Although she was born to save the kingdom by sacrificing herself to the rising sea, Khosa's marriage to King Vincent has redeemed her. As the Queen of Stille, she's untouchable. But being Queen hasn't stopped her heart from longing for the King's stepbrother, Donil. And it hasn't stopped her body from longing for the sea itself, which still calls for her.
While Khosa is made to choose between loyalty and love, Dara is on a mission for vengeance. Years ago, the Pietra slaughtered the entire Indiri race, leaving only Dara and her twin, Donil, alive. Now, spurned by King Vincent, Dara has embarked on a mission to spill the blood of Pietra's leader, Witt, and will stop at nothing to show his people the wrath of the last Indiri. 
As the waves crash ever closer to Stille, secrets are revealed, hearts are won and lost, and allegiances change like the shifting sand (goodreads).

Given to the Earth was dark but an appropriate conclusion to this duology. 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [#140]

Title: The Cheerleaders
Author: Kara Thomas
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: July 21, 2018

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.
First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.
That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.
There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe (goodreads).

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

First Thoughts [#174]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, July 9, 2018

My favorite reads of 2018 (so far)

I went to Target today and they were getting rid of all of the poolside furniture and replacing it with Back to School stuff, so I guess summer is over? Along those lines, we are magically halfway through the year which I am NOT prepared for. I'm not even prepared for this upcoming list!