Friday, January 20, 2017

Book Review: The Edge of Everything

Title: The Edge of Everything (Untitled #1)
Author: Jeff Giles
Genre: Young Adult | Urban Fantasy | Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Source: BEA
Format: ARC

It's been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who's still reeling from her father's shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors' mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods--only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe's evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands' rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them (goodreads).

The Edge of Everything was a unique read, but that's the most praise I can give it. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book Review: Timekeeper

Title: Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1)
Author: Tara Sim
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fantasy | M/M | Romance
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: November 8, 2016 
Format: Physical 
Source: Library

Two o’clock was missing. 
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever (goodreads).

Timekeeper was a wildly imaginative ride that I didn't want to end. 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

First Thoughts [#107]

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

#24in48 Readathon: Sign Ups

This is my second time participating in #24in48 readathon and I'm so excited! Last time I was able to get so much reading done so I'm hoping to replicate that magic this time around. 
Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Review: Frostblood

Title: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1)
Author: Elly Blake
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Magic | Romance
Publisher: Little, Brown  Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Format: ARC
Source: BEA

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.
All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king's tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love (goodreads).


Frostblood didn't live up to the expectations I had. 
Thursday, January 12, 2017

5 Reasons to Read Born a Crime

Title: Born a Crime
Author: Trevor Noah
Genre: Memoirs | Nonfiction
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. 
Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.
The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother's unconventional, unconditional love (goodreads).

Like most of you, I was originally introduced to Trevor Noah from the Daily Show. I was a bit hesitant because Jon Stewart was such a great host, but I eventually accepted Noah and liked hearing from his perspective. One day, I did a random google search on Trevor Noah and boy was I surprised. This is a novel I think everyone should read, regardless if you're a fan of memoirs or not. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#101]


Title: Empress of a Thousand Skies
Author: Rhoda Belleza
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: February 7, 2017

EmpressRhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.
FugitiveAly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he's forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.
MadmanWith planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.
A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy (goodreads).

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy Release Day RoseBlood!

It is official. RoseBlood is out in the world. Doesn't it feel like we've been waiting since forever? I remember petting the mockup of this book at BEA, and now it's IN THE WILD. To celebrate A.G. Howard's latest releases, I'm taking part in the release day blitz with Rock Star Book Tours. Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of a signed post and mask!

First Thoughts [#106]

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