Monday, September 24, 2018

On Hiatus!

I knew it was coming, I just didn't know when! September has been a pretty busy month. I just came back from Springfield, Illinois for a library conference and this week I'm off to New Mexico for ANOTHER library conference (and then I haven't another one in two weeks, yaay). 

That being said, I'm exhausted and not prepared to write up any blog posts. This month has been such a blur, I haven't even made my bullet journal layout for the month of September. Ugh. 

I got distracted again. What I'm trying to say is that I'm going on hiatus. I'm not sure when I'll be back since I don't get back in Chicago until Sunday morning so we'll see how motivated I am to write a blog post on Monday. 

But hopefully, I'll read some good books. 

Be kind to each other!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Book Review: Give the Dark My Love

Title: Give the Dark My Love (Give the Dark My Love)
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy 
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Source: ALA Annual
Format: ARC

When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her. 
All, except for Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life--and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens--on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague. 
Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners--and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness (goodreads).

Give the Dark My Love was a story of testing the limits. 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

First Thoughts [#175]

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

New Stories with Familiar Characters: In Conversation with Kristen Ciccarelli

Last year, I read a little book called The Last Namsara and quickly became obsessed. It was my favorite book of 2017 and I was counting down the days until The Caged Queen came out. Guess what! All of my patience has paid off because The Caged Queen comes out next week! To celebrate, Kristen Ciccarelli joined me for an interview and we have a little giveaway for you all too!
Friday, September 14, 2018

Book Review: For a Muse of Fire

Title: For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire #1)
Author: Heidi Heilig
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Magic
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Source: Won
Format: ARC

A young woman with a dangerous power she barely understands. A smuggler with secrets of his own. A country torn between a merciless colonial army, a terrifying tyrant, and a feared rebel leader. The first book in a new trilogy from the acclaimed Heidi Heilig blends traditional storytelling with ephemera for a lush, page-turning tale of escape and rebellion. For a Muse of Fire will captivate fans of Sabaa Tahir, Leigh Bardugo, and RenĂ©e Ahdieh.
Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood. But the old ways are forbidden ever since the colonial army conquered their country, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues Jetta. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.
Heidi Heilig creates a vivid, rich world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism. Her characters are equally complex and nuanced, including the bipolar heroine. Told from Jetta’s first-person point-of-view, as well as chapters written as play scripts and ephemera such as telegrams and letters, For a Muse of Fire is an engrossing journey that weaves magic, simmering romance, and the deep bonds of family with the high stakes of epic adventure (goodreads).

For a Muse of Fire was complex and addictive. 
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Book Review: Rule

Tile: Rule (Rule #1)
Author: Ellen Goodlett
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 11, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.
Or rather, three unexpected options.
Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she's already gone.
Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.
Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady's maid and scheming her way out of the servants' chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she's done.
When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny... to rule (goodreads).

Rule had a Pretty Little Liars twist with an ending that raised more questions than answers. 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [#145]

Title: Sawkill Girls
Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: October 2, 2018

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.
He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.
Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.
Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.
Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now (goodreads).

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

First Thoughts [#174]

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