Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: Blood Rose Rebellion

Title: Blood Rose Rebellion (#1)
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fantasy | Romance
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Source: Gifted
Format: ARC

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever (goodreads)


Blood Rose Rebellion has a great premise, but flounders in making a cohesive novel.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review: A Crown of Wishes

Title: A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Magic | Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire (goodreads).

Whoa. I wanted magic, I want adventure, I wanted romance, and Chokshi delivered. 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#105]

Title: Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2)
Author: Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.
Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.
Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.
Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined (goodreads).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

First Thoughts [#114]

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Yogurt and Feminism: A Night with Roxane Gay

A few weeks ago, my friend Mia had an extra ticket to see Roxane Gay through the Women and Children First bookstore. I hadn't read anything by Roxane Gay, but I was curious because I had heard her name on twitter quite a bit, especially when she pulled from Simon and Schuster a few weeks back. From this event, I learned how witty, passionate, and just plain-talented Roxane Gay is. 
Friday, March 17, 2017

Book Review: Allegedly

Title: Allegedly
Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Source: Library

Format: Physical

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.
Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.
Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.
There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary (goodreads)?

 Allegedly stays with you long after you finish the last page. 
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Review: The Mirror King

Title: The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #1)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Format: Physical
Source: Purchased

Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.
HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right. 
HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.
HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule (goodreads).


Jodi Meadows just wrote herself a perfect duology. 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

First Thoughts [#113]

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Tag

GUYS. The Beauty and the Beast movie comes out this Friday and I feel like I've been waiting for this movie for years. To celebrate the release of the live-action adaptation, I've created a Beauty and the Beast Book Tag. I hope you all join me in the festivities!