Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bookish Bingo: April-June

I had so much fun last time, I'm doing it for Spring! Honestly, this one is a bit more difficult and will force me to read outside my comfort zone. Which is good! If you want to sign up, check out Great Imaginations.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Book Review: Red Queen

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young Adult // Dystopia // Fantasy // Magic
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Format: Physical
Source:  Purchased (B&N)

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre ofthose she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win (goodreads)?

With Red Queen, there is not good and evil, just shades of gray.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Review: Lies We Tell Ourselves

 Title: Lies We Tell Ourselves
Author: Robin Talley
Genre: Young Adult // LGBT // Romance // Race // Social Issues
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 30, 2015
Format: Physical
Source: Borrowed (Library)

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.
Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.
Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal."
Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.
Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it (goodreads).

Lies We Tell Ourselves was painful to read, but it is a book that needs to be read. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#68]


Title: Deadly Design

Author: Debra Dockter
Expected Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Genetically engineered identical twins Kyle and Connor McAdams were born two years apart. Their parents figured it was safer that way, to increase their odds of survival. Connor was born first, paving an impossibly perfect path for Kyle to follow. He was the best at everything—valedictorian, star quarterback etc. Kyle never thought he’d be able to live up, so he didn’t even try. But when Connor, 18, suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, and Kyle learns of other genetically modified kids who’ve also died on their eighteenth birthdays, he’s suddenly motivated—to save his own life. Like Connor and all the rest, Kyle was conceived at the Genesis Innovations Laboratory, where the mysterious Dr. Mueller conducted experiments on them. The clock’s ticking as Kyle searches for answers: who was Dr. Mueller really, and what did he do to cause their hearts to stop at eighteen? He must unravel the clues quickly, before, he too, becomes another perfect, blue-eyed corpse (goodreads).

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED TWINS? I love when science goes awry! This also sounds like a fun mystery with a lot at stake. I hope it doesn't let me down! What are you waiting for? 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#64]

"Ghosts aren't nomadic, so I'm sure our target will stay here in San Francisco," I said. "No use in leaving." 
Page 120

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Monday, April 13, 2015

[Book Tag] The Social Media Book Tag

This tag was created by Booktuber Faulty Devices. Clearly, I do not have a booktube so here we are! The idea is to associate a book with a social media tool, sounds fun doesn't it? 

Your  Favorite Shortest Book

The Little Prince/Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

I haven't read the English translated version but I assume it's the same. This is one of those books I can see myself reading to my children over and over again. So sweet, so sad, but SOOO GOOD.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up: April 6, 2015-April 11,2015

Bingo Card Results

I didn't realize I hadn't posted this until today. Oops, just a few days too late. Even though I didn't get "bingo" I think I came pretty close. I wasn't always on top of my game but it was definitely fun and I can't wait to do the next bingo card!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Book Review: The Winner's Crime

 Title: The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy#2)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Genre: Young Adult // Fantasy // Romance
Publisher: Farrar Staux and Giroux
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Format: Physical
Source:  Purhcased (Bookstore)

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement... if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.
As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them (goodreads).

The Winner's Crime has shown me that we are all gluttons for punishment. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Book Review: A Million Suns

Title: A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2)
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Young Adult // Sci Fi // Romance
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: 
Format: Physical
Source: Borrowed (Library)

Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. 
It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed.
But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.
But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.
Beth Revis catapulted readers into the far reaches of space with her New York Times bestselling debut, Across the Universe. In A Million Suns, Beth deepens the mystery with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship (goodreads).

Every now and then, you come across a sequel that is equal or even better than the first installment. This is one of those times.