Tuesday, July 26, 2016

First Thoughts [#45]

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Book Review: The Assassin Game

Title: The Assassin Game
Author: Kirsty McKay
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)

Who will be left after lights out?
At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game- it's an elite secret society. Members must avoid being "Killed" during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the "Killer" is. When Cate's finally invited to join the Assassins' Guild, she know it's her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.
But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she's the next target? 
Originally published in the United Kingdom by Chicken House in 2015 under title: Killer game (goodreads).

Oh boarding schools, you're the best place for creepy cult-like games and murder. While a fun trope, it's been done far too many times.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Amber Reads Her Shelves: July Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in July's edition of Amber Reads Her Shelves. It was a close one, but the people have spoken!
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

First Thoughts [#44]

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

Monday, July 18, 2016

[Bookish Bingo] Summer Reads 2016

Happy Summer friends! We are just about at the halfway point of summer. I don't know about you guys, but this summer has been flying and it has been a hot one. I've also been a terrible reader this summer. Oops. So, in order to end this summer on a positive note, I've created the

Summer Reads Bookish Bingo Card
Monday, July 11, 2016

My Favorite 2016 Books (So Far)

So 2016, you've been a pretty messed up year so maybe it's a good thing you're going by so quickly? Let's check out some of my favorite books of 2016 thus far, far warning that this list will probably completely change when all the beautiful Fall 2016 releases!
Friday, July 8, 2016

Book Review: How to Hang a Witch

Title: How to Hang a Witch (How to Hang a Witch #1)
Author: Adriana Mather
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery | Witches
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Format: ARC
Source: C2E2

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?If dealing with that weren't enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it's Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself (goodreads).

How to Hang a Witch is the perfect read for a younger audience. 
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Book Review: The Falconer

Title: The Falconer (The Falconer #1)
Author: Elizabeth May

Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Steampunk | Fae
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

She's a stunner.Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.
She's a liar.But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she's leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.
She's a murderer.Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.
She's a Falconer.The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother's murder—but she'll have to save the world first (goodreads). 

The Falconer was an unexpected ride with unforgettable characters, a slow burn romance, and revenge (because who doesn't like revenge). 
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Amber Reads Her Shelves: July

Amber Reads Her Shelves is my attempt to actually read the books I read. Every month I will choose 3 books that have been on my shelves for at least 6 months. Voting will be open until July 20.