Monday, February 27, 2017

Non-YA Novels I Want to Read this Year


It's no surprise that I enjoy Young Adult novels (especially fantasy), but every now and then I need a palette cleanser. You know what they say - too much of a good thing can be bad! I do enjoy other genres, but YA is always my "go-to" so I don't read as many adult titles as I would like to. So here are some non-Young Adult titles that I would like to read sooner before later!

A Gathering of Shadows: I read A Darker Shade of Magic in 2015 and it was an easy 5-star read. In typical Amber fashion, I have been slacking in finishing the series. Since the concluding novel just came out, I really want to read the sequel now!

A Taste of Honey: This book has been on my TBR for over a year and I FINALLY bought the ebook last month (it's $2.99, go go go)! Also, I don't think I've ever read LGBTQ fantasy?!

Behind Closed Door: I am such a sucker for messed up couples doing messed up things. The dirtier the murders the better. The perfect couple that seems to be hiding something? Yes, please! 

Kindred: God I'm ashamed of this. I have been saying I will read this for at least three years and 2017 will finally be the year I do (or die trying). I bought the audiobook last month just to ensure I do!

The Fifth Season: When I was in high school, I devoured adult fantasy like there was no tomorrow and I miss how in-depth those worlds were. This book is a "must-read" for me!

A Promise of Fire: I actually started reading this book (twice) in 2016; I have the audiobook and the book but haven't made it far. I really liked what I read, but I don't think I was in the mood for it. BUT HELL YEAR GREEK MYTHOLOGY.

Vicious: This is another book that I've started multiple times, but haven't made much progress. I've heard great things about this book so I hope to finally read it (especially since a sequel is in the works)!

We Should All Be Feminists: I read Americanah two years ago and I LOVED it. I told myself that I had to read more by Adichie and my friends have said that this book does not disappoint. 

You Can't Touch My Hair: I admit that the title and cover caught my eye at first, especially since I've been in this situation. I am ready to laugh my ass off and shake my head at people. 

Have you read any of the above books, what were your thoughts? What non-YA books do you commit to reading this year? 
Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Review: The Hate U Give

Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Young Adult | Race Relations | Contemporary
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star (goodreads).

Words can't describe my reading experience with The Hate U Give. 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Book Review: Dreamland Burning

Title: Dreamland Burning
Author: Jennifer Latham
Genre: Young Adult | Historical | Race 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past... and the present.
Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns.
Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham’s lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important question about the complex state of US race relations – both yesterday and today (goodreads).

Dreamland Burning is a thought-provoking novel on progress that I recommend to EVERYONE. 
Monday, February 13, 2017

See ya soon!

Hello dearest friends! I made mention in my monthly wrap-up that I would be going to the Caribbean for work sometime in February. Well, the time has come and I have been utter shit when it comes to blogging and reading. I've been too focused and stressed about this trip. I thought that I could have scheduled some posts to go up for the week that I am out, but apparently, I cannot focus at all. Seriously, the last book I read was on February 1. So I'm going to go on a bit of a hiatus starting today until February 25. 

I'll be out of the country from February 14 until February 20 and it's my goal to find my reading mojo (while I'm not working of course), so pray that it happens. 

See you all soon and keep being fabulous!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Book Review: Long May She Reign

 Title: Long May She Reign
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Genre: Young Adult | Alternative History | Mystery
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.
Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.
Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.
As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown (goodreads)

Long May She Reign was a fun mystery that skimmed on the characterization. 
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book Review: Blackhearts

Title: Blackhearts (Blackhearts #1)
Author: Nicole Castroman
Genre: Young Adult | Alternative History | Romance | Retellings
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Format: Physical
Source: Purchased

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.
Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.
Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to CuraƧao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England? 
From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay (goodreads)

Blackhearts charmed me from the first page.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#103]

 Title: Hunted
Author: Megan Spooner
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 14, 2017

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast (goodreads)?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

First Thoughts [#110]

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

Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Review: The Valiant

Title: The Valiant (The Valiant #1)
Author: Lesley Livingston
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha's legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister's footsteps and earn her rightful place in her father's royal war band. But she never gets the chance. Instead, Fallon is captured by a band of ruthless brigands who sell her to an exclusive training school for female gladiators—and its most influential patron is none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, Fallon's worst enemy, the man who destroyed her family, might be her only hope of survival.
Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself to survive the deadly fights that take place both in and out of the arena—and claim her place in history among the Valiant (goodreads). 

The Valiant was packed with bad ass women, but I could have used more background.