Friday, October 19, 2018

Book Review: Dry

Title: Dry
Author: Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopia | Survival
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Source: ALA Annual
Format: ARC

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive (goodreads).

Dry was hard to put down. 
Monday, October 15, 2018

The ending we've been waiting for: An interview with Jessica Cluess

Hello friends! If you know me, I love Young Adult Fantasy and I love getting into the author's head when it comes to worldbuilding and plotting. So when I saw that A Sorrow Fierce and Falling was coming out, I knew I had to ask Jessica Cluess a million questions about finishing her debut series. 
Friday, October 12, 2018

Les Petites Revues [#6]

It's time for some mini reviews, and this week we're tackling some ARCS from my never-ending ARC pile (help). I wanted to love these so much more, but nothing stood out.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Book Review: Kill the Queen

Title: Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Adult | Fantasy | Magic
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Source: Publisher 
Format: e-ARC

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen (goodreads).

Kill the Queen was exciting with remarkable character growth.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [#146]

Title: The Dark Days Deceit (Lady Helen #3)
Author: Alison Goodman
Publisher: Viking Books for  Young Readers
Publication Date: November 20, 2018

Lady Helen has retreated to a country estate outside Bath to prepare for her wedding to the Duke of Selburn, yet she knows she has unfinished business to complete. She and the dangerously charismatic Lord Carlston have learned they are a dyad, bonded in blood, and only they are strong enough to defeat the Grand Deceiver, who threatens to throw mankind into chaos. But the heinous death-soaked Ligatus Helen has absorbed is tearing a rift in her mind. Its power, if unleashed, will annihilate both Helen and Carlston unless they can find a way to harness its ghastly force and defeat their enemy (goodreads).

Monday, October 8, 2018

Second books and behind-the-scenes advice: Epic Reads Fall Meet Up

I love a good author event, but last months' chat with Kristen Ciccarelli, Heidi Heilig, and Ibi Zoboi was one of my favorites. 
Friday, October 5, 2018

Book Review: Phoenix Unbound

Title: Phoenix Unbound (The Fallen Empire #1)
Author: Grace Draven
Genre: Adult | Fantasy | Romance | Magic
Publisher: Ace Books
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: Audiobook

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital--her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses. 
But this year is different. 
Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion--and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. And unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.
To protect her family and village, she will risk everything to return to the Empire--and burn once more (goodreads).

I need more of this in my life. 
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Les Petites Revues [#5]

I recently devoured the first books in the Bad Bachelor series by Stefanie London and can't wait to read the final installment. 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Amber Reads her Shelves: October 2018

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 October 16.