Thursday, April 26, 2018

Book Review: Brightly Burning

Title: Brightly Burning
Author: Alexa Donne
Genre: Young Adult | Retelling | Science Fiction | Romance
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.
But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet (goodreads).

Brightly Burning was a creative sci-fi!
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [#135]

Title: Eden Conquered (Dividing Eden #2)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 5, 2018

The Trials of Virtuous Succession have ended. Prince Andreus is king—and Princess Carys is dead.
But even as he’s haunted by what he did to win the throne, Andreus discovers that his dream of ruling only brings new problems. The people love his twin even more in death than they did when she was alive. The Elders treat him as a figurehead. And worst of all, the winds of Eden are faltering. 
But despite what everyone believes, Carys is alive. Exiled to the wilderness, Carys struggles to control the powers that have broken free inside her. And as she grows stronger, so does her conviction that she must return to the Palace of Winds, face her twin and root out the treachery that began long before the first Trials started. 
The Kingdom of Eden is growing darker with each passing day. Brother and sister, former foes, must decide whether some betrayals cut too deep to be forgiven—and whether one will wear the crown or both will lose everything (goodreads).

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

First Thoughts [#135]

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

Monday, April 23, 2018

Book Blogger Recommendations

This post was inspired by a twitter post from Olivia @ Olivia's Catastrophe in which she highlighted blogs that she visits for particular book recommendations which I thought was a great idea! In my opinion, word of mouth is what makes the book community so great: we share our favorite books, we share events that are upcoming, and we alert each other to problematic books/authors. To continue the blogger love, I wanted to highlight some blogs that I venture to for specific book recommendations!
Friday, April 20, 2018

Book Review: Ash Princess

Title: Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1)
Author: Laura Sebastian
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she's not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.
When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can't keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser's warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn't expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who's been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart's sister, Cress.
Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she's willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she's willing to sacrifice to become queen (goodreads).

If it wasn't for the love triangle, Ash Princess would have been a 5-star read. 
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Book Review: Sky in the Deep

Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction
Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating (goodreads).

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

First Thoughts [#164]

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Local Authors and Great Discussions: #ChiYABookFest2018

I haven't been to Chicago YA Book Fest since its first year, but I was excited for this year's panels; I can confidently say that Chicago Young Adult Book Fest is getting better and better with each year. 
Friday, April 13, 2018

Book Review: The Traitor's Game

Title: The Traitor's Game (The Traitor's Game #1)
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy 
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Source: Library
Format: Physical

Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won't stop her from being drawn back into her father's palace politics. He's the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well - and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what - and who - it is they're fighting for (goodreads).

I nothing this book.