Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Review: The Female of the Species

Title: The Female of Species
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Source: BEA
Format: ARC

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.
While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.
But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.
So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.
Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever (goodreads)

The Female of the Species is the type of book I want to plant in every high school classroom. 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#94]

Title: One Was Lost
Author: Natalie D. Richards
Publisher: Sourebooks Fire

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.
Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.
Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.
Suddenly it's clear; they're being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion… (goodreads)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Signing: An Evening with Kristen Simmons and Paula Stokes!

It's September which means empty your wallets book nerds and be prepared to sell off your first-born child. In celebration of Metaltown officially hitting stores on September 20, Kristen Simmons made at Anderson's Bookshop with Paula Stokes, and I learn so much from both of them!
Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning (A Shadow Bright and Burning #1)
Author: Jessica Cluess
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fantasy | Magic
Publisher: Random House BFYR

Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Format: ARC
Source: BEA

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city--and the one she loves (goodreads)?

A Shadow Bright and Burning is nothing short of fun and bingeworthy!
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Review: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

Title: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Genre: Young Adult | Retellings
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.
Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.
Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.
Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . .(goodreads)

 Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is nothing I expected but highly original!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

First Thoughts [#94]

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

Monday, September 19, 2016

[Discussion]Is it better when the author doesn't mention race?

The topic of diversity in literature - YA and kidlit in particular - has been a hot topic in the bookish community lately. There has been a call for representations in books and it comes down to accurate portrayal of POC by white authors. The other camp is awkwardly pushing against representation in books. My question is, how do we feel about books that don't mention race at all? 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Book Review: And the Trees Crept In

Title: And the Trees Crept In
Author: Dawn Kurtagich
Genre: Young Adult | Horror | Hauntings | Mystery
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Format: eARC
Source: BEA

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer (goodreads)?

Fans of The Dead House will easily fall in love with And the Trees Crept In and may even be afraid to turn the lights out!
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Book Review: Heir of Fire

 Title: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Fae
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Format: Physical
Source: Library

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish(goodreads).

Heir of Fire is what happens when the author gets tired of writing her series, and attempts to create a whole new novel under the guise of plot ~development.~