Monday, May 25, 2015

[Book Tag] Unpopular Opinion

HAPPY MONDAY FRIENDS! I came across this Unpopular Opinions tag while perusing Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks but the credit for this tag goes to Booktubber TheBookArcher. I always feel like I'm an outsider when it comes to hype and whatnot, so I thought that this would be a perfect tag for me!

So here we go!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review: Stolen Songbird

Title: Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1)
Author: Danielle L. Jensen

Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Format: Audiobook
Source:  Audible (Purchased)

 For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

 Stolen Songbird is an imaginative take on the troll lore with a love story so sweet, you'll be rooting for them from page 1.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes

 Title: An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Format: Physical
Source: Book Signing (Purchased)

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself (goodreads).

An Ember in the Ashes is unlike anything I've read this year, and I want more!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#71]

Title: The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2)
Author: Amy Engel
Publisher: EntangledTeen
Publication Date: November 3, 2015

Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.
But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for (goodreads).

Okay so I didn't LOVE The Book of Ivy, but curiosity man. Curiosity. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#69]


I will live to see tomorrow's sunset. Make no mistake. I swear I will live to see as many sunsets as it takes. And I will kill you. With my own hands.

Page 11

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh [GoodReads]

Monday, May 18, 2015

[Discussion] Would This Make a Good Audiobook?

I am fortunate enough to work in a mostly quiet workspace where I can listen to audiobooks/podcasts/music while I work. Because of this, I have tried to up my audiobook game and have joined the 2015 Audiobook Challenge as well. 

I've learned that some audiobooks work better for more than others. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review: Liars, Inc

Title: Liars, Inc.
Author: Paula Stokes
Publisher: March 24, 2015
Publication Date: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult // Murder // Mystery
Format: Physical 
Source: Borrowed (Library)

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?
When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.
Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters (goodreads).

Fans of YA murder mysteries know that the genre can be a bit repetitive and tiring. I'm happy to say that Liars, Inc. is a fast paced page turner with an ending I wouldn't expect!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Book Review: Little Peach

Title: Little Peach
Author:  Peggy Kern
Publisher: Balzer Bray/ HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Genre:  YA // Survival // Real Life // Social Issues
Format: Audiobook
Source:  Purchased (Audible)

What do you do if you're in trouble?
When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options. 
Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels. 
But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition. 
This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive (goodreads).

I was always taught that people put themselves in the situations that they are in, but Little Peach was a rude awakening. Hitting in tough topic like rape and drug abuse, Little Peach paints a vivid picture of child prostitution and how easy it is to fall into it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#70]

Title: Hotel Ruby
Author: Suzanne Young
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: November 3, 2015

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.
Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.
The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…
Welcome to the Ruby (goodreads).

I've only read one book by Suzanne Young and I wasn't that impressed, but hey, I'll give it another go.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#68]

The opposing team's fans were still chanting. "Grayson Spencer, the losing Flame, sent he Frognals a sympathy card!" And "The fire of the Flames is going out, Spencer the loser's a layabout."
Grayson was pale as death.
"The first couplet doesn't rhyme." I said.
Henry nodded. "And the meter of the second one's all wrong. Idiots." 

Page 115

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier [GoodReads]