Friday, October 13, 2017

Book Review | The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Title: The Last Namsara
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
PublicationOctober 3rd 2017 by HarperTeen
Series: Iskari #1
Pages: 432
Genre: YA Fantasy
Copy: Bought
Summary: In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer. 

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.
 


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review | If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: If There's No Tomorrow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
PublicationSeptember 5th 2017 by Harlequin Teen
Series: Standalone
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Contemporary
Copy: Bought
SummaryLena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 

Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.  For what she let happen. With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday | Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo




Book: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Expected Publication: August 29th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Why I'm Waiting:  Ever since seeing Wonder Woman in theatersI've been especially excited to read this book!  I'm not a big superhero fan, and I've never read any of the comics, so I'm not an expert on Wonder Woman by any means.  However, from what I gathered from watching the movie, I think the story could translate very well into a book, and I'm excited to see what twists Leigh has in store for us!  This is the first of the DC Icons series, so hopefully it lives up to all of our expectations!

*Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  Be sure to check them out for more information!*

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review | Dreamfall by Amy Plum

Title: Dreamfall
Author: Amy Plum
Publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperTeen
Series: Dreamfall #1
Pages: 288
Genre: YA Thriller
Copy: ARC provided by publisher & Face in a Book in exchange for an honest review
Summary: Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse...but she was terribly wrong.
Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Book Review (ARC) | The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication: April 11th 2017 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Series: Standalone
Pages: 352
Genre: YA Contemporary
Copy: ARC provided by publisher & Face in a Book in exchange for an honest review
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.
There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
Right?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Book Review | Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Publication: April 4th 2017 by Quirk Books
Series: Standalone
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Contemporary/Re-telling
Copy: ARC provided by publisher & Face in a Book in exchange for an honest review
Summary: Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.