Monday, June 26, 2017

My Favorite 2017 Reads (so far...)

I feel like I've read some really great 2017 releases this year, and we still have the Fall 2017 books to go through! Check out my favorite reads of 2017 SO FAR, and let's see if we have any in common!
Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review: Want

Title: Want (Want #1)
Author: Cindy Pon
Genre: Young Adult | Diverse Reads | Dystopia
Publisher: Listening Library
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: Audiobook

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart (goodreads)?


Want hits a bit too close to home. 
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Review: Dividing Eden

Title: Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #1)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Source: eARC
Format: Publisher

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.
But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.
As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.
With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal (goodreads)?

Dividing Eden is a twisty turny book that will have all fantasy lovers looking for more. 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

First Thoughts [#128]

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bookstore Spotlight: The Book Table

National Independent Bookstore day really made me realize how many awesome indies I have around me; there is just something special about going to a bookstore that has its own personality. Each month, I will be highlighting an indie bookstore that I come across and would love to learn more about your indies as well! Without further ado, I introduce you to...
Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Fallen Kingdom: An Aesthetic

Earlier this month, I buddy-read The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May by Nick, Wendy, and Morgan. While discussing the heartache this book caused us, we couldn't help but notice how underrated this series is. Why does Kiaran have his own candle? Why isn't there awesome fanart of Aileana killing faeries? We decided to band together to show our own love for this series through our own creativity.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Book Review: A Torch Against the Night

Title: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy |Magic
Publisher: Razorbill 
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Source: BEA
Format: ARC

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both (goodreads).


A Torch Against the Night truly tests our characters. 
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#112]

Title: Such a Good Girl
Author: Amanda K. Morgan
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 20, 2017

Riley Stone is just about perfect. (Ask anyone.)She has a crush on her French teacher, Alex Belrose. (And she suspects he likes her, too.)Riley has her entire life planned out. (The plan is nonnegotiable.)She's never had a secret she couldn't keep. (Not ever.)Riley is sure that her life is on the right track. (And nothing will change that.)She's nothing like a regular teenager. (But she doesn't have any problem admitting that.)Riley doesn't usually play games. (But when she does, she always wins.)
She thinks a game is about to start…But Riley always has a plan…And she always wins (goodreads).

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

First Thoughts [#127]

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