Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review: The Bone Witch

Title: The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1)
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Witches
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Source: Library
Format: eBook

The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.
Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.
Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves (goodreads).

I can't even tell you what the Bone Witch was about. 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#108]


Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all (goodreads).


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

First Thoughts [#120]

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

What books made you a reader?

I think this has happened to all of us. We were voracious readers as children - read everything that our local libraries had and spent all of our money at the annual Scholastic book fairs. But somewhere along the lines, we stopped reading. High School made us read the classics, and college ate up all of our spare time. Where did we have time for reading?
Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Review: Scythe

Title: Scythe (Arc of Scythe #1)
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopia
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Source: Library
Format: Physical

Thou shalt kill.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own (goodreads).


Wow. Scythe asks a lot of great questions and explores many shades of gray. 
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Review: Tamed

Title: Tamed (Tangled #3)
Author: Emma Chase
Genre: Adult | Romance | Contemporary
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Source: Hoopla
Format: Audiobook

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: girl meets player, they fall in love, player changes his ways.
It’s a good story. But it’s not our story. Ours is a lot more colorful.
When I met Dee I knew right away that she was special. When she met me, she thought I was anything but special--I was exactly like every other guy who’d screwed her over and let her down. It took some time to convince her otherwise, but turns out I can make a convincing argument when sex is at stake.
You might know where this story’s headed. But the best part isn't where we ended up.
It’s how we got there.
Tamed goes back in time to the Tangled days. But this time around, it’s not Drew dishing out the advice and opinions – it’s his best friend Matthew, who of course is dealing with Dee Dee (goodreads).

Tamed was a fun addition to the Tangled universe.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

First Thoughts [#119}

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

An Evening with Laini Taylor

It finally happened. Strange the Dreamer is out in the world. I haven't read it yet because I suck at reading the books I buy, but I was fortunate enough to hear Laini speak at a local event/signing.
Friday, April 14, 2017

Book Review: Spindle Fire

Title: Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1)
Author: Lexa Hillyer
Genre: Young Adult | Retellings | Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king's headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.
And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora's blood--and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.
As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.
Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay (goodreads).

Spindle Fire was a fresh take on a beloved tale.