Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Review: Daughter of the Burning City

Title: Daughter of the Burning City
Author: Amanda Foody
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Mystery 
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Source: ALA
Format:  ARC

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.
Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.
But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.
Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear (goodreads)

Daughter of the Burning City impressed me with its values and complex characters.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#115]

Title: The Arsonist
Author: Stephanie Oakes
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: August 22, 2017

Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, her father is a convicted murderer, and his execution date is fast approaching. For another, Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and she waits for the day when they’ll be reunited . . . despite all evidence that this will never happen.
Pepper Yusef is not your average teenage boy. A Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy, serious girl problems, and the most useless seizure dog in existence, he has to write a series of essays over the summer . . . or fail out of school.
And Ava Dreyman—the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall—is unlike anyone you’ve met before.
When Molly gets a package leading her to Pepper, they’re tasked with solving a decades-old mystery: find out who killed Ava, back in 1989. Using Ava’s diary for clues, Molly and Pepper realize there’s more to her life—and death—than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them. And someone out there is guiding them along, desperate for answers (goodreads).

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

First Thoughts [#133]

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

#24in48 Readathon: Wrap-up

And the weekend is over! If you recall, I set some pretty lofty goals for myself with this readathon. Let's see how I did. 
Friday, July 21, 2017

Book Review: Here Lies Daniel Tate

Title: Here Lies Daniel Tate
Author: Cristin Terrill
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery | Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Source: Library
Format: Physical

A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realizes he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill.
When ten-year-old Daniel Tate went missing from one of California's most elite communities, he left no trace. He simply vanished.
Six years later, when he resurfaces on a snowy street in Vancouver, he's no longer the same boy. His sandy hair is darker, the freckles are gone, and he's initially too traumatized to speak, but he's alive. His overjoyed family brings him home to a world of luxury and comfort he can barely remember. In time, they assure him, he'll recover his memories; all that matters now is they're together again. 
It's perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing.
He isn't Daniel Tate.
He's a petty con artist who accidentally stumbled into the scam of a lifetime, and he soon learns he's not the only one in the Tate household with something to hide. The family has as many secrets as they have millions in the bank, and one of them might be ready to kill to keep the worst one buried (goodreads)

So....that all happened. 
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review: Akata Witch

Title: Akata Witch (Akata Witch #1)
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Genre: Middle Grade | Magic

Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she's albino. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a "free agent" with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.
Soon she's part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she's finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs (goodreads)?

Akata Witch feels like Harry Potter but misses the interesting plot and engaging characters. 
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

First Thoughts [#132]

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

Monday, July 17, 2017

#24in48 Readathon

I mentioned briefly during my June wrap-up that I would be participating in the #24in48 Readathon for the third time. I've never been able to complete the full 24 hours of reading within the weekend, but I always end up having a lot of fun. Check out my goals!
Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Review: The Rose and the Dagger

Title: The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) 
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Genre: Young Adult | Retelling | Fantasy | Romance
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Source: Purchased
Format: Physical

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.
The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again (goodreads).

The Rose and the Dagger was a satisfying conclusion to a favorite series!