ARC Review: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

JaneUnlimitedJane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Published by Kathy Dawson Books on September 19, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 464 Format: ARC Source: Library

3.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.


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Highly Anticipated Titles ~ September 2017 ~ Part 1

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. September is packed full of new titles so I’m splitting this one into two parts. Check out the ones I’m most excited for in the first half of the month.


TheGirlwiththeRedBalloonThe Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

Published by Albert Whitman Company

Expected on September 1, 2017

Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Historical, Fantasy

When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.


TheyBothDieattheEndThey Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Published by HarperTeen

Expected on September 5, 2017

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+, Science Fiction

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.


GodsgraveGodsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Published by Thomas Dunne Books

Expected on September 5, 2017

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.


WarcrossWarcross by Marie Lu

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Expected on September 12, 2017

Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


BeforeSheIgnitesBefore She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Expected on September 12, 2017

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy

Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.


NyxiaNyxia by Scott Reintgen

Published by Crown Books for Young Readers

Expected on September 12, 2017

Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family. 

Forever. 

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden–a planet that Babel has kept hidden–where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe. 

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.


Are you excited for any of these titles?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The City of Brass

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.



CityofBrassThe City of Brass
 by S.A. Chakraborty

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Expected Date: November 14, 2017

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass–a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for .


City of Brass came onto my radar about a month back and now I’m so hyped for this #ownvoices historical fantasy. With magic and djinn mixed with political intrigue, I don’t think I could resist. Hopefully I adore S.A. Chakraborty’s writing and add this to my faves list.

Are you excited for City of Brass? Intrigued by the premise?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

Teaser Tuesday: The Book of Unknown Americans

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Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 It’s book club time of the month again and I’ve got a teaser for our current read, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. It’s a story of coming to America filled with love, family, and the difficulties so many face. Check out a little taste below.

Back then, all we wanted was the simplest things: to eat good food, to sleep at night, to smile, to laugh, to be well. We felt it was our right, as much as it was anyone’s, to have those things.

Did this pique your interest? Have you read The Book of Unknown Americans?

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ARC Review: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

MaskofShadowsMask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 29, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, LGBTQIA+

Pages: 352 Format: eARC Source: NG

3.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home. 

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. 

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.


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Book Review: The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters & Joan Hess

ThePaintedQueenThe Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters & Joan Hess

Published by William Morrow on July 25, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical, Mystery

Pages: 352 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

2.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Egypt, 1912—Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti and Amelia finds herself the target of assassins in this long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters’s bestselling, beloved mystery series

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia Peabody is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo, when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word—“Murder”—before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia’s name and room number, and a curious piece of pasteboard the size of a calling card bearing one word: “Judas.” Most peculiarly, the stranger was wearing a gold-rimmed monocle in his left eye. 


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July Book Haul ~ 2017

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Look it’s another monthly book haul! I thought I’d have a quieter buying month but that stack tells a decidedly different story. I suppose it could be worse though.

First up I received The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee in July’s OwlCrate. I also picked up Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody from Unicorn Crate. My only preorder for the month was The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova which I’m thrilled to have a finished copy of.

I also picked up all three of the new editions of the Shadow and Bone trilogy. Look at them all their glory! My other two purchases, Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai and Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor, are new to me authors but I’m delighted to have them on my TBR.

Did you pick up any titles in July? Read any of my purchases?

Let me know in the comments below!