Book Review: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

HeartofIronHeart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Published by Balzer + Bray on February 27, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 480 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves? 

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Book Review: Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

DaughteroftheSirenQueenDaughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 27, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure

Pages: 352 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

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Mini Reviews: The Gauntlet & Sightwitch

I’ve got another review catch up post with some thoughts on two awesome books. Check them out below!

gauntletThe Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Published by Salaam Reads on March 28, 2017

Genres: Children’s, Middle Grade, Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 298 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.

When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.

Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?

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Mini Reviews: Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Wires & Nerve 2 & Lips Touch

I’ve been reading up a storm lately and to catch up on reviews I’m going to condense my thoughts. Check them out below!

DownAmongtheSticksandBonesDown Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Published by on June 13, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

Pages: 189 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

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ARC Review: The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

TheBeautyThatRemainsThe Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

Published by Delacorte Press on March 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary

Pages: 352 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

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

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Each of them wonders: How different would my life be if this hadn’t happened? And now that it has . . . what’s next?

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ARC Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

ChildrenofBloodandBoneChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers on March 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 599 Format: ARC Source: Library

5/5 Stars

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

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

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Book Review: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

ReignoftheFallenReign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Published by Razorbill on January 23, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 384 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

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