ARC Review: Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

LoveHateOtherFiltersLove, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Published by Soho Teen on January 16, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary

Pages: 288 Format: ARC Source: Library

4.5/5 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.

Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a “suitable” Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City–and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she’s only known from afar. There’s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya’s last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear? 


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Book Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

ForestofaThousandLanternsForest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Published by Philomel Books on October 10, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Retellings

Pages: 363 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.


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ARC Review: Chainbreaker by Tara Sim

ChainbreakerChainbreaker by Tara Sim

Published by Sky Pony Press on January 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 308 Format: eARC Source: EW

5/5 Stars

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

Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He’d hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he’d have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.

After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path–one from which they may never return.


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Book Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

RenegadesRenegades by Marissa Meyer

Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 7, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Superheroes

Pages: 576 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


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Book Review: The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

EndsoftheWorldThe Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on July 18, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance

Pages: 320 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

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The Circle is hers. But Avery West has lost everything else: her mother, the family she’d just found, and the one boy she trusted. In their place are unfathomable power, a staged relationship that makes her question every real feeling she’s ever had, and a mission to find the cure to the virus that’s made her own blood a weapon.

Then disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world. To clear their names and the growing rift between the families of the Circle before the world dissolves into World War Three, they’ll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great’s tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world’s salvation—or destruction.

Avery will have to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice—for the world, for family, and for love—in this conclusion to the Conspiracy of Us series.


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Book Review: A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess

APoisonDarkandDrowningA Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on September 19, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Pages: 432 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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The magicians want her to lead. The sorcerers want her to lie. The demons want her blood. Henrietta wants to save the one she loves. But will his dark magic be her undoing?

Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the bloodthirsty Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own.

So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients’ past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.


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Book Review: Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

HauntingtheDeepHaunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 3, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

Pages: 368 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

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Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one. 

This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship. 

Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.


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