ARC Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

huntedHunted by Meagan Spooner

Published by HarperTeen on March 14, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling

Pages: 384 Format: ARC Source: Library

4/5 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.

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?


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ARC Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

geekerellaGeekerella by Ashley Poston

Published by Quirk Books on April 4, 2017

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

Pages: 320 Format: ARC Source: Library

4/5 Stars

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

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Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.


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Roseblood Release Day Blitz

I’m excited to be promoting the release of RoseBlood by A.G. Howard here on the blog today! Check out all the details below and be sure to stick around for a giveaway!


About the Book

rosebloodRoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Published by Amulet Books on January 10, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Retellings

Pages: 432 Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Find It: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.


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ARC Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

Published by Feiwel and Friends on November 8, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Retellings

Pages: 464 Format: ARC Source: BEA

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

I acquired this ARC from the publisher at Book Expo America. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.


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ARC Review: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

vassainnightVassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Published by Tor Teen on September 20, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Retellings

Pages: 304 Format: ARC Source: BEA

3/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

I acquired this ARC from the publisher at Book Expo America. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.


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Teaser Tuesday: Heartless

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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!

 

I just started Heartless by Marissa Meyer and I’ve got to say I’m so freaking pumped to keep reading. I loved The Lunar Chronicles and just know this one will steal a piece of me too. I love that she’s taking on another retelling, this time an origin of the Queen of Hearts. It’s also making me extremely hungry and I now have the desire to bake ALL THE THINGS even through I’m not much of a cook. Continue reading

ARC Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

AndIDarkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White

Published by Delacorte Press on June 28, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance

Pages: 496 Format: ARC Source: BEA

3.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

I acquired this ARC from the publisher at Book Expo America. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Book Review: Everland by Wendy Spinale

EverlandEverland by Wendy Spinale

Published by Scholastic Press on May 10, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Retelling

Pages: 320 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?


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Book Review: The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Rose&DaggerThe Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on April 26, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling

Pages: 416 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

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ARC Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

TSTQThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on April 26, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling, Mythology

Pages: 352 Format: ARC Source: Won

4.5/5 Stars

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Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.

I received this ARC for winning a giveaway from Brittany’s Book Rambles. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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