And I Got Bored – Burning Glass {DNF Review}

Posted May 28, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

And I Got Bored – Burning Glass {DNF Review}Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
Series: Burning Glass #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books (2016)
Hardcover (512 pages)
Rating:
Reading Challenges: Read 2016

Synopsis

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

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Back to New York City and More Drama – City of Fallen Angels {Review}

Posted May 26, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Back to New York City and More Drama – City of Fallen Angels {Review}City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Publisher: McElderry Books (2011)
Hardcover (424 pages)
Via: Library
Rating:
Also by this author: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass
Also in this series: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass
Reading Challenges: 2016 Backlist Books, Read 2016

Synopsis

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

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Seriously! This Series is OVER?! – The Winner’s Kiss {Review}

Posted May 23, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Seriously! This Series is OVER?! – The Winner’s Kiss {Review}The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (2016)
Hardcover (484 pages)
Rating:
Also by this author: The Winner's Curse, The Winner's Crime
Also in this series: The Winner's Curse, The Winner's Crime
Reading Challenges: 2016 Royal Challenge, Read 2016

Synopsis

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

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Princess Eadlyn Has to Make Her Decision – The Crown {Review}

Posted May 21, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Princess Eadlyn Has to Make Her Decision – The Crown {Review}The Crown by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #5
Publisher: HarperTeen, Harper Audio (2016)
Audiobook
{7 hours and 12 minutes} (279 pages)
Rating:
Also by this author: The Elite, The One, The Heir
Also in this series: The Elite, The One, The Heir
Reading Challenges: 2016 Royal Challenge, Read 2016

Synopsis

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

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Such a Unique Read – The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender {Review}

Posted May 19, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Such a Unique Read – The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender {Review}The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Publisher: Candlewick Press (2014)
Hardcover (301 pages)
Via: Library
Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2016 Backlist Books, Read 2016

Synopsis

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.
In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.
That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.
First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

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