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A Girl, a Goal, and the California Gold Rush – Walk on Earth a Stranger {Review}

Posted October 24, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

A Girl, a Goal, and the California Gold Rush – Walk on Earth a Stranger {Review}Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Series: Goldseer #1
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (2015)
Hardcover (431 pages)
Via: Library
Rating:
Reading Challenges: Read 2016

Synopsis

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.
Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.
She also has a secret.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.
When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.
The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

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Six Main Characters, Six Narrators – Six of Crows {Review}

Posted September 12, 2016 in Reading, Review / 3 Comments

Six Main Characters, Six Narrators – Six of Crows {Review}Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (2015)
Hardcover (465 pages)
Via: Library
Rating:
Also by this author: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising
Reading Challenges: Read 2016

Synopsis

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

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A Different Sort of Vampires – Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side {Review}

Posted September 1, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

A Different Sort of Vampires – Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side {Review}Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Series: Jessica #1
Publisher: Harcourt (2009)
eBook (351 pages)
Via: Library
Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2016 Backlist Books, 2016 Royal Challenge, Read 2016

Synopsis

The undead can really screw up your senior year ...
Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

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Time Travel to Medieval Italy – Waterfall {Review}

Posted August 29, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Time Travel to Medieval Italy – Waterfall {Review}Waterfall by Lisa Bergren
Series: River of Time #1
Publisher: David C Cook (2011)
Paperback (369 pages)
Via: Library
Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2016 Backlist Books, Read 2016

Synopsis

What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaeologist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds...until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.
Suddenly Gabi's summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.

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A Very Alien Sci-Fi – The Cage {Review}

Posted August 27, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

A Very Alien Sci-Fi – The Cage {Review}The Cage by Megan Shepherd
Series: The Cage #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (2015)
eBook (400 pages)
Via: Library
Rating:
Reading Challenges: Read 2016

Synopsis

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.
Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.
As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

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