Monthly Archives: July 2015

Book Title:
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
Book Author:
Brian Katcher
Publishing Date:
May 19, 2015
Publisher:
Katherine Tegen Books
Date Read:
July 10, 2015

Synopsis

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is Stonewall Book Award-winning author Brian Katcher’s hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date. It all begins when Ana Watson's little brother, Clayton, secretly ditches the quiz bowl semifinals to go to the Washingcon sci-fi convention on what should have been a normal, résumé-building school trip. If slacker Zak Duquette hadn't talked up the geek fan fest so much, maybe Clayton wouldn't have broken nearly every school rule or jeopardized Ana’s last shot at freedom from her uptight parents. Now, teaming up with Duquette is the only way for Ana to chase down Clayton in the sea of orcs, zombies, bikini-clad princesses, Trekkies, and Smurfs. After all, one does not simply walk into Washingcon. But in spite of Zak's devil-may-care attitude, he has his own reasons for being as lost as Ana-and Ana may have more in common with him than she thinks. Ana and Zak certainly don’t expect the long crazy night, which begins as a nerdfighter manhunt, to transform into so much more…

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This book was such a delight.  It was adorable.  It was nerdy.  It was one of those wonderful books that was a great example of how fun that young adult fiction can be. And trust me, this book is a … Continue reading

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    So while reading through some of the blogs I follow, I came upon ARC August!  I first noticed it over at Girl in the Pages, and it is hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat.  Since I’ve only started blogging … Continue reading

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  This is my first Waiting on Wednesday post! It looked like fun, so I thought I would start doing them, too. So, this week’s Waiting on Wednesday book is: Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell Release Date: August 25th, 2015 From … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Library at Mount Char
Book Author:
Scott Hawkins
Publishing Date:
June 16, 2015
Publisher:
Crown
Date Read:
July 12, 2015

Synopsis

Neil Gaiman meets Joe Hill in this astonishingly original, terrifying, and darkly funny contemporary fantasy. Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. She's sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for. After all, she was a normal American herself, once. That was a long time ago, of course—before the time she calls “adoption day,” when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father. Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible. In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn't gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient Pelapi customs. They've studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power. Sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library—and with it, power over all of creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her. But Carolyn can win. She's sure of it. What she doesn't realize is that her victory may come at an unacceptable price—because in becoming a God, she's forgotten a great deal about being human.

My Review

I’m really disappointed with how this book and I got along. I’m usually pretty open minded, and I absolutely love fantasy.  The cover was gorgeous, the book synopsis was intriguing…so what happened?  I asked myself that the entire way through … Continue reading

2.5 stars
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Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire #2) by Sherry D. Ficklin Release Date: 07/14/15 Clean Teen Publishing 280 pages Summary from Goodreads: Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir … Continue reading

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I have had the wonderful opportunity to do an interview with the author of They Call Me Alexandra Gastone, T.A. Maclagan!  She agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her novel, and if you haven’t read it yet, … Continue reading

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Book Title:
They Call Me Alexandra Gastone
Book Author:
T.A. Maclagan
Publishing Date:
May 20th, 2015
Publisher:
Full Fathom Five Digital
Date Read:
April 9, 2015

Synopsis

When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real? Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation. She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash. Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency. For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing. But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now. Between her cover as a high school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur. Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?

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Alexandra Gastone has a seemingly great life to all those on the outside.  She has a boyfriend, she does well in school, and she lives with and is close to her grandfather, who works in the CIA.  She is on … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire #2)
Book Author:
Sherry D. Ficklin
Book Series:
Stolen Empire, #2
Publishing Date:
July 14, 2015
Publisher:
Clean Teen Publishing
Date Read:
July 9, 2015

Synopsis

Sophie―now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia―had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things start to look up. As a new day dawns, Catherine thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces that try to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Catherine soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia and her new empire. While navigating the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace. When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, Catherine glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it vanish at the hands of those who still seek to end her life―and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Catherine must sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.

My Review

Rarely have I come across a second book in a series that is even close to being as good as the first.  This is one of those cases where I actually enjoyed the second book better than the first. I … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire #1)
Book Author:
Sherry D. Ficklin
Book Series:
Stolen Empire, #1
Publishing Date:
October 7, 2014
Publisher:
Clean Teen Publishing
Date Read:
July 8, 2015

Synopsis

ONE GIRL WILL BRING AN EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES... Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost. Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans. Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be. In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?

My Review

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I started reading this.  The cover is absolutely beautiful, and I won’t lie – it definitely made me want to read this.  Then I read the description of the book, and it … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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  This is my very first Top Ten Tuesday post! Today I wanted to share my top ten list for book series I haven’t read yet.  Seriously, I don’t know how I haven’t read some of these, but oh well…I … Continue reading

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