Monthly Archives: May 2016

Book Title:
The Crown's Game
Book Author:
Evenlyn Skye
Book Series:
The Crown's Game, #1
Publishing Date:
May 17th, 2016
Publisher:
Balzer + Bray
Date Read:
May 18th, 2016
Source:
eARC from publisher via Edelweiss

Synopsis

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

My Review

The Crown’s Game is another instance where an overly-hyped up book and I just don’t click.  I tried to get into this multiple times, and I spent over a week just barely making it past the 25% mark, when I … Continue reading

1 stars
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Waiting on Wednesday Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl Author: Gretchen McNeil Publication Date: September 13th, 2016 … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Because I Love You
Book Author:
Tori Rigby
Publishing Date:
May 17th, 2016
Publisher:
Blaze Publishing
Date Read:
April 14th, 2016
Source:
eARC from publisher

Synopsis

Sometimes, love is sacrifice.

Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she's forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.

My Review

I’ve noticed a lot more books that deal with teenage pregnancy are surfacing lately, and I’ve read a couple of really, really good ones lately.  Because I Love You falls into that category – it was definitely a great read … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Silence is Goldfish
Book Author:
Annabel Pitcher
Publishing Date:
May 17th, 2016
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
May 5th, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher

Synopsis

My name is Tess Turner--at least, that's what I've always been told.

I have a voice but it isn't mine. It used to say things so I'd fit in, to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn't. It lied.

It never occurred to me that everyone else was lying too.

Fifteen-year-old Tess doesn't mean to become mute. When she discovers that her dad isn't her biological father, at first she's just too shocked to speak. But quickly she begins to see the benefit of silence. She can protect herself from the questions she's too afraid to ask. It frustrates the heck out of her parents. And it also gets the attention of her handsome Math teacher, Mr Holdsworth...

Tess sets out to discover the identity of her real father. But when trouble strikes and everything spirals out of control, how can she ask for help when she's forgotten how to use her voice?

My Review

“At primary school when people tried to find friends, I tried to find space that my imagine could fill with whatever it wanted, nearly always butterflies because to me they were perfection, like real-life fairies with prettier wings.” Tess has … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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Book Title:
Spark
Book Author:
Holly Schindler
Publishing Date:
May 17th, 2016
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Date Read:
May 12th, 2016
Source:
eARC from publisher via Edelweiss

Synopsis

Acclaimed author Holly Schindler writes a compelling contemporary tale with a dash of magic. The theater comes to life in this story of family ties, fate, love, and one girl’s quest to rewrite history.

The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her about the tragic love that played out on the theater’s stage many years ago. Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to re-create for her drama class. And when she does, the Avery begins to magically regain its former splendor, clearly setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive the romance from a time before. Quin can see the spark between them, but it’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.

My Review

“‘There is real, undeniable magic in this world – all around us.’” I haven’t read a lot of books that deal with theater or performing arts, but the ones that I do read I tend to like.  They’re always different … Continue reading

3.5 stars
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Book Title:
The Season of You & Me
Book Author:
Robin Constantine
Publishing Date:
May 10th, 2016
Publisher:
Balzer + Bray
Date Read:
May 12th, 2016
Source:
ARC from Author

Synopsis

Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.

Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.

Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.

My Review

Cassidy is having a rough time dealing with the breakup with her boyfriend, Gavin.  She thinks the perfect way to get over him is to go to stay with her dad and his new wife at their bed and breakfast … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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The Season of You & Me Author: Robin Constantine Publisher: Balzer + Bray Release Date: May 10th 2016 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Disability Rate: 4.5/5   Synopsis:  Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend … Continue reading

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The Little Paris Bookshop Author: Nina Geroge Publication Date: June 23rd, 2015 Publisher: Crown Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via the Blogging for Books program.   Synopsis Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book … Continue reading

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Spark Author: Holly Schindler Publisher: HarperTeen Release Date: May 17th 2016 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Magic, Realism Rate: 3.5 Stars Synopsis: The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her the tragic love … Continue reading

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Anyone But Ivy Pocket Author: Caleb Krisp Series: Ivy Pocket, #1 Publication Date: April 8th, 2015 Publisher: Greenwillow Books Synopsis: Ivy Pocket is a twelve-year-old maid of no importance, with a very lofty opinion of herself. Dumped in Paris by … Continue reading

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