Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Review: Anne & Henry

Title: Anne & Henry
Author: Dawn Ius
Genre: Contemporary // Young Adult // Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Format: ARC
Source: Gifted/Won

Henry Tudor’s life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student body president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. But ever since the death of his brother, the pressure for Henry to be perfect has doubled. And now he’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who isn’t Tudor-approved.
Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.
Wild, brash, and outspoken, Anne is everything Henry isn’t allowed to be—or want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, but his desire for Anne consumes him.
Henry is willing to do anything to be with her, but once they’re together, will their romance destroy them both?
Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry beautifully reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time (goodreads)

Anne & Henry is a modern twist on the tragic romance between King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. 
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Book Review: Dead Upon a Time

Title: Dead Upon a Time
Author: Elizabeth Paulson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Genre: Young Adult // Retellings 
Format: ARC
Source:  Publisher

It's a fairy-tale nightmare . . .
One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she's given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles -- and if she pricks her finger, she'll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . .
A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate's world. She's not involved until one day she heads to her grandmother's house in the woods -- and finds her grandmother has also been taken. Already an outcast, Kate can't get any help from the villagers who hate her. Only Jack, another outsider, will listen to what's happened.
Then a princess is taken, and suddenly the king is paying attention -- even though the girl's stepmother would rather he didn't. It's up to Kate and Jack to track down the victims before an ever after arrives that's far from happy.

Dead Upon a Time was a nicely contained tale that brought together your favorite classic characters!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

First Thoughts[#7]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read!

Monday, August 31, 2015

[Discussion]Retellings You Want

I'm a major fairy tale fan. Hell, I'm a giant Disney fan and I have read almost all of the retellings I can get my hands on. The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, you name it, I've read it. 

Earlier this year, I was a bit hesitant to read The Wrath and the Dawn because I was not familiar with the tale of A Thousand and One Nights and didn't know what to expect. Naturally I adored it and was desperate for more desert folklore/ A Thousand and One Nights  retellings. 

Reading The Wrath and the Dawn made me realize that there are so many different folklores and myths that can be explored, because let's be honest: A new Cinderella retelling comes out every year. And while I love the staple Disney princess stories, I've come to realize they're not enough.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Book Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

Title: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
Author: Katie Alender
Genre: Paranormal // Young Adult // Ghosts
Publisher: Point (Scholastic)
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher 

Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play--and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.
So the house kills her.
Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself (goodreads)?

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall surprisingly had a lot of heart for a book about a dead girl. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Review: The Stars Never Rise

Title: The Stars Never Rise (The Stars Never Rise #1) 
Author: Rachel Vincent 
Genre: Young Adult // Dystopia // Magic // Demons
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Format: Physical 
Source: Borrowed (Library)

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.
When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.
To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?
Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her (goodreads).

The Stars Never Rise is fast-paced and full of shocking revelations!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#78]

Title: The Foxglove Killings
Author: Tara Kelly
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date:  September 1, 2015

Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.
I work at Gramps's diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He's almost like a stranger now. I can't figure it out...or why I'm having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn't be having.
Then one of the cakes disappears.
When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it's up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I've ever known about myself — and Alex.

It's (basically) Fall and I just want to read books about ghosts and murder. 
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First Thoughts [#5]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bout of Books 14: Day 7

Bout of Books

I DID IT! I met ALL of my goals! :)

Dead Upon a Time - 201 Pages Read FINISHED

Books Read -

Goal - 3 Books
Actually Read - 4 Books

I'm so excited! I was 6 books behind on my GoodReads challenge now I'm only 4 books behind!

I hope you all had a pretty successful BoB as well!

Until next time.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bout of Books 14: Day 6

Bout of Books

Saturday was great! I finished a book AND participated in the twitter chat. Who knew I could get so much done if I didn't have to work.

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall - Read 287 Pages Read FINISHED
A Great and Terrible Beauty - 1H20 Minutes Listened

How'd you do on Saturday? I've officially met ALL of my goals. 
-I participated in one challenge
-I participated in one Twitter chat
-I read three books

I did a lot better this time around!