Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Review: Dangerous Girls

Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Genre: Young Adult // Murder // Mystery
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Format: Physical Copy
Purchased (Book Outlet)

It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.
But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.
Awaiting the judge's decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone could ever imagine...(goodreads)

Dangerous Girls was one of those books where I considered missing my stop just to finish a page. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1)
Author: V.E Schwab
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Genre: Fantasy // Adventure // Magic // (New) Adult
Format: Physical
Source:  Publisher

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. 
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped (goodreads)

If V.E Schwab didn't have my attention before, she definitely does now!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday[#63]

Title: Six of Crows (The Dregs #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: October 6, 2015

Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in this brand-book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.
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.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first .

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....(goodreads)


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#59]


Kell wore a very peculiar coat.
It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible.
Page 1
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab [GoodReads]

This is the first two sentences of the book and I adore it! It's very Neil Gaiman-y!
Monday, February 23, 2015

[Discussion]Does Book Blogging Take Away from Your Other Hobbies

I love being a book blogger. That's why I came back to it after a year or so hiatus. But I've come to realize that I've only had time to dedicate to book blogging. 

Like most people, I have tons of hobbies. I enjoy marathoning TV shows on Netflix, I read graphic novels (some, I'm SUPER picky about my graphic novels), I take pictures, I bake, and I play video games. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

[Book Review] Princess of Thorns

 Title: Princess of Thorns
Author: Stacey Jay
Genre: Young Adult // Romance // Fairytale Retellings 
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased (Audible)

Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.
Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.
Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love (goodreads)?

A princess in disguise, a rakish prince and ogres. This book definitely did not disappoint!
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Review: Of Beast and Beauty

Title: Of Beast and Beauty
Author: Stacey Jay
Genre: Young Adult // Fairytale Retellings // Magic // Romance
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date:  July 23, 2013
Format: Physical Copy
Source: Gift

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret...
In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.
Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.
As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love (goodreads).

Of Beast and Beauty is chock-full of imagination and a lovely love story about two people from opposite sides of the

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#62]

Title: Mechanica
Author: Betsy Cornwell
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home. 
But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.
Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all (goodreads).

I feel bad because this book keeps getting the rep of being a Cinder rip off. :/ I'm looking forward to it, sounds very steampunky!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#58]

It didn't seem like such a terrible price, to not touch and not be touched. After all, I'd left behind the only person who'd ever shown me love and affection. But that wasn't the price at all.
Page 19
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury [GoodReads]