Friday, February 12, 2016

Book Review: Seven Black Diamonds

Title: Seven Black Diamonds (Untitled #1)
Author: Melissa Marr
Genre: Young Adult | Fae
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humans and faeries. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans.
Lily’s father has always shielded her, but when she’s sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, she’s delivered straight into the arms of a fae sleeper cell—the Black Diamonds. The Diamonds are planted in the human world as the sons and daughters of the most influential families and tasked with destroying it from within. Against her will, Lilywhite’s been chosen to join them...and even the romantic attention of the fae rock singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the familiar world she knows.
Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there. The combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen will have longtime fans and new readers at the edge of their seats (goodreads)



Seven Black Diamonds excels in cliches and poor pacing. 
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Book Review: Half Bad

Title: Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1)
Author: Sally Green
Genre: Young Adult | Witches | Magic
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Format: Physical
Source: Purchased

Wanted by no one.Hunted by everyone.
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive (goodreads).


Half Bad was nothing I was expecting, and I say that in the best way possible. 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday[#84]



Title: The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: March 29, 2016

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.
But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win (goodreads)?

Who wants to hold me aftere I read this one? 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

First Thoughts [#28]

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




Monday, February 8, 2016

[Discussion]Which fictional couple best reflects you and your significant other?



Whether you like it nor not, Valentine's Day is in less than a week (even though we all know the real party doesn't start until February 15 with the 50% off chocolate).

So let's start feeling the love early, which fictional couple best reflects you and your significant other? 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Book Review: The Shadow Queen

Title: The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1)
Author: C.J. Redwine
Genre: Young Adult | High Fantasy | Fairytale Retelling | Romance
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 16, 2016

Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess, and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.
But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose (goodreads).

Loosely based on Snow White, The Shadow Queen is a surprising novel but doesn't quite have the emotional connection I was expecting. 
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book Review: Take the Fall

Title: Take the Fall
Author: Emily Hainsworth
Genre: Young Adult | Murder | Mystery
Publisher: Balzer + Bray 
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher


WHO KILLED GRETCHEN MEYER?
Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer?
At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been (goodreads)?


Take the Fall boasts a solid mystery with a diverse catch. Although it had my attention, I found it missing a certain oomph.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Amber Reads Her Shelves: February

Amber Reads Her Shelves is my attempt to actually read the books I read. Every month I will choose 4 books that have been on my shelves for at least 6 months. I'm trusting you all to choose the next book I'll read this February! Polls will close on February 17.


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Atlantia by Ally Condie
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Requiem by Lauren Oliver



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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

First Thoughts [#27]


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