Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Series: Flawed #1
Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy
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Synopsis: The Scarlet Letter meets Divergent in this thoughtful and thrilling novel by bestselling author Cecelia Ahern.

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She's a model daughter and sister, she's well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she's dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule. And now faces life-changing repercussions.

She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her-everything.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Accession by Terah Edun

Series: Sarath Web #1
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Amazon
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
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Synthesis: Sixteen-year-old Katherine Thompson wasn’t trained to rule a coven. That was her sister – perfect, beautiful Rose. But when a mysterious plane crash kills off the heir presumptive of the Sandersville coven she has no choice.

After stepping in to fill her sister’s shoes, Katherine realizes she didn’t have a clue – faery wars, depressed trolls and angry unicorns are just the beginning.

For centuries, her family has served the high Queens on both sides of the Atlantic but it is a well-known rule that mid-level witches stay away from high-level Queens.

But when Katherine’s youngest cousin vanishes without a trace in the Atlanta court and no one wants to investigate, Katherine decides to step into the darkness on her own. She will soon discover that nothing, especially in a queen's court, is as it seems.

My Rating: 1/5 stars

My Review: This book has been sitting on my Netgalley shelf for a long time. I've tried to start many times and I just couldn't get into it. Finally I decided to just read my way through it. Honestly I just ended up skimming most parts because I didn't find it interesting at all.

I could not connect with the main character. I didn't like her personality. I just found her to be immature and annoying. I didn't particularly like the way the author wrote the way she thinks out loud when she's alone, it just confused the reader.

The plot had a lot of potential. It was a really creative world, and if the writing had been better this could have been a good hit. I'm not sure if it was the fact that there was not a lot of action in the story, or if it was the excessive amounts of writing that just bored the reader.

I know this review is short, but like I said I ended up skimming most of this book just to get it over with. I would not recommend this book to other readers, especially if you love action and to the point plot.

- Aneta

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Stone Field by Christy Lenzi

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Publication Date: March 29th, 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction
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Synopsis: In a small town on the brink of the Civil War, Catrina finds a man making strange patterns in her family’s sorghum crop. He’s mad with fever, naked, and strikingly beautiful. He has no memory of who he is or what he’s done before Catrina found him in Stone Field. But that doesn’t bother Catrina because she doesn’t like thinking about the things she’s done before either.

Catrina and Stonefield fall passionately, dangerously, in love. All they want is to live with each other, in harmony with the land and away from Cat’s protective brother, the new fanatical preacher, and the neighbors who are scandalized by their relationship. But Stonefield can’t escape the truth about who he is, and the conflict tearing apart the country demands that everyone take a side before the bloodbath reaches their doorstep.

Inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Stone Field is a passionate and atmospheric story of how violence and vengeance pervert the human spirit, and how hatred can be transcended by love.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Series: The Girl at Midnight #1
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: YA, Fantasy
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Synopsis: Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review: “One needs only a single match to start a fire” 

Echo is human, a human girl who lives with the Avicen. Ancient people who have feathers where hair should be. When Echo find a clue to the Firebird, a way to end the war that has gone on for ages, she embarks on the mission to find the firebird. A mission that could cost her her life, and the lives of her friends.

Personally it took me three tries to start the book, I just could not get that into it, and stopped reading after three or four chapters. I couldn't imagine the way the Avicen looked and it frustrated me. Just as I was about to give up on the book a third time, I told myself only two more chapters and I could give up again, and then I got hooked. I could not put the book down and had to keep reading till I finished. Once you get past the beginning, the book is so incredibly action packed, and the characters are all so unique and interesting that you can't put the book down.

I slowly fell in love with all the characters, Echo being the underdog you can't help but cheer for her. Echo is really an amazing character, you get to see her grow and become such a strong character. The author did an absolutely amazing job with her character development. Not just her's too, the other characters Caius, Dorian, Jasper, Ivy. They all are incredibly different, yet they make the perfect team. You can't help to cheer for all the characters.

The world-building in this story was absolutely amazing. Because of Echo's mission, you get to travel with her to many places across the world. Each place is described in such a way where you feel like you're looking at a photograph because you can picture it so clearly. The author made you feel like you travelled across the whole world in just one book.

I don't want to say too much about the plot because I don't want to ruin the book for you guys, so just trust me when I say that the action starts only a few chapters in, and the story is so captivating that you won't be able to put it down.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to all fantasy lovers. Especially fans of The Mortal Instruments and Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I personally wish that I could have read this book sooner, its absolutely perfect and I will definitely be waiting to read the second book in the series. 

Happy Reading,
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