11 04, 2016

Review: FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima

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Review: FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams ChimaFlamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Series: Shattered Realms #1
Also in this series: Shadowcaster
Published by HarperCollins on April 5th 2016
Pages: 544
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Action & Adventure, General, Social Themes, Friendship, Social Issues
Also by this author: Shadowcaster, The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, The Crimson Crown
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Set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work.
Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he’s closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it?
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught. 
Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

This review might not be coherent. I really loved this story, but it’s complicated. It’s hard to explain. My love for this book is hard to talk about. Bear with me as I try to put my thoughts about this book into words. Famecaster is one of those stories that has everything I […]

18 09, 2015

Review: THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH by Ali Benjamin

By | Friday, September 18, 2015|6 Comments

The Thing About Jellyfish took me completely by surprise and right out of my reading rut. I learned a few things and cried without even realizing it. Suzy’s actions were a surprisingly intelligent reaction to a really sad situation. This was such an easy read, I pretty much read it in one day. […]

24 07, 2015

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon

By | Friday, July 24, 2015|8 Comments

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola YoonEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Random House Children's Books on September 1st 2015
Pages: 240
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, New Experience, Friendship, Imagination & Play
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This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.From the Hardcover edition.

How cute was this story? It was almost too perfect. I loved this YA romance. Everything, Everything was such a great story and the way the book was laid out made this such an easy read. I highly recommend this for readers young at heart. Madeline has been sick her entire life. She […]

10 02, 2015

SEEKER (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton

By | Tuesday, February 10, 2015|7 Comments

SEEKER (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys DaytonSeeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Published by Random House Children's Books on February 10th 2015
Pages: 448
Genres: Action & Adventure, Friendship, General, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.

Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin's new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her. (from goodreads)

Oh my! This book is hard for me to rate. The beginning was a little confusing and then it got really good. Then I got lost. There were too many details and too much world building. I have no idea where this series is going. Then the last few chapters everything really came […]

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