One Dark Throne Publication Date: September 19th, 2017 Pre-order it here! The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail? With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than everContinue reading “Waiting on Wednesday #10”
Warcross Publication Date: September 12th, 2017 Pre-order it here! From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsessionContinue reading “Waiting on Wednesday #9”
A Reaper at the Gates Publication Date: April 10th, 2018 Pre-order it here! Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster herContinue reading “Waiting on Wednesday #8”
Mask of Shadows Publication Date: August 29th, 2017 Pre-order it here! I Needed to Win. They Needed to Die. Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and theContinue reading “Waiting on Wednesday #7”
The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Publication Date: June 27th, 2017 Buy it here! An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other alongContinue reading “Waiting on Wednesday #6”
Starting this Thursday at 11pm, Booked All Night will be posting podcasts talking about YA (specifically the reading and writing there of). We will be talking about YA books at large, specific titles, our own work, and we’ll be doing it all with a healthy dose of adult language. We will be adding the podcastContinue reading “The Podcast Starts This Week!”
Want Publication Date: June 13th, 2017 Buy it here! From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city. Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buyContinue reading “Waiting on Wednesday #5”
Maggie and I went to BookCon this weekend. It was a lot of fun and, as always, a lot of strife. ARCs were really hard to come by this year. I didn’t see any that weren’t attached to a LONG autograph line-and on the note of autograph lines-can we talk about how PRH seemed grosslyContinue reading “BookCon 2017”
Happy Weekend Booknerds! It’s time to play Bring Your Own Book! Here are the rules! I post a target: Famous Last Words, Currency in a Dystopia, Wedding Toasts, etc You post an answer that you find in the pages of your nearest or dearest book in the comment You cite your answer so that everyone can […]
I have taken soooo long to get through A Court of Wings and Ruin that I barely made any progress on this list. I’m willing to bet it’s just my usual Summer slump, when I read slower because nothing is due and everything is done on my time. Buy Them Here (Affiliate Links) Dividing Eden TheContinue reading “Jessica’s June TBR”
Dividing Eden Publication Date: June 6th 2017 Buy it here! Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperatelyContinue reading “Waiting on Wednesday #4”
Happy Weekend Booknerds! It’s time to play Bring Your Own Book! Here are the rules! I post a target: Famous Last Words, Currency in a Dystopia, Wedding Toasts, etc You post an answer that you find in the pages of your nearest or dearest book in the comment You cite your answer so that everyone canContinue reading “B.Y.O.B. #2”
Publication Date: May 30th 2017 Get it here! After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside,Continue reading “WoW: House of Furies”
Happy Weekend Booknerds! It’s time to play Bring Your Own Book! Here are the rules! I post a target: Famous Last Words, Currency in a Dystopia, Wedding Toasts, etc You post an answer that you find in the pages of your nearest or dearest book in the comment You cite your answer so that everyone canContinue reading “Bring Your Own Book #1”
Not every bookworm is a social butterfly. As of yet, BookCon does not have social badges for their event. So I made some. Feel free to download these badges, print them, fold them in half, laminate them, and hang them from your lanyard to help make your con a little easier. Green: I like makingContinue reading “Social Badges for BookCon”
That’s mah teachah!! I’m not going to lie, I’m mainly excited for The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora because Pablo Cartaya was my mentor last fall at Sierra Nevada College and he was the #Best. Pablo is ridiculously talented and I’m 100% psyched for everything he does. And since, technically, Epic Fail is already out, I’m justContinue reading “WoW: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora”
Hi there Booknerds! BookCon season is upon us! Badges are in the mail! Badges are in hands! And the official I-Really-Can’t Waiting Game has begun! If you’re on the BookCon App (and I highly recommend that you are) then you’ve probably seen all sort of questions about how things work at BookCon and questions aboutContinue reading “BookCon Newbie Guide”
Affiliate Links Strange the Dreamer A Court of Mist and Fury The Seafarer’s Kiss Star-Crossed Apartment 1986 A Court of Wings and Ruin Passenger
So admittedly, I was drawn to this one 100% by its cover. Just from the description, I was like-meh-time travel. But I want to see how the PTSD is approached and I’m even more curious about Kale stopping his own death in the future…past… Plus I love the cover. Today, he’s a high school dropoutContinue reading “WoW: Cold Summer”
Affiliate Links A Court of Wings and Ruin The Hate U Give Hunted Spindle Fire Dividing Eden A Thousand Pieces of You Ten Thousand Skies Above You
It’s dark, it’s creepy, it’s coming out today… and I just don’t know how I feel about The Cresswell Plot.
The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney is the long winded tale of Anna, a Greek refugee living in London with her father in the early 20th century. There was exactly one exciting, plot driven scene in the first quarter of the book and everything else is countless pages of details, descriptions and characterContinue reading “The Wolf in the Attic ★☆☆☆☆”
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I was severely disappointed by the stereotypical romance and on and off strong female character in Luna’s Lions in the Garden.
I always thought I loved portal fantasy stories; after all, I did spend ten years writing one, but Akarnae proved that I did not love portal fantasies as much as I thought I did.
Lackey gives us just another anti-social “no I don’t want to” heroine. Doesn’t anyone ever actually want to save the day?
I was so pleasantly surprised by The One and Only Ivan, I just had to give it all five stars. This is what a middle grade novel should be.
I’m always enamored by girls in stories that seem innocent and invisible but use that to their advantage to carve their own path — which is exactly what Faith Sunderly does in The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. It’s impossible to put down this historical mystery, set just after the advent of Darwin’s On TheContinue reading “The Lie Tree – ★★★★☆”
Question: What do a pair of newlywed woodchucks, a squirrel, a testy snake, a skunk, and a couple of bats have in common with a family of pudgy human beings named Hubble?Answer: Their lives are all turned topsy-turvey by a tyrannical toddler named Margaret. Question: Will Margaret ever realize that there’s more to life thanContinue reading “Mean Margaret ★★☆☆☆”
If you gave me the option to read a book with dragons, versus one without, I will pick the dragons over everything else. I love dragons that much. So, of course, being promised an asteroid made of dragons, I was pretty excited. And Asteroid Made of Dragons by G. Derek Adams was pretty exciting–at first.
My official verdict on Undertow is: Meh.
I think this is the last episode of Shadowhunters that I’m forcing myself through. Once again, we fly through story arcs and subplots. We are introduced to Magnus Bane’s old friend Ragnar Fell on the off-chance he might know how to awaken Clary’s mom from the weird potion induced coma that she is currently floating in. IContinue reading “Shadowhunters Episode 12 ★☆☆☆☆”
When it comes to the broad sibling genre of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, I’ve always been more in the favor of Fantasy. But Beyond The Red by Ava Jae showed me a whole new world within the Sci-Fi realm, and I have fallen in love. Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimsonContinue reading “Beyond the Red ★★★★★”
Another week, another episode of Shadowhunters. Let’s try to get through this as best we can.
I, admittedly, judged Every Day by its cover-which I’m not overly thrilled about-sorry. I was also turned off by “Every day in love with the same girl.” Do I want to pick up another teen romance? I asked myself. Do I want to sit through another love at first site? Every day a different body. Every dayContinue reading “Every Day ★★★★★”
Here we are. Episode 10 of FreeForm’s Shadowhunters, a show I can’t believe got a renewal for season 2. Not only because of its general terribleness but also because of the copyright suit against Cassandra Clare. But let’s dive right in here because we’ve got three stories to follow: Clary goes to an alternate dimensionContinue reading “Shadowhunters Episode 10 ★★★☆☆”
Let’s use all the words like we’ve been using them all along and this isn’t still a new experience. I feel nothing for Clary, she’s just one of the unfortunate stereotypes of today’s literature attempting to make a strong female character. Overly confident and incapable of thinking ahead she gets on my nerves something fierce.Continue reading “Shadowhunters Ep 9 ★★☆☆☆”
In a world where we’re constantly looking for diverse books, look for Who Do You Think I Am? by Dawn McClaughlin, Illustrated by Hannah Rowe.
Planet Plenti is a most extraordinary place, a world of incredible edible delights; of confectionery minerals, fizzy pop springs, forests and jungles full of delectable plantlife … And yet, for children in the land of Likrishka, life is less than ordinary, and mostly very grim – as the Likrish population lives under the watchful ruleContinue reading “Lydia’s Enchanted Toffee ★☆☆☆☆”
This week on Shadowhunters, Clary Fray doesn’t check her phone messages. Evident with in the first few minutes of the episode. “Oh Simon, I’ve got so much to tell you, so sorry I don’t seem to have the ability to listen to voicemail.” I may have embellished the quote a little. Oh but she does eventuallyContinue reading “Shadowhunters Ep 8 ★★☆☆☆”
The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa promised to be exciting and thrilling, with adventure and teleporting girls, but it ended up being creepy and disappointing.
Okay, so FreeForm’s Shadowhunters started a few weeks ago, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It feels like a well-budgeted b-film and–not surprisingly–I kind of like that charm about it. But that’s not why you’re reading this review. So I didn’t read the books, that’s an important lead out here. I have onlyContinue reading “Shadowhunters Ep 1 ★★★☆☆”
I was intrigued right away by The Citadel of the Sky by Chrysoula Tzavelas. A fierce warrior princess setting out to defeat a great evil with a flaming sword. Sounds awesome, right? I thought so too. But things never turn out how we hope they will, do they? I got more than halfway through this book beforeContinue reading “Citadel of the Sky ★★☆☆☆”
I picked up Devil’s Daughter: Lucinda’s Pawnshop by Hope Schenk-de Michele, Paul Marquez with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff from NetGalley earlier in the year and finished it back in August. It took me quite a long time to power through this one. There were many times when I wanted to just call it a DNF andContinue reading “Devil’s Daughter ★★★☆☆”
10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03 The auditorium doors won’t open. 10:05 Someone starts shooting.
The Wanderers by Kate Ormand is a tale of a circus full of animal shapeshifters; an urban fantasy that boasts a higher death rate than a Game of Thrones book. I think it did at least, but I wasn’t really counting.
I’m not really sure how to feel about R.L. Stine’s The Lost Girl. I grew up on Goosebumps books, my favorites being the choose your own adventure stories (like Return to Terror Tower). I liked the plot: Lizzy Palmer, the new girl, is the hot topic at Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper makeContinue reading “The Lost Girl ★★✰☆☆”
I just finished reading Kirsty Logan’s The Gracekeepers, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. A beautiful fantasy setting surrounding a system of once joined islands and archipelagos. The world presented to us is one divided by those inhabiting the mainland, landlockers, and those who float on the sea, damplings. The vast loneliness of the sea creeps into everyone’s livesContinue reading “The Gracekeepers ★★★★☆”
I was admittedly intrigued by a dark Disney tale. A Whole New World is the reimagined story of Aladdin from Liz Braswell, as part of Disney’s new Twisted Tales. Each book answers a big question: What is one key moment from the story was changed? In this edition of Aladdin, Jafar gets the lamp asContinue reading “A Whole New World ★☆☆☆☆”
Serafina’s father always told her to never go into the deep parts of the forest, “for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.” She never had a reason to disobey her father’s wishes for her to remain on the grounds of the Biltmore estate, exploring its many rooms, taking care toContinue reading “Serafina and the Black Cloak ★★★★☆”
A bit difficult to review since I didn’t read the first two in the series but I think I’ve read enough summaries and book reviews to get me up to speed. Crystal Kingdom is the third book in the Kanin Chronicles, following Frostfire and Ice Kissed. Bryn Aven, having been charged with murder and treason,Continue reading “Crystal Kingdom ★★★☆☆”
The Society of Seven isn’t a big secret at Singer, a boarding school for underprivileged children. Everyone knows, decades ago, the members of the secret society murdered the school’s founder and then perished in the sire they lit to cover the evidence. Enter Talan Michaels, who doesn’t care about Singer’s past, or much else forContinue reading “Secret of the Sevens ★★☆☆☆”
I picked up Morgan Rhodes‘ A Book of Spirits and Thieves on a whim. So far, most books I’ve picked up on a whim have been rather disappointing (I’m looking at you, Tiger’s Curse) but A Book of Spirits and Thieves was surprisingly enthralling and interesting. But the whole time, I felt like there was something missing, and I can’t quite put my fingerContinue reading “A Book of Spirits and Thieves ★★★☆☆”
If I Stay by Gale Forman: kind of Young Adult, kind of New Adult, kind of lost my interest half way through. Let’s talk about how awful that makes me feel by the way. Brief synopsis: Mia and her family get into a car accident, her parents are killed instantly her brother might have aContinue reading “If I Stay ★★★☆☆”
Barbara Gordon (daughter of police commissioner Gordon) is a typical modern girl. She’s moving into an apartment with friends, working on her college thesis, and fighting crime. Ok, maybe she’s not entirely typical. First let’s get a little confession out of the way: I’m not a comic book nerd. That being said–I TOTALLY LOVED THIS!Continue reading “Batgirl Vol 1: Batgirl of Burnside ★★★★★”
Josie, Fox, and Mason live in the most haunted town in America, but the only strange things Josie ever saw were the few weird customers that came to her family’s auction house. When they get their hands on a haunted camera that prints pictures of a ghost of the recently deceased local hermit, they are drawnContinue reading “The Mothman’s Curse ★☆☆☆☆”
I finished The Elite by Kiera Cass–like–yesterday. And I had meant to do a BookTube video about it but I was just so enthralled that I couldn’t be bothered to make myself stop every ten chapters to do the reactions. Where do I even begin with this? We’re further along in the selection and America isContinue reading “The Elite ★★★★★”
Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale world… well… more like the run down amusement park, Fairy Tale Place, that his father manages. His life is horrible: he failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he likes doesn’t bother with him, and the school bullies won’t leave him alone. To topContinue reading “Return to Augie Hobble ★★☆☆☆”
The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey had everything I could have hoped for: danger, magic, romance. I’m not usually one who actively searches for romance in novels (as I’m more interested in the plot than most relationships; but who doesn’t enjoy a little extra icing on their cupcake?) and I found myself rooting for all of theContinue reading “The Girl At Midnight ★★★★☆”
I know I’ve said in a previous book review that I dislike giving reviews unless I’ve read the whole book, for better or for worse. And I tried. I really really tried, y’all. The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire by Iain Reading is about a guild of wizards called Elementals, humans who can control the fourContinue reading “The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire ★☆☆☆☆”
I had the absolute pleasure of reading this adorable middle grade graphic novel by Dana Simpson. Unicorn on a Roll is the modern Calvin and Hobbes, with girls and unicorns. Aside from being hilarious and featuring amazing comic style art, this book draws on some great adult nostalgia (and I’m not just referring to Calvin andContinue reading “Unicorn on a Roll ★★★★★”
The Arnaud Manor is creepy, unwelcoming, and perfect for Phoebe, who did something so horrible her family was forced to leave the country and move into her step-father’s old family home. Problem is, she doesn’t remember what she did. She’d ask her parents if they didn’t ignore her. A big house might have made herContinue reading “Haunted ★★✰☆☆”
I read Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef for free in exchange for an honest review at netgalley.com Spoilers below the cut! I was very excited to start this book; the main character, Juliet Stone, is Native American and is caught up in a strange series of ievents and learns she has special powers.Continue reading “REVIEW: Wind Catcher Review ★★☆☆☆”
Hinges is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel by Meredith McClaren, featuring work from her webcomic. Hinges is the story of Orio, a new doll who just came to Cobble. Every doll is partnered with an Odd, a type of pet and companion. When Orio is sent to the basement to pick out her Odd, she isContinue reading “Hinges Book One: Clockwork City ★★★★☆”
Betsy Streeter‘s Silverwood comes out tomorrow (March 11th, 2015) and believe me, you’re going to want it on your shelf! At age 14, Helen Silverwood, and her 9 year old brother Henry, are tired of the constant and inexplicable moving. Helen doesn’t understand her recurring dreams about the Tromindox, which, as Henry will explain, are “time traveling predatorsContinue reading “Silverwood ★★★★☆”
Before I get into my (hugely delayed) review of Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver I have to talk about how I found this book first. I’m a big fan of tumblr, specifically, I enjoy wasting time on tumblr. It’s a great source of procrastination. Sometime in early 2014 or late 2013, I saw a post goContinue reading “Chameleon Moon Review ★★★★★”
Fifteen-year-old Piper Crenshaw knows her house is strange. It’s never needed repairs since it was built in the 1800s, and the lights flicker in response to things she says. As if those things aren’t creepy enough, it’s also the place where her mother committed murder. To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, PiperContinue reading “Phobic ★★★★☆”
There are few books that I hold in high enough regard to give them a five star rating. The only other book I’ve ever done that for is Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I had a lot of trepidation going into this book, but I came out of it feeling like a kid again; likeContinue reading “Eon ★★★★★”
I recently finished Elizabeth L Silver‘s The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, and I have to admit that I hate every single character–but–in a good way. Before I get to that let me provide you with a brief synopsis: Noa P. Singleton is on death row. She barely stood up for herself at her trial and didn’tContinue reading “The Execution of Noa P. Singleton ★★★★☆”
I recently finished The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. I’ve always been a fan of the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series and so I decided to go ahead and read the sequel series, The Heroes of Olympus.
I was recently pushed to finish Allegiant by Verionica Roth before I read anything else on my daunting To-Read list so I can freak out over it with Jessica Tuckerman. So I did and I still haven’t fully recovered. Warning: major spoilers ahead.
For me, there are two great things in the world: books and free stuff. And when the two come together, it’s like poor college-kid bookworm heaven.
If you haven’t read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth yet, do so promptly. It is a very well written dystopian young adult piece set in futuristic Chicago. As is usually the case, the book is much better than the movie. It is definitely so in this case since the audience gets much more information in the book than it couldContinue reading “Divergent Movie ★★★☆☆”