Book Review, Favorite Reads

Book Review | HEART OF IRON, by Ashley Poston

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Heart of Ironby Ashley Poston

Publish Date: February 27, 2018
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 480
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.75 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?


My Review:

When I first heard the words “Anastasia in space” I knew I had to at least try this book. What I didn’t expect was how much I was going to fall in love with it. This whirlwind adventure of space pirates and lost princesses took me by surprise and just wowed me to no end. It is gorgeous, it is breathtaking, and it is completely impossible to put down. Continue reading “Book Review | HEART OF IRON, by Ashley Poston”

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Book Review | PITCH DARK, by Courtney Alameda

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Pitch Darkby Courtney Alameda

Publish Date: February 20, 2018
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space. 

Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir.

Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together, or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill. But their plan is the only hope for their crews, their families, and themselves. 

In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you’ll hear.


My Review:

In all honesty, when I first looked at the cover of this book and started reading the description, I thought it was going to be cheesy. But then by the end of the summary I felt an almighty need to read it. I mean, the idea of monsters that use sound to kill?? How cool is that! Continue reading “Book Review | PITCH DARK, by Courtney Alameda”

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Book Review | MEANT TO BE, by Lauren Morrill

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Meant to Beby Lauren Morrill

Publish Date: November 13, 2012
Published by: Delacorte Press
Pages: 306
Genre: YA Fiction
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for – gasp – the wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s the queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her … well, pocket. Julia also believes in fate, and that Mark, her childhood crush, is her MTB – her meant-to-be.

But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts … from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to live a little along the way. And thus begins a wild-good chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.


My Review:

Once in a while, I need to read a cute quick contemporary read, usually with a fun romance involved, just to alleviate all of the fantasy and sci-fi I normally read. I picked up Meant to Be because I absolutely love hate-to-love stories, and was hoping I would find something to quench my desires. And it was a fun read, that’s for sure, but I don’t think I was an enamored as I wish I could have been. Continue reading “Book Review | MEANT TO BE, by Lauren Morrill”

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Book Review | NO TIME LIKE THE PAST, by Jodi Taylor

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No Time Like the Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #5), by Jodi Taylor

Publish Date: February 28, 2015
Published by: Night Shade Books
Pages: 308
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Leon “Chief” Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

In No Time Like the Past, St. Mary’s has been rebuilt, and it’s nearly back to business as usual for the history department. Except for the visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral with a seventeenth-century ghost that only Mr. Markham can see. And getting trapped in the Great Fire of London. And an unfortunately-timed vacation at Thermopylae that leaves the fate of the western world hanging in the balance.

Actually, that sounds quite like business as usual for Max and the gang.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | NO TIME LIKE THE PAST, by Jodi Taylor”

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Book Review | THE QUEEN’S RISING, by Rebecca Ross

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The Queen’s Risingby Rebecca Ross

Publish Date: February 6, 2018
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?


My Review:

This was one of those books for me where I knew from the first chapter that I was going to love it. It drew me in utterly and completely, kept me thinking about it whenever I wasn’t reading it, and altogether left me feel satiated and happy. Rebecca Ross has created a gem of a novel that, if you are a lover of fantasy, is something you should definitely add to your TBR. It’s bright, heartwarming, and hopeful, while also full of intrigue and action, a romance to fall in love with, and characters that make you wish you knew them in real life. Continue reading “Book Review | THE QUEEN’S RISING, by Rebecca Ross”

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Blog Tour Review Spot & Giveaway| BY A CHARM AND A CURSE by Jamie Questell

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By a Charm and a Curseby Jaime Questell

Publish Date: February 6, 2018
Published by: Entangled Teen
Pages: 300
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
Buylinks: https://entangledpublishing.com/by-a-charm-and-a-curse.html

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

This review is part of a blog tour.  Make sure to check out the other stops in it, and the giveaway that can be found at the bottom of this page!

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Synopsis:

Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for. 

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss. Continue reading “Blog Tour Review Spot & Giveaway| BY A CHARM AND A CURSE by Jamie Questell”