Book Review

Book Review | INVICTUS, by Ryan Graudin

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Invictusby Ryan Graudin

Publish Date: September 26, 2017
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 464
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from the publisher at BookCon2017 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.


My Review:

This book was such a highly anticipated read for me that I was determined to get it when I went to BookCon. Thieves and time travel? Yes please! I was so so excited for it – only to find that I kind of didn’t care for it at all. Continue reading “Book Review | INVICTUS, by Ryan Graudin”

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Book Challenges

Goodreads Challenge is Complete!

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Whoo hoo!!  I finished my Goodreads reading challenge!  I know 65 seems like a low goal compared to other people, but I try to give myself a goal of about 4 books per month and then some because I know I’m not always going to be able to read those 4 books per month (and other months I read well over 4).  Sometimes it’s due to a slump, other times it’s just due to outside factors (*cough*work*cough*).

I hope everyone else’s challenges are going well – just don’t stress out if you are a bit behind!

Book Review

Book Review | ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS, by Maggie Stiefvater

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All the Crooked Saintsby Maggie Stiefvater

Publish Date: October 10, 2017
Published by: Scholastic Press
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Magical Realism/Historical Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from the publisher at BookCon2017 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle.
Here is a thing everyone fears: what it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.


My Review:

I love Maggie Stiefvater (okay so I’ve only read The Raven Cycle but I think that’s enough to make anyone fall in love with her writing, right?), so I was so ready to read this book Continue reading “Book Review | ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS, by Maggie Stiefvater”

Book Review

Book Review | LAST STAR BURNING, by Caitlin Sangster

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Last Star Burningby Caitlin Sangster

Publish Date: October 10, 2017
Published by: Simon Pulse
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Dystopian
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | LAST STAR BURNING, by Caitlin Sangster”

Personal

Current Bookish Obsession: CANDLES

Okay who else has a problem with bookish candles?

Seriously, raise your hand I know you do.

This is getting ridiculous.  I put myself on a small candle-buying ban during September, save for the first weekend when people were doing Labor Day sales combined with giving percentages to those suffering from the hurricanes, and when AlchemyandInk came out with her Autumn stock (oh my god I got ONE candle from her and am absolutely in love).

I need to stop.

Or at least wait until I burn through a few more that I have. Continue reading “Current Bookish Obsession: CANDLES”

Monthly Wrap-Up

Books Read This Month | September 2017

September is over, so it’s time to look back at what I read this month!  Which was…not a lot sadly.

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I managed to read 5 books, apparently, only 1 of which counts for the Beat the Backlist challenge.  These would be:

All of them except for SJTR were an egalley or ARC.  Of them all, I most enjoyed Speak Easy, Speak Love and Jane, Unlimited (which was actually a nice surprise because I didn’t think I was going to like that one at all.  I didn’t not enjoy any of the books I read this month, either, which was nice for once.