Book Challenges

#ARCAugust Update

So it’s the second week of August and so far I have read 3 of the 12 ARCs and egalleys I have planned for this month.  Not bad, if I say so.  I am worried though because I do want to try and finish reading A Conjuring of Light but that will take time away from reading ARCs.  Also, I am very behind on Beat the Backlist but that’s another story altogether.

Who else is participating in #ARCAugust?  How are you feeling so far about your reading goals?  What are you doing to keep on track this month?

Book Release

RELEASE WEEK BLITZ | The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, by F. C. Yee

RockStar Book Tours is doing a really awesome Release Week Blitz for THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee, and it includes a GIVEAWAY.  I wrote a review for it here, but if that’s not enough to move you, there’s an excerpt below to hopefully intrigue you.
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author F.C. Yee, be sure to
check out all the details below.
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of the book and a bookmark
courtesy of Pique and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win,
enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Continue reading “RELEASE WEEK BLITZ | The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, by F. C. Yee”

Book Review

Book Review | THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO, by F. C. Yee

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The Epic Crush of Genie Loby F. C. Yee

On Sale Date: August 8, 2017 
Published by: Amulet Books
Pages: 336
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC as a bookseller for Barnes & Noble.**

Synopsis:

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…


My Review:

Right off the bat, this book was epic and amazing. It was fun, exciting, had me laughing out loud multiple times, and kept me captivated the entire time I read it. It’s the story of a girl who wants to succeed in life and is willing to do whatever it takes to get there, but is unfortunately interrupted by some demons escaping from Diyu (Chinese Hell) that it turns out she has to help get rid of. It seems like a typical storyline, however, in all honesty it is anything but. Continue reading “Book Review | THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO, by F. C. Yee”

Book Review

Book Review | Shimmer and Burn, by Mary Taranta

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Shimmer and Burnby Mary Taranta

On Sale Date: August 8, 2017 
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 336
Genre: YA fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.25 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an e-galley through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**

Synopsis:

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.


My Review:

I honestly wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book going into it. While the premise sounded mildly intriguing, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be something I absolutely loved enough to really want to read it, but after seeing so many positive reviews of it, thought I should give it a try. And I’m certainly glad I did. This book is about good and evil, sacrifices and selfishness, strengths and weaknesses, and swept me entirely away. Continue reading “Book Review | Shimmer and Burn, by Mary Taranta”

Monthly Wrap-Up

July 2017 | Books Read This Month

This month I sadly only managed to read 5 books, and only one of which works for Beat the Backlist (Twefth Night).  Three were egalleys and one was a reread.

The books I enjoyed most were definitely Twefth Night and The Last Magician.  TN was yet another Shakespearian comedy I loved, and TLM slowly dug its nails into until I was completely in love by the end.  I’m hoping to get more read this month, especially since I have a lot of egalleys and ARCs to get through…

Book Review

Book Review | This is Not the End, by Chandler Baker

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This Is Not The Endby Chandler Baker

On Sale Date: August 8, 2017

**I received this as an e-galley from Disney-Hyperion through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**

My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

Synopsis:

I wonder if for the rest of my life, I’ll be haunted by beautiful days.

On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn’t have to lose them both.

The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their eighteenth birthday. Mere weeks away from turning eighteen, Lake faces an impossible choice.

Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly—and illegally—promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet.

The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished.

Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life . . . and who believes that all resurrections are wrong.

Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can’t move on? 


My Review:

When I first started reading the synopsis for this book, I immediately went “Oh no not another sob story” but that quickly turned into an “Oh sh*t a sob story with a twist!” So I immediately knew I had to read it, of course. This book is about death, the possibility of life again after, and the difficult choices one must make when it comes to those you love. It is both beautifully written and captivating, and really makes the reader think about what it would be like to have a second chance at life. Continue reading “Book Review | This is Not the End, by Chandler Baker”