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Book Review | SPINNING SILVER, by Naomi Novik

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Spinning Silverby Naomi Novik

Publish Date: July 10, 2018
Published by: Del Rey
Pages: 480
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.


My Review:

Having fallen in love with Naomi Novik from the first chapter of Uprooted , I knew that I had to read her newest book. Not only was it another fairytale-esque reimagining, but it was going to be about my people, Jews, and I all the more loved her for that. Although it took me some time to really get into this story (how I wish this came out in winter and not summer) I eventually found myself really enjoying the plot and the characters. And while it did not capture my utmost love as much as I wished it would have, it still kept me enchanted throughout the novel. Continue reading “Book Review | SPINNING SILVER, by Naomi Novik”

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Book Review | EMERGENCY CONTACT, by Mary H. K. Choi

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Emergency Contactby Mary H. K. Choi

Publish Date: March 27, 2018
Published by: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher as a Barnes & Noble Bookseller in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.


My Review:

I had been hearing about this book all over the internet for a while before we received the ARC at work, and immediately snatched it up. It sounded like it was going to be a cute romance that is perfect for our modern age and I was eager to see what it was about. And while I wouldn’t say it was a “cute” romance, it was certainly an entertaining read with great characters and writing that kept me engaged. Continue reading “Book Review | EMERGENCY CONTACT, by Mary H. K. Choi”

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Book Review | GUNSLINGER GIRL, by Lyndsay Ely

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Gunslinger Girlby Lyndsay Ely

Publish Date: January 2, 2018
Published by: jimmy patterson (imprint of Little, Brown and Company)
Pages: 432
Genre: YA Fiction/Dystopian
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great….
In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.


My Review:

This book stole my heart. I really did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Continue reading “Book Review | GUNSLINGER GIRL, by Lyndsay Ely”

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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 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”

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Book Review | AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson

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An Enchantment of Ravensby Margaret Rogerson

Publish Date: September 26, 2017
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 300
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)

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

Synopsis:

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.


My Review:

To be honest, I wasn’t even mildly interested in this book when I first came across it. A painter who suddenly finds herself among fairies? Wait, didn’t I already read that? (A Court of Thorns and Roses). Well, after seeing so much hype about it (and having the ARC was a nice little incentive), I decided to give it a go. It is certainly different from ACOTAR, with a much different feel to it, and definitely feels unique when it comes to books about the fair folk.  Continue reading “Book Review | AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson”