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”

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Book Review | SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George

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Speak Easy, Speak Loveby McKelle George

Publish Date: September 19, 2017
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Retelling
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

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

Synopsis:

Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.


My Review:

As soon as I saw the words “Much Ado About Nothing”, “1920’s” and “retelling”, I knew I had to read this book. (Also, that cover is drop-dead gorgeous and immediately grabbed my eye). I absolutely love love love Much Ado About Nothing , and of course, the 1920s is a spectacular time to read about, especially if done well. This one sang to me because it is an enemies-to-lovers romance and a retelling of one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. And it was phenomenal. Continue reading “Book Review | SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George”

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Book Review | WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE, by Lana Popovic

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Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1)by Lana Popović

Publish Date: August 15, 2017 
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Fantasy
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:

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?


My Review:

I was so excited to read this book, but I am not entirely sure it was what I was hoping for. I believe I came across it after reading The Secret of a Heart Note , which I absolutely loved, and thought it would be along similar lines, and while in some parts it was, for the most it was not. And what it was, was kind of disappointing. Continue reading “Book Review | WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE, by Lana Popovic”

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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”

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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”

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Book Review: The Last Magician, by Lisa Maxwell

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The Last Magicianby Lisa Maxwell

On Sale Date: July 18, 2017

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

My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

Synopsis:

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1901 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Last Magician, by Lisa Maxwell”