Book Review

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”

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Book Review: The Wood, by Chelsea Bobulski

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The Woodby Chelsea Bobluski

On Sale Date: August 1, 2017

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

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)

Synopsis:

After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.

When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister—torturing travelers lost in it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

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Book Review: The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

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The Gallery of Unfinished Girlsby Lauren Karcz

Published by: HarperTeen

On Sale Date: July 25, 2017

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

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

Synopsis:

Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile since her award-winning piece Food Poisoning #1 last year.

Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is lying comatose in faraway Puerto Rico after suffering a stroke. Or the fact that Mercedes is in love with her best friend, Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her true feelings.

Despite Mercedes’s creative block, art starts to show up in unexpected ways. A piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate.

At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she never has before. She can share her deepest secrets and feel safe. But Mercedes can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. As her life continues to crumble around her, the Estate offers more solace than she could hope for. But Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality. 

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