31 December, 2015

REVIEW: SPARKED by Sheena Snow

Title: Sparked
Author: Sheena Snow
Series: Metal Bones #1
Genres: YA, Fiction
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Source: Kindle ARC
Pages: 317

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SYNOPSIS: They weren't supposed to have feelings.

Metal will Clash

In a not-too-distant future, robots composed of metal for bones, electric cords for veins, and synthetics for skin are now available. For purchase. Eighteen-year-old Vienna Avery’s home is going to change forever, now that her mom purchased an Italian Chef Robot to cook and reside in their house.

Secrets will Unfold

The government claimed robots were indifferent, unthinking pieces of metal and elastic—assistance for hire to humans. Vienna never believed much of what the government said. The pieces didn’t always fit. And now Vienna knows why, because she’s uncovered the government’s secret: that robots have emotions, sucking Vienna into the underground world of feeling, thinking, and sovereign robots.

Sparks will Fly

Alec Cypher is everything a robot is not supposed to be: deep, dark, and dangerously human. And for some reason, he wants to save Vienna from the government’s prying, vindictive eyes. Going forward, Vienna will have to learn to trust robots and battle the growing feelings she never thought possible . . . feelings for the green-eyed, soul-searching robot named Alec.

30 December, 2015

29 December, 2015

28 December, 2015

REVIEW: RUINS by Dan Wells

Title: Ruins
Author: Dan Wells
Series: Partials Sequence #3
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Library physical copy
Pages: 464

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SYNOPSIS:
Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.

27 December, 2015

RESEÑA: DONDE LOS ÁRBOLES CANTAN por Laura Gallego García

Título: Donde los árboles cantan
Autor: Laura Gallego García
Serie: -
Géneros: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Editor: SM
Fuente: Edición Kindle
Páginas: 480

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SINOPSIS: Viana, la única hija del duque de Rocagrís, está prometida al joven Robian de Castelmar desde que ambos eran niños. Los dos se aman y se casarán en primavera. Sin embargo, durante los festejos del solsticio de invierno, un arisco montaraz advierte al rey de Nortia y sus caballeros de la amenaza de los bárbaros de las estepas... y tanto Robian como el duque se ven obligados a marchar a la guerra. En tales circunstancias, una doncella como Viana no puede hacer otra cosa que esperar su regreso... y, tal vez, prestar atención a las leyendas que se cuentan sobre el Gran Bosque... el lugar donde los árboles cantan.

26 December, 2015

25 December, 2015

RESEÑA: SECBRA por Beca Aberdeen

Título: Secbra
Autor: Beca Aberdeen
Serie: Desterrados #1
Géneros: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Editor: Createspace
Fuente: Libro de bolsillo
Páginas: 242

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SINOPSIS: Ash ha vivido toda su vida en el espacio rodeada de adultos y ordenadores. Pero ahora que la envían a una academia repleta de adolescentes, tendrá que enfrentarse a sus miedos, reprimir sus sentimientos por un chico irresistible que no le conviene y convertirse en adulta. No sería mucho, si la humanidad no tuviera las horas contadas y Ash, tanto que ver con ello. Secretos y romance en un futuro que te hará reflexionar.

24 December, 2015

REVIEW: MAGONIA by Maria Dahvana Headley


Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Series: Magonia #1
Genres: YA, Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 320

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SYNOPSIS: Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

23 December, 2015

22 December, 2015

21 December, 2015

REVIEW: FRAGMENTS by Dan Wells

Title: Fragments
Author: Dan Wells
Series: Partials Sequence #2
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Library physical copy
Pages: 576

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SYNOPSIS: Author Dan Wells is back with the sequel to the sci-fi blockbuster Partials, which Pittacus Lore called a "thrilling sci-fi adrenaline rush, with one of the most compelling and frightening visions of Earth's future I've seen yet."

After discovering the cure for RM, Kira Walker sets off on a terrifying journey into the ruins of postapocalyptic America and the darkest desires of her heart in order to uncover the means—and a reason—for humanity's survival.

Dan Wells extends his richly imagined, gritty world and introduces new memorable characters in this second installment in the Partials Sequence.

20 December, 2015

REVIEW: GRAVITY by Melissa West

Title: Gravity
Author: Melissa West
Series: The Taking #1
Genres: YA, Science Fiction
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 400

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SYNOPSIS: In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed—arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know—especially an alien spy, like Jackson.

Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war...

19 December, 2015

18 December, 2015

REVIEW: RARITY FROM THE HOLLOW by Robert Eggleton

Title: Rarity from the Hollow
Author: Robert Eggleton
Series: -
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 335

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SYNOPSIS: 'Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother has lost her teeth, and her best friend is killed by her own father. Life in The Hollow in West Virginia isn't great. But Lacy Dawn has one advantage—she's been befrended by a semi-organic semi-robot (DotCom, alias Buddy) who works with her to 'cure' her parents. Buddy wants something in exchange, though. It's up to Lacy Dawn to save the universe.' —Books for a Buck

'Imagine Wizard of Oz and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy smashed together and taking place in a hollow in the hills of West Virginia.' —Adicus Ryan Garton, Editor, AtomJack

'quirky, profane, disturbing.' —Missouri Review

17 December, 2015

REVIEW: ISOLATION by Dan Wells

Title: Isolation
Author: Dan Wells
Series: Partials Sequence #0.5
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: ebook
Pages: 75

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SYNOPSIS:
Two decades before the events of Partials, the world was locked in a different battle for survival: a global war for the last remaining oil reserves on the planet. It was for the Isolation War that the American government contracted the ParaGen Corporation to manufacture the Partials—our last hope in reclaiming energy independence from China. And it was on these fields of battle that the seeds of humanity's eventual destruction were sown.
Isolation takes us back to the front lines of this war, a time when mankind's ambition far outstripped its foresight. Heron, a newly trained Partial soldier who specializes in infiltration, is sent on a mission deep behind enemy lines. What she discovers there has far-reaching implications—not only for the Isolation War, but for Partials and humans alike long after this war is over.
A powerful take of our world on the brink, Isolation gives readers a glimpse into the history from which Partials was born—as well as clues to where the Partials Sequence is heading next.

16 December, 2015

15 December, 2015

14 December, 2015

REVIEW: SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Title: SAGA
Author: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Series: Saga Volumes #1- #5
Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Physical copies and ebooks
Pages: 808

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SYNOPSIS: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

13 December, 2015

REVIEW: PERCY JACKSON: THE LIGHTNING THIEF by Rick Riordan

Title: Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and The Olympians #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Mythology
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Source: Physical book
Pages: 377

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SYNOPSIS: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

12 December, 2015

11 December, 2015

REVIEW: BLACK WIDOW by Margaret Stohl

Title: Black Widow: Forever Red
Author: Margaret Stohl
Series: -
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Superheroes
Publisher: Marvel Press
Source: physical book
Pages: 401

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SYNOPSIS: Natasha Romanoff is one of the world's most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow's infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn't really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava's dreams. . . .

Black Widow:Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

09 December, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Siren by Kiera Cass


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. Today we are waiting for The Siren by Kiera Cass!

Before she publishes The Crown (The Selection Series #5) she will publish another stand-alone novel called The Siren and although it sounds like she will maintain her style of writing, the plot promises! Who doesn't like Sirens/Mermaids? By the way, it is really a standalone. No sequels to it, she said it.

Publication date: 26th January, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

08 December, 2015

07 December, 2015

REVIEW: GIRL OF MYTH AND LEGEND by Giselle Simlett

Title: Girl of Myth and Legend
Author: Giselle Simlett
Series: The Chosen Saga #1
Genres: YA, Fiction
Publisher: WWS Publishing Ltd
Source: Kindle ARC
Pages: 363
Publication: December 29th, 2015

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SYNOPSIS: A girl with a past she tries to forget, and a future she can’t even imagine.

Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day.

And things only get weirder…

Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.

Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic. There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren, who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.

But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive.

Dare to dream. Dare to hope. Dare to be a legend.

Book One in The Chosen Saga.

06 December, 2015

REVIEW: WONDER by R. J. Palacio

Title: Wonder
Author: R. J. Palacio
Series: -
Genres: YA, Fiction
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Source: Paperback
Pages: 315

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SYNOPSIS: You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

05 December, 2015

04 December, 2015

REVIEW: LIBRARY OF SOULS by Ransom Riggs

Title: Library of Souls
Author: Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #3
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Fiction
Publisher: Quirk Books
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 465

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SYNOPSIS: A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

03 December, 2015

TBR: DECEMBER of HannahCassie


It is almost Christmas! Cannot believe it! This year it is even more special for me because after two years my bf and I are going to spend Christmas at my parents! So so excited! However, this also sadly means that for two weeks starting 15th of December I will be less around. BUT I will have scheduled reviews coming up so you will still have what to read! We are not forgetting you! We love you too much! So, because of the same reason me being on holidays I am not sure how much reading I will be able to do in December! After all, you can pack only so many book into hand luggage. But I am taking my tablet with me and therefore my ebooks! Hopefully, I will manage to read at least some of the books that are on my December TBR!

What are you guys reading this month?

TBR: DECEMBER of Laura


DECEMBER TBR
Christmas! How many of you are going to ask for books as presents? ME! I always ask for either books or money so that I can buy books xD Alright, something very important... like every Christmas I will be going back to Spain to spend the holidays with my family and because I don't get to see them often I usually don't read much (besides my mom always keeps me busy) so I'm sorry but I won't be posting much... Hannah and I have both set up some posts to fill these "blank" two weeks so do not worry and of course you can still contact us!
Now, which books did I pick? As you can see I managed to read all November books plus 4 books that were originally set up for December! (must be a record...) so for those two weeks of December I have before going to Spain I will read Gravity and Rarity from the Hollow!

Are there any books you want us to review in particular? If you'd like to suggest a book to Hannah and/or me to read for January please use the Contact Us tab above.

02 December, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Riders by Veronica Rossi


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. Today we are waiting for Riders by Veronica Rossi!

Have you seen this cover? HORSES! I LOVE HORSES! And a horse on fire nothing less... I received a preview excerpt from Tor via NetGalley (I already wrote the review) and at first I didn't realize but then boom it came to my mind that Veronica is also the author of Under the Never Sky series! While I gave 3 stars to Under the Never Sky for reasons... Veronica demonstrated a big development on her writing with Riders! I loved it!

Publication date: 16th February, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen

01 December, 2015

30 November, 2015

REVIEW: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Arthur Conan Doyle

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Series: Sherlock Holmes #5
Genres: Classics, Mystery, Fiction
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Source: Paperback
Pages: 256

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SYNOPSIS: When the corpse of Sir Charles Baskerville is found on the grounds of his Dartmoor estate next to a mysterious animal footprint, thoughts turn to a fabled family curse: that of a hellhound set out to avenge a crime committed by one of Sir Charles's ancestors. As the only surviving heir of the Baskervilles is terrified for his safety, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are called in to investigate.

The most famous novel in Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes cycle, The Hound of the Baskervilles is a masterpiece of terror, suspense and mystery which has enthralled readers young and old since it was first published in 1902.

WRAP UP: November of HannahCassie



So the rainy November is over! It was incredibly worm down here in Germany, up to 16 degrees during day and only last week got bellow 10. And you know what? We had snow one night, my bf and I were driving back from the gym and it was just so awesome! Snow snow snow! 
Anyways, what did I manage to read in the month of November?

REVIEW: FAIREST by Marissa Meyer

Title: Fairest
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: ebook
Pages: 222

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SYNOPSIS: In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?


Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

29 November, 2015

REVIEW: RIDERS by Veronica Rossi

Title: Riders
Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Riders #1
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: eGalley (Excerpt)
Pages: 368 (preview is about 30%)
Publication: February 16th, 2016

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SYNOPSIS: Riders. A new fantasy adventure from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi.

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen--Conquest, Famine, and Death--are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now--bound, bloodied, and drugged--Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he's fallen for--not to mention all of humankind--he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

28 November, 2015

REVIEW: THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Kindle Edition and Library physical copy
Pages: 456

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SYNOPSIS: Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.

27 November, 2015

REVIEW: PARTIALS by Dan Wells

Title: Partials
Author: Dan Wells
Series: Partials Sequence #1
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Library physical copy
Pages: 468

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SYNOPSIS: Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war's origin that she never knew to ask.

Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, Partials is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one's own point of view.

26 November, 2015

REVIEW: CRESS by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: Physical copy / Kindle Edition
Pages: 550

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SYNOPSIS: In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

25 November, 2015

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22 November, 2015

REVIEW: A COUNT OF FIVE by Erin L. Snyder

Title: A Count of Five
Author: Erin L. Snyder
Series: The Citadel of the Last Gathering #1
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Idyll Themes Press
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 249

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SYNOPSIS: One for the gods of our people Two for the plants they seeded into the earth
Three for the animals they gave gifts of magic
Four for the men who serve the gods
Five for the spirit that sustains everything

Five numbers. Five gods. Five spells for men and five for women. Five ages before the end.

Since history began, this knowledge has defined the world for Alaji’s people, who live along the shores of five holy lakes. But now an army has ridden out of the north led by a powerful and cunning warlord. This, Alaji is told, could mark the end of the last age. The end of men and of time itself.

Alaji has more to fear than invaders. She has learned the five spells of women. But she knows one more: a spell beyond those given to mortals. A spell that that gives her power over time.

To learn a spell of the gods is to challenge them. If discovered, the penalty is death. But harnessing such power may allow Alaji to save her family, or may start her on a journey ranging farther than they could have ever imagined.

A Count of Five is the first novel in a new series, The Citadel of the Last Gathering, exploring a fantasy world on a massive scale.

21 November, 2015

REVIEW: GIRL OF NIGHTMARES by Kendare Blake

Title: Girl of Nightmares
Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Anna #2
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Kindle Edition (Spanish)
Pages: 267

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SYNOPSIS: It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

20 November, 2015

REVIEW: ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake

Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Anna #1
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Kindle Edition (Spanish)
Pages: 251

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SYNOPSIS: Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life.

19 November, 2015

REVIEW: TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard

Title: Truthwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy,Witches
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: ARC
Pages: 416
Publication: Januray 5th, 2016

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SYNOPSIS: On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

18 November, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. Today we are waiting for A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab!

This is the sequel of A Darker Shade of Magic which I haven't read yet but it's on my to-be-read list for January. I have read very good reviews of the first book so this is a much anticipated book! Right now you can request a preview excerpt on NetGalley or directly contact the publisher for an ARC.

Publication date: 23th February, 2016
Publisher: Tor

17 November, 2015

16 November, 2015

REVIEW: BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys

Title: Between Shades of Gray
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Series: -
Genres: Historical Fiction, YA
Publisher: Philomel Books
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 344

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SYNOPSIS: Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.