23 June, 2017

REVIEW: EVERNIGHT by Claudia Gray


Title: Evernight
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight #1
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: 2009
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 327

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BLURB:
Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.


22 June, 2017

REVIEW: THE LAST VAMPIRE BY CHRISTOPHER PIKE



Title: The Last Vampire
Author: Christopher Pike
Series: -
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Supernatural
Publisher: Hodder Chrildren‘s Books
Release: Ocbother 6th, 1994
Th, Source:  Paperback
Pages: 193

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BLURB:
Alisa Perne is the last vampire. Beautiful and brilliant, she hunts alone, living among humans, living off humans. But someone is stalking her. Someone wants her dead. And Alisa has a choice to make - to keep a long held promise or protect the mortal she seems to be falling for.


21 June, 2017

20 June, 2017

REVIEW: THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank


Title: The Diary of a Young Girl
Author:  Anne Frank
Series: -
Genres: Nonfiction, Classics, Holocaust
Publisher: Bantam
Release: 1993
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 283

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BLURB:
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annexe" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short. 


19 June, 2017

18 June, 2017

REVIEW: TALON by Julie Kagawa


Title: Talon
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Dragons
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release: 2014
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 449

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BLURB:
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons. 


17 June, 2017

BLOGGING 101: Should you follow trends and hypes?

I think all book bloggers at some point had a discussion with themselves whether they should follow current trends and hypes of book community. I am no exception. To be completely honest I am not as much involved in community as I used to be so I only catch the biggest things right now. But that is mainly because before I have seen horrible things happening in this generally lovely community and that kinda makes me want to distance yourself a little bit. Whether it is a good idea or not is a discussion for another time, but today I want to talk if you should follow current trends and hypes as a blogger. 

16 June, 2017

REVIEW: GONE by Michael Grant


Title: Gone
Author: Michael Grant
Series: Gone #1
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: 2008
Source: Audiobook/Physical copy
Pages: 560

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BLURB:
In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.

There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your 15th birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...


15 June, 2017

REVIEW: SLATED by Teri Terry


Title: Slated
Author: Teri Terry
Series: Slated #1
Genres: YA, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release: 2012
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 439

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BLURB:
Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?


14 June, 2017

13 June, 2017

READING DIVERSE: Biracial families and culture


What I learned about biracial families, depression and culture differences.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I must make a confession, when people started to ask for more diversity I kinda thought they don't look around first. I had for some reason an impression that we already had many diverse books. That, however, turned out to be not true. The more I look for diversity in books the more shocked I get. We can find any kind of book with white straight characters. But what if I want to read a fantasy story with a non-white trans character? Even if I look for non-white gay character, it is as difficult to find as a needle in a haystack. When it comes to diversity, there is a lack of it, and it's not just that we have only few, some genres have almost none whatsoever diverse stories. 

And yes I am white straight female and as for representation there is a huge amount of books with characters like me but I do not care for white straight females. I want to learn from books, I want my view and understanding to broader and I want to correct my mistakes. And for that I need diversity!

Everything I Never Told You is a book written by a wonderful author Celeste Ng and was a huge influence on how I see diversity and so I am eager to share my experience with you!

12 June, 2017

11 June, 2017

REVIEW: GRACELING by Kristin Cashore

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Harcourt
Release: 2008
Source: Physical copy/Audiobook
Pages: 471

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SYNOPSIS: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.
When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...

10 June, 2017

BLOGGING 101: How to read more

Often complain I head whenever people are asked why they don't read is I have no time. However, as a book bloggers we all have to find that time for our lovely books no matter our schedule. You all know I have full time job in the lab as a researcher as well as part time job in different lab but despite this 60-80 hours of work per week I still manage to go to gym/dance practice, film videos and most importantly read. How? That is exactly what I am going to talk about today!

09 June, 2017

REVIEW: THE FIXER by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Title: The Fixer
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Fixer #1
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release: 2015
Source: eBook
Pages: 372

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BLURB:
This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars.

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather's ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess's classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for this compelling teen drama with a political twist.


08 June, 2017

Martyna's Book Haul!


Hi guys! It's been such a long time since I did a book haul, so today, let's dive in one and see what books I received and got and cannot wait to read!!!


BOOK HAUL

07 June, 2017

06 June, 2017

REVIEW: THE BRONZE HORSEMAN by Paullina Simons


Title: The Bronze Horseman
Author: Paullina Simons
Series: The Bronze Horseman #1
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, War
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release: 2009
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 810

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BLURB:
The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander's impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.


05 June, 2017

MONDAY TRAVEL: OUR FRIENDSHIP WAS TENDER by Paulius Širvys



Happy Monday friends! I hope you are feeling like traveling, cause today, finally we are diving into my native countries poems, literature and my favorite folk stories! I will introduce you to some of my favorite authors, my favorite songs, books, poems and stories!

So today we are in  Lithuania and we will explore:

OUR FRIENDSHIP WAS TENDER



04 June, 2017

REVIEW: CARRIE by Stephen King



Title: Carrie
Author: Stephen King
Series: -
Genres: Horror, Fiction, Supernatural
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release: 2007
Source: Paperback
Pages: 242


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Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed... But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction...


03 June, 2017

02 June, 2017

REVIEW: WINDS OF SALEM by Melissa de la Cruz


Title: Winds of Salem
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The Beauchamp Family #3
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Witches
Publisher: Hyperion
Release: 2013
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 288

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BLURB:
Freya Beauchamp is trapped in 1692, in Salem of all places, with no recollection of her past. A powerful enemy spell has sent her spiraling away so that she is separated by centuries from her mother, Joanna, and sister, Ingrid. This is not good news for a twenty-first-century witch. Not to mention the immediate threat she faces from the wealthy and influential Putnam family. When little Annie Putnam is one of the first to make accusations of witchcraft, her landowner father jumps at the opportunity to consolidate his power and expand his holdings in Puritan Salem Town. If Freya is caught using magic, she will be forced to relive the witch trials, and this time, her immortality will be in question. Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares. Joanna and Norm consult the Oracle for advice, and Freddie and his pixie allies search for a missing totem that could reopen the passages of time and help bring his sister home. When Ingrid bumps into an old flame, she finds that her new love for Detective Matt Noble is in doubt. Moving between past and present, with dizzying plot twists and page-turning suspense, Winds of Salem is sure to bewitch fans old and new.


01 June, 2017

REVIEW: SERPENT'S KISS by Melissa de la Cruz


Title: Serpent's Kiss
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The Beauchamp Family #2
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Witches
Publisher: Sphere 
Release: 2012
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 384

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BLURB:
Just as things have settled down in the off-the-map Long Island town of North Hampton for the magical Beauchamp family, everything gets turned upside down once more when Freya's twin brother Fryr, or "Freddie" as he's called now, returns from Limbo with shocking news - that it was none other than Freya's fiancé, Killian Gardiner, who set up his downfall.
He begs Freya to keep his presence a secret, even from their own family, but somehow the irascible Freddie is still able to conduct many affairs with the town's young lovelies from his self-imposed exile. Until he falls for the wrong girl.

While Freya tries to keep her brother from exacting revenge on the man she loves, Ingrid has her own problems. Her human boyfriend, Matt Noble, becomes entangled in a complicated investigation, and when the magical creatures at the center of it come to Ingrid for help, she has a difficult choice to make.

To top it off, a dead spirit is trying to make contact with Joanna - but does it mean to harm or warn the witches? All hell breaks loose at the family reunion over Thanksgiving, and much mayhem ensues, but when the culprit behind Freddie's imprisonment is finally revealed, it may already be too late to staunch the poison that's been released by the serpent's kiss.


31 May, 2017

30 May, 2017

REVIEW: VICIOUS by V. E. Schwab

Title: Vicious
Author: V. E. Schwab
Series: Villains #1
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Titan Books
Release: January 10th, 2014
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 366

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BLURB: Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

29 May, 2017

28 May, 2017

REVIEW: MERRICK by Anne Rice


Title: Merrick
Author: Anne Rice
Series: Vampire Chronicles #7
Genres: Paranormal, Classics, Gothic
Publisher: Mass Market Paperback
Release: 2001
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 370

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BLURB:
When last the vampire Lestat was seen, he was rising from the dead in present-day New Orleans to walk again among Anne Rice's unforgettable undead. Now Lestat lives again, but in a twilight world of music and memory.

His charismatic friend Louis de Pointe du Lac is tortured by the memory of the child vampire, Claudia, whom he loved and lost. He calls on Merrick, young and gorgeous mixed-race by-blow of the rich New Orleans Mayfair clan. To save Louis' sanity, Merrick must use her black witchcraft to call up the ghost of Claudia - however dangerous this may be. There are other Mayfair spirits who will not lie still, and her search takes her close to the edge, through blood and terror, ritual and violence.

Sweeping from New Orleans to the Brazilian jungle and the island of Haiti, this is vampire literature at its most tantalising, sexy and irresistible.


27 May, 2017

BLOGGING 101: Free Books

It is no secret that book bloggers get free review copies also known as ARC (advanced reader copy). Actually, many blogs have been started just to be able to get your hands on the goodies and ours was not an exception. Besides the love for books and wish to share our thoughts with other book lovers Laura and I did talk a lot about getting free books. How? Well that is exactly what I will tell you today!

However, before we get into all the ways to get free books please keep in mind that these books are not really free. When an author/publisher agrees to provide you a free book for a review you are entering a contract to actually read and review this book in a certain time period. I know many bloggers who ask for tons of ARCs just end up not reading most of them. This is not okay! So please, if you are looking for ARCs always first consider if you are really going to read this book and review it, authors and publishers depend on you!

26 May, 2017

REVIEW: ELUSION by Claudia Gabel


Title: Elusion
Author: Claudia Gabel
Series: Elusion #1
Genres: YA, Science fiction, dystopian
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release: 2014
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 382

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BLURB:
Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.


25 May, 2017

REVIEW: DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor


Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Angels
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release: 2011
Source: Audiobook/Paperback
Pages: 422

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BLURB:
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


24 May, 2017

23 May, 2017

REVIEW: LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Córdova

Title: Labyrinth Lost
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Series: Brooklyn Brujas #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, LGBT+
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release: September 6th, 2016
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 336

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BLURB: Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Beautiful Creatures meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone with an infusion of Latin American tradition in this highly original fantasy adventure.

"A seamless blend of fantasy and Latinx culture, Labyrinth Lost feels both strikingly authentic and badly needed: in the overwhelming white world of YA literature, a cast of characters comprised almost entirely of people of color—combined with a fantasy world both inspired by a non-white culture and written by a member of that culture—is sure to change the lives of many teens who rarely see themselves reflected in the books they read. But there is another layer of importance to the novel, and that is Alex’s bisexuality. Presented matter-of-factly, without any cheesy plot twist attached, her bisexuality becomes visible but not defining, and the mere fact of its healthy portrayal makes it essential to a group of queer people long erased in mainstream media." --Lambda Literary.

22 May, 2017

21 May, 2017

REVIEW: THE VAMPIRE ARMAND by Anne Rice


Title: The Vampire Armand
Author: Anne Rice
Series: Vampire Chronicles #6
Genres: Paranormal, Classics, Gothic
Publisher: Mass Market Paperback
Release: 2000
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 457

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BLURB:
Armand until now has played a small role in the Vampire Chronicles. Here he assumes center stage, relating his five hundred years of life to fledgling vampire David Talbot, who plays amanuensis to Armand as he did to Lestat ... It's not just the epic plot but Rice's voluptuary worldview that's the main attraction ... Elegant narrative has always been her hallmark ... Rice is equally effective in showing how Armand eventually loses his religion and becomes "the vagabond angel child of Satan," living under Paris cemeteries and foundling the Grand Guignol-ish Theatre des Vampires. In the twentieth century, a rehabilitated Armand regains faith but falls in love with two children who save his life. By the conclusion of Armand, the pupil has become the mentor.


20 May, 2017

Saturday Tag



Welcome dear readers, to yet another Saturday Tag, where the fun never stops!

Today I am joined by   and together we will complete this fun tag:

BOOKS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

19 May, 2017

REVIEW: THE MIST by Stephen King


Title: The Mist
Author: Stephen King
Series: - 
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Publisher: Signet
Release: October, 2nd 2007
Source: Paperback
Pages: 230

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BLURB:
It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then comes the mist...creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements. What unleashed this terror? Was it the Arrowhead Project---the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands? And what happens when the provisions have run out and you're forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light?


18 May, 2017

REVIEW: THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon

Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release:
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 481

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SYNOPSIS: The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

17 May, 2017

16 May, 2017

REVIEW: THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood


Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Series: -
Genres: Fiction, Dystopian, Classic, Feminism
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Release: May 12th 2012
Source: Kindle
Pages:  370

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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...


15 May, 2017

14 May, 2017

REVIEW: KING'S CAGE by Victoria Aveyard

Title: King's Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #3
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: February 7th, 2017
Source: Ebook
Pages: 528

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BLURB: In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

13 May, 2017

Saturday Tag



Welcome dear readers, to yet another Saturday Tag, where the fun never stops!

Today I am joined by  Laura and together we will complete this fun tag:

WOMEN WRITERS TAG

12 May, 2017

REVIEW: BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver


Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: -
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release: October 25th, 2010
Source: Kindle
Pages: 470

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With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today's foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman's If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person's life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—"Cupid Day"—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Named to numerous state reading lists, this novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures.

Supports the Common Core State Standards


11 May, 2017

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09 May, 2017

REVIEW: WITCH CHILD by Celia Rees


Title: Witch Child 
Author: Celia Rees
Series: Witch Child #1
Genres: YA, Historical, Witches
Publisher: Candlewick Pres
Release: 2002
Source: Audiobook
Pages:  240

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Enter the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary's startling story begins in 1659, the year her beloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch. Mary narrowly escapes a similar fate, only to face intolerance and new danger among the Puritans in the New World. How long can she hide her true identity? Will she ever find a place where her healing powers will not be feared?
Just two weeks after publication, Celia Rees's WITCH CHILD spirited its way onto the Book Sense Children's Only 76 list as one of the Top 10 books that independent booksellers like to handsell. Within a month, this riveting book sold out its first two hardcover printings. Now, Candlewick Press is pleased to announce the publication of WITCH CHILD in paperback.


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06 May, 2017

Saturday Tag




Welcome dear readers, to yet another Saturday Tag, where the fun never stops!

Today I am joined by  HannahCassie and together we will complete this fun tag:

MY DYSTOPIAN/FANTASY WORLD

05 May, 2017

04 May, 2017

REVIEW: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD by Thomas Hardy


Title: Far From the Madding Crowd
Author: Thomas Hardy
Series: -
Genres: Classics
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Release: 27th February 2003
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 433

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Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. The first of his works set in Wessex, Hardy's novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.


03 May, 2017