Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Marked

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that focuses on the yet-to-be released books we're waiting for. It's hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm talking about the sequel to an amazing racing/political stakes novel that had me at the edge of my passenger seat!

Title: Marked
Series: Tracked #2
Author: Jenny Martin
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publication Date: May 17, 2016

Goodreads summary:


After an escape gone wrong, Phee barely made it out of Castra alive. But Cash, the leader of the rebellion, is still missing--and Charles Benroyal is to blame. Caught between grief and blinding thoughts of revenge, Phee fights for the resistance, gaining new allies and, perhaps, making new enemies, too. Meanwhile, Phee can't control her growing feelings for Bear, her best friend since childhood, and she's forced to make a choice--between the boy who has always been there for her, and the one who might never return. As Benroyal's attacks grow bolder, Phee and her team embark on a daring mission to defeat the Sixers and save the planet. But no one is prepared for the sacrifices Phee will have to make to win this war once and for all.

With nonstop action and a wholly original science fiction world, Marked will have your heart racing until its breathless conclusion.
 

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I need to know what happened to my beloved Cash because he was my favorite person! But don't get me wrong: Phee is totally kickbutt amazing too!

What books are you waiting on this week?

You can pre-order Marked from Amazon here: hardcover or digital copy.



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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Review: The Winner's Curse

Title: The Winner's Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Release Date: March 2014
Source: I borrowed a physical copy from the public library
Purchase from Amazon: Hardcover, paperback or digital copy

Goodreads summary:


Winning what you want may cost you everything you love... 


As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
 

My review:


Kestral is a young woman living in an era where slaves are common, but she doesn't take into account the role her newly acquired slave Arin will play in her life and in her country's.

Let me start off by saying that if you read this book and expect a full-blown fantasy with a romantic subplot, you will be disappointed. However, if you read this book with the expectations of a romance set against a political fantasy backdrop, you won't be. 

The romance between Kestral and Arin is the most important aspect of the story. It focuses on first love, first heartbreak, and all the uncertainty of war and the social and cultural variations of freemen and slaves. It definitely reads heavier than contemporary romance, and that's probably the reason I didn't mind reading it as a romance.

The politics are also very heavy and explained in detail. As a dystopian lover, I appreciated the war strategies that popped up from the General's lectures and Kestral's own devious plotting. 

The fantasy felt a little lacking in terms of world-biulding, but I was able to overlook the absence. The development of the history helped here, but the world felt generic in some cases. Perhaps more Herrani language and culture would have helped.

I enjoyed reading this and it moved very quickly for me. I will be picking up the second book to see how the romance changes, although I don't expect it to become more fantastical. That's okay; I have decided this will be one of my Romance picks for the year. 

Rating: 4 / 5 stars




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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Crown's Game

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that focuses on the yet-to-be released books we're waiting for. It's hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm talking about the amazing Russian Czar tale from a debut author!

Title: The Crown's Game
Series: The Crown's Game #1
Author: Evelyn Skye
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: May 17, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book Review: Spelled

Title: Spelled
Author: Betsy Schow
Genre: YA Retelling
Release Date: June 2015
Source: I borrowed a physical copy from the public library
Purchase from Amazon: Paperback or digital copy

Goodreads summary:


Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a
romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after. 

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.

My review:


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Crooked Kingdom

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that focuses on the yet-to-be released books we're waiting for. It's hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm talking about the sequel to gripping and addicting Six of Crows!

Title: Crooked Kingdom
Series: Six of Crows #2
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Sept. 22, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Book Review: Tracked by Jenny Martin

Title: Tracked
Author: Jenny Martin
Series: Tracked #1
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Release Date: May 2015
Source: I borrowed a physical copy from the public library
Purchase from Amazon: Hardcover or digital copy

Goodreads summary:


On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn't stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It's up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

My review:


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die #3)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that focuses on the yet-to-be released books we're waiting for. It's hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm talking about the third book in a Wizard of Oz retelling I finished over the weekend! You can find links to my reviews of the first two books below.

Title: Yellow Brick War
Series: Dorothy Must Die #3
Author: Danielle Paige
Genre: YA Retelling
Publication Date: Mar. 16, 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Book Review: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)

Title: The Wicked Will Rise
Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die #2
Genre: YA Retelling
Release Date: March 2015
Source: I borrowed a physical copy from the public library

Goodreads summary:


In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die...

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

My review:


Friday, March 4, 2016

#WritersLife: Please Consider NaNoWriMo This Year


#WritersLife, where I talk writing in real life.

I first heard about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in high school, but I didn't participate for the first time until November 2012. Since then, I've written every year. 

Quick brief: NaNoWriMo is an online writing challenge that takes place in November. The goal is to write 50,000 words from Nov. 1st to Nov. 30th. There are loads of tips from authors and the NaNo team along the way, and the writer community is always there to help with ideas and plot points. Each city also has its own municipal liaison(s) who are like little fairy godparents who you should treat with love, respect, and to a lot of brownies. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Frost Like Night

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that focuses on the yet-to-be released books we're waiting for. It's hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm talking about the final book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy since its cover was revealed two weeks ago!

Title: Frost Like Night
Series: Snow Like Ashes #3
Author: Sara Raasch
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Sept. 20, 2016