Shadow and Bone – Review

I bought this book during my short stint as a Chapters employee (loved the 30% discount and miss it and working there dearly), after it was recommended by a fellow co-worker. I started reading it immediately and got halfway through before I was swamped with midterms and essays, and the book completely slipped my mind.

The release of the final book in the trilogy, Ruin and Rising brought about an incredible and slightly terrifying excitement among the twitter bugs I follow. This was me amongst it all:

Finally, it was Lauren DeStefano’s tweet that sent me back towards Shadow and Bone. 

So did it live up to all its glorious hype?

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The Murder Complex – Review

I didn’t plan on buying The Murder Complex. It was on my reading list, but I forgot about it until I saw it on the display at Chapters.

Oh. Oh yes. I snatched it up because once I remembered it, I remembered I had to have it. I was so excited to read it, I started it on the bus ride home, never mind the fact that I might miss my stop, because this, I was sure, was going to be splendid.

It was not, I’m so sad to say. I find I’m very frustrated about several things in this book.

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Mortal Danger Sampler – Review

First, I have to say I am loving these Kobo samplers!! Just one great thing about ebooks!

Mortal Danger first caught my attention because I read Ann Aguirre’s Enclave (though I haven’t finished the series yet so, shh! No spoilers) and I love to follow authors and see what new books are popping out of their beautiful minds.

 Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

 

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly… bad things are happening. It’s a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…

The premise of this book kind of reminded me of A Fate Totally Worse than Death by Paul Fleischman, but from the opposite perspective. Kobo has the first five chapters of Mortal Danger up for reading (link at bottom) and I knew I had to sample what Ann Aguirre is about to serve up!

The first five chapters make it really clear that this is just a sampler, which was a little disappointing. What we’re given is more the set-up to the story than the beginnings of our plot – it’s our lead in. We meet our characters and go through what enables this plot to take place. The writing was well done, of course, with some humorous bits thrown in. We are given some hints to bigger things (like, really, what is this mysterious accident that broke her?!), and it’s enough to make me want to buy the book once it releases.

The main character, Evie. There’s something just a little off about her. I couldn’t figure it out at first, but when she described the people who had killed themselves as “success stories”, it really hit me. She’s a little scary, and that’s only going to add fuel to her revenge fire.

Mortal Danger is definitely on my to-read list.

Prisoner of Night and Fog – Review

Nothing is more enjoyable than educating a young thing – a girl of eighteen or twenty, as pliable as wax. -Adolf Hitler

Our tale opens with this chilling quote from one of the most infamous political leaders ever to win the hearts of a people with dangerously velvet words and a devious and murderous intent. Prisoner of Night and Fog  has been a book that I was waiting for anxiously. After reading Danielle Steele’s Echoes (and blubbering like a child), I fell in love with historical fiction, especially those set in World War II. What I thought was particularly unique about this book was that our protagonist, Gretchen, starts off as a supporter of the Nazi party. So often stories involving World War II in Germany and the countries it affected are taken from the perspective of the Jews.This was one of the first that really intrigued me about this book, and I think it really sets this book after from other World War II fiction. Continue reading Prisoner of Night and Fog – Review

The Winner’s Curse – Review

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

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Excerpt of Marie Lu’s “The Young Elites” – Review

* FULL REVIEW HERE*

As soon as I saw the link to preview chapters 1-5 of Marie Lu’s new book The Young Elites on twitter (link at the bottom of the page), I jumped!

Unfortunately, the responsibilities of adulthood (work, household cleanings, horrid dentist appointments) meant I didn’t get to read it until now. My reaction?

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