Happy Book Birthday To… (#61)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Heart of Iron

Heart of Iron

Author: Ashley Poston

Series: N/A

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 480

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

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Daughter of the Siren Queen

Daughter of the Siren Queen

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #2

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 352

Synopsis: Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship.

Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

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The Serpent’s Secret

The Serpent's Secret

Author: Sayantani DasGupta

Series: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1

Publisher: Scholastic

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 368

Synopsis: MEET KIRANMALA: INTERDIMENSIONAL DEMONSLAYER (But she doesn’t know it yet.)

On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey… until her parents mysteriously vanish later that day and a rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents’ fantastical stories—like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess—and a wealth of secrets about her origin they’ve kept hidden.

To complicate matters, two crushworthy Indian princes ring her doorbell, insisting they’re here to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and slay demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld (who may or may not want to kill her) and the rakkhosh queen (who definitely does) in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it…

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A Girl Like That

A Girl Like That

Author: Tanaz Bhathena

Series: N/A

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school.  You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say.

So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that. 

This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.

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All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

All Out

Edited By: Saundra Mitchell

Series: N/A

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. 

From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.

Authors in this anthology: Saundra Mitchell, Kody Keplinger, Kate Scelsa, Robin Talley, Shaun David Hutchinson, Tess Sharpe, Alex Sanchez, Nilah Magruder, Sara Farizan, Mackenzi Lee, Anna-Marie McLemore, Malinda Lo, Dahlia Adler, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Scott Tracey, Tessa Gratton, Natalie C. Parker, and Elliot Wake

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Cadaver & Queen

Cadaver & Queen

Author: Alisa Kwitney

Series: N/A

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Retelling, Historical Fiction

Pages: 320

Synopsis: When Lizzie Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn’t have an easy time. From class demands to being an outsider among her male cohorts, she’ll have to go above and beyond to prove herself. So when she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-mechanical–one of the mechanized cadavers created to service the school–she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program.

Only this Bio-mechanical isn’t like the others. Where they are usually empty-minded and perfectly obedient, this one seems to have thoughts, feelings…and self-awareness.

Soon Lizzie realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein–a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Victor, it seems, still has a spark of human intelligence inside him, along with memories of things he discovered before his untimely death…and a suspicion that he was murdered to keep that information from getting out.

Suddenly Lizzie finds herself intertwined in dark secrets and sabotage that put her life, and the lives of Victor and their friends, in danger. But Lizzie’s determined to succeed–even if that means fighting an enemy who threatens the entire British Empire.

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

 

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#60)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Ink, Iron, and Glass

Ink, Iron, and Glass

Author: Gwendolyn Clare

Series: Ink, Iron, and Glass #1

Publisher: Imprint

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Pages: 336

Synopsis: Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.

But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones—young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy or scriptology—and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.

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Pitch Dark

Pitch Dark

Author: Courtney Alameda

Series: N/A

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Horror

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space. 

Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir

Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together, or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill. But their plan is the only hope for their crews, their families, and themselves.

In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you’ll hear.

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Are either of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

 

Happy Book Birthday To… (#59)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Immortal Reign

Immortal Reign

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Series: Falling Kingdoms #6

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 400

Synopsis: As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo’s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

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American Panda

American Panda

Author: Gloria Chao

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 320

Synopsis: At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

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The Belles

The Belles

Author: Dhonielle Clayton

Series: The Belles #1

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 448

Synopsis: Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be.

Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. 

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

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The Queen’s Rising

The Queen's Rising

Author: Rebecca Ross

Series: Untitled Trilogy #1

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 464

Synopsis: When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

January Wrap Up

January Wrap Up 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to my first monthly wrap up of 2018! For some reason, January seemed like it went by pretty slowly. Was this just me or did it seem like that to you as well? Anyway, January was a pretty good reading month for me! I finished 8 books and a total of 2,792 pages, which includes the pages I read of the books I either DNF’d or started but didn’t finish in January. I’m very excited that I was able to read all that I did and I hope I’m able to read just as much (or more) in February!


Books Read in January

WU

The first book I picked up in the new year, The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed, ended up being my first 5 star rating of the year! I was absolutely blown away by this book!! For more of my thoughts, see my mini review on Goodreads linked above.

The next book I read, The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke, I really enjoyed as well! It had a very unique take on time traveling which included cool magical balloons! I really liked that the main character was Jewish (which was #ownvoices) especially since the book discusses (and visits) important times in Jewish history. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

Next I picked up What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler. This book was really, really tough to read at times, but it discussed important topics and brought attention to horrible things that happen in the real world. Trigger/content warnings for this book include rape, victim blaming, misogyny, and homomisic and sexist slurs.

WU2

Because I needed some positivity after reading the heartbreaking What We Saw, I picked up Because I Was A Girl – a feminist anthology edited by Melissa de la Cruz. This book featured short sections written by a whole slew of women and girls. It was very inspiring to read about how these women succeeded, even when times were hard!

…And then I went right back to another heartbreaking book. This time it was Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed – a book I’ve been wanting to read for quite a long time. This book, like What We Saw, was incredibly difficult to read. The main character goes through so much and I really, really felt for her. Check out this amazing #ownvoices review if you would like to learn more about the book!

Last 3 reads (204)

After all that heartbreak, I needed a fun book to lift my spirits. I had heard so many great things about Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn so I decided to pick it up! While I definitely enjoyed some aspects of this book, there were others that I just didn’t care for. I might pick up the sequel but I’m not quite sure yet.

Next, I read Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, which had been on my TBR for literally forever (aka 2014). Going in, I didn’t expect to love it but I thought I would at least like it. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up feeling that way. It was just pretty mediocre and not really my cup of tea. I probably won’t be reading the rest of the series.

Lastly, in January I finished Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett that I definitely enjoyed! My best friend had read this book in the past and I’d also seen some people on Goodreads enjoying it so I’m glad that I liked it too!

Book I DNF’d in January

Golden Boy

  • Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin – DNF at 10%

This book started off with a very graphic sexual assault scene that caught me off guard and upset me. I tried to read a little more of the book, but I just couldn’t. So, I decided to DNF it about 30 pages in.

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in January

I Am Malala

I started I Am Malala towards the end of January and was unfortunately only able to read 115 pages before the month ended. As I’m writing this post now, however, I have already finished the book and I enjoyed it! Look out for more of my thoughts on this book in February’s wrap up post in a few weeks!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in four reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share monthly progress updates with you all. That being said, each monthly wrap up post will include updates on my progress in the four reading challenges I signed up for. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

Completed in January: 8 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books

Completed in January: 8 books

3. Library Love Challenge

2018 Library Love Challenge Header

My Goal: Read 36 library books

Completed in January: 5 books

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

Completed in January: 7 prompts

Prompts Completed:

  • Read an anthology
  • Read a book about time travel
  • Read an adult novel
  • Read a book you’ve been meaning to read for a long time
  • Read a book that was co-written
  • Read a book that was recommended to you
  • Read a book about feminism

Was January a good reading month for you? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!