Burning One Hell Of A Something – A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir {Book Review}

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa TahirTitle: A Torch Against The Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date:  August 30th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Part two in the Ember in the Ashes series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite!

What it’s about:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

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Can I Go Backpack Through Europe Now? – Wanderlost by Jen Malone {Book Review}

Wanderlost by Jen MaloneTitle: Wanderlost
Author: Jen Malone
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date:  May 31st, 2016
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: I really liked it

What it’s about:

Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.

Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.

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Timekeeper by Tara Sim {Waiting on Wednesday}

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

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Expected publication:

November 1st, 2016

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What it’s about:

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.

Why I am waiting for this release:

I’m pretty new to steampunk honestly, but for some reason this story is intriguing me and I just NEED to read it. Alternate Victorian worlds, clock towers who control everything, time stopping, clock spirits, for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab… Say no more, I’m in!

What book release are you eagerly anticipating?

Ten Books On My Fall TBR {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Fall is finally here! I mean, summer’s nice and all and I will miss it, but fall is definitely my favorite season. Sweater weather, fall colours, pumpking-flavored everything and Halloween! What’s not to love?

But fall is also the time for cozy indoor reading. I’m not sure why, but nothing beats reading in the fall. It’s just a million times more fun and cozy and an absolute must. So naturally, my fall TBR always seems a bit larger than usual around this time of the year. Let me tell you the ten books at the top of my fall TBR list!

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Him and Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy {Combined Book Review}

him-by-sarina-bowen-and-elle-kennedyTitle: Him (Him #1)
Author: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Release Date:  July 28th, 2015
Standalone/Series: First book in the Him series
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary – Romance

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: I really liked it

What it’s about:

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered – P.S. I Like You by Kasie West {Book Review}

p-s-i-like-you-by-kasie-westTitle: P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Point
Release Date:  July 26th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: I really liked this

What it’s about:

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

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How Many Times Can I Say The Word Cute? – Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall {Book Review}

been-here-all-along-by-sandy-hallTitle: Been Here All Along
Author: Sandy Hall
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date:  August 30th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

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My rating in stars: 3 stars
My rating in words: It was ok

What it’s about:

Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.

Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer {Waiting on Wednesday}

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Expected publication:

November 8th, 2016

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What it’s about:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Why I am waiting for this release:

  1. There will be pastries
  2. It’s by Marissa Meyer
  3. It’s a fairytale retelling
  4. And a forbidden romance

Those are my main reasons for wanting to read this book. In that exact order.

What book release are you eagerly anticipating?

10 Music-Related Facts About Me {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday was an audio freebie, meaning it could be anything related to audio. I tried to make it relate to books, but the truth is I don’t listen to audiobooks (though I really should).  So then I tried to make a top 10 of bands or songs. But that proved rather impossible as well…

So why not give you a little bit of everything and give you 10 music-related facts about me? Because other than books, I also really, REALLY love talking about music!

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All The Players In An Unfinished Game – Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas {Book Review}

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. MaasTitle: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date:  September 6th, 2016
Standalone/Series: 5th book in the Throne of Glass series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite!

What it’s about:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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