Beware The Goblin Men — Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones {Book Review}

wintersong-by-s-jae-jonesTitle: Wintersong (Wintersong #1)
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: February 7th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Book 1 in Wintersong duology
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 3,5 stars
My rating in words: I liked it

 

What it’s about:

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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Epic, Gorgeous and Emotional — Immortal Fire by Annette Marie {ARC Book Review}

Immortal Fire by Annette MarieTitle: Immortal Fire (Red Winter #3)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy
Release Date:  April 11th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Final installment in Red Winter trilogy
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy – Mythology

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: All-Time Favorite!

What it’s about:

Once, Emi believed the heavenly gods were righteous and wise, while the earthly yokai spirits were bloodthirsty and evil. But with a traitorous deity poised to destroy her world, and the yokai standing as humanity’s only defense, the lies of her upbringing have toppled to reveal a far more terrifying reality.

Despite the looming threat, Emi can’t escape her greatest distraction: Shiro, the fox yokai who has so deftly claimed her heart for his own. Soon—too soon—she will have to break the curse that binds his magic and memories. And once the ancient power inside him awakens, the yokai she loves will be changed forever.

As the earthly gods gather to wage war against the heavens, Emi and Shiro must gamble everything to turn the tide against their immortal, all-powerful foes. Together, they will find a way to save her world—even if it means losing each other.

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Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer and Doug Holgate {Book Review}

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer & Doug HolgateTitle: Wires and Nerve, Vol 1 (Wires and Nerve #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer (Art by Doug Holgate)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date:  January 31st, 2017
Standalone/Series: Volume 1 in the Wires and Nerve duology
Genre: Graphic Novel – Young Adult – Fantasy – Science Fiction

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

What it’s about:

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

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Book-To-Movie Adaptations: My Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda Wishlist

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Let’s start with a confession: I love book-to-movie adaptations. I really do.

To be clear: I do usually still prefer the books. They just allow me to immerse myself into the world better and fall in love with the characters more. Most movies lack the time for me to really reach the same level of investment. They have to cut certain scenes, dialogues or even characters (even though I believe most book lovers would gladly watch a 4-hour adaptation containing every single scene of the book) and while it can be done and be done well, it can hardly ever hold a candle to the book.

Nevertheless, I can still really enjoy a good book-to-movie adaptation. I’m ok with them changing or cutting certain things as long as they stay true to the spirit of the book. I just love that this story that I love and adore gets brought to life in a different way. I love how it is able to reach more people and make other people fall in love with the characters that already have a place in my heart. I love getting excited for it, keeping an eye out for casting news, watching the trailer a hundred times over again and finally getting to actually see the movie on the big screen with a giddy heart.

But before I finally see the movie, I also love speculating about it. And that’s the reason for this post, which may eventually become a series.

Today I’d love to talk about the upcoming Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda movie.

Simon is one of my all-time favorite books: it’s cute, adorable, real, diverse and relatable. So of course I am super excited about the movie adaptation, which has recently started filming. There’s already quite a bit of information on casting and such, which can be found on Becky Albertalli’s tumblr.

So here is pretty much my wishlist for the movie, ranging from the general and important to the specific but smaller details:

Warning: May contain some spoilers for the book. Nothing on the identity of Blue though.

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Let’s Waffle About Books — Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum {Book Review}

Tell Me Three Things by Julie BuxbaumTitle: Tell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date:  April 5th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked it

What it’s about:

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.

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Run Little Monster, Before You Know Who I Am — King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard {Book Review}

King's Cage by Victoria AveyardTitle: King’s Cage (Red Queen #3)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date:  February 7th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked it

 

Warning: synopsis and review contain spoilers for Red Queen and Glass Sword. Spoiler-free for King’s Cage.

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Trapped In A Library But Not As Awesome As It Sounds — By Your Side by Kasie West {Book Review}

By Your Side by Kasie WestTitle: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date:  January 31st, 2017
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary – Romance

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My rating in stars: 3,5 stars
My rating in words: I liked it

What it’s about:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

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Come Back Yesterday — Caraval by Stephanie Garber {Book Review}

Caraval by Stephanie GarberTitle: Caraval (Caraval #1)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date:  January 31st, 2017
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked it

What it’s about:

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Kitsune Mischief Managed — Dark Tempest by Annette Marie {Book Review}

Dark Tempest by Annette MarieTitle: Dark Tempest (Red Winter Trilogy #2)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc
Release Date:  January 6th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Trilogy
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:

Emi has dedicated her life to becoming the perfect vessel for the goddess Amaterasu, but the insidious betrayal of another deity has changed everything. Now Amaterasu has charged Emi with an urgent mission: to find and free the earthly gods before mankind is brought to its knees beneath divine tyranny.

At her side is Shiro, the mysterious fox spirit. When she first saved his life, she could never have imagined that behind his cunning and confidence, he was lost—his power bound by a devastating curse and his memories obscured. His veiled history is somehow tied to the missing gods, but he can’t remember how or why.

As their search leads them into the murky depths of the spirit realm, the shadows of Shiro’s past begin to emerge. With each brief awakening of his true self, she loses a little more of him. The fate of the heavens and earth rest in her mortal hands, and she must find the missing gods before time runs out for her world—and for Shiro.

DARK TEMPEST includes 10 full-page illustrations by award-winning artist Brittany Jackson.

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Fell In Love With A Kitsune — Red Winter by Annette Marie {Book Review}

red-winter-by-annette-marieTitle: Red Winter (Red Winter Trilogy #1)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc
Release Date:  October 21st, 2016
Standalone/Series: Trilogy
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:

In a few short months, Emi’s mortal life will end when she becomes the human host of an immortal goddess. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.

Shiro is a spirit of the earth and an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not.

On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … and hope is all she has left.

RED WINTER includes 10 full-page illustrations by award-winning artist Brittany Jackson.

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