Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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I am lost.

WINTERSONG is magical, with a fairy tale atmosphere that is heightened by the lovely, lyrical writing. Though there are echoes of Labyrinth (my favorite childhood movie!), the author took it beyond that to create a story and characters that are unforgettable and that will live in you long after you have finished reading the book. I can say definitely that WINTERSONG is a book that will go on my keeper shelf and that I will reread over and over until I have wrung the last bit of magic from it.

Told from the first person of view, Liesl or Elisabeth makes an engaging, self-aware narrator, and from her narration, we see how she grows from girl to woman, not just in terms of physical, but also in her emotional and mental maturity, in the self-actualization that she attains at the end. Her realization that she is “Elisabeth, entire”. The author takes us on this strange, wondrous, compelling journey, and while more astute readers may guess there’s only one outcome to this story, yet the journey to that end is filled with growth and realizations that both characters (Elisabeth and the Goblin King) would not have attained without these experiences.

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Anticipating Books…

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The Illuminae Files #2

Coming: October 18, 2016

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. 

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and theHypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion. 

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

 

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Six of Crows #2

Coming: September 27, 2016

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope.

As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets—a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

There’s even a sampler of Chapters 1 to 4 on Amazon!!! You can bet I’m getting it. I wonder if I should though. I mean, what if after reading it, I can’t wait until September???

My Top Ten of 2015

If I could give it 10 stars, I would!

PLAYING WITH FIRE is the magnificent, hot hot hot follow up to Flirting with Fire. What makes it hot? Dominant hero, saucy-mouthed heroine, power games in and out of the bedroom. Combine that with witty dialogue, and you’re in for an amazing ride you don’t want to end!

This book is so so good that I wonder how the author could top this one. Still, I’m willing to see her try with Wyatt’s book, Sparking the Fire.

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BLURRED LINES is a raw, no-holds-barred portrayal of two best friends making the choice to become lovers, and it’s the best I’ve ever read!

There was no slow moment in the story; the stakes got progressively higher with each chapter, along with the tension. The pace was just right, and the writing flowed smoothly. The characters were empathetic, flawed and believable, and together, they were hot hot hot! There was no superfluous intimate scene, and I love that!

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Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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This book is a danger–to my sanity, sleep, work. I couldn’t put it down! It’s powerful and raw; it doesn’t shy away from illuminating the gritty, poignant, bittersweet truth of combat situations.

Kady Grant was in class when she realized her planet’s under attack from enemy ships. Kerenza’s citizens do illegal mining of hermium under the directives of a corporation WUC, and its competitor BeiTech discovered this and means to take it for themselves. So it was a hostile takeover and lots of lives were lost. In a call for help, the battleship Alexander was patrolling nearby and responded to their call. They had to travel for about six months in space, with BeiTech’s surviving battleship the Lincoln in pursuit, before they can reach the Heimdall station, where hopefully there’ll be someone to assist them. Continue reading

Film Review: The DUFF

My friend said on Facebook, “We are all somebody’s DUFF.”

And that reminded me that I’ve heard about the book, The DUFF by Kody Keplinger, but I hadn’t known that it had been made into a movie. Which shouldn’t surprise me, as that seems to be the rage nowadays. Still, high school setting, romantic comedy…bring it on! We have to take a break from work anyway. Continue reading

Review: Death Marked by Leah Cypess

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A young sorceress’s entire life has been shaped to destroy the empire controlling her world. She could change history. But everything she thinks she knows is a lie. The sequel to the critically acclaimed Death Sworn will thrill fans of Leigh Bardugo and Robin LaFevers.

At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She trained the assassins in magic—and fell in love with one of them. And she discovered her entire life had been built on a lie. After all of this, she wants to see the truth for herself. She infiltrates the Imperial Academy of Sorcery. She will see everything she despises about the corrupt empire—its thirst for power, merciless control, and careless violence. But she also finds something she never expected—friends, and a place to belong. Ileni no longer knows whose side she is on. Leah Cypess spins an intricate and beautiful conclusion to Death Sworn.

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Rating: 5 stars

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If you haven’t read the first book, Death Sworn, go read it now. Though you can understand the story by jumping straight into DEATH MARKED, but you won’t get the same flavor and experience with knowing the backstory from reading the first book. Continue reading

Review: Red Queen by @VictoriaAveyard @harperteen “Fascinating, compelling!”

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Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

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Rating: 5 stars

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RED QUEEN is a fascinating, compelling dystopian debut from Victoria Aveyard, where the truth is not as it seems. With stunning twists, the story takes us on a sweeping adventure in a world that is different and yet eerily similar to our own.

Mare Burrows lives in a world where the Reds are oppressed by the elite Silvers. Reds are downtrodden, forced to eke out a minimal living for survival. Anybody who doesn’t have a job is conscripted into a war that they’re fighting with their neighbors, the Lakelands. Continue reading