Wednesday, November 19

Waiting on Wednesday

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
Melissa Grey

Published By: Delacourte Press
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
For readers of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire

This blurb is awesome! I am a massive fan of YA fantasy novels and have been looking for more in this genre to read. This cover screams Shadow and Bone to me. It's absolutely stunning and I can't wait to read it. A definite must read for my shelf.

Monday, November 17

I Still Haven't Read...

This weeks pick...

The Sea Breeze Series by Abbi Glines

#1 Breathe
#2 Because of Low
#3 While It Lasts
#4 Just for Now
#5 Sometimes it Lasts (Haven't Read Yet)
#6 Misbehaving (Haven't Read Yet)
#7 Bad For You (Haven't Read Yet) 
 #8 Hold on Tight (Haven't Read Yet) 
 #9 Until the End (Haven't Read Yet)

Have you read this series?


Wednesday, November 12

Waiting on Wednesday

The Stars Never Rise
Rachel Vincent

Published By: Delacourte Press
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Genre: YA - Urban Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

Another series by Rachel Vincent. I absolutely adore Rachel Vincent books. Her adult Urban Fantasy series are in my opinion better than her Soul Screamers series but I am so excited about this. Young Adult + Urban Fantasy is bound to be epically awesome. I cannot wait!

Monday, November 10

I Still Haven't Read...

This weeks pick...

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Have you read this book?

Saturday, November 8

Review: The Next Forever (Pretty Amy #1.5)

The Next Forever (Pretty Amy #1.5)
Lisa Burstein

Published By: Entangled Ever After
Publication Date: January 13, 2013
Date Read: October 30, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
One night in college can change everything…

Away at college, Amy just wants one night alone without her high school sweetheart, Joe. So when he invites her to go to the library, she heads off on her own instead. How she ended up at a house party with the mysterious bad-boy Trevor is another story…

Joe so isn’t going to the library. He needs space from Amy, too, so he’s decided to rush a fraternity, to get back the swagger he had in high school. But it doesn’t take long for the brothers to invite him to the real rush here the beer is flowing and one particular girl has set her eyes on Joe.

Over the course of one wild night, both Amy and Joe will have to decide if their futures belong with two new people, or whether the next forever will have their first loves in it.

After finishing Pretty Amy I couldn't help but download this novella. I ended up absolutely loving Pretty Amy and I was dying to know what was going to happen to her and Joe next. The Next Forever definitely delivers that.

The Next Forever is set after Pretty Amy and Amy and Joe have gone to college. Set in one particular night that will test their relationship Amy and Joe must decide if their future is together or apart.

I loved this little novella. It really delivered and answered the questions that we were all wondering from the end of Pretty Amy. We saw the Amy that I had grown to love in the end of the book. The stronger, more independent Amy and I loved her even more in this book.

The Next Forever was the perfect follow on for Pretty Amy and I enjoyed every moment of it. I now can't wait to get into Dear Cassie and see her story.

Friday, November 7

Review: Pretty Amy (Pretty Amy #1)

Pretty Amy (Pretty Amy #1)
Lisa Burstein

Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Date Read: October 29, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
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From Goodreads:
Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when the girls get stood up for prom and take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx — Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Even worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing — like she is nothing.

Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.

Pretty Amy is one of those books that has been sat on my shelf for forever and I just never got around to starting it. This one has been on my radar since before the release as I've been working closely with Entangled Teen since they started. I am so glad I finally ended up reading this one as I really enjoyed it.

Amy is preparing for the best night of her life. Prom. Armed with her best friends and the dates that her best friend has arranged what could possibly go wrong? But when the dates stand them up and the girls take matters into their own hands their perfect night ends up with them behind bars. Faced with a summer of boring tasks to prove how good she is and away from her best friends Amy has to face the question of who she really is... and does she have a future to make up for her mistakes or will she end up behind bars permanently?

I had a little bit of trouble with Pretty Amy in the start of the book. I really didn't like her as a character. I felt like she was selfish and just a downright horrible person. I always have a lot of trouble finishing books when I don't like the characters but after a trusted friend told me that she would grow on me I continued and it was true. She did. I didn't understand her loyalty to Lila and Cassie. I don't know whether it is because we don't really see much of their friendship before they are seperated but the parts we do see of them they just aren't very nice people and I didn't get why she wanted to protect them so much. By the end of the book I really liked Amy. She really grows throughout the book and I loved that.

Pretty Amy was nothing like what I expected. I really expected a light and funny contemporary novel when in fact it was quite dark and deep. I loved it. I was soon taken up in the storyline and it made me not mind Amy's flaws quite so much. Lisa Burstein has a great narration style. It makes reading her books so easy and you are easily taken away by the story. I really ended up loving this book and it made me want to continue with the story straight away.

Pretty Amy is a great YA Contemporary novel and I would recommend it to any fan of YA Contemporaries. It's a dark and deep novel with lots of drama. I loved every moment of it and though I didn't connect with the characters straight away they definitely grow on you. A great debut.

Thursday, November 6

Non-Review: Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1)

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1)
Kim Harrison

Published By: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: January 8, 2009
Date Read: October 13, 2014
Genre: Adult - Urban Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Rachel Morgan is a white witch and runner working for Inderland Security, in an alternate world where a bioengineered virus wiped out a great deal of the world's human population – exposing the existence of the supernatural communities that had long lived alongside humanity.

For the last five years Rachel has been tracking down law-breaking Inderlanders in modern-day Cincinnati, but now she wants to leave and start her own agency. Her only problem is that no one quits the I.S.

Marked for death, Rachel will have to fend off fairy assassins and homicidal weres armed with an assortment of nasty curses. She's a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers by exposing the city's most prominent citizen as a drug lord. But making an enemy of the ambiguous Trent Kalamack is just as deadly as leaving the I.S.

After reading and loving the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning I was determined to find some more Adult Urban Fantasy series to devour. Dead Witch Walking is a book I have had on my kindle for forever and just never got round to reading it. After featuring it on my 'Still Haven't Read...' feature I finally decided to pick it up. Unfortunately I just couldn't get into this one.

I don't know whether it was because I just seem to not get on with witch books but I just couldn't connect with this book at all. The storyline was not gripping me and I was completely bored. In addition to that I was really not interested in the characters whatsoever. I will still be trying some more Adult UF novels but unfortunately this series was just not one of the ones that I will enjoy.