21 Sep 2016

September Anticipated Reads

Anticipated Reads is a monthly meme hosted by Mel at Reviews In A Pinch that will be occurring the first Wednesday of every month (but today is an exception for me because I want to share!) that showcases at least three books releasing each month; letting you know what new books are coming out that I'm excited about.

Series: Worldwalker #3
Publication: September 20th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, chosen to face battle again, and (after losing her first love and being betrayed by her new love) she has learned more about loss and grief than she ever wanted to know.
Thrust once again into a society different from anything they have ever seen, Lily and her coven are determined to find answers―to find a new path to victory, a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices . . . and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian's side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?

Publication: September 27th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.
Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.
Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.
Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .

Publication: September 27th 2016 by Harlequin Teen
Lucy Acosta's mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They're inseparable—a family.
When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she's ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother's voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin's sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.


What are your September Anticipated Reads? Comment the link of your September Anticipated Reads post and I'll visit it then!


12 Sep 2016

Review: My Lady Jane

Publication: HarperTeen, June 27, 2016
Genre: Alternate history, comedy
Format: Hardcover, 481 pages
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England is a bit of a mess, and Lady Jane Grey's impending nuptials dragging her away from her books isn't even the biggest problem. The king is dying, his advisors are conspiring, and there's a conspiracy afoot. Also, her husband-to-be is a horse half the time. 

Here's the thing about this book: it is patently and utterly ridiculous... but it's a self aware kind of ridiculous. It's set in the mid-16th century, but the speech is almost entirely modern. People turn into animals. Lady Jane Grey's story doesn't end in a beheading after her nine-day queenship. The narrators make comments on the goings on, rather than just telling the story. Everything is lot more humorous than the situation really would have been, historically speaking.

All that makes this a very interesting exercise in storytelling. My knowledge of English history is far from perfect, but you don't really need a grasp of history to read this one, as it veers so far away from what actually happened. Most of the story exists in active defiance of history, but, for the most part, the narrators make it clear that that's kind of the point. The wackiness did make it a fun read...

While it was silly, and had very little to do with history this novel still had some fairly well defined characters that fitted the light tone of the novel. Jane was willful and compassionate, and more concerned with her books than the politics of England. The titles of her books amused me a lot! I'm a science student, so way they had lengthy and detailed titles of the academic texts was quite familiar (though the books themselves definitely weren't), and I quite enjoyed how Jane seemed to have picked up some pretty random bits of information from her reading (again, familiar). Especially the bit with the bear- I too often find myself in situations where I know a fair bit about something... but not anything of much use.  While I didn't enjoy the other characters quite as much as Jane, they suited the story well.

The only real gripe I have about this book was the Shakespeare bit. It just felt rather stilted being stuck in as it was... I think I might have preferred original poetry to that. It almost should have fit; there are parts of the story that do feel a bit Shakespearean- people turning into animals, the narrators interrupting the goings on with an intermission to comment, the RANDOM BEAR- but the poetry just didn't work for me.

Overall this was a silly alternate history that required a quite a bit of suspension of disbelief to get into. It's light, fun, and a bit random. It has less to do with history than most novels set on Mars, and it is definitely worth a read if you like something quick and quirky.

4 Sep 2016

Blood for Blood - A Series Not To Be Missed


Series: Blood for Blood, #1
Publication: February 24th 2015 by Chicken House Ltd
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
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When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.
When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties - the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.
I can’t believe that it took me a year to finally read this. It’s been just staying in my shelf for a long time. I let my mate borrow my copy though I still have not read it, and when she returned it to me and told me it’s really good and if I have the second book, I got interested and it’s like the book is calling out to me READ ME READ ME READ ME I HAVE BOYS TO FANGIRL AND A PROTAGONIST THAT YOU WILL NEVER GET ANNOYED. Yes, FIVE BOYS AND A NON-ANNOYING PROTAGONIST.

Vendetta constitutes to full extent suspense, a bit of romance, AND SWOON WORTHY BOYS. I am also really in love with how this book was written. I was never expecting to read such young adult. It was really, really, really good. I know that I’m a fantasy fan but this? This series made me realize that I love kick-ass young adult even more. I love the twists and turns and the realizations… EVERYTHING! I love it.

I did not expect to meet such characters. Sophie, the main protagonist, was never annoying. I was expecting her to be devoid of good sense or judgment or just like any other characters on other books that cause you irritation. Though she doesn’t think right sometimes, she is so brave and amiable. I was looking forward to Nic and Sophie’s relationship but I think Nic was “something”, there’s this feeling you won’t understand on him but he’s good at Sophie though and he cares for her but… And, Luca, Nic’s older brother. Gosh, Luca, I can’t get him out of my mind. His character may want Sophie to throw rock at him but I know something is up on his sleeve. And he’s irresistible!

I recommend EVERYONE to read Vendetta! It deserves more praises than it already has.
Trust me; you won’t forget every single scene.

Series: Blood for Blood, #2
Publication: January 7th 2016 by Chicken House
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Format: Paperback, 416 pages
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Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather in the second installment of Catherine Doyle's Blood for Blood series.
Sophie's life has been turned upside-down, and she's determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she's trying to forget, won't give up on their love - and it's Luca's knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace - and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie's in deeper than ever.

I have not stopped myself from buying a copy of the second book. I want to know what happens next to Sophie and the Falcones, especially my Luca. I read it in the midst of a school-hellish-works and so here it is.

 

If Vendetta was really, really, really good, then INFERNO TOPS VENDETTA. Yes, you have read that right. It is moooooooore intense and thrilling, and has moooooooooore twists and LIES AND TRUTHS. Oh, I love the truths though it hurts. The secrets that have been unraveled of Sophie’s identity were frustrating and led to upside downs and deaths.

 

Blood for blood.

Oh, I wish that I could share the whole book to you (I hate to spoil) but all I can say is that Inferno is astounding and breathtaking. I am out of words of how a great read it is.

 

If you have not read this series, pick it as your next read. And, while we wait for the third book, let’s fangirl together and get excited!


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