Oct 22
Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday

  Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own–an ability she didn’t know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver… Read more »

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Oct 21
FF Thinks: What I Look For

FF Thinks: What I Look For

  which is, I guess a pretty extensive list, so I’ll limit this to five things. So this is actually a misleading title: It’s more of What I *LIKE* in YA not What I Look For! If it’s a historical novel I will absolutely 100% hope it has court intrigue. If it’s historical fantasy I will absolutely 100% hope it has court intrigue. COURT INTRIGUE GUYS. I absolutely adore this and it’s probably like the third time I’ve said that on a post, but…I REALLY LOVE COURT INTRIGUE. Just the whole don’t know who to trust, the scandals, the affairs, the jealousy, the OH SO MANY MOTIVES, the stab in your back plot twists, and the usually forbidden romances. Or,… Read more »

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Oct 20
Stray by Elissa Sussman

Stray by Elissa Sussman

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this book going in. One one hand, I adore high fantasy.–on the other, the word “fairy godmother” sort of put me off. I like my fantasies dark and fairy godmother really just conjured the image of something more light and fluffy than dark and intriguing, but once I started it’s pretty clear these aren’t the fairy godmothers that we grew up with. The world of Stray is definitely one of the best parts of it, but it’s also a bit confusing. Beyond a few vague mentions of the Four Sisters, we never really learn where magic comes from, where the idea of Fairy Godmothers came from, how advisers were chosen, and where… Read more »

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Oct 18
Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

 Beautiful. Even in Paradise…surprised me. I downloaded this book because it intrigued me, but I was undoubtedly a bit anxious. Books like these are rarely my favorite or fit my taste, but I keep getting sucked in by the synopsises! (Synopsi?) I still had hopes, of course, but I was still fantastically surprised when I started adoring this book. I’m not quite certain I can put my feelings for this book into words, but there was something about it that was as enthralling is Julia herself that I couldn’t help but love. Maybe it had something to do with the straightforwardness of the writing that gave it a rather poetic feel and how concise Philpot with her words, but I just… Read more »

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Oct 17
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensely

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensely

  There were high expectations with this one guys, you don’t even know. I consider Joy a friend so there was that. Then both Kelly and Crystal absolutely adored it (to the point where they hosted a twitter party for it) and then the pressure was on. Would I really adore this book? Yes, the answer was yes there’s so much yes. And let’s talk about the pure originality in this book. There are plenty of YA novels with military themes nowadays and I’ve loved the majority of them (i.e. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller and If I Lie by Cory Jackson), but this is probably the first one where it’s the main character/girl who’s in the military (or close to it anyways.) The entire premise… Read more »

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Oct 16
Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

OH THE INTRIGUE. There was one reason and one reason only I picked up this book: Nobles. Empress. Princess. Political intrigue. I will read anything where high nobility come into play and where alliances and betrayals are made in secret–and that’s exactly what Queen of Someday gave me. There’s something oddly fascinating with these kind of books. I went from loving it, to hating it, to loving it again. And then realizing one of the best things about this book was also one of the worst things. So we’ll start with the that. The romance. Sophie is to be engaged to Peter–or at least, that’s the plan. Her mother’s a scheming princess who only really cares about status and riches, and will… Read more »

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Oct 15
Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday

I Was Here by Gayle Forman Cody and Meg were inseparable. Two peas in a pod. Until . . . they weren’t anymore.   When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted… Read more »

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