Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Title:  Snow Like Ashes
Author:  Sara Raasch
Published:  
October 14, 2014
Series:  
Snow Like Ashes #1
Genre:  
High Fantasy
Format:  
Kindle
Source:  
Purchased

Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self. Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own. Continue reading

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

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Title:  The Vault of Dreamers
Author:  Caragh M. O’Brien
Published:  September 16, 2014
Genre:  YA Dystopian, Science Fiction
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there. Continue reading

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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Title:  The Winner’s Curse
Author:  Marie Rutkoski
Published:  March 4, 2014
Series:  The Winner’s Trilogy #1
Genre:  YA High Fantasy
Format:  Hardcover
Source:  Purchased

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday – Suspicion

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This Wednesday, I’m waiting on…

Title:  Suspicion
Author:  Alexandra Monir
Publication Date:  December 9, 2014
Genre:  YA Paranormal Mystery

Mysterious. Magnificent. Creepy. Welcome to Rockford Manor.

“There’s something hidden in the Maze.” Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.

Haunted by her parents’ deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin’s untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.

All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion’s aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself–and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?

Combining a fresh twist on the classic REBECCA with a spine-tingling mystery and powerful romance, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride. Continue reading

New Release – Snow Like Ashes – 10/14/14

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Title:  Snow Like Ashes
Author:  Sara Raasch
Series:   Snow Like Ashes #1
Genre:  High Fantasy
Published:  October 14, 2014

Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self.  Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Fairest

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This Wednesday, I’m waiting on…

Title:  Fairest
Author:  Marissa Meyer
Publish Date:  January 27, 2015
Series:  The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Genre:  YA Dystopian, Science Fiction

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

I’m a huge fan of The Lunar Chronicles, and I don’t expect to be disappointed by Fairest. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t come out until January, so I’m stuck waiting for a while. *cue world’s tiniest violin* Fairest is going to be the untold story of Queen Levana, the Lunar queen who glamors everyone into thinking she’s beautiful and obeying her every command. What makes that evil queen so evil? Why is she so obsessed with her beauty? I expect all these questions and more about The Evil Queen to be answered in Fairest.

If you haven’t already read The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter [coming 2015]) this is a series of sci-fi/dystopian fairy tale retellings in a futuristic world where humans have succeeded in colonizing the moon, branching off into a race called the “Lunars.” On earth, many humans–called cyborgs–live with mechanical body parts, and are given very little as far as respect and human rights. Each book weaves the story of a fairy tale princes into the setting (starting with Cinderella). If you haven’t read this series, definitely check it out!

Will you be reading Fairest in January? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

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Title:  Endgame: The Calling
Author:  James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton
Published:  October 7, 2014
Series:  Endgame #1
Genre:  YA Contemporary, Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
Source:  ARC

Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame.

For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.

This is Endgame.

When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google’s Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.

Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.

Play.

Survive.

Solve.

People of Earth.

Endgame has begun.

*I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher, Harper Collins as part of a giveaway. In no way has this influenced my review.*
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Waiting on Wednesday – The Fire Seekers

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This Wednesday, I’m waiting on…

Title:  The Fire Seekers
Author:  Richard Farr
Publication Date:  November 1, 2014
Series:  The Babel Trilogy #1
Genre:  Fantasy

The time of our immortality is at hand.

An undeciphered language in Crete. A rash of mysterious disappearances, from Bolivia to Japan. An ancient warning at the ruins of Babel. And a new spiritual leader, who claims that human history as we understand it is about to come to an end. Continue reading

New Release – The Young Elites – 10/7/2014

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Title:  The Young Elites
Author:  Marie Lu
Series:   The Young Elites #1
Genre:  Dystopian
Published:  October 7, 2014

“I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.”

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

“It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.”
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Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

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Title:  Sinner
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater
Published:  July 1, 2014
Series:  Wolves of Mercy Falls #4
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret—his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved? Continue reading