Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Book Review: The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh

Type: Duology
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Source: Hardcover // Amazon
Where To Get It: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble

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Summary:  The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't
yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within
her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young
man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true
love.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Book Review: The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Type: Stand-Alone
Genre: Contemporary, Stand-Alone
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Source: Review copy from NetGalley
Where To Get It: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble

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Summary:  A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven

In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons. 

But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia—not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby—and herself—it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Book Review: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

Type: Series
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Summary: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.


Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?