Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 



Title:
Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author:
Louise Gornall
Publication Date:
January 3rd 2017
Publisher:
                Clarion Books



Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.
 


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Monday, 26 September 2016

TeensRead Winter + Spring 2017 Preview [Recap]


On Saturday September 10th, a bunch of bloggers, booktubers, librarians, and booksellers got together for TeensRead Preview, an event hosted by Raincoast Books, in Vancouver, Toronto, and online. This was my first time attending this event and to say I was nervous was an understatement. And to make matters worse due to the amount of traffic everywhere, I thought I wasn't going to make it or that I would at least be late. However, I managed to go through side streets and miraculously made it to the library with a few minutes to spare. 

When everyone arrived, the event started. It began with the Raincoast ladies going upfront introducing themselves and presenting upcoming winter and spring titles. After all the books were discussed, Mary E. Pearson (author of The Remnant Chronicles and the Jenna Fox Chronicles) went upfront to answer some Q&As. 

Everyone also received a bag of goodies - including some swag and ARCs. It was fun to see everyone and participate in the discussions afterwards, though I was a little shy. Thanks to the ladies from Raincoast for hosting and inviting me to such a fun event! 😊



Some of the books I'm super excited to read (and have thrown my book ban out the window to pre-order):







Here's the full list of all the books presented at the event: 



Giveaway
  • Open Internationally and will run until October 14, 2016.
  • The winner will receive two ARC's and a bunch of swag. 
  • You must be 13+ or have a parent's permission to enter this giveaway. 
  • I (Aimie - I Write, You Read & KatyDreams) will not be held responsible for any lost/damaged mail.
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  • The winner must respond within 48 hours or I will pick another winner. 

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Crown of Midnight by: Sarah J. Maas


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 2, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Pages: 418
Series: Throne of Glass - Book Two
Format: Paperback
Source: Indigo

Summary from Goodreads: 
"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."


From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
 

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How does Sarah J. Maas do it? She creates a world so captivating and entrancing that you can't find help but find yourself in awe of her creations. Having read Throne of Glass not too long ago - which I was pretty impressed by (you can read my review here) - I had high hopes for this novel and series. And let me tell you Mrs. Maas didn't let me down. 

When I thought Celaena...er, Aelin was already a badass, BOOM! Badassery explodes from every end. From the amazing writing, driven plot, extruchiatingly awesome characters, to the perfection that was the execution, Sarah J. Maas has created another masterpiece that now sits on my shelf. Everything was just utter perfection. Seriously, there was nothing that I didn't like. 

I tried not to pay attention to all the hype and generally avoided reading anything on Twitter or Instagram in fear of getting spoiled. I know I'm late to the party...sigh. Pushing aside the fact that I have now only began to read this series in 2016 when this particular novel was originally published in 2013 (*shakes head slowly), I am happy to state that I am officially hooked. I'm jumping onboard the bandwagon and am going to see this series to the end. 


Side Note: As I am currently typing this, I keep on glancing at the shelf where the whole series now sits. Before you ask, yes after reading Crown of Midnight I went out and bought the rest of the series. I rarely ever do that but I know that no matter what this series throws at me, I am going to stick with it till the end. 



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About The Author:

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.


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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 



Title:
Ever the Hunted
Author:
Erin Summerill
Publication Date:
December 27th 2016
Publisher:
                HMH Books for Young Readers



Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.
 


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Monday, 19 September 2016

Vassa in the Night by: Sarah Porter


Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Published by Tor Teen
Expected Publication: September 20th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling, Paranormal
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: requested via Raincoast Books

Summary from Goodreads: 
In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students.
 

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A modern retelling that will make little to no sense. 

Vassa in the Night is a modern day retelling of a Russian folklore entitled "Vassilisa the Beautiful". Vassar owns a tiny wooden magical doll named Erg that she takes everywhere, it was given to her by her mother before she passed away. Now that her mother and father are gone, she faces the life that has ultimately been dealt for her. Vassa lives in an enchanted version of Brooklyn with her step-mother and step-sisters.  

One night, Vassa's step-sister tells her that she needs to go to the store to pick up light bulbs. The problem? The only store that is open that late is runned by Babs Yagg. The store is usually displayed with severed heads, to dissuade people from trying to shoplift the store. 

Having never heard or read the original version, Vassilisa the Beautiful, I didn't know what to expect. When I first began reading this story, I was intrigued. The premise, plot, and characters all seemed rather...unique. Weird too, but mostly unique. After about 45% of the novel, I started to feel like the story was just dragging for me. There was nothing to really fascinate me or make me want to read more.The weirdness just continued to expand well the process with the plot began to diminish. 

In the end, this was not one of the best books I have read. Not the worst either, but still nothing to really push me to read more. If you don't like fantasy novels with a lot of weird things happening then this is definitely not the best fit for you. 




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About The Author:
I write stories that seem to me to be quite true enough for all practical purposes. Among them are VASSA IN THE NIGHT, THE LOST VOICES TRILOGY, and the forthcoming WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW and TENTACLE AND WING. Realism makes little sense to me and I experience more truth in the fantastic. I always have new novels underway, both Young Adult and Grownup/ Literary/ Speculative. When not writing my own weird stuff, I can often be found leading creative writing workshops with amazing young NYC public-school writers via Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Or I might be drawing, or gardening, or wandering wraithlike through the streets. I live in Brooklyn, land of mystery, with my awesome husband Todd and our two cats, Jub Jub and Delphine. 

Represented by Kent D. Wolf of the Friedrich Agency.



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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 



Title:
The Nerdy and the Dirty
Author:
B.T. Gottfred
Publication Date:
November 15th 2016
Publisher:
                Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)



Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated--and not quite sure that she's like other girls. Do they have urges like she does?

His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he's destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different--but that's what he likes about himself.

When fate intervenes, both Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for a nympho and a nerd?


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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

When the Moon Was Ours by: Anna-Marie McLemore


When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Published by Thomas Dunne
Expected Publication: October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: requested via Raincoast Books

Summary from Goodreads: 
When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
 

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Fantasy, romance, lgbt, and more! A novel that will move you and break you at the same time. 

When the Moon Was Ours is such a beautifully woven story. I feel like if I try to explain the story or the premise in any way I will be spoiling the whole thing. I can tell you that this is such a mystical, lyrical, and intensely interesting story and plot. Even though this novel spreads into many genres, it's main focus/message has to be acceptance. Not only from others but also from yourself. It is a part of who you are, your identity, your life. 

The only thing that sort of disliked had to be the faltering climax. However, that was the only negative thing that I can say about this magical novel. The relationship between Miel, a girl with magical abilities, and Sam, a boy from Pakistan, was so captivating and personally moving. Their love for each other was so pure, true- that love that comes from knowing someone so fully -  and relatable. 

Overall, this was a moving novel I recommend you add to your TBR. 


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About The Author:
Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, raised in the same town as the world's largest wisteria vine, and taught by her family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. Her debut novel THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults book, and a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award. Her second novel, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, will be released on October 4, 2016, and WILD BEAUTY is forthcoming in 2017.



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Friday, 9 September 2016

Replica by: Lauren Oliver


Replica by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins
Expected Publication: October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 554
Series: Replica - Book #1
Format: ARC
Source: HCC Frenzy Presents Event

Summary from Goodreads: 
Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever...

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AMAZING! 

Replica is two stories in one book. The two stories are split into two different POV's, Lyra and Gemma. Both stories were so complex and different compared to other YA books. It focuses on each character and what they going through; Lyra is dealing with hospitals and replicas (clones), whereas Gemma is dealing with the secrets her family has been keeping from her. You can read Replica any way you want to (i.e. alternating between the stories, reading them separately, etc). I personally chose to read the novel through alternating chapters between both main characters. 

Lyra grew up living on the island, Haven Institute, where replicas were created, grown, and later experimented on. Gemma grew up with two parents that hardly payed any attention to her except to make sure her health wasn't declining, since she was born she had a lot of health issues. Getting the chance to find out what her parents are hiding, why they seem paranoid and on edge, and what exactly is her father's involvement in the whole thing. 



Both characters, Lyra and Gemma, were enticing to read. Lyra's POV had a lot more action and we got to see how she interacted with the replicas and come to terms with a lot of the things that were unknown. When an explosion blows up the facility, Lyra sees her chance to finally escape. Lyra's POV reminds me of The Island, a movie about a mercenary who goes after two clones that escape a research facility. Gemma's POV was more in depth and explained a lot more about what was going on. Through both POV's we get a lot of information on what was happening at the facility and what each character was personally going through. 

The only negative thing I can think of is the ending. I dislike cliffhangers but absolutely hate open endings. It doesn't leave you wanting to throw the book at the wall and stalk the internet trying to find out the release date of the sequel. No. It doesn't wrap the stories up or make you want more. It just ends. Another thing I didn't really like is the whole two separate points of view debacle. I felt like the novel would have been a lot more engaging and appealing to readers, including myself, if it had focused on Gemma's POV and added a few chapters of Lyra's POV. Though the major twist affects both characters, Gemma is the one it affects the most. Other than that, the rest of the novel was such a blast to read. 



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About The Author:
Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of content development company Paper Lantern Lit. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; a major motion picture adaptation of Before I Fall was announced by Open Road Films in 2016. Her novels for middle grade readers include The Spindlers, Liesl & Po, and the Curiosity House series, co-written with H. C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and a variety of airport lounges. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com
 


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