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Thursday, April 19, 2018

RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer // Villain is the new Hero

by Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (November 7, 2017)
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Sold by: Macmillan
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Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
In this day and age, we all know and love a good villain (I mean take a look at Loki from the MCU, he has people swooning left and right).

Renegades by Marissa Meyer caters to this new found love of the dark side, while also giving you a dashing hero to swoon over in the meantime.

Nova has this internal struggle between the evil upbringing she had, fueled by the gruesome murder of her family, and the good she sees in the people she is trying to take down AND IT IS SO FRUSTRATING (in the best way)! AND WHY ISN'T THE NEXT BOOK OUT YET!?

Please don't get me started on poor, sweet Adrian because I will never stop. He's so cute I want to stuff him in a room and not let him come out because he has a seriously nasty habit of getting into trouble. HE JUST WANTS TO BE A GOOD SON AND GET JUSTICE AND PROTECT EVERYONE!!!! (@ all the boys at my school you need to read up on this mans, study him cause this is how you should treat girls)

Anyway, I am emotionally unstable and will be rocking in the corner of my room until book 2 comes out. Au revoir readers!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Now A Major Motion Picture // Behind the Scenes Takes and Adorable Turn

by Cori McCarthy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (April 3, 2018)
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
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Unlike the rest of the world, Iris doesn't care about the famous high-fantasy Elementia books written by M. E. Thorne. So it's just a little annoying that M. E. Thorne is her grandmother—and that Iris has to deal with the trilogy's crazy fans.

When Iris gets dropped in Ireland for the movie adaptation, she sees her opportunity: if she can shut down production, the Elementia craze won't grow any bigger, and she can finally have a normal life. Not even the rascally-cute actor Eamon O'Brien can get in her way.

But the crew's passion is contagious, and as Iris begins to find herself in the very world she has avoided her whole life, she realizes that this movie might just be amazing…
So picture this: There is adorable little me, and (not as cute) Andye, in Barnes & Noble. It was just her birthday, and (since our local B&N decided not to put out Stormcaster (Cinda Williams Chima) when it came out so my grandparents couldn't get it for her so they just gave her a gift card to get it herself whenever B&N decided to get their stuff together) she had a gift card, and so I was like, 'I'm taking advantage of this situation', as one does. So I'm browsing the YA isle, and this title catches my eye. I mean, it's called Now a Major Motion Picture for crying out loud. So I was like, 'wow what book is this and when is it coming out on the big screen?' So me, being the curious person I am, take it off the shelf and look at it.

While it isn't actually a major motion picture, it is a really amazing book. Something that I love about this contemp. is that it isn't just about Iris' romantic relationships, but also about her relationship with her family, especially her little brother. She discovers the grandmother she never met, and her character arc is beautiful.

All that said, this boy is SO CUTE OMG. Eamon O'Brien is nerdy and adorkable and I love him and you can't convince me otherwise. He is literally the perfect mans, like, people of the world, go find you mans like this to keep for quirkiness, book recommendations, and occasional baby sitting.

They also have some scenes from her grandmother's book that has very much piqued my interest (I feel like there should be a Rainbow Rowell's Carry On kind of deal with her grandmother's books). @Cori this is a great idea you should hire me to be your idea guy :)

I have great argumentative skills and I believe I have just put together a pretty good argument as to why you should go to your local book store and pick up a good book that will make you tear up at times, but won't leave you a sobbing mess on the floor. On that happy note! Au revoir readers!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

This Book is the DEFINITION of Adorkable // EMERGENCY CONTACT by Mary H.K. Choi

by Mary H.K. Choi
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 27, 2018)
Language: English
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For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.
Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a cafĂ© and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
I've been on such a contemp (rom com) kick lately, so I was really excited to get this in the mail. Thanks so much to S&S for sending! 

I seriously devoured EMERGENCY CONTACT, and that's really saying something since I've had such a hard time finding time to read lately. I love that it was blurbed by Rainbow Rowell because I definitely think it will appeal to fans of her books. The witty banter, the awkward moments, the way the characters saw themselves vs how others saw them, the character arcs . . . it was all just so fantastic!

Penny and Sam are both such flawed characters. But they weren't nearly as flawed as they thought they were. I really enjoyed reading a scene from one point of view, and how much of a disaster it seemed to be, then when you read the other point of view, it seemed completely different.

There was so much change and growth that happened throughout the book. I didn't know how on earth these two characters would ever be able to get together, so when they finally figured things out it was SO fantastic. I only wish they had a little more page-time as a couple. No lie, I almost gave this four stars because this book is too big and adorable not to have a least one amazing kiss at the end!!! I loved it, tho. 

EMERGENCY CONTACT so obnoxiously adorkable that I want to squish its cheeks!

I have an extra copy of Emergency Contact, so I'm giving my review copy away. It's a hard cover and has a "review copy" sticker on the front. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire #3) by C. J. Redwine

Series: Ravenspire (Book 3)
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (February 13, 2018)

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Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan’s identity — is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.

The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.

Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.

What is better than a good old fashioned fantasy book? (Honestly pizza, but we're not talking about that right now). C. J. Redwine is a master of adorkable fantasy retellings that aren't just straight up retellings. Not to mention THAT THEY ALL TAKE PLACE IN THE SAME WORLD... umm no wonder all the boys in the real world suck, because Redwine kidnapped them and put them in her books.

So why should you read The Traitor Prince? Well let me tell you:

1.) Magic! I mean who can resist magic?
2.) As before mentioned boys - Javan is honestly too precious for any world, much less the one he's in.
3.) Fierce main female character - honestly Sajda is the master of intimidation and low key snark
4.) If you loved the Wish Granter, be ready for a surprise appearance (Let me tell you, I LOVED THE WISH GRANTER)
5.) Because it's beautiful

Wait... I have just obviously swayed you to my intelligent way of thinking... so why are you still here? GO! READ!

*But if you haven't read The Shadow Queen or The Wish Granter, you should do that first. Not because of spoilers, but because it makes reading guest appearances more fun and exciting.*

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

5 Big Problems With ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I recently read *ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. You may have already heard of this book, as everyone seems to be RAVING about it. But I thought I should just give you my thoughts, and a little caution before you decide to drop the big bucks on this one.

 by Andye

1. The cover.

Ok, yeah. The cover is freaking amazing. The problem, though, is that when you take off the dust-jacket, the naked book is JUST AS AMAZING. Or maybe more amazing, I don't even know. So, what am I supposed to do? Display it with the jacket on? Or off? How am I supposed to pick? Switch it back and forth every other day? And where do I put the jacket on the off days? It's going to get crinkled! So now I have to buy TWO copies, just so I don't have to stress out about this. Rude, Random House. Rude.

2. People are bothering me about it. 

This goes along with problem #1. I took Illuminae with me to my son's baseball game so I could read in-between innings, but when people saw the cover, and all the writing and scribbles and the big CLASSIFIED stamp and all the cool pages, they kept TALKING TO ME ABOUT IT. I wanted to scream, "NO. REALLY. I BROUGHT THIS HERE SO THAT I COULD TALK TO YOU. JUST KEEP INTERRUPTING. PLEASE."  Seriously, the questions went on and on. Even MEN were asking me about it! So, don't buy this book unless you want people to talk to you, because people are incredibly nosy.

3. The cussing is blacked out.

You may think this is a good thing. To shield your virgin eyes from the filth. But all it does is make you sit there and try to figure out which foul word goes in the blank. It's like a CUSSING QUIZ. I mean, I tried all kinds of combinations, and there are a couple I still can't figure out. I thought my bad language vocabulary was pretty extensive, but now I have to go look up bad words just to see what fits. How is that ok?

4. It's deceptively big.

I tried to tell someone that I read a 600 page book, but then she looked at it an saw all the pages were made up of emails, IMs, and reports, and some of them just had drawings, or computer scribbles, or propeganda "pamphlets", and she said it didn't count. I mean, she took the book from me and started devouring it because it was "so cool" but somehow it doesn't count as 600 pages? Pretentious.

5. It was gross.

There are things that happen in this book that will make you want to gouge out your eyes. For instance: crazy people gouging out other people's eyes. This book gave me nightmares, and I was NOT expecting that. There could've at least been a warning that this book was going to be CREEPY sometimes. The scariest part is that it was so realistic. I can definitely see something like this happening for real, and now I'm scarred for life. Also scared for life.


Ok, so yes, this was maybe the coolest book I've ever read. And yes, I loved the way the events unfolded and revealed things. And yes, the romance was great . . . and heartbreaking. But I just don't know if I should be OK with it considering all the things I've listed above. Plus I just don't know what to think about AIDAN and that freaks me out! I mean, a super computer that basically can do whatever it (he) wants to you? This could seriously happen in real life, people! WHO WANTS TO THINK ABOUT THAT?

So in short, I cannot recommend this book for people who are wimps, are indecisive, don't like talking to people, like cussing, don't want to think about the future, or hate cool things. The rest of you, read at your own risk.

The Illuminae Files #1
by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1St Edition edition (October 20, 2015)
Language: English

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

*All pics and thoughts are from the special edition ARC and may change in the final copy.