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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer // Feisty and the Beast

Print Length: 496 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA; 1 edition (January 29, 2019)
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
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Fall in love, break the curse.
It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL! And no, I'm not just talking about that super cool cover. The story line, writing, characters, EVERYTHING! I LOVE IT! I read the other books by Brigid Kemmerer (More Than We Can Tell & Letters To the Lost) and I thought they were absolutely incredible. I was worried when I started it, because the description sounded so good and her other books were so good and I wanted this book to be just as good AN IT WASSSSSS!!!! The book is a little big, so slow readers beware you're in for a mountain that is SO worth the climb. It kind of feels like two separate books, which I am 100% okay with, it's like you read a book and then think you need to wait a whole other year for book 2, but find out it's already out.

The world building is amazing. Kemmerer not only plays with our world, she also has created her own world with its own politics and its incredibly creative. Since the book is bigger, it makes the character arcs amazing and so much better than if it had been smaller. The main character, Harper, is from this world so it's funny to see how a modern woman would adjust to a different world. The other main character, Rhen, is the beast and I love him so much so good bye all pain and suffering I will fight you to the end of the earth. So to see them both from the beginning of the book and compare them to the people they are at the end is breathtaking.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf // Zombies with Brains (and No Hearts)

Publisher: Entangled: Teen (June 5, 2018)
Sold by: Macmillan
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Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.
Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.
Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.
So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.
Winner takes the loser’s heart.

This book combines modern female attitudes (read: funny and sarcastic) with a renaissance feel and, most importantly, magic. Zera just says whatever she’s thinking. She’s me but in a fantasy world. I love relatable characters. Be warned: this book does have its weird parts. For people like me, it’s craziness is intriguing and makes me like it more, I feel like it gives it more layers and isn’t like a book that’s afraid of the gruesome details. The main character, Zera, doesn’t have a heart, her heart belongs to a witch and so her witch can control her, so as a heartless she has this blood lust that is like another voice in her head. I wouldn’t say I necessarily love internal struggles because I want the best for all of the characters because they’ve been through so much in their lives, but that wouldn’t make a very interesting book. But if they HAVE to have an internal struggle, then this is a great way to go. It’s like, WHAT IS SHE GOING TO DO NOW? NOT THAT! NOT THAT!!! Oh, okay we’re good. WAIT NO GO BACK GO BACK!!! It’s an emotional roller coaster, let me tell you. 

Okay now to the really important part. THE BOYS. My goodness I love them. I think Andye is worried about me. But who cares? They’re nice to look at and read about. These boys in particular are no exception. Lucien is a beautiful piece of words. His character is so well written and isn’t just blah. And his bodyguard is great comic relief. He literally made me laugh out loud. There’s just me sitting alone in the living room giggling to myself. I’m not antisocial, why would you say that? Rude. 

Okay now emotionally prepare yourself for plot twists and go read good people.  

Saturday, August 11, 2018

#MURDERTRENDING by Gretchen McNeil #HungergamesForCriminals

by Gretchen McNeil
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Freeform (August 7, 2018)
Language: English
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@doctorfusionbebop: Some 17 y. o. chick named Dee Guerrera was just sent to Alcatraz 2.0 for killing her stepsister. So, how long do you think she'll last?

@morrisdavis72195: I hope she meets justice! She'll get what's coming to her! BWAHAHA!

@EltonJohnForevzz: Me? I think Dee's innocent. And I hope she can survive.

WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society's most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.

When seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she's about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn't commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she's innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman's cast of executioners kill them off one by one?
*(Thanks to Storygram Tours and Disney Books we have a giveaway happening on our Instagram page! Check it out here!)*

A book about legal murder? Sign me up!

Morbid? Me? Nah, I just like to read things that are :)

Okay, okay I'm done. 


This book combines a currently corrupt society with good ol' fashioned mystery. Which is always fun. It has so many layers to it that can be confusing if you're not following closely along. If you think you know what's going to happen next, you're probably wrong. But confusion is really what makes up a good mystery. 

This is like the Purge, where murder is legalized (in the movie for the 24 hours and in the book for people in this particular prison), mixed with Nerve where the videos are out there for everyone to watch and enjoy, no matter how sick it may be. There are parts of the book where it shows the comments people "posted" in the book on the videos of the prisoners, which I though was a very clever detail. It gives the reader an insight into the minds of society, not just the main character and those on the island with her, in this version of reality. 

The main character in question, Dee, has so much going on, AND IT'S ALL CONNECTED. Her creepy past, the fact that she's being framed for her stepsister's murder, and more than that, the fact that she's living on an island where she could be killed at any time with a bunch of convicted killers. The only issue I had with her was how trusting she was during the entire book. After everything she's been through, you'd think she'd learn, but no. Other than that, she is a pretty good person, which is a good thing for a main character to be. 

Overall I enjoyed this book. It's interesting and it makes your brain work to connect the dots. It's intense, definitely not something you pick up for a cute, fun, or fast read. If you liked movies/books like Nerve, or the Purge (as mentioned before), or even the Hunger Games you'll realllllllyyyyyyy love #Murdertrending. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Giveaway Prize Pack! HOCUS POCUS and the All-New Sequel

We're so excited to be partnering with Freeform Books (Disney Book Group) for this incredible giveaway! Released on the 25thAnniversary of the 1993 Disney film, fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original story, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with a new generation of Salem teens. I think one of everyone's favorite Halloween movies is Hocus Pocus, so how exciting is it that we are getting a sequel?! 

Published by Freeform Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group
Release Date: July 10, 2018

Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel, released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film, marks a new era of Hocus Pocus. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens.

Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches, the Sanderson sisters, from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on earth to torment Salem for all eternity.

Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest vile scheme.

Halloween comes early with the new two-part novel: HOCUS POCUS & THE ALL NEW SEQUEL! 

One (1) winner receives:
  • A copy of the book,
  • Custom Sanderson Sisters cookies,
  • A branded “Witch, Please” t-shirt and mug!

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Devil's Thief by Lisa Maxwell // Did You Mean: The Visual Representation of Frustration?

The Last Magician #2
by Lisa Maxwell
Print Length: 704 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 9, 2018)
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
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Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined. Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it. To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them. In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

If you ever just are in the mood to throttle someone, but can't find the passion or drive, just read this book and you will be good to go. Literally the entire book is just TENSION and like as soon as some of that tension starts to be released IT JUST SNAPS RIGHT BACK. If you want to hold on to your hopes and dreams that were started in the first book, you might want to wait for book three.

I might not be a sobbing mess on the floor, but this is almost WoRsE. Don't get me wrong, the book was good as hell (get it? DEVIL'S thief? No? Okay. I'll be in my corner), BUT I'M TENSE JUST THINKING ABOUT IT! Esta, amazing I love her. Harte, I'm still swooning. Viola, still woman goals. Jianyu, still super loyal and cool. Jack, still a douche. Nibsy, still extremely rude (to put it mildly). BUT BACK TO THE POINT:

One thing I didn't like about this book is, the Esta and Harte story line goes around in circles. I felt like the entire book they got nothing done. They learned things that will be crucial to the future story line, but not really because they didn't do anything. Throughout the ENTIRE book they seemed to actually regress. It's hard to read a book that is 704 pages and feel like you're just back to square one when you're done.

But the writing in the book is absolutely AMAZING. It gives these great descriptions of characters and settings with out being so wordy that the reader loses interest. The way Maxwell plays with time travel is amazing and I LOVE IT. It's so hard to find a GOOD book with time travel in it. Plus I like that it's magical time travel so I don't have to try and pretend I know anything about science.

Overall I did adore this book, you just have to be willing to stick it out until book three where HOPEFULLY I can relax and not have a mental break down (Please and thank you Lisa Maxwell). So if you haven't read The Last Magician, you actually need to because it is so fantastic and The Devil's Thief is coming to your local bookstore soon (but not nearly soon enough if you ask me) and you need to be mentally prepared for it. 

Au revoir readers!