Review: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

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Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Pages: 373

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I received this book from my June Uppercase Box right after graduation. Yes, this girl has graduated! This is my first post-grad review! Wow, I can hardly believe it.

Unfortunately, this review is not going to be all unicorns and rainbows. In fact, I believe this review is going to be much like the post-grad world: too realistic and just a bit disappointing for many of the YA optimists out there. My apologies. Can you tell I’m feeling sassy? No? Well, let’s count the ways… shall we?

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Sunday Short Reviews

FotorCreated2I’ve recently been so caught up with life and midterms and college and internship applications and… well, you get the point. I’ve been reading novels, but haven’t quite had the time to post reviews for them. I’ve become a bit backlogged in the review department. Here’s some short reviews of books I was too impressed with to write an excellent, all-inclusive review (or not impressed with enough to bother writing a full review)!

I’m a busy college student, what can I say?

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Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

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For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths

PUBLISHER: Dutton Children’s

PAGES: 368

Will Be Available: October 28, 2014

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I received an ARC of this book through Penguin’s First to Read program in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Penguin and Ally Condie!

I read Matched a couple years ago and, while I think I’ve become more critical of my YA lit in the time since then, I liked the series then. Or, at least, I liked the first 1.5 books. I gave up on the trilogy after that because I was bored. Continue reading

Review: The Iron Traitor by Julia Kagawa

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After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as “normal” as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for—his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.  

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, “normal” simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.

PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen

PAGES: 349

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I’ve been waiting to read this book for what seems like ages. I’m so thrilled to have finally had the chance to read it! I love this series and Julie Kagawa so darn much. Though I was sad that Prince Ash (*swoon*) wasn’t going to be the main focus of this book, I still enjoyed it immensely.

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Review and Spotlight (& Giveaway): Divide by Jessa Russo Book Tour

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From senior class president to dejected social outcast, with just the flick of a match.

 After accusations of torching her ex-boyfriend’s home are followed by the mysterious poisoning of her ex-best friend, seventeen-year-old Holland Briggs assumes her life is over. And it is. But not in the way she thinks.

As Holland learns the truth about her cursed fate—that she is descended from the Beast most have only ever heard of in fairytales—she unites with an unlikely ally, good-looking newcomer Mick Stevenson.

Mick knows more about Holland’s twisted history than she does, and enlightening as it is to learn about, his suggestion for a cure is unsettling at best. Holland must fall in love with Mick in order to break the spell, and save their future generations from repeating her cursed fate. Having sworn off love after the betrayals of her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, this may be difficult to accomplish.

Complicating things further for Holland and Mick, time runs out, and Holland’s change begins way before schedule. With Holland quickly morphing into a dangerous mythical creature, Mick struggles to save her.

Should they fail, Holland will be lost to the beast inside her forever.

PUBLISHER: Amazon

PAGES: 340

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First of all, a huge thanks to Bewitching Book Tours and Jessa Russo for a copy of this novel! I was given Divide in exchange for an honest review.

Something strange is happening to Holland Briggs. As if high school isn’t complicated enough, everyone at school believes that she set fire to her ex’s home. Holland denies all of the accusations, but she can’t deny that something dark, something menacing is growing inside of her.

Enter Mick: a kind, wickedly attractive stranger. Or is he really a stranger? Mick knows that it is up to him to rescue Holland from her beastly side or she’ll be lost forever. Can he save her?

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Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The-Strange-and-Beautiful-Sorrows-of-Ava-Lavender-Leslye-Walton-e1393904291313Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava — in all other ways a normal girl — is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the summer solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

PUBLISHER: Candlewick

PAGES: 320

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I was given this book from a local bookstore and that does not influence my review in any way, shape, or form.

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Review: The Summer of Shambles by Ebony McKenna (Ondine #1)

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Dive into this wonderfully witty young adult series from author Ebony McKenna, set in the far off European country of Brugel.15-year-old Ondine is struggling to fit in at Psychic Summercamp and doubts she possesses any of her family’s magical abilities. She resolves to leave, determined to follow her own path and be a normal teenager. Whatever normal is in a place like Brugel.On the way home Ondine is shocked when her pet ferret Shambles starts talking – in a cheeky Scottish accent no less! He is in fact a young man trapped in a witch’s curse. When he briefly transforms into his human self, Ondine is smitten. If only she can break the spell for good, Shambles can be handsomely human on a full-time basis.During the summer, these two misfits uncover a plot to assassinate a member of the royal family and discover a secret treasure that has remained hidden for decades. This attracts the attention of the arrogant Lord Vincent, and Ondine can’t help being drawn in by his bad-boy charm.With so many demands on Ondine’s attentions – and affections – normal has never seemed so far away.The Summer of Shambles is the first in the four-part ONDINE series. Fans of The Princess Bride or the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series will love this delightfully quirky fairytale.

PUBLISHER: BookBaby
PAGES: 182
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First and foremost, I received this book from the author (she’s so sweet!) and I would like to tell y’all that that did not affect my overall feelings about this novel. 🙂
Okay, so here’s the deal. This book is the first of four books in the Ondine series. It’s a fun, clean adventure from start to finish. Ondine is not having a very good time at Psychic Summer camp because she doesn’t believe that she possesses any of her family’s magical powers. She decides to ditch camp, believing that her move back home will be better than staying at camp and pretending to be something that she is not. Shambles, a quirky and sassy talking ferret, accompanies her on her journey home. They get along famously, but… Shambles is actually a young man cursed to wander the Earth in the body of a ferret! There’s also the very attractive and mysterious Lord Vincent who grabs Ondine’s attention from the first day she lays her eyes on him. Mix some boy trouble with family trouble and Ondine has a whole lot to deal with!

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