Review: Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood

25463009Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.

Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren’s life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.

But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?

Author Tessa Elwood’s debut series is an epic romance at heart, set against a mine field of political machinations, space adventure, and deep-seeded family loyalties.

PUBLISHER: Running Press Kids

PAGES: 304

Will Be Released: December 8, 2015

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A huge thanks to the Running Press Kids and to Tessa Elwood for a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.

To be completely honest, I requested this book awhile ago on Netgalley and I just found it on my Kindle. I had completely forgotten I had requested it–I’ve taken a rather long break from book blogging due to finals and stress levels–but, I decided to take a chance on this one.

About eight paragraphs in, I almost gave up on this book. Terrible, right? I don’t have a very high tolerance for choppy, flowery writing. Instead, I urged myself on to continue reading this novel. While I’m glad that I did finish this novel, I have several major problems with this novel. Continue reading

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Waiting on Wednesday #3

img-thing-pink2Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I was so totally going to post a Top Ten Tuesday yesterday, but time got away from me. I’ve been busy with an international scavenger hunt called GISHWHES and until it ends– this Saturday– I’m afraid I’ll be a bit preoccupied causing chaos and staying up late creating outfits from food, tweeting like I’m Orlando Jones, and emailing famous people.

Anywho, I’m super excited to share my WoW pick this week. Continue reading

Review: Dualed by Elsie Chapman

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Two of you exist. Only one will survive.

West Grayer is ready. She’s trained for years to confront her Alternate, a twin raised by another family. Survival means a good job, marriage—life.

But then a tragic misstep leaves West questioning: Is she the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future?

If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from herself, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Fast-paced and unpredictable, Elsie Chapman’s suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a chilling, unforgettable world.

PUBLISHER: Ember (a division of Random House)

PAGES: 290

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So, I was pre-approved for Dualed’s sequel, Divided, on NetGalley and I accidentally accepted. While I can sometimes read the second book in a series before the first (if I really have to), I felt like I couldn’t do that for this series. So, when I came across the first one at a bookstore, I picked it up!

It’s been awhile since I’ve read through the night and finished a book in twenty-four hours. Dualed is a gripping thriller and I simply had to finish it before going to sleep… which ended up being around 4am. I have no regrets. 🙂 Continue reading