Book Review: LADY THIEF by A.C. Gaughen

Book Review: LADY THIEF by A.C. Gaughen
Lady Thief
Scarlet #2

Written by: A.C. Gaughen
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: February 11th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Gifted from a friend
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: Scarlet


five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars

**Spoilers for Scarlet in this blurb, beware!!**

Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain.

Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of.

Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves.

With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

MyThoughts_v2

If you’re new to my flails over this series, welcome!! However, I must ask: if you’re new to my fails and new to the series, please check out my review of book 1, right this way. Unlike the blurb above, which has spoilers for book 1, this review is wonderfully spoiler-free. But it’s probably still a good idea to let me convince you to read book 1 before you read this review for book 2, right? ;) Unless you just want to know if this book suffers from Second Book Syndrome — which I can assure you, it does not.

Alright, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… I need to face the fact that I’m never getting over this series. Never ever. I love it so much. Scarlet impressed me so much, but Lady Thief just solidified my obsession ummm… I mean… my completely understandable and justified preoccupation… with this series.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

Continue reading

Book Review: SCARLET by A.C. Gaughen

Book Review: SCARLET by A.C. Gaughen
Scarlet
Scarlet #1

Written by: A.C. Gaughen
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: February 14th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retelling, Young Adult
Pages: 292
Source: Gifted from a friend
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: Lady Thief


five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

MyThoughts_v2

First off, I need to thank Angie (Disquietus Reads) for gifting me Scarlet and Lady Thief for my birthday this year (…back in April… shhhhhh). If she hadn’t, I shudder to think what other, lesser book I might have picked up instead of Scarlet. ;)

How does one even begin to talk about a series like this? I binge-read Scarlet and Lady Thief back-to-back (after telling myself, “No, Nikki, you need to read other things after you finish Scarlet” — haha NOPE). And after that marvelous (soul-crushing, feels-filled) experience, these books are just a swirl of awesomeness in my head. So, forgive me if this “review” comes across as more of a random collection of flails. I am attempting coherency, and that should count for something, right? I just have a lot of really good things to say about this series.

Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday – The Game of Love and Death

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – The Game of Love and Death
The Game of Love and Death

Written by: Martha Brockenbrough
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release Date: April 28th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now . . . Henry and Flora.

For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.

Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?

Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured — a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.

The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.

Achingly romantic and brilliantly imagined, The Game of Love and Death is a love story you will never forget.

WhyImWaiting_v2

This book caught my eye mostly because of the cover — I mean, hello gorgeous. O_O But then I read the blurb… 1920’s Seattle? Epic romance? I already want this relationship to succeed and I’m already terrified that it won’t and just give me the book I must know what happens!!!

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post and I’ll be sure to stop by! :)

Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

Shut up, this list is totally only 10 books long what are you talking about?? (Shhhhhh.) This is actually sort of a continuation from last week’s TTT, where I listed the top books from new-to-me authors — so please check that out if you didn’t see it last week!! I didn’t want to duplicate too much from that list here. ;)

But anyway, ugh, this list was hard to narrow down. SO MANY GOOD BOOKS, soooo manyyyy. I organized it based on chronology of when I read each book this year — except some might be wrong because I may have read some of them more than once… *cough* Locke Lamora *cough* Words of Radiance *cough* Every Breath / Every Word *cough hack wheeze etc*

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO — My Top Ten Books of 2014

TTT_BestOf2014_1 TTT_BestOf2014_2

Continue reading

ARC Review: THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I received this book for free from Disney Hyperion. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

ARC Review: THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This Shattered World
Starbound #2

Written by: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: December 23rd 2014
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 390
Source: NetGalley
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: These Broken Stars


five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars

The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

MyThoughts_v2

I don’t even know if it’s going to be possible for me to form coherent sentences about this book, you guys. I loved it. I loved it so much.

But I’ll be honest — This Shattered World wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, in one regard especially. After These Broken Stars, I think I expected This Shattered World to be just as swooony and romance-centric. I won’t say flat-out that it wasn’t, just that the romance in This Shattered World worked out a lot differently than I expected. And actually, that’s one of the things I loved most about it.

Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday – The Winner’s Crime

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – The Winner’s Crime
The Winner's Crime
The Winner's Trilogy #3

Written by: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: The Winner's Curse

[Spoilers for The Winner's Curse in this synopsis!!]

Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement… if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

WhyImWaiting_v2

DID YOU READ THE WINNER’S CURSE I MEAN REALLY, DID YOU READ IT, BECAUSE OMG.

Sorry, do I need a reason other than that? Because OMG. I mean, I’m sure everyone has already had this as their WoW but… it really can’t be over-hyped. If you haven’t read The Winner’s Curse, and you enjoy having your heart utterly wrung out and your feels completely destroyed — I mean… um… if you like nice things… you should check it out……… =S

I’m just so excited to have my feels crushed by this series once again. XD

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post and I’ll be sure to stop by! :)