ARC Review: UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

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

ARC Review: UPROOTED by Naomi Novik
Uprooted

Written by: Naomi Novik
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: May 19th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 438
Source: NetGalley
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Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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I’ve been incredibly delinquent in writing this review, because this is one of those books that I just want to shove into people’s hands and say, “Just read it, you’ll thank me later.” What else is there to say, other than that?! Nothing, that’s what.

But I really need to try, becuase if you’re not convinced you need it yet, then I’m not doing my job right. So, here goes.

First and foremost: Reading Uprooted was an awesome experience, for me. I love re-reading books, and I often fantasize about being able to read an amazing book again for the first time — obviously, that’s impossible… but I think Uprooted is the closest I’ve ever come to what that would feel like. Reading this book felt like re-reading an old favorite, but getting to do so for the first time again. I felt such an intense familiarity with the tone, with the story, with the world and the characters — it reminded me of my favorite fantasy books, in the best way. But it never felt overly derivative — there were so many new twists and unique characters and such a sense of newness to the book, coupled with that old familiarity… It was just amazing.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Winter

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 – Winter
Winter
The Lunar Chronicles #4

Written by: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: November 10th 2015
Genres: Retelling, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 824
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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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Cannot. Handle. Waiting. Any. Longer…

The Lunar Chronicles are some of my absolute favorite retellings, and from even the tiny bit we’ve seen of Winter as a character so far, I already know I’m going to ADORE her story. And obviously, I’m also dying to see Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, and Thorne again. AND IKO. Ugh. So much need.

AND IT’S OVER 800 PAGES LONG, SOMEONE HOLD ME.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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ARC Review: REBEL MECHANICS by Shanna Swendson

ARC Review: REBEL MECHANICS by Shanna Swendson
Rebel Mechanics
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Written by: Shanna Swendson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: July 14th 2015
Genres: Alternate History, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: Borrowed from a friend
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A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children's young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.

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You know those books that, for the entire time you’re reading them, make you ask yourself, “Why am I still reading this?!”

Rebel Mechanics was one of those books, for me.

Now, that’s not to say that it’s a bad book. It’s not. There wasn’t anything about it that upset me or made me actively dislike it — at least not that much. It’s just one of those books that was incredibly meh, for me.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Their Fractured Light

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 – Their Fractured Light
Their Fractured Light
Starbound #3

Written by: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: December 1st 2015
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 400
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** Some spoilers for the 1st two books in this synopsis!! **

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

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I. Adore. This. Series. …No, like, I don’t think you understand. These books are literally everything. Adventure. Romance. Action. Suspense. Conspiracies. Space-traveling sci-fi goodness. They’ve got all the completion of standalones mixed with the awesomeness of a series… Honestly, companion novels are my newest favorite thing ever, especially with the level of overlap present in the Starbound series. UGH. And did I mention the feels? These books seriously bring the feels.

So. Final book in this trilogy? Bringing in new characters in the form of a daredevil onsite hacker and a thief/pickpocket? Yes. 100% yes. Sign me up, count me in, I am absolutely on board for this level of awesomeness.

Is it December yet?????

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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Top Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics!

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 Favorite Top Ten Topics!

This week marks the 5-year anniversary of Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic is “My Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics We’ve Ever Done In The Past 5 Years,” and even though I haven’t even been blogging that long, there are SO MANY POSTS TO SIFT THROUGH!! I love this meme, though, and there have been some amazing topics, so this was really hard to narrow down… but I did it. Here are my Top Ten favorite Top Ten topics!

Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to YA Skeptics, including…

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Top Ten Bookish/Blogging Goals of 2014

I love looking back at these — many of them, I’ve accomplished (like not stressing the reading schedule (FINALLY) and reaching out to publishers directly), but there are many I’m also still working on (like scheduling TTT’s and WoW’s early, and making review-notes right after I finish a book… whoops).

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ARC Review: EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway

ARC Review: EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway
Emmy & Oliver

Written by: Robin Benway
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 23rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Source: Edelweiss
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Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

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I’d be lying if I said I didn’t pick up Emmy & Oliver mostly partly okay, fine, mostly because it has a boy named “Oliver” in it. But give me a break, okay? I have a thing for characters with that name. I don’t know what it is, but I always end up liking them. Are they typecast? (Can characters be typecast?) I don’t know. I don’t care. Just give me all the Olivers and no one will get hurt.

Okay, all joking aside, though, this book was phenomenal. It was literally everything I wanted it to be, and so much more.

We stayed and looked and waited for him to come back, as if our love was a beacon that he could use to light his way home [ . . . ]

After a while, though, after years passed and pictures changed and false tips fell through, it started to feel like the beacon wasn’t for him anymore. It was for those of us left behind, something to cling to when you realized that scary things could happen, that villains didn’t only exist in books, that Oliver might never come home.

Until, one day, he did.

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