Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is: Warcross by Marie Lu

29385546.jpgWarcross by Marie Lu
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Expected publication: September 12th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Synopsis

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.


People are getting ARCS and posting reviews, and it’s making me want to read it even more. Ughhh !!! It sounds so amazing i cannot wait to get a copy.

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust ARC Review

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
Format: EGalley, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Flatiron Books

Synopsis:

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.


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I received an ARC copy of Girls Made of Snow and Glass in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley.Release date: September 5, 2017

Girls Made of Snow and Glass first caught my eye when the cover was revealed, and then I found out it was a Snow White retelling and I needed to have it. I have a soft spot for retellings and this one didn’t disappoint. It had all the feels of Snow White but written in a fresh new way. I seen reviews compare this book to Disney’s Frozen and I did see small similarities, I love that movie so all good things from this book.

This book is told from dual point of views, Lynet the Snow White character and Mina The Evil Queen Character. Mina’s POV start when she was a child living in the south and I found myself wanting more of her chapter’s. I loved reading her chapters. Lynet’s POV starts in the present and stays in that time line.

The romance in this book is  marketed as F/F Romance. The romance between Lynet and Nadia is such a slow burn, nothing happened between them until the end. But there romance is so sweet, so if your looking for a swoon worthy lesbian story then this isn’t that story. Lynet and Mina’s relationship was my absolute favorite part of the story.

This book does have feministic undertones, that girls can be powerful they don’t have to be fragile to be a princess/queen. That girls are much more than there beauty.It tells young girls to be themselves even when other push you to be something else, to stand up for yourself and be whatever they want to be. I love how Mina and lyne both work towards what they want. How Snow White falls for a girl instead of Prince Charming.

I also loved the wintery scenery and atmosphere. The world building truly made you feel as if you were surrounded by winter winds and snow. This is where some of the Frozen feels come into play.

Overall this was a beautiful retelling of Snow White. The story has a wonderful dark fantasy fairytale feel to it and the characters are amazing. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for books by Bashardoust in the future.


Let’s chat in the comments, Are you excited to read this book? If You have read it what did you like or dislike about it?

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Waiting On Wednesday 08/23/17

Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is: There’s Someone inside of your House by Stephanie Perkins

15797848There’s Someone Inside Your House: Stephanie Perkins
Genre:Young Adult, Horror
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Format:Hardcover, 289 pages

Synopsis

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.


Horror by Stephanie Perkins?! You know what I’ll take it! I read her series Anna and the French kiss and it was adorable. I am excited to see her try a completely different genre, I love horror/thrillers and I will definitely be picking this one up.

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather Review

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Title:How to Hang a Witch
Author: Adriana Mather
Genre: YA,Paranormal
Pages: 368
Rating:4.5

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Synopsis

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

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HOW TO HANG A WITCH was a lot of fun! A cool fact about the book is that the author is actually a descendant from Cotton Mather from the Salem Witch Trials (just like the main character). I have loved witches since i was a little girl so to say I was intrigued by this book is an understatement. I’m really glad to say that even with some of the negative reviews I’ve read that this book didn’t disappoint. I loved it.

The coolest part of the book was how atmospheric it was. I was a huge fan of the Salem setting. The story also had a creepy autumn vibe to it which I loved.

Sam //  Is the protagonist of this story, she has a pretty rough life and not your typical teenage girl stuff. She is bullied by a group called the descendants, who are ancestors to the witches who were hanged during the trials. I liked her character she is snarky and brave, yet she is a little to quick to believe in rumours. Elijah // I liked his character a lot, he quickly became my favourite.

The only thing was that I figured out who the villain was about halfway through the story so readings the ending wasn’t as much of a surprise. But I still very much enjoyed it. This would be the perfect read for around Halloween!

I can’t wait for the next book, Haunting the Deep! It’s related to the Titanic .It releases October 3, 2017!

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Waiting On Wednesday 08/16/17

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday is: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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Genre:Young Adult, Fantasy
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books
Format:Hardcover,672 pages

Synopsis

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

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I love Sarah J Maas and all of her books. I’m sure I will love this one too! She is my queen Sarah could write anything and I would be down to read it. Chaol isn’t one of my favourite character’s but Im still looking forward to seeing how his story turns out.

Mini Reviews

3217221Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
by Joe Hill

This graphic novel has been on my TBR list for a while now, so I’m glad I finally picked it up. This graphic novel series is a horror /fantasy.It is a solid debut for the series. The artwork is phenomenal.The story was not at all what I expected, though honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. I can’t wait to pick up the next volume.

4 Stars

26502508After the Woods
by Kim Savage

This book first caught my eye with its gorgeous cover .I have been really excited to read this book, two girls go into the wood’s, but I was sadly disappointed. I felt that the plot moved slowly and the romance was unnecessary to the progress of the story. I also guessed the ending about alway through. It is a short book and I finished it in one sitting. It’s not a bad story I found myself enjoying it. The main character Julia is a little boring and it would have been a better story told in the pot of Liv, her best friend. She was so much more compelling.

3 Stars

 

Let me know if you’ve read either of these and what your thoughts were 🙂

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Final Girls by Riley Sager Review

32796253Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Genre: Adult,Thriller,Horror
Pages: 342
Rating: 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

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I was drawn to this book when I first saw it being mentioned on social media, and I Eagerly awaited for the publication date to arrive. I loved this entertaining and gripping psychological thriller. This book certainly lives up to the hype. Written almost like a slasher film, this novel was tense and addicting. The story has an original plot that really draws the reader into the story.

This story takes place 10 years after the horrific Pine Cottage massacre which left Quincy to be the only survivor of her five friends. This incident leaves her with repressed memories. The story is told in present time along with flashbacks to Pine Cottage 10 years earlier.

What I do really love, though, is when horror tropes. Final Girls – named by the horror industry as the only girl left alive after a massacre. Just like the survivors of movies such as Sydney from scream or Laurie from Halloween. The perfect slasher thriller, with the right mix of blood and suspense. Horror movies are my favourite and this novel played right into it. I loved the creepy campy feeling to this novel. Just when you think you have the mystery all figured out it takes a turn in another direction. That ending though!!

I would recommend this to any fan of the mystery/thriller genre.

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Review

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Title: The Glass Castle
Author: Jeannette Walls
Genre: Nonfiction, memoire
Pages: 288
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing–a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

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Why did I wait so long to read this?! Iv’e been told by so many people to read this book, I saw it on sale at Chapters a few week’s back and decided to finally buy it. A million stars!!! I LOVED this book! The chapters are short and direct, and I flew through the book. I wanted to savour the story but also needed to know how it would end. Beautiful, heartbreaking story of a girl growing up in poverty.

What I loved most about the story was how Jeannette captured the vivid emotions of a child growing up cold and with nothing to eat. As a child Jeannette found awe and wonder in her life, always on the move, new adventures. Then in her teens she started to see that their hunger and poverty were completely the fault of her parents. She still loved her parents but became more ashamed of there way of life as she got older. The embarrassment of not having food at lunch and her dirty clothes.

Although the parents are incredibly flawed and downright negligent, you also believed they loved each other. It is impossible to read this book and not want to strangle these parents. The father always running away so he avoids paying bills and running from bad debts always doing the skedaddle made me laugh out loud many times. In my opinion, as bad as Jeanette’s father was, her mother was worse. She hated domesticity, and couldn’t be bothered to raise her children properly. She is lazy and self centred.

I think everyone should pick up this book. It really is amazing!!

I wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even the people who seemed to have it all had their secrets.

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