Wishlist Wednesday

From our wonderful friends at Pen to Paper comes the first of my Wishlist Wednesdays. This weekly book-related blog hop was started by Dani at Pen to Paper and each week those who participate share one book that they desperately want to add to their bookshelf. I’m sure if you’re reading this blog then you definitely have quite a few titles you would like to add to your bookshelves. Sadly the book I’ve decided to write about doesn’t actually come out til May so I have quite a long wait til I can add this title to my shelves.

The Crown's GameVika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose. 

I love everything Russian culture related and this sounds super action packed. I am curious to see how it all pans out because it looks like it’s the first one in a series which makes me super excited. Hopefully, once it does hit shelves it will hold me over until the second title from Sabaa Tahir’s new book comes out (if you haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes please close this post and go to the bookstore now, you will thank me).

So that covers my first ever post. Please stay tuned for more memes and book reviews in the next few days.




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Friday 56

This awesome meme comes from our friend Freda.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

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James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

I am a total lover of fairy tale re-tellings and I especially love anything to do with Peter Pan (or Alice). So when I strolled into the library today I immediately picked this up. I’ve only just started but I’m definitely Hook-ed (hahaha I make corny jokes). So here’s my few lines from page 56:

It seemed that they didn’t keep time here. Maybe it didn’t exist at all; James didn’t know. Either way. there had been some sort of night and today felt longer than yesterday, but it was marching forward as regular days tended to do. 

There you have it I can’t wait to see where this story goes. Please share you’re Friday 56 with me.


ARC Review: 7 Ways We Lie

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Title: Seven Ways We Lie
Author: Riley Redgate
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: March 8, 2016 
Source: E-Reader Format ARC

Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.

When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.

Wow! This book was so much more than I thought it was going to be. There are 7 different POV’s and given that Riley Redgate is new to the writing world I was slightly skeptical about how this would play out. Thankfully, it skills proved to be impressive. I loved all the characters they were so unique and complex. No one was a cookie cutter perfect human they were all flawed but still totally lovable. My favorite character was Olivia I just loved her personality and I have to say I found her to be really strong with her whole stance on sex which I thought would be a major turn off but she proved to be just the right amount of feminist. I also loved Matt a lot he was a really interesting character and I enjoyed seeing his story unfold. For the character aspect this book gets 5 stars.
The writing was amazing because each character had their own voice and they were unique but worked well within the narrative. Juniper’s chapters were written in a more poetic prose type way which I suppose suits her since’s living a life completely different than what she portrays so you have to read between the lines a bit more with her. Everyone else’s chapters are bit more straightforward and you’ll find that some of the POV’s are simply there to move the plot and I’m ok with that because 7 “main” characters are a lot to handle. I’m not going to lie the poetry part did throw me a bit as I’m not a huge fan of poetry and it made me sort of want to skip her chapters but I did appreciate the attempt for a completely different voice. So for this part I give the book 4 stars.
This book does juggle a lot of themes most of them stemming around different types of relationships, family, sibling, romantic, friendship. I think this may seem like a lot to tackle but since they all share the same type of base it makes it easier to “get into” the read. Plus in life we do have to deal with all these types of relationships (except for siblings ones for some people). There were a lot of other themes also throughout the book like drug use and sexuality issues and gaming addictions but I felt those were used more to develop characters in their uniqueness. Overall I give this 4 stars. 
There wasn’t much of a world to build since this is a pretty standard fiction read with no fantasy element so it’s a pretty standard high school that I felt was believable but I don;t know how anyone could really miss this world setting up. I will take this aspect out of the star review since there really wasn’t any world building.
In general I would give this book 4.5 stars. I think a lot of people will enjoy this title and I definitely look forward to Riley Redgate’s future titles. Contemporary YA is a tough genre to break into it and most people either love it or hate and I think this is a title that could convert non-readers of the genre.

Thursday Quotables

This weekly feature (from our friends at Bookshelf Fantasies) is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

For my first Thursday quote I am going to use Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. This is Sophie’s first YA novel and is sweet silly and just about perfect. Our protagonist Audrey finds herself trying to cope with Social Anxiety after a traumatic bullying event at her school. Audrey’s family is super quirky and lovable and her romantic interest (Linus) is totally wonderful.

“If I was a hero in LOCC  I’d have like enhanced attributes, or some extra kick-ass weapon or something. I’m stronger. I feel taller. I bounce back quicker.”

I choose this quote because I feel it’s really uplifting. As someone who also deals with bad anxiety this is really inspiring. Plus I love that it’s not super deep and philosophical she’s making a comparison to a video game.

Has anyone else read this book? I’ll be doing a full review shortly.