Friday, July 3, 2015

Every Breath by Ellie Marnie

Every Breath
Author: Ellie Marney
Publisher: Tundra Books (US)
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Goodreads ♥ Amazon ♥ BookOutlet

I begin all Sherlock Holmes inspired stories with a healthy dose of skepticism. Authors take a lot of liberty with these classic character types and somewhere along the way the plots, and characters, lose a lot of their mystery and individuality. Luckily, this was not the case with Every Breath!

Rachel Watts unwillingly moves from the Australian countryside to Melbourne. Her first friend is her neighbor Mycroft, a genius with poor social skills and a tough home life. After finding a body in the park Rachel and Mycroft, realizing the police aren’t clamoring to solve the murder, begin their own investigation. An investigation that will put both of their lives in danger.

Rachel was an easy character to relate to. Her family lost their business and had to move to the city for better job opportunities. Rachel doesn’t want to be in Melbourne and you can feel her dislike for the city leap off the page. I really liked how, as the story progressed and Rachel’s feelings for Mycroft changed, her dislike of the city changed too.

Mycroft was easily my favorite character in this novel. I loved that his past was revealed in small incriminates. I can’t wait for the next book because I have a feeling even more of Mycroft’s life will be revealed. It also helped that the chemistry between Rachel and Mycroft was off the charts. I loved these two together! They hit me right in the feels.

Overall, Every Breath surprised me. It is one of the best Sherlock Holmes re-tellings that I have read in recent memory. The characters were well rounded, the plot was intriguing, and the feels were spot on. I can’t wait to start the sequel!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - July Review Link-Up

Welcome to the July Review Link Up for the 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. Before linking your reviews make sure you are signed up for the challenge here.
  • When submitting a review please do it in this format: Title of Reviewed Book (Name of Blog). Author names are not necessary. 
  • This link up will be open until July 31st
  • If you have and questions feel free to ask in the comments, email, or tweet me @FallingForYA
July Review Link Up

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top 10 Books I've Read (so far) in 2015

1 The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
2 A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
3 I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

4 Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
5 Every Breath by Ellie Marney

6 Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
7 The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
8 Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

9 Angelfall by Susan Ee
10 Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight
Author: Melissa Grey
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Goodreads ♥ Amazon ♥ BookOutlet

The Girl at Midnight has been compared to a lot of popular YA series including City of Bones and Shadow and Bone. This made me weary about starting it. The more a book is compared to something else the more I feel skeptical of it’s originality. Luckily, The Girl at Midnight was a fun and original read that kept me turning pages.

The novel follows Echo who is living with the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers and magic. Their sworn enemies are a dragon-like race called the Drakharin. Rumor has it that an ancient being called the Firebird can put an end to the two species endless war. After a series of events Echo forms an unlikely alliance with a Drakharin and sets off in search of the firebird.

I really liked Echo. At first I had a hard time relating to her but as the book progressed she went through an excellent transformation. The character growth in this book was really phenomenal and was actually my favorite thing about this novel.

The swoons and feels were a close second favorite thing! Caius is the Drakharin that Echo forms an alliance with and they had one of those will-they-won’t-they are they even in to eachother kind of relationships. Those just so happen to be my favorite kind and I liked that this one kept me guessing!

Overall, this novel surprised me. I didn’t expect to like it nearly as much as I did and immediately upon finishing I wanted to start the sequel. I have a feeling it’s going to be a long wait for The Shadow Hour.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: All the Major Consetllations

All the Major Constellations
Author: Pratima Cranse
Publisher: Viking 
Publication Date: Novemeber 10, 2015

Laura Lettel is the most beautiful girl in the world. . . and Andrew’s not-so-secret infatuation.
Now he’s leaving high school behind and looking ahead to a fresh start at college and distance from his obsessive crush. But when a terrible accident leaves him without the companionship of his two best friends, Andrew is cast adrift and alone—until Laura unexpectedly offers him comfort, friendship, and the support of a youth group of true believers, fundamentalist Christians with problems and secrets of their own. Andrew is curiously drawn to their consuming beliefs, but why? Is it only to get closer to Laura? And is Laura genuinely interested in Andrew, or is she just trying to convert him?
This provocative and compelling debut novel will resonate deeply with readers as it explores questions of identity, sexuality, and spirituality.
My Thoughts: I haven't done a waiting on Wednesday post in ages but when I read this synopsis for All the Major Constellations I knew I had to share it! Seriously, November can not get here fast enough.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Leveller by Julia Durango

The Leveller
Author: Julia Durango
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Goodreads ♥ Amazon ♥ BookOutlet

The Leveller takes place in the not so distant future where everyone can enter a virtual reality world called the MEEP. The MEEP allows you to build whatever kind of world you want. It comes as no surprise that people start getting addicted to these made up worlds.

It is Nixy’s, off the books, job to enter the MEEP and drag out kids who have been gaming a little too long. When the MEEP creator’s son goes missing he hires Nixy to get Wyn back. The problem is Wyn isn’t just gaming, someone has trapped him in the MEEP and Nixy and Wyn must ban together to escape.

I really loved the setting of this novel. It begins in the real world but quickly Nixy is drawn in to Wyn’s virtual reality world. Wyn has created the 1950’s Cuba his grandmother lways told him about, complete with Ernest Hemingway. The constantly shifting MEEP setting was my favorite part of this novel. Durango really shined with her world building skills.

The romance in this novel left something to be desired. It felt too formulaic and expected. There was also a lot of slang use that it made it feel like the characters were making jokes that I wasn’t in on. It really detracted from the reading.

Overall, despite my few issues with the novel The Leveller was a quick, fast paced, read with a fun premise. I liked the ever shifting setting and the MEEP. I think there is a lot of promise in this new series!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

Lion Heart
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 19, 2105
Goodreads ♥ Amazon ♥ BookOutlet

Oh this Trilogy! I didn’t even know how to write this review. I finished Lion Heart and I didn’t know how to put my opinion in to words. I was so sad to see this series end ­on one hand and on the other I thought that this novel was the least strong in the series.

Lion Heart begins with Scarlet’s imprisonment by Prince John. She has been locked away for months and after she escapes she reunites with her Grandmother, rather than Rob, to figure out Prince John’s next move. This is the crux of what I didn’t like about this book. My favorite thing about Scarlet and Lady Thief were the interactions, and camaraderie, between Scarlet and Rob and in Lion Heart there was less of that.

Still, my love for Scarlet knows no bounds! She is the kind of female character I like to see in YA. Scarlet is fierce, independent, loyal, and despite the odds being stacked against her she still perseveres and doesn’t compromise her own morals to reach her goals.

My favorite thing about this novel was all the swoons. Scarlet & Rob are a couple you can’t help rooting for and they kept me guessing in this novel. They love each other that much is clear, but they definitely kept me on my toes wondering if they were going to be able to stay together or if Prince John, and Nottingham, was going to tear them apart.

Overall, I loved this series. If you haven’t read it yet I seriously suggest a binge read! Although Lion Heart was my least favorite installment it was still one of my favorite reads so far in 2015.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Top 10 Books On My Summer Reading List

1 The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
2 Joyride by Anna Banks
3 Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

4 The Elite by Kiera Cass
5 Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines 

6 Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
7  Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
8 Paradise City by CJ Duggan

9 Forever & Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
10 Our Brothers at the Bottom of the Bottom of the Sea by Johnathan Kranz