Tuesday, June 28, 2016

100 Hours by Rachel Vincent Cover Reveal

I am so excited to share the awesome cover for 100 HOURS, the first book in a new trilogy by New York Times best-selling author Rachel Vincent, which releases on March 28, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books, along with a note from the author about her upcoming novel and an amazing giveaway.

Scroll down to take check out the gorgeous cover, read what Rachel Vincent has to say about 100 HOURS, and enter for a chance to win. And be sure to share your thoughts about the cover in the comments!

Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Formats available to pre-order: Hardcover

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.
While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.
But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.
Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.

A Note from Rachel Vincent

In my upcoming YA suspense 100 HOURS, Genesis and her cousin Maddie come from opposite ends of the privilege spectrum, but when they wind up kidnapped for ransom during spring break in Colombia and have no one else to count on, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought.

If you’ve read any of my previous releases, 100 HOURS probably seems like a departure for a Rachel Vincent book. And that’s what I thought, back when it was just me and an idea. But as I wrote the story and got to know the characters, I realized that even though this book is set in the Colombian jungle and these characters have no supernatural abilities, 100 HOURS is very much a book about the themes that draw me in over and over. Survival. Family friction and loyalty. High-stakes pulse-racing action. Twists, turns, secrets, and revelations. Girls who can fend for themselves—and for anyone else who needs help.

About Rachel Vincent

Photo credit: Kim Haynes Photography

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.


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Monday, June 27, 2016

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: July 5, 2016

This Savage Song is a novel about monsters and a city on the brink of being overrun by them. Verity is split in to two cities North and South. The wall that separates the different sides though is crumbling and there are forces both outside and inside the city that can’t wait for it to fall.

This Savage Song has two main characters Kate and August. Kate is the daughter of Callum Harker, the crime boss of North City. Humans pay for medallions and in exchange they receive her father’s protection. Kate is just returning to the city after being exiled to boarding school. She has a thirst to prove herself to her father. She wants to show him she can take over the family business. This made her hard to like. Throughout the first half of the book I didn’t really like her, but I don’t think you were supposed to. Kate doesn’t want you to like her.

August is one of the monsters in Verity. He is a rare Sunai and was adopted by his “father” who is in charge of South City. August was really a monster trying to find his humanity. He wants to just fit in but being a Sunai he knows he never will. August was my favorite character in this novel. He just exudes this genuineness that you can’t help but like.

I’m sure you’re now saying TELL ME ABOUT THE ROMANCE. Well, there isn’t any. August and Kate can barely even be called friends through much of this novel. It wouldn’t have been natural for them to become romantically involved. They both have a lot going on internally that they aren’t ready for a relationship. I’m interested to see if this will change in the next novel or if they will simply remain friends. Because I like a dose of romance in my YA I’m hoping that if August and Kate aren’t a match they will find someone who is.

My biggest problem with this book was that it felt like a disproportionate amount of time was spent on world building. At a certain point I got tired of all the world building. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like it when authors cut corners and get sloppy with world building. But, it felt like things were added to clarify something that should have just been described clearly. Once.

Overall, I enjoyed This Savage Song. It was original and I liked Schwab’s interpretation of monsters and what it means to be human. Were there things I wasn’t too keen on? Yeah. Will I be reading the sequel though? Definitely. I need to know what happens to August, Kate, and Verity!

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Lies About Truth by Courtney Stevens

The Lies About Truth
Author: Courtney Stevens
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: Novemeber 3, 2015

The Lies About Truth is about Sadie Kingston. Sadie isn’t able to move on after she survived a car accident that killed her friend Trent. The novel was exceedingly well written and despite focusing on character development, was really fast paced.

Sadie was an interesting and engaging character. She came alive on the page and was instantly relatable. The reader never had to guess at why she pulled away from her friends following the accident, or why she was having trouble adjusting post-accident. My favorite thing about this novel was watching how Sadie grew throughout the story. How she overcame tragedy and slowly put the pieces of her life back together.

My second favorite thing about this noel was Max. It was his brother, Trent, who passed away in the accident. Max was so supportive of Sadie. He was just a good person. He did his grieving abroad and despite his loss he is positive. He really balanced out Sadie.

What I truly appreciated about this contemporary novel was that each of the characters handled grief differently. Sadie pulled away from her boyfriend and best friend. Watching them try and build a friendship from the ashes was interesting and so true to life. Stevens does a great job of writing multifaceted characters.

Overall, The Lies About Truth was an emotional but overall positive read. It isn’t about the car accident itself. It is about what happens afterward and how Sadie is able to move on after tragedy. This is a great beach read if you’re looking for something a little less light and fluffy but still want that quick moving, engaging, pace and plot.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Top Six Favorite 2016 Releases (So Far This Year)

This year I have been focusing on reviewing books that I've had on my shelf for ages (since 2014...). I haven't had the chance to read many 2016 releases. BUT these are the top six 2016 releases I have read so far this year! If you have any recommendations for books I absolutely must read, tell me in the comments.  

1 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
2 The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

3 The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
4 The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer

5 This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
6 Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Monday, June 20, 2016

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

Tell the Wind and Fire
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2016

I really, truly, love Sarah Rees Brennan. I’ve met her twice in person and both times she came off as just the most amazing human being. Her writing oozes humor, wit, and quality. But, to put it bluntly. This book sucked. It had none of the usual Sarah Rees Brennan witty dialogue. It felt like the characters and dialogue were phoned in. It really surprised and disappointed me.

Have you read the synopsis for this book? Really read it? It makes no sense. The synopsis should really say FUCK PLOTS, we don’t need plots! This novel jumped around, and truly didn’t make any sense. It didn’t help either that the world building felt sloppy. I never understood the dark and light cities, why they were fighting, or what could bring them together. This book was, I think, supposed to be about characters, but I never cared about any of them.

Lucie came off as a Mary Sue. I didn’t feel like she had a personality. Sarah Rees Brennan usually breathes such life in to her characters but Lucie was a shell. She was an idea of a character rather than a real person.

Ethan was the worst. He wasn’t even a character, he was just a boyfriend archetype. The reader never really got to see who he was or why he made certain choices. The only thing I can remember about him is that he was rich and liked Lucie. His entire identity was that. Oh, and the fact that he has an illegal cloned twin.

The cloned twin, Carwyn, was the most interesting character in the entire novel. I had this misconception that he was an evil twin but Carwyn was something more. It was apparent that actual time was devoted to his character and his character arc. He was the only good thing about this book.

Overall, I finished this book asking myself what the hell I just read. The plot was sloppy, the characters were forgettable, and I missed Sarah Rees Brennan’s witty writing. I’ll still be reading whatever she writes next. I’m just going to tell myself that Tell the Wind and Fire wasn’t for me and hope that whatever comes next will be.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

The Walled City
Author: Ryan Graudin
Publisher: Little Brown
Publication Date: November 4, 2014

I found out through the authors note that The Walled City is based on an actual city in China. A city that used to be a military fort and was transformed in to a den of prostitution, crime, and poverty. This premise alone was enough to keep me reading. But it was the characters that truly shined.

This novel alternated between three perspectives. Dai grew up outside the walled city and was forced in to its depths following the death of his brother. He’s been trapped in the city for 730 days and has 18 days to escape. In planning this escape he enlists the help of Jin Lee, and Mei Yee. Not knowing the two are related.

Mei Yee was sold by her abusive father to a brothel. She was at the mercy of the crime lord of the walled city but she dreams of the outside world and of the sister she was forced to leave behind. Mei Yee was a dreamer. At times I couldn’t believe how trusting of others she was. After being sold and living in a brothel I thought she would have picked up more streets smarts! It wasn’t that I disliked her, I just had a hard time believing her character.

Jin Lee was by far my favorite character. She was fighting to find her sister Mei Yee. Jin left home after Mei Yee was sold and had been searching the walled city for her ever since. I loved Jin’s steadfast devotion to her sister and how much she cared about those around her. Even after surviving in the walled city she didn’t let that make her hard, or take away her hope. Also, she had a cat. I loved Chma.

My problem with this novel wasn’t with the characters but with the plot. I thought it was kind of slow and when the culmination of events happened I found myself not really caring. Not to mention everything ended too perfectly. The ending was wrapped up in a pretty bow but that wasn’t how the city was. It was a gritty, rough, crime ridden city and I wanted the ending to be the same way.

Trigger & spoiler warning: I can’t stand books where animals are put in peril. It stresses me out, takes me out of the reading, and is the #1 thing that will force me to DNF a book. To warn everyone this book does have a cat that is hurt but not killed. Chma survives and there is a happy ending! I just thought I should put this warning out there in case this detracts from anyone else’s reading.

Overall, The Walled City was a gritty, interesting, and well written novel. I enjoyed Wolf by Wolf, Ryan’s second novel, more, but this standalone novel held its own and made me care about the characters.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Seven Days of You

Seven Days of You
Author Cecilia Vinesse
Publisher: Little Brown
Expected Publication: March 7, 2017

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.
Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?
My thoughts: This novel sounds ADORABLE! Sophia has so much to do and only a week to say goodbye to Tokyo! I can't wait to see what happens. March needs to get here already. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - June Link Up

Welcome to the June Review Link Up for the 2016 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 June 30th
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