ARC Review: The Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene

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Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All quotes are from the ARC and subject to change. 


30063029Title: The Sky Between You and Me
Author: Catherine Alene
Release Date: Feb 1st, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Goodreads Synopsis:

Lighter. Leaner. Faster.

Raesha will do whatever it takes to win Nationals. For her, competing isn’t just about the speed of her horse or the thrill of the win. It’s about honoring her mother’s memory and holding on to a dream they once shared.

Lighter. Leaner. Faster.

For an athlete. Every second counts. Raesha knows minus five on the scale will let her sit deeper in the saddle, make her horse lighter on her feet. And lighter, leaner, faster gives her the edge she needs over the new girl on the team, a girl who keeps flirting with Raesha’s boyfriend and making plans with her best friend.

So Raesha focuses on minus five. But if she isn’t careful, she will lose more than just the people she loves. She will lose herself to Lighter. Leaner. Faster.

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ARC Review: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

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Thank you to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All quotes are from the ARC and subject to change. 


28818314Title: RoseBlood
Author: A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Format: eARC
Goodreads Synopsis:

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

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Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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27840861.jpgTitle: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads Synopsis:

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

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I finished a book for this first time in two months! *throws party*

For Crooked Kingdom, I participated in my first ever buddy read with three other bloggers – Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books, Lilly @ Lair of Books, and Megan @ bookslayerReads. All four of us were beyond excited to finally dive into Crooked Kingdom after having loved Six of Crows so much. We even named our little group the Bookish Dregs, Jill came up with the name. However, November was an extremely busy month for several of us and December continued to be just as busy. Also, we all struggled with the pacing. I ended up putting it aside for almost two weeks because I couldn’t focus on anything with school wrapping up. It’s actually taken me nearly a month to finish it but alas here we are! Jill and Megan have temporarily put it aside because it was throwing them into slumps. Lilly, however, finished it before all of us and you should really check out her review because it’s amazing. ♥

Now onto my review! I apologize if it’s a bit of a mess. It’s been a while since I last wrote a review.

WARNING

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As in a lot of spoilers. If you haven’t read Crooked Kingdom yet I would not recommend reading this review.

Haven’t read Six of Crows? Check out my review for it here.

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Recommendation: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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I felt like doing a little recommendation/mini-review for this. 💕


17199504Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Paranormal
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads Synopsis:

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

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Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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I was provided a finished copy of this book via SocialBookCo in exchange for an honest review. SocialBookCo is a new website that not only has a review program for bloggers but also provides price comparisons for books to help readers find the cheapest option. Clicking the above link will take you to their website and also a page that lists where you can buy P.S. I Like You and prices.


25486998Title: P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Point
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads Synopsis:

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

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Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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23437156.jpgTitle: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads Synopsis:
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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ARC Review: Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph

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I received this eARC via the publisher from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All quotes are from the ARC and subject to change.


30062959Title: Dancing in the Rain
Author: Lynn Joseph
Publisher: Blouse & Skirt Books
Release Date: September 15th, 2016
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Goodreads Synopsis:

Twelve year-old Elizabeth is no normal girl. With an imagination that makes room for mermaids and magic in everyday life, she lives every moment to the fullest. Yet her joyful world crumbles around her when two planes bring down the Twin Towers and tear her family apart. Thousands of miles away, yet still touched by this tragedy, Elizabeth is swimming in a sea of loss. She finally finds hope when she meets her kindred spirit in 8 year-old Brandt and his 13 year-old brother, Jared.

Brandt and Jared, two boys as different as Oreo and milk and just as inseparable, arrive on the island to escape the mushroom of sorrow that bloomed above their lives in the wake of the tragedy. Elizabeth shows them a new way to look at the world and they help her to laugh again. But can Elizabeth and Brandt help their families see that when life brings showers of sadness, it’s okay to dance in the rain?

Set against the dazzling beauty of the Dominican Republic, Dancing in the Rain explores the impact of the tragic fall of the Twin Towers on two Caribbean families. It is a lyrical, well-crafted tale about finding joy in the face of loss.

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ARC Review: Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis

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I received this eARC via the publisher from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All quotes are from the ARC and subject to change.

Side Note: I’m officially still in spam jail. My comments are only going through on a few blogs and for everyone else they are being stuffed into your spam folders. So, if you guys could pretty please check your spam folders for my comments and approve them to get me out of spam jail I would greatly appriciate it. ♥♥♥

Now, on to the review!


25773165Title: Lost Stars
Author: Lisa Selin Davis
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Goodreads Synopsis:

Before her older sister, Ginny, died, Carrie was a science nerd, obsessively tracking her beloved Vira comet. But now that Ginny is gone, sixteen-year-old Carrie finds herself within the orbit of Ginny’s friends, a close-knit group of seniors who skip school, obsess over bands (not science), and party hard.

Fed up with Carrie’s behavior, her father enrolls her in a summer work camp at a local state park. Carrie actually likes the days spent in nature. And when she meets Dean, a guy who likes the real Carrie—astrophysics obsessions and all—she starts to get to the heart of who she is and who she wants to be.

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ARC Review: The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

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I received this eARC via the publisher from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All quotes are from the ARC and subject to change.


28818346Title: The Movie Version
Author: Emma Wunsch
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: October 11th, 2016
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Goodreads Synopsis:

In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons.

But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia—not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby—and herself—it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.

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ARC Review: Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

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I received this eARC via the publisher from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All quotes are from the ARC and subject to change.


27414423Title: Last Seen Leaving
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery, LGBT+
Format: eARC
Goodreads Synopsis:
Flynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

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