October 3, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (50): September

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga´s Reviews, which showcases the books we've purchased, won, borrowed and received in the mail. 

These are the books I got in the month of September.

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Flamecaster (The Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows

The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

Thanks to the publishers, Edelweiss and Netgalley for the eARCs.

Reality Boy by A.S. King
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness #3) by Tamora Pierce
It's Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) by Jenny Han
Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn #3) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Trouble by Non Pratt
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4) by Kimberly Derting

Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

What books did you get?
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October 2, 2015

Review: Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Title: Spinning Starlight
Author: R.C. Lewis
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: October 6th 2015
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC

Rating: 3/5

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Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow. 

Spinning Starlight is the retelling of The Wild Swans a classic that although I have not read I did saw the anime as a child and is a story that I liked very much, because it isn´t a romance story, but a story about the love that a girl has for her siblings about how much she´s capable to sacrifice to save her brothers.

Liddi Jantzen is the heir of the most powerful technology company in the seven planets, accustomed to live surrounded by cameras all her life, to have her every day scrutinized by the media and living in the shadow of her eight incredible intelligent older brothers, they´re technological geniuses and at a very young age they have introduced technological innovations that have changed the various fields where their inventions had been applied and Liddi at her sixteen years old still haven´t achieved any of the greatness of her brothers and that frustrates her.

At the beginning of the plot Liddi learns that her brothers disappeared without a trace, and to then discover that they were kidnapped by someone she trusted, and later that person to control Liddi implant a device in her throat to prevent her from talking and obstructing their plans, because if she were to say a word that would send a signal to a device that would kill her brothers. So Liddi escape to another planet with the intention of finding some way to help her brothers, but she inadvertently ends on an unknown planet and once there she meets Tiav, which becomes an ally.

Liddi lives in a future where the writing is already obsolete, there are no books and everything is controlled by voice and video, which makes credible (in a way) that she can not communicate easily with others once she can not speak, but I got a little desperate when Tiav is trying to teach her to "write". Another thing that was really getting on my nerves was Liddi´s egocentricity, and that on several occasions when she is doing something that she would not normally do, she does a monologue on which she is imagining what the reporters would say about her "Liddi Jantzen did this .... Liddi Jantzen does the other .. " which after a while it was getting on my nerves.

In Spinning Starlight the romance takes a back seat and the main plot is Liddi doing everything possible to rescue her brothers, despite the consequences, and through retrospective scenes at the end of each chapter we get to see the strong bond that Liddi has with her older brothers.

Overall, is a fast-paced story and a good retelling of a classic that has not been exploited much, but it didn´t captived me, the world-building was vague and I skimmed over the scientific explanations because I did not understand much of it and I wasn´t as invested in the characters as I would want it to be.

September 30, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday (189): The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The book I´m waiting this week is

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett 
Release date: November 3rd 2015
Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?
Why I'm Waiting?
Because it sounds really good and I´ve seen that is getting good reviews on goodreads.

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September 29, 2015

Review: The White Rose by Amy Ewing

Title: The White Rose (The Lone City #2)
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: October 6th 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4/5

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You can read my review of The Jewel - here
Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

The White Rose starts exactly where the previous book ends up, the romance between Violet and Ash had been discovered, forcing them both along with Raven (Violet's best friend) to escape The Jewel with the help of an unlikely ally. Their goal is to reach the Farm, where they plan to hide and once there find out Lucien´s plans for Violet.

While the first book takes place mostly in the Jewel, which is the sector where the royals live now in this installment we get to know the other sectors or circles that make up the Lone City as they attempt to escape the bleak future that awaits them, the trio must traverse the Bank circle is where the merchant class lives and Smoke circles where the factories are and their workers live, to finally seek refuge in the Farm, and there is where Violet along with her companions find the answers to what is really happening in the Lone City, the fact that a rebellion is brewing and finally learn how she can help them.

Also in The White Rose we discovered a little more about the origins of the Lone City, and we get to know a little more about where the powers or gifts from the surrogates come from and how can these powers be used for something more than having the children of the royalty .

About the characters, I liked that Violet is stronger and more determined because now she´s literally running for her life and that of Ash and Raven, but I feel that what made her stronger was her desire to protect Raven, which is not doing very well. And the romance between Ash and Violet is still good and I liked that did not involve a third party to force a love triangle to come to wreak havoc between them. Lucien's character that intrigued me so much in the previous book finally informed Violet what are your expectations of the role that she´ll have in the rebellion. And other character that was a pleasant surprise as he grew and saw his true personality and I really liked him is Garnet.

Overall, The White Rose was a very good second book in a series or trilogy with several unexpected plot twists and with a cliffhanger that I hooked me and I´can´t wait to read the next book. I really enjoyed it.

September 23, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday (188): Ice Like Fire

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The book I´m waiting this week is

Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch 
Release date: October 13th 2015
It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

Why I'm Waiting?
I really enjoyed Snow Like Ashes and I can´t wait to read what happens next.

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September 22, 2015

Review: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

Title: Menagerie (Menagerie #1)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: MIRA
Release date: September 29th 2015
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Reading level: Ages 18 and up

Rating: 4/5

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From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie…

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions"—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.

Menagerie is the first adult book written by Rachel Vincent that I´ve read (I know she has other adult series), previously I´ve read her Young Adult series - Soul Screamers, which I enjoyed very much, because it introduced a mythological main character that regularly I do not find in YA books, so it was a pleasant surprise reading about the fantastic and mythological characters in this story.

Menagerie is a fantasy novel that takes place in a world similar to ours, or at least the United States has the same states but other countries are different, and this world is inhabited by humans and cryptids (they´re different types of supernatural such as minotaurs, centaurs, mermaids, werewolves, oracles, fairies, etc.) and years before the beginning of the story both races lived in harmony and the supernatural were citizens, but on a fateful day known to all as "the reaping" where many humans children were killed, due to this event the government decided to act against the cryptids and they lose their rights, so that today only the cryptids can be found in menagerie, or in private collections, and all of them are deprived of their freedom.

Delilah Marlow grew all her life thinking she was human, but on her twenty five birthday everything changes when she visits the menagerie with her boyfriend and friends, but when she sees the cruelty with which the cryptids treated, something awakens in her that makes her true self manifest, a creature that no one seems to recognize its origin and Delilah is arrested, stripped of her rights and sold as an unknown cryptid to the same menagerie where her creature manifested. there she will be displayed and treated like all the other "beasts". And there she´ll have to rely on Gallagher her handler and together try to discover what kind of creature she´s, besides being the only human in which she can rely.

Overall, Menagerie is a very original, dark, raw, full of fantasy book and it hooked me once I got the thread to the story (it took me a while to understand the world in which it develops), with good characters, some I liked and others I hated, definitely very entertaining. For those who like romance on their book, I have to inform that this first book of the series doesn´t have romance, because it focuses more on Delilah´s story and her journey.

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created bThe Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR
(in no particular order)
I mentioned Me Before You These on my Summer TBR and Spring TBR post and Still haven´t read it and also I mentioned Scarlet on my Spring TBR post, so I hope to read them this year. 
These are the books that I planned to read this fall.

The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman #2) by Graeme Simsion
Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews

I also plan to read The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens and I Crawl Through It by A.S. King.

What books are on your fall TBR list?
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September 21, 2015

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading
The Immortal Heights (The Elemental Trilogy #3) de Sherry Thomas (4.5/5 stars)

I´m currently reading

What I´m going to read next?
Next I´m going to read some of these books, but I´m not sure yet which one I´m going to read first.

What are you reading today?
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September 18, 2015

Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Title: Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1) 
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release date: September 22nd 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4/5

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The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research. 

From Rae Carson I´ve read her Fire and Thorns trilogy which I loved, so I could not wait to read another book from her and although this is different sub genre, I must say that I really enjoyed it and is a very good first book of a series/trilogy.

Walk on Earth a Stranger is a historical-paranormal novel that takes place during the gold rush of 1849 in the United States and follows the path of Leah "Lee" Westfall, a 15 years old girl at the beginning of the story. Leah is the daughter of a gold prospector nicknamed Lucky, because he has always been lucky find a good amount of gold on his property in Dahlonega, Georgia, but what nobody knows (only Leah's parents know) is that she has a "gift" for sensing/detecting gold and can easily find it.

And at the beginning of the story the people of Dahlonega receive the news that gold have been discovered in California so this cause buzz by residents of the town because they are debating with the possibility of making the trip to California and settle there. And due to an event that happens to Leah´s family, she decides to escape and make the perilous journey to California, and she decides to dress as a boy, because of all the dangers that she could face, in addition to not be right for a lady making the trip without a chaperon. So Leah (or Lee when she´s dressed as a boy) with some money embarks on a dangerous journey to California which will take several months by horse and boat, plus she´ll get a job assisting families during the travel to California. And during this trip Lee hopes to find her best friend Jefferson McCauley, whom traveled to California days before her.

Walk on Earth a Stranger is primarily a historical novel, as the paranormal element is minor, is in this installment only used to indicate that Leah is special and that in the environment where she lives, it could be dangerous if someone finds out about her secret. I really enjoyed it!

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September 16, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday (187): The Great Hunt

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The book I´m waiting this week is

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Release date: March 8th 2016
Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people. 

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