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Tweet Cute | Review

Title: Tweet Cute

Author: Emma Lord

Rating: 4 stars

Dates read: 09 Jan 20 – 13 Jan 20

Publication date: 21 Jan 20

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre(s): YA Contemporary, Romance

Description:

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of St Martin’s Press as part of their Tweet Cute Blog Tour*

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The Blighted Fortress | Review

Title: The Blighted Fortress

Author: David E. Dresner

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 17 Nov 19 – 18 Nov 19

Publication date: 01 Nov 2019

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Genre(s): Time-Travel, Fantasy

Description:

This story begins in modern Chicago then moves to fifth-century Transylvania.

The teenage protagonists, Glenda and Traveler, are sent by Theo, their sanctuary god, deep into the primeval forests of the Carpathian Mountains. They must locate then neutralize an ancient demi-god called a “fire beast”.

The two must also survive the daunting challenges of isolated fifth-century Transylvania. Rome is now in its final death throes and the hoof beats of Attila the Hun echo across Europe. Civilization and Pax Romana are distant memories.

Magic, wits, and youthful courage must combine to face the fire creature. Survival, much less winning, is up for grabs.

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Authoright and Clink Street Publishing as part of their The Grateful Boys Blog Tour*

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The Grateful Boys | Review

Title: The Grateful Boys

Author: Françoise DuMaurier

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 07 Oct 19 – 14 Oct 19

Publication date: 01 Oct 2019

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Genre(s): Vampires, YA, Supernatural

Description:

When seventeen-year-old Hailey’s multi-racial, single parent family migrate to the tiny rural town of Corpus, Georgia (population 700), she would rather have moved anywhere but there.

That is, until she spots him. Mysterious definitely, perhaps even supernatural. Where Hailey is awe-struck by the young man of her dreams, her little brother, Mason, sees a soulless creature of the night, a half-man who may be responsible for a series of grisly murders across the southern gothic town.

Antwan Zeddman, the town’s first African-American Sheriff, must enforce a curfew in Corpus to ensure the safety of the townsfolk. He must contend with sightings of hellish winged beasts and investigate the slaying of an innocent young couple traveling through town. There is a growing sense of racial unrest. Hailey will find herself caught between her family, the residents of Corpus, and the vampire she’s falling in love with.

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Authoright and Clink Street Publishing as part of their The Grateful Boys Blog Tour*

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These Rebel Waves | Review

Title: These Rebel Waves

Author: Sara Raasch

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 09 Jan 19 – 13 Jan 19

Publication date: 20 Sep 2018

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre(s): YA Fantasy

Description:

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

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Seafire | Review

Title: Seafire

Author: Natalie C. Parker

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 01 Jan 19 – 03 Jan 19

Publication date: 28 Aug 2018

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre(s): YA, Fantasy

Description:

A warlord killed Caledonia’s parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge.

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for? Continue reading “Seafire | Review”

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Children of Blood and Bone | Review

Title: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 30 Jun 18 – 08 Jul 18

Publication date: 08 March 18

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s

Genre(s): Fantasy, YA

Description:

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us. 
Now we rise.

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy. Continue reading “Children of Blood and Bone | Review”

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Shadowblack | Review

Title: Shadowblack

Author: Sebastian de Castell

Rating: 2 Stars

Dates read: 22 Aug 18 – 20 Sep 18

Publication date: 27 Oct 17

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Genre(s): Young Adult; Fantasy

Description:

SORCERY IS A SCAM . . .

Four months after fleeing his own people, Kellen has discovered he’s an even worse outlaw than he was mage. It doesn’t help that his only allies are a swaggering card player and a thieving squirrel cat.

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and whose secrets get them caught up in a conspiracy of magic, blackmail and murder. Now Kellen must find the mage responsible before the entire frontier falls victim to the mystical plague known as the shadowblack.

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Eve of Man | Review

Title: Eve of Man

Author: Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 18 Jun 18 – 21 Jun 18

Publication date: 31 May 2018

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Genre(s): Dystopian, YA

Description:

Eve is like any other teenage girl . . .

Except that the fate of the entire world lies on her shoulders.

She’s the first girl born in fifty years.

She’s the answer to their prayers.

She’s the final hope.

Which means she has one function alone . . .

At sixteen, Eve must face her destiny and make a choice.

She will choose a man, one out of three carefully selected suitors.

But what about Bram?

The future of the planet hangs on Eve making the right choice.

Will she?

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July: It’s a Wrap

It’s August already. Where is this year flying too? Next month I go to Barcelona, and the month after Florida, and then the month after is my birthday and the month after is Christmas, and then it’s NEXT YEAR. OK, so there may have been a mild panic there, but seriously, this year is flying by in a whirlwind of work, books, film, and a sport and it’s exciting and scary that it’s going so quickly in equal measures. I may not have read as many books as I did last month, but I read a lot of incredible stories, and ticked off some more challenges for Around the Year. I rated almost everything incredibly highly this month, and entered some new and incredible worlds. Continue reading “July: It’s a Wrap”

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Spellslinger | Review

Title: Spellslinger

Author: Sebastian de Castell

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 08 Apr 18 – 02 Jun 18

Publication date: 04 May 2017

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Genre(s): YA; Fantasy

Description:

MAGIC IS A CON GAME . . . 

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone.

As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path.

Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope . . . Continue reading “Spellslinger | Review”