Daughter of immortals.
Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.
Daughter of death.
Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
I was pretty excited for this book! I was stoked when I saw some of my favorite YA authors are banding together to tell tales of Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batman, and Superman. This book is the first in the series of these tales that are being published. Bardugo has been one of my favorite authors for a while now and I fell in love with this book. She shows the power of female friendships, and what it means to stand up and fight! The characters in this book are strong and well written. Each one is very memorable and brings something to the story. No one is forgotten and you learn to love each character. The ending is left open to the potential of there being more books in the Wonder Woman series, which i’m looking forward to!
A gripping reimagining of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired it
November is usually quiet in Holcomb, Kansas, but in 1959, the town is shattered by the quadruple murder of the Clutter family. Suspicion falls on Nancy Clutter’s boyfriend, Bobby Rupp, the last one to see them alive. New Yorker Carly Fleming, new to the small Midwestern town, is an outsider. She tutored Nancy, and (in private, at least) they were close. Carly and Bobby were the only ones who saw that Nancy was always performing, and that she was cracking under the pressure of being Holcomb’s golden girl. The secret connected Carly and Bobby. Now that Bobby is an outsider, too, they’re bound closer than ever. Determined to clear Bobby’s name, Carly dives into the murder investigation and ends up in trouble with the local authorities. But that’s nothing compared to the wrath she faces from Holcomb once the real perpetrators are caught. When her father is appointed to defend the killers of the Clutter family, the entire town labels the Flemings as traitors. Now Carly must fight for what she knows is right.
This is a marvelous book! As soon as I saw the synopsis for this book I had to get my hands on it! I am an avid fan of Truman Capote and love thriller type books. This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I had already known before I read this book who had murdered the Clutter family due to me reading Capote’s book and researching the actual murders themselves, but this didn’t stop me from needing to keep reading on and turning the pages as fast as possible to see what would happen next! Amy definitely did her research as she stayed with as many true facts as possible including who was Nancy’s boyfriend at the time of the murders. This book was fascinating and great as a young adult read. Amy does a wonderful job at handling the murder scenes without being over the top or adding in too many details to where it would cross any lines of respect due in part to the actual family. I also loved all the extra tidbits to that time period that were slipped in. Such as: JFK running for president, Truman Capote and how he actually was as a person, the strain for that period between the social classes, and the way the town was as a whole. I found the writing wonderful and well done. While this is my first book by this author it wont be the last. I also thoroughly enjoyed the cover to this book. This is a high recommendation and 5 stars from me.
Plenty of legends surround the infamous Boulder House in Whispering Bluffs, Wisconsin, but nobody takes them seriously. Certainly nobody believes that the original owner, Maxwell Cartwright Jr., cursed its construction—or that a murder of crows died upon its completion, their carcasses turning the land black. If anyone did believe it all, there’s no way River Red High would offer a field trip there for the senior class.
Five very different seniors on the trip—Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen—have reasons beyond school spirit for not ditching the trip. When they’re separated from the group, they discover that what lies within Boulder House is far more horrifying than any local folklore. To survive, they’ll have to band together in ways they never could have imagined and ultimately confront the truths of their darkest selves.
This has to be one of the best horror books I have read in a long time! This book not only brings you horror and edge of your seat action, but also brings to light what it means to grow up. This book has so many valuable meanings within it. I particularly love how it shows high school for what it is, a lesson in growing up. This book does a great job of showing teenagers vs social classes, and finding oneself and learning how to stand up in the face of it all. The plot to this was original and well written. The layout of the house was vivid and imaginative and each scene following the different rooms had me unable to put this book down. This book is well written and truly immerses the reader into the world that the author has written. I particularly loved all the banter back and fourth between the main characters and the objects/ people they come across while going through the different rooms. The suspense to this book keeps building upon itself as you continue along with the story. Id particularly love to see a second book from this with maybe a prequel that tells the story to the folk legend that backs this book as it was very interesting. This is definitely an author to watch for! 5 stars from me for this wonderful read!
the Angelus bell
ringing out over its villages and townlands,
over the fields and hills and bogs in between,
six chimes of three across a minute and a half,
a summons struck
on the lip of the void
Once a year, on All Souls’ Day, it is said in Ireland that the dead may return. Solar Bones is the story of one such visit. Marcus Conway, a middle-aged engineer, turns up one afternoon at his kitchen table and considers the events that took him away and then brought him home again. Funny and strange, McCormack’s ambitious and other-worldly novel plays with form and defies convention. This is profound new work is by one of Ireland’s most important contemporary novelists. A beautiful and haunting elegy, this story of order and chaos, love and loss captures how minor decisions ripple into waves and test our integrity every day.
SO…. This book is a bit different as well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this as it has beautiful narrative. The book flows with the character’s thoughts as you go from one thought to the next without stopping. This book is written in line breaks and one LONG sentence. I feel it was necessary for the story as it gave it more oomph. While reading the synopsis of the book I thought this would be a tad different than what I ended up reading. However what I did read was different for all the right reasons as I was drawn into the character’s mind as I saw into his life and who he is/was as a person. As I came to the conclusion of this book I was glad I went into this book blind as I’ve noticed tons of spoilers out there. If you pay close enough attention to the blurb for this book you are given away the ending (which still shook me). After reading author interviews I learned this book goes so much deeper than I thought. The author had actually mentioned he wanted to give away the ending due him not wanting it to feel cheap. While I love huge surprise endings as such, I can see how it did benefit the book to have given away such. The writing style is commendable and I could not tear myself from this book. There is such a poeticness to the voice behind this book. The premise of this book kept me reading on. The way the book flows was absolutely beautiful and I loved every word of it. This should have gotten a lot more notice I believe but I think the issue was the writing style. So, again take this book for what it is and go into it blind and let it flow though you and see the deeper meanings. Truly an author to keep on your shelf. 5 stars from me. I received this book from SoHo Teen in exchange for my open and honest review.
A lyrical, apocalyptic debut novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival
It started with a single child, and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure light of the moon. Gangs of shadow addicts chased down children on playgrounds, rounded up old ladies from retirement homes. Cities were destroyed and governments fell. And if your shadow was sipped entirely, you became one of them, had to find more shadow, at any cost, or go mad. 150 years later, what’s left of the world is divided between the highly regimented life of those inside dome-cities that are protected from natural light (and natural shadows), and those forced to the dangerous, hardscrabble life in the wilds outside. In rural Texas, Mira, her shadow-addicted friend Murk, and an ex-Domer named Bale, search for a possible mythological cure to the shadow sickness but they must do so, it is said, before the return of Halley’s Comet, which is only days away.
What a strange little novel…… This novel is definitely different. one that is very very hard to explain without either giving away too much or by making it seem so weird that one might deter from reading it. now don’t get me wrong, i thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I am still confused to some aspects within the novel and not to sound as though it is a bad thing it is the way it is left intended by the author. i believe it is meant to leave you questioning things. Whether it is by the darkness of the novel both figurative and and actually within), the chapter and writing style or by the whole aspect of the crime of forcible amputation. This novel is definitely different. I highly recommend this novel because of such. It was an enjoyable read. The plot kept me reading on and I “1 clicked” read it. I did not want to put this book down as there was just so much depth to it below the surface. This book will leave you reeling and questioning things. While the ending is tied up pretty good, I want more of this as a series, just to see where it goes. The characters are diverse and well written and each has their own voice. Again while the plot being a little effed up and differently written, it was well loved by me. 4 stars from this girl. While i was sent this book from SoHo Teen for review, all thoughts, and opinions are my own.
Find your magic
For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk. From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse. The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.
I have no words…. Alice Hoffman took my heart and soul with this book. I am not battling book hangover. I am so happy that I finally got to read the Aunt’s story. I loved the aunts in Practical Magic. They were so much fun to read in that book. While you technically could read this book first I recommend reading Practical Magic first as it sets up the aunts story just a bit more. There is so much character depth here. This book had me crying out of heart ache for the aunts and laughing at their behavior along the way. This book had so much magic and imagery. It was written with beautiful prose. This book is wonderful and I loved the writing. Hopeful and dark, funny and sad, I could not put it down. This book shows us that although we may know the ending to our life, its more about the journey and how we get there. This book will surely be a chart topper. I also hope they turn this one in to a movie as well. I received this book in exchange for my honest review as an invite from the publisher to read on net galley. 5 stars from me.
The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back. But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit? Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.
Holy smokes, Lisa Manterfield blows me away again. This is my second book by her and I cant wait to read more! SO for the fun tidbits…. EM, what a heart breaking character. This poor girl goes through so, so much. She literally goes through the whole “what else could go wrong” stage over and over. She really comes into herself throughout this novel and you see her and remember the feels of young love and heartache as you read her. Ro makes me want to go through the book and strangle him. Lisa wrote his character so flawlessly that you will hate him as he is a piece of crap. Aidan was beautiful. I really loved him. He is such a wonderful person. To see all that he does for Em is just nothing short of amazing. Again in this book Lisa has flawless writing and I am loving her more and more as a writer. Her stories are always full on intrigue and become a 1 click read for me. Her books are way too hard to put down until you finish them and then you will be left reeling and with ultimate book hangover. 5 stars from me.