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Summary: Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, GLBT
My thoughts: Carry On is a story about a boy named Simon Snow who attending a magical school in England because he is the Chosen One destined to save the world. Simon’s arch nemesis is his roommate who is also secretly a vampire, he just broke up with his long time girlfriend, and he has to eventually battle his mortal enemy, the Humdrum. With many issues on his plate, it doesn’t help that Simon Snow is the clumsiest student at his magical school. He also has to face a new problem in his last year at Watford; his roommate, Baz, is missing and no one knows where he is. Told in multiple perspectives, Carry On is a story full of magic, sarcasm, comedy, kissing, ghosts, and mystery that will take you on an unforgettable journey you’ll wish had no end.
**POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Do not read this review unless you’ve read Half Bad**
Summary: “You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad.”
In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he’s on the run–but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Witches
My thoughts: Half Wild is the sequel to Half Bad which is a story about a boy named Nathan who is part White Witch and part Black Witch. Because his father is the most dangerous Black Witch alive, Nathan is feared by many is and hated by almost everyone. At the end of Half Bad, Nathan successfully escapes the cage he was put in and is being chased by hunters set out to kill him. He manages to find solitude but is still being haunted by the thoughts in his mind. What was he going to do now? How is he going to find his friend, Gabriel, again after he disappeared? How is he going to stop the Hunters from trying to kill him? All those questions are answered in this action packed sequel that I quickly became obsessed with, making me eager to have the third book in my hands as quickly as possible. More
Summary: 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.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Adventure
My thoughts: Set in the same world as Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone comes a new story of a motley crew set out to complete an impossible heist that could potentially end their lives. Six characters, hardened to the world around them, come together in order to try and free a very important man held captive in a highly secured building for an large sum of money. During this near to impossible mission, all six characters form a strong bond as they risk their lives in order to improve their dreary lives in Ketterdam. More
Summary: I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult, Romance
My thoughts: For the past month I have been in a book slump where I didn’t want to read any story simply because I couldn’t get into it enough. That was until I picked up this book and immersed myself in this epic journey alongside different characters all fighting for different goals. From the moment I started this story, I immediately was interested in the main character, Adelina, who isn’t the typical protagonist you read about. Instead of fighting for good, she fights to save her life, even if that means committing evil acts to do so. She embraces the darkness within her and her past and becomes this powerful girl ready to help save all the other malfettos like her. Another main character in this novel is Teren, who somehow won me over even if he was full of evil as he attempts to kill all malfettos in sight. This story is full of characters who all have a touch of darkness in them and aren’t the typical heroes in fantasy novels that are all pure at heart. Every person in this dark novel wants something and won’t stop until they get it, even if it means betraying the ones closest to them. More
Summary: It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Zombies, Science Fiction
Cover: I love how cryptic the cover is. It’s simplistic and eye-catching.
My thoughts: This Is Not a Test is a story centered around six students who have hidden in their high school because zombies have overtaken their society. The protagonist, Sloane Price, would rather be killed by a zombie than continue living because her sister, Lily, has ran away before the zombie outbreak began. Sloane lives a brutal life considering her father beat her and her sister before she ran away, leaving Sloane by herself. Rather than hoping to survive the apocalypse, Sloane embraces her hopelessness and wishes that the end will come soon because she doesn’t want to live anymore. This story isn’t just about zombies taking over the world. This beautifully written story is about depression, survival, unlikely friendships, betrayals, and the destruction of lives because of the apocalypse and people’s inner battles More
Summary: A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Retellings
Cover: I was first drawn to this cover when I saw someone on Youtube talking about this book being released, and I absolutely love how mysterious it looks.
My thoughts: The Wrath and the Dawn is a story told in multiple point of views that focus on a girl named Shahrzad who volunteers to marry the Caliph of Khorasan. But there is a catch. The Caliph, named Khalid, kills each of his brides the next morning after their wedding. The only reason why Shahrzad chose to marry the dangerous Khalid to murder him as an act of revenge for killing her best friend. She uses her captivating skills in story telling to lure Khalid into letting her live through a full day of their marriage in promise of finishing the tale the next night. But as days progress, Shahrzad finds out that the rumors about Khalid aren’t necessarily true and she even might be falling for the ruler of Khorasan despite his flaws. More
Synopsis: The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Adult
Cover: I love this cover so, so much. That’s what originally drew me to this book along with the title. I’d love to display this book on my shelf since it’s so beautiful and sad.
My thoughts: I picked up this novel knowing that I’d enjoy it because it’s a story set during WWII (which I love). I didn’t expect for this novel to be one of my most favorite stories I’ve read in a long time. The story is about a girl named Tatiana living in the Soviet Union during WWII. She lived with her parents, her sister, her grandparents, and her twin brother in a cramped two bedroom apartment when they heard the news that Hitler was advancing his army towards the USSR. Despite the impending war and rations being set on the USSR, Tatiana remained hopeful that the war wouldn’t reach her home. One day, on a walk through her town, Tatiana met the entrancing Alexander, a soldier in the Red Army, who managed to lighten the dark times she was about to face with the Second World War looming over her. The two fell into a whirlwind of a romance that could crumble her family to pieces while also risking Alexander’s safety, and yet, they couldn’t seem to tear apart from one another. With an epic love story set against the most brutal war of all time, Alexander and Tatiana faced devastating circumstances that can ruin not only themselves but their relationship that must be kept secret. More
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.
Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.
But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Cover: I find this cover to be incredibly cheesy and I wish that there weren’t models on the cover of J. L. Armentrout’s books.
My thoughts: White Hot Kiss is a story about a girl named Layla who is half gargoyle (called Wardens) and half demon. She has a special ability where she can suck souls out of people simply by attempting to kiss them. Along with that ability, she also is able to identify demons unlike other Wardens. Without her parents, she lives with a family of Wardens where she has to tag demons for the Wardens to hunt down. One Warden she lives with is a guy named Zayne, who she has cared for and crushed on for years on hand, but she knows she can’t make a move on him because of her soul sucking ability.
One day Layla meets a captivating demon named Roth who is bad news that she simply can’t ignore. They immediately form a connection Layla could never have with Zayne thanks to the fact that Roth has no soul to lose by kissing Layla. But along with this twisted relationship comes rivalries and secrets that unfold thanks to Layla’s new alliance with a sinful demon. More
Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.
But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden… until now.
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Cover: What drew me to this novel was the cover and title since it has a mysterious aspect to it that made me curious to read the story.
My thoughts: The moment I began reading this book, I became entranced in the world the author built. The story follows a girl named Charlotte who attends an all-girls boarding school where she meets the illustrious Julia Buchanan. Julia Buchanan lives this brilliant life that Charlotte can’t help but want to immerse herself in from the moment she gets a glimpse of it. Soon enough Charlotte, or “Charlie”, is inseparable from Julia who invites her into her world filled with loving family members, midnight parties, and endless amounts of champagne. Charlie even begins to fall for Julia’s brother, but eventually learns that the Buchanan’s lives aren’t as picture-perfect as she thought they were. The book shows true friendships, romance, and tragedy in a way that leaves the reader thinking about this book long after it is finished. More
Synopsis: A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Cover: I picked this up because this cover was so beautiful, that I couldn’t not buy it. I would love to have a poster of this cover in my room.
My thoughts: The Kiss of Deception is a story about Lia, a First Daughter in the kingdom Morrighan, who is arranged to marry a prince from another kingdom called Dalbreck, whom she has never met before. This marriage is meant to unite both kingdoms, but turns sour when Lia escapes her kingdom right before the wedding. With her friend, Pauline, in tow, they escape to a small village where Lia meets Kaden and Rafe, two mysterious men with a past that they’d rather not share. Little did she know was that one of the men she meets is a prince and the other is an assassin from another kingdom set on a mission to kill her. With shocking secrets that get unraveled as the story progresses, Lia has to figure out who to trust and who to fight against in an action packed book full of secrets and deception. More