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ARC Roundup

I’ve got some new ARCs from Netgalley to read and I’m pretty excited about diving into these because they all sound like books I’d love, so I figure I’d share them with y’all!

Witchtown

Publication Date: July 18th, 2017

I requested a couple different witch themed books around the same time, including the first book in the Windy City Magic series, The Best Kind of Magicand Witchtown was requested shortly after. I love witchy stories and urban fantasies about witches so we’ll see how this one goes!

30971734.jpgWhen sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.

But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.

Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.

Secrets have their own power.

Zero Repeat Forever

Publication Date: August 29th, 2017

I have a secret love for sci-fi and space books, and also just look at that beautiful cover!!

28945665He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

Girls Made of Snow & Glass

Publication Date: September 5th, 2017

Fairy tale retelling? Check. Feminist retelling? Double check. Two girls made magically? Heck yeah! I’m a little hesitant on the present/past alternating stories since we already know that Mina ends up as the stepmother, but hopefully I’m proven wrong and it’ll be a great story!

34932579Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairytale as you’ve never heard it before, tracing the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start: the beautiful princess and stepmother queen.

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

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Wind Catcher Review – ★★☆☆☆

I read Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabeff for free in exchange for an honest review at netgalley.com Spoilers below the cut!

I was very excited to start this book; the main character, Juliet Stone, is Native American and is caught up in a strange series of events and learns she has special powers. Pretty much everything I look forward to in a character. But Wind Catcher was a disappointment from the first chapter.

Continue reading “Wind Catcher Review – ★★☆☆☆”

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Three Week Read (Contest and Giveaway!)

UPDATE: I have added the links for the post where you can comment with your book recommendations!


 

Alrighty folks! Since I’ve finished my manuscript (at least the second draft), I’ll be taking a three week “hiatus” from writing. I’d like to go back to my manuscript with fresh eyes so I can catch new problems. That being said, I need something to do during the three weeks! So from now until July 19th, I’ll be doing a Three Week Read, where I have three weeks to read as many books as I can!

So to make Three Week Read something fun for you guys too, I’ll be taking your suggestions as to which books I’m going to read, and at the end of the Read, I’ll be giving away a copy of one of the books I’ve read to one lucky follower!

The rules are simple:

1) Like/Follow me on Facebook/Twitter.
2) Submit your book recommendation in a comment both on this post on Facebook and here, on my website. One recommendation per person!
3) Vote on a poll at the end of the Three Week Read to pick which book you’d like to win!

Suggest your favorite YA books (of any genre) for it to be added to the list of books for the Three Week Read! They can be in either print or ebook, but must be able to be acquired legally.

U.S. residents only. You must be comfortable in giving me a address to ship the prize to (all information will be kept confidential and guarded by a dragon).

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Currently Reading

I’ve realized I’ve been neglecting my growing library of books recently (mostly in favor of writing or schoolwork. Sometimes tumblr) and I’ve decided to kick myself in the butt and then sit down and get some reading done. After all, the best way to improve your own writing is to read a lot.

So last night, amid a chorus of tears and choking sobs, I finished Marie Lu’s wonderful conclusion to her Legend series,Champion. And let me tell you, feels were had and I’m still not over it. Full review to come!

I also have Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the Wind sitting on my desk that I plan on focusing my attention on once the semester ends. My significant other has been hounding me to finish the book, and if they think it’s good and that I’d like it, I should finish it within a few days.

Though I’ve been devouring Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero since last night, and since I loved the Percy Jackson series, I have no doubts that the Heros of Olympus series will satisfy and entertain me.

Sitting on my Kindle, taunting me with its pretty cover every time I open up the app on my phone to do some quick reading/highlighting/editing of my manuscript is Sarah Godfrey and Victoria DeRubeis’s book 2 of their Marionettes of Myth series, Fracture the Spider’s Web and I want to crack it open ASAP.