Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Release Date: August 28th, 2017
Read: October 16th-18th, 2017
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Series: DC Icons, #1
Format: Hardcover, 375 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review



Description from GoodReads:


   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.

   Together.

   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. 


Review:

   Let them hear me wail at the top of my lungs.
   I borrowed Leigh Bardugo's first novel, Shadow and Bone, years ago from my local library, before the final book in the series was even released. I used to always take out the whole series at a time when reading books from the library, this was almost the case with the Grisha Series. But I could not get into Leigh Bardugo's writing, and so I never finished the series or picked up any of her other books, no matter how big of a hype. It wasn't until Wonder Woman: Warbringer came to be that I decided to give Leigh another chance. 

   I've loved the DC Universe since I was a kid, you could always find me watching the Justice League on Saturday mornings. It wasn't until I saw the 2017 Wonder Woman movie that I was finally convinced to read the book. In the end I really wish I hadn't picked it up.

  Leigh Bardugo did nothing special with the plot, she brought nothing new to the story nor did she do the plot justice. Wonder Woman has been around longer than I have, thus the story of hers is basically set in stone. All the little things that were added to Diana's story, or the changes that Leigh made just infuriated me. The only thing I enjoyed about Leigh's Diana was the way she reacted to our 2017 society. 

   To add to the infuriatingness of the book, the plot itself was just terrible. It wasn't thought out and just resulted in a bunch of randomness. The solution to the plot was just whatever, and the evil villain in the end was just predictable and lazy. Not to mention it was oh so slow to get through.

   Not only was Wonder Woman: Warbringer not a read that was in anyway enjoyable, it also put me off from wanting to read any of the other DC Icon novels that are going to join Wonder Woman: Warbringer as a series. But because Batman: Nightwalker is written by someone besides Leigh Bardugo, I might give it a chance, I just haven't decided yet. 


Rating:

Favourite Quote:


"Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.”

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:


Young Adult, Fantasy, Comics, Superheroes, Wonder Woman, 


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Blog Tour: Renegades by Marissa Meyer


   Hello and welcome to the Renegades Blog Tour hosted by Raincoast Books! I can not wait to introduce you guys to the book, I absolutely adored it! Today we have for you an exclusive excerpt of the book, as well as my review! I hope you guys enjoy! 

Renegades by Marissa Meyer


Release Date: November 7th, 2017
Read: October 29th-November 1st, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Series: Renegades, #1
Format: ARC, 576 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review



Description from GoodReads:


   Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

   The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

   Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


Review:


   One cannot be brave who has no fear.
   If you've been following my blog for a good while now, then you'd know that my love of Marissa Meyer knows no bounds. From buying her books on release day to spending 5 hours in line just at an attempt to get a ticket to meet her and get a signed copy of her last book, Heartless. So of course I jumped at the chance to be apart of the blog tour, I may have even been a little impatient and bothered the blog tour coordinator when I hadn't heard if they'd announced the tour yet. Oops. Renegades was one of my top ten anticipated releases of 2017, and I can honestly say that with good reason. Marissa Meyer is not one to let down her fans, and I can happily say that was the exact case with Renegades

   I've been obsessed with Marvel, DC and the X-Men since I was a little girl. Especially the X-Men, I've always held a special place in my heart for them. When picking up Renegades I had hoped that the book would at least give off some sort of superhero vibe that reminded me of the X-Men, and oh boy, I was not wrong to hope. The book was an instant favourite from the very beginning. In the first 50 pages, we got the backstory of how the society came to be, how one of our protagonists got her dark backstory, and we even got to see some witty superhero v.s. villain banter. I couldn't have been happier, the young X-Men obsessed little girl I once was, was completely giddy. 

   I couldn't help but compare Renegades to the new YA  DC novels that are currently being published, with Wonder Woman Warbringer and the upcoming Batman, Catgirl, and Superman novels. With Wonder Woman, the story itself had no new elements to it since the character has already been around for almost 50 years. With Renegades, Marissa Meyer literally developed a whole new society of characters and superpowers that were so unique, and just new. It was a refreshing take on superheroes, and honestly, I loved the break we got from the Marvel MCU. 

   I wasn't sure how I was going to like Adrian when I started reading his first chapter. I thought that I'd be conflicted between him as a Renegade, and Nova as an Anarchist perspective. In a lot of cases, I find myself attracted to the dark backstory character, in this case Nova. Because of this, I thought for sure that I'd hate him. In the end, I found myself loving Adrian and Nova equally. Their superpowers were so unlike anything I've encountered before, and their innocence for all the wrong things was oddly alluring. You couldn't help but love them, especially when their characters slowly became attracted to each other. Obviously things were awkward with both of them keeping the BIGGEST secrets from each other, but I really hope things work out for them in the end. I can not wait to see how their relationship develops in the next novels. 

   In superhero movies we usually only see the superheroes character development and their side of the villains story, so I really enjoyed the twist in story with being able to see the Anarchists point of view. I hope that in the upcoming novels we are able to see more of that view.

   And finally, because Marissa Meyer likes to torture her readers, she loves to have cliffhangers. In a way I completely called how it ended, but never the less I need to see what happens next, ASAP. Cause in all honesty, I'm dying over here. 

   Renegades was everything I had wanted from the book, and so so much more. I have not been able to stop thinking about the book since I finished it, and so I cross my fingers and hope that the sequel isn't going to be released too far into the future. I will be counting down the days until it does release, until then I'll just have to settle for talking about it nonstop to all of my friends!

Rating:



Favourite Quote:


"Is this..." he started, dismayed, "a villain speech?"

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:


Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Marvel, X-Men, Super powers, Heroes, Villains 




   They were always helping, always showing up at just the right moment. That’s what they did.
Maybe, she thought—as her father turned back to his work— maybe they were just waiting for the right moment to swoop in and help them too.
   Her gaze lingered on her father’s hands. Watching them mold, sculpt, tug more threads of energy from the air.
   Nova’s own eyelids started to droop.
   Even in her dreams she could see her father’s hands, only now he was pulling falling stars out of the sky, stringing them together like glowing golden beads . . .
~
   A door slammed.
   Nova awoke with a start. Evie huffed and rolled away from her.
   Groggy and disoriented, Nova sat up and shook out her arm, which had fallen asleep beneath Evie’s head. The shadows in the room had shifted. There were low voices in the hallway. Papà, sounding tense. Her mom, murmuring, please, please . . .
   She pushed off the blanket that had been draped over her and tucked it around Evie, then crept past the table where a delicate copper-colored bracelet sat abandoned, an empty space in the fili- gree waiting to be filled with a precious stone.
   When she reached the front door, she turned the knob as slowly as she could, prying the door open just enough that she could peer out into the dim hall.
   A man stood on the landing—stubble on his chin and light hair pulled into a sleek tail. He wore a heavy jacket, though it wasn’t cold outside.
   He was holding a gun.
   His indifferent gaze darted to Nova and she shrank back, but his attention slid back to her father as if he hadn’t even seen her.
   “It’s a misunderstanding,” said Papà. He had put himself between the man and Nova’s mom. “Let me talk to him. I’m sure I can explain—”
   “There’s been no misunderstanding,” the man said. His voice was low and cold. “ You have betrayed his trust, Mr. Artino. He does not like that.”
   “Please,” said her mom. “ The children are here. Please, have mercy.” He cocked his head, his eyes shifting between them.
   Fear tightened in Nova’s stomach.
   “Let me talk to him,” Papà repeated. “We haven’t done any-
thing. I’m loyal, I swear. I always have been. And my family . . . please, don’t hurt my family.”
   There was a moment in which it looked like the man might smile, but then it passed. “My orders were quite clear. It is not my job to ask questions . . . or to have mercy.”
   Her father took a step back. “Tala, get the girls. Go.”
   “David . . . ,” her mother whimpered, moving toward the door. She had barely gone a step when the stranger lifted his arm.
   A gunshot.
   Nova gasped. Blood arced across the door, a few drops scatter-
ing across her brow. She stared, unable to move. Papà screamed and grabbed his wife. He turned her over in his arms. He was trembling while her mom wheezed and choked.
   “No survivors,” the man said in his even, quiet voice. “Those were my orders, Mr. Artino. You only have yourself to blame for this.”
   Nova’s father caught sight of her on the other side of the door. His eyes widened, full of panic.      “Nova. Ru—”
   Another gunshot.
   This time Nova screamed. Her father collapsed over her mom’s body, so close she could have reached out and touched them both.
   She turned and stumbled into the apartment. Past the kitchen, into her bedroom. She slammed the door shut and thrust open her closet. Climbed over the books and tools and boxes that littered the floor. She yanked the door shut and crouched down in the corner, gasping for breath, the vision of her parents burned into her thoughts every time she shut her eyes. Too late she thought that she should have gone for the fire escape. Too late.
   Too late she remembered— Evie.
   She’d left Evie out there. 
   She’d left Evie.
   A shuddering gasp was met with a horrified cry, though she tried to swallow both of them back. Her hand fell on the closet door and she tried to gauge how fast she could get out to the living room and back, if there was any chance of snatching the baby up without being seen . . .
   The front door creaked, paralyzing her.
   She pulled her hand back against her mouth.
   Maybe he wouldn’t notice Evie. Maybe she would go on sleeping. She listened to slow, heavy footsteps. Squealing floorboards. Nova was shaking so hard she worried the noise of her clattering
bones would give her away. She also knew it wouldn’t matter.
   It was a small apartment, and there was nowhere for her to run. “ The Renegades will come,” she whispered, her voice little more than a breath in the darkness. The words came unbidden into her head, but they were there all the same. Something solid. Something to cling to.
   Bang.
   Her mother’s blood on the door.
   She whimpered. “The Renegades will come . . .”
   A truth, inspired by countless news stories heard on the radio. A certainty, patched together from the words of gossiping neighbors.
   They always came.
   Bang.
   Her father’s body crumpling in the hall.
   Nova squeezed her eyes shut as hot tears spilled down her cheeks.
   “The Renegades . . . the Renegades will come.”
   Evie’s shrill cry started up in the main room.
   Nova’s eyes snapped open. A sob scratched at the inside of her
throat, and she could no longer say the words out loud.
   Please, please let them come . . .
   A third gunshot.
   The air caught in Nova’s lungs.
   Her world stilled. Her mind went blank.
   She sank into the mess at the bottom of the closet.
   Evie had stopped crying.
   Evie had stopped.
   Distantly, she heard the man moving through the apartment,
checking the cabinets and behind the doors. Slow. Methodical.
   By the time he found her, Nova had stopped shaking. She couldn’t feel anything anymore. Couldn’t think. The words still echoed in
her head, having lost all meaning.
   The Renegades . . . the Renegades will come . . .
   Doused in the stark lights from her bedroom, Nova lifted her eyes. The man stood over her. There was blood on his shirt. Later, she would remember how there had been no regret, no apology, no remorse.
   Nothing at all as he lifted the gun.
   The metal pressed against her forehead, where her mother’s blood had cooled.
   Nova reached up and grabbed his wrist, unleashing her power with more force than she ever had.
   The man’s jaw slackened. His eyes dulled and rolled up into his head. He fell backward, landing with a resounding thud on her bed- room floor, crushing her dollhouse beneath his weight. The whole building seemed to shake from his fall.
   Seconds later, deep, peaceful breathing filled the apartment.
   Nova’s lungs contracted again. Air moved through her throat, shuddering. In. And out.
   She forced herself to stand and rub the tears and snot from her face.
   She picked up the gun, though it felt awkward and heavy in her hand, and slipped her finger over the trigger.
   She took a step closer, one hand gripping the doorframe as she left the sanctuary of the closet. She wasn’t sure where she should aim. His head. His chest. His stomach.
   She settled on his heart. Got so close to him she could feel his shirt brushing against her bare toes.
   Bang. Her mother was dead.
   Bang. Her father.
   Bang. Evie . . .
   The Renegades had not come.
   They weren’t going to come.
  “Pull the trigger,” she whispered into the empty room. “Pull the
trigger, Nova.” But she didn’t.
  “Pull the trigger.” 
   She couldn’t.

I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and beautiful twin daughters. Represented by Jill Grinberg. Learn more about me and my upcoming books at http://www.marissameyer.com. 

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Guest Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White


Release Date: June 27th, 2017
Read: October 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: The Conqueror's Saga, #2
Format: ARC, 471 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review




Description from GoodReads:



   She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

   After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

   What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

   As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost.


Review:


   No one will be more ruthless
   Like the previous book, this one serves up a lot of drama, deep questions, and make-or-break decisions. It leaves you constantly wondering and complaining about choices the characters have made. And that makes it so good. It's not often that a book leaves me questioning and hoping for a character's safety and joy.

  And I do love each and every character, good or bad. They are all well-developed, and always show a little bit of humanity, no matter how evil their actions are. Lada is by far my favourite. She is ruthless but doesn't require forgiveness. Her storyline in this book is, in my opinion, more interesting.

  The whole book reads like a young adult, and less complicated Game of Thrones. I could not wait until the next chapter from either Lada or Radu's perspective, and I cannot wait until the next book.

Rating:




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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Book Review: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Read: August 10th-15th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Series: Standalone
Format: ARC, 400 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review




Description from GoodReads:


   When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

   With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?


Review:


Contains Minor Spoilers:

   Cold hands, cold heart.
   The idea of a world where you can sell limbs and other body parts to demons in order to get wishes fascinated me. The idea really reminded me of the show Supernatural, and its crossroads demons and hell hounds. Since I really enjoyed the first few seasons of the show, I decided to give The Hearts We Sold a try.

   Emily Lloyd-Jones' writing was fairly addicting, the pages just flew by when reading the book. Although as much as the writing was addicting, the story itself was not what I was expecting. I wanted a story about people making wishes and just their lives with their missing limbs and granted wishes. But of course it ended up becoming an alien, save the world book. The storyline we got didn't feel right with the synopsis.

   One thing I enjoyed about the little heartless group was that they all had their reasons for selling their hearts. It was neat to get little breaks from the main plot line to get a quick chapter from each of the characters. In particular I really loved Cal's story, the brainiac kid who traded his heart so that his grandfather could have one. Being a huge supporter of organ donation, I couldn't help but love his story.

   Overal The Hearts We Sold was a quick, sweet read that I'd recommend to anyone looking for something fast, with no commitment and is craving a good old fashion YA paranormal read.


Rating:

Favourite Quote:


"Stars die, worlds die with them."

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:


Young Adult, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Demons, Aliens


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Book Review: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

Release Date: September 12th, 2017
Read: August 27th-30th, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Series: Fallen Isles Trilogy, #1
Format: ARC, 485 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review




Description from GoodReads:


   Before

   Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the peace treaty named after her, an agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

   But Mira never felt perfect. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

   After

   Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit—the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

   No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles—and herself—before her very world begins to collapse.


Review:


   I was a girl again. Shivering. In the dark. In the soundless void. Alone. 
   I never finished Jodi Meadow's first series, Newsoul. There was something about it that in the end, that just did not hook my attention enough to go out and pick up that last book. But then I gave My Lady Jane a try, a book cowritten by Jodi Meadows, and I completely adored it. Thus, obviously proving that I needed to give Jodi Meadows another try, this time with Before She Ignites.

   Before starting the book, I thought I was getting into a book solely focused on dragons and magic. In the end that is what I got, although not in the way I imagined it. Before She Ignites is a fantasy novel that is focused on politics. The book referred a lot to how the 7 islands were ruled, and how the people lived their lives. With saying this, the story took great care in showing us the political corruption of the islands. I couldn't help but compare Before She Ignites' political mentions to the problems with politics that the US is facing today. I also couldn't help but think that this aspect became such an important part of the book, in hope of having readers question the designs happening around them, and try to make a change.

   For most of the book, our protagonist was locked up in a cell, because of this it felt as if a whole lot of pointless things happened. The book itself was fairly large, but with all that occurred in the novel, it's almost as if the book could have been cut in half, cutting out all the pointlessness. I understand why Mira was locked up, and the role that the prison played in furthering the plot but I feel as if the prison could have been a part of the novel rather than the whole thing. I hope that in the upcoming novels more things happen rather than being stuck in one spot again.

   I couldn't help but love the dragons in the book, I found it fascinating how many dragon types there were and how the society honoured them. This aspect of the novel really reminded me of the movie How to Train your Dragon. I really look forward to seeing what Jodi Meadows does with the dragons in the next book of the series.

   Before She Ignites was not what I was expecting, and it really surprised me how the story turned out. I did not end up loving the story, but I do intend on reading the sequel in the future. 


Rating:


Favourite Quote:


"I wanted freedom in the same way I wanted my next breath: an unspoken but constant desire."

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:


Young Adult, Fantasy, Dragons, Politics, Magic, Chosen Ones



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Book Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Read: October 9th-16th, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Standalone
Format: ARC, 384 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review




Description from GoodReads:


   On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.


Review:


   Do it up
   My friends were the ones to convince me to give Adam Silvera another chance. Back in January I had picked up History is All You Left Me, and it was one of the most depressing things I had ever read, and so I DNF'd it at 40% through the book. I had heard that his previous book had also been the same way, and that this one was guaranteed to be the same. So I put the thought of reading They Both Die at the End away, and continued on. That is until my friends promised that this would be the one I enjoyed, and so I gave Adam another try.

   After basically having read two Adam Silvera books, I've determined that his books usually contain two things; lost of death and grief, and a LGBTQ+ character/romance.

   Adam's stories are not for the faint of heart, they really get you hard with your emotions and make you think of what would happen to you and those you love when you die. That's basically the state I was in for the entirety of the book, I could not stop thinking about what would happen to everything when I died. It even got to the point where I brought it up as a dinner time conversation. I think the book was really important lesson when it comes to living your best life. Throughout the book we saw through the perspective of a bunch of different characters and the state that they were in before they died, they either went out with a bang or with regret. Unlike the people in the novel, we don't get to know when we die. Because of this, we never know if the day could be our last or not. I think the lesson of the book is to try and make every day count, and I'm hoping that lesson sticks with me.

   From the two books I've read, LGBTQ+ characters are the second piece that continues to make an appearance. In books now a days, throwing in a LGBTQ+ character or two is becoming a common thing. I love how it's becoming a norm, that we don't even think twice about it anymore. I love how it's become a constant in his books, and so I want to thank Adam for doing so. The world needs more LGBTQ+ books for people to finally have characters that they can relate to.

   They Both Die at the End was an emotional rollercoaster, filled with french toast, skydiving and so much more. I'm glad I gave this one a chance, I really did enjoy different aspects of the book. So I look forward to seeing what Adam Silvera publishes next. 


Rating:



Favourite Quote:


"You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships. Some you'll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth the risk."


Recommend to People Who Enjoy:


Young Adult, Contemporary, Dealing with grief, Dealing with death, Bucket Lists