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Starswept by Mary Fan [Review]

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Title: Starswept
Author: Mary Fan
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance
Format: eBook
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Release Date: Aug 29th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesA century ago, an advanced race of telepathic humanoids made contact with Earth. Now, fifteen-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to live on the high-tech campus of Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their futuristic technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy who breaks into Papilio upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities capture him, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. As her connection to him grows stronger, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet light years away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies and the artist trade that shatter everything she knows.

 

my thoughts

Iris Fei attends the prestigious performing arts academy Papilio, where she’s perfecting her viola playing in order to attract a rich patron to take her into their employ. One day, Iris crosses paths with an infiltrator in the school – an Adryil boy, member of the telepathic humanoid race that made contact with Earth a century prior. He slips her a foreign device with which, Iris later learns, he is able to communicate with her telepathically. But this boy holds many secrets and no matter how close he and Iris become, he will not share them. Iris is determined to learn the truth, but it might be more dangerous than she ever thought.

This book intrigued me with it’s sparkling cover, beautiful title and promising synopsis. I went in fully expecting to love it. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I did enjoy Starswept to a certain extent, but I also had some major problems with it. Continue reading “Starswept by Mary Fan [Review]”

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee [Review]

30116958Title: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
Author: F. C. Yee
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Mythology
Format: eBook
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: Aug 8th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesThe struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

 

my thoughts

Y’all. This book. Y’all. It’s been a few days and I’m still shaken. Listen, if you thought this looked cool – you’re wrong. It’s cooler. The coolest. It gives Antarctica a run for its money (aside from the, you know, global warming crisis… Moving on.) I’m giving you a fair warning that this review will be nothing but yelling with a lot of repetitive amazing’s and holy sh*t’s.

Genie Lo’s priorities are to get good grades, excel at everything, and get into the best college that’s the farthest from home. But she soon finds them shifting with the arrival of one transfer student, Quentin Sun. Demons begin attacking her home town and Quentin assures her she’s the only one powerful enough to stop them. Relying on his guidance, Genie will have to struggle with more than just school work.

Quite a lot of people on my timeline began talking and reading this book recently that it piqued my interest. I do love mythology, but don’t know a lot about Chinese mythology in particular, so this book seemed perfect for easing into that. I was really hoping to like it, since it’s such a new concept for me and also because everyone who’s been reading it has sung nothing but praises, yet I didn’t expect this. I utterly LOVED Genie Lo so much I ended up reading it in one sitting. It completely blew me away. Continue reading “The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee [Review]”

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han [Review]

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: Jenny Han
Series:  To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #3
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: May 2nd, 2017
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesLara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

 

my thoughts

This series and I had a rocky start, and if you had told me I would be this wrecked over the ending back when I first read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I would’ve given you the Cher Horowitz “As If” treatment. It’s also rare for me to connect so well with contemporary books – I only read them when I need a breather, and even then I do so with a certain air of detachment.   Fast-forward to a three years into the future to me curled up in a corner of my bed, sobbing because Lara Jean and her story have crept up and taken refuge in the deepest parts of my heart.

It’s senior year and Lara Jean cannot be happier – she’s getting good grades, hanging out with her family and her new friends, being in love with her perfect boyfriend, and applying to colleges. However, change is inevitable and Lara Jean has big decisions to make before graduating.

After two months of sitting on my shelf, I finally (!!) picked this up and began reading. My general excuse is that I had other things to get to before this, but truth be told I was scared. I didn’t really want the story to end, nor did I want to read it when I wasn’t ready. Especially since Lara Jean’s experiences in this book are really close to what I’m going through right now – not all, but quite a few of them. And maybe I’m a little sad that I read this in a few hours time, because I wanted to savour it more, but that’s what happens with every book that I love. And I truly did love this one. Continue reading “Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han [Review]”

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Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody [Review]

Title: Daughter of The Burning City
Author: Amanda Foody
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Publisher: HQ (HarperCollins UK)
Release Date: Sept 7th, 2017 (UK) | July 25th, 2017 (US)
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesA darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

 

my thoughts

Daughter of The Burning City tells the story of Sorina – a unique kind of jynx-worker with the ability to create incredibly life-like illusions. Together they comprise her family, with which she performs in the Gomorrah Festival’s Freak Show. However, Sorina’s creations might be her family but they are still illusions and illusions cannot die. At least, that’s what she believes until one of her family members is murdered. If Sorina wants to protect her family and find out how you can kill someone that doesn’t actually exist, she must first find the one responsible.

I went into this book completely blind. All I knew about it is that it’s set in a circus, which was a perfect enough selling point by itself. In my opinion, my lack of knowledge made the story that much more entertaining. While, the book itself didn’t capital letters WOW me, it did keep me awake for a night and that’s enough for me to know I’ve enjoyed it. Continue reading “Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody [Review]”

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Sovereign by April Daniels [Review]

Title: Sovereign
Author: April Daniels
Series:  Nemesis #2
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Format: eBook
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Release Date: July 25th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesOnly nine months after her debut as the fourth superhero to fight under the name Dreadnought, Danny Tozer is already a scarred veteran. Protecting a city the size of New Port is a team-sized job and she’s doing it alone. Between her newfound celebrity and her demanding cape duties, Dreadnought is stretched thin, and it’s only going to get worse.

When she crosses a newly discovered supervillain, Dreadnought comes under attack from all quarters. From her troubled family life to her disintegrating friendship with Calamity, there’s no trick too dirty and no lever too cruel for this villain to use against her.

She might be hard to kill, but there’s more than one way to destroy a hero. Before the war is over, Dreadnought will be forced to confront parts of herself she never wanted to acknowledge.

And behind it all, an old enemy waits in the wings to unleash a plot that will scar the world forever.

my thoughts

Sovereign is the thrilling sequel and conclusion to the Nemesis duology. The story follows a young transgender girl, Danny, that inherits the previous Dreadnought’s powers after he is killed in a battle with a supervillain. In the first book, Danny had to deal with her new appearance, her abusive family and the superheroes from the Legion, as well as the ultimate supervillain the world has ever known. In Sovereign, Danny faces new challenges in the faces of new and old foes alike, including one that threatens to rip the world apart. Continue reading “Sovereign by April Daniels [Review]”

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston [Review]

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Retelling
Format: eBook
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: April 4th, 2017
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesCinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

 

my thoughts

Elle Wittimer grew up with Starfield, the space tv show saga that her father loved so much. The show is also Elle’s last remaining connection to him. Her life hasn’t been easy since his passing, but Elle’s spirit is not broken – she’s determined to find a way out. The chance presents itself in the form of a cosplay contest’s grand prize. Meanwhile, Darien Freeman has just been cast in a Starfield reboot – his dream come true. Unfortunately, he has to remain aloof, which earns him the fandom’s burning hatred. The pressure seems almost too much for him, until he meets someone who turns his world around.

Geekerella is your typical contemporary read with a twist of fandom culture. I first heard about it when it released and I was pretty certain the chances of me picking it up were slim. Fast-forward to a few weeks later – lo and behold, I picked it up. I had no real expectations, so I definitely did not think that I would end up loving it so much. Geekerella also kept me company when I was at my worst and I will forever be grateful. Continue reading “Geekerella by Ashley Poston [Review]”

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City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson [Review]

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Title: City of Saints & Thieves
Author: Natalie C. Anderson
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery,  Thriller
Format: eBook
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Release Date: July 6th, 2017 (UK)
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Summary:

Street-thief Tina breaks in to the luxurious house where her mother was killed to steal from Mr. Greyhill and nail him for her mother’s murder. She is caught red-handed.

Saved by Mr. Greyhill’s gorgeous son, Michael, the pair set in motion a cascade of dangerous events that lead them deeper into the mystery, and reveal dark and shocking secrets from Tina’s past.

Tina and her mother fled the Congo years ago as refugees, trading the uncertain danger of their besieged village for a new, safer life in the bustling Kenyan metropolis. The corruption and politics of the Congo, and the gangster world of Sangui City, are behind Tina’s mother’s downfall. Is Tina tough enough to find the truth and bring the killer to justice?

my thoughts

Following her mother’s death, Tina has to learn how to take care of her younger sister and herself, all the while living off the streets in Sangui City. As part of the latest mission the local gang she’s part of has embarked on, Tina must infiltrate the house of the man (presumably) responsible for her mother’s murder. The mission, however, is compromised and Tina must now face a past she has no wish to go back to. Determined to find out the truth about that night, she embarks on a journey to find out who her mother really was and what really happened to her.

I’ve sat on this review for two weeks now and I’m still not sure how to write it so it might end up being all over the place. City of Saints & Thieves is definitely not a bad book – it’s enjoyable and attention-grabbing. My conflicted feelings may be caused by the fact I read this while in a not-so-good place, but for the most part it really did entertain me. Continue reading “City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson [Review]”