Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl at Midnight

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*











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The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey!
Expected Publication: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 368

Goodreads:

For readers of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

So, what are you waiting on this Wednesday? Post a link in the comments and I'll go check it out! 

-Daniel

Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: The Perilous Sea

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The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 414
Rating:
Goodreads:

After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

Review:

Let me start off by saying that this book blew the first book right out of the water. Like Iolanthe just called upon her lightning powers and shot it out of the waters. I was on the edge of my seat for most of this book and as everything came together at the end, I was pacing around my room while reading. There were some parts at the end, however, that got really confusing. I had to go back and read them to try to understand them. Eventually I was able to make enough sense of them. Even with that I still felt that this book was amazing.

This book was written very differently, in that Sherry Thomas writes two different timelines simultaneously, meaning that every alternated chapter jumps between the present and the past, in which the past is catching up to the present moment. Sherry Thomas also ends each chapter with a cliffhanger which made it almost impossible to put the book down, causing me to finish the book in one day. You have an urge to discover the situation in the timeline you left behind and also to figure out how our protagonists went from Point A to Point B. After each cliffhanger I often found myself going "gosh darnit! I have to read more!" 

The Perilous Sea was far more romantic than The Burning Sky was. In one timeline, certain things that happen allowed for Iolanthe and Titus to fall in love all over again, however, in a different way. In another timeline, Iolanthe and Titus must battle through their differences to find a way back to one another, despite the hurdles they themselves have put in their paths and also the hurdles that have been placed in front of them by others. In both instances, it is clear once and for all that yes, these two truly do love each other and, above all, they are stronger together than apart. I felt the romance also fit better together in this book than from the first one. Unlike the first book where they seemed better off as really close friends, the second book really showed how much they love each other. 

Another great thing about this book was how we learned a lot more about the secondary characters, like Kashkari, Wintervale, and Mrs. Wintervale. We also find out what and who the Bane really is and how horrible he really is. It was quite disturbing what he does. 

 I also have to mention many of the twists and turns towards the end, when we start to find out a lot of information. Thomas often made us think one thing, when in actuality it was a completely different thing. My jaw was dropping a lot more than it was closed. We receive answers about Iolanthe's past, including things from her origins to her memory keeper, speculate about Titus's parentage, and learn the true reality of Titus's mother's visions. 

Thomas is leading us to a spectacular finale and I can't wait to see what happens to these characters in The Immortal Heights. Now I have to wait for most likely a year to find out what happens next and I really can't wait! I hope you all read this series and if you have up after the first book I hope that you give it a second chance. The sequel was so good!

-Daniel




Thursday, January 22, 2015

ARC Review: The Burning Sky

 
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Publication: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 449
Rating:

Goodreads:

It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother's visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

The Burning Sky—the first book in the Elemental Trilogy—is an electrifying and unforgettable novel of intrigue and adventure.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book. It was filled with magic, adventure, and a little bit of lovin'. One of the major issues with this book is that it starts off really slow and doesn't really speed up until the middle, or so, of the book. In the end, it is worth the wait because when it picks up, it is like a speeding train that you don't want to get off of. Another big issue is that it was confusing in the beginning. She was talking about things that I had no idea about and there really wasn't much explanation on some things, however, eventually, you figured out what she meant but it was a little hard when starting the book.

The book follows an elemental mage, Iolanthe Seabourne, who is on the run from a group known as Atlantis, which kidnaps strong elemental mages for an unknown reason. These elemental mages are then never seen again. Atlantis hunts for Iolanthe after she casts a bolt of lightning in order to fix a ruined light elixir. No elemental mage has ever been able to control lightning, which is why Atlantis is so keen on capturing Iolanthe. The book switches between the POV of Iolanthe and Titus, who is the Master of the Domain. After seeing the bolt of lightning, Titus rushes to see what happened, discovers Iolanthe, and aids in her escape.

In order to hide from Atlantis, Iolanthe hides at an all-boys school, and pretends to be a boy. She has to fool all her classmates, which is entertaining and watching Iolanthe succeeds spectacularly at convincing everyone that she's a boy was very amazing. Granted, she has some help thanks to a spell  that Titus set up before she got to the school, creating the idea of Archer Fairfax, who everyone at school is convinced exists even before Iolanthe shows up to fill that role. One of the best things about this situation was how well Iolanthe was able to fit in with these group of boys. She perfectly acts like a boy and is able to crack jokes and fight back.

Iolanthe is a determined, intelligent, and fearless when it comes to challenging situations. She is very caring towards her teacher and almost father like figure, Master Haywood. She was willing to do anything in order to help him. She is not perfect though. She does mess up at certain times, the lightning bolt is a good example, but it makes her more likeable. Titus, the Master of the Domain, is very secretive and untrusting. I mean look at his position, he kind of has to be. I really like his character. He's confident and modest, and will do whatever it takes to defeat the enemy.

The magic element of this story was brilliant. I loved it and I can't wait to read more about it all. I love how we see Iolanthe learn and control her powers and watch how her power grows. Fantasy is just one of my favorite genres because of the magic. 

I recommend this book to everyone, however, I should warn you that you should be patient because the really good stuff doesn't happen till later in the book. If you stick with it, it really does get good. I can't wait to start the second book because I have heard that it was really good!

Thanks so much to Harper Collins for allowing me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Infinite

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*



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The Infinite by Lori M. Lee!!
Expected Publication: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Skyscape

Goodreads:

The walls of Ninurta keep its citizens safe.

Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.

To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.

In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.
 

Why I want it:
I loved the first book, Gates of Thread and Stone, so much and I really want to see what comes next. That cover is also extremely gorgeous! Probably one of the coolest so far this year. I mean there is a ROBOT CAT on it!! I can't for this to come out and I hope you all look into this series!

So, what are you waiting on this Wednesday? Post a link in the comments and I'll go check it out!  
-Daniel 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Winter Break Hiatus


Hello everyone!

I apologize for the sudden stop in blog posts but it was my winter break from school and I mainly spent it with family and friends. I often found no time to blog because I was so busy. I also fell into a reading slump which I am currently trying to dig myself out by re-reading The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. I plan to start blogging again sometime next week, hopefully Wednesday for the Waiting on Wednsday post, but I start classes. I also plan on finishing The Burning Sky soon and reviewing it. I hope everyone had wonderful holidays and thanks for bearing with me!!

Best Wishes,
Daniel