Tuesday, February 20, 2018

First Thoughts [#157]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, February 19, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Review: R.I.P. Eliza Hart

Title: R.I.P. Eliza Hart
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Mystery | Mental Illness
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Source: Library

Format: Physical

When Eliza Hart, the most popular girl at Ventana Ranch boarding school, is found dead on the cliffs outside her dormitory, Ellie Sokoloff is determined to figure out what happened to her. After all, Eliza was Ellie’s childhood best friend. 
Never mind that ever since Ellie arrived at school Eliza has spread terrible rumors about her, calling her a liar and a stalker, when all Ellie wanted to do was rekindle their old friendship. Or that Ellie’s claustrophobia limits where she can go and what she can do. Or that Ellie’s suitemate, Sam, is the only one who will help her . . . because to everyone else, Ellie looks like the top suspect. 
Can Ellie clear her name and solve the mystery behind Eliza’s death? Her hunt for the truth will uncover secrets she never imagined, sending her deep into her own memories of her childhood with Eliza Hart (goodreads)

R.I.P. Eliza Hart was unexpected. 
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Book Review: Roomies

Title: Roomies
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Source: Library
Format: Physical

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.
Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.
Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago (goodreads)?

I'm still processing how I feel about Roomies. 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [#131]

Title: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) 
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy (goodreads).
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

First Thoughts [#156]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tropes I'm Trash For

Happy Valentine's Day Week! I love talking about all the things I love about books and the blogging community. Today, I figured I would share the romance tropes that get me every time!
Friday, February 9, 2018

Book Review: Shadowsong

Title: Shadowsong  (Wintersong #2)
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fantasy | Romance
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format:  eARC

Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her. 
When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands (goodreads)?

Shadowsong lacked in answers and fostering sympathetic characters. 
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Book Review: The Belles

Title: The Belles (The Belles #1)
Author: Dhonielle Clayton
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy 
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Source: Gifted
Format: ARC

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. 
With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever (goodreads).

The Belles was addicting, beautiful, and mysterious.