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As You Wish

Author: Chelsea Sedoti
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication: Jan. 2, 2018
Hardcover: 432 pages
Print ARC received from Sourcebooks Fire

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Unrelated, just had to get this out of the way.

Haaaaappy biiiiiirthdaaaaaay tooooo yoooouuuuuu!!! Take a deep breath, blow out the candles and make a wish! But don’t tell anyone what you wished for, or it won’t come true.

The idea of birthday magic is just a nice fantasy for most of the world, but the few people who call the small, dusty town of Madison, Nevada home know that it can hold unearthly potential when the time is right. Not thanks to a candle or cake, but thanks to the wishing cave just outside of town. Every resident gets a wish on their 18th birthday. Every resident’s wish is fulfilled. Sound too good to be true? It just might be. Continue reading “As You Wish”

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Should You Start? Wayward Children Series

Released Titles: Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Beneath the Sugar Sky
Author: Seanan McGuire
Publisher: Tor.com Publishing

Has this happened to you? You’re intrigued by a cover reveal or title announcement, only to be completely derailed when it says “the sequel to…” or “book three of the ___ series…” and you realize there are prereqs like it’s college all over again. And even though you love reading, your TBR stretches to the moon and back, so how do you know if an in-progress series is worth jumping into?

With the arrival of Beneath the Sugar Sky (today!), I’m here to give you a spoiler-free rundown of the Wayward Children novellas, so you can decide whether or not to jump in. Here’s a hint…

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2018 Goals: MOAR BOOKS PLZ

While January seems like a wretched time for most New Year’s Resolutions (seriously, who’s going to eat right and exercise more in the cold, depressing dark of winter?), it’s the perfect time for reading resolutions! There are a thousand and one different plans, goals and challenges out there, and you can join in most online from wherever you call home. I’ve found that challenges that require specific titles, genres or other categorizations don’t really work for me, so if you’re looking for some low-key tracks to follow, then curl up in a fluffy blanket, dunk your tea infuser in your favorite mug and read on!

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2017 Reading Goals Wrap-Up

The remaining days of 2017 are draining away faster than I’d like, especially because I’m off work this week. Time would never move so fast if I were wearing slacks instead of sweats! For readers, it’s the last push to meet our goals and complete challenges, which can actually be quite feasible considering time off + cold weather + cozy blankets = perfect reading conditions.

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In January 2017, I wrote about a few bookish goals for this year: the Litzy A to Z Challenge, the Goodreads Challenge and the Sirens Reading Challenge. No more stalling – how did they go?

Continue reading “2017 Reading Goals Wrap-Up”

Rosemarked

Author: Livia Blackburne
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication: Nov. 7, 2017
Hardcover: 400 pages

I bumped this book to the top of my TBR because through the end of December, author Livia Blackburne is doing a reviewer appreciation giveaway on her website! Anyone who either posts a review to a retailer website OR simply requests Rosemarked from their library will automatically receive a signed Rosemarked map print and bookmark, with drawings for additional swag/books also available. I think it’s awesome to include library requests for those who can’t afford new releases or whose libraries haven’t gotten it in circulation yet, and the prospect of guaranteed book swag will get me to do nigh on anything, so here goes the review.* Continue reading “Rosemarked”

Little Fires Everywhere

Author: Celeste Ng
Publisher: Penguin Press
Publication: Sept. 12, 2017
Hardcover: 352 pages

“Most communities just happen; the best are planned.” The underlying philosophy of Shaker Heights, Ohio, governs everything from acceptable colors of house paint and trash pick-up, to the lifestyle of one of its proudest residents, Elena Richardson. It promotes success. It rewards thoughtful planning. It keeps things neat and clean all around – at least on the outside. Continue reading “Little Fires Everywhere”

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher
: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication
: August 29, 2017
Hardcover: 384 pages
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When the DC Icons series was announced in March 2016, readers were understandably very excited to see some of their favorite YA authors deliver a new take on four of the most well-known characters in the DC comics universe. This Tuesday, the first book in the series hits shelves – Leigh Bardugo’s “Wonder Woman: Warbringer.” I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of this, and am happy to report that it will undoubtedly add to the growing mainstream popularity of the character. Fans of the wildly successful Wonder Woman movie will appreciate how “Warbringer” continues the trend of presenting Diana as a powerful, fierce woman who takes the lead and hasn’t been oversexed or underdressed. Continue reading “Wonder Woman: Warbringer”

Miles Morales: Spider-Man

Author: Jason Reynolds
Publisher: Marvel Press
Publication
: Aug. 1, 2017
Hardcover: 272 pages

If you’ve only ever watched Spider-Man on the big screen, the setup of this book may come as a surprise.* A Spider-Man that isn’t Peter Parker? What’s up with that? If you really want more information, here’s the Marvel Wikia page, but delving into those things can quickly result in information overload. I haven’t personally read any of the Miles Morales comics, and am here to vouch that all you need to know to appreciate the book is this: his name is Miles Morales. And he’s Spider-Man. Got it? Good. Continue reading “Miles Morales: Spider-Man”

A Map for Wrecked Girls

Author: Jessica Taylor
Publisher
: Dial Books
Publication
: Aug. 15, 2017
Hardcover: 368 pages

A Map for Wrecked Girls is 50% deserted island, 50% contemporary LA, but dangerous pitfalls in both worlds make for a 100% survival story. An explosion on the boat is what threw Emma, Henri and Alex together in a pitched fight for survival, but that wasn’t the start of their troubles. Alex holds his secrets close to his chest, and Emma and Henri’s family was already falling apart around them. But at least the sisters always had each other – until that fell apart, too. Continue reading “A Map for Wrecked Girls”

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