Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening By Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda [Review]

Monstress, Vol. 1: AwakeningRELEASE DATE:  July 13th 2016
AUTHORS: Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda
GENRE: Adult, Fantasy.
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
SUMMARY: 
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both.

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Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) By Mark Lawrence [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  April 6th 2017
AUTHOR: Mark Lawrence
GENRE: Adult, Fantasy.
PUBLISHER: Harper Voyager
SUMMARY: 
“I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin”

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

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Cashmere (Velvet Trilogy #2) By Temple West [Review]

Cashmere (Velvet, #2)RELEASE DATE:  February 14th 2017
AUTHORS: Temple West
GENRE: Young-Adult, Paranormal, Vampires, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Medias Res Publications
SUMMARY: 
This high-stakes sequel to Velvet proves that when you’re the only human caught in a paranormal war, high school can get a little tricky. With Adrian’s brother trapped in hell, the Praetorian Guard has made Stony Creek their base-of-operations, but Caitlin has a bad feeling they’re more interested in her than in finding Lucian. Caught in a sea of conspiracies and lies, Caitlin and Adrian perform a risky magical procedure in an attempt to protect Caitlin from compulsion.

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Alex, Approximately By Jenn Bennett [Review]

Alex, ApproximatelyRELEASE DATE:  April 4th 2017
AUTHORS: Jenn Bennett
GENRE: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
SUMMARY:
The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter. Continue reading

Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) By Rachel L. Demeter [Review]

Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1)RELEASE DATE:  March 15th 2017
AUTHORS: Rachel L. Demeter
GENRE: Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Dark, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Rachel L. Demeter 
SUMMARY: 

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

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Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) By Claudia Gray [Review]

Defy the StarsRELEASE DATE:  April 4th 2017
AUTHORS: Claudia Gray
GENRE: Young-Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
SUMMARY: 

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him. Continue reading

Blog Tour: Black Dawn By Mallory McCartney [Review]

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Black DawnRELEASE DATE:  February 14th 2017
AUTHORS: Mallory McCartney
GENRE: YA/NA, Fantasy, Magic, romance.
PUBLISHER: Clean Reads Publishing 
SUMMARY: 
The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

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Letters to the Lost By Brigid Kemmerer [Review]

Letters to the LostRELEASE DATE:  April 4th 2017
AUTHORS: Brigid Kemmerer
GENRE: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
SUMMARY: 
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. Continue reading

Nemesis (Project Nemesis #1) By Brendan Reichs [Review]

NemesisRELEASE DATE:  March 21st 2017
AUTHORS: Brendan Reichs
GENRE: Young-Adult, Sci-fi, Mystery, thriller.
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books
SUMMARY: 

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink. Continue reading

The Rose Mark (Black Rose Sorceress #1) By Connie Suttle [Review]

The Rose Mark (Black Rose Sorceress, #1)RELEASE DATE:  February 23rd 2017
AUTHORS: Connie Suttle
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic.
PUBLISHER: SubtleDemon Publishing, LLC

SUMMARY: 
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We belong to the King–those of us with the black roses tattooed on our left wrist, directly over our pulse. As if every beat of our hearts reminds us that we are not our own.

All the women with the fire burning within them are culled, tattooed and taken to the warriors, to provide more energy. Energy that the warriors will then use to defeat the barbarians from the ocean of sand. Women with black roses on their wrists are emptied of their power by those warriors, who care not that they die a shrunken husk.

In the King’s library, The Book of the Rose says to honor the tattooed women. More than anything, I want to spit on its pages. Continue reading