Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) By Renee Ahdieh [Review]

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist)RELEASE DATE: June 5th, 2018
AUTHOR: 
 Renee Ahdieh
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Historical-Fiction. 
PUBLISHER:
Hodder & Stoughton
SUMMARY:

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice – to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. Continue reading

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Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) By Justina Ireland [Review]

Starry eyesRELEASE DATE: April 03rd, 2018
AUTHOR:  
Justina Ireland
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Historical Fantasy, Horror.
PUBLISHER: 
Balzer + Bray
SUMMARY:
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations. Continue reading

The Tombs By Deborah Schaumberg [Review]

The TombsRELEASE DATE: February 20th, 2018
AUTHOR:
Deborah Schaumberg
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Historical, Steampunk, Magic.
PUBLISHER:
Harper Teen
SUMMARY: 

Gangs of New York meets Cassandra Clare in this debut YA fantasy set in 1882 Brooklyn

New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. 

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Blood and Sand (Untitled #1) By C.V. Wyk [Review]

Blood and SandRELEASE DATE: January 16th 2018
AUTHORS:
C.V. Wyk
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Historical, fantasy, Action, Fiction.
PUBLISHER:
Tor Teen
SUMMARY: 

FORGED IN BATTLE…

FROM THE DUST OF THE ARENA…

A LEGEND WILL RISE

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

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Silence is Golden (Storm and Silence #3) By Robert Thier [Review]

Silence is Golden (Storm and Silence, #3)RELEASE DATE: September 4, 2017
AUTHOR:
Robert Thier
GENRE:
New-Adult, Historical, Romance, Adventure.
PUBLISHER:  Pronoun
SUMMARY: 

Silent. Cold. Chiselled perfection. That is Rikkard Ambrose, the most powerful business mogul in Great Britain.

Free-spirited. Fiery. Definitely NOT attracted to the aforementioned business mogul. That is Lilly Linton, his personal secretary and secret weapon.

The two have been playing a cat and mouse game for months. So far, Lilly has been able to fight down and deny her attraction to Mr Ambrose. But what happens when suddenly, the dark secrets of his past begin to surface and they are forced to go on a perilous journey into the South-American jungle? A journey they can only survive if they band together? Continue reading

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) By Kerri Maniscalco [Review]

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)RELEASE DATE: September 19, 2017
AUTHOR:
Kerri Maniscalco
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Historical, Mystery, Horror.
PUBLISHER: Jimmy Patterson

SUMMARY: 
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
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Blood For Blood (Wolf By Wolf #2) By Ryan Graudin [Review]

Blood For Blood (Wolf By Wolf #2) RELEASE DATE: November 1st 2016
AUTHOR:
Ryan Graudin 
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
SUMMARY:
There would be blood.Blood for blood.Blood to pay.

An entire world of it.
For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.
Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost. Continue reading

Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf #1) By Ryan Graudin [Review]

Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1) RELEASE DATE: October 4th 2016
AUTHOR:
 
Ryan Graudin
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Historical, Fiction, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: 
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
SUMMARY:

Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

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“Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them–made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same.” 

OMG, this was soooo f**king good! The whole story is a super thrilling ride and I loved every minute of it. I’ve heard so many great things about Wolf by Wolf but I never expected that I would love it as much as I did because this is actually the second book I’ve read from Ryan and the first one wasn’t really amazing enough for me to fangirl over it. I rarely give five stars to a book and this one definitely deserves all the stars. For me, this book was a total perfection. I loved every aspect in this book such as the wonderful characters, amazing world building, engaging plot and the author’s incredible writing style.

Yael aka volchitsa is a suvivor who has escaped Hitler’s death camp where scientific experiments were performed on humans. After going through so many experimentations, she becomes a mutant and develops an ability to skinshift to any female human form. Using her ability she finally escapes from the hell. Twelve years later, she’s now a member of a resistance who are fighting against Hitler’s reign. After years of training, yael is finally ready to complete her major mission which is assassinate Hitler in public. But in order to reach her target, she first needs to impersonate herself as Adele Wolff, the last victor of Axel Tour who was able to get close to Hitler at the previous Victors ball. The Axel tour is an annual motorcycle race hosted by Adolf Hitler, and emperor Hirohito. To succeed her mission, she must win the race but her Job becomes complicated when Adele’s brother and Ex-lover enters the race. Yael needs to make them believe that she’s really Adele and revealing her real identity would jeopardize their entire mission which took years of planning and failing the mission is not an option.

Yael is a flawed protagonist who is totally amazing and I absolutely loved her character in this book. From the first page she intrigued me and as the story progressed, I really wanted to know more about her. She’s  fearless, strong, determined and smart. She has experienced some emotional trauma when she was young. Her hard life has made her tough as steel and she doesn’t have time for silly things like Love. Luka is totally fun and swoon worthy character. He enjoys provoking Yael whom he thinks is Adele with his snarky comments because of something that happened between them in the last race which she doesn’t have a full info about. Every time she tries to avoid him, he always invades her space. Felix is Adele’s twin brother who is very protective of his stubborn sister and also a great brother. To be honest, I really liked him more than Luka. Sometimes I hated Yael for treating him so harshly at the beginning. There is also very light romance in this book but I’m expecting more in the next book.

The plot is fantastic! It was fast paced and engaging through out. You’ll find yourself immersed into the story right from the very start. The story takes place after Operation Valkyrie failed twelve years ago in 1944. The fictional concept in this book is very intriguing and I loved the whole idea of Axis tour racing around different continents. I immensely enjoyed the story from the start till the end. The twist and turns in the plot are unpredictable and the ending totally shocked me even though I predicted something big will happen at the end and it’s definitely not that. The author’s lyrical writing style was amazing and it’s one of the best things I loved about this book. The whole book is written in Yael’s third person perspective and in between we have a glimpses on her past from how she ended up in death camp being a science experiment to how she became a crucial member of a resistance group. I really liked how the author described the story by switching pov’s from past and the present so we can have a better understanding of Yael’s character. I hope we also have Luka and Felix POV’s in the next book because I really want to know more about them. The world building in this book is simply superb. The author takes us to different places like Prague, Rome, Cairo, Baghdad, New Delhi, Dhaka,  Hanoi,  Shanghai and Tokyo.

Overall, it was an awesome read filled with lots of adventure, thrill, and action. It was  totally an unputdownable book and I finished it in just two sittings. The book finally concludes with a huge cliffhanger which is making me quite desperate for the next book so I’m hoping to pick up the sequel pretty soon.

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I highly recommend this book to every one! If you love adventurous and thrilling reads then don’t think just pick this up. Trust me, you won’t regret it!


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Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) By Kerri Maniscalco [Review]

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) RELEASE DATE: September 20th, 2016 
AUTHOR:
Kerri Maniscalco
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Historical, Fiction, Mystery.
PUBLISHER: 
Jimmy Patterson
SUMMARY: 

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world. Continue reading

The Last Magician By Lisa Maxwell [Review]

The Last Magician RELEASE DATE: July 18th 2017
AUTHOR:
Lisa Maxwell 
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Time-Travel, Magic, Adventure.  
PUBLISHER:
Simon Pulse
SUMMARY: 

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink.

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