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.

Relieved that her nightmares have ended, Caitlin is disturbed to find that something even stranger has taken their place. Continue reading

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

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

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: 
Sherra
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

Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles #1) By AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller [Review]

Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles, #1)RELEASE DATE:  March 21, 2017
AUTHORS: AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller
GENRE: Young-Adult, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
SUMMARY: 
Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive. Continue reading

Death’s Queen By Janeal Falor [Review]

Death's QueenRELEASE DATE:  March 6, 2017
AUTHOR: Janeal Falor
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy.
PUBLISHER: Chardonian Press
SUMMARY: 
An assassin without a name, born to kill. Owned by a vicious man who refuses to call her anything but girl, she is forced to commit atrocious acts of violence. Vowing to take her future into her own hands, the seventeen-year-old decides to risk everything on one act of defiance—drinking from The Death Drink. The beverage kills most whose lips touch it—only allowing those who are destined to be royalty survive the first sip.

To the astonishment of the nation of Valcora, she imbibes it and lives, which crowns her queen. Thrown into a life of royal intrigue, she now has a purpose—to rule with the fairness she was never shown. Despite her altruistic plans, it becomes apparent that someone wants her dead. Continue reading

Hunted By Meagan Spooner [Review]

HuntedRELEASE DATE:  March 14, 2017
AUTHOR: Meagan Spooner
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy,  Retelling.
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
SUMMARY:
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. The Beast. Continue reading