Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Frostborn (Thrones & Bones #1) by Lou Anders: Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!
Author: Lou Anders
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review
Release date: August 5th, 2014
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He’d rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones.

Enter Thianna. Half human, half frost giantess. She’s too tall to blend in with other humans but too short to be taken seriously as a giant.

When family intrigues force Karn and Thianna to flee into the wilderness, they have to keep their sense of humor and their wits about them. But survival can be challenging when you’re being chased by a 1,500-year-old dragon, Helltoppr the undead warrior and his undead minions, an evil uncle, wyverns, and an assortment of trolls and giants.

*Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for honest review!*
At first, I was a little worried about reading FROSTBORN. I don't normally have a lot of luck when it comes to reading middle grade books, and I was worried that I would not be able to connect with this one. I usually have difficulties reading from the POV of preteens, but when I heard that there was Norse mythology involved, I couldn't not give it a try.
I should not have worried though. FROSTBORN was absolutely fabulous. Karn's and Thianna's POVs were so entertaining to read from, and even though I'm 19 now, I was still able to connect with both of them. It brought me back to my awkward grade school years when I first fell in love with reading. Even though I was never put in a situation like Karn and Thianna were in, I could still identify with the feelings they were experiencing: trying to find themselves in the world and dealing with responsibility that arises when you get older.

Their friendship is also a highlight of this book. It is what every friendship should strive to be. They are both so different from each other, but they accept each other and their differences, and would sacrifice anything for each other.
I've also never read anything quite like this book. The story was so unique, and The Norse mythology weaved into it was absolutely fabulous. When I first found out there were frost giants in this book, I immediately thought of this:

But the frost giants in this book were not quite as ruthless as the ones of the Marvel universe. Most of them were kind and hospitable to the humans, and their skin was much less blue.

And there were dragons. Who doesn't love a book with dragons in it?

Overall, FROSTBORN was a unique and fantastic read! I highly recommend it to all ages!

CONTENT: Some minor violence.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Book Blitz: Pretty Little Werewolf by Katie Salisdas

Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1IxZ3Y2
All Giselle ever wanted was a family... that can accept her for what she is, a werewolf.
In a world where supernatural creatures are not out and proud, this has been a problem for 16 year old Giselle. A child of the system, she's been bounced from home to home for as long as she can remember. As soon as the moon calls out her inner wolf, it's back into the system she goes.
Against the odds, a new family is found for Giselle. One that may prove the answer to all her dreams and wishes. But this family comes with a deadly secret that could send Giselle six feet under instead of back into the system.
Amid factions of warring witches and werewolves, and deadly curses with no hope for a cure, the way will not be an easy one, but if Giselle can call upon her skills as a lone wolf, she may just be able to unearth the truth keeping her from the one thing she's ever wanted... family.


Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons. She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.
And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…
Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.
You can find out more about Katie Salidas,and her novels at www.KatieSalidas.com


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (23): A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week's waiting on is...
A Book of Spirits and Thieves
by Morgan Rhodes

Expected publication date: June 23rd, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):

Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!

Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.

Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her father’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspeare Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.

FALLING KINGDOMS is one of my most favorite series ever. I can't wait for this spinoff!
What is your waiting on?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Crash (The Game #3) by Eve Silver: Early Review

RATING: 3/5 stars!
Author: Eve Silver
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Won
Release date: June 9th, 2015
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
A thrilling action/suspense novel for fans of The Fifth Wave about contemporary teens pulled in and out of an alternate reality where battling aliens is more than a game—it's life and death.

Miki’s life is falling apart around her. Her dad and best friend are lying in the hospital. The Game is glitching, making missions more frequent and more deadly. And someone close to her is waiting for the right moment to betray her.

Miki feels like she’s hanging on by a thread and the only thing keeping her tethered is Jackson’s hand in hers. Yet telling him how much she needs him, how much she loves him, feels like the biggest challenge of all. And if Miki really wants the missions to end for everyone, she’ll have to let go and be ready to fight when the walls between the Game and reality come crashing down. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned, it’s that she’s got a whole lot left to lose.

Crash is the pulse-pounding conclusion to the Game trilogy fans won’t want to miss.
Just as thrilling and action-packed as the first two! This trilogy is so much fun!

But this book disappointed me slightly. It wasn't bad, but I didn't care for the way that Silver took the story. For me, it made the series lose a lot of its uniqueness. I don't want to give anything away, but it felt like every other alien story that I've read.

It's no secret that I've never really liked Jackson, but I could not stand him in this book. He was being less of an ass, but Eve Silver did not portray him in a way that appealed to me. He's always described as "hot" and "sexy", and I feel like that cheapened him a lot.

All in all, CRASH wasn't bad, but it was not my favorite series ending. The first two books were still fabulous, so I suggest giving this trilogy a try.

CONTENT: Heavy kissing, moderate swearing (a**hole is the worst used), and lots of gorey and descriptive violence.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (22): The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week's "waiting on" is...
The Winner's Kiss
by Marie Rutkoski!

Expected publication date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?

THE WINNER'S CRIME is definitely one of my favorite books of the year. I absolutely cannot wait for this one!
What is your waiting on?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Top Ten Books I'd Love to See as Movies or TV Shows

"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week I'm talking about the top ten books I'd love to see as movies or TV shows!
1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I'm going to be upset if this movie never happens.
2. Pivot Point by Kasie West
Love love love this book. If they do it right, it could make a fantastic movie.
3. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
This has been in talks for quite some time....but it hasn't happened yet. It needs to.
4. I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
I feel like this would make an insanely addictive TV show.
5. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
A high-fantasy TV show like Game of Thrones? Heck yes.
6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I have been dying to see badass Calaena on the big screen.
7. Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
One of my favorite book series of all time. It would make one hell of a movie.
8. Gone by Michael Grant
No adults + twisted teenagers with special powers = one kick-butt TV show
9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I think this one is in the works too. It needs to happen.
10. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
This is going back to my middle school days where I dreamed that this book would become a movie and I could play Kendra. Alas, I'm too old now.
What books are on your list?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Push (The Game #2) by Eve Silver: Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!
Author: Eve Silver
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: library
Release date: June 10th, 2014
Find it on Goodreads here!

SUMMARY(from Goodreads):

So so so so much love for this trilogy. I really liked how Silver picked up right where RUSH left off. Just like in the first book, she wasted no time throwing us back into the story. PUSH was just as action-packed and thrilling as the first book. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

The characters were still all fabulous. Miki is fantastic (even though she has some major control issues), Luka is still my book boyfriend, and all of the other supporting characters were great as well. I still didn't like Jackson though. At all. (LUKA ALL THE WAY!!)

Overall, PUSH is a fantastic addition to THE GAME trilogy. I highly recommend this to sci-fi fans!!

CONTENT: The same as the first one.