Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore

How to Break a Boy by Laurie DevoreHow to Break a Boy
by Laurie Devore
January 10, 2017
352 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Keep your enemies close, but your friends closer.

Olivia Clayton has mastered the art of tearing others down to stay on top. She and her best friend, Adrienne, rule their small southern town like all good mean girls do--through intimidation and manipulation.

After Olivia suffers a family tragedy and catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend, Olivia is over it. She decides to make a change--but it's impossible to resist taking Adrienne down one last time. Up to her old tricks, Olivia convinces golden boy Whit DuRant to be her SAT tutor and her fake boyfriend. But when it starts to feel real, Whit gets caught up in Olivia and Adrienne's war.

Olivia may ruin everything she touches, but this time she won't go down without a fight--not if it means losing Whit.

And definitely not if it means losing what's left of herself.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #131

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I remember hearing great things about this book so I picked it up when I was at the bookstore!

Pickles with The Shattered Court

I received this stack of beautiful books from Scholastic Canada, thank you so much! Lucky in Love is one of my most anticipated release this year! :D

Ripple with Scholastic Canada titles!
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Review: Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Caraval by Stephanie GarberCaraval
(Caraval #1)
by Stephanie Garber
January 31, 2017
401 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WoW #133: The Crown's Fate (The Crown's Game #2) by Evelyn Skye

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The Crown's Fate by Evelyn SkyeThe Crown's Fate
(The Crown's Game #2)
by Evelyn Skye
May 16, 2017
400 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen, The Crown’s Fate is the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Crown’s Game, an atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia.

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

With the way the first book ended, I can't wait to see what's in store for us! :D

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your Side by Kasie WestBy Your Side
by Kasie West
January 31, 2017
352 pages

Goodreads Summary:
In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #130

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Kids Can Press is starting a new YA imprint and they were kind enough to send me Zenn Diagram and Textrovert for review. Thank you so much!

Ripple with Zenn Diagram and Textrovert

A big thank you to HBG Canada for sending these exciting titles so quickly! I wasn't expecting it so thank you for the lovely surprise!

Pickles with Strange the Dreamer, Defy the Stars and Seven Days of You.
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #2) by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire by Amanda BouchetBreath of Fire
(Kingmaker Chronicles #2)
by Amanda Bouchet
January 3, 2017
448 pages

Goodreads Summary:
"Cat" Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat's tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what's a girl to do when she knows it's her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world-for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin must embrace their fate together. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom...or not at all.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WoW #132: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

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Letters to the Lost by Brigid KemmererLetters to the Lost
by Brigid Kemmerer
April 4, 2017
400 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Juliet Young has always written 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 of them knows that they're not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet.

I just love the sound of this story! So mysterious, I have to know :D

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cover Reveal - Giveaway: The Broken Ones (The Malediction Trilogy #0.6) by Danielle L. Jensen

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Hi guys! Today I am very excited to help reveal the cover of The Broken ones, a prequel in The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen! One of my favourite of all time <3

If you don't know the trilogy yet here they are in order (click on the covers to read my reviews). It's a series you absolutely don't want to miss!

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen
 I'm so thrilled we're getting a prequel story :D

The Broken Ones
(The Malediction Trilogy #0.6)
by Danielle L. Jensen
June 6, 2017
250 pages

Goodreads Summary:
A prequel to the USA Today bestseller and Goodreads Choice finalist Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy).

Below Forsaken Mountain, a revolution stirs with the aim to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right hand of its leader. It’s a secret more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it from everyone, even the girl he loves.

Since a tragic accident revealed her affliction and ruined her sister’s chance at the throne, Pénélope is an anathema to her father, the Duke d’Angouleme. Deeming her life worthless, he gives her one chance to survive: find proof that the boy she loves is a leader in the sympathizer revolution.

Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.

Except being together might be the greatest risk of all.

Here comes the cover!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: You Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1) by Kristen Orlando

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen OrlandoYou Don't Know My Name
(The Black Angel Chronicles #1)
by Kristen Orlando
January 10, 2017
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy.

Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.

Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she's always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?

Find out if you are ready to join the Black Angels in the captivating and emotional page-turner, You Don't Know My Name, from debut novelist Kristen Orlando!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #129

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I had to get this UK version of Stiletto because I love this series and that cover is just beautiful! Pickles thought so too ;)

Pickles with Stiletto <3

I got surprise bookmail from Tor Teen, thank you so much! Ripple and I are huge fans of this amazing series <3
Ripple and Windwitch!
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard

*Review contains spoilers from the previous book in the series.
Windwitch by Susan DennardWindwitch
(The Witchlands #2)
by Susan Dennard
January 10, 2017
400 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

When an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Book Blitz - Excerpt & Giveaway: Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne Duncan

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Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne DuncanBlue Tide
by Jenna-Lynne Duncan
January 9, 2017
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
An award-winning YA adventure-packed romance steeped in Middle Eastern culture and set in the Asian Pacific amongst dangerous oceans and tropical islands.

Seventeen-year-old refugee Lux plots her escape from the island where her family is stranded, denying that her home was lost in the Floods. Lux is determined to get her old life back by any means possible. But before her feet even leave the sand, she's taken hostage by a vengeance-driven pirate nearly as young as she is.

Her capture is the key to his freedom...

Captain Draven's scarf veils more than his face. Underneath, he struggles between morality and survival. When Lux sees deeper into his motivations, she's torn. She can commit mutiny to escape to a home
that may no longer exist, or she can try to help Draven escape the clutches of the person responsible for the deaths of half the world. Staying would mean entrusting her life to a pirate. Helping Draven would mean losing her heart to one.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WoW #131: Overturned by Lamar Giles

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Overturned by Lamar Giles
by Lamar Giles
March 28, 2017
352 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Nikki Tate is infamous, even by Las Vegas standards. Her dad is sitting on death row, convicted of killing his best friend in a gambling dispute turned ugly. And for five years, he’s maintained his innocence. But Nikki wants no part of that. She’s been working on Operation Escape Vegas: playing in illegal card games so she can save up enough money to get out come graduation day.

Then her dad’s murder conviction is overturned. The new evidence seems to come out of nowhere and Nikki’s life becomes a mess when he’s released from prison. Because the dad who comes home is not the dad she remembers. And he’s desperately obsessed with finding out who framed him—and why.

As her dad digs into the seedy underbelly of Vegas, the past threatens everything and Nikki is drawn into his deadly hunt for the truth. But in the city of sin, some sinners will do anything to keep their secrets, and Nikki soon finds herself playing for the biggest gamble ever—her life.

Vegas, life or death- I'm definitely intrigued!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1) by Elly Blake

Frostblood by Elly BlakeFrostblood
(Frostblood Saga #1)
by Elly Blake
January 10, 2017
384 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king's tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #128

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This is my Book Outlet haul from back around Black Friday. There was some delay and confusion at the post office so I didn't get them until late but thankfully they made it to me safely!

Book Outlet goodies!

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, January 6, 2017

Review: The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1) by Elise Kova

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise KovaThe Alchemists of Loom
(Loom Saga #1)
by Elise Kova
January 10, 2017
352 pages
Goodreads Summary:
Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.
He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WoW #130: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene GooI Believe in a Thing Called Love
by Maurene Goo
May 30, 2017
336 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She's for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It's a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.
Hahahaha I love the premise to this book! I need it!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Review: The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser
The Book Jumper
by Mechthild Gläser
January 3, 2017
384 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother's childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger—someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever the cost.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome 2017!

Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you're having an amazing start into 2017 and hopefully see you around BookCatPin in the New Year :D
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