The Wicked Will Rise | Book Review

Title: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)

Author: Danielle Paige

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling

Format: Hardcover


Synopsis

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas. After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz. But it wasn’t like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, but she was now a ruthless dictator. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They’d joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me.

My mission? Kill Dorothy. Except my job as assassin didn’t work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn’t wait to leave behind might be in danger.

Somehow, across a twisted and divided land, I have to find the Order, protect the true ruler of Oz, take Dorothy and her henchmen down—and try to figure out what I’m really doing here.

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Geekerella | Review

Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genre: Contemporary, Retelling

Format: Paperback (My recommendation: buy the hardcover)


Synopsis

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad s old costume), Elle’s determined to win unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons before he was famous. Now they re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom

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Dorothy Must Die | Review

Title: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)

Author: Danielle Paige

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling

Format: Hardcover


Synopsis

I didn’t ask for any of this.

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission:

Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the Lion’s courage. Then Dorothy must die.

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The King’s Champion | Review

The King's Champion (Book 1)Title: The King’s Champion (#1)

Author: Xina Marie Uhl

Publisher: Pikko’s House

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Ebook received via Netgalley

~ARC Review~

Available October 10th, 2017 


Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Lance thinks his life is just about perfect. Sure, he dreams of fighting far off battles, but that’s nothing more than a fantasy. Until the elders order him away from his village to find a name for himself.

In the capital, Lance navigates the court with Prince Kieran’s unlikely friendship. Yet the glitter and gold obscures a dark conspiracy. Soon the two friends find themselves propelled on a desperate quest. The stakes: Lance’s life, Kieran’s throne, and the survival of the Land itself.

Hunted by assassins, and haunted by the awakening of a strange and frightful power within them, they must find proof of Kieran’s claim to the throne before a dark god’s vengeance destroys them all. The Power is summoning a champion, and it will not be denied.

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She, Myself, and I | Review

She, Myself, and ITitle: She, Myself and I

Author: Emma Young

Publisher: Amulet Books

Genre: Contemporary, Disability, Self-Discovery

Format: Ebook received via Netgalley

 

~ARC review~

Available September 5th, 2017


Synopsis

Ever since Rosa’s nerve disease rendered her quadriplegic, she’s depended on her handsome, confident older brother to be her rock and her mirror. But when a doctor from Boston chooses her to be a candidate for an experimental brain transplant, she and her family move from London in search of a miracle.

Sylvia—a girl from a small town in Massachusetts—is brain dead, and her parents have agreed to donate her body to give Rosa a new life. But when Rosa wakes from surgery, she can’t help but wonder, with increasing obsession, who Sylvia was and what her life was like. Her fascination with her new body and her desire to understand Sylvia prompt a road trip based on self-discovery… and a surprising new romance. But will Rosa be able to solve the dilemma of her identity?

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Because You Love to Hate Me | Review

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of VillainyTitle: Because You Love to Hate Me

Authors:  Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: Science Fiction + Dystopian + Fantasy

Format: Hardcover


Synopsis

Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk”. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

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The Sandcastle Empire | Review

The Sandcastle EmpireTitle: The Sandcastle Empire

Author: Kayla Olson

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Dystopian

Format: Hardcover (Owlcrate exclusive cover) received via Owlcrate


Synopsis

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves. But the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. They quickly discover the Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.


★ ★ ★ .75

To be honest, from the synopsis this didn’t seem any different from other dystopian novels. It did have a little bit of a different tone, so if that was what was holding you back, I do suggest you read it.

 

I liked the characters, though a lot of the chapters were solely Eden (our protagonist) thinking. Personally, I usually need some dialogue to find a book interesting. So those did throw me off.

As far as other characters go, I did like the cast of side characters. Lonan especially!

 

The writing style was easy enough to read, but the descriptions got so confusing that I almost never had a clear image of what was going on. This book is going to be a movie, and I think it’ll be a lot better to see it than picture it in my head.

 

The plot was fast-paced, and that never disappointed me.

 

This book is going to be turned into a movie by Leonardo DiCaprio. There isn’t a lot of information on it right now, but learn more about that here.

 

 

Overall Thoughts

A pretty good debut novel. I do planning on continuing with the series.


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Finding Audrey | Review

Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Contemporary

FormatHardcover


Synopsis

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before.

As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.


★ ★ ★ ★ .5

This was such a funny book! I don’t know what I expected of it, but I wasn’t positive I’d like it.

 

I knew from the first page it was my type of book – it starts with Audrey’s mum threatening to throw her brothers computer out of the window. I’m 100% serious here!

 

The writing style was easy to read and worked perfectly with Audrey’s anxiety.

 

I really liked the family dynamics in this story. It was so natural and showcased everyone’s personalities without having to switch to their point of view. Everyone was perfectly insane.

 

There is a little bit of a focus on anxiety – I felt like it was a pretty good description of an anxiety disorder, even though my personal anxiety can’t relate to it. Probably because my anxiety isn’t anywhere need a disorder.

 
Some people might find the romance to be a bit insta-lovey, but I personally liked it. It felt natural and was a good subplot.

 

 

Overall Thoughts

A relatable and funny contemporary! Totally worth reading!


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ACOWAR | Review

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover (Books-A-Million special edition)


Synopsis

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


★ ★ ★ ★ .75

This book was every I wanted it to be! Main flaw: it has bible pages! They’re so thin! I was actually looking forward to having a huge book on my shelf, but now it’s as thin as ACOTAR.

The first thing I need to discuss: My favorite thing about this book is the Courts. I love the different Courts and the High Lords! I don’t think I’ve ever been more in love with a world.

That’s one aspect of this book that really added to the everything else, and I was actually upset that I had to leave this world!

Excellent character progression! I loved Nesta’s and Elain’s development! And Morrigan! I love her so much!

I liked how the different relationships played a part, but wasn’t forefront. It gave way to other things. I’m excited how those will go in the next three books.

The plot was never boring, and was perfectly paced. Just enough loose ends to lead up to the next book!

I did want to take a moment and discuss the ‘homophobic’ excerpt that some people were complaining about.

At first glance, I can see how this would be seen as offensive.

But if you read the whole chapter, it takes on a new meaning.

Feyre is talking about twins (a boy and a girl) who are complete monsters. They also work for Hybern. There is nothing redeeming about them, and again, they are siblings. So if you read that again in this context, it’s completely different.

Honestly, I didn’t look up the chapter excerpt until after I finished the book. I wanted to see if I’d notice it. And I didn’t.

I’m so over people hating on S.J. Maas. If you don’t like her writing, then don’t read it. Don’t go spreading unnecessary hate, or bashing the author. Or, as above, jumping to conclusions.

Overall Thoughts

This is an amazing end to the ACOTAR trilogy, and I cannot wait to get back into the world with the next book!


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