Friday, February 23, 2018

Book Review: Heart of Iron

Title: Heart of Iron
Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | Romance
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.
Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.
When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.
What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves (goodreads)

Heart of Iron was a lot and not enough at the same time. 
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Book Review: Tess of the Road

Title: Tess of the Road
Author: Rachel Hartman
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers 
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Source: eARC
Format: Publisher

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.
Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl--a subspecies of dragon--who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she's tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one (goodreads).

Tess of the Road was beautifully written but wasn't strong enough to hold my attention. 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

First Thoughts [#157]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, February 19, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Review: R.I.P. Eliza Hart

Title: R.I.P. Eliza Hart
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Mystery | Mental Illness
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Source: Library

Format: Physical

When Eliza Hart, the most popular girl at Ventana Ranch boarding school, is found dead on the cliffs outside her dormitory, Ellie Sokoloff is determined to figure out what happened to her. After all, Eliza was Ellie’s childhood best friend. 
Never mind that ever since Ellie arrived at school Eliza has spread terrible rumors about her, calling her a liar and a stalker, when all Ellie wanted to do was rekindle their old friendship. Or that Ellie’s claustrophobia limits where she can go and what she can do. Or that Ellie’s suitemate, Sam, is the only one who will help her . . . because to everyone else, Ellie looks like the top suspect. 
Can Ellie clear her name and solve the mystery behind Eliza’s death? Her hunt for the truth will uncover secrets she never imagined, sending her deep into her own memories of her childhood with Eliza Hart (goodreads)

R.I.P. Eliza Hart was unexpected. 
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Book Review: Roomies

Title: Roomies
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Source: Library
Format: Physical

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.
Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.
Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago (goodreads)?

I'm still processing how I feel about Roomies. 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [#131]

Title: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) 
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy (goodreads).
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

First Thoughts [#156]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tropes I'm Trash For

Happy Valentine's Day Week! I love talking about all the things I love about books and the blogging community. Today, I figured I would share the romance tropes that get me every time!