Friday, March 16, 2018

Book Review: Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Title: Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Short Stories
Publisher: Imprint
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Source: Purchased
Format: Physical

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price (goodreads).

The Language of Thorns was an eerie collection of short stories filled with magic, fairytales, and twists. 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Book Review: UNSUB

Title: UNSUB (UNSUB #1)
Author: Meg Gardiner
Genre: Adult | Crime | Mystery | Thriller
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: June 27, 2018
Source: Library
Format: Physical

A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.
Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.
The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.
Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.
Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss (goodreads)?

UNSUB was thrilling, but I was expecting more from the villain. 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [#132]

Title: Tyler Johnson Was Here
Author: Jay Coles
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 20, 2018

When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.
The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean (goodreads).

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

First Thoughts [#159]

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

An Evening with Tomi Adeyemi

Last week, I had the privilege of attending Tomi Adeyemi's book event at Anderson's Bookshop and it was one of my favorite author events to date!
Friday, March 9, 2018

Book Review: Pacifica

Title: Pacifica
Author: Kristen Simmons
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopia 
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Source: ALAAC
Format: ARC

Marin is cosario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him. Sailing the ocean to chase adventure is in her blood. But these days no one cares that the island town her people call home is named after her grandfather. They have a new leader, one who promises an end to their hunger – and one who thinks that girls are meant for the kitchen or the brothel. Marin knows she's meant for more than that, and with the sudden influx of weapons on the island, and rumors of a pending deal with the enemy oil nation in her wake, she knows a big score to gain the council's favor is the only way to save her people, and herself.
Ross lives a life of privilege. As the president's son he wants for nothing, but he longs for a life of adventure. On a dare, he convinces his best friend Adam to sneak out to the Docks, the site of local race riots between the poor Shorlings and the upper class. But when Adam is arrested along with the other Shorlings, and not even the president is willing to find him, Ross finds himself taking matters into his own hands. He journeys back into the Docks, ready to make deals with anyone, even a beautiful pirate, if it means Adam's safe return.
When Marin and Ross meet in dangerous Shoreling territory he sees a way to get his friend back and she sees her ticket home. The ransom a president’s son would command could feed her people for years and restore her family’s legacy. But somewhere in the middle of the ocean, Marin must decide if her heart can handle handing over the only person who has ever seen her as more than a pirate (goodreads).

Pacifica was a thrilling adventure that will make you think. 
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Book Review: To Kill a Kingdom

Title: To Kill a Kingdom 
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling | Romance | Mermaids
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends 
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy (goodreads)

To Kill a Kingdom was deliciously dark. 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Amber Reads Her Shelves: March 2018

Amber Reads Her Shelves is my attempt to actually read the books I have. Every month I will choose 3 books that have been on my shelves for at least 6 months. Voting will be open until March 20.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

First Thoughts [#158]

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

International Travels and Celebrations: February at a Glance

Hello friends! It's been pretty quiet around these parts, let me tell you how crazy my February was!