Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #173: A Darker Shade of Magic

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

A Darker Shade of Magic
By: V.E. Schwab
Release Date: February 24, 2015

"From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic. Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped" (Summary from


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Kiss Kill Vanish
By: Jessica Martinez
Released: October 7, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Valentina Cruz no longer exists. One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind. She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real. She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth." (Summary from

I liked Kiss Kill Vanish. As soon as I started reading, I couldn't put it down for  long because I was really interested to see where it would go next. However, I definitely think that this was a book where my expectations were too high.

Valentina runs away from home when she learns the truth about her father's business and discovers that her boyfriend is involved in it as well. Valentina was a character that I liked, but at the same time I found her to be unlikable too. She is stubborn and so determined that her way is the only right way. She is also really naïve in certain ways. This all inevitably leads her to making some poor decisions. However, the motivation for why she is that way is clearly there. Valentina grew up in a bubble where she got everything she wanted. I also thought that the side characters were fairly interesting too. I really liked Marcel and Lucien.

The plot kept me interested, but it wasn't all that believable at times. I think the pacing was too fast in some areas and too slow in other moments. I would have loved to see some of the more bigger plot lines developed more thoroughly. For instance I wanted more about Valentina's family life and her father. I felt like the reader never got the chance to get to know them all too well. There were quite a few inconsistencies with the plot too. I did like the few twists though and the end revelations definitely took me by surprise.

Overall I liked Kiss Kill Vanish. It was an interesting story with some great twists.  

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun
By: Jandy Nelson
Released: September 16, 2014
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world." (Summary from

I'll Give You the Sun is one of the best books I've read this year. From the moment I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down.

I'll Give You the Sun is the story of twins Jude and Noah. These twins are so different from each other, but have a unique bond. At thirteen they are so close and have this special connection. Noah is quiet and spends most of his time drawing. While Jude is spending her time surfing and hanging out with the boys. However three years later, so much has changed and the twins are barely speaking to each other anymore. It's almost like their personalities have switched. Noah is no longer drawing, but instead has become the partier. While Jude has become more withdrawn.

Noah and Jude were both such interesting, realistic, and strongly developed characters. I loved getting to hear both sides of their story. Not only did the reader get to see them grow individually, but you also get to see how their relationship grew. There were also some really fascinating side characters that I enjoyed getting to know too.  

One of my favorite aspects of this book was hands down the writing style though. Not only was Nelson's writing beautiful, but I love how intricately she told both of these twins separate stories. The book alternated between the twins and two different times of their lives flawlessly. I loved how everything just all came together.

Overall I loved I'll Give You the Sun. This is a story that will certainly stay with me for a long time. I definitely recommend picking up a copy this book!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #172: Red Queen

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Red Queen
By: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: March 26, 2014

"Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red. To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart." (Summary from