Book Birthday

Ahhhh so many amazing books released today!!! These are on my neverending TBR and I can’t wait to read them all. If only I didn’t have to adult every day and just go on a very long reading vacation… Wouldn’t that be nice?!?!

Happiest Book Birthday to these Beauties!!!!

The Language of Thorns

Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Leigh Bardugo

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PUBLISHED BY  MACMILLAN SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY, SHORT STORIES
PAGES: HARDCOVER 224
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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.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.
This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

An Enchanment of Ravens

Margaret Rogerson

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PUBLISHED BY Margaret K. McElderry Books SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY, ROMANCE
PAGES: HARDCOVER 300
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Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

 

Starfish

Akemi Dawn Bowman

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PUBLISHED BY  SIMON PULSE SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, MENTAL HEALTH
PAGES: HARDCOVER 320
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Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

 

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

Jared Reck

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PUBLISHED BY Knopf Books for Young Readers SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE
PAGES: HARDCOVER 272
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The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart-breaking debut novel.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him.

Humorous and heart-wrenching, A Short History of the Girl Next Door is perfect for readers who fell in love with All the Bright Places’ Finch or Stargirl’s Leo.

Invictus

Ryan Graudin

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PUBLISHED BY Little, Brown Books for Young Readers SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, SCI-FI, TIME TRAVEL
PAGES: HARDCOVER 464
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Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

 

The Fire Queen

(The Hundredth Queen #2)

Emily R. King

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PUBLISHED BY  SKYSCAPE SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY, ROMANCE
PAGES: PAPERBACK 286
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Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah’s son, who has promised Deven’s freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.

But as Kalinda’s tournament strengths are once again challenged, so too is her relationship with Deven. While Deven fears her powers, Ashwin reveres them—as well as the courageous woman who wields them. Kalinda comes to regard Ashwin as the only man who can repair a warring world and finds herself torn between her allegiance to Deven and a newly found respect for the young prince.

With both the responsibility to protect her people and the fate of those she loves weighing heavily upon her, Kalinda is forced again to compete. She must test the limits of her fire powers and her hard-won wisdom. But will that be enough to unite the empire without sacrificing all she holds dear?

Savage

(Dragonrider Legacy #1)

Nicole Conway

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PUBLISHED BY Month9Books, LLC SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY
PAGES: PAPERBACK 296
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Savage begins the Dragonrider Legacy series, a thrilling companion to the international bestselling Dragonrider Chronicles.

Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.

Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.

Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams—refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.

As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.

 

Anyway, hope you’re all having a wonderful day! If you’re following me on my Instagram, then you may have read that I’m been feeling under the weather lately. I’m not that bad so I’m still working 8 hours a day. However, I haven’t had the energy to read or work on finishing some of my reviews. I’m just hoping that I can fight this cold/cough. I’ve been drinking fluids, vitamin c, and sleeping early. Being sick is definitely no fun…

Have you read any of these or plan on reading them? Leave your thoughts and comments down below. Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely Karen Jo

Book Birthday

Happy Book Birthday Day!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

(DC Icon Series #1)

Leigh Bardugo

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Published by Random House August 29, 2017
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Comics, Superheroes
Pages: Hardcover 384
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She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

This has been one of my anticipated reads for the year and I was really happy when I was able to get a copy thanks to my friend. So why haven’t I read it? I’m a mood reader most of the time and summer is for light, fluffy, fun contemporaries while fall/winter is mostly for fantasy and sci-fi. But every now and then I do mix things up. However, I can’t help myself when requesting ARCs and to my surprise, I get approved so now I have a long list to read for reviews. Not that I’m complaining because I only request books I would want to read. But I probably need to slow down since I want to read some other books I already have… Can you say #booknerdproblems or what?!?!?

 

The Big F

Maggie Ann Martin

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5 ★ – FABULOUS AND FUN
PUBLISHED BY SWOON READS AUGUST 29, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE
PAGES: PAPERBACK 304
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DANIELLE EFFED UP. BIG TIME.
DANIELLE’S PLANS FOR THE FUTURE WERE PRETTY EASY TO FIGURE OUT… UNTIL SHE FAILED SENIOR ENGLISH AND HER SINGLE COLLEGE APPLICATION WAS DENIED. SUDDENLY SHE’S IN HOT WATER WITH VERY FEW OPTIONS, BECAUSE HONESTLY WHO APPLIES TO A SAFETY SCHOOL WHEN THEIR MOM IS A SEMI-FAMOUS “COLLEGE PSYCHIC”?!
DETERMINED TO GET HER LIFE BACK ON TRACK, DANIELLE ENROLLS IN HER HOMETOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE WITH A PLAN: PASS HER ENGLISH CLASS AND GET BACK INTO OHIO STATE AND HER MOTHER’S GOOD GRACES. ROMANCE ISN’T ON HER RADAR… UNTIL SHE RECONNECTS WITH HER CHILDHOOD CRUSH AND GOLDEN-BOY-NEXT-DOOR, LUKE.
BETWEEN FAMILY DRAMA, FIRST LOVE AND FINDING HER OWN WAY, DANIELLE CAN’T HELP BUT FEEL A LITTLE OVERWHELMED. THANKFULLY SHE HAS HER FRIENDSHIP WITH THE SNARKY AND FRUSTRATINGLY ATTRACTIVE PORTER, HER COWORKER AT THE CAMPUS BOOKSTORE, TO PUSH HER TO EXPERIENCE NEW THINGS AND HELP KEEP HER AFLOAT.
ONE THING’S FOR SURE: THIS TIME, FAILURE’S NOT AN OPTION.

There are so many things I love about this book – terrific writing, realistic characters, great family dynamics, awesome friendships, and sweet romance. But what I love most is the coming of age aspect and the many life lessons Martin weaves throughout the story. Failure doesn’t mean the end of everything. Life may not always go according to plan, but that’s okay. You can always create new goals, new plans, and new paths. Read my full review here.

 

 

Starswept

Mary Fan

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5 ★ – BEAUTIFUL AND UNFORGETTABLE
PUBLISHED BY SNOWY WINGS PUBLISHING AUGUST 29, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, ROMANCE, SCI-FI
PAGES: HARDCOVER 376
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SOME MELODIES REACH ACROSS THE STARS.
IN 2157, THE ADRYIL—AN ADVANCED RACE OF TELEPATHIC HUMANOIDS—CONTACTED EARTH. A CENTURY LATER, 15-YEAR-OLD VIOLIST IRIS LEI CONSIDERS HERSELF LUCKY TO ATTEND PAPILIO, A PRESTIGIOUS PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL POWERED BY THEIR TECHNOLOGY. BORN PENNILESS, IRIS’S ONE SHOT AT A BETTER LIFE IS TO ATTRACT AN ADRYIL PATRON. BUT ONLY THE BEST GET HIRED, AND COMPETITION IS FIERCE.
A SUDDEN ENCOUNTER WITH AN ADRYIL BOY UPENDS HER WORLD. IRIS LONGS TO LEARN ABOUT HIM AND HIS FARAWAY REALM, BUT AFTER THE AUTHORITIES ARREST HIM FOR TRESPASSING, THE ONLY EVIDENCE SHE HAS OF HIS EXISTENCE IS THE MYSTERIOUS ALIEN DEVICE HE SLIPPED TO HER.
WHEN SHE STARTS HEARING HIS VOICE IN HER HEAD, SHE WONDERS IF HER WORLD OF BACKSTABBING ARTISTS AND PRESSURE FOR PERFECTION IS DRIVING HER INSANE. THEN, SHE DISCOVERS THAT HER VISIONS OF HIM ARE REAL—BY WAY OF TELEPATHY—AND SOON FINDS HERSELF LOST IN THE KIND OF IMPOSSIBLE LOVE SHE DEPICTS IN HER MUSIC.
BUT EVEN AS THEIR BOND DEEPENS, IRIS REALIZES THAT HE’S HIDING SOMETHING FROM HER—AND IT’S DANGEROUS. HER QUEST FOR ANSWERS LEADS HER PAST HER SHELTERED WORLD TO A STRANGE PLANET LIGHTYEARS AWAY, WHERE SHE UNCOVERS SECRETS ABOUT EARTH’S ALIEN ALLIES THAT SHATTER EVERYTHING SHE KNOWS.

Starswept is absolutely beautiful through and through. I mean the book itself is ridiculously gorgeous! The cover, the design, and the interior chapter spreads… I seriously don’t think I’ve ever seen such a pretty book. And you know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” well you can just throw that out the window right now because Starswept is stunning and undeniably mesmerizing. Read my full review here.

 

 

Mask of Shadows

Linsey Miller

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PUBLISHED BY Sourcebooks Fire PUBLISHING AUGUST 29, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY, LGBT
PAGES: HARDCOVER 384
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Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen’s personal assassins named for the rings she wears — Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal — their world changes. They know it’s a chance for a new life.

Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.

So I’m about halfway done with this book and I don’t really know how I feel about it yet. Some parts I really like and the world building is interesting but not well developed. Also, I’m just not feeling the wow moment just yet. Not to mention it’s giving me Hunger Games vibes but not in a good way. I do like the main character a lot and there’s plenty of action and intrigue to keep the story moving along. The romance so far is good and enjoyable. I’m hoping to finish this today and have my full review up later.

All Rights Reserved

(Word$ #1)

Gregory Scott Katsoulis

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Published by Harlequin Teen August 29, 2017
Genre(s): Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia
Pages: Hardcover 400
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In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.
Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks (“Sorry” is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.
But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech – rather than say anything at all – she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.

So I won this book on a giveway and have been looking forward to reading. Again, I really need to stop requesting for ARCs and/or buying books… but you know I just can’t help it sometimes…

Thanks for reading loves!

Sincerely Karen Jo