Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (ARC Review)

24763621Title: Wintersong
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Imprint: Thomas Dunne
Publisher: Macmillan
Date published: February 7, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 310
Source: Publisher

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

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Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill [ARC Review]

28114396Title: Ever the Hunted
Author: Erin Summerhill
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date published: December 27, 2016
Format: E-book
Page Count: 264
Source: NetGalley

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (ARC Review)

the_diabolic-3Title: The Diabolic
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Type: Fiction
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date published: November 1, 2016
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 403
Source: Publisher

A physical copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

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Gone Wild by Jodi Lundgren [ARC Review]

51zmraeqzql-_sx321_bo1204203200_Title: Gone Wild
Author: Jodi Lundgren
Type: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: James Lorimer & Co
Date published: August 1, 2016 (re-published)
Format: E-book
Page Count: 95
Source: NetGalley

An e-copy of this book was kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryBullied in foster care and then by his adoptive mother’s boyfriend, Seth decides to head out on his own. Brooke thinks she might be pregnant and, instead of facing her controlling mother, she runs. The strangers meet in a wilderness park on Vancouver Island, where basic survival is a challenge. As they work together to find food, water, and shelter, they find the strength to take control of their own lives.

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova [ARC Review] + Sneak Peek, Giveaway & More! [CLOSED]

Labyrinth-Lost-Final-CoverTitle: Labyrinth Lost
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Type: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date published: September 6, 2016
Format: E-book
Page Count: 336
Source: NetGalley

An e-copy of this book was kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation… and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to ridherself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

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Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter [ARC Review]

51B0wt0bGFL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Ghostly Echoes
Author: William Ritter
Type: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, Adult
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Date published: August 23, 2016
Format: E-book
Page Count: 348
Source: NetGalley

An e-copy of this book was kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:  “Tread lightly, Miss Rook,” warned Mr. Jackaby. “It would not do to push Miss Cavanaugh too far or too fast.”

Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder–her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all.

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff [ARC Review]

26114463Title: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Type: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, Adult
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers, Thomas Dunne Books
Date published: August 9, 2016
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 444
Source: Macmillan Publishers

A physical ARC copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryIn a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

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The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray [ARC Review]

9781627791816Title: The Gilded Cage
Author: Lucinda Gray
Type: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, Adult
Publisher:  Henry Holt and Co.
Date published: August 2, 2016
Format: E-book
Page Count: 188
Source: NetGalley

E-copy of the book kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper class England in the 1820s, is shattered when she discovers the corpse of her brother George in a lake on the estate-the tragic accidental drowning of a young man, the coroner reports, despite the wound to George’s head.

Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can’t accept that her brother’s death was an accident. A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There’s a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham.

Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother’s killer claim her life, too?

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Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan [ARC Review]

9780763672331Title: Snow White: A Graphic Novel
Creator: Matt Phelan
Type: Fiction, Comic
Genre: Young Adult, Adult
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Date published: September 13, 2016
Format: E-book
Page Count: 216
Source: NetGalley

E-copy of the book kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words “Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL.” In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.

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Faith Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine by Jody Houser [ARC Review]

29343566Title: Faith Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine
Creators: Jody Hourser, Francis Portela, and Marguerite Sauvage
Type: Fiction, Comic
Genre: Young Adult, Adult
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Date published: January 27, 2016
Format: E-book
Page Count: 63
Source: NetGalley

E-copy of the book kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryOrphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws into her harms way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicals about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr!

But flying solo is going to be tougher than Zephyr ever thought when she uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?

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