The Bone Queen by Alison Croggon (ARC Review)

32284099Title: The Bone Queen: Pellinor: Cadvan’s Story
Author: Alison Croggon
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Date published: June 13, 2017 (originally published on February 18, 2016)
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 416
Source: Publisher

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Summary: Seduced into sorcery by an agent of the Dark, the promising Bard Cadvan of Lirigon recklessly unleashed the terrible Bone Queen, bringing destruction down upon Annar. Cadvan, cast out of the Schools of Barding for his crime, now lives in exile, burdened by memories of his dealings with the Dark. At Cadvan’s former home, his mentor, Nelac, and his rival, Dernhil, begin to suspect that the Bone Queen may yet lurk in Annar, and a young Bard, Selmana, is plagued by an ominous presence and an unsettling new ability to step between worlds. With darkness gathering and Bards giving in to fear and paranoia, a guilt-ridden Cadvan must earn back the Bards’ trust and Selmana must gain control of her newfound powers to bring peace to the living and the dead.

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Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse (Review)

26138370Title: Seven Days of You
Author: Cecilia Vinesse
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Date published: March 7, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 336
Source: Library

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SummarySophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

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The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King (Mini ARC Review)

30811001Title: The Hundredth Queen
Author: Emily R. King
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Imprint:  Skyscape
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Date published: June 1, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 300
Source: NetGalley

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

SummaryAs an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

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Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi (Mini ARC Review)

33965619Title: Death and Night
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Imprint: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publisher: Macmillan
Date published: May 2, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 132
Source: NetGalley

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

Summary: Before The Star-Touched Queen there was only Death and Night.

He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo (ARC Review)

31145133Title: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Author: Maurene Goo
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publisher: Macmillan
Date published: May 30, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 336
Source: Book Distributor

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

Summary: Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (ARC Review)

28458598Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Imprint: Simon Pulse
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date published: May 30, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 380
Source: Publisher

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

Summary: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (ARC Review)

29346870Title: The Traitor’s Kiss
Author: Erin Beaty
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Imprint: Imprint
Publisher: Macmillan
Date published: May 9, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 352
Source: Book distributor

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

Summary: An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

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Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland, and Hilary Sycamore (ARC Review)

23532871Title: Spill Zone
Author: Scott Westerfeld (Goodreads Author), Alex Puvilland (Artist), Hilary Sycamore (Colorist)
Type: Fiction, Graphic Novel
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Imprint: First Second
Publisher: Macmillan
Date published: May 2, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 224
Source: Publisher

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SummaryNobody’s ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one’s allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night, and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.

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The Hello Kitty Baking Book: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes, and More

hkbb_final_72dpiTitle: The Hello Kitty Backing Book: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes, and More
Author: Michelle Chen Chock
Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Food & Drink, Cookbook
Publisher: Quirk Books
Date published: June 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 96
Source: Publisher

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SummaryNo one does sweet like Hello Kitty! Filled with simple recipes, beautiful yet playful photography, and Hello Kitty’s signature charm, The Hello Kitty Baking Book is a cookbook that’s yummy through and through. From Hello Kitty Cake Pops to Chococat Cake and Pretty Bow Pumpkin Pie, there’s something for everyone to make and enjoy. Featuring over two dozen easy-to-follow recipes, The Hello Kitty Baking Book is the perfect cookbook for anyone who loves Hello Kitty, desserts, or both!

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