The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay [ARC Review]

61J+pOxzHHLTitle: The Assassin Game
Author: Kirsty McKay
Type: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, Teen
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date published: August 2, 2016
Format: E-book
Page Count: N/A
Source: NetGalley

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

Summary: T.A.G. You’re It…

It is 4 a.m. when they come for me. I am already awake, strung out on the fear that they will come, and fear that they won’t. When I finally hear the click of the latch on the dormitory door, I have only a second to brace myself before-“

At Cate’s isolated boarding school Killer is more than a game-it’s an elite secret society. Members must avoid being “killed” during a series of thrilling pranks-and only the Game Master knows who the “killer” is. When Cate’s finally invited to join The Guild of Assassins, she knows it’s her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.

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And I Darken by Kiersten White [ARC Review]

51MRi3gM06L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Title: And I Darken
Author: Kiersten White
Type: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, Teen
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Sold By: Random House
Date published: June 28, 2016
Format: E-book
Page Count: N/A
Source: NetGalley

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

Summary: NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesdays (#1)

As promised, here is my first daily-themed blog post!

I was going to start with these yesterday, because I’m pretty anal about starting weekly things on Mondays (haha), but it was a holiday in Canada, and I tried to stay off my laptop for the entire day before it’s back to work, and back to looking at a screen for hours upon hours in a day, haha.

So, without further ado, here is the first paragraph, of the first chapter of my ARC copy of Kiersten White’s And I Darken:

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Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke [Sneak Peek Review]

51bx+Z8IBcL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Wink Poppy Midnight
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Type: Fiction
Genre: Teens, Young Adult
Publisher: Dial Books
Sold by: Penguin Group USA
Date published: March 22 2016
Format: E-book (sneak peek)
Page Count: N/A
Source: NetGalley

Summary: Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

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The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry [Sneak Peek Review]

downloadTitle: The Passion of Dolssa
Author: Julie Berry
Type: Fiction
Category: Teens, Young Adult
Genre: Historial, Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Sold by: Penguin Group USA
Date Published: April 12 2016
Format: E-book (sneak peek)
Page Count: N/A
Source: NetGalley

Summary: Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all. Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she’s on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire, and wants Dolssa executed, too. Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas.

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton [Sneak Peek Review]

T61yEgBMg48L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_itle: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Type: Fiction
Genre: Teens, Young Adult
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Sold by: Penguin Group USA
Date Published: March 8 2016
Format: E-book (sneak peek)
Page Count: N/A
Source: NetGalley

Summary: Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

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The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman [Sneak Peek Review]

5166LXGs50L._SX317_BO1,204,203,200_Title: The Dark Days Club
Author: Alison Goodman
Type: Fiction
Genre: Teens, Young Adult
Publisher: Razorbill
Sold by: Penguin Group USA
Date Published: Jan. 26 2016
Format: E-book (sneak peek)
Page Count: N/A
Source: NetGalley

Summary: London, April 1812. On the eve of 18-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the Queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears–and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys [Sneak Peek Review]

51UN6ZK2TYL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Type: Fiction
Genre: Teens, Young Adult
Publisher: Philomel Books
Sold by: Penguin Group USA
Date Published: Feb. 2 2016
Format: E-book (sneak peek)
Page Count: N/A
Source: NetGalley

Summary: World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.

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One Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web by Lee Jordan [Review]

downloadTitle: One Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web
Author: Lee Jordan
Type: Fiction
Genre: Children’s, Teens, Young Adult
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date published: April 6 2015
Format: E-book
Page Count: N/A
Source: Black Rose Writing

E-copy of the book kindly provided by Black Rose Writing, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: This type of spider is an expert at deception…

Link to the first book from this series which I have already reviewed: One Creepy Street: Annica’s Broom

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Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter [Sneak Peek Review]

51B0wt0bGFL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Ghostly Echoes
Author: William Ritter
Type: Fiction
Genre: Children’s, Teens, Young Adult
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Date published: Aug. 23 2016
Format: E-book (sneak peek)
Page Count: N/A
Source: NetGalley

Summary: Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly landlord of 826 Augur Lane, has enlisted the services of her detective-agency tenants 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, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.

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