Sunday, August 5, 2018

Book Review: Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake

Through the White Wood
by Jessica Leake
Expected Publication: April 9th, 2019


SYNOPSIS:

Katya’s power to freeze anything she touches has made her an outcast in her isolated village. And when she loses control of her ability, accidentally killing several villagers, she is banished to the palace of the terrifying Prince Sasha in Kiev. 



At the castle, though, she is surprised to find that Sasha is just like her—with his own strange talent, the ability to summon fire. Instead of punishment, Sasha offers Katya friendship, and the chance to embrace her power rather than fear it. 



But outside the walls of Kiev, Sasha’s enemies have organized their own army of people who can control the very earth. Bent on taking over the entire world, they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed everything. 



Katya and Sasha are desperate to stop the encroaching army, and together their powers are a fearsome weapon. But as their enemies draw nearer, leaving destruction in their wake, will fire and frost be enough to save the world? Or will they lose everything they hold dear?

REVIEW:

I was sent an early copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Several months back I discovered Jessica Leake's work in the incredible Beyond a Darkened Shore. While Through the White Wood isn't quite a sequel, it does take place in the same world and we even see characters from Beyond a Darkened Shore which was very satisfying. This book immediately hooked me within the first page. The two main characters Katya and Sasha are extremely compelling and supported by many equally great characters. I felt deeply for Katya and her feeling of being an outsider and enjoyed watching her strengthen to finally accepting her powers. Everything that occurred was gradual and at a believable pace which I think is important in a story. If things happen too fast it can really hurt things such as the genuine growth of relationships between all of the characters. When Katya met the prince she really wanted nothing to do with his war and had no idea how deeply it would affect her world. I found I warmed to the prince at about the same pace as her and when they finally came to understand one another it was all the more rewarding. Some other characters of note that I enjoyed were Kharan, Ivan, Boris, and of course Elation. Oh Elation, how the story of her eagle broke and touched my heart! I could not put this book down and highly recommend it to those with an interest in all things fantasy!

RATING: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Saturday, July 14, 2018

SPILL ZONE: THE BROKEN VOW BLOG TOUR



SPILL ZONE: THE BROKEN VOW
by Scott Westerfeld
Published: July 10th, 2018


SYNOPSIS:


All hell breaks loose in the second volume of New York Times–bestselling author Scott Westerfeld's visionary graphic novel duology.

Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Strange manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. Addison got close enough to the Spill Zone to touch it, literally. She survived the encounter, but came back changed.

It turns out she's not alone. North Korea has its own Spill Zone, and a young man named Don Jae is the only one who made it out alive. Alive, but changed. Now Addison, Don Jae, and, curiously, a rag doll named Vespertine, share an unholy bond and uncanny powers.

From Scott Westerfeld, the inspired imagination behind the New York Times bestsellers Uglies and Leviathan, comes The Broken Vow, the second volume of our highly anticipated new graphic novel series.


REVIEW:

I was sent an early copy of this along with the first book from Macmillan/First Second Books in exchange for an honest review.

Filled with possessed dolls, animals, and people, Spill Zone is quite the creepy treat! The relationship between sisters Addison and Lexa starts off sweet, but completely morphs when Addison realizes Lexa's doll Vespertine is actually talking to her and that Vespertine caused the deaths of their parents. Throughout the books so far there are a lot of wheels rolling behind the scenes in which several people are messing with the zones and making things worse.  Yes, I said zones! Don Jae, a character we met in book one comes from a town that the same thing happened in. Later on when Addison meets Don Jae we realize there is a lot more going on than meets the eye and he shows this to Addison when they visit her zone. I found the artwork and writing style to really compliment each other and can't stop myself from flipping though the pages to admire it even after finishing it. The colors used are so vibrant and the characters feel absolutely real. I had a blast reading the first two books in this series of graphic novels and hope there will be more. This series really sucks you in!


RATING: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️


Spill Zone: The Broken Vow is now available as well as the brand new paperback edition of Spill Zone! Check out the gorgeous cover below!




Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation for the 2000 Philip K. Dick Award. So Yesterday won a Victorian Premier's Award and both Leviathan and Midnighters 1: The Secret Hour won Aurealis Awards. Peeps and Uglies were both named as Best Books for Young Adults 2006 by the American Library Association.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Review: Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

BE PREPARED
by Vera Brosgol
Published: April 24th, 2018


SYNOPSIS:

A gripping and hilarious middle-grade summer camp memoir from the author of Anya's Ghost.

All Vera wants to do is fit in—but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price range—Russian summer camp.

Vera is sure she's found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier, Cece Bell, and Victoria Jamieson, Vera Brosgol's Be Prepared is a funny and relatable middle-grade graphic novel about navigating your own culture, struggling to belong, and the value of true friendship.



REVIEW:

I was sent an early copy of this from Macmillan/First Second Books in exchange for an honest review.

Be Prepared instantly caught my attention from page one and I finished it quickly in one sitting! The story of Vera and everything she goes through to try to make friends is completely relatable. I really enjoyed the dark humor in this novel and the fantastic artwork! This is the perfect summer read for all ages! In all honesty I was having some Adams Family Values feels while reading it. This story teaches that it's better to have one true friend than many fake friends. I can't wait to check out more of Vera Brosgol's work!

RATING: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

TV Series Review: Salvation


SALVATION


SYNOPSIS:
An MIT grad student and a tech superstar bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery--that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.


REVIEW:
I don't often review television shows. Honestly, it takes a lot to make me want to. I recently stumbled upon the show Salvation and binged it nonstop. Salvation is a science fiction show that centers around a potential world killing asteroid on a direct path to Earth. With very little time to stop the asteroid and the United States on the brink of war, time is running out to save human kind. I found the writing for this show reasonably believable and able to be felt on a deep level. Of course, to go with great writing you also need an outstanding cast. Among the cast are Charlie Rowe, Santiago Cabrera, Jennifer Finnigan, and Ian Anthony Dale. The brilliant John Noble also has a recurring role. Salvation makes you start to reflect on the concept of time and how much you have left. I do that pretty frequently and this show just made me do that once again. What would you do if you knew exactly how many days you had left to live? Would you panic and give up, would you go be with your loved ones, or would you continue to fight and have hope when there is so little left in the world? There is so much pain and suffering in our world today and I hope that this show will inspire people to look for the good and see the beauty. My way of dealing with all the hate has been to not spend as much time on platforms such as facebook where I see so much ugliness. I still go on there, but I don't live on it like I once did. It's been liberating.

Season 2 of Salvation will premiere this summer on CBS!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Review: Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron

Out of the Blue
by Sophie Cameron
Release Date: May 15th, 2018


SYNOPSIS:

Sometimes, I imagine alternate endings to the story: last-minute miracles, touches of magic. I picture how things might have gone, if I wasn’t there. If I’d left just a few minutes later. If I hadn’t been alone. It doesn’t make any difference. One way or another, the crash always comes.


Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie’s mum dies, angels start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single one has survived.

Hysteria mounting with every Being that drops, Jaya’s father uproots the family to Edinburgh intent on catching one alive. But Jaya can’t stand this obsession and, struggling to make sense of her mother’s sudden death and her own role on that fateful day, she’s determined to stay out of it.

When her best friend disappears and her father’s mania spirals, things hit rock bottom and it’s at that moment something extraordinary happens: An angel lands right at Jaya’s feet, and it’s alive. Finally she is forced to acknowledge just how significant these celestial beings are.

Set against the backdrop of the frenzied Edinburgh festival, OUT OF THE BLUE tackles questions of grief and guilt and fear over who we really are. But it’s also about love and acceptance and finding your place in this world as angels drop out of another.



REVIEW:

I was sent an early copy of this from Fierce Reads in exchange for an honest review.

To say that this writer is brilliant would be an understatement. Out of the Blue is so raw and full of emotion. It takes a lot to hit me in the way that this story did and I can't wait to read more of Sophie's work. The main character struggles with misplaced guilt and regret throughout the book and I can relate to that. We all struggle with that though, right? There are key moments in all of our lives that you look back on and say, "What if I had done things differently?" WHAT IF? I struggle with this constantly and this very realistic story with a touch of fantasy really got me thinking. I think it's great that books such as this exist and feel that it fits a wide audience. While this story seems like it will turn out one way it surprises you in the most beautiful way.

RATING: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Book Review: The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas

The Supervillain and Me
by Danielle Banas
Release Date: July 10th, 2018

SYNOPSIS:

As witty as it is heartpounding, this fresh take on the beloved superhero genre is all about finding your own way to shine even when it seems everyone else around you is, well... super.
Never trust a guy in spandex.
In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees―they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.
That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.
After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, The Supervillain and Me is a hilarious, sweet, and action-packed novel by debut author Danielle Banas that proves no one is perfect, not even superheroes.

REVIEW:

I was sent an early copy of this from Fierce Reads in exchange for an honest review.

I always gravitate towards superhero stories and this definitely didn't disappoint. I could not put this book down! When I started it I felt like I knew who the guy behind the mask was and I am so glad I was wrong. I enjoyed the progression of every character and the ending. Hopefully there's a second book soon because I need more! I also need and Iron Phantom artwork in my life...I'm just saying. *wink wink* I won't post spoilers as this hasn't been released yet, but if you like superhero stories I believe you will enjoy this. The Supervillain and Me felt in many ways reminiscent of the Playstation show Powers and I loved that show. Danielle's writing style is fun and easy to follow and I definitely think you all should check her out! Since this comes out on my birthday I may have to put a finished copy of this on my wish list.

RATING: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book Review: ANIMUS by Antoine Revoy

ANIMUS
by Antoine Revoy
Release Date: May 8th, 2018


SYNOPSIS:

The residents of a quiet Japanese neighborhood have slowly come to realize that inauspicious, paranormal forces are at play in the most unlikely of places: the local playground. Two friends, a young boy and girl, resolve to exorcise the evil that inhabit it, including a snaggle-toothed monster.
In Animus, a beautiful but spooky young adult graphic novel of everyday hauntings, Antoine Revoy delivers an eerie tale inspired by the Japanese and French comics of his childhood.





REVIEW:

I was sent an early copy of this from Macmillan/First Second Books in exchange for an honest review.

In the same day that I received this, I immediately dove in! Being a fan of dark tales and Japanese comics told me right away that I would love it. After finishing this I am left very confused, yet intrigued. Most of the time I hate when stories leave me wondering what happened, but I think that is what makes this so special. It's not fluffy at all and can definitely give some chills. This is a quick and fun read that I really enjoyed. Also, the artwork is gorgeous! Seriously though, what just happened ? ? ?

RATING: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️