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Firestarter by Tara Sim

All things are subject to love.

Title: Firestarter

Series: Timekeeper #3

Author: Tara Sim

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Format: e-book

Length: 488 pages

Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★

Summary:

25761057The crew of the Prometheus is intent on taking down the world’s clock towers so that time can run freely. Now captives, Colton, Daphne, and the others have a stark choice: join the Prometheus’s cause, or fight back in any small way they can and face the consequences. But Zavier, leader of the terrorists, has a bigger plan—to bring back the lost god of time.

As new threats emerge, loyalties must shift. No matter where the Prometheus goes—Prague, Austria, India—nowhere is safe, and every second ticks closer toward the eleventh hour. Walking the line between villainy and heroism, each will have to choose what’s most important: saving those you love at the expense of the many, or making impossible sacrifices for the sake of a better world.


THE WHOLE BOOK RIPPED MY HEART OUT AND THEN KICKED IT, SO MUCH ANGST AND TENSION ALL THE TIME ISN’T GOOD FOR MY NERVES

Meaning: the author manages to maintain the feelings of high-stakes all along the narrative while still allowing the characters moments of calm and intimacy so that they can deal with their feelings. I read the entire thing in just two days because it was impossible for me to put it dow, it was so good. This was a perfect finale for the trilogy, with all the characters getting their closure and an epic ending that leaves you breathless.

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The Black Tides of Heaven by J. Y. Yang

Title: The Black Tides of Heaven

Series: Tensorate #1

Author: J.Y. Yang

Publisher: Tor

Format: E-Book

Length: 224 pages

Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆

Summary:

36950197Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as children. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While his sister received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What’s more, he saw the sickness at the heart of his mother’s Protectorate.

A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state. Unwilling to continue to play a pawn in his mother’s twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from his sister Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond he shares with his twin sister?

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Wolfsong by TJ Klune

Title: Wolfsong

Series: Green Creek #1

Author: T.J. Klune

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Format: Kindle Edition

Length: 400 pages

Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆

Summary:

30853358Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road. The little boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the little boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the little boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the little boy’s secret and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

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Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

Nothing remarkable ever just happened.

Title: Blanca & Roja

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Format: Kindle Edition

Length: 384 pages

Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★

Rep: Latinx Own Voices & A trans masculine non-binary main character

Summary:

38613394The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.

The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.

But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts.

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Maybe it’s all about people coming into your life for a little while and you take what they give you and use it on your next friendship or relationship. And if you’re lucky, maybe some people pop back in after you thought they were gone for good.

Title: What If It’s Us

Authors: Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: E-Book

Length: 448 pages

Rating: 4.5/5 ★★★★☆

Rep: Two gay MCs/ Puerto Rican MC/ MC with ADHD

Summary:

36341204Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?

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Blogtober- Book Review Roundup

Blogtober Day 21 and I don’t really understand this prompt from Jenniely! So instead of asking (like a normal human person) I’m guessing at it (like the book goblin I truly am)

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The way I read it is talking about the book reviews I’ve done (?) this year, which are a lot, so I won’t be commenting on each one. I’ll be linking my reviews and arranging them according to personal rating from lowest to highest:.. Continue reading “Blogtober- Book Review Roundup”

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae

Series: The Illuminae Files #1

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Length: 602 pages

Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆

Summary:

Resultado de imagen para illuminae cover gifThis morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault

Fire from Heaven, the greatest coming-of-age story ever to double as a work of historical fiction

–Tom Holland, Introduction to Fire from heaven

Title: Fire from Heaven

Series: Alexander the Great #1

Author: Mary Renault

Introduction: Tom Holland (not spiderman)

Length: 427 pages

Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★

Summary:

23798203Alexander’s beauty, strength and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts into the makings of a king. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their son’s loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance from the cradle. His love for the youth Hephaistion taught him trust, while Aristotle’s tutoring provoked his mind and Homer’s Iliad fuelled his aspirations. Killing his first man in battle at the age of twelve, he became regent at sixteen and commander of Macedon’s cavalry at eighteen, so that by the time his father was murdered, Alexander’s skills had grown to match his fiery ambition.

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Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio

But I think “reviewers” are just sad souls in search of true love.

–Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio

Title: Brooding YA Hero

Subtitle: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me

Author: Carrie Ann DiRisio

Illustrator: Linnea Gear

Publisher: Skypony Press

Twitter: @broodingYAhero

Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆

Summary:

33799449Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?
Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?
Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities–you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love. 
As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

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The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

I, Abby Ives, am falling in love at seventeen and without any of my apparent flaws fixed. I’m just me, and this is still happening.

Title:The Summer of Jordi Perez

Subtitle: And the best burger in Los Ángeles

Author: Amy Spalding

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Format: E-Book

Length: 284 pages

Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★

Summary:

38120209Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby’s been happy to focus on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, she’s thrilled to take the first step toward her dream career. Then she falls for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Hard. And now she’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win the coveted paid job at the end of the internship.
But really, nothing this summer is going as planned. She’s also unwittingly become friends with Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro-type who wants her help finding the best burger in L.A.; she’s struggling to prove to her mother—the city’s celebrity health nut—that she’s perfectly content with who she is; and she’s desperately trying to remain behind the scenes and off-camera where she feels she belongs, when she hangs out with Jordi, who documents her entire life in photographs.
Though crazy, summer’s been fun, and just as Abby starts to feel like she’s no longer the sidekick in her own life anymore, Jordi’s photography surprisingly puts her in the spotlight for the first time, and it feels more like a betrayal rather than a starring role. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image that other people have of her?

Rep: Fat lesbian MC, wlw latina love interest

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