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03 December, 2019

[Review] I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

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Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Release Date: 6 August, 2019
Publisher: Recorded Books/Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Friendship/Racism
ASIN: B07XD5MS8B
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle and Hardback)
Rating: ★★★
Review Written: 18 November, 2019
Warnings: Racism, Violence, Rioting
Summary:  
Lena and Campbell aren't friends. Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she's going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school. When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together. They aren't friends. They hardly understand the other's point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they're going to survive the night.

See more by Kimberly Jones at her Website. See more by Gilly Segal at her website.

19 November, 2019

[Review] Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard

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Series or Stand Alone: Red Queen #4.5
Release Date: 7 May, 2019
Publisher: Orion
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy and Science Fiction/Short Stories/Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
ASIN: B07K6RMVFS
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle, Hardback, and Paperback)
Rating: ★★★
Review Written: 5 October, 2019
Warnings: Death, Mental Health, Racism
Summary:  
Return once more to the deadly and dazzling world of Red Queen in Broken Throne, a beautifully designed, must-have companion to the chart-topping series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard. The perfect addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, this gorgeously designed package features three brand-new novellas, two previously published novellas, Steel Scars and Queen Song, and never-before-seen maps, flags, bonus scenes, journal entries, and much more exclusive content. Fans will be delighted to catch up with beloved characters after the drama of War Storm and be excited to hear from brand-new voices as well. This stunning collection is not to be missed!

See more by Victoria Aveyard at her Website.

05 November, 2019

[Review] Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

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Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Release Date: 30 July, 2001
Publisher: Audible Frontiers
Genre: Science Fiction/High Tech Fiction/Contemporary Science Fiction
ASIN: B00005NZJA
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle, Hardback, and Paperback)
Rating: ★★★
Review Written: 5 October, 2019
Warnings: Death, Gore, Sexual content
Summary:  
In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he's a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous… you'll recognize it immediately. 

See more by Neil Stephenson at his Website.

22 October, 2019

[Review] The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

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Series or Stand Alone: Wayfarer Series #1
Release Date: 29 July, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Science Fiction/Space Opera/Adventure
ASIN: B07DFNC9Z8
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle, Hardback, and Paperback)
Rating: ★★★★
Review Written: 30 September, 2019
Warnings: Death, Mentions of War
Summary:  
Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain. Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

See more by Becky Chambers at her Website.

08 October, 2019

[Review] House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

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Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Release Date: 6 August, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte/Listening Library
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Dark Fantasy/Fairytale Retellings
ASIN: B07TLZCJHW
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle, Hardback, and Paperback)
Rating: ★★★★
Review Written: 23 September, 2019
Warnings: Death, gore
Summary:  
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last--the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge--and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who--or what--are they really dancing with? When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family--before it claims her next.


See more by Erin A. Craig at her Website. Spoilers below the cut.

24 September, 2019

[Review] The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Series: The Folk of the Air #1
Release Date: 2 January, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books/Hachette Audio
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Dark Fantasy May Contain Themes of: Bullying/Abuse & Torture
ISBN: 978-0316310277 
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle, Hardback, and Paperback)
Rating: ★★★★
Review Written: 11 February, 2019
Summary:
Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


See more by Holly Black at her Website.

02 April, 2019

[Review] Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Series: Strange the Dreamer Duology (#1)
Release Date: 28 March, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Epic Fantasy/Friendship/Romance/Mystery
ISBN: 9781478913054
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle, Hardback, and Paperback)
Rating: ★★★★
Review Written: 18 March, 2019
Summary:The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

See more by Laini Taylor at her Website.

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