Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

33152795Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi & Fantasy, Time Travel
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Goodreads Summary
Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

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Mini Review: Your Name (light novel) by Makoto Shinkai

32856011Your Name (light novel) by Matoko Shinkai, translated by Taylor Engel
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017 by Yen On
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Romance.
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Goodreads Summary
Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a rural town deep in the mountains, has a dream that she is a boy living an unfamiliar life in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, dreams that he is a girl living in the mountains. As they realize they are changing places, their encounter sets the cogs of fate into motion. The light novel is written by director Makoto Shinkai of the animated film Your Name.
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Review: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

34076952The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: 
September 26th, 2017 by Orion Children’s Books
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: 
Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy-tales, Retelling.
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Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

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Review: Seeker by Veronica Rossi

23430477Seeker (Riders, #2) by Veronica Rossi
Publication Date:
May 16th, 2017 by Tor Teen
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: 
Young Adult, Fantasy.
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Goodreads Summary
When Daryn claimed she was seeing visions during her sophomore year of high school, no one believed the truth.

She wasn’t losing her mind; she was gaining the Sight—the ability to see the future. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives.

Until Sebastian.

Sebastian was her first—and worst—mistake.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao

Publication Date: October 10th, 2017

Goodreads Summary
An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Bountiful

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Bountiful (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen

Publication Date: October 20th 2017

Goodreads Summary
No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Turtles all the Way Down

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Turtles all the Way Down by John Green

Publication Date: October 10th 2017

Goodreads Summary
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

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