Review: Coming in From the Cold by Sarina Bowen

51jjqitllComing in From the Cold (Gravity #1) by Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: May 1st 2014 by Harlequin
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports – Ski Racing
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Goodreads Summary
He can’t have her. And he can’t tell anyone why.

Ski racer Dane “Danger” Hollister does not do relationships, though he keeps his reason a secret. The real-life curse he’s inherited from his mother will eventually cost him everything: his place on the Olympic ski team, his endorsement income, and his ability to fly downhill at top speed.

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Review: Belvedor and the Four Corners by Ashleigh Bello

24665453Belvedor and the Four Corners (The Belvedor Saga #1) by Ashleigh Bello
Publication Date: 
December 17th 2014
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre:
Young Adult, Fantasy
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Curiosity consumes a young slave as she uncovers the enchanted history of her dark world, jeopardizing her life’s goal of earning citizenship and leaving the treacherous City of the Four Corners behind. In this bewitching new fantasy series, join seventeen-year-old Arianna Belvedor in her fight for liberty and her quest to discover the meaning of magic.

Eventually, she’ll find that there are only two paths: WIN or DIE. Whichever her fate, freedom is certain.


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Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

8306761For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Publication Date: 
June 12th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre:
Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia, Sci-fi/Fantasy
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It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go. Continue reading

Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

10194514Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
Publication Date: July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
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“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

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Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

25068467Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Published: May 19th 2015 by Del Rey
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Fantsay, Young Adult, Adult, Magic.
Source: Purchased from Book Depository
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Goodreads Summary
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
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Review: Outspoken by Lora Richardson

26567165Outspoken by Lora Richardson
Published: August 18th 2015 by Createspace
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance.
Source: eBook
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Penny Beck is a girl who says yes when she means no. She keeps to herself, follows the rules, and does what she’s told. After a disastrous experience with her boyfriend, she’s determined to change from the spineless person she’s always been into the strong woman she wants to become. All she needs is a little practice. On a cross-country trip to check on her grandpa, she strives to become bolder and more outspoken with the strangers she meets. Penny’s plan is to practice saying and doing what she wants without worrying about what anyone else thinks. Then she meets Archer, an introspective loner to whom she finds herself drawn. She realizes she does care what he thinks, very much. Will Penny be able to stick to her plan, or will she revert back to her people-pleasing ways? Continue reading

Quick Review: Neverwhere & Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I’m ashamed to admit that until now I had never read a Neil Gaiman book. Thankfully a family friend lent me two of his books to serve as my introduction to Gaiman’s work. I can safely say that after reading both of these books I will be making it my mission to read the rest of his work.


818478Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Published: 2005 by Headline Review (first published January 1st 1999)
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre:
Fantasy, Magic, Adventure, Young Adult
Source: Borrowed
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Goodreads Summary
Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest. Continue reading