Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Published: October 13, 2015
Publisher:
Putnam
Pages:
398 (Hardcover)
Series:
The Young Elites #2 
Source: Library
My Rating:
4 of 5 stars


Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Published: July 5, 2016
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Pages:
427 (Hardcover)
Series:
Monsters of Verity #1
Source:
Library
My Rating:
4 of 5 stars

There’s no such thing as safe.

Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.

August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided.

Their city is crumbling.

Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.

But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Blitz: I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter


I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter
Published: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Series: N/A
Genres: YA Contemporary Fiction

THE LOVELY BONES meets ALL THE RAGE in a searing, heartbreaking contemporary story of a lost teenager, and the town she leaves behind.

Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But then the unthinkable happens and Ellie is trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

TE Carter’s stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture but also makes you slow down and think about what it is to be human.

Excerpt:

It was three days into school and my locker was stuck. I figured I had the combination wrong and tried again, but it wouldn’t open. The late August day was too warm and sweat was spilling down my new shirt. The school didn’t want to spring for air conditioning, so we finished the day with our clothes stuck to us.
“Having trouble?” He leaned against my locker with all the confidence in the world. I’d seen him a few times. We weren’t in classes together, but he’d smiled at me every day because his math class was across the hall from mine. On the first day, he’d winked at me. On the second day, he’d commented on my shirt. It was self-deprecating – a shirt that mocked my introversion by claiming reading the shirt was enough social interaction for a day. We’d run into each other in the hall between classes and he’d laughed at it. And said I was too cute to be antisocial.
And now he stood at my locker, smiling at me while I tried to get it open.
“My locker’s stuck,” I told him. It was obvious since I was pulling on it, but I told him anyway.
“You’re new here.” A statement, not a question.
“Sort of. I mean, I’ve lived here forever. But here, yeah. I went to St. Elizabeth’s.”
He pushed me to the side. “Cool. I’m Caleb.” Punching the bottom right of the metal door, he simultaneously spun the dial into place. It opened on the first try. “Sometimes you gotta rough ‘em up a bit. They’re tricky like that.”
“Ellie. I mean, you didn’t ask, but I’m Ellie.”
He leaned back against the locker beside mine while I found my books. Three days and I already had a bag full of homework.
“Nice to officially meet you, Ellie. Elusive girl from the hallway.”
“I’m not elusive. That’s where my class is,” I said.
He laughed as if I was the most hilarious person he’d ever met. “Yeah. So, Miss Not Elusive, what’re you doing now?”
He wasn’t exactly attractive. There was something wrong about the way he moved, the way he smiled. Everything about Caleb was off somehow. He was tall, but he walked like he’d woken that morning into his tallness and now he couldn’t figure out how to get his body to work the same way.
There was also the way he smiled. It was cute, but it had this way about it. Like he’d learned about smiling from a textbook. The idea of smiling came through, but it seemed like he just followed the directions rather than actually smiled.
“I… um, nothing really. I have to read.”
We had a test Monday on summer reading, which I’d put off all summer to work on reinvention.
“What’re you reading?” He took my bag from me and rummaged through it. “Great Expectations? They’re still teaching this crap, huh?”
“Aren’t you, like, a junior?”
“Yeah. How’d you guess?”
I hadn’t had to guess. It had been three days, but everyone knew Caleb and his older brother, Noah; you didn’t need friends to know who they were. They walked through the school like the only people who’d ever mattered. It was probably true. 

About the Author:
TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, obsessing over Game of Thrones (she’s one hundred percent Team Lannister), playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Releases: July 16-22

Keeping you up to date on the latest new releases, so you never miss when your most anticipated book comes out. 

Release of the Week


The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn't enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

Other Releases


The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy
Amid Stars and Darkness (The Xenith Triology #1) by Chani Lynn Feener

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly
Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
 
Trust by Kylie Scott

Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 3, 2016
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages:
624 (Hardcover)
Series:
A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Source:
Library
My Rating:
4.5 of 5 stars


Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Spoilers: Love or Hate Them?

 Thoughts for Thursday is a discussion post mainly about book related things. It isn't every week, but we try to do it as often as possible.

When it comes to spoilers there are many people that hate them, while others will readily spoil plots and endings for themselves (and other people). I am one of those people that "accidentally" spoils things for people when I'm talking to them. I don't necessarily mean to, but I sometimes just get caught up in what I'm saying about a book, movie, or show and keep going until I've told the person everything I know about it.

When spoiling things for myself, I have mixed feelings about it. Sometimes I'll want to skip right to the end and read the last sentence or page because I'm too impatient to wait to get there. I've done that a lot less recently, but I still feel the temptation. The only reason that I stop myself is because I like the initial reaction I get when I read about the twist or ending when I'm supposed to. Reading things in order, usually yields the most emotional reactions from me and weirdly enough, I enjoy crying over a book.

At the same time, I like reading teasers or little spoiler-y snippets from a book I'm excited about. I remember back when The Infernal Devices books were coming out I would live for the little teasers or spoilers. They would keep me somewhat satisfied until the book came out and get me even more excited to read it.

As for spoilers in reviews, I tend to avoid them when I'm looking at other people's reviews. I also try to keep my reviews as spoil free as possible, but sometimes it's so freaking hard. Sometimes the spoiler-y thing will be something that could make or break whether someone likes the book, so do you include it in the review? I know that you could put a warning or spoiler tags, but I would rather just try to avoid it altogether or say what I have to say without actually spoiling.

It definitely seems like I have a love/hate relationship with spoilers.

Do you avoid or seek out spoilers?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Book Blitz: Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin


Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin
Published: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Series: N/A
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren’t particularly close–at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.
But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future.
SNEAK PEEKS:
Mitchell
“Hi.” I tighten my grip on her waist, and she moves her hand from my shoulder, sliding her fingertips slowly, until they rest on the back of my neck. I close my eyes.
When I open them again, she’s staring at me, her face so close I can see the flecks of brown in her green eyes. It would be so easy to kiss her. Just a few inches. It would be the easiest thing in the world.
Josie
“We’re a mess, aren’t we?” He grins at me.
I can’t help it—I lean into him, pressing my shoulder into his, wanting to feel his warmth and his soft sweatshirt, wanting to be a part of that smile.
I shrug. “All the best people are messy.”


Author Bio:
Hannah has spent her life falling in love with beautiful places, both real and fictional. She grew up in charming Bethlehem, PA, went to college in sunny Chapel Hill, NC, spent a summer studying wildlife in Tanzania, volunteered on organic farms across New Zealand, and hiked all over Acadia National Park in Maine. When not writing, reading, or adventuring, she likes to daydream about the dog she'll adopt someday, listen to music from the sixties, and exchange ridiculous texts with her parents and siblings. Paintbrush is her first novel.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ARC Review: No Good Deed by Kara Connolly

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly
Published: July 18, 2017
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Pages:
352 (ebook)
Series:
N/A

Source: Netgalley
My Rating:
4 of 5 stars


Fans of Dorothy Must Die will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess with only her smart mouth and her Olympic-archer aim to get her home.

Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?

Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

New Releases: July 9-15

Keeping you up to date on the latest releases, so you never miss when your most anticipated book comes out.

Release of the Week


Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell

A GOD OF WAR SEEKING RESTORATION.

AN UNWILLING SACRIFICIAL BRIDE.

BETRAYAL THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH.

“[E]very fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.”

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

“I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.”

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?

Other Releases


Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland
The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller


Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser
Waste of Space by Gina Damico


 What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes




The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan

Saturday, July 8, 2017

5 Year Blogoversary + Giveaway


I can't believe it's been 5 years since Living for the Books was created! If you've been here from the beginning, you'll know that we didn't always look like this. Actually we didn't look like this until fairly recently, but still. We've come a long way from those first posts and reviews.

I know for awhile, the posting wasn't very consistent and at some points I was downright absent for extended periods of time (school does that to you), but I never forgot about this blog. I would think about going back to it occasionally, but I was so bad at managing my time that I never read anything other than required readings. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that I appreciate everyone that's following this blog, whether you're brand new or an old follower.

YA is what's mostly featured on here and I don't really see that changing any time soon. I love the YA genre. Also lately we've been trying to do a few more discussion posts than normal. I think before it never really occurred to me that discussions would be a good idea. I don't know why I thought that, but I definitely really enjoy doing non-review posts that are more discussion based, so hopefully there will be a lot more of those in the future.

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  • Winners have 48 hours to respond from the time they are notified before a new winner is picked 
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: Mister Monday by Garth Nix

Mister Monday by Garth Nix
Published: July 1, 2003
Publisher:
Scholastic
Pages:
361 (Paperback)
Series:
The Keys to the Kingdom #1
 
Source: Library
My Rating:
2 of 5 stars


On the first day , there was mystery.

Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then his life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. 

Arthur is safe - but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with bloodstained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back - even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him.

Desperate, Arthur ventures into a mysterious house - a house that only he can see. It is in this house that Arthur must unravel the secrets of the key - and discover his true fate.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. It spotlights upcoming books we're excited about and have yet to read. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
Release date: July 25, 2017

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

 I think the concept of this book is really interesting. I also really love the color purple and the cover is almost entirely purple so I really want to own it. Definitely can't wait to read this. 

What book can't you wait for?