11.9.17

#Review: REBEL RISING by Beth Revis

REBEL RISING

Author: Beth Revis
Series: Star Wars Canon
Source: Audiobook via Audible
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Rating: 3/5 stars

Summary:
When Jyn Erso was five years old, her mother was murdered and her father taken from her to serve the Empire. But despite the loss of her parents she is not completely alone—Saw Gerrera, a man willing to go to any extremes necessary in order to resist Imperial tyranny, takes her in as his own, and gives her not only a home but all the abilities and resources she needs to become a rebel herself.

Jyn dedicates herself to the cause—and the man. But fighting alongside Saw and his people brings with it danger and the question of just how far Jyn is willing to go as one of Saw’s soldiers. When she faces an unthinkable betrayal that shatters her world, Jyn will have to pull the pieces of herself back together and figure out what she truly believes in…and who she can really trust.
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If you read my status updates on Goodreads, you'll know that I was not a huge fan of Rogue One and thought that this would help me get more into that story and the character of Jyn. However, that wasn't really the case. As well, I wouldn't really classify this as a YA novel because even though Jyn is a teen during the novel, it never really feels like she is a teen and the novel ends with her in her 20s. I divorced this story from the canon and found myself enjoying it more as just a space opera rather than recognizing it as part of the Star Wars mythology.

7.9.17

ARC #Review: FIREWORKS by Katie Cotugno

FIREWORKS

Author: Katie Cotugno
Series: N/A
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Summary:
From Katie Cotugno, bestselling author of 99 Days, comes Fireworks—about a girl who is competing with her best friend to become the new pop star of the moment—and all the drama and romance that comes with it—set in Orlando during the late-'90s boy-and-girl-band craze.

It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along. 

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing. 

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through. 

Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free and decided to review it. This in no way impacted my opinions.

This book was SO good. It took me maybe 5 hours to power through it because it was addicting and nostalgic that I felt like I was reliving my childhood. The characters, plot, and setting worked so perfectly that I didn't even feel like I was reading. It was just a magical, wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a great historical fiction novel (come on guys, it was almost 20 years ago)

5.9.17

#BlogTour: CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER by F.M. Boughan // #RDB + #Giveaway

 
Hello Readers!  Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for

Cinderella, Necromancer by F.M. Boughan

presented by Month9Books!
Find out more info about this new release below, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
 
Happy Book Birthday, F.M. Boughan!
 

4.9.17

#Review: WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead

WHEN YOU REACH ME

Author: Rebecca Stead
Series: N/A
Source: Purchased from Audible
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: July 14, 2009
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: 

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own. 
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.
Purchase:
"It's simple to love someone. It's hard to know when to say it out loud." 

I listened to this one as an audiobook so I got a bit of a different experience with this one. I loved that I was able to hear the change in emotions and how the characters grew throughout the book. This was basically an ode to A WRINKLE IN TIME and I loved that book so this one was great to me.