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Review: Close Enough To Touch by Colleen Oakley

Close-Enough-to-Touch-02I absolutely loved the novel Close Enough To Touch. It was enjoyable, relaxing, and laugh out loud funny. The story is told between two perspectives: Jubilee Jenkins and Eric Keegan.

From an early age, Jubilee discovers she is different. She is allergic to human touch. When she was in school, a kiss from a boy nearly kills her. She eventually becomes a recluse, hiding away in her home for nearly nine years. But after her mother’s death, Jubilee is forced out of hiding, stepping out of her comfort zone and must face the world again. She learns to connect with people and learns how to fit in. Continue reading

Review: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The-Diabolic-03If you’re a fan of science fiction or if you’re just looking for a great book to read, S.J. Kincaid’s The Diabolic should be on your reading list. I haven’t been this excited and impressed with a book in ages. I’d even dare to call it perfect because I really don’t have anything bad to say about it.

The Diabolic revolves around the story of Nemesis, a diabolic—a powerful engineered humanoid designed to protect the person it is created for. She belongs to Sidonia, an heir to a galactic Senator. As tensions rise in the galaxy, the cruel and power-hungry Emperor summons Sidonia to the court as his hostage. To protect her, Nemesis takes her place, pretending to be her. She must fool not only politicians and their children but ultimately the Emperor that poses a threat to anyone who crosses him. It’s up to Nemesis to find in herself her humanity if she wishes to play a convincing role. Continue reading

Review: The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

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Erin Bow’s The Swan Riders is the sequel to The Scorpion Rules. In a post-apocalyptic world, AIs rule and young royals are kept hostage to ensure peace throughout the world. Greta was once a hostage and now she has become an AI. If she can survive the transition, she will stand alongside Talis, the most feared AI who rules the world and keeps everyone in line. In this novel, it explores the magnificent Swan Riders in great length, sharing their conception and their rituals. They are Talis’s devoted human army. After Greta’s transformation from human to AI, a rebellion sparks. Talis and a pair of Swan Riders begin on a trek to headquarters to ensure her survival. Continue reading

Waiting On Wednesday: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

stars-above-marissa-meyerStars Above
By Marissa Meyer

The enchantment continues…

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.

The short stories included are:

The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.

Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….

The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.

The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.

After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.

The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess

The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.

Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century.

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: February 2, 2016.

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Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

cry-wolf-patricia-briggsBook recommendations are a great way to discover new books, but sometimes they don’t make the cut. Patricia Brigg’s Cry Wolf was mentioned to me by a friend and I was pretty pumped for it considering it has one of my favourite supernatural creatures—werewolves. I even heard about its short story prequel Alpha & Omega, which I decided to read first.

The story revolves around Anna who is attacked one night, changed into a werewolf against her will, and then for the next three years her own pack mates abuse her emotionally, physically, and sexually. The prequel helps readers understand her plight and how she eventually meets Charles, a true born wolf who explains that they are destined to be mates. Also, he reveals to her that she is an Omega with a powerful presence that calms the wolves around her. In Cry Wolf, Anna goes with Charles to see his home and meet his pack. They learn about a rogue werewolf who is bound to dark magic that could threaten all of the pack, so they go hunting for it before it causes too much damage. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

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Revenge and the Wild
By Michelle Modesto

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 2, 2016.

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Review: Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui

squawking-chicken-coverThis year, I’ve tried to make a bigger effort to be open-minded about nonfiction. My reading list tends to be strictly fantasy and science fiction, and in most cases, part of the young adult genre. Over the years, I’ve associated nonfiction, biographies or memoirs to be mundane pieces of literature—chronicling lives of the dead or white-haired politicians. Sometimes, I won’t bother because the busier the person the less likely they would have written the book themselves. Despite having their name on the book, a lot of the time they have ghost writers do the work for them. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Winter by Marissa Meyer

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

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Winter
(The Lunar Chronicles #4)
By Marissa Meyer

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: November 10, 2015.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Willful Machines by Tim Floreen

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

willful-machinesWillful Machines
By Tim Floreen

In the near future, scientists create what may be a new form of life: an artificial human named Charlotte. All goes well until Charlotte escapes, transfers her consciousness to the Internet, and begins terrorizing the American public.

Charlotte’s attacks have everyone on high alert—everyone except Lee Fisher, the closeted son of the US president. Lee has other things to worry about, like keeping his Secret Service detail from finding out about his crush on Nico, the eccentric, Shakespeare-obsessed new boy at school. And keeping Nico from finding out about his recent suicide attempt. And keeping himself from freaking out about all his secrets.

But when the attacks start happening at his school, Lee realizes he’s Charlotte’s next target. Even worse, Nico may be part of Charlotte’s plan too.

As Lee races to save himself, uncover Charlotte’s plan, and figure out if he can trust Nico, he comes to a whole new understanding of what it means to be alive … and what makes life worth living.

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 20, 2015.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

six-of-crows-novelSix of Crows
By Leigh Bardugo

Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven in this brand-new book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication Date: September 29, 2015.

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