Waiting on Wednesday // Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 20th, 2018
Pages: 304

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

What books are you looking forward to today? Let me know in the comments!

Waiting on Wednesday // The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
The Bone Witch #2
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 20th, 2018
Pages: 400

Summary (from Goodreads):

In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she's after revenge...

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life...and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea's dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can't kill someone who can never die...

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

I absolutely L O V E D The Bone Witch!! I'm so excited for the sequel! I NEED to know what happens next!!

What books are you looking forward to today? Let me know in the comments!

Review // Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
Publisher: Imprint Make Your Mark
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Publisher
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 416

Summary (from Goodreads):

Before, Peyton was a star soccer player with the perfect boyfriend, Reed. Now, she has a torn knee ligament, a scholarship on the line, and a shattered sense of self. No one believes Reed pushed her, causing her injury, and Peyton just wants to leave the trauma behind. Living with her uncle and twin cousins in their small, football-obsessed town seems like a great escape plan. 

There, Peyton meets Owen—high school classmate and local MMA fighter. Though Owen is charming and gentle, Peyton is determined to repress her growing attraction. But when her old and new life collide, Peyton must reclaim the truth of her past in order to save her future.

**I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

Broken Beautiful Hearts was my first Kami Garcia book and also a book that I probably wouldn't have picked out for myself if I weren't offered the audiobook for review. It DOES fall under the tough-issue contemporary category that I do find myself enjoying, but it also deals a lot with sports, which isn't something that I know or care a lot about.

I am glad that I read this book! I really enjoyed it! The very beginning was a bit iffy for me, but when I got into it, I really liked it.

This book is about Peyton, who is a star soccer player for her DC high school and just got a soccer scholarship to a good college. Things are going great for her until she finds out that her boyfriend is abusing steroids and when she confronts him about it, he pushes her down a flight of stairs, causing her to tear a ligament in her knee and jeopardizes her soccer career and scholarship.

No one believes her when she tells them what Reed did to her and Reed won't leave her alone so her mom sends her to Tennessee to live with her uncle and twin cousins. There she plans to rehab her knee and heal so that she can play soccer again in the spring.

It took me a minute to really like Peyton. I can't really put my finger on what it was that bothered me about her, but in the end, I did grow to like her. She has gone through a lot. She recently lost her father. She lost her best friend (and basically all of her other friends) after Reed pushed her and no one believed her story. She isn't sure if she lost her shot at a soccer career.

She's really just had it rough.

Something I really appreciate about her is how she handles everything. She knows what she wants in life and what she deserves in a relationship and she doesn't seem to be afraid to make tough choices. She doesn't waver in her story about what happened to her knee, even though she loses all of her friends and starts to get threatening phone calls over it.

Truly, I don't understand why no one believes her. She's not made out to be a liar in this book or anything. I feel like there's only one person who has any real reason to not want to believe her and that's Reed's sister, Tess. But Tess is also her best friend so I guess I still don't understand why Tess won't even entertain the idea that Peyton is telling the truth.

I also like how after her ordeal with Reed, she just immediately drops his sorry butt. There's no pining after him. There's no missing him or wanting to get back with him. There's not a single regret about telling the truth about what he did to her. I don't know, I just really appreciated that about Peyton.

I really liked the romance in this book. Owen is an MMA fighter like Reed, so Peyton immediately marks him as Not An Option, but her heart has other ideas. I really liked Owen. He seemed really sweet and kind and I loved him and Peyton together.

There are only a couple things that I can think of that I didn't care for about this book. For one, when Peyton is first introduced to the "mean girl" of the story, she takes every opportunity she gets to call her a bitch. Like, yeah, when they first meet, April is picking on one of her fellow cheerleaders, but Peyton just comes out with guns blazing every time April comes into the story. It doesn't seem like there's any real reason for it because April isn't even a relevant character in the story, she's literally just there for Peyton to hate and it seemed unnecessary.

The other thing I thought was weird about this book was the way Peyton's twin cousins, Christian and Cameron, treated her. They're ridiculously over protective of her. Going so far as to tell all the guys at her new school that she doesn't date and being super nosy in her love life.

Besides that, I really liked Christian and Cameron. They were hilarious and were always there for Peyton.

Overall, I really liked this book. I feel like I personally might not have liked it as much if I were reading it instead of listening to it, but I did really enjoy listening to it. If you like books about sports (I feel like that's a thing I've seen people asking for on Twitter), you might like this book. I feel like soccer should be the main sport, but MMA fighting is probably the most prominent sport featured.

Have you read Broken Beautiful Hearts yet? Or are you looking forward to it?

Waiting on Wednesday // To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Pages: 384

Summary (from Goodreads):

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

What books are you looking forward to this week?

Review // Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Monday, January 29, 2018

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Reign of the Fallen #1
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: ARC Tour (Thanks Bayy!)
Format: ARC
Pages: 384

Summary (from Goodreads):

Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

I was super excited to be a part of an ARC tour for REIGN OF THE FALLEN after absolutely loving FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP last year! Fortunately, this book didn't disappoint like a lot of them have been doing lately.

Reign of the Fallen follows Odessa as she navigates the Deadlands and battles terrifying Shades. She is one of the most talented necromancers in Karthia. She has a sixth sense to navigate her way through the ever-changing Deadlands and is the chosen necromancer to repeatedly bring back the King of Karthia.

Something interesting about this book is the fact that it deals a lot with grief and addiction. Odessa is dealing with the loss of someone dear to her and overusing a numbing potion to deal with the grief. I feel like a good chunk of this book deals with this and I've never read anything like it that I can remember and I thought it was interesting.

I loved all the characters in this book. I even liked the "villain" in this book. I could see why they did what they did and felt how they did. I don't necessarily think they were bad and kind of wish they could have gotten what they wanted in a less awful fashion.

Also, I feel like in most kings in books are either evil or just not present and I thought it was interesting that the king of Karthia was present and decent. He was definitely set in his ways (and had been for like 200 years) and the conflict in this book could have been avoided if he would have yielded a bit, but he was an otherwise decent guy!

I liked the romance in this book as well! There's hate to love in this book. Odessa is bisexual and I liked both of the love interests she has in this book! There is also an m/m couple in this book and I really liked them!

I thought the magic system was interesting in this book. The type of magic you can practice is determined by the color of your eyes. Odessa and her fellow necromancers have blue eyes. I don't remember if there was an explanation for why this is or if I missed it because I was just blazing through this book due to a combination of 1) IT'S SO GOOD and 2) I got the book for an ARC Tour and was the lucky one to get it RIGHT during the holidays, but I think it would be interesting to know why type of magic affinity is based on eye color.

If I were going to say I didn't like something about this book, I think I would say the ending. Like, not the ending in general, but how Odessa leaves things at the end?? I don't really want to say much about it because it's the ending and that could be considered spoilery.

Oh! I also wonder why a person seeing even a tiny sliver of the flesh of the Dead turns the Dead person into a Shade? I feel like that's kind of a silly reason for them to turn into Shades.

Overall, I would DEFINITELY recommend this book if you are looking for a darker fantasy or want some awesome necromancers in your life. This book is beautiful inside and out and I think you should pick this one up if you get the chance!

Have you read Reign of the Fallen yet? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!
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