Book Review: VENGEANCE ROAD

Title: Vengeance Road

Author: Erin Bowman

Genre: Western | YA

Series: Not series; Stand Alone

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 1 September 2015

Paperback: 336 pages

Source: Bought                            

Synopsis: Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

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Book Review: FALLEN

Title: Fallen

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy | Romance | YA

Series: Fallen #1

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: 8 December 2009

Paperback: 452 pages

Source: Purchased

Synopsis: What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .

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ARC Review: The Casquette Girls

Title: The Casquette Girls

Author: Alys Arden

Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy | YA

Series: The Casquette Girls #1

Publisher: Amazon Publishing

Publication date (of revised edition): 17 November 2015

Ebook: 635 pages

Source: An ARC copy from publisher via Netgalley. *This doesn’t affect my review*

Synopsis:  Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.
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After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.

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October TBR

October is finally here! Alright, so today isn’t the first of October… Anyway, along with Halloween, October is bringing some big book releases… as well as books that I’ve been dying to get my hands on since the beginning of the year. Also, there are some books that I want to reread. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, I present to you… my October TBR list!

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Book Review: Kitsune

Title: Kitsune, A Little Mermaid Retelling

Author: Nicolette Andrews

Genre: Romance | Fantasy | YA

Series: Tales of Akatsuki

Publisher: self-published

Publication Date: 14 August 2015

Ebook: 274 pages

Source: Given by author (thanks, Nicolette!)

Synopsis:  Rin is a Kitsune, or at least she was until a witch’s spell turned her human. To regain her powers, Rin must make the lord’s son fall in love with her before the next full moon. She thought it would be easy, her kind have been seducing humans for centuries. But Hikaru is different. He’s handsome, intelligent, and kind –the opposite of everything she’s assumed about humans. The plan is to seduce him and get back her powers, there’s no room for love.

Hikaru never believed in the Yokai. In fact, he thought it foolish to believe in monsters. A lifetime of skepticism has guarded him from truths too painful to accept. And Rin’s mysterious arrival in his life challenges all his long held beliefs. She has bewitched him. Though he is drawn to her, he has to keep his distance. His father’s treaty depends on his marriage to another and even an innocence dalliance could ruin everything.

While they try to deny their attraction, they are drawn together as if by fate’s design. Falling in love is dangerous. Not only are they from different worlds, but their time together can only end in heartache. To break the spell Rin must betray Hikaru or be turned into a fox. But if they’re willing to risk it all, they may find a love to last lifetimes.

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Review: The Calling 

Title: The Calling

Authors: James FreyNils Johnson-Shelton

Genre: Dystopian | YA | Fantasy | Sci-fi

Series: Endgame Trilogy #1

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication Date: 7 October 2014

Paperback (hardcover): 461 pages

Source: purchased

Synopsis: Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame.

For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.

This is Endgame.

When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google’s Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.

Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.

Play.
Survive.
Solve.
People of Earth.
Endgame has begun.

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