ARC Review: When We Caught Fire – Anna Godbersen

This Advanced Readers’ Copy was given to me during Book Expo 2018, in exchange for an honest review.

SO hi I’ve been delaying this review for awhile because Spring Break and shit happens in life thank you very much


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Name: When We Caught Fire
Author: Anna Godbersen
Publisher: EpicReads
Release Date: October 2, 2018

Synopsis

It’s 1871 and Emmeline Carter is poised to take Chicago’s high society by storm. Between her father’s sudden rise to wealth, and her recent engagement to Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, Emmeline has it all. But she can’t stop thinking about the life she left behind, including her childhood sweetheart, Anders Magnuson. Fiona Byrne, Emmeline’s childhood best friend, is delighted by her friend’s sudden rise to prominence, especially since it means Fiona is free to pursue Anders herself. But when Emmeline risks everything for one final fling with Anders, Fiona feels completely betrayed.

As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze. Sweeping, soapy, and romantic, this is a story about an epic love triangle—one that will literally set the city ablaze, and change the lives of three childhood friends forever.

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ARC Review: Unbroken – Marieke Nijkamp

This Advanced Readers’ Copy was given to me during Book Expo 2018 in exchange for an honest review.

wtf why didnt this publish now i have to redo the entire thing but lucky not the review since thats on goodreads


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Name: Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens
Editor: Marieke Nijkamp
Contributors: William Alexander, Fox Benwell, Keah Brown, Dhonielle Clayton, Corinne Duyvis, Heidi Heilig, Kody Keplinger, Katherine Locke, Karuna Riazi, Francisco X. Stork, Kayla Whaley, Kristine Wyllys
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: September 18, 2018

Synopsis

Warrior. Actor. Friend. Heroine. Traveler. Sister. Magician. Lover. Biker.

In this stunning anthology, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp teams up with fellow disabled authors to create a collection of fictional stories that dispense with the tired, broken stereotypes–and reclaim narratives and identities.

By weaving together tales of interstellar war, an enchanted carnival, or a dating debacle, Unbroken celebrates the varied experiences of disabled teens, including teens of color and of diverse genders and orientations, without obscuring the realities of their disabilities. At turns hilarious and heart-stopping, these short stories share a common thread—one that has bent over time, but will never break.

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Book Review: Winter Glass – Lexa Hillyer

So I’m actually really mad that I don’t remember much of this book simply because I read this so long ago, and I’ve read a lot of stuff between the prequel and this, the sequel. That being said, I really wished there could be the briefest recap of what happened in book 1 in this book, simply because i lowkey got confused.

I read my book one review (link here) and realized i really dont remember what i wrote. Pity.


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Name: Winter Glass
Author: Lexa Hillyer
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release April 10, 2018

Synopsis

A curse comes undone. A kingdom shatters. But some bonds can’t be broken.

Princess Aurora, torn from the dream world, plots to assassinate the faerie queen Malfleur, only to confront temptations she never expected. Isabelle, meanwhile, opens her heart to Prince William as they attempt to unite their kingdoms and wage war against Malfleur’s army. But when the appearance of an unbreakable glass slipper prompts Isabelle to discover more about her lineage, her true identity begins to take shape and her legacy becomes as clear as ice.

Devoted half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora will grapple with their understanding of love and loyalty as they face a threat even greater than that of the evil queen—the threat of losing each other forever.


Book Cover Comments

So I have miraculously realized that this cover has the exact opposite colour scheme against book one’s, which was ice over grey, whereas this is grey over ice. There are indeed some references to the plot (hehe) on the cover which I thoroughly enjoyed, and the naked hardback had a beautiful icy shade to it which I ADORE.


The Actual Review

So the me from 2017 had ADORED the first book in the series, but now that I’ve been given a blank slate, I honestly am not sure what to say.

BUT what I do know what to say, is that so. much. has. changed. from the first book. SO. MUCH. Spindle Fire was kind of like, searching for the destiny and legacy, and Winter Glass would therefore be claiming the destiny and legacy.

You would think that there might be more emphasis on Aurora, who everyone thinks would be given the main role of the story, considering that the series is inspired by Sleeping Beauty, but no. Surprise surprise, Isabelle actually plays a bigger role in the story and the plot as a whole. Which I liked, because we get to explore Isabelle’s legacy that we didn’t before.

I can’t say what happened in the previous book because I simply don’t remember, but what I can say is that we get to know more about Isabelle and Aurora. In book one, it was more of a situation where Aurora and Isabelle are still freshly glued to each other, and we see their relationship in which the sisters rely on each other a lot, even with the boundaries of crown-borne vs bastard established at the beginning of the book.

Book two takes the bottle and shakes it up violently, and you get to see and learn more about Aurora and Isabelle INDIVIDUALLY after they’ve been apart for so long, after they both started to change and to grasp their own individual destiny, not a destiny that belonged to light and shadow, because there was no light and shadow.

The book definitely took a lot more dark turns and I will definitely root for LGBT representation in this book, so in conclusion, it was a very fun read with so much lore expansion that was indeed very interesting. Despite the very short final battle scene, I felt that it was just right because it fulfilled the final piece of the lore that we simply all need to know.

I also loved Hillyer’s humour in this book where she has a little subtitle for the characters in each of their POVs. An example of what I’m saying is:

Chapter 37: Belcouer, twin of Malfleur (this is just an example.)

And then in that “twin of malfleur”, Hillyer will play around with stuff going on like “or so she thought”, “the real one”, “or so she claims”.


A sequel that takes an extremely sudden and unexpected route, twins Aurora and Isabelle grasp and own their destiny in Winter Glass as their kingdom is at stake, as legacies and lore are revealed, as we get to know whether the true love that will wake the sleeping beauties up really exist.