Book Review: Bellewether – Susanna Kearsley

I decided to remove whatever stuff I was talking about here in the intro, because right now, all I want to do is murder WordPress.

Layout change after layout change they think they’re making things better BUT THEY’RE NOT. THE LAYOUT OF EDITING ONLY GOT UGLIER AND UGLIER

AND I FINALLY CAN’T TAKE IT

BECAUSE THEY HAVE DISABLED SCROLLING DOWN A POST ON GOOGLE CHROME.

HOW THE SHIT AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE MY INTERNET LIFE WITHOUT SCROLLING!?!?!?$ER@#$R@

YOUR APP DOESN’T EVEN ALLOW EDITING AND JUST REDIRECTS ME TO THE WEBPAGE EDITOR ON CHROMES

Sorry. Back to the post.


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Name: Bellewether
Author: Susanna Kearsley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: August 7, 2018

Synopsis

It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

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Book Review: Mera: Tidebreaker

Gyaaaahhhhh can someone please cure my procrastination

I just opened up Goodreads to get the image for the cover when I saw the beautiful promo Goodreads put for tidebreaker; there’s a sea-green background and some banners which are GORGE.

wait holy hell its a GIF i just REALIZED

it’s not doing its GIF thing over on Goodreads but it is HERE


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Name: Mera: Tidebreaker
Author: Danielle Paige
Illustrator: Stephen Byrne
Publisher: DC Ink
Release Date: April 2, 2019

Synopsis

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?

Mera by Danielle Paige is an astonishing story that explores themes of duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers’ favorite undersea royalty.

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Book Review: A Gathering of Shadows – V.E. Schwab

This work is just ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICO FANTASTICO

I LOVE IT SO MUCH that I’m willing to finish the review at 2:35am (hi dad)

Ok so if you haven’t read book one I suggest you do, or at least read my review/synopsis to get the idea of what is going on. This review is written on the basis that you have an understanding of what went on, and the synopsis and ending of the review is spoilers for book one :)


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Name: A Gathering of Shadows
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: February 23, 2016

Synopsis

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games-an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries-a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again-and so to keep magic’s balance, another London must fall…

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Book Review: Catwoman: Soulstealer – Sarah J. Maas

Honestly long live Queen Sarah J. Maas because this book was so amazing and now I shall continue sipping my DOUTOR cup size drip coffee which is simply amazing.


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Name: Catwoman: Soulstealer
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Release Date: August 7, 2018

Synopsis

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever—she may be Batwing’s undoing.

Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

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Book Review: Frostblood – Elly Blake

I procrastinated so much on this book and on life, I said I would catch up on Catwoman tonight and ended up not. I’m just, great.


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Name: Frostblood
Author: Elly Blake
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: January 10, 2017

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating – yet irresistible – Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her – and from the icy young man she has come to love.

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Book Review: Girl in Pieces – Kathleen Glasgow

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Self-harm, sexual abuse, substance abuse, suicide, sexual assault, physical abuse. This book…this is a heavy book. But I think it’s fucking angelic so I’m gonna talk about it.


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Name: Girl in Pieces
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: August 30, 2016

Synopsis

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

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Book Review: Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

And right after finishing the book, I went to see Tahereh Mafi at L.A. Times Festival of Books over at USC :3

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Name: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 2, 2012 (1st Ed Nov 15, 2011)

Synopsis

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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Book Review: Wicked Saints – Emily A. Duncan

I have such mixed feelings I really hope I can sort them all out.


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Name: Wicked Saints
Author: Emily A. Duncan
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: April 2, 2019

Synopsis

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

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ARC Review: Imprison the Sky – A.C. Gaughen

This Advanced Readers Copy was kindly given to me at BookExpo 2018, in exchange for an unbiased honest review.

Right. I chose to prioritize reading over studying for my Philosophy exam tomorrow.

My honest answer? eh.


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Name: Imprison the Sky
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: January 29, 2019

Synopsis

Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus’s black market empire to captain her own trading vessel–and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can.

But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets–not only that Aspasia is an air Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free.

Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.

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Book Review: Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan

໒( •́ ∧ •̀ )७ it’s the last book in the series and I’d rather the series not end of it was honestly the most PERFECT ending I could ever ask for ( ≧Д≦)


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Name: Rich People Problems
Author: Kevin Kwan

Publisher: Anchor Books
Release Date: May 1, 2018 (1st pub May 23, 2017)

Synopsis

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside–but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage. As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband–a man hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China’s second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.

A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan’s hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.

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