Like Water by Rebecca Podos

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Title: Like Water

Author: Rebecca Podos

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

In a small town in New Mexico, kids either quickly flee after graduation or are stuck there forever. Savannah, or Vanni, Espinoza is part of the latter group. It was never her plan to get stuck, but when her father gets diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, she stays to help her mother care for him. Her days are now occupied by living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a new water park, and distracting herself with boys. But when she meets Leigh, Vanni finds herself grateful for a new friend when she desperately needed one. As the two become much more than friends, Vanni’s carefully constructed wall around her feelings comes tumbling down and she’s left facing questions she’s she has long since avoided.  Continue reading “Like Water by Rebecca Podos”

Waiting on Wednesday (15/11/2017)

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Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers an unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

Publisher: Allen & Unwin/Disney-Hyperion | Release Date: November 22nd 2017/ January 8th 2018 | Pre-order at Book Depository

As soon as I saw Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones in space I was sold!

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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Title: They Both Die At The End

Author: Adam Silvera

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★★☆

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On September the 5th, just after midnight, Mateo and Rufus each receive a call. It’s from Death-Cast, and it tells them they’re going to die that day. Mateo and Rufus, strangers, use the Last Friend app to find a someone to spend their End Day with. What neither of them expected was to fall in love.
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Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody

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35626564Title: Daughter of the Burning City

Author: Amanda Foody

Publisher: HQ Young Adult

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Gomorrah is a festival of magic and wonders. It is a travelling circus home to people deemed unusual and those known as ‘jynx-workers’. Sorina is part of this circus, she is the first illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. She is also the adopted daughter of the leader of Gomorrah. She can create illusions. Illusions that are sometimes so realistic, that others can see, feel, and touch them, and they even have their own personalities, ambitions, and dreams. Illusions that are her family. Despite how real they seem, they are still illusions. That is what Sorina thought until one of them ended up dead. But how can they die if they aren’t real in the first place?  Continue reading “Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody”

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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Title: An Enchantment of Ravens

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Rating: ★★★★★

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Isobel is an incredibly talented portrait artist. And her clients? The fair folk. Immortal. Dangerous. But they crave the human craft, and Isobel’s paintings are prized among them. Then she receives her first royal patron – the Autumn Prince, Rook. But Isobel makes a terribly dangerous mistake. She paints sorrow. A human emotion, and a weakness that could cost him his life. Rook, furious and devastated, Rook takes her to the autumn-lands to stand trial for her crime. On their way, they face dangerous hurdles, and they rely on each other for survival. Soon, their alliance blossoms into friendship and trust, and then to love, which is forbidden. Their only way to survive is for Isobel to drink from the Green Well which will transform her into a fair one – but at the cost of her Craft. Her only way to save them both is to sacrifice her art, or arm herself with a paintbrush and a canvas and do the one thing that threatens the fair folk – make them feel.  Continue reading “An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson”

Odd & True by Cat Winters

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34646495Title: Odd & True

Author: Cat Winters

Publisher: Amulet Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Trudchen grew up hearing stories, from her older sister Odette, about her monster-slayer mother and a curse that was placed upon the family. Tru is older now, and Odette has been absent for a year, seemingly sent away by her aunt. Tru doesn’t know whether she should believe in the stories her sister told her, unsure whether they were just lies used to comfort her. Until one day, Od reappears with an old suitcase that supposedly has a magical weapon in. She promises to battle the monsters on the way to attack Tru. The sisters’ start search for their mother which leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil. Tru then starts to believe that perhaps monsters do exist, and she might, in fact, have magic.  Continue reading “Odd & True by Cat Winters”

Waiting on Wednesday (01/11/2017)

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Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

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For fans of Pierce Brown and Rhoda Belleza, here is epic space adventure full of action, heart and two kick-butt heroines.

Aisha Un-Haad would do anything for her family. When her brother contracts a plague, she knows her janitor’s salary isn’t enough to fund his treatment. So she volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. If Aisha can survive the harrowing modifications and earn an elite place in the Scela ranks, she may be able to save her brother.

Key Tanaka awakens in a Scela body with only hazy memories of her life before. She knows she’s from the privileged end of the Fleet, but she has no recollection of why she chose to give up a life of luxury to become a hulking cyborg soldier. If she can make it through the training, she might have a shot at recovering her missing past.

In a unit of new recruits vying for top placement, Aisha’s and Key’s paths collide, and the two must learn to work together–a tall order for girls from opposite ends of the Fleet. But a rebellion is stirring, pitting those who yearn for independence from the Fleet against a government struggling to maintain unity.

With violence brewing and dark secrets surfacing, Aisha and Key find themselves questioning their loyalties. They will have to put aside their differences, though, if they want to keep humanity from tearing itself apart.

Publisher: Delacorte | Release Date: July 17th 2018 | Pre-order at Book Depository

OMG, I AM SO EXCITED!

Waiting on Wednesday (25/10/2017)

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Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

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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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Release Date: March 20th 2018 | Pre-order at Book Depository

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Jay Coles, and this sounds like an amazingly important book.  I can’t wait for this release!

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe

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34453167Title: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

Author: Yaba Badoe

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Fourteen-year-old Sante doesn’t know where she comes from and is haunted by a past she doesn’t remember. The only clue she has is a recurring dream where she is escaping a shipwreck in a chest as a baby, along with her companion, an eagle named Priss. Along with this chest, she was found with treasures – an African bamboo flute, a drum, and a dagger, along with diamonds. Sante was found and raised by Mama Rose and her nomadic family who make a living as circus street performers. During one of their performances, Sante recognises two men from her dream. She wants to find out about her past and where she came from, and they want to retrieve to treasures she was found with. But her past and these men lead her down a dangerous road. Continue reading “A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe”