Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

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Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Author: Jenn Bennett
Format I Read: Kindle eBook
Pages: 304
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?

General Impression


I’m reeling. I have tears in my eyes, honest to God, tears in my eyes. My heart is aching and my stomach is fuzzy and my hands are shaking. I want to share this book with every single person in the universe. It was absolutely beautiful, spectacular, awing, and amazing – perfection. I’ve read some great books recently, but one hasn’t struck me this hard in a long time. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is definitely worth a read. From the characters to the chemistry, from the complex issues to the puzzle of the story, from the writing to the uniqueness of the novel… a masterpiece from start to finish. Continue reading

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Format I Read: Kindle eBook
Pages: 416
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult (?)
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes &  Noble

 

Synopsis from Goodreads


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

General Impression


I’m so upset that I waited this long to read this book. It was honestly fantastic and I regret every second I wasted not reading it before now.

I read Throne of Glass years ago and honestly don’t remember anything, so I didn’t really know what to expect with Sarah J. Maas – other than the hype that everyone else gives her. But the hype didn’t disappoint! A Court of Thorns of Roses was a heart-stopping romance with strong characters and a deliciously evil villain. Not to mention that it was a wonderfully creative and unique retelling. Intriguing, captivating, and mysterious – a spectacular novel! Continue reading

Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

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Title: The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1)
Author: Sherry Thomas
Format I Read: Kindle book
Pages: 464
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


 To those who aren’t familiar:

It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.
Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

General Impression


Okay, this book was freaking splendid. Absolutely fantastic. I devoured it. I’m basically drowning in work and stress (with the mental breakdowns to prove it), but I couldn’t put this book down. I’ve been meaning to read it ever since people started going gaga over the third book (The Immortal Heights). And now I finally got around to it. God, it did not disappoint.

Guys!!!! This book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Continue reading

Review: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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Title: The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere #1)
Author: Heidi Heilig
Format I Read: Physical ARC
Pages: 464
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Date:  February 16, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

Synopsis from Goodreads


Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.

General Impression


First of all, I’d like to thank Aila @ One Way Or An Author for letting me borrow this beautiful ARC. You’re the best, Aila!

Second of all, I’d like to thank Heidi Heilig for writing an absolutely gorgeous novel. The characters were flawlessly portrayed and wonderfully multi-faceted. Not to mention, the minor characters had an alarming amount of depth. And the relationships between the characters were simultaneously heart-aching and heartwarming. Heilig’s writing was the cherry on the top of the cake, with some of the most beautiful sentences I’ve ever read. The only hitch in the book I found was that the world was disarmingly complex, but Heilig expertly tied it all up in the end. The ending definitely made up for any rocky spots in the middle. I was left feeling completely satisfied! Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Emerge by Tobie Easton

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the
Spine
 that spotlights upcoming releases that give us those book tingles!

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The book I’m waiting on this Wednesday is… Emerge by Tobie Easton!

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Title: Emerge
Author: Tobie Easton
Pages: 300
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble Continue reading

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Format I Read: Physical ARC
Pages: 320
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


For those who haven’t heard of Everything, Everything:

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

General Impression


Honestly, I’m super conflicted about this book. I really don’t know how I feel. My gut instinct says that I’m not quite fulfilled, but my brain tells me that this book was satisfying enough.

I’m caught between 3 and 4 stars–I’m giving it 3.5. It was a fresh, interesting read that kept me entertained enough to read it all in one sitting. Continue reading

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Format I Read: Physical ARC
Pages599
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


For those who are unfamiliar with the absolute masterpiece that is Illuminae:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

General Impression


Guys, Illuminae is literally going to redefine the world of books as we know it–it is absolutely revolutionary. I’m honestly astounded by the magnificence and ingenuity of this novel. I’m still reeling, so excuse me if this review is gibberish.

My experience while reading Illuminae was unparalleled. I did a buddy read with Aila (@ One Way or An Author) and we gushed over every other sentence. I’m not even exaggerating about that. We started it at around 8pm on Friday night, stayed up until 1am, and finished at 3pm on Saturday. We could barely put it down to eat and shower–not kidding. I actually wrote all about Aila’s and my emotions in my mini-review, which I posted back when I first finished the book in July. You can check out our frantic, mildly incoherent, and jittery reactions (no spoilers) here. Continue reading