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: 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
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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
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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

Waiting on Wednesday: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the
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The book I’m waiting on this Wednesday is… Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry!

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Title: Walk the Edge
Author: Katie McGarry
Pages: 384
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

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Title: Starflight
Author: Melissa Landers
Format I Read: Physical ARC
Pages: 320
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date:  February 2, 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

General Impression


Having read Melissa Landers before, I had irrationally high hopes for Starflight. The second I heard about it, it jumped to the top of my “must read ASAP or I’ll die” list. From the cover to the synopsis to Landers’ writing – I was salivating for this book. Luckily, the lovely Becky @ Stories and Sweeties traded me a copy (thanks, Becky)!

And guys… oh, boy. This book did not disappoint. It was a page turner, a captivator – it pulled me in hook, line, and sinker. The intriguing worldbuilding, the blood pumping adventure, the heart stopping action, the swoonworthy romance, the multi-dimensional characters, the complicated plot, the exquisite writing: everything about this book made it an immediate all-time favorite. Starflight is an absolute must-read. Continue reading