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The Hunted by Meagan Spooner / A Lush, beautifully-written Beauty & The Beast Retelling

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Blurb

HUNTED

Author: Meagan Spooner

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Published: March 14th 2017

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Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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adri's review

Hunted might be my favorite fairy-tale retelling ever. I loved it way more than I had expected.

It has all the fairy-tale elements, complete with beautiful writing and a Russian-like setting. The main character, Yeva, is my favorite aspect of the whole story. She is fierce and strong but in a subtle and genuine way, not at all like many of the YA main characters we get today who are supposed to be ‘fiesty’ and ‘strong’ and end up feeling like tropes. She has become one my favorite YA characters; she is calm, rational and genuine- but not without flaws.

Yeva lives with her two older sisters and her father. They’re all pretty close and they live comfortable lives, having all their necessities met, with the exception of Yeva who’s always felt like something is missing in her life. Unfortunately, their father makes a mistake and all their fortune is lost. They’d all have to go to an old cabin in the woods where their father goes back to hunting.

Soon everything takes a turn for the worst as the father gets more and more delirious with each trip to the forest, claiming that there is something watching him and lurking in the woods. Yeva, having learned hunting from her father, begs to join him but gets turned away each time. Until he goes one night and never returns. Yeva has to resort to her rusty skills of hunting and tracking to find her father in the woods and hesitantly leaves her sisters to search for him. Little does she know that she’d be gone for a long time.

I don’t want to spoil anything else, but I will say that the whole Beauty and the beast element is definitely here, and although the romance was subtle and more of a slow-burn, it felt very believable and just heart-warming.

This was a fast read for me and even though it had a familiar story arc, it still felt very much like its own story. I was kept on the edge of my seat and flew through the pages. I loved the writing, the romance and the characters. The relationship between the sisters was beautifully portrayed and the story overall had a depth to it that I wasn’t expecting.

 


about author

Meagan Spooner

New York Times bestselling author Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there. She’s the author of the award-winning Starbound trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light) and the Skylark Trilogy (Skylark, Shadowlark, Lark Ascending) as well as the upcoming Beauty and the Beast retelling Hunted.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller / Kick-ass lady pirates and A fast-paced adventure

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Blurb

DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING (Daughter of the Pirate King #1)

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Published: February 28th 2017

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There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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Daughter of the pirate king is a fun, fast-paced read that I really enjoyed. The main character, Alosa, is snarky and witty and I just loved her from the very beginning. I enjoyed the pirate element in this story all in all, especially because the characters were a tiny bit violent (including Alosa). She was kind of a badass and bit merciless. Another thing I loved about this book was the crew of kick-ass pirate ladies (although we don’t get to see them much).

But I should say that it felt more like a romance novel than a pirate one; the romance plays a huge part of the story and it was of a lighter tone, which tends to take away from the grit and ruthlessness that you might want from a book about pirates. That aspect disappointed me. I did like the love interest and I liked the banter and chemistry between those two, but there was no substance to it; I don’t know what they saw in each other past physical attractiveness. Also, the situations and the development that based the romance felt a bit far-fetched considering the circumstances both characters were in. The romance just felt a bit unnecessary and that caused me to be more annoyed than on board with the ship.

It was a fun, light read but I just wanted more- more violence, more grit and more character development. There was so much potential for it to be a “great” read but it ended up just being a good one. I did enjoy myself and I do very much love pirate books so I couldn’t rate it lower than I did despite me having some problems with it.

 


about author

Tricia Levenseller

Tricia Levenseller writes historical fantasies for young adult readers. Her debut, DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, is set to release Feb. 2017 from Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers.

Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing and is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

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Top Ten Fandoms I’m Part Of

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Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme that is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday : Fandoms

Here are ten fandoms that I’m part of :

1. The Gentleman Bastards

Everyone knows by now just how obsessed I am with this series. If you haven’t read The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, what are you even doing with your life? Like, GO FREAKING READ IT! The gentleman bastards are like my fav crew ever. I mean morally-grey characters, thieves, con-artists and funny banter. What more do you need???

2. Six of Crows

Do I even need to explain how much I love this duology and this author. The Six of Crows crew are #squadgoals. I can’t go a single day without having random thoughts about how much I love these characters. And the ships in this book…It’s SHIPS GALORE.

3. BTS

(If this GIF doesn’t describe them perfectly, nothing will)

Okay, this might come as a surprise to many as I’m not exactly vocal about my love for this Kpop group, but they’re basically my most favorite band (and the only Kpop group I really listen to tbh). I love these boys and I’m obsessed with their music. I have a few mutuals on Twitter who are also BTS stans and I’m just…it’s so perfect when another book blogger/tuber/instagramer/reviewer is equally as obsessed with BTS as I am.

4. Yuri on Ice

How could I not be in this fandom?? There’s A+ quality fanart to gorge in and the anime is just so gorgeous. I can’t even wait for Season 2 (which I’m sure will exist… right??) I miss Yuri and Victor and Yurio and I NEED SEASON 2!

5. Avatar: The Last Airbender

This show will forever be my all-time favorite series. I’m so obsessed with this show that whenever I see even a single picture or GIF related to it, I’m immediately back to craving it and feeling so nostalgic. I’ve seen it like 6 times but I never get enough. Literally talking about right now is making me wanna drop everything and watch it. It’s an addiction I tell you.

6. Shades of Magic

Another YA fantasy fandom. You can’t blame me, YA fantasy is really killing it with these addicting characters. Shades of magic is another series with a bunch of loveable and shipable dorks. I love them all so much, although I adore Holland significantly more than any of the others. Tbh, I’ve rooted for him ever since the beginning, even more so than I did for the main protagonists. The last book recently came out and it’s still a sore topic for me. That last book RUINED ME. 

7. Sherlock

Another favorite TV series. It recently ended and I refuse to accept that they’re done for good; I’m still hoping for another season (or five) although the ending on Season 4 wrapped it up pretty perfectly. I just want more Sherlock and John and Mycroft. Such a fantastic show that I’ll be re-watching soon. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and start watching it now.

8. Shadowhunters

Strictly the books only. I don’t like the TV show, at all. I know many people love it and I really do appreciate a lot of things about the show, but I personally can’t watch it without cringing. These books, though, are gold. I love almost every character introduced to this world and even characters that we are yet to see but are teased about by the author. I love everything about the Shadowhunter world and its characters. I would read 50 more book series if Cassandra decides to write more of this world tbh.

9. The 100

This TV series got a whole lot problematic when the writers killed off Lexa (who was, for me, the best character in the show). It really turned me off to the show and although I don’t enjoy it now as much I used to, I can’t stop watching because I’ve grown to love the characters and I’ve been permanently drawn into the storyline. This show is very addicting.

10. The Song of Achilles

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This is one of my favorite books. I want to cry whenever I think about this book. It took the author 10 years to write it and it really shows. Having seen Patroclus and Achilles through childhood, growing to become friends and then more has me really attached to them and their relationship. The song of achilles broke me, made me a mess but it’ll always be close to my heart. Not to mention the fandom puts out quality fanart ❤

 

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Body-positivity, Unbearable cuteness and Wonderful diversity / The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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Blurb

THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED

Author:  Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Published: April 11th 2017 

 

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

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This book was just so adorable and warm and PERFECT! Definitely one of the best contemporary novels I’ve ever read.

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  • Molly, the main character, is like the sweetest cinnamon roll ever. Like, can I be your friend?? She’s so relatable; her awkwardness, her anxiety issues and the 25+ unrequited crushes speaks to me on the highest level. I loved that the whole book doesn’t revolve around her being fat. Aside from the self-image issues and insecurities any teenager would feel, the book doesn’t linger on that fact, because Molly owns it and I loved this book for it.
  • Diversity aspect = A+  I think this book might’ve ruined me for other contemporaries. The diversity and inclusivity was so on point that it felt like real life. The main character has two moms who are an interracial couple and her twin sister is a lesbian. There were pansexual, gay, POC and Jewish characters, too. And it didn’t feel like they were token ‘diverse’ characters, it felt like the most true depiction of reality.
  • Features close family and friend relationships. The sister relationship between Molly and Cassie was sweet, infuriating and a bit sad -as most sibling relationships really are tbh. I got close to drowning from adorableness whenever they teased or cheered each other through their respective pursuits of a romantic relationship. We see a lot of their moms and the dynamic in this family is just… *squishes an innocent plushie to obliteration* I love seeing the long-standing friendships Molly has and the new one she forms throughout the awkwardness of first meetings and the painfulness of parties. Becky Albertalli is a master of conveying the authentic teenage experience through the pages.

In this book, you follow Molly as she and her sister try to score her at least one requited crush, but there is so much more to this book than you could expect and it’s just such a fresh, feel-good read. Her long-standing relationships are tested and some of the new ones she forms grow or take unexpected directions; all while she learns to fully embrace herself and find her place. So many hilarious, awww-inducing and tear-jerking moments and so much cuteness. I can’t recommend this book enough. Whether or not you’ve read Simon Vs. The homos-sapiens agenda, whether or not you love YA contemporary, PICK THIS BOOK UP!! You will not be disappointed. 

Have you read the other book by Becky Albertalli (Simon Vs.)? Did you already add The upside of unrequited to your TBR? Let me know down below! 😀


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Becky Albertalli

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March 2017 Wrap-up

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March has been a fantastic reading month for me! I was aiming for 16 books but I’ve read 13 instead, which is absolutely fine by me. It’s the most amount of books I’ve read in a single month. Although, I did kinda cheat by reading two graphic novels lol, but hey, graphic novels are books too so…

 

These are the books I’ve read in January and February. Below each book is my rating. Click the covers to check out my reviews for each book. Most of these don’t have reviews yet!

ARCs :

                    

4 star            5 star      5 star     4 half star

Others :

                     

3 star     4 star             5 star      

            

5 star             

So far, this is what my Goodreads challenge looks like : 

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  • I didn’t add anything at all to my WIP this month.
  • But I’d been doing some research and trying to figure out the plot, as it tends to be the hardest part for me. 
  • I know I said I’d outline during spring break but that hasn’t happened. 
  • I decided to give the story some time to be more fleshed out, so I won’t be writing it until summer. Hopefully that is enough time for me to figure out where my WIP is going. 

Which of these books have you read or added to your TBR pile?  Let me know in the comments below 😀

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April 2017 TBR

I feel like April is about to be my favorite reading month. I have so many books I’m anticipating that I get to read this month. I have acquired copies of some of my most anticipated releases of the year and I’m just so pumped to get to them. I plan to read 12 books this month and I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to manage it. All the books on my list for April are fiction, most of which are YA but not all, as I very much enjoy Adult fantasy books.  

Here are some of the books that are on my TBR for April 2017: 

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