Waiting on Wednesday 127: Mortal Danger

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Name: Mortal Danger
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
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Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind...

My Thoughts:
Isn't this such a great title? Besides the title, I also love the book's cover and, most importantly, the plot looks really interesting and captivating. This book is definitely on my must read list!

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Waiting on Wednesday 126: The Book of Life

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Name: The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3)
Author: Deborah Harkness
Publisher: Viking Adult
Release Date: July 15th, 2014
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The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches andShadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close. 

My Thoughts:
I am so incredibly excited for this book. This series is not only one of the most wonderfully developed and beautifully written books I have ever read, but it also has a fantastically thrilling plot that makes it impossible to put down! While it is most definitely an adult book, I would still quite highly recommend the entire series to anyone who is interested in adult fantasy books (and, of course, if you're not too young). I feel like I have been waiting for this book for years, and I absolutely cannot wait until July!

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Waiting on Wednesday 125: Ruin and Rising

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Name: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: June 17th, 2014
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The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

My Thoughts:
I picked up the first book in this series a few years ago and really enjoyed both the plot and the writing style. The second book built the tension in the book, albeit in a bit of a predictable way, but I still really liked the book. I can't wait to see what happens in the series's last installment!

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Royally Lost by Angie Stanton ARC Review

Name: Royally Lost
Author: Angie Stanton
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Format: E-Book ARC
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336 pages

Thank you so much Harper Collins and Edelweiss for sending me an ARC copy of this book to review!
Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.

Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he's crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't have...is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.

When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?


My Review:
Overall, Royally Lost was a sweet and fun contemporary romance! Yes, it was cheesy and unrealistic-but it still was a fun read. 

What I liked the most about this book was the plot. Yes-this would never happen in real life BUT it was still fun to imagine Nikolai and Becca wandering around Europe together. I thought they made a really adorable couple and it was interesting to see how they both grew throughout their journey together. Nikolai brought out the adventurous side of Becca-making her do things that she never imagined she would have done. Becca made Nikolai feel like a normal guy-one who doesn't have to listen to his authority figures and be a normal teenager.

I also really like Angie's writing style. I thought it was very unique and this book was fun to read. It definitely made me forget about schoolwork for a while and just focus on getting lost into Nikolai's and Becca's world. Something else that I really liked about this book was reading about the different places in Europe. I felt like I was on Becca's and Nikolai's journey and I loved reading about the different places they visited.

Overall, Royally Lost was a fun read! Definitely was a cute contemporary romance and yes-it was cheesy but sometimes we all need to read an unrealistic romance! 

Waiting on Wednesday 124: Dark Metropolis

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Name: Dark Metropolis
Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: June 17th, 2014
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Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.

Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder's mother is cursed with a spell that's driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.
Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city's secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.

Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they're not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, this is a chilling thriller with a touch of magic where the dead don't always seem to stay that way.

My Thoughts:
Who here doesn't love a good magical thriller set in the past? This book looks fantastic and the cover is wonderful. I can't wait to read it!

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Endless Knight by Kresley Cole Review

Name: Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles # 2)
Authors: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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320 pages

Shocking secrets.
Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who’ve been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It’s kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected allies.
With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-wrenching treachery.
When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can’t remember—but Death can’t forget…

In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Timesbestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.


My Review:

What another fantastic sequel!  Whenever I read books that I love as much as the first one in this series, I am immediately worried when the second one comes out.  I have such high hopes for sequels, but I am thrilled to say that this one did not at all disappoint!

I loved the main character, Evie, in this book.  She transformed so wonderfully from a scared girl who did not know anything about what was happening, to a brave and powerful young woman who was not afraid of anything.  Like most people I am a fan of powerful main characters in YA series, but I am even more impressed with these characters when I get to see them develop.  She knows what she has to do in order to win the game and survive and while she doesn’t always have a strict plan, she is not afraid to take risks and see what happens.  I particularly liked how Evie discovered that her world was surrounded by different shades of gray, rather than just black and white.  She began to learn that there was good hidden in some of her enemies, and she also began to discover the bad that was just beneath the surface inside of her friends and allies.

In this sequel, Evie’s relationships also change.  She develops unsuspecting alliances and trusts them wholeheartedly, even though she knows that in order to survive, all of the others around her will have to die.  As hinted at both by the title and the book’s summary, there is definitely a love triangle in this story.  However, I didn’t mind it as much as I mind love triangles in other books, mostly because it was so much as a Jack versus Death dichotomy.  Rather, Evie discovers what she likes and dislikes about each of them, and then proceeds to spend time with each of them separately.  The two men do not butt heads or fight for her, but instead Evie, as the powerful one, has to decide on her own who to choose.  And, as far as this book goes, she is more focused on who she has to protect and who she needs to protect her, rather than choosing someone to spend the rest of her life with.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this book.  I think that Kresley Cole created a fantastic world filled with even more captivating characters.  The story never gets old, and I had trouble putting the book down.  I ended up finishing it in less than a day.  I would definitely recommend this book to YA fans, and if you haven’t read the Poison Princess, it should be first on your to-read list!

My Rating: