March 21, 2018

#BookReview: Agrathias by Conor Nicholl

About the Book:

It wasn't his fault...It couldn't be his fault...

Arone was nine when his parents were taken after an Arcam attack. Now, ten years later, the memory still haunts him. If only he'd helped them instead of hiding, maybe his parents would still be with him and his older brother, Toaran. But he was just a kid. How could he have helped?

Toaran was brave. He'd fought that day. But every day since then both strived to better themselves with the sword, and for Arone especially, to make fighting second nature. He would protect those around him. He would protect his town. He would reach for a sword the next time instead of a corner to hide in.

Oaths, though, no matter how noble, are sometimes impossible to keep. One day Arone sees a man conjure lightning in the woods, and that night an Arcam attack, possibly the largest one Agrathias had ever seen, obliterates his town. Arone has to move onwards despite being completely devastated at his failure to protect those he cared about again.

Arone decides to head to Bengaul, the place he had once called home. Tragedy, though, harbors itself once more, but something spectacular comes from it: Arone finds out he can control fire. The power comes with the expectation he will one day face the man he saw in the woods. He must choose if he will do this, or if he would give the power away to someone else.

Arone has been afraid nearly all his life. He's had to watch everyone he said he would protect either die or lose everything. So now, when the greatest test to his promise and nerves presents itself, he will accept it. He's thrust into a journey to destroy a demon with strength that terribly resembles the sorcerer Dogane from long ago, and Dogane had reigned Agrathias for hundreds of years.

Arone will persevere through all this. With everyone he meets, he becomes closer to facing that man. Arone might die, but he will first do everything he can to stop him. He will fight.

#BookReview: Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City by Pierre Christin, Olivier Balez

About the Book:


From the subway to the skyscraper, from Manhattan’s financial district to the Long Island suburbs, every inch of New York tells the story of one man’s mind: Robert Moses, the architect who designed it all. Now, in Pierre Christin and Olivier Balez's new graphic biography, the rest of Robert’s story will be told.

March 20, 2018

#BookReview: 806: A Novel by @mannweil (Cynthia Weil) with @thelitcoffaerie #806novel #NetGalley

About the Book:
Sibling 1 throws blenders and plays guitar. Sibling 2 is allergic to everything and is into magic. Sibling 3 is a varsity swimmer with a group of female fans. Enough said. The only thing they have in common is their biological father, and the only thing they can agree on is that they all want to meet him. With the help of a broken-down, “borrowed” Jeep, KT, Jesse, and Gabe make their way across the country evading police, trying their luck on the slots, and meeting a life-changing pig, all to track down Donor 806, their father. Any hope of success requires smarts, luck, and ingenuity. Good thing they have each other...even if they don't see it that way.

#BookReview: My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley

About the Book:

The time for Stephen McCauley's breakout audiobook has come and My Ex-Life is it in a major way. A delicious audiobook for fans of Tom Perrotta, Maria Semple, and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney about how sometimes the only way to move forward is to go back.

David Hedges is having an unusual mid-life crisis. His boyfriend Soren has left him for an older man, albeit a successful surgeon. His job – helping the spoiled children of San Francisco’s elite get into college – is exasperating. As his life reaches new lows, his weight has reached new highs. The only good thing he has is his under market value apartment that has a view that is so stunning he is the envy of all of San Francisco. But when the landlord finally decides to sell – to Soren and the surgeon courtesy of his supposed realtor friend -- David hits rock bottom.

Across the country, Julie Fiske isn’t having much of a better time herself. Carol, the woman (younger, of course) that Harry, her second husband, left her for, is downright likable – more likeable than Harry was. The bills that she files by throwing into the back seat of her car keep piling up -- so much so that she has turned her rambling home into an illegal B&B in the tourist, seaside town where she lives. Her sullen teen daughter adamantly refused to apply to college (As David says, “I’m always drawn to sadness in teenagers, which I take to be a sign of intelligence. What teenager with half a brain looking at the condition of the planet they would inherit wouldn’t be sad?”) And Julie can’t seem to quite smoking weed (why should she? it’s the one good thing she has). 

Harry lays down an ultimatum – if Mandy doesn’t start applying to college, she’s going to come live with him and Carol. And then Mandy surprises Harry, and stuns Julie, by saying she’s been working with David Hedges, Mom’s first husband from long ago. It’s a lie, but a good one, and, Julie thinks, not a bad idea. So when Julie out of the blue calls David up and asks if he’ll help Mandy, he says of course. And when Mandy tells David he should come visit them and stay in one of their B&B rooms, he surprises everyone, including himself, by accepting.

Soon David and Julie are living together and in many ways pick up exactly where they left off. But while the chemistry between them is still there, and they can finish each other’s sentences, there’s one conversation they never finished that is unavoidable.

March 19, 2018

#BookReview: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

About the Book:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

#BookReview: Troublemakers by @okayjane @LernerBooks

About the Book:

When she was three, Alena's activist mother died. She's been raised by her half-brother and his boyfriend in East London, which is being targeted by a lone bomber. Alena desperately wants to know about her mother, but her brother won't tell her anything.

Alena's played by the rules all her life, but that's over. When she starts digging up information herself and does something that costs her brother his job and puts the family in jeopardy, Alena discovers she can be a troublemaker--just like her mother.

Now she must figure out what sort of trouble she's willing to get into to find out the truth.

March 17, 2018

#BookReview: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1) by @misterkristoff with @thelitcoffaerie

About the Book:
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

#BookishChallenge: March Week 3 with @thelitcoffaerie

Welcome to Bookish Challenges! We hope that you enjoy joining these as much as we have loved making them! Each week we will feature a few Instagram posts that joined the challenge that we fell in love with! 

March 16, 2018

#BookReview: Fools' Gold (Order of Darkness #3) by @PhilippaGBooks with @adivineeternity

About the Book: All that glitters may well be gold in the third book in the Order of Darkness quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.
Tasked to expose a coin counterfeiting scheme, Luca and Isolde travel to Venice just in time for Carnival. Amid the masks, parties, and excitement, the romantic attraction between the two reaches a new intensity that neither can deny.

Their romance is interrupted by the arrival of the alchemist, who may be the con artist they’ve been looking for. But as Luca starts to investigate the original charge, the alchemist reveals his true goal—he plans to create the Philosopher’s Stone, a mystical substance said to be capable of turning base metals into gold and producing the elixir of life.

With pounds of undocumented gold coins and an assistant who claims to be decades older than she appears, all evidence points to the possibility that the alchemist has succeeded in his task. But as Luca and Isolde get closer to the truth, they discover that reality may be more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

#BookishTravels with @adivineeternity: Books and Travel, Advice Wanted

WEEEEELLCOOOME BAAACK to another week of Bookish Travels with your stunning and amazing hostess, ME. Caity. I have amazing hair, at least according to one stranger on the street.

This week will be a little bit of a change of pace, and you'll see why after you load the post. :D

It is worth noting that I may be losing my mind.

March 15, 2018

#BookReview: Stormbringers (Order of Darkness #2) by @PhilippaGBooks with @adivineeternity

About the Book: The second book in a YA quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.

The year is 1453, and the end of the world is closer than ever.

As Luca and Isolde continue their journey, their attraction grows with each passing day. Even as they try to remain focused on the mysteries they’ve been ordered to investigate, the tension between them builds.

Their budding, illicit relationship is put on hold when a boy, Johann, and his army of children arrive in town. Johann claims to have divine orders to lead the children across Europe to the Holy Land, and the townspeople readily accept his claims. Luca wants to believe, but his training tells him to question everything...but when Johann’s prophecy begins to come true, Luca wonders if they have finally stumbled upon a real miracle.

Yet even the greatest miracles have the potential for darkness…and the chaos that follows Johann is unlike anything anyone could have imagined.

The second in Philippa Gregory’s four-book series delves further into a forbidden romance and an epic quest as secrets about The Order of Darkness are finally revealed...

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