Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)This week, I picked:
The Crown's Game
By Evelyn Skye
Publication Date: May 17, 2016

From Goodreads:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose

Why I picked it:

1. For some reason, I thought of the show Yu-Gi-Oh! (A show that I was obsessed with when I was younger) when I was reading the summary for this book. I don't know why, because I'm certain they're absolutely nothing alike, but hey, it has to mean something... right?
2. I've not really read any books set in Russia, but this one really caught my eye. Kind of like a Russian, magical version of The Hunger Games.
3. I'm meserized by the cover

if you would like to read this book, click here to put your name on the hold list

Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday Meme: Books for the Beach! #2

     I think everyone loves the beach, or at least likes to go squish their toes in the sand. But I like to read on the beach, and here are three books you should take along to your summer destination!

Along for the Ride- Sarah Dessen: This beachy romance is a relaxing, fun read for lounging on the sand. Two insomniacs find ways to occupy their nights, and find themselves in the process. It's really a great one- and here's where you can get it at KHCPL.

This is What Happy Looks Like- Jennifer Smith: A light, easy read, perfect for basking in the sun with a smile on your face. It's not the ultimate literary novel of the ages, but it's fun, it's fast, and best of all, it's happy. So click here to get a copy. 

The Royal We- Heather Cocks + Jessica Morgan: This one I haven't read. But I've heard great things! A modern royal story, it's a cheerful story that'll make you happy that you spent the time on it. Click here to reserve a copy. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

The Unexpected Everything
This week, I picked:
The Unexpected Everything
By Morgan Matson
Publication Date: May 3, 2016

From Goodreads:

Andie had it all planned out. 

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing - if everything's planned out, you can never find the unexpected. 

And where’s the fun in that?

Why I picked it:

1. I love Morgan Matson's books. LOVE. THEM. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was absolutely fantastic, though it worries me that my expectations may be too high.
2. I read a review that said the love interest is a fantasy author, and there are lots emojis involved. And who doesn't like emojis??
3. I love the cover. It's a little bit different from Matson's previous books, but it's still gorgeous.

if you would like to read this book, click here to put your name on the hold list

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Meme: Three Books That Will Make You Laugh!

It's National Humor Month! And as such, we need to have some laughs. Here are three books that will definitely get you snickering.

Heist Society- Ally Carter: A great series from the author of Gallagher Girls, this first in a new line matches mystery with humor as you follow a band of teenage cat burglars trying to break into a museum. It's a great story with a fun twist, and you can get a copy by clicking here. 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl- Jesse Andrews: Many people are familiar with this once since it was made into a move last year. What they may no know is that this novel of loss is also one of humor. If you think you can handle it, click here to hold a copy.   

The Rest of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness: What if you aren't the hero? What if you aren't the one who's going to save the world? Well, sometimes you have to find the extraordinary in your regular life, and that's what Patrick Ness helps teens to do. Click here to place a hold.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn, #2)This week, I picked:
The Rose & The Dagger
By Renee Ahdieh
Publication Date: April 26, 2016

From Goodreads:

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."
I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Why I picked it:

1. With the way the last book ended, I am super excited to see how things go in the sequel.
2. I want to know hoe Shahrzad handles things now that she isn't with Khalid, and her family and Tariq are plotting against him,

if you would like to read this book, click here to put your name on the hold list

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Meme: Three Books Every History Buff Should Read

Into the Dim- Janet B. Taylor: There's nothing like a good time travel story! When three teens find themselves sent back to the middle ages via an ancient wormhole, they must rescue someone they thought was dead and ward off the evil plots of a rival time-traveling society, all the while searching for a gemstone that will give them control over the wormhole. It's really an interesting look at a time in history most people don't think about. Click here to get it from KHCPL.

Vengeance Road- Erin Bowman: This is one of my absolute favorite takes on the Wild West. There isn't a lot of western historical fiction in the YA genre, and Vengeance Road set the bar high for future writers. I love the gritty heroine, the chase across wild desert, and the truth behind the setting. If you think you would, too, check this one out here.

Blackhearts- Nicole Castroman: This one is described as a Blackbeard origin story, or "pre-pirate." As a member and co-founder of the #prepiratenation, I can safely say that this is one of my favorite books. Ever. It's got a great set of characters, perfect pacing, and excellent conflict, as well as a sequel coming in 2017. It's not a dangerous adventure on the high seas, but it peeks into what could have been the life of one of our most treasured bad guys. Click here to get your copy.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)This week, I picked:

A Court Of Mist And Fury
By Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 3, 2016

From Goodreads:

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Why I picked it:

1. It's Sarah J. Maas... How can you not love her books??
2. It's several different fairy tales all mashed together. And I love my fairy tales.
3. Look at how pretty that cover is! {Yeah, I know, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover... but look at it!}
4. I need to know how the whole Tamlin-Feyre-Rhysand relationship works out.

If you would like to read this book, click here to be redirected to the library's Web page so you can put your name on the hold list.