MINI MONDAY: The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

The Swan Riders is the second book in Erin Bow’s Prisoners of Peace series, picking up where The Scorpion Rules concluded – with Greta struggling to adapt to being AI, and the Pan Polar state on the brink of full blown rebellion. Released on September 20th, 2016, The Swan Riders promised to be an action-packed sequel, laced with secrets and rebellion.

Greta Stuart has become AI. New transmitters have silvered her fingerprints. New receptors have transformed her vision. And the whole of her memory has become one book in a vast library of instant knowledge. Greta is ready to rule the world. But the new technology is also killing her. Greta is only sixteen years old, but her new enhancements are burning through her mortal body at an alarming rate. Of course the leader of the AIs, an ancient and compelling artificial intelligence named Talis, has a plan. Greta can simply do what he’s done when the time comes, and take over the body of one of the Swan Riders, the utterly loyal humans who serve the AIs as part army, part cult. First though, Greta will have to find a way to stay sane inside her new self. Talis’s plan for that involves a road trip. Escorted by Swan Riders, Greta and Talis set out on a horseback journey across the strange and not-quite-deserted landscape of Saskatchewan. But there are other people interested in Greta, people who want to change the world…and the Swan Riders might not be as loyal as they appear… (Chapters.Indigo.ca)

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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage by Vic James is darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule, and commoners are doomed to serve – for ten years of their lives, at the mercy of cruel master who view them as nothing more than chattels of the state.

“I know you like history, Abigail. Remember: those who don’t learn from it are doomed to repeat it. Or should it be: those who do learn from it are able to repeat it?” – Silyen (Vic James, Gilded Cage, p. 279)

Our world belongs to the Equals—aristocrats with magical gifts—and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty—but will her heart pay the price? Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution. He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy? (Chapters.Indigo.ca)

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MINI MONDAY: Missing (ARC) by Kelley Armstrong

Missing is an upcoming Young Adult thriller/romance novel by veteran author Kelley Armstrong. Set to release on April 18th, 2017, this book should definitely be on your To Be Read list, because Armstrong certainly delivered on the action, the romance, and the mystery, presenting readers with a highly engaging, breath-taking adventure.(Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Missing by Kelley Armstrong from Random House Children’s Crown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review).

“Like Stephen King, who manages an under-the-covers, flashlight-in-face kind of storytelling without sounding ridiculous, Armstrong not only writes interesting page-turners, she has also achieved that unlikely goal, what all writers strive for: a genre of her own.” —The Walrus

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere. The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree. But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing? (Chapters. Indigo.ca)

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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Released on February 7th, 2017, King’s Cage is the third book in Victoria Aveyard’s popular Red Queen series. The book picks up almost immediately after the conclusion of Glass Sword, which left Mare captured by Maven, and left her companions, including Cal, Kilorn, Farley, the rest of the newbloods and the rebellion reeling as they push forward against impossible odds.

When the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion? Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner. As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back. When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down (Chapters.Indigo.ca).

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MINI MONDAY: Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

A Face Like Glass is the newest book from author Frances Hardinge, author of The Lie Tree, set to release on May 9th, 2017. Dark, mysterious, and engaging, A Face Like Glass is sure to draw in fans of the genre, and keep them intrigued until the very last page.

In the underground city of Caverna, the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare—wines that remove memories, cheeses that make you hallucinate, and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. On the surface, the people of Caverna seem ordinary, except for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to express (or fake) joy, despair, or fear—at a steep price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. Neverfell’s expressions are as varied and dynamic as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, except hers are entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed . . .

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Are you reading Caraval? Have you read Caraval? Looking for some place to talk about the book, or share your opinions? The YA Readers Alliance is reading Caraval as our February Book of the Month, and we’d love if you would join us! Click here for more information! 

Caraval is Stephanie Garber’s break-out novel, released on January 31, 2016, and it is a fabulous one, rich with detail and intrigue. Described as spell-binding, enchangting and decadent, Caraval certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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MINI MONDAY: Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

Dividing Eden is the first in a new series by Joelle Charbonneau, author of the bestselling Testing Trilogy. Set to release on June 6th, 2017, Dividing Eden is an engaging new fantasy series, sure to be enjoyed by fans of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series, among others. (DISCLAIMER: I received an advenced reader copy of Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau from HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review).

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom. As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family. With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal? (chapters.indigo.ca)

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Most Anticipated Reads of February 2017

I know, I know, this is a couple days late (today being February 2nd, and all that), but better late than never, right?

I’ve got a huge stack of books at home to read (I blame Christmas and the Book Outlet for this particular problem), so I’ve split this month’s anticipated reads into two lists: older releases (mostly from 2016, some from earlier) I’ve yet to read and recently released books I can’t wait to read this month! (Disclaimer: I don’t actually expect to be able to read ALL these books this month – but I’ll certainly give it my best shot!) 

Seriously though, my To Be Read List is out of control.

Most Anticipated New Releases: 

  1. Frostblood by Elly Blake (released January 10, 2017)
  2. Roseblood by A.G. Howard (released January 10, 2017)
  3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (released January 31, 2017)
  4. Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard (to be released February 7, 2017)
  5. Gilded Cage (to be released February 14, 2017)
  6. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (to be released February 14, 2017)
    • You can find my Mini Monday Review for The Valiant (ARC) here
  7. The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine (to be released February 14, 2017)
  8. A Conjuring of Light by V.E.Schwab (to be released February 21, 2017)

In particular, I am very excited to read Caraval by Stephanie Garber – if you haven’t already, check out the new Book Club I am apart of, The YA Readers Alliance, and join us in reading Caraval this month! (We’re also on Bookstagram!)

And More Books on my TBR: 

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
  3. The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
  4. The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
  5. Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
  6. Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
  7. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  8. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  9. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
  10. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
  11. Dividing Eden (ARC) by  Joelle Charbonneau
  12. The Sandcastle Empire (ARC) by Kayla Olson
  13. Missing (ARC) by Kelley Armstrong

And don’t forget, you can keep up with my current reads on Bookstagram