Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

Published: July 2014
Publisher: Henry & Holt
Pages: 484
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads


A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

This title has been on my TBR list for a long time. I finally got around to reading it because I kept seeing Book #3 was coming out and figured it was about time I gave it a shot.  Wow! Was I ever glad that I did!  The story begins right off the bat with Lia getting ready for her wedding day.  Although she is apprehensive and suspects that her husband to be is rather old and dowdy.  All she knows is that he is the prince of a country with which Morrighan needs stronger ties. Her marriage is an alliance and she is just a political pawn in her father's regime.  She has no say in the matter and is incredibly unhappy about it.   So the morning of her wedding, she flees with her servant. 

I loved this character when I first started reading as she wanted to be recognized for herself. Not as a representative of her country. However, she is also quite headstrong and speaks out before thinking and is rash.  She reminds me a bit of Arya from Game of Thrones but more attractive and mature.  Her and her maid find a town to begin a new life in and they work in a bar. She learns to work hard and seems to enjoy the anonymity and develops a strong work ethic as well as close ties to the other women working at the establishment. 

However, the two men who she comes to know (during their long stay at the inn) have come seeking her out. One is the assassin sent to kill her and the other is the prince meant to wed her.  They both seem to be falling for Lia though.  

**spoiler alert!!**

I have to admit, I got them mixed up. There was so much flip flopping between characters that originally I thought that Kaden was the prince and Rafe was the assassin. So of course I was totally against her falling for Rafe for the first 1/2 of the book...jeesh!!  I need to stop reading quickly and let the words sink in!!

**end of spoiler **

The author does a great job of building up Lia's character and then tearing her back down again. I recently read another series that did a great job of this as well, the Arcana Chronicles by Kelsey Cole.  I love it when authors do this because you see a character start to earn their place in the world. You see their trials and tribulations and the things that really shape who they are.  Their adventures shape and challenge their inner depths of character, drawing on strengths they may have never had before given different circumstances.

Anywho, if you have not yet given this title a shot, I highly recommend it. Sure, Lia can get a little tedious at times but she grew up sheltered in a castle so she has a lot to learn and see. Besides, who wouldn't like the attention of two handsome young men??

BTW, The last chapter of the book was  AWESOME!!  So awesome in fact that I re-read it after I had finished the book...

- Christinabean

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (by Goodreads)

The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

I have been waiting for this book to come out ever since I read the first one - The Young Elites.  It has been a long time since I have seen someone good, turn bad. Yet, I did find myself cheering for Adelina throughout the last book - USE THE FORCE ADELINA!!  I already have this title on pre-order...sad but true...

- Christinabean

Monday, October 3, 2016

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received

Summary (by Goodreads)

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever...

Auuuuughhhh!!! There are so many great reads this month! I am excited about Replica not necessarily because of the title but because of the AUTHOR. Lauren Oliver's book - Before I Fall was one of the first YA titles that ever made me cry. I loved it so much that I wrote to her to tell her and SHE WROTE BACK!! That was before she got all famous and started touring though.  She was super down to earth and I love how much success she has had ever since.  I didn't get into the Delirium series but it is still on my list of TBR. Maybe I could get slightly caught up if I didn't have to work...or sleep...or eat (oh wait. I can eat while reading, right?)
- Christinabean

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Holding up the Universe

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (by Goodreads)

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.  

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. 
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Does anyone else who is over 35 feel like this could be a bit of a Breakfast Club remake? Kids from different genres, misunderstood and punished for however they are coping with life? They meet in detention, counseling, community service, some group setting where they need to make amends but in the end discover that they all understand one another and have very similar backgrounds, despite their differences?   I like the cover and I like that this could be a great book for this generation.  Why be a 2D- blueprint when you can stand out from everyone else? (Get it??)
 - Christinabean

Monday, September 26, 2016

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received

Last month I noticed that book #3 had come out in this series and I have been meaning to read it for quite some time so I decided to take these two out of the library to catch up. Have you read this series? What are your opinions? 
- Christinabean

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting on Wedsnesday - Stealing Snow by Danielle Page

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (by Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything...including Snow's return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.

Well, well, well....what do we have here? ANOTHER fairytale re-telling? I really enjoy the story of Snow White. I had trouble getting into Dorothy Must Die (although I loved the premise it remains on my DNF list) but like I have said before, everyone deserves a second chance. Besides, a new series is like a whole new opportunity to get to know the author! Bring it on!

- Christinabean

Monday, September 19, 2016

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received

Empire of Storms came out a couple weeks ago and I bought the book from Chapters. I wanted to purchase the online autographed copy (did you know that Chapters HAS author signed books you can order online??) but I just couldn't wait. I haven't dived in reading yet because I find the book is too heavy to cart around on the train to and from work and I haven't had enough dedicated reading time to devote to really concentrating on it but it's coming!!  SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE!!

Another cool title that I recently received on NetGalley is this one - 

What drew me to the book was the author. I had not heard that Aprilynne Pike had a new series starting yet. I will feature this again at the end of October as it nears the actual published date but here is the summary - 

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

Murder in the court meets Breaking Bad eh?  How's that for a departure from the ordinary?

- Christinabean

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