Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Dead Girls Society

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

Title: Dead Girls Society 

Author: Michelle Krys 
Release Date: November 8, 2016

You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.

Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.

When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.

But the Society isn’t all it seems... and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement. (taken from

Why I Need It: 

"Some letters shouldn't be opened."

Sounds quite creepy, and I'm dying to know what the Society is really about. Plus, that stamp seal cover is just too cool. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Review: The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Kiss 
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3 
Author: Marie Rutkoski 
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux  
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Format: Hardback 

Page Count: 484


Some kisses come at a price.

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win? (taken from

I loved it. Can I just leave it at that? I loved loved loved it. 

Okay, so I'll give you a little more than that... Because who am I kidding, I'd love to talk more about this book. I really did enjoy the first two books, but neither of them struck me as particularly five star worthy. They were entertaining, and Rutkoski's plot twists definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, but I just wanted more. More romance, more passion, more everything. 

Man, did Rutkoski deliver in this final installment of The Winner's Trilogy. Obviously, the second book in the series sets the third book up for epicness, what with Kestrel's capture and other heart wrenching developments. Rutkoski takes these ideas and runs with them. The Winner's Kiss is jam packed with action scenes, tense relationships, political strategy, and pretty much everything I could have desired.

I really feel like Rutkoski' kicked her writing up a notch. There were several passages that caused me to stop and simply admire her wording, as well as her expert depictions of human emotion. Her characters come to life, filled with passionate desires and intimate thoughts. 

I'm not going to lie: the romance was probably my favorite part. As I said in my review of the first book, Kestrel and Arin's relationship didn't immediately earn my love. The two seemed to have little in common, and I felt it was a little forced. Now, after so much time together and so many intense developments, their relationship seems to fly right off the page. My heart pounded during their scenes, and I wanted more than anything to see them off into their well-deserved happily ever after. 

Overall, I think Rutkoski did an amazing job with this final installment. Her characters and their beautiful stories drew me in more than ever, and I'm desperate to get my hands on another Rutkoski book. If you haven't check this series out yet, do it. 


This, THIS is what I wanted from this series. This was the absolute perfect culmination to an awesome trilogy. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Throwback Author Spotlight: Edith Pattou

So many times when I go throw my personal bookshelf, I run my fingers over the first novels that introduced me to the young adult genre. I'm talking pre-Twilight-era books that hardly anyone discusses nowadays. These are the books that fostered my love for teen fiction, fantasy, and reading in general. Therefore, I've decided to occasionally spot-light some of these hidden gems, partially because they deserve it, but mostly because I want to revisit some of my old favorites. 

This time, let's talk about East by Edith Pattou (2003).

Rose has always been different.

Since the day she was born, it was clear she had a special fate. Her superstitious mother keeps the unusual circumstances of Rose's birth a secret, hoping to prevent her adventurous daughter from leaving home... but she can't suppress Rose's true nature forever.

So when an enormous white bear shows up one cold autumn evening and asks teenage Rose to come away with it-- in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family-- she readily agrees.

Rose travels on the bear's broad back to a distant and empty castle, where she is nightly joined by a mysterious stranger. In discovering his identity, she loses her heart-- and finds her purpose-- and realizes her journey has only just begun.

(taken from

Okay, I'm going to be real honest here: I read this one in elementary school, and I'm definitely struggling to remember the actual premise. It would probably be good for me to re-read this one before speaking on it, but I do know that I enjoyed it immensely during my first reading. 

There are so many novels that try to achieve the same thing as East. A girl, who doesn't know her true purpose/past, meets a mysterious creature who helps her to discover her heart and her identity. However, this one has always struck me as the most original and well-done version of this plot line. If you're into the Beauty and the Beast type story, then East definitely might be a good read for you. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Diabolic

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

Title: The Diabolic 

Author: S.J. Kincaid 
Release Date: November 1, 2016

Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire. (taken from

Why I Need It: 

As tired as I am of seeing new novels/series compared to The Hunger Games, I cannot help but be drawn into this new one. What can I say? I'm a sucker for rebellions.