The Scorpio Races

Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Pages: 336, hardcover
Series: Standalone
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It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

 

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The Scorpio Races has been on my radar since it first came out; the cover was pretty freaking awesome, all my friends were huge Stiefvater fans, and murderous flesh-eating water horses do sound kind of cool. This summer, when I read the Raven Cycle and completely fell in love with Stiefvater’s writing, The Scorpio Races moved substantially higher on my to-read list. While my attachment to this book isn’t as deep as it is to The Raven Cycle, the Scorpio Races is still amazing. The book focuses on a boy and a girl whose paths intersect when they enter the Scorpio Races for their own reasons. The resulting story made me fall in love not only with Sean and Puck, but with their horses, Puck’s family, and Thisby Island itself
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Burn for Burn [trilogy review]

Written by: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Books: Burn for Burn (#1), Fire with Fire (#2), Ashes to Ashes (#3)
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Unlikely best friends with fiery secrets: the Burn for Burn trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian is now available in a collectible boxed set.

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes…and three very unlikely best friends.

Lillia, Kat, and Mary.

Their friendship is secret.

They need each other to right some wrongs…burn for burn. But you won’t believe what else they’re hiding.

This collection of the complete trilogy includes hardcover editions of Burn for Burn, Fire with Fire, and Ashes to Ashes.

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Three very different teenage girls begin to meet in secret to plot revenge on the people who wronged them. The second I heard about this series, I knew to expect drama, tension, excitement, and lady friendships–all things I love. I had some issues with this series, particularly with the last book, but overall I had a good time reading it; it was fun and twisty and felt like a soap opera in the best way possible.

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Fangirl Friday, Angelfall, Round 2! How Would YOU handle the Apocalypse?

Angelfall for me is probably one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read. It doesn’t really help that my main fears are drowning and being burried alive. But that’s beside the point. One of the main things it really got me thinking about was what if the apocolypse happened tomorrow? What would I do to keep my family safe? What would I go through just trying to keep food on our table? It kept me up a few nights after reading just thinking about it.

So I thought lets talk about it for a bit? (What’s loosing a bit more sleep for a blog post eh?)

For me? I’d head to either Costco or the mall. Whichever was closer to me. Living in Costco would be great, there’s a lot of food, not to mention books and clothes. There’s a lot of great things there that would help you survive for quite a while. At the mall? Well again there’s a food (Although not as much as Costco) but there’s a lot of supplies that could be made into anything you need to survive.

So what would you do if the apocolypse started tomorrow? How would you deal with it? Where would you rather go? I want to hear! Sound off in the comments!

A Darker Shade of Magic

Written by: V. E. Schwab
Release Date: February 24th, 2015
Pages: 400, Hardback
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic, #1
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Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped..

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All right, so I heard about this book on my twitter, specifically from one person, and then I pretty much started seeing it everywhere on my timeline. I hadn’t read anything by Schwab before, I wasn’t even really sure I knew the name at all, but the official blurb sounded interesting and there was more than enough fan support to make it clear this book was going to be one of two things. First Option: overly hyped up and I was going in with too many expectations and I was going to be disappointed in the end. Second Option: This book was going to be fantastic and life ruining and I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.

Survey says? Door number two!!

Okay, fine, ignore me mixing metaphors. But the important part is that A Darker Shade of Magic is a fantastic fantasy ride. It might feel like it’s starting out slow, but it hardly feels like a bump in the road; it all goes into world building. You understand how each of the Londons work, you understand how Kell’s magic begins to work, and you even get to know our cast of characters. All this happens in an extraordinarily short period considering how much there is for the reader to learn. But once Schwab finishes the world building? Hold onto your magic coat.

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March Reading Wrap-Up

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This was such a good reading month for me, both in terms of quantity and quality! I read fifteen books and one novella, and I loved most of them.

1) Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
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Brief Summary: One of the more messed-up versions of Beauty and the Beast, which is saying a lot.
My Thoughts: What a great way to start a month! A dark intriguing premise, flawed characters with amazing chemistry, and a plot that kept me guessing the whole way through.
Rating: 4.5/5

2) And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
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Brief Summary: After her boyfriend’s suicide, Emily Beam attends a boarding school in Massachusetts and develops a connection with Emily Dickinson’s poetry.
My Thoughts: I wanted to love the book, and I’m honestly not sure why I didn’t. The writing is beautiful, there’s a lot of focus on girls supporting each other, and I loved that poetry played such a huge role in the story, but the whole time I felt a disconnect from the events that kept me from being truly invested.
Rating: 3/5

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