Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Blog Tour: Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine + Giveaway

This duology, which starts with Of Metal and Wishes and ends with the heartbreaking, uplifting, brutal, and beautiful Of Dreams and Rust, if one of the most inventive and visual fantasies around right now. One of my favorite things about it is the world and the images and the immersive feel of Sarah Fine's settings. The first book is almost entirely set in a factory of metal and blood, which ODaR is set in the wild mountains in a time of war. To help you get a feel for this amazing book and maybe help you get a sense of what it looks like (to me, at least), I put together a collage inspired by Of Dreams and Rust. (All images are sourced from Pinterest).

I've got Wen, Melik, and Bo all in there, along with the blood (SUCH BLOOD) (SUCH DEATH) (SUCH WAR), creeptatstic kind of steampunk war spiders of metal, the raw landscape with its valleys and mountains and crags and caves, Wen's doctor skills, and romaaaaance. Oh, the romance. (And the blood and death and war and explosions and gunshots and steampunk war spiders)

About the book:

War erupts in this bittersweet sequel to "Of Metal and Wishes", inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and called “relentlessly engrossing” by The Romantic Times.

In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago—but it can’t quell her fears for him.

The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become. A year of brutality seems to have changed Melik, and Wen has a decision to make about him and his people: How much is she willing to sacrifice to save them from complete annihilation?

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About the author:

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Sarah Fine is the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust, and the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series. She is also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers: Scan and its sequel Burn. Sarah is also the author of the adult urban fantasy series, Servants of Fate, with the third book in the series, Fated, releasing September 2015. When Sarah’s not writing, she’s psychologizing. Sometimes she does both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

Review: A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
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Series: No
Release date: August 18th, 2015
Publisher: Chronicle
Length: 280 pages
Source: ARC from BEA/e-ARC via Edelweiss
Rating: what in the what in the what...BUT I LIKED IT???

Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies.

But when Beckan's clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn't have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected. This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.

What the fuck.

Seriously, though...what the fuck?

If I had to sum up this book for someone who wanted to know what its general essence was, the best I'd be able to come up with would be, "This is a non-linear story about sexually fluid fairy best friends who prostitute themselves to survive a brutal war between magical races while their empty fairy city is occupied, while trying not to get eaten by gnomes, but the story is actually a story being written by one of the characters who has no idea what's going on and is entirely unreliable and is probably making up 90% of it."

Seriously. What the fuck.

I think the weirdest part is that I loved this book.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The YA Sorting Hat: Book Boyfriends Part II

Last time on The YA Sorting Hat: Part III

One day, I asked myself the not at all ridiculous question, "Which houses would I sort my favorite literary characters into?" So got Ye Olde Sorty out of the Headmaster's office and put him on the job of sorting some of my favorite non-Harry Potter characters into Hogwarts Houses.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mini Reviews: Lying Out Loud, Under a Painted Sky, and Lois Lane: Fallout

It's that time. That time I DESPERATELY TRY to get back on track by throwing a bunch at reviews in your face, BITE-SIZED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.

Lying Out Loud by Kody Kiplinger
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Release date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic
Length: 309 pages
Source: ARC from ALAMW15

FAVE KEPLINGER BOOK. Fave ship. Perfect and feelsy (except for the ending which is way too abrupt I WANTED MORE). It's a sort of Darcy/Lizzy meets Cyrano de Bergerac ship/book, where we have this boy (Ryder, obnoxious snobby hipster) who's in love with this girl (Amy, who is precious and Wesley Rush's little sister) who has a best friend (our heroine, Sonny,  who is HILARIOUS and snarky and great big liar liar pants on fire). One night, while chatting online, Sonny pretends to be Amy and talks to Ryder for hours. And then, of course, she starts to have feelings for Ryder...even though she's lying to both of them. About a lot of things.

I LOVE SONNY. Great big flawed ball of lying hurt, full of sass, with an absolutely wretched home life and a fierce devotion to her best friend. This book is full of friendship feels and SHIPPY GOODNESS. I read it in one day and just couldn't get enough. <333

Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Reading Slumps, AKA a Case of the Lazies

Summer. It's hot. I'm lazy. I put my book down on the table, but I'm on the bed which is just so far away from the table, and Netflix. Netflix exists. Ooo, all of Merlin is up. Also Friends is due for a total re-watch, right? It's only been a few...months since you watched all ten seasons, right? Good thing I have a bag of chips with me in bed. Because that kitchen, with its tables, is just so far. Sooooooo faaaaaaaar.

Not a recipe for productive reading or blogging.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Top Ten Favorite Diverse Characters

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
It's been a while since I did a Top Ten Tuesday, so I'm going to return in glorious fashion by breaking all the rules. TOP TWENTY HERE WE GO WOOOOO

Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
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Series: #2 in the Remnant Chronicles
Release date: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (Macmillan)
Length: 470 pages
Source: ARC from the publisher

Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.

The thing about The Heart of Betrayal is that it's so totally different from The Kiss of Deception that is should feel like a mismatch, or jarring, but mostly, it feels awesome. TKoD was crack fantasy with fun ship wars and a snarky heroine and mystery galore, but THoB is the DEEP, GOOD, BLOODY, TWISTY, BRUTAL BAD ASS STUFF. It's so fun. It's full of girl power, and plotting, and lies upon lies which is basically the hallmark of this series. But basically, this book is made of crack and win and badassery and magic and lush writing and LIA. LIA. FOR. QUEEN.

Okay. Coherency. We can do this.

shut up Tyra

We left off at the end of TKoD with Lia and Rafe finally learning who the other was just as Kaden, Assassin of Venda, has brought them as prisoners to the harsh and unforgiving country of Venda to be put upon the mercy of the extra harsh and extra unforgiving Komizar. It will take all their smarts and manipulative powers (of which they both have MANY) to get out of it alive.