February Releases!

Who needs a valentine when you can have new books? I mean come on, thats a no brainer. Here are some new and exciting releases for February:

Assassin’s Heart (Assassin’s Heart #1) by Sarah Ahiers. Published February 2nd, 2016.

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In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance. (from Goodreads.com)


 

Banished (Forbidden #2) by Kimberley Griffiths Little. Published February 2nd, 2016.

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PLOT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

After spending months traveling the harsh, unforgiving Mesopotamian desert, Jayden reunites with a broken, injured Kadesh. Although everyone was convinced the violent and unpredictable Horeb, Jayden’s betrothed, killed the handsome prince, Jayden knew in her heart that her love was alive and safe. But their reunion is short-lived, as they learn Horeb is on their trail and determined to take back the girl he has claimed. Soon, the two star-crossed lovers are on the run toward Sariba, Kadesh’s homeland, where, as heir to the Kingdom, he plans to make Jayden his princess.

But the trek to Sariba is fraught with heartache and danger. After narrowly escaping being stoned to death for a crime she didn’t commit, and learning that her sister has disappeared, Jayden’s only solace is her love for Kadesh. But even he is keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that will change everything.

This gorgeous and enchanting sequel to Forbidden, is full of love, danger, and heated passion that will leave readers breathless. (from Goodreads.com)

MY REVIEW: https://thebroadwaylibrarian.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/banished-review/


 

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Published February 2nd, 2016.

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In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are  Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. (from Goodreads.com)


 

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5,#0.6,#1.5,#3.1,#3.6) by Marissa Meyer. Published February 2nd, 2016.

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The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…(from Goodreads.com)


 

Call Me Maybe by Ellie Cahill. Published February 9th, 2016.

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Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almostgot caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t even an option. Of course, the last thing Clementine does before departure is grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.

Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go that easy. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real. (from Goodreads.com)


 

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard. Published February 9th, 2016.

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PLOT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! 

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever? (from Goodreads.com)


 

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan. Published on February 9th, 2016.

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Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet. (from Goodreads.com)


 

Riders (Riders #1) by Veronica Rossi. Published February 16th, 2016.

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For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him? (from Goodreads.com)


 

Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab. Published February 23rd, 2016.

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PLOT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall. (from Goodreads.com)


 

Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing #2) by Rhiannon Thomas. Published February 23rd, 2016.

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PLOT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

Asleep for a hundred years, awoken by a kiss, Aurora’s life was supposed to be a fairytale. But since discovering that loyalty to the crown and loyalty to her country are two very different things, Aurora knows she can only dream of happily ever after. Once the enchanted princess, savior of her people, she is now branded a traitor.

Aurora is determined to free her home from the king’s tyrannical rule, even if it means traveling across the sea to the kingdom of the handsome and devious Prince Finnegan—someone who seems to know far more about her magic than he should. However, Finnegan’s kingdom has perils of its own, and any help he gives Aurora will come at a price.

As Aurora and Finnegan work together to harness her power—something so fiery and dangerous that is as likely to destroy those close to Aurora as it is to save them—she begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before…and uncover the truth about the destiny she was always meant to fulfill. (from Goodreads.com)


 

The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow. Published on February 23rd, 2016.

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Daisy and Henry are best friends, and they know all each other’s secrets.  Or, so Daisy thinks, until she wakes up one morning to find that Henry and his family have disappeared without a trace. Daisy suspects Henry’s disappearance is connected to their seriously awkward meeting the night before, but then she finds a note from Henry, containing just the words “SAVE ME.”  Deeply worried, Daisy convinces her unemployed brother to take her on a rescue mission into the California mountains. As they begin to home in on Henry’s exact location, they also start to find some disturbing clues… clues that call into question everything Daisy believes she knows about her friend.  Why is he so hard to find? What kind of trouble is he in, exactly? And most importantly, who is actually saving who? (from Goodreads.com)


 

What February releases are you excited for?

Happy reading!

Ashley K (:

 

 

 

 

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Banished Review!

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Early copy for review provided by HarperCollins through Edelweiss. All opinions are my own.

SPOILERS!!!

Thank you so much to HarperCollins for sending and early copy of this my way!

Last year, I read Forbidden and thought that it was good, but it needed some work and expansion; and that’s exactly what Banished did.This installment in this trilogy does not at all fall into the sequel slump, but sets the bar very high for the final installment.

We meet up with Jayden after she has fled from her tribe, and her betrothed, Horeb, and is trying to survive the harsh desert, and trying to find her beloved Kadesh. This story begins with a bang and doesn’t let up until the very last line. Kimberley Griffiths Little has become a master of pacing a plot in a way that balances the intense parts with the slow and quiet parts, while keeping the reader interested. This book was well rounded, and Just so, so good.

I love the characters in this series and their relationships with each other. Jayden and Kadesh have only grown immensely from their naiveté of Forbidden and have not wavered in their feelings and trust for each other and they have not entered into the cliched love triangle either. I love how Kimberley Griffiths Little trusts the central plot of her story enough to not have a minor plot point centered around relationship problems. I also really liked the familial relationships and obligations that Jayden felt to her father, sisters and grandmother. Hell, she even caused some plans to be detoured to find her family members, caring more about their safety than moving to preserve her own. Jayden has grown up a lot since we first met her and I think that is a great choice by Kimberley Griffiths Little. I was extremely heartbroken when their wedding ceremony got destroyed, very much so.

Another thing that I loved about not only this book, but Forbidden as well, was that the setting is not just a backdrop, but seems as though it is a character itself. The vast expanse of the Mesopotamian desert and the surrounding areas is gorgeous and beautiful in some cases, adding a sense of wonder to some scenes – like the scene when Jayden saw Kadesh’s kingdom for the first time, and it can be harsh and unforgiving, making the scene at hand even more bleak- like the scene in the beginning when Jayden is trying to cross the harsh desert. A lot of the time, the setting just seems like a backdrop, but here it feels like so much more than that.

I really enjoyed how Kimberley Griffiths Little has written a bridge book between the introduction and the conclusion while still keeping the reader interested and avoiding the second book slump.

Rating: 5 stars! If I could give it more, I would.

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Ashley K (:  

The Siren Review!

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I have received an early copy this book for review, all opinions are my own.

Thank you to HarperTeen for sending an early copy of this my way!

I have previously read Kiera Cass’ Selection series and enjoyed them, but didn’t really think they were anything outrageous – mostly due to America Singer, the main character. So, naturally, I had very low expectations for this book and I am happy to say that it greatly exceeded them! I ended up really enjoying this way more than I expected to (:

The beginning was very slow, I also had a little trouble understanding who the sirens were exactly in Kiera Cass’ world and how they worked and lived, but as the story went on, that became much clearer. I really enjoyed the variations of relationships that were explored in this book, both familial and working instead of just a romantic one. I also could not find one character that I did not enjoy reading about, which was very refreshing, especially after reading three books from America’s POV.

Kahlen was a pleasure as the main character, she was believable in her actions and she went through so much development from the beginning of the story until the end. I liked how she became a more connected and happier person, instead of dealing with her memories in silence and suffering. I also liked how Kiera Cass realistically explored her relationship with the Ocean, how she was a captor, employer, and a kind of mother figure all wrapped up in one. Their relationship went through ups and downs and got really dark at some points, and felt truly real.

I also loved the other relationships in this book, the romantic one between Kahlen and Akinli and the friendship and sisterhood between Kahlen and the other sirens. These were not made all sunshine and rainbows for the sake of a happy atmosphere, but the felt real and were not afraid to put their darkness on display. All the characters in this book, even Akilini’s family, were great in their own way and I wish we could spend more time with them.

I also really enjoyed how Kiera Cass didn’t give Kahlen her memories back in the end, making her seem like a magical siren that is exempt to the rules because of true love, that ended this book on a positive note for me. I am happy to see myself liking Kiera’s post-Selection novels, and while I am excited for The Crown, I am truly looking forward to her future releases outside that series.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars (:

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I Got Book Mail!

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I am extremely excited! HarperCollins has sent me my first real physical review copy! I have gotten many digital ARCs from NetGalley and Edelweiss, but this is my first time getting a physical ARC in the mail that I did not win! Thank you again Epic Reads, HarperTeen and HarperCollins for sending an early copy of The Siren by Kiera Cass my way, and I hope to be getting many more awesome books like this one (:

Review to come!

Ashley K (:

Passenger Review!

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Just a short little review for this one (:

Alexandra Bracken is definitely in the right profession. She can write so well, it’s really impressive. I didn’t like this quite as much as TDM but I thought that the writing was far superior. This did have some parts where the plot dragged and some things that felt a little too long but overall, this was a lot of fun and a great read (:

I loved the characters in this as well and I am excited to see how much deeper we will go into all of their stories. I also thought that the romance was super sweet and realistic, which was nice (:

New Batch of Review Copies!

God bless Edelweiss. Seriously. And Harper Collins. I now have a new batch of early copies to read and review!

Reviews to come:


Banished (Forbidden #2) by Kimberley Griffiths Little. Published 2/2/2016.

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Forbidden had to have been the fastest 400 pages I have ever read in my life and I am super excited to have the sequel. I am currently reading this and I am loving it so far. Kimberley just makes the setting its own character in this book and the story is just non stop action so far!


 

Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing #2) by Rhiannon Thomas. Published 2/23/2016.

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A Wicked Thing was a super interesting take on Sleeping Beauty last year and I really enjoyed reading it, so I am super excited to jump into the sequel and see where this story goes!


 

Ruined (Untitled #1) by Amy Tintera. Published 5/3/2016.

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I absolutely loved Amy’s Reboot duology and I am super excited to read her next book! I am also really happy that she is writing more on the fantasy side with this, from what I gather anyway, than the Sci-Fi with Reboot.


 

Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman. Published 5/3/2016.

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I have been trying to get an early copy of this for quite some time now, so I’m so glad I have this! I loved Anne Blackman’s previous historical fiction novels Prisoner of Night and Fog and Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, so I am excited to read this new work by her.


 

The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye. Published 5/17/2016.

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I have been with this book since the beginning of 2015 when it was still entitled The Tsar’s Game. I even have the bookmarks that were sent out by Evelyn who is such a sweet person and deserves all the success she is bound to get. I have been trying to get an early copy of this book anyway humanly possible so I’m glad that I finally have one and can dive into this world.


 

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab. Published 6/7/2016.

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I just love Victoria Schwab’s novels and her as a human. I’m still in awe that I have received this and am sure that I will definitely love it!


Happy reading!

Ashley K (:

 

The Unexpected Everything Review!

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Thanks to Edelweiss for an early copy of this! All opinions are my own.

Let me just begin by saying, I adore Morgan Matson’s books.

I have read every book she has published, and you should too, and they are all amazing. I am glad to say that The Unexpected Everything is just as great (:

In this novel, we follow Alexandra “Andie” Walker who is a politician’s daughter who often doesn’t let herself feel things to the fullest and ends things before they can get too messy and complicated. She is caught up in the middle of a campaign scandal for her father and her summer plans get ruined because of it. She ends up taking a dog walking job and forms a friendship, and relationship, with one of the owners (who he is is a spoiler, so I’m not saying here (: ).

I loved the relationships within this book and how we get to see Andie grow and allow herself to feel everything around her and finally deal with some things, along with making her happy and getting her out of the place she’s been kind of stuck in. The growth of her relationship with her father was a definite high point for me, and seeing her be able to grow in other ways because of it was even better.

As per usual, the romance is sweet, but believable for the situation Morgan creates in the story. I really enjoyed watching Andie let herself go in a sense and be happy with someone, while breaking her “three week rule”. The cast of supporting characters are wonderful too, especially Andie’s friends and Andie’s employers. They make the story even more well rounded than it already is and shows that sometimes, friendship is tough. I also really loved the use of animals in this book, Bertie was just the sweetest and funniest dog and I just wanted him to be real.

Overall, another successful and amazing book from Morgan Matson. I will read whatever she writes and I am hoping to get lucky enough to get digital ARCs of all her books to come (:

A new favorite for sure (:

 

 

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