Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Book Review - Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Title: Written in the Stars
Author: Aisha Saeed
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 304 pages
Dates read: March 27-28th, 2015
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Goodreads synopsis:

This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday #10 - Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we can post our top ten bookish things of the week. This week's theme is "Ten Books You Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read List"

I'm gonna have to limit this to only released/books I've already bought because or else this would be a lot more than just ten :D

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Book Review - Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

Title: Razorhurst
Author: Justine Larbalestier
Publisher: SoHo Teen
Pages: 320 pages
Dates read: March 22nd to March 26th, 2015
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Goodreads synopsis:

The setting: Razorhurst, 1932. The fragile peace between two competing mob bosses—Gloriana Nelson and Mr Davidson—is crumbling. Loyalties are shifting. Betrayals threaten.

Kelpie knows the dangers of the Sydney streets. Ghosts have kept her alive, steering her to food and safety, but they are also her torment.

Dymphna is Gloriana Nelson’s ‘best girl’, experienced in surviving the criminal world, but she doesn’t know what this day has in store for her.

When Dymphna meets Kelpie over the corpse of Jimmy Palmer, Dymphna’s latest boyfriend, she pronounces herself Kelpie’s new protector. But Dymphna’s life is in danger too, and she needs an ally. And while Jimmy’s ghost wants to help, the dead cannot protect the living . . .
Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #9 - Top Ten Books from My Childhood (or teen years) That I Would Love to Revisit

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by  The Broke and Bookish where we can post our top ten bookish things of the week. This week's theme is "Top Ten Books from My Childhood (or teen years) That I Would Love to Revisit"

Well, since I still am in my teens, these'll mostly be MG books... and perhaps of the few MG/YA crossovers that I read in middle school (be prepared for lots of Meg Cabot)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Book Review - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V. E. Schwab
Pages: 400 pages
Publisher: Tor books (Titan books, UK ed.)
Dates read: March 18th to March 21st (UK Paperback Ed.)
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Goodreads synopsis:

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.
Rating: 5/5 stars

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book Review - Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Title: Vicious
Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: N/A
Pages: 340 pages (UK Paperback edition)
Publisher: Tor books (Titan Books, UK)
Dates read: March 12th to March 16th, 2015

Goodreads synopsis:
A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.
Rating: 4.7/5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday #8 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This is where we get to "spotlight" books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!
And quite possibly make our shelves look pretty too :)

What I'm currently waiting for....

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #8 - Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by  The Broke and Bookish where we can post our top ten bookish things of the week. This week's theme is "Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List."

I was looking at the books I have to read and the count actually only goes up to fifteen or sixteen books - which is actually pretty impressive. This doesn't count books that are being released or that I haven't bought yet.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Book Review - Right Here Waiting by K.E. Belledonne

Title: Right Here Waiting by K.E. Belledonne
Series: N/A
Pages: 220 pages
Publisher: Interlude Press
Date read: March 11th, 2015 (ebook copy)
Goodreads synopsis:

In 1942, Ben Williams had it all – a fulfilling job, adoring friends and the love of his life, Pete Montgomery.

But World War II looms over them. When Pete follows his conscience and joins the Army Air Force as a bomber pilot, Ben must find the strength to stay behind without the love of his life, the dedication to stay true and the courage he never knew he'd need to discover his own place in the war effort.

Good friends help keep him afloat, until a chance meeting on the home front brings him an unexpected ally—one who will accompany him from the stages of New York City to the hell of the European warfront in search of his love.

Written in the style of a 1940s film, Right Here Waiting is an homage to classic wartime romances from the Golden Age of Hollywood
Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover Reveal Thursday #4 - Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas!!!

Hey everyone! I've decided to start this new feature called Cover Reveal Thursday! This won't be a recurring meme because covers aren't necessarily reveal every week. Basically, whenever a cover is revealed from one of my favourite series/authors (or a debut author's book that I'm looking forward to), on the Thursday of that week, I'll post it here and discuss it a little because I am definitely one of those people that judges books by their covers. 
Hope you enjoy! 

This week, the cover of the fourth Throne of Glass novel, Queen of Shadows, was released! It's definitely my favourite cover so far, I think. Check it out below.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #7 - Da Vinci's Tiger by Laura Malone Elliott

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine   This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!! 
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 
What I'm currently waiting for... 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Review - When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid

Title: When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
Series: N/A
Pages: 176 pages
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Date read: March 8th, 2015

Goodreads synopsis:
School is just like a film set: there's The Crew, who make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn't fit in. He's not part of The Crew because he isn't about to do anything unless it's court-appointed; he's not an Extra because nothing about him is anonymous; and he's not a Movie Star because even though everyone know his name like an A-lister, he isn't invited to the cool parties. As the director calls action, Jude is the flamer that lights the set on fire.

Before everything turns to ashes from the resulting inferno, Jude drags his best friend Angela off the casting couch and into enough melodrama to incite the paparazzi, all while trying to fend off the haters and win the heart of his favourite co-star Luke Morris. It's a total train wreck!

But train wrecks always make the front page.
Rating: 3.85/5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday #7 - Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like (love) Cute Relationships

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we can post lists of our top ten bookish things of the week. This week's theme is "Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Cute Love Stories"

I missed last week's Top Ten Tuesday and I feel terrible about it! But school was just so crazy. I'm back now and I'm in the mood for a good dose of cute love stories in my books. So here are the top ten love stories that I've read.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Book Review - The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy, book 2
Pages: 417 pages
Publisher: Farras Straus Giroux
Dates read: March 6th to March 8th, 2015

Goodreads synopsis:
Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February Round-Up

I know this is a bit late, but it's still the first week of March, so meh. I can't believe we've already been through two months of 2015! February has been a really exciting months here at The Bookish Raven. Check out the February Round-Up below!

Book Review - I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Title: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Series: N/A
Pages: 400 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Dates read: February 23rd to 28th, 2015

Goodreads synopsis:
If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.
 Rating: 4/5 stars