Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

Which book am I dying to read? This one:



Nothing But Sky


Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she's dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.

No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky.

After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick. 

Wing walker/daredevil = sold. And that cover = yes. There's so much yes going on here. Are you dying to read this, too? Feel free to commiserate in the comments.  
The release date is March 27, 2018, which feels like forever. Click on the cover to link to Goodreads. Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson



An Enchantment of Ravens

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There's only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
What I thought:

Dreamy. 

This entire book, from the gorgeous cover to the very last page. Rook. Sigh. Isobel. Sigh. I love Fae and this story got everything right... in a unique way. Their world is stunning perfection on the outside and ugly on the inside, and I don't want to speculate on any analogies to the real world, but I love love loved the complexity and details, down to each faerie's one flaw. 

So well done. 

I'm a really tough sell in the romance department and this had romance, but it wasn't all romance. The story comes first and the romantic moments are woven in all dreamily and unobtrusively and I was rooting for them and squeeeing. So, yes, I definitely recommend this book. 

More Fae. More Fae. More Fae. 

Rating: **** (4 stars)


Click on the cover to link to Goodreads and leave your book recs in my comments. Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike

Happy Reading,

Chelly

RATING SCALE: 
5* = OMFG loved it. Will read it again. Touch my book and I will cut you. 

4* = Really good. Highly recommend. Miiiight reread. Maybe. Don't touch my book.
 
3* = Good. I liked it. Go ahead and touch it. 

2* = Not for me, finished but struggled. Didn't connect. Here, have a book.

1* = DNF. Couldn't do it.

Waiting on Wednesday: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

So, which book am I dying to read? This one:



Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1)

Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees? 


Isn't it pretty! And zombies, y'all. Zombies!

So tell me what I should be reading right now to get me through the wait. What are you waiting for? What was the last amazing-can't-stop-talking-about-it book you read?






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Friday, October 6, 2017

TGIF : Reading Recap

So here's what I'm reading now:




And what I'm reading next:




What are you reading now? Next? As always, click pictures for links and Happy Reading!

Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike

-Chelly


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday:The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

So, which book am I dying to read? This one:



The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful mystery.

Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out of nowhere, and a crackling noise she can feel in her bones.

When her little brother’s doll starts crying real tears, Tessa realizes that someone—or something—is trying to communicate with her. A secret that’s been shrouded in mystery for more than one hundred years.

With the help of three new friends, Tessa begins unraveling the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street—and more importantly, what it has to do with her!
 
So y'all tell me what I should be reading right now to get me through the wait. What are you waiting for? What was the last amazing-can't-stop-talking-about-it book you read?






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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: THE NINE by Tracy Townsend

So, which book am I dying to read? This one:



The Nine (Thieves of Fate #1)

So y'all tell me what I should be reading right now to get me through the wait. What are you waiting for? What was the last amazing-can't-stop-talking-about-it book you read?


Monday, September 18, 2017

PAPER AND FIRE by Rachel Caine/ODD & TRUE by Cat Winters/LITTLE MONSTERS by Kara Thomas



Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2)

Let the world burn.

With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion and, in the name of the greater good, forbidding the personal ownership of books.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower, doomed to a life apart from everything she knows.

After embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, and the Library, which is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…
What I thought:
First, since this is the second book in The Great Library series, here's my review of INK & BONE: My Review of INK AND BONE
Suffice it to say I loved PAPER AND FIRE, but really, love isn't a strong enough word. 
PAPER AND FIRE builds on all the things I loved in INK AND BONE and then takes it to the next level. This story, y'all! These characters! 
Jess is the MC, and I could follow him for days and days, because he's so complex and I love his voice, but there's an ensemble cast, and they're all so fleshed out and alive on the page. (Ahem. Dear Author, Please don't kill anyone.)
There is so much attention to detail here, and the world-building is spectacular, but it's perfectly balanced so the story never lags. The action keeps coming and the pacing feels effortless. I couldn't put it down. 
Rachel Caine is a master at storytelling and I can't get enough of this series. So, yes, I highly recommend it. Read this! Read this! Read this! 
Rating: ****** (5 stars and I need more stars)
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Odd & True

The story switches POV back and forth between the two sisters, Odette and Trudchen, and, not only did that work to keep me on the edge of my seat, but it also kept the story barreling forward. The pace was super quick and the story was compelling. 
I really enjoyed this and definitely recommend it. 
Rating: ***** (4 1/2 stars)
*I received an eARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Little Monsters

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.
 
What I thought: 
Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. I loved how flawed she is. The story is  well told and I was flying along, flipping pages, desperate to find out what happened next. 
It's hard to delve too deep here without giving anything away, and NO SPOILERS. The only thing that detracted from the story, for me, what that the ending felt rushed. Not that the end wasn't compelling, because it was, but I thought that maybe it could've been laid out in a way that felt more immediate. 
Overall, a really great read and I can't wait to read what Kara Thomas writes next.
Rating: ***** (4.5 stars)
*I received an ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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RATING SCALE: 
 5* = OMFG loved it. Will read it again. Touch my book and I will cut you. 
 4* = Really good. Highly recommend. Miiiight reread. Maybe. Don't touch my book. 
 3* = Good. I liked it. Go ahead and touch it. 
 2* = Not for me, finished but struggled. Didn't connect. Here, have a book.
 1* = DNF. Couldn't do it.