Review: Windwitch

Hello booklovers! It’s me again, back with a review of one of 2017’s most anticipated releases: Susan Dennard’s Windwitch!

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Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Like many in the bookish community, I read Truthwitch in 2016 and LOVED IT so much. Truthwitch was one of those magical hyped books that was actually worth the hype, which is always a pleasant surprise. I fell hard for Safi and Iseult, their wonderful threadsister bond and the elaborate system of magic and witcheries. But as with all hyped things, expectations will run high when there’s a sequel on the horizon…

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Waiting on Wednesday #8

Another week, another Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme hosted on Breaking the Spine. Here is what I’m waiting on this Wednesday:

10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

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Description (from Goodreads):

Perfect for fans of Finding Audrey and Everything, Everything, this is the poignant and uplifting story of Maeve, who is dealing with anxiety while falling in love with a girl who is not afraid of anything.

Think positive.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

Release Date: February 28, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: I made a vow to read more contemporaries and books with LGBT storylines this year, and this book fulfils both of those requirements. I have mild anxiety myself and it’s not something we often see portrayed in fiction, at least not in a respectable way. I’m hoping books like this one can change that.

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Scrappy Little Nobody

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Synopsis (from Goodreads): A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).

I always suspected Anna Kendrick would be a delightful person and reading her autobiography only confirmed my suspicions.

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Waiting on Wednesday #7

Hello book lovers and welcome back to another edition of Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m anticipating this week:

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

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Description (from Goodreads):

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: this one sounds very exciting! A girl never meant to be queen, deadly court intrigue, mystery and a possibly illicit romance? I’m really hoping Freya proves everyone wrong and becomes the queen her kingdom deserves because that would be SO BADASS you guys.

Over to you: what are you looking forward to this Wednesday?

Review: Aristotle and Dante

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

This book hit me right in the feels, you guys. I can’t believe I put off reading it for so long.

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Waiting on Wednesday #6

Another week, another Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine. This week I’m looking forward to:

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

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Description (from Goodreads):

In this high-octane fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to save Kansas and make Oz a free land once more.

At the end of Yellow Brick War, Amy had finally defeated Dorothy. Just when she and the rest of the surviving members of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked thought it was safe to start rebuilding the damaged land of Oz, they realized they’ve been betrayed—by one of their own. And Dorothy might not have been so easily defeated after all.

In the fourth installment of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, the magical Road of Yellow Brick has come to the rescue, and whisked Amy away—but to where? Does the Road itself know where she needs to go to find the help that she needs?

Welcome to the other side of the rainbow. Here there’s danger around every corner, and magic shoes won’t be able to save you.

Release date: February 21, 2017

Why I’m waiting: it’s the end of an era with the final book in the Dorothy Must Die series. I really liked the first book, loved the second and had mixed feelings about the third. I’m curious to see how it all gets wrapped up in the final installment.

What are the rest of you looking forward to this Wednesday?

Review: The Impostor Queen

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

*Sigh* Feast your eyes on this cover, my friends. I’m so enamoured with this cover. Not only is it visually compelling, but there’s some nice symbolism going on there too with the mask. The text placement is also unique and unexpected. The girl on the cover actually looks like the girl in the book!

Oh, look at that. I’m judging a book by its cover. How disgraceful of me.

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