I was supposed to do a discussion post today but I spent the whole weekend totally swamped and completely forgot to draft up anything remotely articulate, so a tag it is! Thank you to Ari at the Daydreaming Bookworm for tagging me for this one, and also to Kourtni at Kourtni Reads for creating it because I’m now totally saved from having to… er, think. 😂
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Title: Holding Up the Universe (2016)
Author: Jennifer Niven
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.
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Title: Three Dark Crowns (2016)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 406 pages
Release Date: October 1, 2016
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown, all possessed of a coveted magic.
Mirabella, a fierce elemental, can spark hungry flames with the click of a finger. Katharine, a poisoner, is known to be resistant to the deadliest of snake bites. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is rumoured to have the ability to bloom the reddest of roses.
But becoming the Queen Crowned is not just a matter of royal birth. These three sisters must fight to the death for the throne, and on the night they turn sixteen the battle begins. Only one queen can inherit the crown.
Three Dark Crowns is my first step into the world of Kendare Blake — I’ve missed the boat that was Anna Dressed in Blood and hadn’t heard of her until this particular book got some hype. Before starting, I expected this story to be kind of like The Hunger Games, where a group of people are placed in an arena and forced to fight to the death for one purpose or another. Three Dark Crowns, however, is a different ballgame altogether.
Hello and happy Top Ten Tuesday, guys! This week’s theme is an ‘all about audio’ freebie, and I’ve decided to do one on podcasts, because my loves, these things are a beauty. Now, I didn’t really manage to make it to ten because I’m kind of new to the podcasts game… but it just means that your recommendations will be much appreciated, so fire away if you have any! 💖
Title: The Winner’s Kiss (2016)
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy – Book 3
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Genre: Young Adult, Historical
Extent: 484 pages
Release Date: March 29, 2016
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
Finally, the last book in this political and war trilogy! I tore into this book pretty much right after the great adventure that was The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime, and while I didn’t love it as much as its predecessors, it’s still a pretty solid book. This review contains spoilers for the earlier books, so please turn back now if you’re planning to read them.🙂