Society of Wishes by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.
Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.
With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.
Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.
Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of the world itself.
Why I Am Waiting:
The first book in the Wish quartet has a synopsis that sounds fantastic!! The premise for the story is very refreshing and original. In addition to the book description that completely reeled me in, I am also super excited to see how the friendship between co-authors Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh will translate into this story. To pre-order this book, please click on the book cover above.
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Hello, Booknerds!!! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Bookish Resolutions/Goals. So without further ado here are my top ten bookish resolutions for this year.
1. Keep up with my blog - a little over a year ago I became a mom to the most amazing baby boy and blogging became extremely difficult when I was constantly sleep deprived. But now that we are in a routine, and more importantly, we are sleeping through the night, there is absolutely no reason why I can’t get back to blogging, which I love.
2. Review books when I read them - there are many things that can be lost in my reviews if I wait too long to write them. I want to write my reviews right after I finish the book because all the feelings will translate in my reviews.
3. Attend more author events - there are quite a few author events happening each month and I want to make more time for me to attend them. There is nothing better than meeting authors while connecting with other booknerds.
4. Get my Goodreads group back up and running - My friend Eve (Functioning Insanity Reviews) and I are moderators of Perpetual YA Bookworms Goodreads group so make sure to check it out and join us for some awesome readalongs.
5. Host more giveaways- I really enjoy spreading the book love, so this year I will host more giveaways on my blog.
6. Take more pictures of my books - I love love love displaying my books, so I really want to take more artistic bookish pictures.
7. Connect with more bloggers- I love the bookish community and I want to meet more bloggers.
8. Host a book donation - I believe it’s very important to spread the love of reading so this year I would like to partner with a school and host a book drive.
9. Build a free library in my neighborhood - I love free libraries! I refer to them as Unicorns because they are so rare and spectacular; I’d love to be able to have one in my neighborhood.
10. Read more new releases- I always buy new books because I want to make sure I support my favorite authors, but many of these books end up on my TBR shelf for years; hopefully this year I will be able to keep up with all the new releases while still putting a significant dent in my evergrowing TBR.
This is my top ten of mixed resolutions and goals. What are your top ten for this week?
Rating: 5 OWLS
It is no secret to those who know me that John Green is one of my favorite authors ever. I've re-read Paper Towns a couple of times and I must say that this book gets better each time.
If you are familiar with John Green, you know that his books are full of symbolism, deep understanding of human perception, literary references, very important life lessons, and lots of humor. While Paper Towns is considered to be a YA novel, I think that people of all ages can learn a lot from the story.
The book is divided into three sections. In the first section we meet Quentin, who goes by Q, a nerdy high school senior, his friends: Ben and Radar, and his life-long crush Margo Roth Spielgelman. Margo is one of the most popular girls in school, she is very adventurous and unconventional. She also happens to live next door to Q. One night she sneaks into his room and convinces him to accompany her on a revenge exploit against some of her friends who have wronged her. The night is filled with adventure and some illegal acts, making this section extremely fast paced and exciting. In this part we also get a glimpse of the depth of the feelings Q has for Margo and we get to see the parts of the real Margo underneath the persona she portrays. This night leaves Q feeling that maybe a new page was turned and that he and Margo really do have something special. But the next day he discovers that Margo has vanished. This is not the first time she has run away, so at first he thinks nothing of it; until he discovers new clues that Margo left for him.
In the second section, Q is following all the clues that Margo left for him and we get a better understanding of both of them, but particularly Margo. This section also develops Ben and Radar who are mentioned in the first part but not explored. I absolutely adored both of them. The bond of friendship between the three seniors is developed and tested over and over as the clues become harder and Q becomes more and more obsessed with finding Margo. Radar and Ben offer a very much needed comedic relief in the most intense situations; I often found myself laughing out loud when Radar and Ben were around. One of my favorite things about this section was the exploration of “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman. There were so many angles of this poem discussed that I finally feel like I fully grasped the message of the poem. I tend to struggle when reading poetry, but John Green managed to offer a lot of insight into Whitman’s message. This section is slower paced than the first, but still offers a lot of intense moments as Q not only learns more about Margo, but also about himself.
The third section I won’t discuss much because it is very short and it offers the resolution to the book. I will just say that I thought it has a very satisfying ending without being predictable or conventional.
To sum it all up: I loved this book; the story was very well written and unique. I believe this book will leave readers pondering different ideas that were presented and that there are many valuable lessons to be learned from this book. I am super excited about the movie adaptation that will be released this summer. So go forth and read this amazing book before hitting the theater!
Rating: 5 OWLS
Nicola Yoon’s debut Everything, Everything is a quick and heartwarming read that will leave readers looking forward to more novels. Everything, Everything is the perfect rainy day read as it has just the right amount of romance, humor, and heartache. The story takes us on a wonderful journey about love, loss, hardship, trials and tribulations, abuse, forgiveness, teenage angst, and just generally growing up and letting go. It is the kind of read that once it captures your heart it won’t let go, and what’s more you won’t want it to let go. The novel is narrated by Madeline (Maddy) Whittier who has a severe combined immunodeficiency, SCID; in short Maddy is allergic to the outside world and therefore is confined to her house. She hasn’t left her house in seventeen years and that won’t change in the future as there is no cure for her disease. The only two people she physically interacts with on a daily basis are her mother and her nurse Carla. She has online tutors, but basically her life is limited to books, school which she attends online, movies, and game nights. She is content with her life, until one day her entire world is turned upside down when a new family moves in next door. Maddy instantly knows that she will fall in love with Olly, the boy next door, and she also knows that it will be a disaster. But if you think this is a story about a sick teen with a doomed life story you couldn’t be more wrong. There are laugh out loud moments and tears to be shed, but the story has a very hopeful feel.
The book opens with a lovely quote from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry“Here is my secret. It's quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” This is not only Maddy’s favorite novel, but it also fits the story perfectly.
Nicola Yoon managed to create easy to love characters that will stay with the reader long after the last page. I loved how Yoon portrayed several ethnicities in her characters; Maddy is a biracial protagonist, which I found very refreshing. This was not the emphasis of the story, but it was a great way of including a more diverse cast of characters.
The use of annotations, IMs, charts, and Maddy’s hand written notes that were included throughout the novel allowed the reader to further connect with Maddy, giving her a unique voice and making her more personable to the reader. I also really enjoyed Maddy’s one sentence spoiler reviews of classic novels that were included throughout the book and “Madeline’s Dictionary”, which I found extremely clever.
“Madeline’s Dictionary: promise – 1. The lie you want to keep [2015, Whittier]”
The story touched on a several issues, such as depression and family abuse. I can’t say much about this as it would be a spoiler, but I loved the psychological bread crumbs that were given throughout the book, without actually giving everything away. I found the twists to be a bit predictable, but that might be because psychology is one of my favorite subjects and I took several classes on the subject.
All in all I loved this book; I found the story to be very well written, unique in its composition, and with amazing characters that I easily fell in love with. Yoon is an excellent storyteller and I am looking forward to reading more from her. Fantastic read!
Rating: 5 OWLS
This is a young adult contemporary romance novel unlike anything I’ve read before. Cammie McGovern has managed to make me laugh, cry, get angry, cry some more, and still feel hopeful. The characters she created are absolutely brilliant; I adored Amy and Matthew, the struggles they faced, the outcome of the story, and the strong message the book offered its readers.
Amy is not your typical YA heroine. She was born with cerebral palsy, she is unable to walk without a walker, she is unable to talk without a voice computer, and she can’t control her own facial expressions. She does not have any friends mostly because she always needed a helper that has been an adult. At the same time, Matthew is not your typical YA male protagonist either. Matthew struggles with a very aggressive form of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), he hears voices, has certain rituals he must follow, and is crippled by fear. Ever since developing OCD Matthew has become more isolated and has found himself a senior in high school with no friends or social life.
One of my favorite things about this book is the fact that while both characters have severe disabilities, the novel is not about disabilities and disorders. The main focus of the novel is the struggles that each teenager faces: love, friendship, acceptance, relationships with parents, and becoming independent adults.
The book is written from both Amy’s and Matthew’s point of view, alternating beautifully between the two. McGovern has managed to give her characters splendid voices, making readers fall in love and root for them. The struggles and situations they face along the road are heart wrenching, keeping readers constantly emotionally involved.
The story begins during Amy and Matthew’s senior year in high school, when Amy decides to hire peer aides, people from her own high school and the same age to assist her with getting around. She hopes that this will help her in preparing for college life when she plans to live on her own on campus. One of the aides Amy chooses is Matthew and this marks the beginning of one of the most epic relationships I have ever read. While they face different challenges, they develop a wonderful relationship that allows them to grow, be accepted for who they are, and learn together how to live as normal of a life as possible.
The novel spans their senior year in high school along with the first year after graduation, thus allowing them to develop, make mistakes, learn from their mistakes, and grow as the readers hungrily turn each page.
This is a novel that left me emotionally drained in the best possible way. I am not sure I can adequately express in words how much I adored this book. Cammie McGovern has created a masterpiece that will tug at the heart of its readers, reach in the depths of their soul and challenge them not to get emotionally attached. If I had to describe Say What You Will in only one word I would choose: perfection.
Rating: 5 OWLS
The Darkest Part of the Forest was amazing. I previously read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and was blown away by Holly Black’s writing style. Having read both of these books, I now see a pattern. Not only does she write beautifully, but she has the ability to draw the reader into the world she creates. Her stories have a dark and twisted element that I must admit I love. I never thought I would be interested in reading a book about fae, but Black’s story had me hooked from the first blurb released for this book.
Black’s fae are beautifully written. She sometimes uses antonyms to describe them, and while that could be confusing, it actually works at providing a full picture. The fae are described to be beautiful, and creepy looking; they cannot lie but they have a way with words, playing a double meaning word game, and they are very cunning; they are peaceful but can be dangerous.
The story focuses on Hazel and her brother Ben, who live in Fairfold, a small strange town where fae and humans live alongside one another. The fae attract tourism, so the town people of Fairfold for the most part are not weary of the fae. However, perhaps they should be…
Hazel and Ben have lived in Fairfold for most of their lives. The small town of Fairfold is tucked away in a forest, which also holds a glass coffin. In the casket sleeps a horned boy, who Hazel and Ben have been in love with since early childhood. They both are very protective of the horned boy and they both like to share their stories with him. For many generations the boy has been a fixture of the forest in the little town of Fairfold. Until one day the coffin is empty. Nobody knows who opened the coffin, how they managed to do it, or where the horned boy is. Early in the book we are also introduced to Ben’s best friend, Jack, who is a changeling, but has been raised by a human family.
As the story develops, the town becomes more and more terrified of the faeries, friendships are tested, the bond between Hazel and Ben is tested as more and more secrets they hold come into light, and the peaceful relationship between the fae and humans becomes more strained.
Black’s characters are all flawed and broken in some ways which makes them easier to relate to. She does not shy away from equally highlighting their strengths and their weaknesses. All the characters she focused on are very well developed, making it impossible to pick favorites.
The story is filled with secrets, love, power, magic, and adventure. The underlying question at the core of the book is ‘what sacrifices are you willing to make for those you find worthy’? My only complaint about this book was the length. I did not want it to end as soon as it did; however, the book did offer a very satisfying ending. I found this book to be much darker than your typical young-adult novels, but it is something I came to expect from Holly Black. The combination of modern day with fairy folklore is absolutely fascinating. This is without a doubt one my favorite reads.
Rating: 4 OWLS
This is my very first written review of a book so hopefully it will be a good one. I find it fitting that I start book blogging and review writing with this novel, since Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairytale. Additionally, I am fascinated by mythology and have spent a lot of time in highschool reading Greek mythology. I found Cruel Beauty to be an exceptional marriage of a fairytale retelling and mythology, both fused into a very unique fantasy world.
From the first chapter I was drawn into the world created by Rosamund Hodge, and needless to say I devoured this book. Hodge took a great deal of time and effort to describe the world she envisioned making it very easy for me as a reader to feel transported into a whole new world.
The main character, Nyx, was very well developed and was very relatable. Too often in YA the main character is portrayed as somewhat perfect. Pretty face, beautiful eyes, selfless, etc. Nyx on the other hand is angry, and filled with awful thoughts. Given the fact that she was bargained away by her father and was raised to hate the Gentle Lord while still being forced to marry him, entitles her to react the way she does. Her heart is filled with rage and bitterness towards her family which I found very realistic given her circumstances. Her character was a great balance of wanting to do the right thing, while still being angry; I found her character to be quite refreshing and unlike the usual female character portraied in most fiction.
I loved both Ignifex and Shade for different reasons. They appear to be two sides of a coin, but as the story goes on we see a tender side to Ignifex and a cruel side of Shade. The mixture of good and bad in the two characters will have readers second guessing the characters and flip-flopping between the two. The Gentle Lord is the Lord of Bargains. While from the very beginning we are expected to perhaps hate him for his unjust ways, I found him interesting. Yes he made bargains with people that never ended well, but he never sought out people. I think as people we tend to always put blame elsewhere and never take full responsibility for our actions. Ignifex made mention about those who strike bargains with him. He made pretty convincing arguments about the nature of the people and the terrible things people are capable of to get what they want, including her father who bargained away the life of his own daughter. Again, Hodge did a great job presenting the uglier side of human nature.
Even with the dark tone of the book, I found myself filled with hope. I was rooting for all these characters. I found each of them to have a great mixture of good and bad, making them flawed and more believable. My only complaint in the book is the insta love, but I really don’t want to discuss it in my review as it would be a spoiler.
The writing style was beautiful, lyrical, and poetic. As I mentioned before, there was a lot of world development. I found myself lost in the world created and when the book was finished all I wanted to do is start it over.