Waiting on Wednesday | Uncharted by Erin Cashman

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill at Breaking the Spine

I'll be honest, the cover snagged my attention, but the summary is what's keeping it. For all the reviews I keep seeing, I hear people talking about how it's a great mystery thriller, with fantasy elements, but still a bit contemporary? And it's got a super high rating on Goodreads, so why would I not be adding this to my TBR?

Uncharted by Erin Cashman
Release Date: September 4th 2018 | 416 Pages | Published by Page Street YA | Goodreads Link
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Seventeen-year-old Annabeth prefers the fantasy of her books and paintings to reality—because in reality, her mom is dead, and it was all her fault. When she accompanies her father to the funeral of some family friends who drowned, she’s surprised to find her grief reflected in the face of Griffin Bradford, the son of the couple who died. Griffin is nothing like the carefree boy she once knew. Now he’s irritable, removed, and he’s under police investigation for his parents’ deaths.

One night following the memorial service, Annabeth’s dad goes missing in the woods, and she suspects Griffin knows more about the disappearance than he’s letting on. He refuses to answer her questions, particularly those related to the mysterious “expedition” his parents took to Ireland, where they went missing for seven months.

Annabeth fears her father isn’t lost, but rather a victim of something sinister. She launches her own investigation, tracing clues that whisper of myth and legend and death, until she stumbles upon a secret. One that some would die to protect, others would kill to expose—and which twists Annabeth’s fantasy and reality together in deadly new ways.

What titles are you waiting on? Let me know, and happy reading!

Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Book: Restore Me (Shatter Me #4)

Authors: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 435 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased from ChaptersIndigo

Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

Let me just start with the fact that I loved Shatter Me. Shatter Me has been one of my favourite books since I first read it, and the series has only gotten better and better. And while Ignite Me kind of gave me everything I hoped for, I still had so many questions; What would happen next? What was going to happen to Sector 45? Juliette and Warner? What about the entire Reestablishment? I had so many questions, and I sort of resigned myself to feeling like I would never get those answers, and that was fine. But then Restore Me was announced, and I lost. My. Shit. I was so excited, and while I didn't read it the day it came out, I was staying away from all spoilers, and keeping my sights set on the day when I'd buy it and finally read it. I was nervous, going in to this. Was it going to be a worthy continuation? Was this going to be half assed? Was I going to like it as much?

In short: This book was everything I could have ever asked for.

Restore Me is a book that gave me everything I wanted. I wanted more plot, and for the stakes to be higher. But I also wanted a bit of fanservice. I wanted to see Kenji, and Warnette, and for there to be some gratuitous kisses. And I got everything there. Kenji was still himself -- his annoying but absolutely loveable self. Juliette was an interesting character to jump into again, because I always forget how young she is for how much she's grown over the series. And Warner -- sweet Warner. Reading the book partially from his perspective did take some getting used to, but that's mostly on my part. But I never even thought about how much we don't know about him. How much Juliette doesn't know about him. Seeing all the characters interact, especially the mixing of new faces and old ones, was so interesting to read about.

But what got me was the plot. Tahereh Mafi's plot is unassuming at first; it lulls you into a false sense of security, so that by the time, almost half way through the novel, we hit the ground running, you think of course. It had to be this way. Of course, this is the only way the story can progress. I can't go into detail without giving spoilers, but I'll say this: Juliette is challenged in the most intense way, and this time, she has to be the one to pick herself up and get shit done. Whether or not she's very good at this, I won't say, but she is in charge in this one.

I feel like I'm rambling without saying much here, but I'll finish this off with one thing. I once heard an author talk about Second Book Syndrome, and she said that the most important thing in a series is that the stakes keep getting higher. It's boring if the stakes aren't raised. And what Restore Me does is attach the stakes onto a rocket and send it into the atmosphere. And then it takes the plot and sends it right up along side it. The stakes begin to heighten in the last 3rd of the book -- creating what I thought was a great balance between fluffy fan-service and real plot -- and by the last page, the stakes are through the roof. The shift from one to the other, from a more subdued writing to the lush poetic prose that the original trilogy was famous for, from fluff to hard plot, is smooth. Everything flows in a way that might not be smooth, but is inevitable. It's not an understatement when I say that I am anxiously waiting for the next book because I can't wait to find out what happens next.

If you're a fan of the Shatter Me series, read this. I was a skeptic, but I'm in love with this book. I cannot wait until the next book comes out, because I am just as in love with this story, and with Tahereh Mafi's writing, as I was when I read the series for the first time.

5/5 Stars, because I can't give it anything but.


Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

I'm back with more Top Ten Tuesdays! These will be done sporadically, but when I saw this topic, I knew I couldn't pass it up. I love atmospheric books, and I love when a book's setting is so vivid it makes me want to travel

Just One Day
Gayle Forman | Dutton Books | Goodreads

Just One Year
Gayle Forman | Dutton Books | Goodreads

Going Bovine
Libba Bray| Delacorte Press | Goodreads

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald | Penguin Classics| Goodreads

Angels in America
Tony Kushner | Nick Horn Books | Goodreads

The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Sarah Addison Allen | Bantam Books | Goodreads

Summer of Salt
Katrina Leno | HarperTeen | Goodreads

Anna and the French Kiss
Stephanie Perkins | Dutton Books | Goodreads

Call Me By Your Name
Andre Aciman| Atlantic Books | Goodreads

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Laini Taylor | Little Brown Books | Goodreads

Link me to your TTT so I can get some book recommendations! I love it when books are atmospheric, so let me know your favourites!

Happy Reading! 

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno | ARC Review

Friday, 8 June 2018

Book: Summer of Salt

Authors: Katrina Leno

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 272 Pages

Format: ARC

Source: Sent to me for review from HCC Frenzy

Links to Purchase:  Amazon CABook Depository, Chapters Indigo

A magic passed down through generations . . . 

Georgina Fernweh waits with growing impatience for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has been passed down through every woman in her family. Her twin sister, Mary, already shows an ability to defy gravity. But with their eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come.

An island where strange things happen . . . 

No one on the island of By-the-Sea would ever call the Fernwehs what they really are, but if you need the odd bit of help—say, a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight—they are the ones to ask.

No one questions the weather, as moody and erratic as a summer storm.

No one questions the (allegedly) three-hundred-year-old bird who comes to roost on the island every year.

A summer that will become legend . . . 

When tragedy strikes, what made the Fernweh women special suddenly casts them in suspicion. Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, of love, of salt—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms.

I’ve been trying to find a way to talk about Summer of Salt that doesn’t sound like me raving, but let’s be real — It’s so good. It’s pitched as Practical Magic meets Imaginary Girls, but to me, it’s like a witchy Sara Dessen, with a beautiful beach town/island complete with quirky towns people and businesses. But this is all just as much about the magic as it is about siblings, and about how far you’d go to save those you love.

I want to talk about the characters first. Our protagonist, Georgie, was interesting to read about, and was really the vessel for the story. Her plot line, about how her magical powers had yet to manifest, was interesting, and while it stayed in the background mostly, it had a really powerful conclusion. The relationship she had with her sister, Mary, was such a spirit. She's super interesting, and while their two personalities clashed, it didn’t feel cliched. Their opposites were complimentary, and their arguments and frustrations with one another seemed genuine. As someone with a sister, certain sibling cliches really bother me, but these girls felt like their own people who were siblings and also friends.

I also want to talk about the lovely LGBT+ representation in this book, that’d be swell, thank you. It wasn’t a story about coming out, or about the issues surrounding sexuality. Georgie’s sexuality isn’t questioned, and her romance in the novel was sweet and fluffy — the exact kind of side story romance that one would hope for in a beach read. Prue was such a sweet character and their relationship is so uncomplicated that it brings the breath of fresh air that one wants in a summer read. The relationship is the sprinkles on top of this ice cream sundae of a book -- it doesn't make or break it, but it sure is sweet.

The side characters were another really fun addition to the story! All of the birdheads who flock to the island to catch a glimpse of Annabella were, with the exception of some, flat characters, but that fits. Georgie and Mary only know these people as birdheads with weird quirks, and seeing them in that exact light really brings character to the Fernweh Inn. It develops this weird atmosphere that the Inn already has, and it cements in some type of reality.

I'll come out and say it here, I had no clue that that was what the ending had in store. The ending is a stunning collision of this magical world's brightness, and the darkness of a contrasting reality. I won't get into any kind of spoiler-y territory, but know that this unassuming book packs one hell of a punch, that is perfectly executed.

Overall, I want this to be everyone's summer read. I want every single person's summer aesthetic to be this book. I'm talking magic. I'm talking sweet romances. I'm talking supporting small business. Everything. This book is magical, and beautiful, and I loved it.

5/5 Stars. Obviously.

Happy Reading!