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Burn for Burn Series | Book Review

WHAT EVEN I CAN’T. Read this and share my pain.

Burn for Burn Trilogy by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han

Book 1: Burn for Burn

Book 2: Fire with Fire

Book 3: Ashes to Ashes

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Heir of Fire | Book Review

This book is the epitome of everything fantasy. It is perfect.

Heir of Fire

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Published September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 575

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased

Rating:1,000,000/5 stars

Buy it here: Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


 Summary from Goodreads:

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?


Sarah J Maas is a genius. Girl, your books are amazing so you deserve a high five.
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September in YA

What’s happening this month in YA?

Books

Click the book title for a link to the book’s Goodreads page.

Sorry for doing the post late! I’ve been super busy!

September 2nd

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YYYYEEESSSS! I just read the Throne of Glass series this summer and I was pleasantly surprised because I normally don’t like fantasy but I did really like this series. There was so much hype that it couldn’t really be bad. There was a mind blowing revelation at the end of this book so I’m excited to see what happens!

 

 

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The Jewel by Amy Ewig

This book sounds really creepy but so did Perfected and I loved that book! This sounds like an edge-of-your seat book that I am probably going to read.

 

 

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Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Meh. Fantasy. I’m not big on fantasy or witches or anything like that. If there is huge hype and great reviews then mmayyybe.

 

 

 

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Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

This book sounds really good. I think books based on physiological disorders are really sad but also really educational and intriguing. Wintergirls is one of my favorites and I liked Say What You Will. I really want to read this, so expect a review!

 

 

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Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Okay, all of the reviews say this book is really, really sad. But, I still want to read it. I love books with sarcasm (I’m looking at you, Kaise West) and this book seems poised to have some. I think I’ll read this even though I may die of sadness.

 

 

 

September 9th

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Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

This book sounds really interesting and I loveloveloved Before I Fall so this sounds very similar. Books about suicide are always very sad but still intriguing. I will read this so review will come!

 

 

 

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Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare?  Yes. I think. This will either be amazing or terrible. The reviews so far are good. I love Downton and I have neutral feelings about Cassandra Clare. We’ll see.

 

 

 

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Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

This sounds pretty good. I think the story line would be great but if the romance overpowers the story I think it will be stupid. This has a Cadet Kelly vibe and I was all about that movie a few years ago! Good prospects for this book.

 

 

 

September 16th

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The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy

YYYEEESSS! I am so excited for this book. The Fifth Wave was awesome and had such a frustrating ending! I am also very excited for The Fifth Wave movie coming out in January 2016!

 

 

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

This book has super good reviews but I don’t know about this one.

 

 

 

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Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Sibohan Vivian

I loveloveloved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and I enjoyed The List so I’ve wanted to start the Burn for Burn series. I think I will soon.

 

 

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Falls the Shadow by Stephanie Gaither

Clones? What? I enjoyed Double Identity four years ago and that was about clones. I’m not sure. This isn’t a definite yes or no.

 

 

 

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The Vault of Dreams by Caragh M. O’Brien

Oooooo super cool premise! I love books about mysterious schools or camps because of my positive past with Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. The reviews are okay but I still might try this one because it sounds very unique.

 

 

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Made for You by Melissa Marr

It is in the south! North Carolina to be exact, and I live in South Carolina so we’re almost there! The premise is really, really interesting. I want to read this for sure.

 

 

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The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

This is the second book in a series. I am always very skeptical of fantasy, but this book has amazing reviews. We’ll see. I just love realistic fiction so it is hard for me to read fantasy.

 

 

September 23rd

 

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I kind of have no idea what this series is about but it sounds intriguing, I guess? The summary is confusing, even for the first book.

 

 

 

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Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

Meh. Sounds kind of like The Lovely Bones (which I have only seen the movie) but I did not completely enjoy that movie. I read Uglies but I struggled through it. I probably won’t read this.

 

 

September 30th

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Meh. I read Beautiful Creatures a few years ago and it wasn’t that good. I also read Idols and completely forgot that book ever existed. This sequel has very good review, though. If the reviews are astounding, I may read it.

 

 

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Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Doesn’t sound terrible, doesn’t sound great. I’ll probably forget about this book but I’m not opposed to reading it.

 

 

 

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The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

Hmm. I don’t really like zombie books, shows, or movies. This series does sound interesting, though. I’m open for discussion.

 

 

 

Movies

THE MAZE RUNNER COMES OUT SEPTEMBER 19TH AND I CANNOT CONTROL MYSELF!!! I read The Maze Runner four years ago and I have loved that series for a long time. I also watch Teen Wolf and have a severe Dylan O’Brien crush so I have been anticipating The Maze Runner movie even before there was talk about it. Y’all don’t understand, or at least I hope you do. I AM SO READY!

(I will review If I Stay and The Giver once I see them! I just haven’t had time yet.)

September is a busy month! What books are you most anticipating? Are you excited about The Maze Runner? Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below!

Your favorite fangirl,

Sarah!

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

 

Of Scars and Stardust | Review

Most “OMIGOSH WHAT JUST HAPPENED” ending EVER!

Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah

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Expected publication: October 8th 2014 by Flux.

Pages: 336

Source: eARC from Netgalley

Format: eBook

Preorder it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she’s been dying to leave behind.

But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her “delusions,” Claire can’t seem to escape the wolf’s eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she’s ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella’s trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.

Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister’s disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella’s past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.


 

The thing that first attracted me to this book was the cover! It is beautiful! If a book has a bad cover, I don’t want to read it. I hate books with faces on the cover. I want to imagine what the character looks like, and this contaminates my imagination. I LOVE Stephanie Perkins but I hate her old covers!

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Of Scars and Stardust was very different. Having an unreliable narrator is always interesting but tough. We Were Liars and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer both had unreliable narrators. It is different to have to both focus on the plot and decide wether or not the narrator is crazy.

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Isla and the Happily Ever After | Review

THIS IS THE BEST AND STEPHANIE IS QUEEN!

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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Expected publication: August 14th 2014 by Dutton

Pages: 339

Source: Purchased (EARLY BECAUSE OF INCOMPETENT BARNES AND NOBLE EMPLOYEES! God bless them!)

Format: Hardcover

Preorder it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Or just buy it when it comes out in a couple days.

You can still preorder it from one of these independent bookstores and receive A SIGNED COPY and free stickers and buttons! Click here!

Read the first fifty pages here.


From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.


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Quick and funny short stories.

Adventures with Ragweed by Linda Lou Crosby

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Published September 26th 2013 by Neon Lines.

Pages: 88

Format: Paperback or eBook

Source: Review Copy

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Buy the Paperback or Kindle version.


Adventures with Ragweed is a collection of humorous short stories filled with adventure and family themes. Ragweed is a tribute to the whimsical part of each of us. Follow this young teen and her best friend, Marney as they travel to Mexico for a fishing trip where the family is to shoot a pilot for a television show instead find themselves in an unexpected sea storm. Laugh out loud as Ragweed takes on the tennis elite at the country club or attempts to rearrange their perfectly cut lawns. Always one to learn new things, this young freckled face gal with the unruly blonde hair builds a float, rides a horse and grows a garden. Each task done with her own unique vies of the world. These stories are meant to entertain. It’s difficult to narrow it down to one specific genre as the book is a collection of short stories suitable for young adults as well as for an older crowd with a sense of humor. Family Relationships, Friendships, Essays and Humor are categories all presented within the pages of this book. May you enjoy each tale as much as Ragweed enjoyed living the adventures.


I don’t really read short stories at all, ever. But, I will read them occasionally to just read a quick funny story. That is what these stories were.

Adventures with Ragweed is a collection of short stories that follow the mischievous Ragweed and her best friend Marney as they wreak havoc on anything in their path. Not on purpose, of course.

You’ll read as Ragweed unintentionally causes misfortune on her unfathomably rich parents.

I particularly enjoyed the story in which Ragweed was in a tennis match because I’m always up for a good sports story!

These stories are classified as YA but they aren’t really YA. I thought Ragweed was eight or nine until a story said she was a senior in high school. Whoops!

They’re a great fast read if you’re looking for a good laugh. They’re also useful if you have younger siblings and want a story to read to them before bed.

So, read Adventures with Ragweed if you want a quick laugh or something to read to a younger crowd.

Your favorite fangirl,

Sarah!

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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