Showing posts with label beautiful creatures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beautiful creatures. Show all posts

Sunday, May 7, 2017

11 Exciting 2017 YA Releases that Almost Flew Under My Radar feat. Lydia Kang, Malinda Lo & more



Sometimes books that you REALLY want to read almost slip past you. Fortunately I caught all of these before the release date.





LUCKY IN LOVE - Kasie West
This cover makes me so happy. It's unfortunately still so rare to see non-white love interests in YA, even less so on the cover! Ah! (July 25th 2017, Scholastic) Goodreads

YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR - Mitali Perkins
I only read #ownvoices Indian, sign me up for this pretty looking contemporary! (September 12th 2017, Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Goodreads

GRACE AND THE FEVER - Zan Romanoff 
Everybody loves a good fandom book. In this one, Grace meets the singer of her favorite boy band and they fall in love. (May 16th 2017, Knopf) Goodreads



WE COME APART - Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan
From my new favorite contemporary writer, a book about a Romanian emigrant. Yes. (February 9th, 2017, Bloomsbury Children's) Goodreads

THE NOVEMBER GIRL - Lydia Kang
Magical realism! Violence! Isolated island! Yes! (November 7th 2017, Entangled Teen) Goodreads

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS - Melissa Bashadourst
A feminist retelling of Snow White! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! (September 5th 2017, Flatiron) Goodreads



A LINE IN THE DARK - Malinda Lo
An f/f Chinese-American #ownvoices mystery by the savior of sapphic readers, Malinda Lo. Anything she writes, please. (October 17th 2017, Dutton) Goodreads

THE OTHER F WORD - Natasha Friend
Two teens conceived via in-vitro fertilization try to find their biological parents. (March 7th 2017, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux) Goodreads

DARE MIGHTY THINGS - Heather Kaczynski
Teens going to space! Sign me up! (October 10th 2017, HarperTeen) Goodreads

THE UNCROSSING - Melissa Eastlake
An m/m fantasy pitched as SHADOWSHARPER meets THE RAVEN BOYS? Oh my god? (October 2nd 2017, Entangled Teen) Goodreads

SECRETS OF SKIN AND STONE - Wendy Laine
Okay but I'm already obsessed with this one. True Blood meets BEAUTIFUL CREATURES in a southern gothic with a protagonist with OCD? Come to me! (June 5th 2017, Entangled Teen) Goodreads

Which 2017 releases did you almost miss?

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

[Review] Wink Poppy Midnight - April Genevieve Tucholke: Fairytales, Liars, and Tarot Cards




In WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT, a boy is torn between the mean, conceited girl he loved all his life and the quirky carefree new girl next door that makes life a fairy tale.

What intrigued me: The weird title. It's really weird, I had to find out what this is about.

Poetic and very weird

I would've never in a million years expected to end up being so infatuated with this book. WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT is just your average contemporary with a love triangle. Sounds not so exciting, right? But April Genevieve Tucholke wrote this and you bet she put her stamp on it.

The writing is heavenly, beautifully poetic, but just that right amount that's balancing the tightrope between flowery and the magic of a children's book. It reads so easily, many reviewers compare this story to reading fairytales and it's just true. Tucholke writes these three POVs so effortlessly, and all three characters, Wink, Poppy, and Midnight have such strong voices that I'm just absolutely in awe. This isn't a novel, this reads like a poem in prose instead of verse.

Despite only being 250 pages, this is extremely dense reading and as much as I was immersed with the story and wanted to continue - don't binge this. Every sentence holds so much meaning in this that I'm just... how. How can she write like this. 

Truly, 100% unique - but there's a catch.

The big mystery isn't really the main focus until halfway into the book and I can hardly talk about the plot without spoiling anything. WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT is a roller coaster of emotions, of crazy things and fairy tales and monsters and heroes. It's strange, unlike anything I've ever read, but so, so, so captivating and wonderful. 
It's very reminiscent of a Southern-inspired fairytale, it sort of reads like a cross between BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE with a side of the magic from THE RAVEN BOYS.

The one thing that negates all of the wonderful feelings this book gave me is that WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT contains a racial slur in the beginning (g*psy). It's never addressed and used casually. This unaccpetable and has no place in a book for teens. We need to speak up about books who make use of that kind of language. I definitely enjoyed WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT but finding this slur definitely turns my reading experience sour. 

Rating:

  ★★★☆



Overall: Do I Recommend?

WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT is a magically poetic book that magical realism lovers and contemporary fans will enjoy. It combines the two flawlessly without being neither one nor the other. However, racial slurs are not okay and including them in your books is unacceptable.


Additional Info

Published: March 22nd 2016
Pages: 247
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9780803740488

Synopsis:
"Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying."(Source: Goodreads)


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Friday, November 21, 2014

[Review] Beautiful Creatures (Caster #1) - Kami García & Margaret Stohl: I'm So Southern, Look At Me!


In BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, spellcaster Lena Duchannes falls in love with the mortal Ethan Lawson Wate.

What intrigued me: I love everything witchy.


Great Southern Feel - but ultimately TOO much

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is your typical southern gothic with an eerie feel that plays into all the cliches you'd associate with the American South. Paired with an ounce of magic, this has the potential to become a fantastically unique and interesting series that puts a fun spin on the paranormal romance genre. But BEAUTIFUL CREATURES utterly loses itself in telling the story.

While I am a big fan of backstories and interwoven story lines, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has too much of that. We have the tragic story about Lena's and Ethan's deceased family members, their Civil War doppelgangers, Lena's family coming into town, Ethan's mother's best friend being tied into it etc. But none of the story lines is actually tied together with the ending, which ultimately mak. in my opinion.

I get that it's a series and it's supposed to make sense in the bigger picture, but BEAUTIFUL CREATURES simply lacks in structure. I found myself confused while reading this a lot and not understanding what was happening half the time. After finishing, I wasn't satisfied, I wasn't intrigued, I was simply confused. 

Family Relations: TOO COMPLICATED!!


BEAUTIFUL CREATURES wants to be a character-driven novel. There are so many different people playing key roles, having a backstory of their own and whatnot - but it's just not thought through. By the end of the novel I STILL didn't get how everyone is related. What always annoys me with having so many characters is using family gatherings as an excuse for making the reader familiar with all characters. It's even worse to introduce them one after another. García and Stohl introduce a lot of technical terms related to witchcraft, from the specific names for every type of caster to stuff like the Sanguini's Circle, a type of witchy ritual, but resolve none of it. Again: I'm confused.

I skimmed a lot of this novel, I'm not going to lie. For the thin story line it's just way too long and Ethan and Lena don't have chemistry at all. It just couldn't keep my interest, despite it's undoubtedly rich world building and distinct atmosphere. It's certainly one of those books that are hit or miss, and for me? It's tragically a miss.





Rating: 

★★☆☆☆




Synopsis:
"Is falling in love the beginning . . . or the end?

In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .

There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head . . . Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.

Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming."
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