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32051720Title:  Wicked like Wildfire

Series:  Hibiscus Daughter #1

Author: Lana Popović

Publication Date: August 15th, 2017

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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Summary: Fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo will be bewitched by Lana Popovic’s debut YA fantasy novel about a bargain that binds the fates—and hearts—of twin sisters to a force larger than life.

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first in a two-book series. Readers will be rapt with anticipation for the sequel.

Why I’m Desperately Waiting:  First off, that book has an absolutely gorgeous cover that i just want to get my hands on and sit and stare at for hours. Secondly, Roshani Chokshi recommends this and has a blurb on the Goodreads summary. And Thirdly, the story idea just sounds AWESOME! I love unique ideas of magic and this sounds super intriguing. I mean interpretting moods as magic, how cool is that?!?! Magic and curses and sisters, oh my! Sign me up!

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Waiting on Wednesday

34272550Title: Piper

Author: Jay Asher &  Jessica Freeburg

Publication Date: October 31st, 2017

Publisher: Razorbill

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Summary: #1 New York Times bestselling author Jay Asher and co-author Jessica Freeburg brilliantly reimagine the classic Pied Piper legend as a powerful graphic novel about loneliness, love, and vengeance. Fans of Neil Gaiman and Through the Woods by Emily Carroll will devour this eerie, atmospheric retelling.

Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale love.

When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls hard for him and plunges headfirst into his magical world. But as she grows closer to the Piper, Maggie discovers that he has a dark side.

The boy of Maggie’s dreams might just turn out to be her worst nightmare…

With striking illustrations from Eisner-nominated artist Jeff Stokely, Piper is an exciting new departure for Jay Asher that deftly touches on the same themes of truth, guilt, and redemption that made Thirteen Reasons Why a beloved bestseller.

Why I’m Desperately Waiting:  If you’re new to BooksofKings, let me inform you that Jay Asher is one of my all time favorite authors and I will automatically buy anything he will write. Which is reason Numero Uno I’m desperate for this book. The second is that this sounds like a great retelling of the Pied piper which is an old fable that doesn’t get many retellings. A bonus is that this sounds like a hybrid of a novella and a graphic novel which will make it super fun to read. Sign me up!

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Sydney Reads and Reviews: The Edge of the Abyss

26219455Title: The Edge of the Abyss

Series: Reckoners #2

Publication Date: April 18th, 2017

Publisher: Flux

Author: Emily Skrutskie

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Summary: Three weeks have passed since Cassandra Leung pledged her allegiance to the ruthless pirate-queen Santa Elena and set free Bao, the sea monster Reckoner she’d been forced to train. The days as a pirate trainee are long and grueling, but it’s not the physical pain that Cas dreads most. It’s being forced to work with Swift, the pirate girl who broke her heart.

But Cas has even bigger problems when she discovers that Bao is not the only monster swimming free. Other Reckoners illegally sold to pirates have escaped their captors and are taking the NeoPacific by storm, attacking ships at random and ruining the ocean ecosystem. As a Reckoner trainer, Cas might be the only one who can stop them. But how can she take up arms against creatures she used to care for and protect?

Will Cas embrace the murky morals that life as a pirate brings or perish in the dark waters of the NeoPacific?

My Thoughts:
Ship: 
 Cas & Swift
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Cas, Swift
Needed BROTP: Cas & Chuck

Actual Review: If The Abyss Surrounds Us is a 10/5 then Edge of the Abyss is a 20/5 stars. TEOTA is everything that TASU is and more. It’s full of monsters and pirates and science and love and just everything that makes a sci-fi fantasy book perfect.

TEOTA finds Cas a couple of months after she agrees to become a pirate on Santa Elena’s ship, The MInnow, and start making her way toward righting the wrong that Fabian Murphy created in the world by being a supplier in black market Reckoners.

The Minnow has made her way to the Arctic to avoid Bao when suddenly a large Reckoner appears on the radar. Except it isn’t exactly a reckoner, it doesn’t have a companion ship and it isn’t taking commands to attack. It is choosing to do so on it’s own. Cas and the rest of the crew decide to name these wild reckoners HellBeasts.

The discovery of these Hellbeasts, call a convening of all the pirates to start discussing a plan to take care of this. Because left uncheck, these beasts will completely destroy the nature of the NeoPacific’s ecosystem.

All the while this is happening, Cas must also handle the stress of being one of the 5 in the running to potentially take over as Captain should Santa Elena pick her, but to do so Cas must be trained and that means both physical and mental in all ways of being a pirate. Add in a tumultuous love life with Swift, another one of the protegee’s and you’ve got one stressed out teenager.

We get to meet so many more pirates and explore even more of what it means to be a pirate in this semi post apocalyptic world that Skrutskie has created. Another amazing thing is we get so much closure and development for so many of our characters. And we get to see all sorts of Reckoners/HellBeasts in action, it’s awesome.

The last third…actually the whole book, is one thrilling page after another. You experience twist after twist all while exploring the amazing scenery and the great story in general.

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Sydney Reads and Reviews: Flame in the Mist

23308087Title: Flame in the Mist

Series: Flame in the Mist #1

Publication Date: May 16th, 2017

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Summary: The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

My Thoughts:
Ship: 
 Mariko & Okami
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Mariko, Okami, The Cook
Needed BROTP: Mariko & Yuki
Favorite Quote: “I’ve never been angry to have been born a woman. There have been times I’ve been angry at how the world treats us, but I see being a woman as a challenge I must fight. Like being born under a stormy sky. Some people are lucky enough to be born on a bright summer’s day. Maybe we were born under clouds. No wind. No rain. Just a mountain of clouds we must climb each morning so that we may see the sun.:

Actual Review: Holy *Beep* on a *beep* Sandwich this book was good. But first I want to address the whole Mulan thing. Flame in the Mist is inspired by Mulan, it is not retelling. So there is no reason to get your panties in a bunch for wrong cultures as it is not a retelling of the Savior of China. The main thing that are similar is it is a female who has to masquerade as a man in a camp of fighters. I say fighters because Mulan infiltrates an actual Army Camp as a soldier where as Mariko is infiltrating NINJAS!!!

Mariko is on her way to the imperial palace to meet her bethrothed, the prince, when her caravan enters the Jukai forest which some believe is haunted as well as the stomping grounds of the Black Clan aka Ninjas who are kinda like Robin Hood but more ninja-like. THey are the scourge of the Emperor and no one really knows who they are or what they are truly like. They are run by Renmaru & Okami who are two Ronin, which i belive are sons of prestigous Samurai’s but where unfortunately killed in the past.

Mariko wants to find out why she was targeted to be killed and why the Black Clan was the one to do it. So she sets out to find them and disguises herself as a boy to do so to avoid having her life threatened once more.

Of course, once she is finally in the Black Clan’s camp she begins to meet many of the Clan members are starts to slwoly question everything she knew.

While Mariko is doing her own infilatrating, her twin brother, the Dragon of Ka, decides to do some investigating of his own. He knows deep down that she wasn’t killed when the caravan was attacked and will stop at nothing to find her and bring her home.

Ahdieh writes yet another beautiful setting and has such a way with words that you don’t realize just how far she has pulled you in until you’ve suddenly finished the book. FITM is no different and is completely different than her amazingly written Wrath and the Dawn series.

The last 10% of the book is just full of surprises and twists and just make you want to jump in the future and get the second book straight away.

Flame in the Mist is an absolute awesome and spellbinding story and i can’t wait to see where the sequel takes it.

Also Ninjas.

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Waiting on Wednesday

30285562Title: Lucky in Love

Series: None

Author:  Kasie West

Publication Date: July 28th, 2017

Publisher: Scholastic

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Summary: In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

Why I’m Desperately Waiting:  If you in any way, shape or form, like contemporaries, then Kasie West is the writer for you. She writes absolutely delightful and page-turning contemporaries that just melt your heart at the romances between the MC & the LI. While I did think her latest one did fall a little short, others I have read by her have been absolutely delightful. Plus all her books seem to be unputdownable and you finish in less than a day. Sign me up!

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29749085Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Series:  DC Icons

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: August 29th, 2017

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

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Summary: The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Why I’m Desperately Waiting: TBH, I’m like 90% excited purely because it’s by Leigh Bardugo. Having read both SOC books & 2 Grisha books, I can honestly say I would probably read anything by Bardugo. I do not know much of anything about DC heroes & villains. All I know, I’ve gotten from whatever I’ve seen on CW DC Shows. But i’ve already seen some partial ARC reviews and I am definitely excited for this origins story by Bardugo. This one and the Catwoman one that Sarah J. Maas is writing. Sign me up!

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Sydney Reads and Reviews: Queens of Geek

28245707Title: Queens of Geek

Publication Date: March 14th, 2017

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Author: Jen Wilde

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Summary: When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

My Thoughts:
Ship: 
 Charlie x Alyssa, Jamie x Taylor
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Charlie, Jamie
Needed BROTP:  Jamie & Brianna
Fave Quote: “In one brief conversation, she made me see that there’s nothing wrong with me.”

Actual Review:  It seems I am to read diverse books lately and this one did not disappoint. It’s got a MC who is Chinese-Australian and is openly Bisexual and another MC who is Autistic/Asperger’s with major Social Anxiety. While i’m not sure of anyone else’s Ethnicity mostly because it’s not really described/stated in the book, unless I missed it.

Queens of Geek takes place in a version of San Diego Comic-Con that is probably SDCC but just not called that. So the whole story takes place over one weekend where our 3 main characters, CHarlie, Jamie & Taylor are planning on taking by storm.

Charlie Liang is a popular Australian Youtuber who has also now made it big time in an indie-film that turned out to be the Next BIg Thing so she is at the Con as a big guest ready to make her mark and start the next chapter of her life.

Jamie & Taylor are her two best friends that she has invited along for the ride. Jamie is her best friend since Year 7 who has some major Social Anxiety but knows how to keep it handled. And Jamie is an American transfer to Australia 4 years prior. Taylor & Jamie are the case of mutual hidden unrequited love aka the over used trope of best friends falling in love and will probably be together by the end of the story. Sorry I like the story but just once in a while I want to see a boy & girl friendship that NEVER has romantic feelings within it at all. It is very rare to find, especially in YA novels.

Jamie is not only socially Anxious but she views this weekend as a stepping off point that if things go as planned she can take college by storm in the future. But of course, this is life and stuff doesn’t go to planned. Also i think she has a super power because she constantly makes tumblr posts on her PHONE and they are all long and gramatically correct and perfectly spelled and all this pretty formatting that just DOESNT HAPPEN FOR NORMAL PEOPLE! Jamie is a die hard fan of this book’s version of HP, majorly popular series with movies based off books. She desperately wants to meet the author to tell her how much an impact the series has made on her and has helped her with her Anxiety. Jamie is basically every fangirl on Tumblr come to life…er i mean page. This weekend ends up being a huge transformation weekend for Jamie as she has to overcome fears and really dig deep on her identity and how she views her self.

I really loved the plot and just overall setting of the story. As I have never been to a Comic-Con, it definitely makes me feel transported there with ease and I can just imagine the Green Room and panels and all the SWAG!

The only thing that kinda takes away is how YA books are beginning to handle sex in relationships. Like just because I personally believe to save it til marriage, It’s not that bad when i know the relationship has been developed and is a deep bond between the two. But lately i’m seeing people suddenly putting out practically on the first date which just seems a bit much to me. Especially for these people who are just barely 18. It’s not a problem with the book that should turn anyone off because it’s so subtle and alluded to in YA books, just a problem i am having with a growing trend.

Queens of Geek, i think at least, really handles the Anxiety and Jamie’s character really well. You can see how she thinks and acts but no one really treats her differently because of it. I loved her growth in the story and would love a sequel about her and her new friends she makes at the con.

Overall, QUeens of Geek is a great summer read that you will just fly through. I highly recommend it to all fangirls and fanboys.