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EAST

By Edith Pattou
Fantasy – Fairy Tales / YA
Published 2005

My Synopsis
This is a retelling of the Norwegian Fairy Tale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” where a poor family gives a daughter to an enchanted polar bear in exchange for wealth. She’s held captive for almost a year before she realizes the polar bear is actually a man also being held prisoner. As she tries to learn more about the strange circumstances, she accidentally makes things worse for the polar bear man and ends up needing to save him from a giant ice troll queen.

My Score:
“Meh”

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Six Of Crows

By Leigh Bardugo
Fantasy – Adventure / Young Adult

I can visualize some of your eyes rolling as you think about how late to the game I am, but hear me out: I actually purchased this book when it first came out so at least there’s that. However, I gave it as a gift to my niece and never actually read it. Now that I have, I’m reviewing it for maybe some others who haven’t heard of it. There is a possibility, after all, that I am not the last person to read this book.

My Synopsis.
A rag-tag team of thieves, assassins, spies, and gamblers join together for a heist that is all but impossible. Their collective skills include a healthy variety of real-world and fantasy-world talents with all the faults and sacrifices of gaining any powers or abilities. These characters are all very much flawed, and the story is told through their individual point of view as the adventure unfolds. Each of them has a different tale to tell, but everything weaves together, and it’s clear their stories will reveal a much larger tapestry than what is in this book alone. However, each individual thread is intriguing on its own.

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The Unadjusteds

By Marisa Noelle
Science Fiction – Dystopia / Young Adult

(This book will be released November 1st, 2019 but you can pre-order now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Depository)

My Synopsis
In the future you can take pills to alter your DNA giving you all kinds of gifts or powers depending on what you’d like; fairy wings, strength, intelligence, you name it. But they aren’t perfect, you can’t always get the pill you want, and taking too many or the wrong one can kill you. The main character, Silver Melody is proud of her unadjusted state, and against the pills due to her friends death. Silver’s parents happen to be the scientists who developed these pills but they did not intend for their overuse or their side effects.  When they refuse to continue their work, her mom is put in jail for treason and her dad is under strict observation, all three end up enemies of the government. Continue reading “The Unadjusteds”

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Goodreads Monday (October)

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. It’s a great way to talk about a book from your TBR list and just kind of show it off.  Instead of weekly, I do them monthly. This month is a YA novel that’s been on my TBR list for some time. I am currently reading “Kidnapped” by Robert Louis Stevenson and although they are only on a ship for the beggining of the story, I’m feeling the seafaring vibes. This book I’m featuring for my October Goodreads Monday is not only a pirate type story, but I also hear it features an almost all female cast. It’s also a series that could be fun (or time sucking) if I end up enjoying it once I get my hands on it.

So here it is, my October Goodread pick from my TBR list.

sea

Seafire  by Natalie C. Parker

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all . . . or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

 

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Remembering the Good Times

by Richard Peck

 

NOTE: THIS IS A REBLOG FROM ONE YEAR AGO. I decided to repost because summertime often brings back memories of the time I spent with these kids. 

When I think back on this book it is very much like thinking on old friends. Such an incredible book that it absolutely has to be on my list of the three most influential books from my childhood. Previously I wrote about Prince Ombra and Out of the Bug Jar. They were both fairly innocent introductions to the world of fantasy and adventures, but nothing could have prepared me for the experience I had while reading Richard Peck’s book, which is not a fantasy at all. It is a drama for young adults, which seems very boring and certainly not anything I was interested in at the time. Continue reading “Remembering the Good Times”