ARC Review: Light Years

Light Years

 

**I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest review as an LBYRPartner**

 

This is going to be another tough review to write as I greatly enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the setting, the characters, the plot, the twists, the turns, all of it. I am only upset about how long I have to wait to find out what happens.

Short recap: The Quatra Fleet Academy is doing something it has never done before – it is opening its doors to students from outer planets of the Quatra Federation to enroll. This means they will have the chance to be a part of their military, if their squad passes all of their courses and missions. Not everyone is keen to this idea of Settlers (what people from the outer planets are referred to as) having the same opportunity so mysterious (and bad) things start to happen. Four students from different backgrounds are assigned to the same squad will come up against unimaginable tests and challenges. Will it be enough to make their bond stronger? Can things work out for the Settlers in the Academy?

The way the story focused on four students was brilliantly done. They all had their own unique voice while blending together as a squad in a way that felt effortless. Cormack has had a very rough life. He came from a very poor settlement and had just suffered losing his brother, his only family. Desperate to get off of his planet that is full of toxic gas, he takes his brother’s place at the Academy. Vesper was the daughter of a very well known and respected high-ranking military officer. She is also a spoiled little rich girl that things higher of herself and lower of others. She only got into the Academy because her mother pulled strings, but it is up to Vesper to prove she belongs there. Arran was whip smart, brilliant to the point of being a genius, but very shy and reserved. His acceptance meant a better life for his mom. Orelia claimed to be from a well to do planet but that is not the truth. She was actually a spy for the Specters, a very well known enemy of Quatra Federation. The Specters want nothing more than to wipe the Federation out, and with Orelia hidden within the student population, they just might be able to do it.

Do you see how beautifully complex these individual stories are?! They all have their own secrets and inner tribulations they are trying desperately to hide, all while doing everything within their power to prove they are better than the station they were born into. I do have my favorite characters but I’m not giving them away here. There were twists and turns I never saw coming, though I should have. This was a fast-paced, edge of my seat thrilling adventure. I know that phrase may get thrown around a lot but it really holds true for this story. I tore through the pages and had this story devoured in two days.

One part of the story that I do hope is expanded upon in the next book is the reason for all of the ongoing wars within this universe. Nearly every planet is at war or has been attacked for some reason or another. I’d like to know more about the political thoughts behind that. That was the only underdeveloped part of the entire story but I really do believe it will be explained more in the second book.

I really do hope that this book is on your TBR because I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all. This was so much better than I expected and I had high hopes. If you are a fan of The Illuminae Files, then I say you need to give this a chance.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Sawkill Girls

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

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From Goodreads:

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

 

OMG, I need this one yesterday.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gem Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Hidden Gem Books

 

Can You Keep A Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret?

 

 

The Weight of Silence

The Weight of Silence

 

 

Love, Rosie

Love, Rosie

 

 

Angelfall

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

 

 

I’ll Meet You There

I'll Meet You There

 

 

The Stars Never Rise

The Stars Never Rise (The Stars Never Rise, #1)

 

 

Little Peach

Little Peach

 

 

The First Time She Drowned

The First Time She Drowned

 

 

Exquisite Captive

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle, #1)

 

 

 

And The Trees Crept In

And the Trees Crept In

 

 

While trying to narrow my list down, I discovered that what I considered “hidden gem books” did not fall in line with what a lot of other readers think. Guess that really proves that not every book is for every reader.

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ZERO REPEAT FOREVER Website Reveal

ZERO REPEAT FOREVER WEBSITE REVEAL

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ZEROREPEATFOREVER (1)About The Book:

Title: ZERO REPEAT FOREVER

Author: Gabrielle Prendergast

Pub. Date: August 29, 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Pages: 496

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: AmazonB&NAudibleiBooksTBDGoodreads

He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

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Book Trailer:

Link: https://youtu.be/cjgfYAe9HDI

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About Gabrielle

headshotgpnov16-colorGabrielle is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada.  You can read about her books here. She is represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

In 2014 she was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was nominated for the BC Book Prizes and chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In 2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has also been nominated for the White Pine Awardand the CLA Award.

Gabrielle won the Westchester Award for Audacious. Audacious was included in CBC’s list of 100 YA Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian. A poem from Capricious was chosen for the 2014 Poetry in Transit Program. Pandas on the East Side was chosen as an Ontario Library Association Best Bet for Junior Fiction in 2016. It was also nominated/shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award, The Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award and the Myrca Award.

 

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1 winner will receive a grand prize of a signed copy of ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, a tote bag, & a swag pack, US & Canada Only.

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MTMC Cover Reveal: The City of Veils by S. Usher Evans

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About the Book: The City of Veils

City of Veils CoverSeries: Princess Vigilante #1

Author: S. Usher Evans
Publisher: Sun’s Golden Ray

Publishing Date: April 16, 2019
Genres: YA Fantasy
Goodreads | Buy here: http://www.sgr-pub.com

For the past three years, Brynna has been patrolling the streets of Forcadel as a masked vigilante, protecting the innocent and beating up bad guys. Her current target is Lord Beswick, a slumlord businessman who keeps the townsfolk in a vicious poverty cycle. But one fateful evening, she’s captured by Felix, the captain of the king’s guard, and told a shocking truth: her father and brother are dead, and she needs to hang up her mask and become queen.

Before long, she negotiates a deal with Felix: attend to her royal duties during the day and continue her vigilante mission to take out Lord Beswick at night – at least until her coronation. But the politics of Forcadel are as volatile as the streets, and Brynna isn’t sure whom she can trust in the castle. With two royals dead in less than a month, she must use all her wits to make sure she isn’t the third.

The City of Veils is the first book in the Princess Vigilante trilogy, an epic YA Fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath. It will be released by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing on April 16, 2019.

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About S. Usher Evans

View More: http://ashleyvictoriaphotography.pass.us/whitneyevansUsher Evans was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. After a decade of fighting bureaucratic battles as an IT consultant in Washington, DC, she suffered a massive quarter-life-crisis. She decided fighting dragons was more fun than writing policy, so she moved back to Pensacola to write books full-time. She currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit, and frequently can be found plotting on the beach.

Evans is the author of the Demon Spring Trilogy, the Razia Series, the Madion War Trilogy, the Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, and Empath.

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A preorder for The City of Veils  plus a YA book of your choice worth $15 from Book Depository. Open International.

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ARC Review: What If It’s Us

What If It's Us

 

I want to let everyone know right now – this is going to be TOUGH to review. I loved… and I do mean **LOVED** this so much that I know I’m going to stumble over my words. I will do my best to give this story, Art and Ben’s story, the review they deserve.

Short recap: Arthur is spending the summer in New York interning at his mother’s law firm. His life changes forever after he pops into a post office and sees the most gorgeous specimen he’s ever laid eyes on – Ben. Ben is a native New Yorker who is at the post office trying to ship his ex’s things back to him. Before these two can share more than two awkward words, the universe separates them. They never exchanged contact information, IG handles, nothing. How are they going to find each other again, especially since they absolutely cannot stop thinking about the other? How far are they willing to go to find the other and see if they can make it work?

If the opening of the story doesn’t tear at your heart strings and stomp all over your emotions, you have to be a robot. I fell in love with this story on page 9. I openly admit that I went into this story with a lot of hesitation because the last books I read by both of these authors did not speak to me. Please don’t unfollow or attack me, but I did not like Becky’s second book, The Upside, nor did I like Adam’s History is All You Left Me. I know these authors have a massive following so I know I’m the unpopular opinion but I won’t ever deny my thoughts and feelings for books. I just did not click with those two so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this one. I am so, so, SO glad I gave this one a chance because I’m forever proudly shipping Ben & Art.

The main reason these two little lovebirds stole my heart was because their story felt real. It felt completely believable and I wanted to be a part of their journey. The story is told from both Ben and Arthur’s POV. I was a little worried they would have the same voice but that wasn’t the case. I don’t know which author wrote which voice but they effing nailed it. What these two created was pure genius. Arthur had recently come out in his hometown in Georgia so he had not ever had a boyfriend, or a relationship. He had his two best friends and that was it. Ben had been out and proud for the longest time, having been in relationships before. These two together created a chemistry that nearly set the pages of the book ON FIRE. It was nothing short of magic to behold.

Here is one of the best parts of this story: no instalove. WOO! *happy dance* These two do find each other (I will not tell you the particulars because you need to experience the adventure for yourself) and have several first-dates (do-overs). While this really is the story of these two discovering each other and who they are with the other, it is also a story about self-discovery. These two characters did not have a huge character arc or a lot of growth as they only had four weeks with each other. There isn’t a lot of time for Becky & Adam to change the characters that much. Even if they did, it would certainly not be believable. What happened between the pages was simply magic.

The other strong subject in this story is that of friendship. Both Ben and Arthur had strong friendships that they relied on heavily to help them through almost every situation. It was very refreshing to read about friends being supportive and not backstabbing. Once you read the story, you will discover that the friendships are not perfect – not even close – but they are real with their ups and downs. (My personal favorite was Dylan. If you have read – let me know what you think of him!)

Now I’ve talked about characters and relationships a lot. The other aspect of this story has to be the world building. This story took place in NYC and if you have been there, you will know exactly where they are and the places they visit simply by the way they are described. I felt as if I was in Times Square with this crazy couple. Even if I hadn’t visited New York, I would still feel as if I had been because the imaginary was so well done.

I am still trying so very hard to not give too much away other than my absolute excitement for this new ship. I found myself grinning like a damn fool throughout nearly the entire book and the ending had me IN TEARS. I am not figuratively saying that – I was legit crying. I almost never cry at books but this one got me right in the feels. The snark, the wit, the heart break, the HP references, the lengths these two went to find each other, all of it shattered me. But at the same time, it put me back together with only the smallest piece of my heart missing. Why is it missing? Well, that’s because it belongs to these two adorable creatures named Ben and Arthur.

 

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Books Left Unread #139

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

 

This story sounds amazing but historical fiction can always be hit or miss. Have you read this one?

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