Friday, December 15, 2017

Book Trailer Friday [@randomhousekids @Marie_Lu]

This week's book trailer pick is for the second DC Icons novel, Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. It will be published by Random House Books for Young Readers on January 2nd. Here's the trailer:

about Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2):

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

Random House Books for Young Readers // January 02, 2018 // 272 pages // DC Icons #2 // Goodreads // Book Depository // Amazon

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books of 2017

This week's Ten:
Top 10 11 Books of 2017
(+ 1 2016 Book)

The 2016 books is one I read at the end of 2016, but I didn't wan it to miss out on both the 2016 and 2017 lists, so I'm including it anyway.. Then, I have eleven 2017 books not ten because I just couldn't knock one off the list!

This Body Won't Break (#1) by Lea McKee
(This Body Won't Break is currently free for Kindle)

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Girls Made of Snow & Glass by Melissa Bashardousht

 Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

The Girl Who Saved Christmas (Christmas #2) by Matt Haig

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Artemis by Andy Weir

Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

the 2016 Book:

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Please leave a comment and let me know your top books of 2017 - and/or any recommendations you have based on my picks!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Book Trailer Friday [@Sara__Holland @epicreads @harperteen]

This week the trailer I chose is for Everless (#1) by Sara Holland:

about Everless:

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

January 02, 2018 // HarperTeen // 336 pages // Goodreads // Book Depository // Amazon

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Berserker ~ Emmy Laybourne (earc) review [@EmmyLaybourne @FeiwelFriends @FierceReads]

Berserker (#1)
Feiwel & Friends
October 10, 2017
352 pages
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Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"--she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill? With Berserker, Emmy Laybourne, the author of Monument 14, presents her vision of an American west studded with Viking glory.

Emmy Laybourne's Berserker does a great job blending the story of a family immigrating to America in the 19th century. This was one of the first books I have read that featured any kind of Norse mythology and I liked that it wasn't so much about gods and goddesses but about what they might have given to people, to mortals.

How we are introduced to Hanne and learn of her 'gifts' was nicely done. We are able to see what she can do and to see her relationships with her family before we get the facts. I liked her being someone you probably already connected with before you learn how she can kill.

The danger the siblings face and how it was compounded by Hanne's gifts added tension to the read ad made it more exciting. It was not so simple as them leaving Norway, finding somewhere to stat a new life and that being that. As they tried to adjust to a new land and life, come to terms with what had happened and who they were, we really did learn a lot about the characters.

The bleaker things became, the more they had to use their abilities but also the more of a threat using those abilities might pose.  Berserker really does a fantastic job with its sibling relationships, with four young people coming to a brand new country and to a whole new life, and forcing its characters to deal with both seemingly magical abilities and very human emotions.

Emmy Laybourne's Monument 14 book and series were fun and fast paced, but her new novel delves more into the characters lives and emotions and feels a bit more. . . grown up, maybe. Berserker is  a creative, sometimes tension filled read that expertly combines Norse mythology, ancient abilities and the human lives of those affect.

digital review copy received from publisher, via NetGalley
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