Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

20643052Published: July 7th 2015 by: NAL

Series: The Great Library #1

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Alternate History, Dystopia

Format: ebook Source: Library

My Rating: 4 Stars four-star-rating-black-md

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

10194157Published: June 5th 2012

 By: Henry Holt and Co. BYR

Series: The Grisha #1 

Genres: Young-Adult, Fantasy

Format: Kindle

 Source: Purchased

 My Rating: 4 Stars 4-stars

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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Top Reads of 2015

After lots of pondering, I’ve narrowed it down to 25 books. There were lots of books that I really enjoyed but only 25 made the cut; with 2 of them being 2016 releases.  *All links are to my reviews. Hovering over (or clicking) the covers gives you a little caption of why I chose the […]

Audio Book Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

23301565 (1)Published: April 12th 2011 By: Macmillan Audio

Genres: Young-Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Horror, Dystopia, Science-Fiction

Format: Audio Unabridged: Emily Bauer – narrator (7 hrs. 53 mins.) Source: Library My Rating: 4 Stars

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New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters–or Freaks–who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight–guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.

Ann Aguirre’s thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world–facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.

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The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Published: October 13th 2015 By: G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR

Series: The Young Elites#2 Also Reviewed: The Young Elites #1

23846013Genres: Young-Adult, Dystopia, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Magic

Format: Kindle Source: Library My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

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