Review: The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

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The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
Series: The Thousandth Floor #2
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publication: August 29th 2017 by HarperCollins
Length: 432 pages
Format: eARC

New York, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amidst high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…

LEDA is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden–even if it means trusting her enemy.

WATT just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When RYLIN wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

AVERY is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him… no matter the cost.

And then there’s CALLIOPE, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York, determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.

But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. And in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.

There will be spoilers for THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR and THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS in this review.

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Introduction to #romanceclass + 10 Book Recommendations

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Ever since I started blogging for Arctic Books, I feel like I’ve been yapping about #romancecless already. Now, for those who don’t what the hashtag is for, I came up with this post for you! I had loads of fun brainstorming for this post, and I honestly can’t wait to hear from those who I will be able to persuade to check out the involved books. Today, I’m so honored to share with everyone my first-hand experiences with the community, the authors, and the stories involved with this iconic class.

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Review: Meant to Be by Julie Halpern

Meant to Be by Julie Halpern
Genre:
YA Contemporary, Romance, Science Fiction
Publication:
October 24, 2017 from Feiwel & Friends
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 320 pages.
Format: ARC from publisher
Rating: ★★★★☆

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In a world where the names of MTBs—”meant to be” mates—appear on the body at age eighteen, a girl must decide whether to believe the phenomenon or follow her heart in this YA novel.

It started happening a few years ago: the names of MTBs—”meant to be” mates—appeared emblazoned on the skin at age eighteen. Agatha’s best friend has embraced the phenomenon and is head over heels in love with her MTB. But Ag isn’t so sure. As she searches the interwebs for her MTB (who has a common name, no less) she finds herself falling for a co-worker at the local amusement park. Is he a better match? What does Agatha really want in a mate, and moreover, what does she want for herself?

With her trademark wit and irreverence, acclaimed author Julie Halpern explores an age-old question: Who are we meant to be with? Readers won’t be able to resist knowing the answer.

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Monthly Recap: October 2017

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Hi everyone! It’s that part of the month again when we wrap everything up! We can’t wait to share with you what we read, reviewed, posted, and other in-real-life happenings!

October’s been an extremely busy month for us all. With exams, deadlines, and other obligations getting in everyone’s way, we’ve officially gave in to our realities. No worries, though! Even if we’re buried deep in loads of stuff to do, we always find time to read and share our thoughts through blogging! So let’s take a look into how our October went:

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Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

The Demon KingThe Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Genre: YA Fantasy, Magic
Publication: October 6th 2009 by Hyperion Books
Series: Seven Realms #1
Length: 506 pages
Format: Hardcover

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana‘Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her…

The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

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Spellbook of the Lost and Found Playlist + Giveaway!

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Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Series:
 n/a
Genre: YA Mystery, LGBTQ, Fantasy

Publication: August 8th 2017 by Kathy Dawson Books
Length: 357 pages

The stunning, highly anticipated new book from the acclaimed author of The Accident Season is about things gone missing, things returned from the past, and a group of friends who might need to give up more than they bargained for–unless they already have.

One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won’t talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away. Then diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too–and like Rose, they’re holding tight to painful secrets.

When they discover the spellbook, it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights. Unless it’s leading them toward things that were never meant to be found…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Moïra Fowley-Doyle is half-French, half-Irish, and lives in Dublin with her husband, their young daughters, and their old cat. Moïra’s French half likes red wine and dark books in which everybody dies. Her Irish half likes tea and happy endings. Moïra started a PhD on vampires in young adult fiction before concentrating on writing young adult fiction with no vampires in it whatsoever. She wrote her first novel at the age of eight, when she was told that if she wrote a story about spiders she wouldn’t be afraid of them anymore. Moïra is still afraid of spiders, but has never stopped writing stories. She is the author of The Accident Season and Spellbook of the Lost and Found.

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Giveaway Details:

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alice name.pngAlice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.

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Book Review: My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff

My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, Hate to Love
Publication: October 31, 2017 from Swoon Reads
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 332 pages
Format: ARC
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Charlotte Charlie Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He s the school s star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor), and is about to be featured as One to Watch in a teen magazine basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie s meant to be with. The only problem he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie is determined to be Teo’s date to the Christmas ball. And she has a plan: To rig the paper’s Secret Santa so that she can win his heart with five perfect gifts. But to do that she needs help. Enter J.D. Ortiz Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy-going, laid back, unorganized, spontaneous, and makes a joke out of everything the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he’s willing to provide insight into what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

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My (Embarrassingly) Long List of ARCs on my TBR

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One thing that any book blogger will tell you is that when we first get a NetGalley, we go ‘request-happy’. Basically, we will request any and all e-ARCs even if we know that we won’t read them for a while. With that being said, I’ve had a NetGalley for a year and a half. I still request way too many e-ARCs, and it takes me forever to get around to reading them. Some of these books I may never end up getting to. Let’s get into the list of my ARC shame!

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There’s Someone Inside Your House Moodboards + Giveaway!

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There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Series:
 n/a
Genre: YA Mystery, Thriller

Publication: September 26th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Length: 287 pages

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

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