Review: Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

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Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance, Magic
Publication: March 1st 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Series: Burning Glass #1
Length: 512 pages
Format: eARC from publisher

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.

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ARC Review: The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan

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The Leaving Season
by Cat Jordan
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Publication: March 1st 2016 by HarperTeen
Series: n/a
Length: 352 pages
Source: eARC from publisher

Middie Daniels calls it the Leaving Season: the time of year when everyone graduates high school, packs up their brand-new suitcases, and leaves home for the first time.

This year Middie’s boyfriend Nate is the one leaving. Nate, who’s so perfect that she can barely believe it. Nate, who makes her better than she is on her own. Nate, who’s promised to come back once he’s finished his gap year volunteering in Central America. And when he does, it’ll be time for Middie to leave, too. With him.

But when a tragedy strikes, Middie’s whole world is set spinning. No one seems to understand just how lost she is… except for Nate’s slacker best friend Lee. Middie and Lee have never gotten along. But with the ground ripped out from under her, Middie is finding that up is down—and that Lee Ryan might be just what she needs to find her footing once more.

Cat Jordan’s heartbreaking story proves that no matter the season, no matter the obstacles, love can help you find yourself in the most unexpected of places.

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Review: A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Genre: YA Retelling, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Publication: March 1st 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Series: Charlotte Holmes #1
Length: 336 pages
Format: eARC from publisher

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

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2016 Love-A-Thon: An Invitation to Tea

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The Love-a-Thon is an event dedicated to spreading positivity and love. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of our amazing community, hosted by Alexa Loves Books, The Novel Hermit, Stay Bookish & The Daily Prophecy. You can read more information here. 

In this post, I’ll be sharing which fictional character and author I’d want to have a tea party with and why. Let’s get started!

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2016 Love-A-Thon: Book Spine Poetry

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The Love-a-Thon is an event dedicated to spreading positivity and love. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of our amazing community, hosted by Alexa Loves Books, The Novel Hermit, Stay Bookish & The Daily Prophecy. You can read more information here. 

This mini-challenge has to do with book spine poetry. (If you guys don’t know what that is, it’s basically using book titles to write your own poems.) Check it out!

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2016 Love-A-Thon: BINGO!

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The Love-a-Thon is an event dedicated to spreading positivity and love. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of our amazing community, hosted by Alexa Loves Books, The Novel Hermit, Stay Bookish & The Daily Prophecy. You can read more information here.

This challenge is all about seeing how many bingo squares you can cross off of the official Love-a-Thon bingo card! There are various tasks to tackle during the Love-a-Thon, and the challenging is to make them all happen before the event is over.

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