Sep 23, 2014

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

the basics

Title: Stormdancer
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: The Lotus War
- Stormdancer (September 2012)
- Kinslayer (September 2013)
- Endsinger (September 2014)
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goodreads summary

A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A HIDDEN GIFT
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he'd rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

Sep 17, 2014

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

the basics

Title: Sea of Shadows
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Age of Legends #1
- Sea of Shadows (April 2014)
- Empire of Night (April 2015)
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summary

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.
Let it be known that Katie @ I Teach YA is a wonderful person. 

Sep 16, 2014

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

the basics

Title: Fire with Fire
Author: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Series: Burn for Burn #2
- Burn for Burn (September 2012)
- Fire with Fire (August 2013)
- Ashes to Ashes (September 2014)
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summary

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn...

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

the basics

Title: The Fifth Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The Fifth Wave #1
- The Fifth Wave (May 2013)
- The Infinite Sea (September 2014)
- Untitled (August 2015)
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summary

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
Can we all please applaud Kat @ Cuddlebuggery for being the best life-saver that ever was? 

Sep 10, 2014

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

the basics

Title: Forever
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
- Shiver (August 2009)
- Linger (July 2010)
- Forever (July 2011)
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goodreads summary

then.
When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

now.
That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

forever.
Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment - a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.

Aug 27, 2014

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

the basics

Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
- The Raven Boys (September 2012)
- The Dream Thieves (September 2013)
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue (October 2014)
- Untitled (2015)
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summary

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...
Sooooo, Maggie Stiefvater was lovely enough to rewrite her entire novel in short form for you all so you can all freak out together while waiting for BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE. 

Jun 16, 2014

Talker 25 by Joshua McCune

the basics

Title: Talker 25
Author: Joshua McCune
Series: Talker 25
- Talker 25 (April 2014)
- Untitled (release date)
- Untitled
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goodreads summary

It's a high school prank gone horribly wrong-sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon-and now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in chilling secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population. Joshua McCune's debut novel offers action, adventure, fantasy, and a reimagining of popular dragon lore.