Vox (ARC) by Christina Dalcher

Set to release on August 21, 2018, Vox is Christina Dalcher’s stunningly haunting debut novel. Set in a near-future United States in which half the population has been silenced, Vox is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial–this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning. Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard. But this is not the end.  For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

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Dare You To Lie (ARC) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Set to release in North America on September 4, 2018, Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch features a quick-witted heroine, a fast-paced plot, and a twisty whodunit mystery will certainly keep readers on their toes. I was lucky enough to receive and Advance Review Copy of Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch from Raincoast Books as part of their Teens Read Feed Fall Preview Package – you can check out the entirety of the goodie bag at the end of this review!

When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her. All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but her reappearance comes with its own consequences. Someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. With threats against her mounting, the FBI sends a rookie agent to tail her. More determined than ever to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. Everyone thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

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MINI MONDAY: The Girl You Thought I Was (ARC) by Rebecca Phillips

Set to release in North America on July 31st, 2018, The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips promised to be “a charming and poignant ode to the seasons of friendship, family, and love, and what happens when we dare to reveal our most messy selves” (Darcy Woods).

(Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review). 

No one looking at Morgan Kemper would think she had a secret-at least not one that she’s deeply ashamed of. To everyone she meets, she comes across as sweet, pretty, and put together. But Morgan knows that looks can be deceiving. For over a year, she’s shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. Each time she tells herself it will be the last, and each time it never is. But when she’s caught and sentenced to thirty hours of community service, the image Morgan has carefully constructed starts to crumble. She’s determined to complete her punishment without her friends discovering the truth about her sticky fingers, but that’s easier said than done…Especially once she meets Eli, the charming, handsome nephew of the owner of the charity shop where Morgan is volunteering. Soon, Morgan is faced with an impossible decision: continue to conceal the truth or admit that she’s lied to everyone in her life, including the boy she’s falling for.

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MINI MONDAY: The Bird and the Blade (ARC) by Megan Bannen

The Bird and the Blade is a lush, powerful story of life and death, battles and riddles, lies and secrets from debut author Megan Bannen. Set to release in North America on June 5, 2018, The Bird and the Blade is sure to stun fans of the YA Fantasy genre, and those who enjoy a well told, creative retelling.

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review. 

As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father as they flee from their enemies across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love. Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die. Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of … even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.

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Isle of Blood and Stone (ARC) by Makiia Lucier

In Isle of Blood and Stone, Makiia Lucier explores the repercussions of a story eighteen years in the making, that began when two princes vanished. Now, eighteen years later, a riddle hidden on a recently uncovered mysterious map could chart a course towards the truth and the missing royals. Set to be released in North America on April 10, 2018, this historical fantasy that’s perfect for fans of Rachel Hartman and Tamora Pierce!

(I would like to thank Raincoast Books for providing me with an Advance Reader’s Copy of Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier in exchange for an honest review). 

Eighteen years ago two princes of the island kingdom of St. John del Mar were kidnapped and murdered, a deadly plot by the rival kingdom of Mondrago. Everyone knows the story, but for Elias, Mercedes, and Ulises, the aftermath of that tragic day is deeply personal. Elias grew up without his father, who was killed trying to protect the princes. Mercedes is half-Mondragan, leaving her to grow up in the shadow of del Mar’s hate. And Ulises, as the youngest and only remaining prince, inherited the throne meant for his older brothers. Now, the three friends just want to move on with their lives. But when two maps surface—each with the same hidden riddle—troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young princes? And why do the maps look like they were drawn by Elias’s father, whose body was never found?  To discover what really happened that fateful day, Elias, Mercedes, and Ulises must follow the clues hidden in the maps, uncovering long-held secrets and unimaginable betrayals along the way. But the truth is dangerous, and not everyone wants it to come out. 

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April 2018 TBR List

I am going to try and keep this month’s list short (even as I type this I know it will undoubtedly get out of control once I start adding books to this list – but it’s the thought that counts, right?). April is without a doubt going to be a crazy busy month for me – I will be entering my final practicum as a pre-service teacher! Crazy, right? But practicum means a busy schedule of teaching, volunteering, and lesson planning, and in my previous experience, this really does cut into my reading time.

That being said, let’s take a moment to acknowledge that my reading time is important – because “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” (Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele). Research has shown that curling up with a good book is not only enjoyable, it can positively impact your mental and emotional health. Reading books, particularly fiction, fully engages the mind and imagination – and transports the reader to a world away, resulting in lower stress levels. And that, in truth, has always been my experience when it comes to reading for pleasure. So while I may be busy with finishing up my final term of post-secondary, I know I’ll find a way to sneak in some reading time!

 

So what’s on this month’s list? Once again, this month’s list is a collection of books being released in April 2018, some upcoming releases I’ve been lucky enough to receive an Advanced Reader Copy of, and previously released books that I hope to find the time to (finally) read this month!

  1. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Release Date: January 16, 2018)
  2. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (Release Date: March 6, 2018)
  3. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Release Date: April 2, 2018)
  4. Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima (Release Date: April 3, 2018)
  5. Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier (Release Date: April 10, 2018)
  6. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (Release Date: April 10, 2018)
  7. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (Release Date: April 24, 2018)
  8. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (Release Date: April 24, 2018)
  9. From the Earth to the Shadows (ARC) by Amanda Hocking (Release Date: April 24, 2018)
  10. Song of Blood & Stone (ARC) by L. Penelope (Release Date: May 2, 2018)

 

This month I am undoubtedly most excited for Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (Release Date: April 10, 2018) and Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (Release Date: April 24, 2018) – I’ve included a synopsis of the two books below!

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MINI MONDAY: Between the Blade and the Heart (ARC) by Amanda Hocking

Released in North America on January 2, 2018, Between the Blade and the Heart by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking is the first book in a brilliant new young adult fantasy duology inspired by Norse mythology that is sure to be popular with fans of Riordan’s Percy Jackson.

(NOTE: I would like to thank St.Martin’s Press for providing me with an electronic copy of Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking in exchange for an honest review) 

When the fate of the world is at stake, loyalties will be tested. As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. The balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos. As Malin wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought, she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue-eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. Malin, along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend, must decide where her loyalties lie…and whether helping Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and to her heart.

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Sky in the Deep (ARC) by Adrienne Young

Described as “fierce, vivid, and violently beautiful” Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young has undoubtedly earned its place as a 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book. Set to release in North America on April 24, 2018, Sky in the Deep is a lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family that identifies Adrienne Young is a fantastic storyteller.

(I would like to thank Raincoast Books for providing me with an Advance Reader’s Copy of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young in exchange for an honest review). 

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield-her brother, fighting with the enemy-the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family. She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

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Furyborn (ARC) by Claire Legrand

Set to be released in North America on May 22, 2018, Furyborn is Claire Legrand’s new stunningly original, must-read fantasy that features two strong, powerful young women who find themselves drawn into an age-old magical prophecy neither of them can escape – even a thousand years apart.

(I would like to thank Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Reader’s Copy of Furyborn by Clair Legrand in exchange for an honest review). 

Furyborn follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world – or doom it. When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed – unless the trials kill her first.One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable -until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined. As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world-and of each other. 

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