MINI MONDAY: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer

So, it’s been two weeks since I last posted, and you may be wondering – what happened to me? You’re not alone – I’ve been wondering the same thing. But sometimes, life just gets away from you – as it has recently gotten away from me – and I found myself needed a brief break from the world of blogging and reading. But I am back now, and I’ve got lots of new and exciting reviews coming your way – so fans of YA Fantasy, or just Fantasy in general, watch out! 

“Adventurous and dangerous! Fate and fires, pirates and shadowmen, Song of the Current will carry you into a treacherous and fantastic world, which you will not want to leave.” —Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer had been on my watch list for awhile, then my June TBR, so as soon as it was released in Canada on June 6th, 2017, I was off to the book store to pick it up! And it did not disappoint –  Song of the Current instantly swept me away to a world of fantasy, pirates and danger that is not to be missed!

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will. Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

 
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MINI MONDAY: Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic

Set to release in Canada on Augsut 15th, 2017, Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic is sure to entice fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo. The first in a two book series, Lana Popovic’s debut YA fantasy novel is a bewitching tale about a bargain that binds the fates—and hearts—of twin sisters to a force larger than life (Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Wicked Like Wildfire from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“The Hate U – the letter U – Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody. Meaning that what society gives us as youth, it bites them in the ass when we wild out” – Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give, p. 17

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas has quickly become a wildly popular and highly acclaimed Young Adult Contemporary novel. Released in Canada on February 28, 2017, The Hate U Give quickly found itself being referred to as riveting, stunning, important, heart-breaking and powerful – and for good reason. In The Hate U Give, Thomas provides a brilliant look at the complex issues of race, class, age and gender.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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MINI MONDAY: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER FREE. A FULL REVIEW WILL BE POSTED ON THURSDAY MAY 11TH.

A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third installment in Sarah J Maas’ wildly popular series, which began with A Court of Thorns and Roses, followed by A Court of Mist and Fury. Released on May 2nd, 2017, A Court of Wings and Ruin is easily among the list of most anticipated Young Adult releases this year, and for good reason!

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

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Alanna’s May Reading List

You all know how this list starts – with one of the most anticipated Young Adult Fantasy releases of the year – A Court of Wings and Ruin by none other than the Queen of YA Fantasy herself, Sarah J Maas. I’ve got plenty of other books to read though, and with the school term (finally) done, I’ve got plenty of time to read them!

This list includes some new releases, some books that have been on my previous TBR’s (but obviously haven’t had the time to read), The YA Readers Alliance Books of the Month, and my entire book haul from the Book Outlet!

Speaking of the YA Readers Alliance, our Main Read for the month of May will be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and the Optional Read for the month of May will be A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas! You can find more information about our monthly reads here.

  1.  A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas (Released May 2nd, 2017 – this book is also The YA Readers Alliance May Optional Read!)
  2. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (Released May 16th, 2017)
  3. The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye (Released May 16th, 2017)
  4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  5. The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
  6. Wicked Like Wildfire (ARC) by Lana Popovic
  7. Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
  8. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
  9. Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake
  10. Ungodly by Kendare Blake
  11. Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
  12. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
  13. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  14. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (This book is the YA Readers Alliance May Main Read!)

MINI MONDAY: Mask of Shadows (ARC) by Linsey Miller

Set to release on September 5, 2017, Mask of Shadows is Linsey Miller’s debut novel, and the first book in a planned duology. Riddled with action and deceit, Mask of Shadows is sure to draw readers in right from the get-go. Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard and Leigh Bardugo, Mask of Shadows features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action (Disclaimer: I received and Advanced Reader Copy of Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller in exchange for an honest review).

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class-and the nobles who destroyed their home. When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand-the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears-Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive (Chapters.Indigo.ca).

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MINI MONDAY: A Crown of Wishes (ARC) by Roshani Chokshi

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, the much anticipated sequel to The Star-Touched Queen, is set to release on March 28th, 2017. The story follows the (mis)adventures of Gauri, the princess of Bharata, and Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land. Both protagonist have much to fight for, and plenty to lose, as they enter the Tournament of Wishes as unwilling partners (Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Ready Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review).

“Who cares if a story is true or not, so long as it is told?” – Roshani Chokshi, A Crown of Wishes

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels. Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire (Chapters.Indigo.ca).

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