Saturday, August 1, 2015

Hit by Deliah S Dawson

Published; April 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 336
Copy Provided by: Publisher
Summary: Goodreads

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.

Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy's past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren't strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy's list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Wow. This was an incredibly intense book.  I wasn't sure what to expect as the nature of this book was so unusual but it sounded thrilling and plausible.  The scariest part is that it could almost be believable when you look at the way governments work and how much debt we rack up as a country.

I honestly had trouble putting this title down.  I just wanted to keep reading and reading and through every outcome I kept thinking - how does this girl go on? Patsy seems to have this steel determination to keep going and focus on the end goal despite the carnage that her actions are leaving behind.  And then there is Wyatt.  How he comes into the picture is just so unusual. They are both very lost in their predicament but somehow find solid ground with one another.  Trust and dependence.  Plus a dog.  Who knew they would share a pet on this journey?

Hit is a wild ride that I dare you to take.  It was a bit nerve-wracking and I found that I bit my fingernails to the quick but I did enjoy the journey.  However strange it seemed to be.  I'm not sure if I will put Book #2 at the top of my TBR list though.  Just because I might have to start wearing gloves when I read.  :)  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Follow Friday

Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question –

Welcome to the Paperback Princesses! Make yourself at home, take a look around our blog and let us know what you think in the comments section. We would love to hear what you have to say about our posts. We often try to comment on your comments as well so feel free to start a conversation! Since there are two of us running the show, we always have a variety of titles and event postings. Be sure to check out our own personal meme page. Check out Fantastic Fairytales, Let's Hear it for the Boys, In Case you Missed it and a few others. We try to not only focus on new YA books but also great titles from the past.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Perdita by Faith Gardner

Published: August 1st, 2015
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 224
Copy: Edelweiss
Summary: Goodreads

Granted, Arielle has a vast, excitable imagination. But she's not imagining how strange and out of control her life becomes after the death by drowning of her older sister's best friend, Perdita. Not only does this death echo the death of Arielle's own older brother, ten years before, it leads to dreams and visions in which Perdita seems to be reaching out to Arielle, asking for her help. The only other explanation—that Arielle's high-strung emotions have finally caused her to break with reality—is even more terrifying. A story that builds to greater and greater heights of suspicion and fear, Perdita is also a multi-layered literary achievement that leaves no emotion untouched.

Perdita was a surprise.  I was expecting a regular mystery, but there were depths to it that I hadn't counted on.  I didn't find Arielle to be a particularly likeable character, but her situation is somewhat unusual and I definitely wanted to get to the bottom of things with her.  Tex was another interesting character and his confessions about his sister, Perdita, were something of a shocker at first - no spoilers here though.

The tension throughout the book is not high, but it is relentless.  We readers know instinctively that something is not right, but have to find out what along with the characters and what happens to Arielle was a big surprise - again, no spoilers, you'll have to read and find out.

To be honest it was a really quick read and I ended up  enjoying the book. That is right up to the last page.  I HATED the ending.  I understood it.  It made sense. I know why Ms Gardner wrote it that way. But I hated it. Just saying.  A nice contemporary mystery for fans of the genre.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (by Goodreads)

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

This title sounds so exciting! I can't believe that I didn't post it earlier (the title came out at the beginning of July).  It is on my TBR list and I'll be finishing it this summer so make sure to keep your eyes out for the review!
- Christinabean

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

Published: June 23rd, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 368
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodreads

Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!

Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.

Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her mother’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspear Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.

Both Christinabean and I are both huge fans of Morgan Rhodes' Falling Kingdoms series so it's a no-brainer that A Book of Spirits and Thieves is pretty high on our TBR lists.  I'm not sure if  Christinabean has managed to get hold of a copy yet, but I was first on the waiting list for our copy at work and I read through it in about a day and a half.

What to tell you about this book other than the fact that it's really good?  Well it's parallel story lines, which I always enjoy and the contemporary story takes place in Toronto, so that makes it an immediate plus for this Ontario girl (I can drive to Toronto in 30 mins or so and do, often).  Ms Rhodes has taken the landscape and immortal characters from her original series and has woven a new and complex story around them.

We have secret societies, magical brainwashing, out and out murder dressed up as being 'good for society',  nasty, nasty bad guys - immortal and from another world.  Tell me, what chance do we poor mortals have?  Well following Crystal in her search for the truth was engrossing and suspensful.  Watching  Becca and Maddox trying to solve Becca's dilema was a double-edged sword.  Getting to the end of the book was both a relief and an agony.  One problem solved, many more to work on.  

I am really looking forward to continuing with this side of the Mytica story, but since vol. 4 of the original series, Frozen Tides, doesn't come out until December 2015, it's going to be a while before we see any more of this spin-off, and that's a great pity.

Btw, did you know that Morgan Rhodes also writes as Michele Rowen?  I didn't until very recently, so I've decided to read a few more of her books under that name while I'm waiting. Not quite the same, but I'll take what I can get.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Published: May 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 337
Copy Provided by: Borrowed
Summary: Goodreads

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

There was something completely refreshing about P.S. I love you, Book #1 so I just had to dive into Book #2.  Lara Jean is so oblivious to subtle nuances in love but in the same respect, her innocence is so nice to see.  I thought that some characters from Book #1 would come back into her life again (Josh) and was surprised when he didn't.  Instead another old flame surfaces and getting in touch with him makes her question love all over again.

One of the things I like about this series is how Jenny Han talks about Korean culture during Chinese New Year.  We always hear about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated in Chinese culture but I don't often hear of the traditions exercised in other Asian cultures.  

I like the way this series ended. There was no need for a third book and I was more than satisfied with how things evolved.  It was a heart-warming, feel good read.  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received

This week I got: 

Summary (by Goodreads)

A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a cunning and determined killer.

Ruth Carver has always competed like her life depends on it. Ambitious. Tough. Maybe even mean. It’s no wonder people call her Ruthless.

When she wakes up with a concussion in the bed of a moving pickup truck, she realizes she has been entered into a contest she can’t afford to lose.

At a remote, rotting cabin deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ruth’s blindfold comes off and she comes face-to-face with her captor. A man who believes his mission is to punish bad girls like Ruth. A man who has done this six times before.

The other girls were never heard from again, but Ruth won’t go down easy. She escapes into the wilderness, but her hunter is close at her heels. That’s when the real battle begins. That’s when Ruth must decides just how far she’ll go in order to survive.

Back home, they called her Ruthless. They had no idea just how right they were.

This sounded like such a thrilling novel that I had to go out and get it.  Look for a review shortly!
- Christinabean

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