28 May, 2015

REVIEW: THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Series: -
Genres: Historical Fiction, YA, Fiction
Publisher: Black Swan
Source: Physical Book
Pages: 560

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SYNOPSIS: Here is a small fact - You are going to die 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. Some Important Information - This novel is narrated by Death. It's a small story, about: a girl an accordionist some fanatical Germans a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. Another thing you should know - death will visit the book thief three times.

23 May, 2015

REVIEW: NEUROMANCER by William Gibson

Title: Neuromancer
Author: William Gibson
Series: Sprawl #1
Genres: Cyberpunk, Science Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Source: eBook
Pages: 288

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SYNOPSIS: The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace . . .

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employers crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the century's most potent visions of the future.

22 May, 2015

REVIEW: COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Source: ARC / Paperback
Pages: 353

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SYNOPSIS: A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!


17 May, 2015

REVIEW: THE FIFTH WAVE by Rick Yancey

Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The Fifth Wave #1
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Alien
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 512

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SYNOPSIS: 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.

Stacking The Shelves by HannahCassie #1



 STALKING THE SHELVES!

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.
Alright, it is not really the week. I have got these books in last two weeks and waiting for more to come. Snail mail is taking it's time! Plus, I will show you only physical copies I have received as I get about 20 - 50 ebooks per week and that is alot of books to show! Plus I want to finish the 5th wave today and well we all give reading the first priority, don't we? So boy oh boy, off we go!

16 May, 2015

REVIEW: ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card

Title: Ender's Game
Author: Orson Scott Card
Series: The Ender Quintet #1
Genres: Science Fiction, YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 342

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SYNOPSIS: In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

Ender's Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

15 May, 2015

REVIEW: THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson

Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Square Fish
Source: eBook
Pages: 489

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SYNOPSIS: A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

11 May, 2015

REVIEW: THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 336

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PLOT SUMMARY: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

10 May, 2015

REVIEW: TAKING FLIGHT by Michaela DePrince

Title: Taking Flight
Author: Michaela DePrince
Series: -
Genres: Autobiography
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 256

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SYNOPSIS: The extraordinary memoir of Michaela DePrince, a young dancer who escaped war-torn Sierra Leone for the rarefied heights of American ballet. Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a "devil child" for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life.
At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family, who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes. She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre and is currently a member of the Dutch National Ballet’s junior company. She has appeared in the ballet documentary "First Position," as well as on "Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America," and "Nightline."
In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet's most exciting rising stars.

08 May, 2015

REVIEW: LEGEND by Marie Lu

Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Paperback
Pages: 305

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SYNOPSIS: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

REVIEW: CURSEFELL by C.V. Dreesman

Title: Cursefell
Author: C. V. Dreesman
Series: -
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 112

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SYNOPSIS: The coastal town of Stonecrest is an isolated haven for nursing wounds and hiding secrets. It can cure a heart or crush it. When one girl's secret is revealed, a curse she does not even know she carries, the safe haven becomes her monstrous prison.
Seventeen year old Nathera Currey sees her curse as a death sentence, or at the very least a sentence of exile. But Thera has experienced death before and survived it. She has felt alone the last year of her life and endured that too. Accidentally uncovering her secret, she becomes the cold light of hope for some and a monster to be feared by others. If she wants to save herself and those she holds most dear, she will have to balance the scales of who she is against what she must become and life versus love.

REVIEW: THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater


Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 416

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PLOT SUMMARY: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

07 May, 2015

REVIEW: CITY OF LOST SOULS by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #5
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Source: eBook
Pages: 535

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SYNOPSIS: The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

REVIEW: CINDER by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Puffin Books
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 390

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SYNOPSIS: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

REVIEW: LALI OF THE LILL by Adi Mandal

Title: Lali of The Lill
Author: Adi Mandal
Series: Lali of The Lill
Genres: YA, Fantasy
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SYNOPSIS: Lali must face her fears and begin the journey to The Lill, a treacherous journey built around lies. In seeking for the truth about her past and future, she must leave Krei, the young man who loves her more than his life, and learn to trust Theon, a stranger who claims he is the only one who can help her.

03 May, 2015

TBR: MAY of Laura

MAY TBR
Oh no! I'm so sorry for being a bit late guys! I have actually starting reading May's readings but I just forgot to publish the post ugh sorry again... so here are May's readings including Cursefell, one of the suggested books :) If you'd like to suggest a book to Hannah and/or me to read for next month (that would be June) please use the Contact Us tab above.

02 May, 2015

REVIEW: PAPER TOWNS by John Green

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Series: -
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 305

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SYNOPSIS: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...

TBR: MAY of HannahCassie


Hello guys! So as last month I have read a total of 8 books I decided to challenge myself even further and this month I am setting my TBR up to 10 books! I am still working everyday in the lab and do sports three days per week but I am committed!

WRAP UP: APRIL of HannahCassie



Hey guys, so for the month of April I have set a total of 8 books to be read! If you have been following my progress you have probably noticed that the last book "All the Bright Places" sorta overlapped with first day of May. It is sad truth, I was stuck a little bit because of the reading slum and so it took me a few extra day to finish it. But now it is done and let's wrap up the books I have read and reviewed in the month of April!

REVIEW: ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven

Title: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Series: -
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
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SYNOPSIS: The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.