Blood Red Road by Moira Young (Review)

Title: Blood Red Road
Series: Dust Lands
Author: Moira Young
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Pages: 459
Source: Purchased
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★☆

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she’s a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Review)

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Series: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Pages: 446
Source: Purchased
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★☆

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (Review)

Title: Never Never: Part One of Three
Series: Never Never
Author: Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Publisher: Hoover Ink
Release Date: January 7, 2015
Pages: 159
Source: Purchased
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★☆

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

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The Daughters of Palatine Hill by Phyllis T. Smith (Review)

Title: The Daughters of Palatine Hill
Author: Phyllis T. Smith
Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Pages: 416
Source: NetGalley
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★☆

Two years after Emperor Augustus’s bloody defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, he triumphantly returns to Rome. To his only child, Julia, he brings an unlikely companion—Selene, the daughter of the conquered Egyptian queen and her lover.

Under the watchful eye of Augustus’s wife, Livia, Selene struggles to accept her new home among her parents’ enemies. Bound together by kinship and spilled blood, these three women—Livia, Selene, and Julia—navigate the dangerous world of Rome’s ruling elite, their every move a political strategy, their most intimate decisions in the emperor’s hands.

Always suppressing their own desires for the good of Rome, each must fulfill her role. For astute Livia, this means unwavering fidelity to her all-powerful husband; for sensual Julia, surrender to an arranged marriage and denial of her craving for love and the pleasures of the flesh; for orphaned Selene, choosing between loyalty to her family’s killers and her wish for revenge.

Can they survive Rome’s deadly intrigues, or will they be swept away by the perilous currents of the world’s most powerful empire?

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Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner (Review)

Title: Curse of the Sphinx
Series: Sphinx
Author: Raye Wagner
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Pages: 344
Source: Purchased
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★☆☆☆


How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?

Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she’ll have to keep it that way. It’s safer.

When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope’s life shatters. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo’s curse? Is Hope being hunted by the shadow monsters of the Underworld? Have the demigods finally caught up to her? Orphaned and alone, Hope flees again, but this time there’s no one to teach her who to trust-or how to love.

Set in a universe where Greek mythology is alive and well in the modern world, Curse of the Sphinx irresistibly blends action, suspense and romance. This story is sure to appeal to fans of the Percy Jackson books!

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Review)

Title: Heir of Fire
Series: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Pages: 576
Source: Purchased
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★☆

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

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