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New Book Releases – 25 February 2020

Hola, Book Dragons! I’m featuring a new book release today (that I’m interested in 😉 ). Happy Book Birthday to this gem!

The Shadows Between Us
by Tricia Levenseller

Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance

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Synopsis:
Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:
1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.
No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.
But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

What about you guys? Do you know about this book? The cover is fantastic and that synopsis? Just makes you wanna grab the book, right? 😉

∼Lyn

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Book Review: The Downstairs Girl – Stacey Lee

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Review:

A Chinese girl stuck in the land of the white during a time when racism and ethnic inequalities featured amongst the worst damaging human traits in history. Racism is still a gigantic issue nowadays but back then, it was a horrible time for people of color and ethnicity. How to survive at such a time without your soul dying a slow, excruciating death at the atrocious and humiliating treatment? Jo Kuan found a way to cope but the path she set herself on was fraught with perils and navigating it could mean more danger than mere exposure. Continue reading “Book Review: The Downstairs Girl – Stacey Lee”

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Blog Tour: What I Want You to See – Catherine Linka

Hola, Book Dragons! Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for What I Want You to See by the author, Catherine Linka. Stay tuned for my review and more deets below.­

A big thanks to FFBC Tours for allowing me to participate in the blog tour and kudos for all the meticulous, hard work.

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Synopsis: Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs. But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work—and warns her that she’ll lose the merit-based award if she doesn’t improve. Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s sold for a million dollars sight unseen. Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well -plotted that no one knows about it but her? Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity.


Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: February 4th 2020

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Review:

Sabine Reye is a talented painter. Her life turns upside down when her mother dies. Despite winning a fully-paid scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school, which was a dream come true, her life isn’t all roses and sunshine. Her class with the teacher she once admired and hoped to study with is harder than she imagined. When a handsome stranger, Adam, who seems to understand her and gives her an opportunity to be better at her art, she takes him up on the offer. But who is Adam really? When she gets embroiled in a secret crime, she understands just what it means when things are too good to be true.
Continue reading “Blog Tour: What I Want You to See – Catherine Linka”

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Book Review: Opal (The Raven Cycle #4.5) – Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

I can’t believe it took me so long to read this short story. I hadn’t planned to review it when I first decided to read it. I mean, I thought it’s just a short story, why spend time drafting a review for it? But this short story was like a slab of rich chocolate cake – delicious and so good! Even a short story can grab hold of your heart and stay with you.
Continue reading “Book Review: Opal (The Raven Cycle #4.5) – Maggie Stiefvater”

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Book Review: Six Goodbyes We Never Said – Candace Ganger

Hello, everyone, I’m participating in my second blog tour. Happy release day to Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger. Here’s my stop in the blog tour and my review.

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Review:

Mental health, what does it mean? Is it a big issue, a small one? Is it real or tall tales? Even in this present enlightened day, despite awareness efforts and campaigns, a large majority still don’t place as much importance to it as they should. In small countries, mental disorders aren’t viewed as genuine or real or worse—they are viewed as a bid for attention. The people with these disorders are seen as being difficult. What so-called “normal people” don’t understand is those with disorders are actually having a difficult time. Continue reading “Book Review: Six Goodbyes We Never Said – Candace Ganger”

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Book Review: The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

How do you express the extent to which a book amazed you? How do you put it into words? A review seems like too small a thing to show the magnitude to which a story caught at your heart and soul and held it.

This book is set in the early 1900s—the story of a young girl named January Scaller, from her childhood to her teen years. She lives in the mansion of a wealthy man called Mr. Locke as his ward while her father gallivants the world in his employ, searching for unique objects to showcase in his house. Growing up, she’s a precocious little girl who wants to go on adventures like her father. The day she finds her first Door and tells the truth about it, that’s when her life changes forever.
Continue reading “Book Review: The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow”

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Book Review: To Best the Boys – Mary Weber

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

In Caldon, women are viewed as inferior and supposed to just do girly things like cook, clean, or be pretty. Cue in my eye-roll. They don’t go to universities and get a higher education. Every year, a mysterious man in power, Mr. Holm, holds a Harry-Potter style contest in a labyrinth for eligible boys to compete for the scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University while the girls stay behind and cheer them on. The feminist in me really wanted to go Hulk on all those bigots who tried to cage girls into a limited space with only their ideas of the way women should be. Continue reading “Book Review: To Best the Boys – Mary Weber”

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Book Review: Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen

Rating: 4/5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Review:

Sydney is a seventeen-year-old girl, stuck in the shadow of her perfect brother, Peyton, and always starving for the attention of her parents. Her mother only sees her brother and her father is barely ever there. When Peyton’s troublemaking causes him to drive drunk and cause an accident, landing him in jail, Sydney’s family is blown to smithereens. Continue reading “Book Review: Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen”

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Book Review: Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen

Rating: 4/5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Review:

With scholars as parents, Auden’s entire life has always been mired in academia, to the point where she never had a chance to be a normal teen. She saw herself as an academic and that appeared to be her sole identity. When her parents’ marriage failed, she began to stay up later and later, till sleep became impossible. Dissatisfaction in her life sends her spending her last summer before college with her father at the beach town where he now lived with his new family. Continue reading “Book Review: Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen”

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Book Review: The Rest of the Story – Sarah Dessen

Rating: 5/5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Review:

Emma’s mother, who died when she was a child, came from a working class family, whereas her father came from a wealthier background. Other than a summer spent with her mother’s family when she was very little, Emma didn’t have any contact with them. When unexpected circumstances send her living with them for the summer, it dawns on just how different their world is. Continue reading “Book Review: The Rest of the Story – Sarah Dessen”