Friday, June 15, 2018

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes | Book Review

FawkesTitle: Fawkes
Author: Nadine Brandes
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published Date: July 10th, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Page Count: 448
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.


 My Review:
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for a free digital arc in exchange for my honest review.

I read most of this book in a day! This hasn't happened since winter break. 

Fawkes is a novel that not only tells the historical story of the plan to blow up parliament but also has a fantasy twist on it that deals with color power, and a plague. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson | Book Review

SpeakTitle: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Listening Library
Published Date: December 6th, 2006
Genre: Realistic Fiction, YA
Format: Audiobook

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.


 My Review:
“You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”                

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Books I'm Excited For In July

Instead of just focusing on one book every week, once a month I'm going to show 4 or 5 books that I'm excited about coming out next month. 

July is a relatively slow month for me with books I'm excited for, with only 14 being on my list. So let's jump in and see what exciting books will be out next month!

Friday, June 8, 2018

On a Cold Dark Sea by Elizabeth Blackwell | Book Review

On a Cold Dark Sea  by Elizabeth Blackwell #bookreview #historicalfiction #multipov #titanic Title: On A Cold Dark Sea
Author: Elizabeth Blackwell
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Published Date: April 10th 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Titanic
Page Count:277
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
On April 15, 1912, three women climbed into Lifeboat 21 and watched in horror as the Titanic sank into the icy depths. They were strangers then…
Con artist Charlotte Digby lied her way through London and onto the Titanic. The disaster could be her chance at a new life—if she hides the truth about her past. Esme Harper, a wealthy American, mourns the end of a passionate affair and fears that everything beautiful is slipping from her grasp. And Anna Halversson, a Swedish farm girl in search of a fresh start in America, is tormented by the screams that ring out from the water. Is one of them calling her name?
Twenty years later, a sudden death brings the three women back together, forcing them to face the impossible choices they made, the inconceivable loss, and the secrets they have kept for far too long.


 My Review:
On A Cold Dark sea follows three different women from different social classes. We have Esme who is a newly-wed wealthy American woman who is unhappy. Charlotte Digby who is a con artist looking for a new life in America. Anna Halversson who is a Swedish young woman who is in love with someone she cannot have and is going to America for a better life.

"To lose my sweet, darling boy with no warning, and not even have a body to bury... it ruined me."

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Down the TBR Hole #38 | Book Meme

Down the TBR Hole #38 #bookmeme #weeklymeme #goodreads #tbr

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia from LOSTINASTORY.

This weekly meme is to help you get your tbr down to a more manageable number, by going through 10 books from your shelves and deciding if you will really read the book or not, and getting rid of the ones you no longer want to read.

Last week I got rid of 15 books! I really enjoyed doing the random page choice and just going through a few of them. It made it feel less strict for me and I was able to really consider if I was going to read those books anytime soon. What did you think of it?

Leaving my TBR this week

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes | Book Review

Title: Fawkes Author:  Nadine Brandes Publisher:  Thomas Nelson Published Date:  July 10th, 2018 Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Pag...