Kel Thursday, January 21, 2016 reviewI've finally completed the Lunar Chronicles! I still wish they'd released Winter when first planned and then Fairest, but I can see why they changed the schedule.
Heads up: though I'll try not to spoil anything in the final book, there may be spoilers for the rest of the series in the synopsis and/or review. If you're still mid-series, feel free to check out my reviews of Cinder, Cress and Fairest instead. :)
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #4
Genres: YA, SFF
Published on November 10, 2015
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Final Rating: 3 stars
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
Kel Monday, January 11, 2016 reviewFirst read of 2016!
Fallout by Gwenda Bond
Series: Lois Lane #1
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Sci-fi, Mystery
Published on May 1, 2015
Published by Switch Press
Final Rating: 4 stars
Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy.
I have a longstanding love of superhero stories dating back to elementary school Saturday morning cartoons. I typically love them most in cartoon or movie form, where the action and movement is actually in motion, but I'm happy to say Lois Lane: Fallout is a successful adaptation.
Kel Thursday, January 07, 2016I admit: I've seen the new Star Wars movie twice. No shame.
But yeah, I just realized I'll have 6 semesters of law school, just like the first 6 episodes of Star Wars. I missed semester 1, but I guess it would be something like: Law School Episode I: The Legal Menace.
Spring semester starts Monday. I have plans to read and post more this semester than last, but I'm trying to stay flexible. Second semester is when a ton of volunteer projects open up to 1Ls, and I want to take advantage of that. And not just because my scholarship requires a certain number of volunteer hours. ;) It does, but I'm excited to get back to volunteering. I had to cut my library tutor time when school started and I miss it.
Also, after a spectacularly warm Christmas, winter is here.
Kel Monday, January 04, 2016My friend Alyssa over at Eater of Books is ridiculously amazing. Not only does she do an insane amount of reading in addition to school, but she has missed 0 posting days since December 2012. ... I have no words to describe this awesomeness.
Anyway, last year I saw her end-of-year reading stats post and thought, hey, I should keep a spreadsheet, too. I'd love to see what my reading patterns look like. So I did. Until law school started, and then just no. But I went back and filled in a couple of the columns because curiosity = Gollum and does not give up. :)
So, I read 75 books this year. Not every chart includes all 75 because I didn't fill in all the boxes for everything, especially the graphic novels which were a little hard to sort. Now, charts!
Including the YA-crossovers, YA still has a clear majority, but I expanded into Adult and Middle Grade books more this year.
Kel Saturday, January 02, 2016 reviewThis eARC was provided through Edelweiss for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl from Everywhere #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Historical
Published on February 16, 2016
Published by Greenwillow Books
Final Rating: 2 stars
Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.
Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.
The Girl from Everywhere is a love letter to historic Hawaii with a dash of Dr. Who-like time travel and adventure.