Daughter Of The Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller Cover Reveal

Tricia Levenseller’s debut novel

Daughter Of The Pirate King had its cover revealed August 23, 2016!

This Young Adult Fantasy-Pirate Adventure centers around Alosa, daughter of a pirate king, who gets tasked with finding a treasure map hidden aboard an enemy ship.

She plans her own kidnapping to get aboard. However, things become complicated when attractive first mate, Raiden gets tasked with finding out who she is & any secrets she could be harboring.

The author herself revealed the cover on her blog + discussed the process of creating the cover + how it changed from the final version, which you can read Here!

Now For The Cover:

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This is such an amazing cover! Wow❤❤

I’ve been waiting to see how the final cover would turn out & this one is beautiful!

I definitely love the art style chosen! I absolutely love the details added from the sword to the aged look of the map!

Can’t wait to read this! It definitely has the top spot on my 2017 TBR!❤

This book sounds like nothing I’ve ever read before & it sounds like a fun, swashbuckling adventure! 

Daughter Of The Pirate King Is Set To Sail To Shelves February 2017!

Thoughts On This Cover?  👑⚔⛵️✨

Lets Discuss In The Comments Below!

Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Women In Science 50 Fearless Pioneers by Rachel IgnotofskyWomen In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Release Date: July 26, 2016

Pages: 128

Summary: It’s a scientific fact: Women rock!

A charmingly illustrated and educational book, Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more!

My Rating:★★★★★

My Thoughts: “This book tells the stories of some of these scientists, from ancient Greece to the modern day, who in the face of “No” said, “Try and stop me.”

Such an inspirational & beautifully illustrated book!

Many of the scientists in this novel I had never heard of! This book taught me about so many women who studied hard to get their ground-breaking work out there in the world. And the struggles they faced from needing to create their own funds to working in secret!

For ex. Wang Zhenyi a Chinese scholar (from 1768) who became quite an influential astronomer + mathematician & tested her many theories about eclipses, and the rotation of our solar system!

She is one of many trailblazing women who fought hard and beat the odds to develop ground breaking work in the name of science & math, which is still used today!!

I highly recommend this book if you are interested to learn more about female scientists, scientific accomplishments from history, or want to be inspired by these fearless pioneers!❤

Mirror In The Sky by Aditi Khorana Review

Mirror In The Sky June 21Mirror In The Sky by Aditi Khorana

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: June 21, 2016

Pages: 352

Summary: For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices.

The world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, and Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. At first, small shifts happen, like attention from Nick Osterman, the most popular guy at Brierly, and her mother playing hooky from work to watch the news all day. But eventually those small shifts swell, the discovery of Terra Nova like a black hole, bending all the light around it.

As a new era of scientific history dawns and Tara’s life at Brierly continues its orbit, only one thing is clear: Nothing on Earth–or for Tara–will ever be the same again.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ ½

My Thoughts: A wonderfully written debut that mixes Sci-Fi w/ Contemporary!

 

This felt very reminiscent of Tommy Wallach’s We Looked Up regardless, Khorana brings a very unique story with a variety of elements, like politics, race, even scientific theory!

When Terra Nova (a mirror planet to Earth) is first introduced I was definitely interested to learn more about its origins and how it would impact the lives of everyday people.

With news broadcasts, various theories + Tara’s POV this mirror planet brought up many fascinating questions of whether or not Terra Nova could possibly reflect an alternate timeline/universe which was fascinating!

However there were a few problems I had:

1.Pacing

If a plot drags for a big portion of the novel, I will most likely not give it a full 5 stars and overall I found the pace for Mirror to be extremely slow.

2.Tara Nova/Plot

Tara Nova was a very unique concept that I don’t think I’d ever read in another novel before. That said, I wish it was discussed more + given more of a central role in this novel.

Because in the beginning it is discussed, however the novel ended up focusing more on Tara’s new friends (popular kids) & the drama that goes on between them & Terra Nova was then left in the background.

It became more of a YA-Contemporary than the Contemporary/Sci-Fi I was expecting.

Leaving Tara all alone junior year, Meg leaves for the first semester to be in Argentina. Tara wishes things could be different. Soon she gets her wish.

After attempting to save Halle’s (most popular girl in school) dog, she soon becomes friends with the popular kids and her long-time crush Nick starts talking to her!

She believes it may be Terra Nova!
But soon things begin to take a different turn. Her mother becomes obsessed with Terra Nova & decides its best if she leave to not only find herself, but understand what exactly Terra Nova is!

Tara becomes tangled in friendship drama +comes to see the effects/reaction of Terra Nova brings to her school.

While the plot itself definitely introduced interesting elements + I really did enjoy reading from Tara’s POV (the politics of HS/some science here & there of TN + how she came to understand the popular kids + feel more connected with some of them) I felt the plot just mostly focused on the drama that went on w/ her new friends & I was expecting a more broad view of Terra Nova.

I will admit the ending was definitely unexpected (Halle’s disappearance) Did not see that coming!!
Now I really want to know what happened to her b/c that was such an open ending!!

While it wasn’t necessarily for me, it definitely delivers well developed/realistic characters + a variety of social/political elements with a unique concept!

Regardless of these issues, with a mix of genres, wonderful writing style and unique concept such as this, I am definitely interested to read more of Aditi’s work!

PS I Like You by Kasie West Review

PS I Like YouP.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Publisher: Point

Release Date: July 26, 2016

Pages: 304

Summary: Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

My Thoughts: A perfect YA Contemporary for fans of the 90’s classic You’ve Got Mail!

I absolutely loved my first Kasie West book!

This novel centers around Lily, an aspiring singer/songwriter, who begins writing on her desk in chem. class & begins getting responses from a mysterious pen pal. Soon, the two begin exchanging letters back and forth.

I loved reading the letters/messages exchanged back and forth + how they instantly connected over their love of music.

It was interesting to see how Lily was with words in her letters vs. how shy/witty she could be in person. Overall I really related to Lily b/c similar to her love of music yet being nervous/scared to share her songs, I love writing & reading + can find it quite nerve-wracking sharing my stories/ideas!

Every character is written so well. Lily was quirky/awkward (in the best way possible!!)+ her wit/sarcasm seriously had me laughing throughout this whole book (+ I related to her so much b/c we have a similar sense of humor :’))

I loved all the side/supporting characters like David, Lucas, Isabels boyfriend Gabriel + Isabel❤❤

It was fun trying to solve the mystery  with her of who the pen pal was! With each guy she would casually mention I would try to figure out if it was him! But when its revealed who it really is I was so surprised! Didn’t see that coming!!

Then it becomes a mystery for Lily figuring out whether he knows or not.
Lily then begins to know her pen pal in real life & realizes she may be falling for him!

+ I loved how Lily’s family was such a big part of this story. Similar to Lily, my family can be pretty crazy but it was great reading about just how connected they are + the traditions that make them such a unique/quirky, but overall supportive & loving family!!

The way the plot unfolds is very realistic & the elements of mystery keep the story fun & interesting!
The ending left me wanting more from these characters!!

Overall a YA Contemporary with humor, song lyrics galore + the perfect amount of mystery to keep you wondering who Lily’s mysterious pen pal is.

 

 

The Beauty Of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson Review

The Beauty Of DarknessThe Beauty Of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles #3)

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

Release Date: August 2, 2016

Pages: 688

Summary: Lia has survived Venda-but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.

With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier-as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down. 

In this heart-stopping conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

My Thoughts: A Solid Conclusion To The Remnant Chronicles!

As with the sequel, Beauty Of Darkness character development and world building are definitely the highlights of this novel!

The historical texts weaved throughout the trilogy, come full circle and even more backstory is given on the three kingdoms, which really ties together the trilogy as a whole.

Lia undertakes her role as a queen and in doing so, becomes immersed in  the politics of not only her kingdom (Morrighan) but also the strategies of war to prepare for the final battle between the Komizar.

I loved that Lia was able to return to her Kingdom and make things right with her people + show her parents what a powerful leader she could be!

Kaden continues to reveal more about his past (especially his father) and becomes unsure of where his relationship with Lia is headed.

Sadly there were some issues I had with this final novel:
Pacing/Length: With the wonderful pacing of book 2, Beauty Of Darkness really dragged and the story suffered for me because of it.

Along the lines of pacing, there were many moments in terms of plot that I felt really didn’t add much to the novel + felt quite forced.
Such as:
-The extended lengths of time prepping for the battle. When they first get to an outpost, it of course makes sense with the plot + perfectly fine when Lia returns to her kingdom! However, the rest of the novel (up until the final/ending) just felt like it was them in the palace & I personally felt there wasn’t much going on plot-wise, besides character development + Lia/Rafe development.

I’m still not sure how I feel about Kaden+Pauline😥 Towards the end I was liking their relationship a lot more, but the way their relationship started felt a little forced to me considering all the Lia+Kaden development from Heart Of Betrayal!

Regardless of those issues:
Continuing with the plot, the final battle between the Komizar & Lia was fast-paced & I honestly had no clue how it would end!
Considering Lia/Rafe’s uncertainty’s about their relationship I loved how he came to visit her in Venda with Kaden & the others at the end!

 I really loved the ending and joining Lia on her adventure to not only find her voice but also where she belongs+ finding her happy ending!

The Heart Of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson Review

The Heart Of BetrayalThe Heart Of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles #2)

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

Release Date: July 7, 2015

Pages: 470

Summary: Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

My Thoughts: Character development is at the core of this story and leads to an ending that will leave you wanting the final installment right away!

While I did enjoy The Kiss Of Deception, there were aspects in the characters/world-building that felt lacking and just weren’t clicking with me. However, Heart Of Betrayal changes it all!

While the romance kept The Kiss Of Deception interesting, the sequel reveals there is much more at stake and the romance is not at the center this time around.Which definitely left tons of room for character development/world-building.

Lia, now seen as a traitor and held prisoner in Kaden’s territory of Venda, she gets introduced to the leader, Komizar who from his first introduction, is revealed to be quite a political mastermind.

Throughout this book we come to know more about the enemy territory of Venda and learn its not all it seems. Similar to Lia, I grew to love Venda throughout the course of this story.

I was given so much insight into the politics, people, and struggles much more than the previous territories mentioned in book 1.

As Lia plots her escape, she can’t help but grow attached to Venda and in doing so, the people come to adore her! Even those in Sanctum Hall. However, the Komizar is there at every turn to gain more power and believes using Lia is the only way to get there.

The pacing was never dull and with each +every moment I felt gave more insight into the overall plot + came to learn so much more about the world + even Lia’s gift!

More back story is given to Kaden (his father & his childhood) and in turn, gives Lia’s relationship with him much more development as well!

+ I think it was hinted at by Lia that Kaden seemed to be showing signs of the “Gift”! I’m definitely interested to see where that leads in The Beauty Of Darkness!

Rafe & Lia work out heir issues after knowing each other’s identities and in turn, develop in secret a plan to escape when the Komizar reveals that he wants to marry Lia. However, trouble arises when Lia sees the marriage as the only way she can truly establish a life for herself (considering she is now seen as a traitor by her own kingdom).

**Now onto Major Spoilers**

When the Komizar kills Aster, from there towards the end, those pages were so stressful!

I had no clue what would happen next + when Lia & Rafe finally escaped, I had no idea Kaden would end up staying in Venda!! 

+ With all the backstory given on Komizar + the burden with being given that title, I did not expect for him to die because of Lia in this book!

Overall a spectacular sequel! Development in every way from characters, to politics and world-building establishes a lot for book 3 & I cannot wait to see how Lia’s story concludes in Beauty Of Darkness!

 

 

Book Bytes I #5

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Book Bytes is a monthly feature I created to share news in the world of YA!

Each month I share with you, title reveals, book to movie news & so much more!

1.To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #3

Jenny Han’s 3rd and final book in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

titled Always & Forever Lara Jean 

will be released:

2.Darkest Minds Director

On July 12, Alexandra Bracken announced a director is attached to direct the book to movie adaptation for The Darkest Minds!

Director of Kung Fu Panda Jennifer Yuh Nelson will be at the helm of this project!

More can be read on The Hollywood Reporter article character Here!

3.Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary

As of July 15, PenguinTeen + HappilyEverAfter (USA Today) revealed a 10th Anniversary edition of Vampire Academy, which will be released November 29!

+ it comes with a “never-before-published short story, set in the Vampire Academy world.”

4. Story Of A Girl Director/Star Attached

As of July 18, it was announced that Sara Zarr’s 2007 novel Story Of A Girl, will be directed by Kyra Sedgwick and star Kevin Bacon.

Deadline states that production will begin in September with the movie being brought to Lifetime for a 2017 debut.

5.Everything, Everything Stars Attached

As of July 20, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson will be starring in Everything Everything & will play the main leads Maddy and Olly.

Full article from THR can be found Here.

6.This Savage Song Optioned By Sony

On July 21, The Hollywood Reporter also announced that Victoria Schwab’s latest novel +  NYT Bestseller This Savage Song, was picked up by Sony.

Full article can be found Here.

What Book News Have You Heard?🙂