Month: December 2015

Wolf By Wolf

Posted December 31, 2015 by Ashley in Book Review, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Wolf By WolfWolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1) by Ryan Graudin
Format: Hardcover
Genres: Young Adult
on October 20th 2015
Pages: 388
Goodreads

Her story begins on a train.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.
Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless.

 

 

I’ve said it before, I don’t really read historical fiction. But after reading this book I’m questioning that decision. I’m sure not every historical fiction title has skinshifters but I’m really starting to warm up to the idea of reading more historical fiction, maybe.

With that being said, I’m not a big fan of reading sad and depressing books about actual events in which thousands of people die for no reason, I just get really angry. In this particular book, the main character Yael, was brought to a Nazi death camp and was pumped full of mysterious drugs that allowed her to change her eye color, skin color and hair color. Now this puts a new twist to the story because Yael can be anyone she needs to be to complete her mission. The story bounces back and forth between the past and the present, which sometimes is bothersome and confusing but I found it to be more mysterious and surprising. I really enjoyed Wolf by Wolf, I thought it had an interesting twist and I didn’t get bored! I of course, got curious about the motorcycles they used for the race so I had to look it up! Here they are.

four-stars

 

Have you read Wolf by Wolf? If so, let’s chat!

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RUTHLESS

Posted December 30, 2015 by Ashley in Book Review, Young Adult / 0 Comments

RUTHLESSRuthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
Format: Paperback
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller
on July 14th 2015
Pages: 250
Published by Simon Pulse Goodreads

Ruth Carver has always competed like her life depends on it. Ambitious. Tough. Maybe even mean. It’s no wonder people call her ruthless.
When she wakes up with a concussion in the bed of a moving pickup truck, Ruth realizes she has been entered into a contest she can’t afford to lose.
At a remote, rotting cabin deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ruth’s blindfold comes off and she finds herself face-to-face with her captor: A man who believes his mission is to punish bad girls like Ruth. A man who has done this six times before.
The other girls were never heard from again, but Ruth won’t go down easy. She escapes into the wilderness, but her hunter is close at her heels. That’s when the real battle begins. That’s when Ruth must decides just how far she’ll go in order to survive.
Back home, they called her Ruthless. They had no idea just how right they were.

I’d like to start by saying I don’t usually read books like this. I avoid them because I am one of those people who will psych herself out every time I’m home alone or out after dark alone. Every little noise will be a burglar or someone out to get me. These types of stories stick with me and mess with my head!  But since this one came highly recommended I gave it a shot. Once I sat down to read it, I read it all in one sitting. Talk about a roller coaster of emotions, at one point I was gripping the book so tightly my hands started hurting. Ruth is one of those girls who is determined to be the best she can be, to win at any cost and she doesn’t have time for anything else except winning; this determination is the very thing that saves her life.

Okay, so I’ve never been in a situation like Ruth so I don’t know how I would react to anything Ruth goes through but I have to say, Ruth is one bad ass girl. She manages to escape with her life but only after running barefoot for miles, hiding/sleeping in a tree, tubing down a river, throwing herself out of a car and allowing her captor to bury her alive. I don’t want to give away too many details here but you should read this book, really.

three-stars

 

Have you read Ruthless or anything else by Carolyn Lee Adams? If so, let’s chat!

 

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Middle Grade Monday

Posted December 28, 2015 by Ashley in Book Review, Middle Grade, Uncategorized, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Middle Grade Monday is a feature in which I review and recommend (or not) books for your middle grade reader. A middle grade reader is usually between the ages of 8 and 12. Since I have a middle grade reader at home, I’ve decided to create a feature here and share will all of you.

Valiant

Published April 28 2015

Pages: 384

Publisher: Egmont

Saville despises the bolts of velvet and silk that her father loves- he’s always prized them more than he’s ever loved her. Yet when he’s struck ill, she’ll do anything to survive, even donning boys’ clothes and begging a commission to sew for the king.Piecing together a fine coat is far simpler than unknotting court gossip about an army of giants led by a man who cannot be defeated. And they’re marching toward Reggen to seize the throne. But Saville knows giants are just stories, and no man is immortal.Then she meets them, two scouts as tall as trees. She tricks them into leaving, but tales of the daring tailor’s triumph quickly spin into impossible feats of giant-slaying. And mere stories won’t deter the Duke and his larger-than-life army.Now only a courageous and clever tailor girl can see beyond the rumors to save the kingdom again.

Saville’s father is the best tailor in Daniver but he can’t seem to abide by the rules set in place by the cities tailors guild; so he decides to move his daughter to Reggan, a city that has no such guild. Shortly after they arrive, the tailor falls ill and become paralyzed, unable to move any part of his body. It doesn’t take long before Saville is almost out of patience, money and food. Knowing that the only thing she can do to survive is sew she decides to follow through with her father’s plan–get to the king and prove to him that she is the best tailor in all the land and gain his trust–and his money. This proves to be problematic because girls are not trusted to touch the king let alone take his measurements. So, Saville dresses as a boy and wins the commission of the king.
It takes Saville months and months to create the pieces the king has requested, she spends all her time indoors. Saville’s only friend is Will, a young homeless boy she takes in off the streets. The duo become quite the team and even though Will discovers Saville’s biggest secret but he swears to never tell.

Rumors begin in the city about an impending war with giants as big as trees and a mysterious new Duke who claims he is the rightful heir to the throne. Saville doesn’t believe in giants–they are just fairy tales right? Wrong. When the giants make their first appearance in the field outside the city, the townspeople are frantic, the giants have picked someone up and started tossing them around like a rag-doll. By the time Saville reaches the field, she is horrified to discover it’s Will the giants have in their grasp.

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The events that follow will take the reader on a non-stop adventure through the castle’s long lost secret passageways, over castle walls into the giant camp, and up close with the feeble king of Reggan.

MY THOUGHTS

I have to be honest here, the only reason I read this book is because I set up an author event with Sarah McGuire. This book may not have come across my radar any other way.

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Before the first chapter was over, I hated Saville’s father. He loved his fabrics far more than his daughter and that didn’t sit well with me at all. He is a cold, unloving character and it’s sad that the Tailor is her only family left and he seems to not care for her at all. Perhaps that’s what made Saville the lovable heroine she turned out to be. I would definitely recommend this book to any young girl looking for a good fairy tale with a strong female heroine. I was pleasantly surprised with this debut author.

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Uppercase Box Book Club!

Posted December 26, 2015 by Ashley in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Book Club

I received my first Uppercase Box in November and I couldn’t be more excited! As a I added the book (Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin) to my TBR pile I wondered when exactly I would be able to read it. This got me thinking. I have always wanted to start a book club or be a part of one, but no matter how hard I try, it never works. I get friends together once but after that we never get back together. But what if the book was delivered to your door and with it came awesome swag? And all you had to do was log on to Twitter to talk about the book? Sounds great right? I reached out to Lisa, the president of Uppercase Box for her thoughts and BAM! the Uppercase Box Book Club was born.

Uppercase Box

Uppercase Box is a monthly subscription box that delivers a hard cover Young Adult book and awesome swag to your door. There are different price points and the books are always newer releases so you don’t have to worry about having already read it. Check it out here.

Here is an example of the June box:

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The Details:

The book selection will always be the young adult book featured in the Uppercase Box subscription. You do not have to subscribe to Uppercase Box to join in the discussion (but you totally should, book mail is the highlight of my month!).

The discussion will be the 3rd Friday of the month unless otherwise noted. Why? Uppercase Box ships on the 15th, this way, most of us will have already received our box for the following month, and I can announce to non subscribers, what the next book will be.

The Hashtag

Use #UCBookClub during the discussion and anytime you post to social media. The more people involved the better the discussions!

The First Discussion

Our first discussion will be on January 15th at 7pm EST. and we will discussing Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom. This will give everyone 3 weeks to read the book, I hope to hear from you then!

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Thanks for reading!

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