Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

I received this book for free from BEA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children on September 1, 2015
Pages: 336
Genres: Adventure, Historical, Romance, Western
Format: ARC
Source: BEA
four-half-stars

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When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

You know, I always thought of western as one of the genres I didn’t like. If you asked me what genres I avoid, I probably would have told you mysteries, religious, and western. Well spit on my neck and call me Pardner because apparently I DO like westerns. Who knew! The problem apparently isn’t so much the genre itself but what westerns generally entail. A bunch of dudes duding it up on a ranch dudely is so not my jam, unless maybe the dudes also fall in love, but even then I don’t know. However, give me a badass heroine, some romance, and some genderbending, and I adore westerns. Vengeance Road proved to be a delightful surprise that I couldn’t put down.

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Cover Snark (159): Snarkcaster

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Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don’t write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I’ve linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Shiny and New:

1. Gateway to Fourline (The Fourline Trilogy #1) – Pamela Brondos
Gateway to Fourline - Pamela Brondos
Thoughts: I applaud them for not just slapping the sword on there and calling it a day.

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Review: The Awesome by Eva Darrows

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Awesome by Eva Darrows

The Awesome by Eva Darrows
Published by Ravenstone on May 26, 2015
Pages: 246
Genres: Horror, Humor, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
four-half-stars

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Seventeen-year-old Maggie Cunningham is tough, smart, and sassy. She's also not like other girls her age, but then, who would be when the family business is monster hunting? Combat boots, ratty hooded sweatshirts, and hair worn short so nothing with claws can get a grip, Maggie's concerns in life slant more toward survival than fashion or boys. Which presents a problem when Maggie's mother informs Maggie that she can't get her journeyman's license for hunting until she loses her virginity.

Something about virgin blood turning vampires into pointy rage monsters. Blood and gore and insides being on the outside and all that. 

Maggie's battled ghosts and goblins and her fair share of house brownies, but finding herself a boy - fitting in with her peers - proves a much more daunting task than any monster hunt. Did you know normal girls don't stuff their bras with holy water balloons? Nor do they carry wooden stakes in their waistbands. And they care about things like "matching" and "footwear." Of course, they also can't clean a gun blindfolded, shoot a crossbow, or exorcise ghosts from a house. Which means they're lame and Maggie's not. Because Maggie's awesome. The Awesome, in fact. Just ask her. She'd be more than happy to tell you. 

After she finds herself a date.

When Meg (Cuddlebuggery) says to read a thing, I listen. Eventually. It took me a while to get to The Awesome, I’ll admit, but it wouldn’t be happening at all were it not for Megasus’ amazing review. Surprising no one, Meg was completely right about The Awesome, which lives up to a title that really ups the expectations. The Awesome is a hilarious, bitchin’ story of badass chicks kicking serious paranormal butt.

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Review: Bounce by Noelle August

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Review: Bounce by Noelle August

Bounce Series: Boomerang #3
on August 25, 2015
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
three-half-stars

Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ” 

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought. 

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

It’s pretty rare to see a series go out on a high note, and I’m so glad that the Boomerang series is doing that. Of the three, Bounce is my favorite. Book two was definitely the low point, but it left with high hopes for Adam’s little brother’s book, hopes that were not dashed. Bounce is adorable fluff and actually does hit on issues of being a new adult, like employment and decision-making and stuff. So yeah, if you’ve been reading this series, do not skip Bounce.

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Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy #1
Published by Greenwillow on September 22, 2015
Pages: 432
Genres: Historical, Magical Realism, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
five-stars

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The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.

HOT DAMN. I decided to sneakread Walk on Earth a Stranger back in April. Inevitably, I knew there would be a lot of hype surrounding Rae Carson’s latest effort, and I know that hype can completely ruin my reading experience or enthusiasm for a book, so obviously I decided to be a hype-maker and read it early. Yeah, sorry, guys. To be fair, I’ve been very quiet about my reading until posting my review today. Now, though, I can officially announce how incredibly amazing this book is and that it blows Fire and Thorns out of the water, at least for me personally.

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