Series Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

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Series Review: Starflight by Melissa LandersStarflight by Melissa Landers
Series: Starflight #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on February 2, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Adventure, Romance
Pages: 369
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...

Though I enjoyed Landers’ debut Alienated for the most part, I never finished the series, and I didn’t think too much about it. I had Starflight on my to-read list, but it was nowhere near making it onto my actual TBR, until Gillian gave me the push I needed to give it a shot. Basically, if she says something’s shippy, and I need to read it, I’m going to do that. Starflight is Firefly meets Overboard, and it’s a spaceshippy delight.


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Size Doesn’t Matter (180): Miles Morales; Warbringer

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Size Doesn’t Matter (180): Miles Morales; WarbringerMiles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds
Narrator: Guy Lockard
Length: 6 hrs, 53 mins
Published by Listening Library on August 1, 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
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Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you're on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins.

Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He's even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he's Spider Man.

But lately, Miles's spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren't meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad's advice and focus on saving himself.

As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can't shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher's lectures on the historical benefits of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.

It's time for Miles to suit up.

I picked Miles Morales up more because of Jason Reynolds than because of Spider-Man. Though I enjoy superhero stuff in general, I’m not enough into Marvel or DC to really want to read novelizations (if I wanted to read them, I’d go for comics); however, I’ll be making exceptions for some favorite authors. Reynolds brings his talent to bear on what would otherwise be a deeply silly story.


Series Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

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Series Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa GreyThe Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
Series: The Girl at Midnight #1
Published by Delacorte BFYR on April 28, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 357
Format: Hardcover
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Magic lives in our darkest corners.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants…and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

I initially read The Girl at Midnight back when it originally released, and I was firmly ensconced on the crack train at that time. I still really enjoyed it, but I didn’t get quite as absorbed on this go-round.


Size Doesn’t Matter (179): The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo; The Fate of the Tearling

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Size Doesn’t Matter (179): The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo; The Fate of the TearlingThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Atria on June 13, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Historical
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: ALA
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From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.

For the past couple of years, I’ve seen friends of mine read and love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. Love to a flaily, mega-hype degree. I kept adding new books of hers to my massive to-read shelf on Goodreads, but I never took action. As per usual, I finally got around to reading her when I got an ARC of her latest at ALA. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo totally blew me away. Even with all the hype, I was completely unprepared for how good this book is.