Blog Tour Review: The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente

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Blog Tour Review: The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
Series: Fairyland #4
Published by Feiwel & Friends on March 3, 2015
Pages: 256
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
three-half-stars

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When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, he becomes a changeling – a human boy -- in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland when seen through trollish eyes. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate. But when he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way back home, to a Fairyland much changed from the one he remembers. Hawthorn finds himself at the center of a changeling revolution--until he comes face to face with a beautiful young Scientiste with very big, very red assistant.

Time magazine has praised Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland books as "one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century." In this fourth installment of her saga, Valente 's wisdom and wit will charm readers of all ages.

I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for The Boy Who Lost Fairyland. Catherynne M. Valente’s series is one I believe is destined to become a classic in years to come.  The Fairyland series references beautifully the classics that came before, most notable Alice in Wonderland, but has a magic all its own. It is by turns absurd, incredibly deep, and deeply silly. The Boy Who Lost Fairyland is, in some ways, a departure from the previous books, but ultimately proves a wonderful addition to the series.

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Review: Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

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: Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Published by Simon Pulse on March 3, 2015
Pages: 304
Genres: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
five-stars

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Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

Everywhere she turns, someone feels she's too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself? 

The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

Not Otherwise Specified was my third Hannah Moskowitz novel, so I thought I knew what to expect. I liked the other two. Not Otherwise Specified, though, has this totally unfortunate cover compared to the others, and I don’t know. Basically, my body was not ready for the emotional impact this book had on me. Moskowitz blew my mind with this one, making me laugh and even cry.

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Review: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale

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Review: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale

The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale
Series: Princess Academy #3
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on March 3, 2015
Pages: 336
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
three-half-stars

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After a year at the king's palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher!

Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses.

As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen's interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.

Fans of Shannon Hale won't want to miss this gorgeously woven return to this best-selling, award-winning series.

Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy remains one of my favorite books. There’s nothing like classic Shannon Hale novels, if I can call novels from the early 2000s classics. Well, they are to me, so I will. In more recent years, though, I haven’t been quite as entranced by Hale’s fiction. Despite that, I couldn’t just walk away from this series. Hopes spring eternal for me, as it does for the unassailable goodwill of Miri Larendaughter. My hope was excellently rewarded with The Forgotten Sisters, which hearkens more closely to Princess Academy.

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Audiobook Review: Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass

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Audiobook Review: Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass

Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Published by Harper Audio on December 30, 2014
Duration: 9 hrs
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
four-stars

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Love and Other Theories is a fast-paced twist on the coming-of-age novel and the romantic comedy. Aubrey and her best friends made a pact to play by the guys' rules when it comes to dating. They're hoping the rules will keep them from experiencing high school heartbreak; they don't realize that these rules could just as easily keep them from opening their hearts and minds. And when new boy Nathan Diggs moves to town, Aubrey starts to think that some rules are meant to be broken.With equal parts bite and romance, topped off with an irresistibly engaging voice, Alexis Bass's debut novel is one you won't want to miss

Love and Other Theories is one of those books. One of the ones that’s going to garner such disparate opinions as to puzzle you exceedingly. My theory is that this is a book most people are going to really like or really hate. That, in fact, is why I read this book. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was a book for me and, actually, that never changed. However, I got so curious about the contents that I had to see for myself. The fun surprise was how much I liked this book.

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Review: Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

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Review: Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

Prince of Shadows: A Novel of Romeo and Juliet by Rachel Caine
Published by NAL on February 3, 2015
Pages: 384
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Retelling, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
three-half-stars

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A thrilling retelling of the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet, from the "New York Times" bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series. 

In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and--if they survive--marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born. 

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona--and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona... 

...And will rewrite all their fates, forever.

Back in that mysterious time before I began book blogging, I read a few of the Morganville Vampires novels. I didn’t stop because I didn’t like them; they just sort of fell by the wayside, as I am wont to do with series at times. I was curious, to say the least, to see that Caine had made the leap from vampires to a Shakespearean retelling, but she has landed this vast jump deftly. Prince of Shadows is going to be a vast surprise for Caine fans, I suspect, told largely in classic style and looking at Romeo and Juliet from a fun new perspective.

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