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Monday, 24 September 2018

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld ~ Review

Impostors

by Scott Westerfeld


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Series: Uglies Series #5
Released: September 11, 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Genre: YA Dystopian
Buy Now: TBD | Publisher


Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadows of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. Frey only exists to protect her sister. There is no other part of her life. Frey has never been out in the world on her own – until her father sends her in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal. Everyone thinks she’s her sister – but Col, the son of a rival leader, is starting to get close enough to tell the difference. As the stakes grow higher and higher, Frey must decide whether she can trust him – or anyone in her life.


~ Paperback Princess Blurb ~


Like all  Scott Westerfeld books, this novel was heart pumping, twists you won't guess, characters created to perfection, unknown and unstable world and so much ACTION! If you loved the Uglies' series like I did, this is a MUST READ!

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Waiting on Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks ~ Review


Born Scared

by Kevin Brooks


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Released: September 11, 2018
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: YA Thriller
Buy Now: TBD | B & N


Elliot is terrified of almost everything.

From the moment he was born, his life has been governed by acute fear. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are the pills that he takes every day.

It's Christmas Eve, there's a snowstorm and Elliot's medication is almost gone. His mum nips out to collect his prescription. She'll only be 10 minutes - but when she doesn't come back, Elliot must face his fears and try to find her. She should only be 400 meters away. It might as well be 400 miles...


~ Paperback Princess Blurb ~


Born Scared by Kevin Brooks is a unique story about a day in the life of a teen who is anxious and scared of the world, but when his Mother goes missing in search of his much needed medication, he soon finds himself venturing outside, first time in a long time, to find and maybe save his Mother. Brilliantly written, gripping and thrilling.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Weekly Wrap Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Friday, 7 September 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes ~ Review

Fawkes

by Nadine Brandes

Released: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pre-order Now: TBD | QBD | Dymocks


Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.



~ Paperback Princess Blurb ~

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is a unique story and retelling of 17th century England, with a world of magic and masks, an exciting rebellion brewing, two magic forces to be reckoned with, it's exciting and a page turner. 

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Mirage by Somaiya Daud ~ Tour Review

Tour Schedule

Welcome to my tour stop for Mirage by Somaiya Daud. Please check out the other stops; tour schedule above. There's also a giveaway at the end of this post, so don't miss out!

About The Book

Mirage

by Somaiya Daud


Series: Mirage #1
Release Date: August 28th 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Buy It Now: TBD | B&N | Kobo




In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fianc√©, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfec-tion...because one wrong move could lead to her death.

~ Paperback Princess Blurb ~ 


A wonderful debut novel that will enthral readers from the very first page, with it's lush description, to it's poetic writing, this book is definitely a magical ride. If you enjoy The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, you will love Mirage by Somaiya Daud. It has a similar writing style with the royal political intrigue. This was truly a wonderful journey, and I for one cannot wait till the sequel.  

Friday, 24 August 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Jinxed by Amy McCulloch ~ Review

Jinxed

by Amy McCulloch


Released: September 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pre-order Now: TBD | QBD 


A little bit Golden Compass, a little bit Hunger Games, and all adventure' - Amie Kaufman, NYT bestselling author of ILLUMINAE

The brand-new series from Amy Alward, author of the magical POTION DIARIES adventures!

Lacey Chu has big dreams of becoming a companioneer for MONCHA, the largest tech firm in North America and the company behind the "baku" - a customisable smart pet that functions as a phone but makes the perfect companion too. When Lacey finds out she hasn't been accepted into Profectus - the elite academy for cutting edge tech - it seems her dreams are over. Worst of all, rather than getting to choose one of the advanced bakus, she’s stuck with a rubbish insect one.

Then, one night, Lacey comes across the remains of an advanced baku. Once it might’ve been in the shape of a cat but it’s now mangled and broken, no sign of electronic life behind its eyes. Days of work later and the baku opens its eyes. Lacey calls him Jinx – and Jinx opens up a world for her that she never even knew existed, including entry to the hallowed halls of Profecus. Slowly but surely, Jinx becomes more than just a baku to Lacey – he becomes her perfect companion. But what is Jinx, really? His abilities far surpass anything written into his code or built into his motherboard. He seems to be more than just a robotic pet. He seems ... real.


~ Paperback Princess Blurb ~


Jinxed by Amy McCulloch is a wonderfully creative YA sci-fi focusing on technological advancement, that, truth be told, doesn't seem so far into the future. An innovative, fast-paced plot, with just enough mystery, will have you devouring this book, like your dog devours a bone. A great introduction to Amy's work, and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel.




Jinxed by Amy McCulloch is a unique YA Sci-Fi. The concept and foundation of it's plot is as innovative as the characters within it's pages. It's an addictive read, and from the moment you open the book, you are hooked, glued to it till the very end. It's a fantastic and enjoyable introduction to Amy's work, I can't wait to read more of McCulloch's work AND of course the sequel to Jinxed.

Set in the near future where bakus are needed to live life conveniently, like our smart phones of today. Bakus is the lovechild of tamagotchis and smart phones. It's used as a higher-tech smart phone AND made in the image of insects/animals/birds that also serves as a companion for it's owner.
Accompanying you to your happiest life ever
When Lacey Chu finds and restores a high level baku she finds herself wrongly accepted to the prestigious school Profectus Academy, the next step to securing her dream job as companioneer at Moncha, the creators of bakus. However, she soon finds out that her new baku, Jinx is unlike other bakus, he thinks for himself. Will she get to keep her Profectus Academy placement if they knew that her baku is actually not the one issued to her AND that he has a mind of his own? 
A fairytale, but not of princes and frogs, ballgowns and pumpkins, but of makers and metal, of wire and ingenuity and inspiration and creativity and invention. 
The world is so realistic, and to be honest, it doesn't seem that much further into the future from where we are in technology. The world creation was fantastic, I loved the different elements and explanation of how they got to where they are; it speaks of our world today, which is definitely interesting.

The characters were well written. Lacey along with Zora, her long-time best friend were definitely my favourite characters. I also loved how Amy allowed females to be the tech geeks. In this novel, the women was at the forefront of technological advancement! 
I want a career that sets my soul on fire, that fans the flames of passion that smoulder deep in my belly - that I guard with my hardness and intellect.
Lacey Chu is a strong protagonist who's swimming against the tide of not being born "privileged", yet she's smarter than most at Profectus, and despite all the things she had to endure to keep her place in the Academy, she didn't give up! Zora was the perfect backup, they are Batman and Robyn in the "tech" world; Lacey built and Zora coded. A match made in Moncha heaven. 

The crew that Lacey befriends at Profectus was also a great bunch of kids, and I love how they still did the right thing at the end, although they were somewhat unhappy with Lacey. I especially liked Ashley and Tobias, and can't wait to see where Tobias and Lacey's relationship goes.

It's a fast-paced novel without compromising the story. It read like a standalone novel, characters and world building had great foundations. I did not feel like it was an introduction to a new series...which is a good thing! It takes a good Author to satisfy readers, and still have them eagerly anticipating it's sequel. 

Amy's innovative plot, fast-paced and exciting writing, strong, likeable characters, a creative world with an equally creative history make this book a must read for lovers of futuristic and realistic technological sci-fi; with a hint of conspiracy theory and mystery added in for good measure.



Disclaimer
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing me with an Advanced Reader's Copy in exchange of an honest review. My opinion is of my own and has not been influenced by the Publisher giving me a free copy. 

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Echoes by Alice Reeds ~ Tour

Tour Schedule

Welcome to my tour stop for Echoes by Alice Reeds. Please check out the other stops;tour schedule above. There's also a US Giveaway so don't forget to enter at the end of this post.

About The Book

Echoes

by Alice Reeds


Release Date: August 7th 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Thriller 
Buy It Now




"Fast-paced and thrilling. ECHOES is a heart-pounding and addictive love story."—Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait.

They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to. Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them. Something that won't let them leave alive.

Echoes is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and, above all, finding hope in the face of the unknown.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart ~ Tour Review

Tour Schedule

Welcome to my tour stop for Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart. Please check out the other stops;tour schedule above. There's also a US Giveaway courtesy of Tracy and Rockstar Tours so don't forget to enter. 

About The Book

Grace & Fury

by Tracy Banghart


Release Date: July 31st 2018
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Buy It Now: TBD | B&N




In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace--someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir's eye, it's Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

~ Paperback Princess Blurb ~ 


Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart is the story of two sisters who fights a system filled with female oppression to get back to each other and to make a stand and change the world. 

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Waiting on Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Friday, 20 July 2018

So Glad To Meet You by Lisa Super ~ Review



Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Waiting on Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa ~ Review

Shadow of the Fox

by Julie Kagawa


Released: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mythology
Pre-order Now: Dymocks | TBD


Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns...and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near...and the missing pieces of the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret.

Demons have burned the temple Yumeko was raised in to the ground, killing everyone within, including the master who trained her to both use and hide her kitsune shapeshifting powers. Yumeko escapes with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll. Fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Yumeko knows he seeks what she has...and is under orders to kill anything and anyone who stands between him and the scroll.

A wish will be granted and a new age will dawn.



~ Paperback Princess Blurb ~


Welcome to Julie Kagawa's latest series; Shadow of the Fox. Atmospheric Japan, Japanese mythologies abound, unique set of characters, an arduous journey with magical elements, demons, Gods and beyond, wrapped up in this spectacular book cover.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Thursday, 12 July 2018

The Undercurrent by Paula Weston ~ Review

The Undercurrent

by Paula Weston



Released: July 31, 2017
Publisher: Text Publishing 
Genre: Young Adult Thriller/Suspence
Buy It Now: Angus & Robertson | The Book Depository | QBD 


Eighteen-year-old Julianne De Marchi is different. As in: she has an electrical undercurrent beneath her skin that stings and surges like a live wire. She can use it—to spark a fire, maybe even end a life—but she doesn’t understand what it is. And she can barely control it, especially when she’s anxious.

Ryan Walsh was on track for a stellar football career when his knee blew out. Now he’s a soldier—part of an experimental privatised military unit that has identified Jules De Marchi as a threat. Is it because of the weird undercurrent she’s tried so hard to hide? Or because of her mother Angie’s history as an activist against bio-engineering and big business?

It’s no coincidence that Ryan and Jules are in the same place at the same time—he’s under orders to follow her, after all. But then an explosive attack on a city building by an unknown enemy throws them together in the most violent and unexpected way.


The Undercurrent by Paula Weston is set in Australia with greedy monopolised corporations, military goons with unknown intentions, uncontrollable protestors, and in the middle of all that, a teen, Julienne DeMarchi, who's electricity current inside of her is literally off the charts! 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Waiting on Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Jessica Spotswood ~ Author Interview

I would just like to welcome Jessica Spotswood to Paperback Princess; Welcome Jessica!!! I was extremely grateful and beyond excited that you had accepted my request for an interview.

For those that don't know Jessica, she's an amazing Author who writes Young Adult, and has edited and written 3 anthologies/short stories to date. Her works include The Cahill Witch Chronicles, A Tyranny of Petticoats and The Radical Element anthologies written with other equally amazing Authors such as Marie Lu, Erin Bowman and Marissa Meyer! Here's a full list of all her books out as well as soon to be released work.

Anyhow, without further ado...Jessica Shea Spotswood.

2018 Reading Challenges


The New Release Challenge is hosted by Lexxie from Un(Conventional) Reviews. You pick a level, I'm only doing 30 books, Level 1 (New Release Newbie) as I am starting in the 2nd Quarter of 2018. Then from here, you read, review and then link up to your review post. 

Monday, 9 July 2018

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood ~ Review





The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

by Jessica Spotswood


Released: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Buy It Now: Dymocks | TBD


One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other.

Kat lands the lead in the community theater’s summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Can she get revenge by staging a new romance of her own?

Bea and her boyfriend are heading off to college together in the fall, just like they planned when they started dating. But Bea isn’t sure she wants the same things as when she was thirteen…

Vi has a crush on the girl next door. It makes her happy and nervous, but Cece has a boyfriend…so it’s not like her feelings could ever be reciprocated, right?

As the oldest, Des shoulders a lot of responsibility for her family and their independent bookstore. Except it’s hard to dream big when she’s so busy taking care of everyone else.


~ Paperback Princess Blurb ~


The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood is four stories interwoven into one. It's a story of four sisters navigating their own lives whilst trying to remain as one family unit, during their potentially, last summer all together. 

Friday, 6 July 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Waiting on Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Save The Date by Morgan Matson ~ Tour {Review}


I am so honoured and excited to be participating in a Morgan Matson tour!!! Fan-girling aside, let's get to business...

Welcome to my tour stop for Save The Date by the lovely Morgan Matson who writes EPIC books...just saying. My stop will consist of my review of STD (read the book to get the insider joke...ok maybe not "insider" "insider" but more "you'll get it"). 

Don't forget to check out the other tour stops as there's a DAILY giveaway up for grabs. (Tour schedule can be found at the bottom of this post or by clicking on the tour button above). Thank you Simon & Schuster Australia for organising this tour.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga ~ Character Interview

Tour Schedule

Welcome to my tour stop for Lindsey Duga's Kiss of the Royal.  Today we are being joined by the Prince Zach himself for a Character Interview, get the full scoop on everything from wraiths to what he thinks of Ivy.

Please don't forget to check out the other tour stops, full tour schedule can be found by clicking on the button above. Don't forget that Kiss of the Royal is released for purchase TOMORROW and also read till the end to enter the tour giveaway.

About the Book



Kiss of the Royal

by Lindsey Duga


Release Date: July 3rd 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Buy It Now: Entangled Teen | Kobo | B&N




In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

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