Showing posts with label disney Hyperion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label disney Hyperion. Show all posts

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Monday, March 7, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I have heard so many great things about Alexandra Bracken and her work. Though I will admit, I had never previously read anything by her, I chose to read Passenger because it was one of my selections from my Uppercase box in February.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy/Science Fiction
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Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever. (Goodreads)

Guest Review: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Why I chose this book:
My boyfriend pointed this book out a while ago as one he really loved as kid, so when Amanda offered it in exchange for a review, I jumped at the chance.

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: January 1st, 2006
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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An epic battle between good and evil...

Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great - until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last of the warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player. Goodreads.

Review: Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Why I chose this book:
Is there really a reason not to read this series? I mean it has gorgeous covers, swoon-worthy romance, and entrancing writing. It’s a complete win, and this book was no difference.

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide. (Goodreads)

Guest Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Why I chose this book:
Despite my love of historical fiction, I was cautious approaching this novel. I had previously heard that Code Name Verity was a tearjerker for many, and I was unsure if I was interested in reading a book that conjured heavy emotion after recently experiencing the rollercoaster that was Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. However, an adamant reader and friend of mine claimed it was a must-read. It follows, then, that I grabbed the nearest copy I could find and dove in. I was not disappointed.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: February 6th, 2012
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Paperback

I have two weeks. You'll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That's what you do to enemy agents. It's what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dity work like mine--and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer von Linden interrogation me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I'm going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France--an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team. (Goodeads)

Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Why I chose this book:
After devouring These Broken Stars, I needed This Shattered World like I needed air. Luckily I didn't have to wait for it to be released like everyone else who read These Broken Stars as soon as it released. As soon as I bought it, I began reading voraciously.

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: December 23rd, 2014
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war. (Goodreads)

Guest Review: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Why I chose this book:
Well, I've never read a mermaid book that I truly enjoyed, and it's one of my never-ending quests as a reader. SOMEDAY I will find a good mermaid book *Aragorn voice* but it was not this day. This day is the day of cheesy dialogue, forces and clunky mer-culture, and convenient coincidences. Sooo... onward!

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: May 6th, 2014
Format: Hardback
Genre: Fantasy

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.

Guest Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn

Monday, March 2, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I chose this book because I read a review of it a few months ago and thought it sounded like a charming story. And the cover is adorable, who doesn't love a cover with a cute pig on it. When I saw that Amanda was willing to trade this in exchanged for a review, I jumped on the chance to read it!

Poison by Bridget Zinn
Publishing: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: March 12th, 2013
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction--which means she's the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom's future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart... misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king's army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she's not alone. She's armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can't stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she's certainly no damsel-in-distress--she's the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon. (Goodreads)

DNF Review: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Monday, August 18, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
For so long, I was looking forward to reading this. Disney-Hyperion doesn’t like us, so it seems because we never get cleared for eARCs of their books, so that meant I had to buy this one. And that’s just what I did; I preordered it and everything. I even read Poison Dance (the prequel novella), so I had rather high expectations.

Midnight Thief by E. Livia Blackburne
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publish Date: July 8th 2014
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.
But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life. (Goodreads)

Review: These Broken Stars

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
I will be the first to admit it. I am a sucker for space operas. At the tender age of 8, I watched Star Wars for the first time and Han Solo had me at “I know”.  When I was eleven, I wanted to be an astronaut. Sadly, a few rounds of roller coasters permanently crushed those dreams. Needless to say, I had stardust in my blood. The fortunate thing for me, and for young adult literature, is that there is some amazingly well written space opera and science fiction novels. I had seen a couple of book blogs I follow give this book a good review, so I knew I had to pick it up. 

These Broken Stars 
by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion 
Publish Date: December 10, 2013
Format: Kindle
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction,
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It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it. (Goodreads)
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