Showing posts with label knopf books for young readers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label knopf books for young readers. Show all posts

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Monday, October 19, 2015
Why I chose this book: 
Amie Freaking Kaufman. Yes. There was no way I wasn’t going to request this book! I hadn’t heard much about the book before I requested it. I only knew it had a slightly different format and was science fiction. I was on board so to speak! But then I began reading it and my opinions changed just a bit… I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eARC
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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she'd have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra--who are barely even talking to each other--are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what's really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again. (Goodreads)

Review: Another Day by David Levithan

Monday, September 7, 2015
Why I chose this book:
To say that I am a fan of David Levithan would be a total understatment. I am a giant fangirl of anything that he writes. The Lover's Dictionary is a favorite, and I am currently reading Two Boys Kissing and am totally swooning. Levithan is an amazing writer. When I first read the companion novel, Every Day, I instantly fell in love with it. It was fresh, exciting, and a beautiful read. I loved the idea of a genderless protagonist, and found that it really shaped my ideas regarding gender and sexuality. Once I head that he was creating a second novel from the perspective of Rhiannon, I was pumped. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Another Day by David Levithan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: eARC
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In this enthralling companion to his NYT bestseller Every Day, David Levithan tells Rhiannon's side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don't be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day--a perfect day Justin doesn't remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person... wasn't Justin at all. (Goodreads)

Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Monday, May 25, 2015
Why I Chose this Book:
This was another book I was required to read for my YAL grad class, and I will be honest... I wasn't too sure about starting it. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE Levithan's writing. The Lover's Dictionary is one of my favorite books, but I never really gave LGBTQ+ books a chance because they never really appealed to me, part of the reason being that contemporary is not really my thing either, but I can't begin to say how glad I am that I read this book and how much I truly enjoyed and cried over the hurt and pain of these characters.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction, LGBTQ+
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New York Times bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record--all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites--all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other. (Goodreads)

Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Why I chose this book:
Ever since this book came out, it sang to me and begged to be read. I finally bought it last month and couldn’t wait to get started. It took me longer than expected to finish, and let me explain to you why. 
*This review contains spoilers*

Falling Kingdoms
 by Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword. . . .

The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed? (Goodreads)

Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Why I chose this book: I  discovered this book while perusing net galley, and couldn't resist the charm that I found in-between the lines of the synopsis. Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard is a girl that stumbles upon an adventure inside a museum. What is not to love? It also had a cover that resembled a mixture of The Series of Unfortunate Events and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making; both books I love. I simply had to give this book a try. 

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Format: ARC Galley
Genre: Middle Grade Lit, Fantasy, Fairy Tale
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Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up. (Goodreads)
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