Showing posts with label strange chemistry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label strange chemistry. Show all posts

Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Why I chose this book:
I saw hype for this book before it was released, and I knew I had to have it. I didn’t get an ARC for it, so once I finally got my summer paycheck this was my first buy. And I’m so glad I actually bought a physical copy of this book!

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publish Date: April 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever. (Goodreads)

Review: The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen

Thursday, March 6, 2014
 Why I chose this book: I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again; I am a sucker for time travel. If I could go back in time, I would visit Renaissance Florence, the Lost Generation in Paris, and the lost library of Alexandria (and kill Hitler, duh). There is just something about not just reading about places in the past, but completely immersing yourself in it. While the idea is but a dream, for Alex Wayfare it is a reality. I received this book for 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.

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by  M.G. Buehrlen
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publish Date: March 4, 2014
Format: Netgalley ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last. (Goodreads)

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