Waiting on Wednesday #118: Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book:

28797211Title: Last Star Burning
Author: Caitlin Sangster
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 10, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads): Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

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Thoughts:

This story sounds so intriguing! The idea of being branded as a criminal for being the daughter of a traitor seems so harsh, and I am dying to learn more about what happened to the nation that would result in this punishment. This book sounds like it’s going to be action-packed and full of suspense. The world of Last Star Burning seems so complex, and I can’t wait until the fall to see what it’s all about!

Book Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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I was a little bit hesitant going into Wonder Woman: Warbringer since I didn’t know the original story before picking it up, but honestly, Leigh Bardugo does not disappoint! This Wonder Woman retelling is easy to follow and will keep the reader on the edge of their seat as Diana and her squad journey to save the world from war. Diana is such a fresh main character, and I enjoyed reading about the strong female friendships. This book is absolutely perfect, and I would say it’s a must-read this year.

This book is definitely among my favourites of 2017! It tells the story of Princess Diana, an Amazon who saves a Warbringer who is shipwrecked on her island. The Warbringer is just a girl, but she is hunted because of the destruction that follows in her path. Diana is determined to protect her while journeying to save both her world and the human world from war. I have never read a Wonder Woman retelling before, but I definitely want more of them since I enjoyed this one so much. The entire book is action-packed and contains many epic fight scenes. Even if you aren’t familiar with the Wonder Woman story, I would still 100% recommend this story. I was also unfamiliar with it, but I was never confused while reading.

Diana has got to be one of my favourite main characters ever. She is such a sassy character who does not put up with any sexism. Since Diana is not from the human world, she doesn’t understand certain concepts when she ventures to New York. Watching her absorb all the new information is absolutely hilarious and made me love her even more. As I mentioned above, I don’t know much about Wonder Woman, so I can’t say if Diana stayed true to the original character, but I definitely loved Leigh Bardugo’s fierce interpretation of her.

One of my favourite aspects of this book is the strong friendship between girls. Nim and Alia, the New Yorkers, are best friends and always have each other’s backs. The girls, along with a couple of boys, make up the classic Bardugo squad that I was expecting. However, they quickly accept Diana as a friend and are so welcoming towards her. The support and compassion between the girls is so heartwarming to read about, and it is so much better than a romance filled story would have been. Female friendships are always something that I love to see, and I’m so glad this book focused on this.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer is an incredible retelling of Wonder Woman that is still comprehensible without prior knowledge of the original story. I loved the sassy feminist main character and the focus on friendship rather than romance. I can’t wait to see what’s in store with the rest of this series in the future!

ARC Review: Room Love by Heather Wutschke

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I received an eARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Room Love: 50 DIY Projects to Design Your Space
Author: Heather Wutschke
Publisher: Capstone Young Reader
Publication Date: September 1, 2017
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): A floor, a ceiling, and four boring walls? No more! Get creative, show your room some love, and turn your personal space into your happy place. Show off your style and personality with DIY pizzazz to makeover furniture, create one-of-a-kind decor, and organize your stuff with dozens of projects and ideas to make your room as unique as you are

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I am always looking for ways to improve the spaces in my house, and Room Love has quite a few inexpensive little ideas that are fun DIY projects. Many of the ideas are geared towards tweens, however there are some great organizational tips that can be useful to anyone. If you have some washi tape, scrapbook paper and acrylic paint on hand, you are well on your way to get started on many of Wutschke’s projects.

shelfI have recently begun to organize my bookshelves and I was really inspired by the washi tape embellishment idea in Room Love. What is so great about washi tape is its versatility and the ability to remove it easily if needed. I never considered using it in my decorating before, and it is such a fun idea!

 

 

 

The layout of this DIY book is so pretty and has lots of pictures with step-by-step directions that can be followed with ease. It is one that will appeal to pre-teens that are wanting to jazz up their space a little bit without having to purchase expensive supplies. It is a definite gift for the tween DIYers on your list!

Friday Reads #20: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Friday Reads

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share the first sentence (or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.

This week’s book:

29749085Summary (from Goodreads): She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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I am loving this book so far! I’m not too familiar with the Wonder Woman franchise, and I’m enjoying the whole concept. There is so much feminism in this story, and it’s very empowering to read. I can’t wait to keep reading and see what happens to Diana next!

Book Beginning:

You do not enter a race to lose.

Friday 56:

The beginnings of another storm, or maybe the same storm that had caught the Thetis was moving in. She peered along the coastline but could see no lighthouse or harbor, no signs of civilization at all. This place really was isolated.

Waiting on Wednesday #117: Devils and Thieves by Jennifer Rush

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book:

25843018Title: Devils and Thieves
Author: Jennifer Rush
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 3, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads): Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael has grown up surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called “kindled,” and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn’t help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf.

When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumour begins spreading that someone is practising forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all.

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Thoughts:

It has been so long since I’ve read a fantasy, and an urban fantasy is something I’ve read even fewer of. I am intrigued by the idea of a magic community in a modern setting, and the motorcycle gang is also something I don’t see too often. This book seems like the perfect read for the Halloween season, and I can’t wait to pick it up this fall!