ARC Review: Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

 

Book cover for Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornoll

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman

Book cover for The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Rosemary Spell
Author: Virginia Zimmerman
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Part mystery, part literary puzzle, part life-and-death quest, and chillingly magical, this novel has plenty of suspense for adventure fans and is a treat for readers who love books, words, and clues. Best friends Rosie and Adam find an old book with blank pages that fill with handwriting before their eyes. Something about this magical book has the power to make people vanish, even from memory. The power lies in a poem—a spell. When Adam’s older sister, Shelby, disappears, they struggle to retain their memories of her as they race against time to bring her back from the void, risking their own lives in the process.  Continue reading

ARC Review: An Inheritance of Ashes

Book cover for An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: An Inheritance of Ashes
Author: Leah Bobet
Publisher: Clarion
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): The strange war down south—with its rumors of gods and monsters—is over. And while sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister wait to see who will return from the distant battlefield, they struggle to maintain their family farm.

When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways no one could have imagined, and soon Hallie is taking dangerous risks—and keeping desperate secrets. But even as she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie’s own family are emerging. And while monsters and armies are converging on the small farm, the greatest threat to her home may be Hallie herself.  Continue reading

ARC Review: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Book cover for Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Mechanica (Mechanica #1)
Author: Betsy Cornwell
Publisher: Clarion Books: an imprint of HMH
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home. 

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.  Continue reading