The Amarant

The Amarant by Tricia Barr (2017)
-NetGalley Review-

The Amarant

Teen Fiction | Paranormal: Vampires
2 Stars
Blurb:

“A fictional world brought to life, a dark romance that promises eternity, and a secret that threatens to end it all. Crimson Wilkinson is a teenage girl who, having survived a dark childhood, finds her escape in reading a popular vampire series.  Continue reading

Caraval

Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber (2017)

Caraval

YA Fiction | Fantasy
3.5 Stars
Blurb:

“Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.  Continue reading

The Girl with the Red Balloon

The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke (2017)
-eARC Review-

the girl with the red balloon

YA Fiction | Historical Fantasy
3.5 Stars
Blurb:

“When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.”
-Goodreads

Expected Publication Date: September 01, 2017  Continue reading

BRN #13: Querying Agents

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I’ve written a book (or two…or three). But I’m talking about the one that’s been through edits, revisions, and beta-readers. It’s YA. It’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy. And the few people who’ve read it assure me it’s good. But I tend not to trust the opinions of family and friends. Well…even if they lied and it’s terrible, at least I like it. I’m proud of it. I completed a task most people don’t even dare to attempt.

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But now what? Well personally I’d love to land an agent and score a sweet book deal. There’s something annoyingly validating about having a stranger choose to pluck your book from anonymity and make it their job to have it shine. But it’s what I want and there seem to be rules and so off I go. Step one: Query Letter. Gross. Continue reading

The Winner’s Curse

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski (2014)

the winner's curse

YA Fiction | Fantasy
4 Stars
Blurb:

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.  Continue reading

The Ghosts of Nagasaki

The Ghosts of Nagasaki by Daniel Clausen (2012)
-Review Request- 

the ghosts of nagasaki

Fiction | Magical Realism
3.5 Stars
Blurb:

“One night a foreign business analyst in Tokyo sits down in his spacious high rise apartment and begins typing something. The words pour out and exhaust him. He soon realizes that the words appearing on his laptop are memories of his first days in Nagasaki four years ago.

Nagasaki was a place full of spirits, a garrulous Welsh roommate, and a lingering mystery. Continue reading