Farewell (but not forever)!

Please accept this short post as Christina’s official note of resignation from Literoses…

…but not from book blogging! My reviews will now be housed over on my personal blog, Fairy Skeletons. Here’s to many more years of bookish and bloggery fun!

(NOTE: I’ll be deleting the Literoses contact email and my personal Literoses email shortly.)

Review | Rules of Seduction by Jenna Mullins

(NOTE: I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, as part of PLL’s Teen Trendsetter Program. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)

Reviewer: Christina
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit Imprint
Age Group: YA / NA (Characters are NA age but the entire book reads like YA)
Genres: Contemporary, romance
Pages: ??? (around 300 in my copy)
Format/Source: eARC, Received from publisher via Netgalley for PLL’s Trendsetter Program (Thanks, PLL!)
Find the Book: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Rating: 3/5 Stars

The first rule of seduction is: don’t fall in love.

Fresh out of college, Dani Young heads for the LA sun to chase her dream of becoming a screenwriter-director. So when her former BFF turned actress Elise offers Dani the opportunity to work on the hit teen show Vamp Camp, Dani can’t refuse, even if it comes at a price: Elise wants Dani to seduce her boyfriend, Vamp Camp superstar Tate Lawrence. Turns out Elise has some major trust issues, and needs Dani to test Tate’s faith. The only rule: don’t fall in love with him.

Sure, Dani doesn’t mind occasionally glimpsing Tate’s megawatt smile…or accidentally-on-purpose brushing up against his perfect torso…but she’s no fool. There’s no way she’d ever fall for a shallow celebrity and no way one would fall for her, a lanky movie nerd.

But amidst vampire-crazed fans, a conniving fellow intern, and a devilishly handsome showrunner, Dani feels like all the rules she used to know have disappeared, except for one: Love doesn’t play by the rules.

A fun read that ultimately had too many flaws to really sit well with me.

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Review | The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Trilogy, #2)

(NOTE: Since The Winner’s Crime is the second in a series, this review will probably contain spoilers for the first book. Proceed at your own risk! Or, y’know, read Alyssa’s review of The Winner’s Curse here.)

Reviewer: Christina
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Age Group: YA
Genres: Fantasy, romance
Pages: 402 (hardcover)
Format/Source: Hardcover, Borrowed from library
Find the Book: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | or look for it at your local indie!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

A brilliantly plotted, complex, heartbreaking sequel that absolutely laid waste to my poor fragile fangirl heart.

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Review | A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR, #1)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (book review)

Rating: didn’t live up to the hype — 2.5/5

Reviewer: Alyssa
Release Date: May 5th, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Age Group: New Adult (suitable for mature YA audiences)
Genres: Fantasy, fairytale retelling (Beauty and the Beast)
Pages: 432 (Paperback)
Format/Source: Paperback, purchased
Find the Book: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

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Joint Review | A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)

For our first joint review, Alyssa and Christina have teamed up to talk about A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, which was essentially one of the most perfect books either of us has had the privilege of reading.

Reviewers: Christina & Alyssa
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Tor Books
Age Group: Adult
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 400 (hardcover)
Format/Source: Paperback, Birthday gift from self (what?) / Hardcover, Borrowed from library
Find the Book: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | or look for it at your local indie!

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

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Cover Review | Dissonance by Mariella Hunt

We’re so excited to reveal the cover for Mariella Hunt’s first book, Dissonance! There’s a haunting simplicity to it that echoes the themes of disability (yay for diversity!), isolation, and hollow promises. And now that I’ve made the necessary musical puns, feast your eyes on this cover:

Fifteen-year-old Allie Grant lives crippled by her illness. Though kept in isolation, she’s never alone: A spirit named Song lurks in the silence of her bedroom.

When Song reveals its dark nature on the night of her recital, the show ends in tragedy. Verging on death, Allie’s taken in by an uncle she’s never met.

Julian claims to be a Muse with power over music and answers that’ll heal her. The cure she needs is rare, requiring of him a difficult sacrifice. Allie soon suspects her uncle has a secret that’ll turn her world around.

But with days left to live, she might fade without learning the truth…like the finishing chord of a song.

About the Author

Mariella Hunt is a writer with a strong love for coffee and guinea pigs. She likes using big words in everyday speech, and keeps journals of quotes from the greats. Most days you’ll find her on a well-loved armchair, reading–or working on one of her many projects. As she cannot stick to an outline, she rewrites way too much.

To learn more about Dissonance, follow her on Facebook and Twitter–or visit her website.

Thanks to Mariella for letting us show this to the world! It’s great to be able to support diverse representation and self-pubbed novelists at the same time.

Review | Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (Seraphina, #2)

(NOTE: I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)

Reviewer: Christina
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Age Group: YA
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 427 (eARC)
Format/Source: eARC, Received from publisher via Netgalley (Thanks, Random House!)
Find the Book: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | or look for it at your local indie!

Rating: A smashing conclusion to one of the most original and wonderfully executed fantasies I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading 5/5 Stars

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

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