Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Heisting Were-Dragons: Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

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Heisting Were-Dragons: Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
Fire & Heist
Sarah Beth Durst
Genre: Adventure, Urban Fantasy, YA
Publication date: December 4th, 2018
by Crown Books for Young Readers

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In Sky Hawkins's family, leading your first heist is a major milestone--even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It's a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you're a wyvern--a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family's wealth and rank in their community.

With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society--a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.
 
-A copy was provided by Crown Books for Young Readers for review-

THIS BOOK HAS WERE-DRAGONS AND HEIST. If that alone isn’t enough to get your interest, there is no way I could change your mind with my boring-ass words. But I do have a review to write so I guess you could stick around if you felt like. I’d much rather you just read the book though.

MOVING ON. I’ve been reading Sarah Beth Durst for quite some time now and I’ve never read a book by her that I didn’t like. I expected Fire and Heist to be set in a high fantasy world so it took me a little longer to get around to read it but it’s actually set in an urban-fantastical world and I LOVE URBAN FANTASY. When you dive into a book featuring heists and were-dragons, you go in with certain expectations. The actual book was slightly different from my expectations was in it was less intense and more fun but fun is never a bad thing and I honestly just couldn’t stop reading.

Sky Hawkins’ life fell apart one month ago. Her mother did something so terribly wrong her family lost half their wealth, their place in their society and also, their mother. Sky also lost all her friends and her boyfriend/best friend who chose to shun her. Her father and brothers are also being weird about the big, bad thing that went wrong and trying to protect her from the world. Of course, that’s not really helpful and really frustrating given that this affects her just as much as it affects them.

When her ex finds a way to share the truth with her, she knows her family’s honor must be avenged and she must complete the heist her mother started. She assembles a rag-tag group of people to help her with the heist and so an adventure begins.

AND IT IS QUITE THE ADVENTURE. This book, in my opinion, is not necessarily about the heist itself but about everything that caused it and everything it will cause. Sky’s life has been split into a before and after and while she wishes things could go back to before, she is forced to re-evaluate her society and examine it without her rose-tinted glasses. There is quite the scandal surrounding the thing they are trying to heist and it only gets more intense.

I am a great lover of heists but I think what really stood out about this book to me was the world Sarah Beth Durst has built. It should seem excessive and over-the-top but honestly, it just worked and it was fun. Not really a surprise given that Durst is REALLY good with world building BUT YOU KNOW, I am happy.

I ALSO LOVED all the relationships. I loved watching Sky step out and make friends with a human and realize that she was a sucky person in the past, I loved Sky and her brothers, I loved Sky and her fathers, and yes, I did love Sky and her ‘ex’ as well.

If you are a lover of fun and having a good time, this book should already be on your TBR, but if it’s not, I am definitely not gonna convince you so you should just go sulk in a corner and continue not having ANY FUN WHATSOEVER.

3.5 Stars
3.5 Hot Espressos

Not the Worst: Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

Not the Worst: Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

Posted by on 12/10/2018 • 1 Comment

I love Kenneth Oppel. I’ve been reading him since I was but a wee lass (middle school.) I was extremely excited to read Inkling but honestly, it didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s not that it isn’t a good book, but Kenneth Oppel is not a writer of good books, he is a writer of excellent books and nothing about this book in particular screamed excellent too me.

Don’t get me wrong, it has a lot going for it, but I think I never really connected to the characters and perhaps I am just too fucking old now to appreciate adorable monsters created from Ink.

Ethan has a hard-knock life. His mother passed away a while ago and his father does not know how to function as a human…

Fresh Batch (December 9th – 15th)

Fresh Batch (December 9th – 15th)

Posted by on 12/08/2018 • 1 Comment

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

This Lie Will Kill You Chelsea Pitcher Publication date: December 11th 2018by Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Tell the truth. Or face the consequences.

Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago.

One year ago, there was a party. At the party, someone died. Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are…

Season Of Giving – Winter Giveaway!

Season Of Giving – Winter Giveaway!

Posted by on 12/06/2018 • 1 Comment

‘Tis the season of romance, pretty snow, and Christmas lights — and giveaways! I also want to send out a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported or participate in events with Xpresso Book Tours in 2018. It’s been an amazingly awesome and book-filled year, and here’s to many more!

This giveaway is not exclusive to tour hosts, but you do get entries if you participate in Xpresso Book Tours events (blitzes and cover reveals).

What’s up for grabs: PRIZE 1: A Kindle Paperwhite – Open internationally (as long as Amazon ships to you)

PRIZE 2 A 50$ Amazon Gift Card – Open Internationally!

 

Giveaway ends February 20th, 2019 (I like to give enough…

Lush & Powerful: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Lush & Powerful: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Posted by on 12/05/2018 • 5 Comments

I am a mood reader and my mood this year has led me to read WAY WAY WAY more contemporary novels than fantasy novels, even though there was once a time when I would avoid contemporary novels like the plague. I dove into Girls of Paper and Fire because it sounded great but also came highly recommended from a friend. The first time around, I got to about 10% and then stopped reading because I just didn’t have the energy for a fantasy but then, I picked it up again and got completely sucked in. Girls of Paper and Fire was so refreshing not just because it’s so wholly different from the contemporaries I have been reading lately but also because it takes some common fantasy tropes and puts its…

Fresh Batch (December 2nd – 8th)

Fresh Batch (December 2nd – 8th)

Posted by on 12/01/2018 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

The Dirty Ones J.A. Huss Publication date: December 4th 2018Goodreads Purchase

They say write what you know. So that’s all I did. I wrote dirty. I wrote erotic. I wrote… the truth.

And then they called me a liar. 

But it’s not me who’s lying. It’s them.

The Dirty Ones is a brand new dark romance about the secret world of erotica authors releasing December 4, 2018.

 

Other releases this week: * In no particular order *

– My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren [Purchase]– Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield [Purchase]–…

Myers-Briggs Book Tag

Myers-Briggs Book Tag

Posted by on 11/26/2018 • 3 Comments

I saw Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight do this and decided I needed to do it too since I am low-key obsessed with personality tests. Here is where this tag originated. Take the test here and join us in the fun shenanigans!!!

So I cannot remember what is the other thing I’ve gotten in the past but in the 3-4 times I’ve taken this test, I’ve gotten INTJ pretty consistently I THINK. It’s the type I remember getting so thats what we are going with. I am also a close ISTJ but I think INTJ is slightly more relevant to who I am as a person and I LIKE IT BETTER so there we have it. Its also kind of like the whole house thing where I’ve gotten both Slytherin…

Fresh Batch (Nov 25th – Dec 1st)

Fresh Batch (Nov 25th – Dec 1st)

Posted by on 11/23/2018 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Love à la Mode Stephanie Kate Strohm Publication date: November 27th 2018by Disney-Hyperion

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Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . .

Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn’t all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum…