Weekly Highlights is a feature borrowed from Faye of A Daydreamer's Thoughts, where I get to highlight my posts of the week, show you my new books and talk about bookish things!
Another rather uneventful week. I've been volunteering at the library and at BHF, which is always fun. I saw my oldest best friend from school on Wednesday and she bought her new kitten over, who is the cutest thing! Great entertainment as she fought herself in the mirror. And as for reading, recently I've been on a bit of a Marvel kick and read quite a few graphic novels in that universe which I might talk about next week.
On The Blog
Review of The Diviners by Libba Bray (5 stars)
Review of Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne (5 stars)
Review of Here Be Dragons by Sarah Mussi (4 stars)
Finished The Name of the Blade trilogy, which was just incredible! Now I've just started The Good Girls, the sequel to The Perfectionists. Details from the first book are a little fuzzy but things are coming back - I'm really looking forward to some answers!
On My BookshelfThe Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now . . . Henry and Flora.
For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.
Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?
Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured — a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.
The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.
I've been eyeing this up for ages but have been swayed by mixed reviews, so when I spotted a copy in the library, I had to find out for myself!
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Knowledge is power. Power corrupts.
In a world where the ancient Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, knowledge now rules the world: freely available, but strictly controlled. Owning private books is a crime.
Jess Brightwell is the son of a black market smuggler, sent to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar... but even as he forms friendships and finds his true gifts, he begins to unearth the dark secrets of the greatest, most revered institution in the world.
Those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life - and soon both heretics and boooks will burn...
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn't kidding about the "Forever" part.
Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.
Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya's normal life might actually be worse. She's embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she's pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.
Or so she thinks. Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya's Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol.
These two I treated myself to with a 10% off at Book Depository. Ink and Bone I've been looking forward to for months and Anya's Ghost was a surprise find but it's my name! I had to!
The Good Girls by Sara Shepard
Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Parker have done some not-so-perfect things. Even though they all talked about killing rich bully Nolan Hotchkiss, they didn't actually go through with it. It's just a coincidence that Nolan died in exactly the way they planned . . . right? Except Nolan wasn't the only one they fantasized about killing. When someone else they named dies, the girls wonder if they're being framed. Or are they about to become the killer's next targets?
Trouble Is A Friend Of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
And these two I requested; I'm really looking forward to finding out what happens next in The Perfectionists sequel and I couldn't resist a witty, funny crime solving novel. Thank you Hot Key!
Counting Stars by Keris Stainton
Big city, big dreams, no money, no problem...
Six 'friends', one flat, big dreams... what could go wrong? When eighteen-year-old Anna leaves school and moves to Liverpool, she feels like her life is finally beginning. She's landed her dream job at a theatre, and she's moving into an exciting (if not slightly run-down) flat on a buzzing street lined with shops, bars, and buskers. Best of all, her new flatmates are kind, welcoming and a lot of fun - what more could she ask for?
But although her new life is fun, it's also a little overwhelming. Anna's job quickly falls through, and then she realises that although her new friends are great, they're also a little mixed-up... and it's not long before Anna starts using her blog to talk about her experiences, from the hilarious to the ridiculous to the little-bit-scary. But when Anna spills a bigger secret than she can handle, suddenly the consequences are all too real. She'll have to prove she has the mettle to make it in the big city, or risk losing everything she thinks she wants.
And finally, a lucky find on Netgalley. I like Keris' books, they're fun and light and perfect for summer. Thank you Netgalley and Hot Key!