Jan 26, 2016

Desolate (Immortal Rose 1)

  by AMY MILES  
book review rating 2.5 out of 5
***This book contains elements that may be sensitive for some YA readers.***

A wedding massacre. An innocence stolen. Mortality stripped away.

In a single night, everyone Roseline Dragomir has ever loved is slaughtered before her eyes. Alone in the world and bound by a solemn marriage vow to a vicious murderer, she must find a strength buried deep within her to keep going or risk completely losing herself.

When a mysterious stranger crosses her path, Roseline will discover that not all immortals are evil. Some even bear emotional scars that run just as deep as her own.

Will she uncover a will not just to survive...but to fight back?

Goodreads summary

I HAD NO idea what I was getting into…

Don’t let the YA genre mislead you. Desolate touches upon some very mature concepts that even I, definitely an adult, felt highly uncomfortable with whilst reading it. The topics that were woven throughout—despair, abuse, hatred, violence—were discomfiting at the best of times, and suffocating at the worst of times. Even though Amy Miles does not go into graphic details, atmospherically, it is still disturbing.

Jan 19, 2016

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn 1) by Renée Ahdieh

  by Rénee Ahdieh  

book review rating 4.0 out of 5

I’VE ALWAYS HAD a fondness for cultures. I think people are infinitely interesting, and their history—a fountain of knowledge. Rénee Ahdieh artfully crafts a culturally exotic and vivid backdrop to delight the senses in her retelling of A Thousand and One Nights with The Wrath and the Dawn.

Khalid, Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning.

One hundred lives for the one you took. One life to one dawn. Should you fail but a single morn, I shall take from you your dreams. I shall take from you your city.

And I shall take from you these lives, a thousandfold.

Jan 12, 2016

The Girl with All the Gifts

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by M.R. Carey
book review rating 4.0 out of 5

I’M AT A complete loss for words. Phenomenal just doesn’t adequately describe The Girl with All the Gifts. It's quite literally the most unforgettable and heartfelt story I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Even though I’ve rated it 4 out of 5, I would still recommend this as a must read. The ending is profound. Profound!

When Hotel Echo, a military research facility outside of London, was infiltrated by “junkers,” only five escaped…

Eddie Parks, a veteran soldier with a brassy side;

Kieran Gallagher, an upstanding (nearly) child soldier;

Helen Justineau, a child psychologist with a sin to repent;

Caroline Caldwell, a ruthless scientist who will stop at nothing to succeed;

And Melanie, the girl with all the gifts.

Jan 8, 2016

January New Release Giveaway Hop

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January New Release Giveaway Hop

Welcome to 2016! It's hard to imagine that FLYLēF is now 6 months old. It's still but a baby, a fledgling. I owe a great deal of gratitude to the fans of the blog. Without you, it would not have been possible for it to achieve the humble successes that it's had. So, with my deepest appreciation...thank you so much!

More importantly, the turn of the year also marks an exciting time because it means we are that much closer to all the new releases slated to come out this year. The ones that top my wish list would be (all link to Amazon):

Jan 5, 2016

Six of Crows (Six of Crows 1)

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by Leigh Bardugo
book review rating 4.5 out of 5

“I HAVE BEEN made to protect you. Only in death will I be kept from this oath.”

Wow and damn! Rarely have I been so enraptured by a story that I’m completely taken by my want/desire/need to read it. Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo, is one of those books that demands all of my attention—consumes my every thought. I couldn't stop reading it. Responsibilities could wait; everything must wait.

The truth of the matter is that I had no intention of reading Six of Crows—ever. I know! The hype surrounding this book was insane, and I tend to have poor experiences with buzz books, so I avoid them. Unbeknownst to me, the Grishaverse had other intentions.

As I was perusing through my local Barnes & Noble, I “happened” to find myself in the YA section of the store. Total accident, truly. ;) My eyes panned across the floor of all the beautiful books on display when it stopped abruptly at Six of Crows. This book stood out amongst all the rest. It looked rather sinister with its black, ink-stained paper edges. The high contrast serif font with its loopty-loops against a black background whispered (queue the Gollum voice), “Take me home...my precious.” I didn’t intend to buy it but it was visually so stunning that the designer in me thought, If anything, it’ll look good in my library. Silly me…for within these pages will be one of the greatest stories I will ever read.

Jan 1, 2016

2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

There’s no rest for the wicked.

Just a few weeks ago, I published In Celebration of 1958, a blog post about my beautiful mother, the year 1958, and my decision to participate in the 2016 Goodreads Challenge—the only reading challenge. Ha! Right.

When the fabulous Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense mentioned about the Finishing the Series Reading Challenge hosted by Bea’s Book Nook, well, I couldn’t resist. We thought it would be fun to motivate each other to finish, or become current, with series we’ve fallen behind.

I know, I know. It may come as a complete shock that I would need a support group (of one—Woo hoo Alicia!) to read. Very well, I’ll admit; I procrastinate, and I neglect one book to read another. I’m sadly just human, easily tempted by my whims. So, Alicia, if you’re reading this…Let’s finish our series with flying colors! =)

There are 4 levels in this challenge. I have chosen Level 4 (Expert series reader)—complete 7 or more series. This is my list in no particular order (all links to Amazon for now):