Book Review: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Series: Magonia #1
Genres: YA | Fantasy | Romance
Published: April 28th 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
My rating: 
Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Bookish Hogwash: Book Crimes | Spoilers in Blurbs

Sunday, July 26, 2015

So you're looking for a new book (again). You search Goodreads/Chapters/Barnes & Nobles/Something book-related for the next buy, and something catches your eye. The cover's attractive, so you flip it open to the inside flap where you'll find the blurb. Reading...reading...reading...  it seems pretty good so far.

But then.

Right there, in the third paragraph, second sentence, five words and a comma in: A SPOILER.

Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Series: N/A
Genres: YA | Contemporary | Romance
Published: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Soho Teen
My rating: 
In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again--but he's still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he's slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron's crew notices, and they're not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can't deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas make him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can't stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard? [...]

Book Review: Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

Monday, July 20, 2015

Series: Sweet #1
Genres: YA | Horror | Contemporary
Published: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Macmillan 
My rating: 
*People would kill to be thin.*

Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled “Cruise to Lose” is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it really could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host, Tom Forelli (otherwise known as the hottest guy ever!) and she’s too seasick to even try the sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

*But will they die for it, too?*

Tom Forelli knows that he should be grateful for this job and the opportunity to shed his childhood “Baby Tom-Tom” image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get a bit wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when his celebrity hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.

Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong.

Review: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Series: N/A
Genres: YA | Contemporary | Thriller
Published: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
My rating: 
I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose. 

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is  Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession. Most of these books are the books I got for my birthday back in May, some I got myself. So here we go.

The co-bloggers!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Almost a year ago, I hopelessly started a blog named The Literary Oracle.  A month ago, I was hopelessly trying to keep the blog running. A few days ago, I hopelessly started my hunt for for co-bloggers. And today, I'm happy to announce that Quite Literary has become the happiest little blog ever with three other bloggers to take care of it..and it's just kind of..bittersweet...*sniffles* little baby...

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Genres: YA | Fantasy | Romance | Retelling
Published: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
My rating: 
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

In search of a lovely co-blogger / co-bloggers!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

    (NOTE: Applications are closed! I have chosen my co-bloggers. Thank you everyone.)

Well, this was bound to happen.

I'm currently on break but once school re-opens life is going to go back to being crazy, and I don't want to let this blog slip away like I almost let it. I've been fretting about this and finally decided a team is what I need.

Letters To Characters (Part 2)

Monday, July 06, 2015

Once upon a time when the Earth was still young and clad in its microscopic diaper, I wrote a handful of letters to some characters. (It's quite embarrassing really, but hey, I was a few months younger).

Assuming it isn't obvious enough, this is basically a topic under which I express my feelings towards random characters of my choice and call them 'letters' so I can go on with my life and live happily with my sanity intact.

So, yeah.