Revenge is worth its weight in gold.
When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.
My Thoughts 4 STARS
Release Date: October 20, 2015
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
SWEET MOTHER OF MERCY — 5 STARRRRRRRRRS
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
I actually don’t know if I’ve ever done a WoW before, but I decided I really wanted to this for.
My Waiting for Wednesday book is REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton!
Rebel of the Sands
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
Add on to your Goodreads Shelf: Rebel of the Sands
I saw the cover for this book back in June while I was on vacation and I immediately went to twitter asking if anyone knew anything about this book because it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT! That cover! Then over the last couple months I’ve seen the UK cover released and really wanted to make a book trailer for it.
It’s in a created world but has the feel of the Wild West and Arabian Knights ANNNNDDDD fantasy! AMAZING!
Check out Alwyn’s Pinterest Board HERE
I can NOT believe it’s already been a year since I started blogging.
What got me started?
Can I be honest here? I originally wanted to start a blog because I thought it’d be fun, but I also REALLY wanted to connect into the book community. I had discovered it a year prior to blogging and loved interacting with authors. But, I felt there was so much more that I could do to get involved. So, The YA Book Traveler began. I wanted it to be The Book Traveler, but someone already own the site (boo, and they didn’t even use it).
What has happened?
I haven’t been able to make it to any book events this year. The month before I started blogging I did get to go meet Sarah J. Maas and Susan Dennard while they were on tour for the Heir of Fire tour. It was AMAZING! THEY ARE AMAZING!
However, even though I haven’t been able to make it any book events, I DID meet a few fellow bloggers.
I really really hope to meet more Twitter friends this year (I’m hoping to make it to BEA in Chicago!)
One thing I started this year was making book trailers for books I am excited for! I am still in the process of making them (as they take a lot of time and I’m super busy) but I am happy with the ones I’ve made already. You can check them out on my YouTube Channel and Subscribe!
I joined two street teams this year. The first is the Sunday Street Team, founded by Nori @! She invited me to participate in a fun monthly feature where I’ve had reviews for arcs, participated in an ARC tour and interviewed authors. It’s been a lot of fun!
I also was chosen to be a member of the Truthwitch Street Team and am part of the Void Clan. This has been a fun group to be a part of.
By far, my FAVORITE thing about this year in blogging has not been the posting (I actually don’t post super often) but it’s been the friendships! I’ve made such great friends (many who live outside the US!). Some of the people I’ve become closest and chatted the most with over this year are Sarah, Lisa, Carrie, Kim, Pili, Rona, Nicola, Sanovia, Brittany, Nori, Kris, Karina, Becky, Helena and MANY MANY OTHERS. Seriously, I LOVE ALL OF MY TWITTER FRIENDS!
I LOVE being able to chat with authors on Twitter. I’ve actually had DM conversations with some authors (especially with Brianna Shrum, author of Never Never. I NEEDED to DM her!) and they’ve been amazing!
Who would have thought I’d interact with authors like Jodi Meadows, C.J. Redwine, Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, Brianna Shrum, Samantha Shannon, Heidi Heilig, and Rae Carson? It’s so amazing!
It’s been a great year and I HOPE to be able to go to BEA 2015 this year in Chicago. If I can, I will meet SO MANY of my Twitter friends! AHHH! That would be fantastic!
Favorite Books Of This Year
What’s a year celebration without a giveaway???
Prize: $25 Worth of Books from Amazon or The Book Depository!
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Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2)
By Sara Raasch
It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.
Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?
Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?
As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.