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  1. It's not SFF but it is YA and it's very very good: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Definitely merited all it's pre-publication buzz. http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/03/angie-thomas-the-hate-u-give-interview-ya-novel.html
  2. True enough. But, it is YAish. http://www.npr.org/2015/02/25/387252679/darker-shade-paints-a-fantasy-world-rich-in-depth-and-color
  3. @Xray the Enforcer I really love V.E. Schwab's Darker Shade of Magic series. The third/final book is out next week. It revoles around four parallel worlds, each wirh their own version of London. And there's magic and pirates.
  4. In the latest SJM newsletter she talks about how she asked the artist (Charlie Bowater) to use the dress for the cover and she agreed though fees etc, no idea.
  5. The third book in the series, King's Cage, was released today and I was blessed? with the first e-loan from the library. Come on Maven! *L* I follow the author Victoria Aveyard on Twitter and I like her politics. I also don't hate the story but I do hope she continues to grow as a writer and finds a wayt to make the main character Mare far less annoying.
  6. So I ditched Carve the Mark completely after reading poor review after poor review. I'm at the beginning of Six of Crows and I can tell I'm going to like it, but I put it aside for a non-fiction long loan that finally came through (I Contain Multitudes). My holds list includes the newly-released Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst while I wait for my other anticipated releases to drop. Speaking of, cover at for A Court of Wings and Ruin has been released and Chaol's still untitled novella has become a full book/installment in ToG.
  7. Started reading Six of Crows last night. I also snagged the first library loan of Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth, which has mixed reviews at best and I'm not sure how interested I am in it. I found Divergent meh and the stopped 2 chapters into Allegiant.
  8. Kindle deal of the day at amazon.com (USA) The Call https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B3DBIUI?ref=pe_2267260_223104660_w_1_6898&tag=x_gr_e_d_xp_altdesctest6_b_us-20
  9. Yes. It covers the 'maleness' of Lada and how that is looked upon by everyone in her life/encounters either through discomfort and/or fear and/or disgust along with admiration and respect, and conversely the effects of her brother's 'femaleness' or beauty, and how he's able to charm and put people at ease, without much of any further consideration or suspicion for the most part. I think the followup will explore your later points about martial law and politics for both siblings.
  10. It's ruthless but it's not soul crushing, at least not to me. One of my favourite parts is the gender attribute swapping between Lada and her brother Radu. He's the soft, elegant, beautiful one and she the fierce, warrior (and not pretty). This review sums it up rather well. And I couldn't wait to read it! Young Elites started off kinda meh, but as Adelina's character started to take shape I was hooked. I really adore that series. And yeah, Every Heart a Doorway just snuck up on me. I didn't know what I was getting into but it was delightful and just really got into me. I had similar feelings about Heartless, but for different reasons though the doorway to world theme was present in both.
  11. Yay! A place for me! I started The Dark Days Club but it didn't grab me and a bunch of other books called me so I never went back to it. I suppose I'll add it back to my TBR. I also read The Raven King and a few of us discussed the conclusion of the series. I didn't find it satisfying in the end. So this is what I read last year, and my only five star rating went to And I Darken with The Midnight Star pulling up a close second. In both cases the main characters are anti-heroines through and through and I loved that. The Young Elites was a very good series in my mind, and Adelina was such a great protagonist. I'm also very excited to read the followup to And I Darken, Now I Rise. Lada is fierce and fearless and well, mean and ruthless. Fantastic. The Wrath and the Dawn books are a retelling of Bluebeard/Arabian Nights, and while retellings or reimaginings are everywhere, Renee Ahdieh really made it her own, again with a strong lead female. Three Dark Crowns 75% ho-hum but I kept with it and I'm interested in the follow-up given the discoveries made in the end about at least one (but really two) sisters. Heartless was my introduction to Marissa Meyer and I almost stopped reading in the early goings because I just didn't think I could take another retell, and yet, it ended up being more than that. Ember in the Ashes is also enjoyable and for some unknown reason I'm keeping on with the Red Queen story. I'm hoping the villain wins in the end. The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) Renee Ahdieh The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2) Renee Ahdieh An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) Sabaa Tahir A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2) Sabaa Tahir The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) Maggie Stiefvater And I Darken (The Conquerer's Saga, #1) Kiersten White Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) Seanan McGuire The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) Marie Lu Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) Victoria Aveyard Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1) Kendare Blake Heartless Marissa Meyer Are the Sarah J Maas series (Throne of Glass or Court of..) considered YA? They seem a little more adult than young? Along the lines of Rosamund Hodge perhaps? At any rate, her writing has gotten better with each book and I'm looking forward to the conclusion to both series. Books I'm looking forward to reading this year: Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor (I enjoyed her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series) Flame in the Mist Renee Ahdieh Hunted Meagan Spooner
  12. Why would he? No more Mance, no Val, no baby, no blood of king (unless yes, he takes Shireen and Maester Aemon) There's been no mention of things that would cause Jon to round them all up to send them away. But I guess it could happen.
  13. To all you who thinkgJorah is the Jon Connington/Greyscale etc...explain how/why? PM me. I won't be able to keep up in this thread.
  14. If Meera knew, why would she withhold that information from Bran? She had plenty of time to relay it over the course of their journey. That would be bad writing on top of bad writing.
  15. Barristan is dead. It's been confirmed. http://www.ew.com/article/2015/05/01/ser-barristan-dead-thrones
  16. So the Rhaegar the singing minstrel story was to drive home how much of not a rapist he was? After Sansa's comments in the crypts? Can we really expect non-readers to pick up on these things?
  17. Does Dany know how weak her army? Cripes. I'm curious to see if Barristan's death is the one ew.com talked about where the actor begged to not be killed off (because they were still alive in the books). On the other hand, if it's not Ser Selmy....guess we'll know in a few hours if ew.com puts the interview up or not.
  18. Thank God they were able to fit Fat Walda into the show. *blink* The casting budget.
  19. I am convinced the new queen put the poison in the cup after getting it from grandma. His death scene was great And bonus? Something that actually happened.
  20. http://espnfc.com/uk/en/report/367336/leaders-stunned-free-scoring-city The prolific strikeforce of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo were again on target while Fernandinho struck twice and David Silva and Yaya Toure also got on the scoresheet. Testing copy and paste in Firefox
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