Review of Heist Society

Sunday, 30 November 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

This review is spoiler-free for the November 2014 read along book of the month, Heist Society. Don't worry, my spoiler-filled review/discussion will be up soon.

Book: Heist Society
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult, Crime, Contemporary
Cover:
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
 


Review: Wow. Just wow. Thing book is...wow.

From the fabulous writing that keeps you coming back for more to the drool-worthy boys (*cough* Hale *cough*), this book really has it all.

I loved the action and adventure packed into the story that leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat and the way the plot did not drag the way it might have in other books similar to this one which also made for an easy read. (Seriously, you'll probably finish this in a day or two.)

Also, the sassiness of the characters and the way the females in the story are portrayed as strong, intelligent, independent women put a big smile on my face. It is too common nowadays to find women written as weaklings in literature and I find that when one finds a great book that shows how the females do not need men to protect them, it's a big accomplishment.

So no, this book does not rely on romance to move the plot forward, but rather an epic protagonist who attempts to save the day with her fellow teenage friends.

Plus, there is this character named Hale in this book that I have a good feeling you'll like. I know I do.

Overall, I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good, easy, action-packed read. Especially if you enjoy fictional boys (*cough* again, Hale *cough*). 

Again, my spoiler-y review shall be up soon so keep your eyes peeled for that.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Weekly Round-Up #4 - November 22-28, 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Another week has come and gone and we got some very exciting new releases this week that I'm about to share with you all!

1) Captive by Aimee Carter

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10944842-captive

Summary: For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancĂ© cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever. 

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape. 

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?


2) Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22510983-girl-online?ac=1

Summary: I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes...

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.
 


3) On The Edge by Allison van Diepen 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18588763-on-the-edge?from_search=true

Summary: From Allison van Diepen, author of Snitch and Street Pharm, comes a sexy, dangerous novel about a teen who witnesses a murder and gets caught up in the seedy world of Miami’s gangs.

Maddie Diaz never should have taken that shortcut through the park. If she hadn't, she wouldn't have seen two members of the Reyes gang attacking a homeless man. Now, as the only witness, she knows there’s a target on her back.

But when the Reyes jump her on the street, Maddie is protected by a second gang and their secretive leader, Lobo, who is determined to take down the Reyes himself. Lobo is mysterious and passionate, and Maddie begins to fall for him. But when they live this close to the edge, can their love survive?

On the Edge is a compelling story about fighting for what’s right and figuring out where you belong. The novel showcases a gritty, realistic voice and earth–shattering romance that will intrigue readers of Simone Elkeles and Paul Griffin and captivate fans of Allison van Diepen's other novels.
 


4) Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20696040-anomaly?from_search=true

Summary: Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it… 
Worst. Birthday. Ever. 

My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…

Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.

When hottily-hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…


There you have it! This week's new releases!

Don't forget to subscribe if you liked what you read and I will see you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

How To Pick Which Book To Read Next

Thursday, 27 November 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Is your to-be-read pile huge and intimidating? Do you ever wonder which book to read next from that massive list?

I can help. (Trust me, I've been tackling this problem for years.)

First, I highly recommend you check out my review and recommendation pages where I provide even more excellent advice on which book you should read next.

I also recommend subscribing to my feed (to your right on the sidebar you'll see where you can enter your email (which I will never sell or use to spam you, I promise)) so you never miss another helpful recommendation or review. (I'm actually being serious. You'd be surprised what reading and exploring my blog can do.)

Also, take a look at what you've currently got sitting on your shelves. Remember that book you bought two months ago that you were excited to read but never picked up? Go read that book. Why? Because it's something you're almost positive you'll enjoy reading. Don't go out and buy another book. It will only stress you out when you come home and see those unread books on your shelves.


Even your TBR pile. So don't grow it. Shrink it.

One last thing for the fellow book bloggers, try not to request every single ARC in the world. It helps since you do actually have to read them.

Don't forget to subscribe to my blog and I'll see you all tomorrow with this week's Weekly Round-Up!

- Hearts And Crowns

A NaNoWriMo 2014 Update

Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Wow. I did not expect to fail this miserably. This is what happens when you don't stick to your daily word counts: failure.

Now I know we still have five more days, and I said that I knew I would likely not complete the 50,000 words, but I know for a fact that I will be finishing NaNoWriMo with a pretty unimpressive word count.

(Sorry writing gods. At least I tried.)

I think I will need to pick another month of the year when I'm less busy and attempt NaNoWriMo again because I know I can do it and given the time, I will achieve that goal.

But you know what, I couldn't care less that I will not achieve my word count. I had fun writing what I did and I know that my love for it won't go away anytime soon.

There you have it world. I'm allowing myself to fail.

So if you're like me and you didn't reach your desired word count, give yourself a pat on the back for trying and go celebrate because I'm sure you wrote more this month than you did on normal months (assuming you participated).

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Perfect Ruin Read Along - December 2014

Sunday, 23 November 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Today I will be announcing this month's read along book of the month. And, of course, it is none other than Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano!

Here's why:

Remember that time I reviewed Wither (here: http://heartscrowns.blogspot.com/2014/08/review-of-wither.html) and said that "DeStefano was an okay writer. I kind of felt as if she hadn't really shown the reader what she is capable of" and "Maybe the next book will show off her writing abilities better than this one"? Well, after attempting Fever, I've decided that I may have better luck with this series.

Plus it has a very intriguing premise* that makes me think it has a bit of mystery like Pretty Little Liars originally had (think back to book one) mixed with the originality of the Chemical Garden Trilogy. 

*I recommend reading the synopsis on Goodreads for the hardcover edition (shown below) and not the paperback edition because it sounds more interesting.

Floating island? Check.

Young Adult Dystopian? Check.

Murder? Check.

I think we've found ourselves a great book for this month!

The Goodreads Synopsis:


On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.


Add it on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22053410-perfect-ruin

Join the Goodreads Group here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2093410-a-perfectly-ruined-read

And the social media hashtag shall be (did I really just use the word shall?) #APerfectlyRuinedRead. Be sure to snap lots of pictures of anything related to the book and let me know your progress throughout the month on the social medias!

I hope you will be joining me in reading this book!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Weekly Round-Up #3 - November 15-21, 2014

Friday, 21 November 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

It's Friday (if you're reading this the day it goes live) and that means another Weekly Round-Up where I tell you all about this week's releases!

1) Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17410359-stolen

Summary: Who is Eliza Wesson?

Months after Nat and Wes said good-bye on the shores of the Blue, Nat is learning how to control and use her new power. She and her drakon are the last of their kind—and she’s risked her life for their reunion. When she receives a mysterious distress call, she races to help, soliciting the guidance of her new friend, the beautiful and aloof Faix Lazaved of the Blue.

Still heartbroken over losing Nat, Wes is racing cars on a New Vegas racetrack while his team is scattered and lost. When he finds out that his sister, Eliza, is being held in the golden domes of El Dorado, he does what he’s best at—running to her side—and gambles on luck to see him through one more time.

Magic, romance, and danger collide as Nat and Wes become entangled in a dark new adventure that leads right to the heart of the mystery of their frozen, broken world. They soon discover that the answer to both their quests lies in the same question: Who is Eliza Wesson—what is she capable of, and why was she stolen from her family so long ago?
 


I think that's it. (But I do know there will be far more exciting releases in the coming weeks!)

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Cover Reveal - Red Carpet Day Job by Tasha Cotter

Thursday, 20 November 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Today I bring you all the cover reveal for Red Carpet Day Job by Tasha Cotter! In my opinion, it's super pretty and goes perfectly with the story (from the blurb). Here it is:


Summary: Most of the working-class secretaries in New York City don’t spend their mornings wrestling skirts from beneath roosting chickens or cleaning egg yolk off their heels. But Sophie Waldrop does, thanks to her boyfriend, Scott, and the organic egg business he runs out of her 5th floor walk-up. Though they’ve been dating since high school, Scott no longer pulls his weight in the relationship—financially or emotionally. Sophie’s ready to send him, and his chickens, packing.

The day she breaks up with Scott, Sophie’s boss introduces her to the firm’s new client, Nick Jackson—the hottest up-and-coming actor in Hollywood. Sophie can’t believe her luck when her boss volunteers her to be Nick’s date for a red carpet award ceremony that same night. Freshly single, Sophie tries to keep things in perspective as her “work event” leads to a budding romance. She didn’t expect to like Nick, and she certainly didn’t expect him to like her.
When her dream job lands in her lap, Sophie rejoices that her hard work has finally paid off. But she soon learns that it may have been Nick's influence that opened the doors and created the opportunities that she would rather have earned for herself.
Nick’s hectic schedule, the persistent leading ladies with whom he works, and Sophie’s own promotion and career ambitions further complicate their fairy-tale romance. Can Nick and Sophie make their love last, or will their relationship be more like the paparazzi’s camera flashes—fast, bright, and fading?

The book comes out February 9, 2015 from BookFish Books and is perfect for fans of romance and new adult books.

About The Author Tasha Cotter


Tasha Cotter is the author of That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press) and Some Churches (Gold Wake Press). A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in NANO Fiction, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. You can find her online at www.tashacotter.com or on twitter @TashCotter.











For more information on the book, go to http://www.bookfishbooks.com/#!our-books/cjbp.

See you all tomorrow for my Weekly Round-Up!

- Hearts And Crowns

My Bookish Photos

Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

If you follow my Instagram @heartscrowns, then you may have seen some photos of books I took last night. Guess what? I have more that I want to share with you. All these images were taken by me so do give me credit should you use/share them elsewhere.

Hope you enjoy!

Part One: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart











Part Two: John Green




Part Three: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson




Part Four: Leigh Bardugo




Part Five: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings







I hope you liked them since I did quite enjoy taking them. For more pictures, be sure to follow me on Instagram @heartscrowns where I'll be posting plenty more I'm sure.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Kiss, Marry, Cliff #1

Sunday, 16 November 2014
Hello Fellow Bookish People of the Internet,

Today I'm playing a round of a little game I like to call kiss, marry, cliff. If you've never heard of this game before, allow me to enlighten you on the fabulous game in which there are three fictional characters and I have to pick one to kiss, one to marry, and one to push off a cliff. All of these scenarios are hypothetical (of course because you can't actually marry a fictional character unfortunately). Let's begin!

Round One, The Favourites: Maxon Schreave from The Selection, W. W. Hale the Fifth from Heist Society, and Dorian Havilliard from Throne of Glass.

Gosh, this is a tough one. I love all three boys so much that I don't know what to do.

Okay, maybe I'll marry Maxon because he's Maxon and he's awesome and super sweet. But then again...I CAN'T DO THIS! Oh my goodness, this is hard. Seriously.

Umm...I guess I will marry Maxon, kiss Hale because, duh, it's Hale, but then I'm going to have to push Dorian off the cliff and he doesn't deserve that. And after all he's been through... Fingers crossed he finds a way to save himself.

Well, that was awful.

Round Two, The Less Liked Boys: Jeb from Splintered, King Clarkson from The Selection, and Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games.

This one's a little bit easier. Of course Peeta's getting pushed because after everything he's gone through, I wouldn't want to have to deal with him and the damage the Capitol did... I'm cliffing you Peeta.

Now, marrying Clarkson would be awkward if I'm married to his son, so I guess I'm stuck giving him a kiss?

Which leaves Jeb. I may be a Morpheus girl, but I'll take Jeb over the other two.

Round Three, The Classics: Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye, Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird, and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.

Easy. Cliff Holden because he may just be the most annoying character I have ever read, marry Mr. Darcy because he's Mr. Darcy, and therefore kiss Atticus.

Maybe I'll play this again soon, but that was hard and just pure torture. Hopefully, you enjoyed it though.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Weekly Round-Up #2 - November 8-14, 2014

Friday, 14 November 2014
Hello Fellow Bookish People of the Internet.

It's Friday, which means today I'm telling you about this week's book releases so here we go!

1) The Witch Must Burn by Danielle Paige

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20827345-the-witch-must-burn?ac=1

Summary: There’s a new Wicked Witch in Oz—and her name is Dorothy. This digital original novella is the second installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and exciting New York Times bestseller Dorothy Must Die.

Dorothy Gale is back . . . and she’s not the sweet little heroine of Oz anymore. She’s power-hungry and vicious, and she leaves a trail of destruction beneath her spike-heeled, magical shoes. But behind the scenes, there’s someone else pulling the strings. Someone who doesn’t want fame or glory—just control.

Glinda of the North brought Dorothy back to Oz for a reason. And in The Witch Must Burn, a young maid is about to discover that a witch who says she’s Good might be the most dangerous kind of Wicked.

The Witch Must Burn, by debut author Danielle Paige, is a dark and compelling reimagining of a beloved classic and is perfect for fans of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and Wicked by Gregory Maguire.
 


2) Half Lies by Sally Green

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23361016-half-lies?from_search=true

Summary: Set in the months before Half Bad, Half Lies takes the form of a diary written by Michele, the sister of Gabriel, Nathan’s Black witch friend. Having fled Europe for Florida, Michele falls in love with a local White witch boy. There, she finds that the divide between the Black and White witch communities is just as dangerous as it was in the life she's left behind.

3) The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16303287-the-bane-chronicles

Summary: A Collection of Ten Short Stories centred around Magnus Bane. Each short story is going to be published as an ebook followed by a Full Single Print Coming 2014

Ever wondered about the enigmatic, mysterious warlock Magnus Bane? The only character to appear in every Shadowhunter book, Magnus has a past even more shrouded in mystery than his present. I’ve teamed up with acclaimed YA writers Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan to create the Bane Chronicles, the back (and front) story of Magnus told in ten linked tales.

Look for short stories like Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale; The Rise and Fall of the Hotel Dumort; Saving Raphael Santiago and What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway). Each story will be available as an ebook on a monthly basis starting April 16 with the tale of What Happened In Peru.

Each story will be released monthly online for the next ten months — and then for those who don’t read e-books, the full print collection will be available in bookstores and wherever else books are sold after the Chronicles have been finished.
 


4) Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17720829-creed

Summary: Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah's son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.


There you have it. This week's new releases. I hope you found a new book to read this week!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Some Of My Highly Anticipated Books Coming In 2015

Thursday, 13 November 2014
Hello Fellow Bookish People of the Internet,

Today I'm sharing with you all some of my highly anticipated books. However, in order to narrow down the number of books, I will be only choosing ones with titles and proper release dates (because we already know I want the rest of the Throne of Glass series and according to Goodreads, book 4 comes out September 10, 2015). Some of these won't come as a surprise, but I know I haven't mentioned all of these before, so let's begin!

1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: April 28, 2015 (So far away!)
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin)

With a tagline of "Vow your blood and body to the empire," the real question is how do you not want to read it. If you like epic high fantasy, you need to add this book to your to-be-read list. Like right now. It's okay. I'll still be here when you come back.




2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury

It's Sarah J. Maas. I repeat, Sarah J. Maas. Enough said.







3. The Heir by Kiera Cass
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)

I think this post of my reaction to there being more books in The Selection Series says it all: http://heartscrowns.blogspot.com/2014/08/more-selection.html





4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: October 8, 2015
Publisher: Macmillan

No, I have not yet read the Grisha Trilogy, but I want to. And I also want this book because Ocean's 11 meets Game of Thrones sounds epic to me.






5. Winter by Marissa Meyer (as well as Fairest)
Release Dates: Winter: November 24, 2015 - Fairest: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)

The Lunar Chronicles is a phenomenal series that I HIGHLY recommend to anyone and everyone no matter your reading interests.






6. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (Macmillan)

This series... And those covers... *Insert Golem Voice* My precious!







7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)

If you are going to tease me with Graceling meets The Selection then give it to me already. I need it right now.






8. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)

After that sample, I need the full thing. THIS CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER! If anyone can get me this book, please make it happen. I think this might just be the best book coming out in March 2015.





9. Forged by Erin Bowman
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)

The last book to an EPIC dystopian trilogy. You need to drop everything and go read this series now because I'm telling you, it's absolutely brilliant.






10. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow (HarperCollins)

The day this book comes out, I will run to the bookstore, buy it, and spend the rest of the day reading it. If that doesn't tell you how great this series is, then I don't know what will.





There you have it! Some of my highly anticipated books of 2015 (because I can only tell you about so many). I hope you have found out about at least one coming release that you are now excited for.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns