Thursday, January 19, 2017

All new YA SciFi book The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron


What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories -- of parents, children, love, life, and self -- are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence -- before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

Every seven years, everyone forgets everything. Who they are, who their mom is, who their children are, what they do with their lives. Everyone expects it, so every writes daily in their books about their lives. So when they forget, they have the books to tell them their names and who they are. If you wake from the Forgetting without your book, you are Lost. 

Nadia has only been through one Forgetting, but... she didn't forget. She knows who the lost are. She knows her father was Lost and now has a new family. Her mother has gone insane and Nadia and her sisters try to hide it. Her oldest sister is positive that Nadia was a Lost girl that somehow ended up with her family.

Then Nadia meets Gray, the glassblower's son. Gray wants to know how and why Nadia goes over the city walls. He knows that something about Nadia is different but cannot pin point what it is. Nadia believes she can find the cure for the Forgetting over the wall, and knows it is true when the council members start watching her. 

This book was really interesting!! It had such an odd twist about the origins of the city and the people that live there that I never expected. I really enjoyed this story and think many others will too! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Ya Fairytaile retelling in Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill

    ***Thanks to Edelweiss for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

 Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, a legendary bounty hunter—that is, until her father is murdered. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen Mackay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart.  

     She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a force to be reckoned with.  

Britta lost her father and everything she had. As an illegitimate daughter, she is unable to inherit her father's estate, so as soon as her mourning is over, she will be on the streets. All she wants is to avenge her fathers death, but she is caught poaching and knows that brings a death sentence. Instead, she is asked to hunt down her father's murderer. She cannot believe her ears when she is told it is Cohen, her father's apprentice. She had loved Cohen, but he had left and never returned after promising to. She can't believe it, but there was evidence to prove his guilt. She sets out with guards to hunt him down, as she is the only one who can track him.

Along the way, she makes friends with one guard while the other just wants to hurt her. The Captain is ruthless in his treatment, but also fair. Cohen has other ideas though, and sneaks her right out from underneath their noses. At first she is angry, and just wants to capture him to take him in. But he convinces her he is innocent and was framed. 

They travel to the next country over, to where her father died, to investigate. Along the way they find that there is more to Britta than anyone thought. Her mother was born there and they have.... magic. Magic that is outlawed at home. They find out that someone is controlling their king and that only magic can free him, so they travel home to try to save the day.

On a one to ten scale, I give this one a seven. I enjoyed the story, but it didn't grab me and make me keep reading til I couldn't stop. I would read a sequel, though, because I am very interested in what happens next! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Patience Griffin brings us back to Gandigow for an all new tale

Christmas in the sleepy Scottish fishing village of Gandiegow this year is a time for quilting, patching up broken hearts, and rekindling an old flame...
After pulling herself out of a three-year fog of grief over the loss of her husband, Joe, Rachel is bringing their five-year-old daughter to see his hometown of Gandiegow and visit with his grandfather. But Rachel wasn't planning on running into Joe's cousin, the man who made her have second thoughts at the altar...
Brodie has come home to help his grandfather's fishing business, but he'd prefer not to see Rachel. Although she did break his heart six years ago, the grip she has on him hasn't faltered. If they can stop butting heads long enough and learn to overcome the past, they may find new love in the new year...

I'm really horrible at trying to describe books. Short and sweet. Rachel met Joe, they got engaged. They went to Gandigow to get married where she met Joe's cousin Brodie and fell in love. Rachel was pushed into continuing on with the wedding and so they married and returned to the US. The marriage went south and Joe died. Rachel brings her daughter to Gandigow to meet her grandfather and meets up with Brodie. She wants what they could have had but Brodie is extremely resistant. Can they move away from the past and find each other again?

You tell me.. It's a Patience Griffin book!  As always, Ms Griffin has brought a fantastic romance full of love, laughs, and Dedie... I absolutely loved it. If you haven't picked up the series, I highly suggest you do!