Review: A Torch Against The Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: AEITA #2
Genre: Fantasy
Page Length: 452 Pages
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: ARC via publisher
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Elias and Laia are running for their lives.

After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the Empire's most secure and dangerous prison - to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars' survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene - Elias's former friend and the Empire's newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus's will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own - one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape... and kill them both.

The Struggle of Finding Time to Read

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This year, I'll be a senior.  And that means just one more year of high school!  But being a senior also means an inevitable load of stress.  With some tough courses, extracurriculars, and of course those infamous college applications to fill out, finding the time to read seems like a more challenging task than ever before.  I mean, Rachel is living proof that one can actually survive senior year, but she's kind of a super-human.  (Isn't she?)

A Round-up of Chicklit Mini Reviews

Author: Nichole Chase
Series: Suddenly #1
Genre: Chick Lit
Page Length: 464 Pages
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Avon
Source: Purchased via iBooks
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Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

APCB Adds #5


I love learning about the latest book deals, and APCB Adds is a feature where I share my latest Goodreads book additions. These posts will introduce you to books coming out in the future, ones you can look forward to! 

ARC Review: Been Here All Along

Author: Sandy Hall
Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance/LGBTQ+
Page Length: 240 Pages
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: ARC via publisher
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Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.

Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…

Happily Ever Afters and Why I Like Them

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A common critique I see for concluding books in series is that the final book is too picture perfect, too happy, and thus too unrealistic. I used to voice concerns about this in books too. I'll admit that I shaved off rating stars because of the sickeningly sweet happily ever after I found too common and too unappealing in books.

Review: A Week of Mondays


Today I'm excited to join the Thank God It's Monday blog tour! Many thanks to Mary and Macmillan for setting up this tour.

Author: Jessica Brody
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 464 Pages
Publication Date: August 2,  2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Source: ARC via publisher
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Ellie is having the worst Monday of her life. She messes up her school speech for the class vice presidency position, she manages to take the world's worst school picture, she bombs softball tryouts, and the icing on top of this awful cake: her perfect boyfriend who is in a high school rock band dumps her. At the end of the day, Ellie wishes she could redo everything. When she wakes up the next morning, she discovers that it's Monday again! She has six more chances to redo the day in the hopes of having everything go exactly the way she wants. But in the process, she just may find out that what she really wants and what she actually needs are two very different things.

Literary Agent Interview: Jennifer Johnson-Blalock

The profession and day-to-day job of a literary agent has always fascinated me. These people work tirelessly and enthusiastically to help sell their clients' books to publishers. Just thinking of all your favorite books, some literary agent helped get that book recognized and published.

Today I interview Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, a literary agent at Liza Dawson Associates. Learn more about the job of a literary agent, what she looks for in manuscripts, and her favorite tv shows!

What Sparked Your Love for Reading?

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On the first day of my "Young Adult World and Perspective" class, my teacher posed the following question to us: "What is your favorite book?"

The question seemed simple enough to answer, right?  It's a common topic of conversation, and a common question many of us are asked rather frequently.  When it was my turn to share, I answered without difficulty.  However, as we went around the class, some of my classmates' answers were both amusing and . . . disappointing -- and perhaps surprising.  Here are some of the most notable answers I can remember:

APCB's Got Two More Co-Bloggers!

When I first started A Perfection Called Books, I never anticipated on the site blossoming into something much bigger than I could handle alone. Now roughly two and a half years later, I've found two wonderful co-bloggers in Julia and Mishma. As APCB continues to grow and life gets busier, we thought it best to add an additional co-blogger to join the APCB team. Among so many amazing applications, Julia, Mishma, and I discovered two people who really stood out to us as amazing individuals who could contribute great content and really click with the rest of us. The two new co-bloggers will now introduce themselves! 

-Rachel

Review: Fear the Drowning Deep


Thanks Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles for including me in this epic blog tour for Fear the Drowning Deep! I met Sarah Glenn Marsh nearly a year ago at Bookitcon, a book event in Moorestown, New Jersey! I've been so excited for her book ever since, and I'm happy to say that this book is wonderful! Sarah's debut, Fear the Drowning Deep, is a historical fiction thriller that takes place in the early 1900s on an isle in the middle of a tempestuous sea.

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Page Length: 310 Pages
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Source: eARC via Publisher
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Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.