Looking Back... Looking Ahead

December 31, 2014

I don't think it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that 2014 has been pretty much the most hectic year of
My. Entire. Life.

I was so determined at the beginning of the year to implement some new things around here, but things just kept happening without a break, and the blog very noticeably suffered from it. While earlier, it was more out of laziness than anything else that posts around here were sporadic, this year, inspite of truly trying, I realised that there comes a time when sometimes you stretch yourself thin, you wont be able to give your best to anything. And I wasn't ready to blog halfheartedly.

Oh, and in case you weer wondering about those *solemn voice*goals and resolutions*end solemn voice* I made at the beginning of 2014... I barely succeeded at any of them and they're not worth mentioning, honestly. I knew I should've never made resolutions :/

Since I'm so making lists, I thought it'd be fun to make a list of all that's occurred this year and look at it in all its glory.

Review: Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley

December 29, 2014

Title: Rites of Passage
Author: Joy N Hensley
Publication date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Comtemporary
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.

At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.
Do you guys remember the Disney movie Cadet Kelly? That real feel good movie with Hilary Duff? That was the first thing that came to mind when I read Rites of Passage's blurb, and also a huge motivator towards requesting this book. And guess what? There actually is a Cadet Kelley in the story! How cool is that?

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

December 23, 2014

Title: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Publication date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Do you know, originally, I had no intentions of reading this book.

I love high fantasy, and owing to my intolerance for anything short of amazing (when it comes to this genre), I don't start a fantasy series until I've heard/seen several positive reviews. Soon after Snow Like Ashes was uploaded on Edelweiss, I started hearing good things about it on almost all my feeds. A couple of weeks later, I caved and downloaded a copy.