I’m not able to get to all the books I receive for review consideration, so to reduce stress and start with a clean slate each month, I feature the ones that I didn’t get to read in Flames to Embers. All the books I request start out as flames in my heart, but for various reasons, some of them burn down to embers and I lose desire or time to read them. I hope that you find something that draws your interest though and feel free to encourage me to give something another try!
I’m pretty sure it isn’t allowed to be November yet, shouldn’t I have had to approve that?? October appears to have been the month of me wanting to give some unknowns a try and then hearing not great things from reading buddies and losing steam on them (hehe, flame to steam :-P). I do also get the impression that a number of them are fast and fun if nothing else, so I may come back to those when in the mood for such :D.
Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla’s life.
Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.
But her summer plans change when she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive… or survive.
I was incredibly intrigued by this cover mostly because I really wanted to know wtf was going on there, haha. It sounds from reviews I’ve seen that it is fast and fluffy, but perhaps not all that epic or mind-blowing, so I haven’t felt compelled to pick it up yet. How heavy would you say the romance element is? I see that heart in the lightbulb!
The Fire Artist
Aria is an elemental artist—she creates fire from her hands. But her power is not natural. She steals it from lightning. It’s dangerous and illegal in her world. When she’s recruited to perform, she seizes the chance to get away from her family. But her power is fading too fast to keep stealing from the sky. She has no choice but to turn to a Granter—a modern day genie. She gets one wish at an extremely high price. Aria’s willing to take a chance, but then she falls in love with the Granter . . . and he wants his freedom. Aria must decide what she’s willing to bargain and how much her own heart, body, and soul are worth.
I’ll be honest, I was totally into the fire-element trend this summer, but I’ve also gotten burned (haha) too often on YA books advertising the awesome romance in the blurb. That just makes me leery to trust that it’ll be a romance I’ll be able to tolerate for some reason ;-). Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong about that here though!
Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.
Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.
Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?
I almost didn’t download this one from Edelweiss to be honest since I’m so heavily against the idea of a female MC being captive and falling for and teaming up with someone involved in her enslavement. I saw a couple of red flags in DNF reviews that further made me cautious. However, I then got convinced at Epic Reads and bought a copy, so now I have a personalized copy that I might as well read eventually?
At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.
After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.
Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.
But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.
I hear those gasps! How could I even think this would be a safe Anya book?? There is a pink heart framed by kissing on the cover, wtf Anya??? Definitely an impulse click there, plus the whole time travel thing. AND I hear from one trusty source (*coughShaecough*) that it is actually pretty fun, so I might try it as a gym book in the future :).
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.
On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.
In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?
Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.
I originally was going to pass this one by because it just didn’t seem like a me book for various reasons (one being those creepy darn hands!). However, I then saw gushing on Twitter and figured I should download the eARC and see for myself. And then I just never got to it after see very polarized reviews so now I just don’t know what to think! Maybe if the second book is loved and has a less creepy cover? >.> Advice from you who know my reading tastes??
So those are the books I considered for review and passed by in October! At least it wasn’t quite as shameful of a list as September ;-). I have to say though, I’m so happy to get the chance to discuss these “ember” books with you all though since it helps me a lot to know for sure whether a book is likely to make me happy, hehe.
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