Author: Ryan Graudin

WoW [111]

Posted July 5, 2017 by Stephanie in Meme / 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly.

This Week’s Victim Pick….

WoW [111]Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Published by Little on September 26th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Historical
Pages: 464
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Time flies when you're plundering history.
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.
In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space.

My Thoughts

This story just sounds so intriguing to me and cannot wait to read it! Have any of you been lucky enough to get a copy?

And now…over to you: what book are you waiting to release? Link me up and I’ll try my best to drop by! 🙂

Stephanie
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Review: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Posted May 31, 2016 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Review: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan GraudinWolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1) by Ryan Graudin
Published by Little on October 20th 2015
Genres: Historical, Fantasy
Pages: 388
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five-stars
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Her story begins on a train.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.
Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless.

 

I really don’t know where to begin with this book other than to say that you need to read it. It’s phenomenal. It’s breathtaking. It’s impactful.

I’ve struggled for weeks trying to formulate my thoughts into coherent sentences for this review, but I kept crying every time. That’s how much of an impact this book made on me. So, with tear-filled eyes and without further adieu, here is what I loved and adored about Wolf by Wolf:

1. The Writing

Beautiful, emotional descriptions punctuated by short, impactful statements. My high school English teachers would cry over this book. I certainly did. This writing is the kind that winds up being shared in Language Arts classes, serving as inspiration for students to mold their own writing after. It’s stunning. Honestly, truly stunning. I could not stop bookmarking quotes and passages that were both impactful and inspirational. Any words I write here won’t do this book justice. Just, read it.

Not dead. One life spared. One life out of missions. Just a drop. But it mattered. It rolled off Yael’s chest. Made it one life lighter.”

2. The Characters

Where to begin? Every character was wonderfully developed and important. More importantly, no character was exactly what they seemed on the surface. Yael has a heartbreaking backstory that shaped her into the well-trained weapon she is. Luka proves that not all masks worn are as easily seen as Yael’s shapeshifting. Felix personifies loyalty and love. And the other racers each have their own stories, their own pressures, their own lives. It’s beautiful to watch these characters come to life, to learn time and again that the beliefs, stories, and actions of a person mean so much more than their appearance, that you can never truly know a person until you trust them with a piece of yourself.

Brother. The term was supposed to hold some weight between them. Some code of honor Yael could not navigate. Not when her own family was long ash—spread to the wind.”

3. The Concept

I’ll be the first to admit that I always abhorred “What if…” questions in history class. I never really enjoyed dabbling in the hypothetical. This book changed my mind. What if Hitler won WWII? It’s a question that has been addressed before, but I’ve never seen shapeshifting thrown into the mix. The concept of this story is so completely unique. I can see it appealing to readers who enjoy a whole scope of genres. There’s something for everyone in this book. Although, it’s not easy to read. There’s so much emotion and heartbreak and horrible realities of how humans can treat one another. But there’s also hope, kindness, and genuine, human goodness blended within the pages. This book is unique and destined to take you on an emotional journey that will continue even after you finish the final chapter.

“The answer to this questions was something Yael had to fight for. Her self-reflection was no reflection at all. It was a shattered mirror. Something she had to piece together, over and over again. Memory by memory. Loss by loss. Wolf by wolf.”

These three pieces of the story are woven together so wonderfully and so expertly. This review doesn’t do it justice. If you haven’t read Wolf by Wolf, please read it. And be prepared for your heart to simultaneously be ripped out and wrenched back together again to the sound of motorcycle engines revving and train wheels spinning.

five-stars
Emily
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The Luck of the Bookish (Emily)

The Luck of the Bookish (Emily)

Posted March 15, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Event / 2 Comments

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s day, the girls and I thought it would be fun to put on a little mini-series of posts. Basically, we are here to answer one very pressing question: if you knew that the Leprechaun at the end of the rainbow was holding one book: ARC, published, special edition, signed, […]

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All That Glows [Review]

All That Glows [Review]

Posted January 20, 2016 by In Wonderland Team in Review / 1 Comment

Title: All That Glows Author: Ryan Graudin Series: All That Glows #1 Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance Pages: 463 Published By: HarperTeen on February 11th, 2014 Where To Get:   Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. […]

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