Review: Touch of Power (Healer #1) by Maria V. Snyder

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Maria V. Snyder

Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult

Publication Date: December 20, 2011

Publisher: Mira

Source: Own the ebook on my Kindle.

Synopsis: Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of a campaign against her people.

As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Continue reading

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Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

0The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Source: Own the ebook on my Kindle.

Synopsis: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black. Continue reading

The 10 Most Unique YA Fairytale Retellings – Book Edition

Since ‘Maleficent’ came out last month and is still running in theaters, I figured I’d honor the movie with a post about the most unusual – though not necessarily new – fairy tale retellings the YA book world has to offer; after all, ‘Maleficent’ is a retelling of the classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’. I myself haven’t watched the movie yet, but my brother gives it a thumbs up, which is good enough for me. So anyways, here we go! Continue reading

The Fault In Our Stars: The Movie

When I first decided to watch ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ it wasn’t because I particularly wanted to, but because I figured it’d make for a good blog post. Then when I realized that it was harder than I had expected to take pictures of the movie screen, I thought I’d just give up on the movie altogether. However, when I tried to leave, I just couldn’t get my bottom off of the seat. Continue reading

Summer Giveaway: City of Heavenly Fire

0 The long-awaited summer vacation has kicked off to a great start, and what better way to celebrate that than to host Swimming Through Thoughts’s first giveaway! To make this even even more amazing, we’re going to be giving away 10 copies, that’s right, 10 COPIES of eBook versions of ‘City of Heavenly Fire’! You may be thinking that you’d prefer a hardcover copy to an eBook, but win the book, and you’ll receive the novel today! Summer vacation truly is magical, isn’t it? Continue reading

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Publication Date: September 10, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: Hardcover borrowed from school library.

Synopsis: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…. But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? Continue reading

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ is Overhyped

If you’re a teenager out in the world that’s heavily influenced by today’s media – including books and movies – then you’ve likely heard of TFIOS, that is ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, written by John Green. If you’re a book nerd like me, then it’s probably even more likely that you read the book just to see what the hype was about. My guess? Continue reading