Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his powerful throne. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past….
Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax–which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.
All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love? [ x ]
I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley.
Coming Up for Air follows Maggie as she deals with graduating, relationships, rivalries, and qualifying for the national swim team. Overall, Kenneally wrote another deliciously realistic book book that tackles being a teen in a refreshingly upfront way. From Maggie’s fear of driving to finding a budding friends with benefits type relationship with her best friend, Levi, Coming Up for Air never rips the reader from the Hundred Oaks world we’ve come to know and love.
All the characters are well-rounded, and I loved Maggie. She was easy to relate to and you’re rooting for her 100%. Even though she’s an amazing swimmer, she works hard for it, and I really appreciated that. I also really loved that Kenneally didn’t make it a big rivals becomes best friends again situation because that doesn’t always happen.
I recommend this for teens that are a little older since Kenneally does tackle sex and sexual issues in a frank and no-nonsense manner. She always does it so well, making sure it’s understood that no-one, especially girls, should feel bad about thinking or talking about sex. It’s natural and her handling of the topic always leaves me satisfied.
The romance was one of the best best friends to lovers I’ve read. It’s in my favorite tropes for romance novels, and Maggie and Levi’s friendship felt real. They cared about each other, and that made the novel work so well. This is probably my favorite Hundred Oaks book, and it’s so sad to know the series has ended with it.
When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.
With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give? [ x ]
Emma has always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two have always been best friends. Until something happens that wrecks them.
I’d trusted Henri more than I’d trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I’d follow.
Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in a gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart. To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?
For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on this shore.
Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Founded through The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten is about showcasing a list of some of our favorite things. August 8, 2017, we’ll talk about our Top Ten Series I Know I Should Read.
Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan I loved Percy Jackson. I mean, L-O-V-E. Not on a Harry Potter level. Or maybe. I’m not sure. I actually read Percy Jackson when I was in college so I don’t know what’s stopping me from reading about HOO. I feel like it’s because I haven’t read a middle-grade in so very long and I just never found the intense desire to jump back into it – but Percy Jackson was so near and dear to my heart. I started reading HOO with the first book, but then MARK OF ATHENA came out and then I don’t know what happened. I bought the book. I was gonna read it. And then it ended up in my TBR pile for years! I want to revisit this world. Seriously.
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes Falling Kingdoms is a series that I am hesitant to dive into now, especially because there are so many books out. How many are there? Seven including the companion series? GEEZ. And the next one is coming out soon, too, right? I’ve heard nothing but good things about Falling Kingdoms and I’m so in love with the covers. I think that another thing that has thrown me off is that there are lots of characters and I’m hesitant to try to keep track of them, especially because I love being able to watch development in the core ones. There’s JUST SO MANY, but it’s set in a historical period with magic and unrest and ALL THE GOOD STUFF.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh I need to read this on the sole reason that the food descriptions in it are just simply scrumptious. I’ve heard nothing is more scintillating than how Ahdieh describes food (except her extravagant storytelling). Plus, I love a good love story and I’ve been told time and time again that this is a beautiful and gut-wrenching one. I love angst.
When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a devil—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds her trade may be more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she ever could have imagined.
With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something like love grows between them amidst an otherworldly ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: can she give James her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?
The Hearts We Sold is a Faustian tale for the modern age that will steal your heart and break it, and leave you begging for more.
For the first time in her life, Hope Walton has friends … and a (maybe) boyfriend. She’s a Viator, a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors. When the Viators learn of a plan to steal a dangerous device from the inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race into the past can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. Navigating the glitterati of The Gilded Age in 1895 New York City, Hope and her crew will discover that high society can be as deadly as it is beautiful.
In this sequel to the dazzling time-travel romance Into the Dim, sacrifice takes on a whole new meaning as Hope and Bran struggle to determine where—or when—they truly belong.