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Throne of Glass

It’s always intimidating to review a book so loaded by high fan expectations and low critic opinions. This book is DIVIDED, my friend. It will turn husband against wife, brother against sister, dog against cat…wait. Well, you get the idea.

So let me break down what I liked and what I didn’t like so that you can decide whether you want to read it for yourself.

I liked… Celeana. This is not a common thing, apparently.

@_KatKennedy Isn't Celaena the ditziest, most incompetent assassin ever? She's all "ohhh, candy! ohh, Dorian's smile. ohhh, ball gowns"

— Ioana Stefania (@AkaSilmarien) June 12, 2014

She was arrogant, vain, narcissistic, flawed and I loved every bit of it. I loved her love of pretty dresses and candy. The girl was in a death camp ffs! She can enjoy anything she wants. I love her love of food I loved watching her make friends, I loved her blood thirsty, ragey nature that was sometimes comical.

Unteachable by Leah Raeder

We have a special treat to share with our readers today! You’ve heard Meg and I rave and rave about how much we love Unteachable by Leah Raeder and it’s true.

And her prose is simply fantastic. Pretentious in the best kinds of ways. Blunt and raw and real. Lyrical to the core. Quotable forever.

“Part of falling in love with someone is actually falling in love with yourself. Realizing that you’re gorgeous, you’re fearless and unpredictable, you’re a firecracker spitting light, entrancing a hundred faces that stare up at you with starry eyes.”

Or how about this one.

“The brain is an incredible multitasker. At the same time that it’s piercing itself with superheated needles of anguish, it’s ruthlessly making plans, contingencies, plotting out a future, giving zero fucks whether it’ll ever see it. On the day I die, it’ll be calculating what to have for dinner as it bombards itself with pain signals from my amputated legs or my clocked-out heart.”

OR THIS.

Ruin and Rising

We here at Cuddlebuggery have been huge, huge fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. From the moment we reach the first plot twist in Shadow and Bone, we knew this was going to be one hell of a series. With each book, Leigh has raised the stakes and we’re just waiting for Ruin and Rising to blow our socks right off. As fans, we’ve always been excited to see the success of the series and have always been honored to have Leigh stop by. I mean, we’ve had some great times together. Like that time Leigh saved us from ninjas with her mind bullets. Or the time were Kat drew minion versions of Leigh’s characters. Or the time when Kat and I wrote that totally awkward fan fiction and had Leigh critique it. Really, really great times, guys.

But then we realized we’ve been spoiling Leigh. Like, super hard and stuff!

Red Butterfly

Welcome to Hot New Titles, the weekly feature that can singlehandedly enable you to BUY ALL THE BOOKS! Starting the first week of July, Hot New Titles will be moving to Tuesdays to be current with new releases as they happen. Kiss your money goodbye!

New releases include Born of Deception by Teri Brown, My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal and Brazen by Katherine Longshore.

Book Deals to put on your radar: Leaves by Samantha Mabry, The Remedy by Suzanne Young, Anne and Henry by  Dawn Ius and Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar.

Cover reveals include The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson, the redesign for Sway by Kat Spears, and our fav of the week, Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen.

Did we miss a cover? Want your cover featured on HNT? Email us!

Hot New Titles is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly post for YA releases and cover reveals. Don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook for all the cover reveals throughout the week and more fun.

Pawn

It should probably be illegal to keep reading an authors work when you’ve so thoroughly panned it twice before but, you see, I was curious. Take away the horrible plotting and burdensome story of The Goddess Test, could Carter write something I liked, because I always suspected she could. If Pawn had continued in quality from the first half into the second, then I’d probably be giving it four stars right now.

Pawn started out very promising indeed. Kitty, ranked a three in a society that lives and dies by rankings, has two choices. Shovel shit in a far off city away from her beloved boyfriend, or take to prostitution. Figuring prostitution is temporary, she chooses option B but is quickly given a third option. Become the body double of the newly deceased princess.

Kitty, living as Lila Hart, still isn’t safe. She knows her days are numbered and the only way to survive is to play the game and hope she can outsmart the other players.

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