Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK SCREAMS IM THIS BEST BOOK YOU'LL EVER READ.
I've always wanted to read a book about gladiators and female warriors set in the Roman Empire. My wishes have been answered.


Summary:

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic--and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus....

Roma Victor. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to build an empire--an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master's favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end--and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus....
 



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Monday, July 17, 2017

[Review] The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary:


New York Times-bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner’s entrancing and award-winning Queen’s Thief novels bring to life the world of the epics and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief novels are rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles lost and won, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deceptionPerfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and George R. R. Martin.

Eugenides, the queen’s thief, can steal anything—or so he says. When his boasting lands him in prison and the king’s magus invites him on a quest to steal a legendary object, he’s in no position to refuse. The magus thinks he has the right tool for the job, but Gen has plans of his own. The Queen’s Thief novels have been praised by writers, critics, reviewers, and fans, and have been honored with glowing reviews, “best of” citations, and numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Newbery Honor, the Andre Norton Award shortlist, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Discover and rediscover the stand-alone companions, The Queen of AttoliaThe King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings, all epic novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief.


(Mini) Review:

Even though this book is shorter than most books I read, I liked this one. The first half was slow but the last 25% is when it really picks up. This book was more of an introduction to what's in store. My favorite part was the short stories woven into the story. I hope there is more in the next books. 


Overall I would give The Thief 3 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Rowan Wood Legends by Olivia Wildenstein

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is Rowan Wood Legends by Olivia Wildenstein. I loved book 1 for it's uniqueness and unexpected twists and turns. I highly recommend everyone checking out book 1, Rose Petal Graves!

Checkout Rowan Wood Legends below! (It's not spoilerly for book 1)


SOME LEGENDS ARE BETTER LEFT UNTOLD.

I wasn’t the sort of girl who believed in fairytales, let alone tales about faeries. But that changed the day Faeries came to my small town and Hunters rose from their graves. 

On that fateful day, I received a book, a peculiar collection of myths and legends. Turns out it was so much more than stories. And just as I was on the verge of unlocking its secrets, it was stolen from me by someone I called a friend. 

Now, I don’t know whom I can turn to, whom I can trust. All I know is that there are two sides, and I am straddling the great divide because I am both Faerie and Hunter. And although I swore I would never choose, I am slowly falling for one of those sides…





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Saturday, July 8, 2017

[ARC Review] Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary:

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sonia’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.
 



Review:

What a magical and awe-inspiring story. I loved every bit of it, the strange, quirky, yet memorable illusions, the magical world building and the main character, Sorina. This book is dark and twisted. Everything at first seems fine and normal but when Sonia's illusions start dying, things start turning dark. Each illusion is brought to life, literally, through the pages. The reader can understand each illusion's personality and importance to Sorina. 

One thing I look forward to in the final copy of Daughter of the Burning City is the sketches of each illusions and the killers remarks about each one. I find this very unique and I can't wait to see the sketches of each illusion. I must say, the killer's remarks are quite direct. A subtle yet very observant detail of each illusion. 

The revelations are crushing and unexpected. 

I really enjoyed this one. I have yet to read a book that has carnival like elements and I'll look for more books with this element to read. I highly recommend Daughter of the Burning City for it's wholly unique premise and dark and twisted tale.


Overall I would give Daughter of the Burning City 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

For more information about the book please visit goodreads.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Into the Black by Ava Jae

I screamed with joy when I heard Beyond the Red would have 2 more books in the series. I get over joyed every time I hear bookish news where there will be new books added to the series. 

Beyond the Red is special to me because it was one of the first ARCs I've ever read as a book blogger. :') 


Summary:

The world ruler is dead, technology foundational to their society destroyed, and Safara is on the brink of collapse. Half-human, half-alien Eros is the rightful heir to the world throne, but before he can return to the capital, he's abducted by a rebel group of humans who call themselves The Remnant--and won't release him until he swears to help them overthrow the very government he's inheriting. With Eros missing, ex-queen Kora is determined to stave off mad grabs for the throne. But as royalty from across the territories flock to the capital, and a new charismatic candidate takes the spotlight, Kora sets off into the desert with a skilled prince-turned-bounty hunter to find Eros before it's too late for both the future king and his kingdom.



For more information about the book please visit goodreads.

Monday, July 3, 2017

[ARC Review] July Lightning by Shannon A. Thompson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.
Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name—son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won't be easy. Enemies wait around every corner—and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves.
Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.
 



Review

What a rollercoaster these characters have been through, or what I've been through. I loved this series from the start with the unique abilities of each character in the Bad Bloods world. There are new characters introduced in this world though I wished to see some more of the old characters. However, I think this series wrapped up nicely and I can't wait to read more books from Shannon A. Thompson!


Overall I would give July Lightning 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


For more information about this book please visit goodreads.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

[Review] The Mirror King by Jodie Meadows ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary:

Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right. 

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.


Review:

ABOUT FREAKING TIME I FINISHED THE MIRROR KING IT'S BEEN SO MANY MONTHS, TOO MANY MONTHS IN MY OPINION.

Anyways, on to the review. 

Did I cry? Yes. Did I want to throw the book but did not? Yes. Is wrath boy under appreciated? YES

Books like these make me love YA even more. I need more of this world and I want to read more of Wilhelmina's journey.  If you hear someone crying that's probably me. Everyone needs to read this duology. I really can't expand on without spoiling but I can say you won't be disappointed. 


Overall I would give The Mirror King 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

An Asian inspired Fantasy!! Magic!! Demons!! F/F Romance!! AND a beautiful cover!

SIGN ME UP. 

I need this book like air. 


Summary: 

Even gods can be slain….

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach―but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.





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Monday, June 26, 2017

[ARC Review] Mask of Shadows by Lindsey Miller ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary:

Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.
 



Review:

I'm not sure how to start this review. I was left underwhelmed by the end of the book. I think hyping this book as a mix of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo left me feeling disappointed.

Besides this, I found the first 15% great. It was very unique and I loved the main character. But after, it didn't match the first 15%. I felt like I've read this story before in Throne of Glass and Hunger Games. 

I wished to see more world building because I thought it would have made this book better. I'm still on the fence if I'm going to read the sequel.


Overall I would give Mask of Shadows 3 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

For more information about this book please visit goodreads

Saturday, June 24, 2017

[Guest Post] Imogen's Typewriter Review of Wonder Boy!

Hey everyone! 

Today on the blog I have a guest post by Imogen Imogen's Typewriter !! Thank you, Imogen, for guest posting. Check out the full guest post below!

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Now, I loved Nicole Burstein’s first book; Othergirl and gave it a glowing review on my blog so I, of course, picked up her second book when I went to YALC. Then didn't read it for a year. Mood readers, eh? But I knew I would love it, and I knew it would (hopefully) make a good review for Sabrina’s wonderful blog! So here we go...


Joseph ‘Wilco’ Wilkes is one of life’s loser’s – he’s picked on, pushed around, and bullied by the rugby boys at the posh private school he attends on a scholarship. But his life is about to change: Wilco learns he can move things with his mind. Will this be his chance to play the hero, get the girl and finally stand up for himself? Or are things just going to come crashing down around his head? Becoming a proper hero will be quite the leap of faith...

This book is, for me, one of the few perfect middle grade/ early teen books. It puts kids problems in an understandable, but different environment of a contemporary world plus superheroes. The overarching storyline was clever and superheroes are always fun to read about, but this origin story is so much more while still written in a beautifully simple way. I finished it in a day and while I'm a grown-up, I can't imagine anybody getting stuck in this one. Guaranteed slump-buster.

Even with superheroes though, I rarely thought about that part of the book while collecting my thoughts after finishing. Much like the first book, Wonderboy deals a lot with friendship but also with bullies, the value of education and working hard, the pressure of private schools, first relationships... And although this book doesn't have any LGBT+ representation, there is a lovely part where Joseph's friend is reassuring him that it wouldn't affect their friendship if he were gay.

And this was also amazing because boys talking about their feelings. I read a lot of 'boy books' as a kid, having an older brother, and it's genuinely refreshing to read a book where boys talk to each other about feelings without bluster or banter. The main character and his best friend are honest and trusting with each other, and I love it.

Wonderboy is the second book in a duology but they're companion novels, rather than a series.  Nicole Burstein has done a great job adding throwbacks to Othergirl which are great, but don't in anyway effect the reading of this book.


Start with Othergirl, start with Wonderboy, just start this series. Both of the books are fantastic. Exactly the kinds of books that everyone will enjoy, but should definitely be put into the hands of young teenagers. The morals are on-point without being obvious and they're just fun to read!