Saturday, February 18, 2017

[ARC Review] The Dragon's Price by Bethany Wiggins ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary:

Fans of Julie Kagawa’s Talon and Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn will devour this action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl who chooses to surrender herself to a deadly dragon rather than marry an enemy prince.


When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.


Review:


The Dragon's Price completely surpassed my expectations. It is truly a mix of The Wrath of the Dawn and Talon, both are one of my favorite series ever. I can't stop thinking about it!!

The plot is true to the summary. Sorrowlynn choses to face the dragon rather than marry a barbarian prince. But we soon discover that everything is not what it seems. The real treasure is not anything Sorrowlynn and Golmarr ever expected. Once the truth is discovered, there are more who would kill to obtain the truth which threatens the existence of the kingdom.

The world building was phenomenal. I loved the differences between the two kingdoms and the several villages surrounding. The idea of transference was something new for me but I enjoyed the idea throughout the novel.

I need book 2. I need more of Sorrowlynn and Golmarr. They are so sweet and their relationship is true and meaningful. I highly recommend this book if you love dragons, a high fantasy world, and a mystery that ensnares two kingdoms. 


Overall I would give The Dragon's Price 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

[Book Tour] Station Fosaan by Dee Garretson



Title: STATION FOSAAN
Author: Dee Garretson
Pub. Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300

Scientists and their families stationed on the remote planet of Fosaan were promised a tropical vacation-like experience. But Fosaan, devastated from an apocalyptic event nearly three-hundred years ago, is full of lethal predators and dangerous terrain. 
Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement and must not engage the remaining reclusive Fosaanians, native to the planet. Sixteen-year-old Quinn Neen is about to do both of those things. 
During an unsanctioned exploration of the planet, Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit. But before he can convince her to show him around, scientists are taken captive, leaving Quinn and the other young Earthers at the mercy of space raiders. 
Quinn must go from renegade to leader and convince Mira to become an ally in a fight against an enemy whose very existence threatens their lives and the future of Earthers stuck on Fosaan and at home. 
STATION FOSAAN is THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND meets STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN. 



Review:
This book is completely different from what I normally read, completely different. But I have to say that I am not disappointed. A sci-fi world set in an alternate world which is appropriate for YA audiences. 

I'm surprised at the acceptance Quinn had when meeting Mira. All things considering that Mira and her kind were not welcomed, it was interesting to see two major characters accept each other. Quinn wants to prove his worth to his grandfather in creating a guide that keeps track of every creature in Fosaan. He meets Mira and hopes that she will teach him all to know about Fosaan. 

But the conflict quickly arises when communication starts failing and mysterious things start to happen. Then conflict only increases when the leading scientists are taken, leaving Mira, Queen and other young Earthers to set things write.

Overall I enjoyed Station Fosaan. The beginning was a bit slow but it quickly picked up when conflict arises. I wish Mira's character was more developed and the minor characters were given more purpose. But the plot was engaging and the possibility of book 2 is there.

Overall I would give Station Fosaan 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
About Dee:  
Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.

Giveaway Details:
(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.
(20) winners will receive a Fosaanian-inspired bracelet or key chain (winner’s choice), US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
2/13/2017- S.E. MuirExcerpt
2/13/2017- Book Review BeccaSpotlight
2/14/2017- Bibliobibuli YA- Interview
2/15/2017- LILbooKlovers- Interview
2/16/2017- Lisa's Loves(Books of Course)Guest Post
2/16/2017- Omg Books and More BooksReview
2/17/2017- So Few BooksInterview
2/17/2017- Month9BooksExcerpt

Week Two:
2/20/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
2/20/2017- Don't Judge, ReadReview
2/21/2017- Susan Heim on WritingExcerpt
2/21/2017- Book-KeepingReview
2/22/2017- Wishful Endings- Interview
2/22/2017-Hidden Worlds Books- Guest Post
2/23/2017- Always & Forever FangirlingExcerpt
2/23/2017- the Blacksheep ReaderReview
2/24/2017- I am not a bookworm!Review

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

[Book Tour] Wintersong by S. Jae. Jones




Title: WINTERSONG
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Pub. Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.




Review:

I absolutely loved Wintersong from beginning to end. There is magic and wonder in every page and I was left wanting more. It's mysterious, intriguing, magical, and above all, breathtaking. There is a Hades and Persephone vibe I felt throughout the book, which I thought was done very well.

Wintersong is a retelling of the Goblin King with other folklores tied to the story. The writing is very lyrical and I was ensnared to the world of Wintersong of Liesl and the Goblin King. I loved their romance, it was slow burn but it was definitely felt real. No insta love, just real romance between the two characters.

The ending left me in questions, more like panic because I couldn't believe that was it but there is a sequel. I also cried because the book was just so beautiful. I can rest easy at night now knowing that there is a sequel. I just want more of this story. 

I hope I made this review coherent because at the time of writing this, I had just finished Wintersong and was a bit of a mess, well a major mess, but a good mess. Everything was beautiful. 

Overall I would give Wintersong 5 amazing stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️




About S Jae-Jones: 
S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is a voracious and indiscriminate reader, an avid traveler, and something of an adrenaline junkie.

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for 10 years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be find rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.


Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of WINTERSONG, US Only.


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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
1/30/2017- Dazzled by BooksReview
1/31/2017- Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview
2/1/2017- Nicole's Novel Reads- Excerpt
2/2/2017- A Backwards StoryReview
2/3/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

Week Two:
1/6/2017- ButtermybooksReview
1/7/2017- Mary Had a Little Book BlogGuest Post
1/8/2017- OMG Books And More BooksReview
1/9/2017- YA Books CentralInterview


1/10/2017- Emily Reads EverythingReview

Monday, February 6, 2017

[Book Tour] Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake

Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)
by Brenda Drake
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | BAM | Google Play | Indies 

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.



OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:




Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.



Review: 


Guardian of Secrets is full of magic, mystery, and fun. This book picks up where Thief of Lies left off. I want say how/when/where due to spoilerly reasons but read Their of Lies to figure out!

Gia, in my opinion, has made a big improvement. I really did not like her immaturity and oblivious state in book 1. But book 2, her character growth is evident. I love her relationship with Arik. Arik you better not mess things up or else.

One thing I love most is the writing! I enjoyed how the world was set up so elegantly and I was transported immediately. This series is intense. I wonder if there will be any other books written in this series.

Overall I would give Guardian of Secrets 4 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   



Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). 



Giveaway Information: 
$50 Amazon Gift Card with Guardian of Secrets swag pack  *International winners will only get $50 GC*


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The 100 by Kass Morgan Release Day Post!


I am so excited that THE 100 returns to TV tonight! And to help celebrate the show's return Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Rockstar Book Tours are giving away 5 Boxed Sets of the Complete series! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.




About The Book:

Title: THE 100 Box Set (Books 1-4)
Author: Kass Morgan
Pub. Date: January 3, 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 1360
Formats: Paperback
Find it: AmazonGoodreads

All four thrilling novels in The 100 series, now available in a paperback boxed set! 

Ever since nuclear war destroyed our planet, humanity has been living on city-like spaceships hovering above the toxic surface. As far as anyone knows, no one has stepped foot on Earth in centuries--that is, until one hundred juvenile delinquents are sentenced to return and recolonize the hostile land. The future of the human race rests in their hands, but nothing can prepare the 100 for what they find on this strange and savage planet. 

Read the series that inspired the hit TV show. The 100, Day 21, Homecoming, and Rebellion are gathered together for the first time in this striking box set, perfect for fans and series newcomers alike.






About Kass Morgan

Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kiss is currently working on the sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that allows laptops on the weekend.




Giveaway Details:


5 winners will receive the complete boxed set of THE 100 Series, US Only.

Ends on February 8th at Midnight EST!



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Monday, January 30, 2017

[Book Tour] Exo by Fonda Lee



Title: EXO
Author: Fonda Lee
Pub. Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

It’s been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose alien rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn’t one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison in the collaborationist government, and Donovan’s high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan’s abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience, determined to end alien control.

When Sapience realizes whose son Donovan is, they think they’ve found the ultimate bargaining chip. But the Prime Liaison doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, not even for his own son. Left in the hands of terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan’s survival. Because if Sapience kills him, it could spark another intergalactic war. And Earth didn’t win the last one . . . 


Review:

An action packed sci-fi adventure, Exo is a exhilarating from start to end. This book captures violence, politics, and fighting. These kinds of books are unique in YA. I haven't found a sci-fi book with this much adventure and action packed goodness. I was on the edge of my set the whole time. One wrong move could, literally, start a war.

I love the world building. It is well thought out and very imaginative. The author creates a world where humans and aliens have a shaky relationship. One wrong move could lead to chaos. This book isn't about good vs bad. The lines are blurred and Donovan has to figure out what is right and what is wrong. The grey areas in this world make it hard to understand the truth of what's going on. 

I read Exo in nearly one sitting. That was how ensnared I was from this story!


Overall I would give Exo 4 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️





About Fonda:
Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. Her debut novel, Zeroboxer was an Andre Norton Award finalist, Jr. Library Guild Selection, ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Oregon Book Award finalist, and Oregon Spirit Book Award winner. Her second novel, Exo, releases from Scholastic in February 2017.

Fonda wrote her first novel, about a dragon on a quest for a magic pendant, in fifth grade during the long bus ride to and from school each day. Many years later, she cast her high school classmates as characters in her second novel, a pulpy superhero saga co-written with a friend by passing a graphing calculator back and forth during biology class. Fortunately, both of these experiments are lost to the world forever.
Fonda is a former corporate strategist who has worked for or advised a number of Fortune 500 companies. She holds black belts in karate and kung fu, goes mad for smart action movies (think The Matrix, Inception, and Minority Report) and is an Eggs Benedict enthusiast. Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, she currently resides in Portland, Oregon.




Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of EXO, US Only.




Tour Schedule:


Week One:
1/23/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview
1/24/2017- Bibliobibuli YAReview
1/25/2017- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
1/26/2017- The Forest of Words and PagesReview
1/27/2017- Novel NoviceExcerpt

Week Two:
1/30/2017- Omg Books and More BooksReview
1/31/2017- Rich in ColorInterview
2/1/2017- NerdophilesReview
2/2/2017-Fantasy Book CriticGuest Post
2/3/2017- Such a Novel IdeaReview
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