Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: March 3, 2015

Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.

Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: February 24, 2015

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands on!

1. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole
Book 3 of the Arcana Chronicles

2. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
Book 2 of Rebel Belle

3. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Book 2 of Dorothy Must Die

4. Unleashed by Sophie Jordan
Book 2 of Uninvited

5. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings
Book 2 in The Murder Complex

6. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
Book 3 of The Shades of London

7. A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
Book 3 of The Madman’s Daughter

8. Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Book 2 of Talon

9. Lady Celie by Melina Marchetta
Book 3.5 of the Lumatere Chronicles

10. Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil
Book 2 of Don’t Get Mad

 

What sequels are you waiting on?!

Book Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Shocking secrets
Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who’ve been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It’s kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected allies
With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-wrenching treachery
When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can’t remember–but Death can’t forget…

 

I really don’t know why it took me so long for me to pick up this novel, considering how much I enjoyed the first installment in the Arcana Chronicles, Poison Princess (click on the title to check out my review!), but it did.  I am now regretting taking so long to read it.

Honestly, the first book was just so jam packed of information and action..so it means that I really enjoyed the more slow building plot of Endless Knight, and the exciting development of the relationship between Evie and Death.  While I think that Death has some traits that are a bit misogynistic and he is a bit ruthless with Evie…but again, he is Death, so I’m assuming that some of these traits are left from being centuries old and from being ridiculously angry with the past incarnations of the Empress.

I’m not a big fan of Jack, and he is ridiculously stubborn and unwilling to believe in the supernatural or anything like that while he is in the middle of an obvious apocalyptic situation, and he manages to just push Evie away and take advantage of her feelings for him. So when Evie ended up separated from her friends and Jack, I wasn’t totally devastated.

Again, the majority of this novel takes place in Death’s immaculate mansion after Evie is taken by him.  It has a very Princess Bride feel to it, where Death is the Dread Pirate Roberts to Evie’s Westley.

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So Evie is not only trying to remember her past lives, but also to prolong her life.  We get a more detailed look into the other cards, and actually get to see a list of the cards that they have discovered, which are dead, which are still missing, and which ones they have encountered.

Just when I was really enjoying where Endless Knight was going, Cole had to go and throw a monkey wrench in the happiness that Evie and Death had earned.  Although, I will say that both men, Death and Jack, seem to have been ridiculously obsessed with sex in this novel.  While I understand that something like that comes naturally with love and everything, I just don’t understand why there was such pressure involved.  It can be a little confusing for young girls reading this, just because of the big movement in Rape Culture and the over sexualization of women.

Overall, I think this installment was much more enjoyable than the first.  I’d love to see Cole do something more with these characters than just explore the love triangle in the next book, and I’m hoping that Evie continues to mature and grow into her powers.

5 Bards.

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Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

 

 

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: February 10, 2015

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

Book Review: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They’d come to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers.
But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous.
Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week.

This was a different take on a dystopian novel.  They essentially went back to having a Monarchy after the democratic system didn’t work.  So it was set in the future but felt like you were reading a book set in the way back past.  Does that make sense??  If you have read this book help me out with the description!  I thought it was an interesting way to write a dystopian novel because the terminology was familiar, thus not needing an in depth explanation of the  culture and setting of the book.  I could have used some more information as to why they went back to this system but I think we will learn more in the upcoming books.

I really liked that this was not your typically fairytale/ romance/ princess book.  The princess did not need a handsome guy to save her, she saved herself.  Also there was like no romance in this book, there didn’t need to be any.  This was about a young girl finding her way and being an all around bad ass.  It kind of reminds me of a Game of Thrones type storyline.  Minus the incest and dragons.  The Mace reminds me of the Hound, and there are brothels and such.

Kelsea is a great character, she is normal looking and you really get to explore her strengths and weaknesses.  She is not perfect and has flaws and insecurities but that is what makes a great lead in a book.  I also really like the Fetch.  I can’t wait to read more about him!!!  I thought the book was great, it was a little long but worth it!  I would warn younger readers about the content in this book, its more like a PG 16 book.  There is definitely some strong language and adult sexual content and violence.  Other than that I would totally recommend this book to everyone!!

So good!

5 Bards

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Cover Reveal: Pieces of Revenge by Valia Lind

So if any of you have been following me on this blog or twitter you know how much I adore Valia Lind.  I met her at BEA last year and have immensely enjoyed reading her books (and tweeting with her).  So I am thrilled to announce that she has written another book and it is Sci-fi thriller, called Pieces of Revenge!  So are you pumped to see the cover?????

 

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IT LOOKS AWESOME!!!!!!!

Release Date: November 20th, 2014

Synopsis:

A weapon. A broken life. A humanity lost.

That is all Anastasia knows, that is all that she is. As an eleven-year-old, she witnessed her family’s brutal murder and she’s been on the run ever since. She’s spent her life training and planning for the day she can take her revenge.

Kallos Enterprises is a well respected corporation, set on improving the genetic structure of an individual. Or so they say. Anastasia knows, first hand, what kind of monsters lurk behind the pretty walls of those skyscrapers. Armed with combat skills and a beyond perfect memory, she heads to Chicago to uncover the answers to questions that plagued her for years.

After arriving in the city, she meets Logan, a boy from her past who changes all the rules. She doesn’t remember him, but he remembers her. His position at Kallos Enterprises is useful, his presence is unnerving, and he makes her question everything she knows about herself to be true. If her perfect memory can’t remember Logan, what else about her past is wrong?

Time is running out. Anastasia has nowhere to turn, but to trust the one person who’s a memory she should have, but doesn’t. With a madman threatening their every step, Anastasia and Logan must uncover the truths behind Kallos experiments and hope that the answers they find won’t destroy the world forever.

 

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23377941-pieces-of-revenge

Website: http://valialind.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ValiaLind

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ValiaLind

 

 

ValiaLind (NYC)Author info:

Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind

Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: January 13, 2015

To fight her destiny as the missing heir to a powerful and dangerous secret society, sixteen-year-old Avery West must solve an ancient puzzle in a deadly race across Europe. Forbidden love and code-breaking, masked balls and explosions, destiny and dark secrets collide in this romantic thriller, in the vein of a YA DaVinci Code.

Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada at the Champs-Elysees when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war.

They are part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle of Twelve, and Avery is their missing heir. If they discover who she is, some of them will want to use her as a pawn. Some will want her dead.

To thwart their plans, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the landmarks of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul and through a web of ancient legends and lies. And unless she can stay one step ahead of beautiful, volatile Stellan, who knows she’s more than she seems, and can decide whether to trust mysterious, magnetic Jack, she may be doomed after all.

Book Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

18196040730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.
18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window…..

In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.

Release Date: November 4th 2014

I was a little apprehensive to read this book, the cover gives away almost nothing, and judging from the write up I did not think I was going to relate to the characters in the book.  But fear not I loved the book.  It was really cool.  I still am not totally sure if it was dystopian or not.  While I was reading it I thought it was for sure dystopian but, then I read the authors note at the end of the book and now I’m not sure.

Either way the book it self was captivating.  It’s told from 3 POV’s that all connect and weave together to tell the complete story from all sides.  I loved that aspect of the book because I got to know what all the main players in the book were thinking, and where they came from and what drove their stories.  I also really like Jin, she was the kind of survivor I hope I would be if stuff got real.  I thought she was just a kick ass character and I really pulled for her.  I also loved the way Dai was written.  He was a cool guy and someone I want on my side.  He had this dark side that was reviled throughout the book that was cool.  I didn’t really connect with Mei Yee all that much but I did like her character.  She was well written as with all the characters in this book.

  They story within its self was captivating. It had an overall theme of what lengths would you go to, to right wrongs.  Would you put yourself in danger to get back those that were stolen from you?  I really liked that there was a distinct timeline of events, and there was a complete ending.  I wasn’t left with questions about the characters as I sometimes am with other books.  I thought Ryan Graudin did a great job writing this!!!!

I loved all the characters and the story was really compelling.  It was a non stop action packed book.  I loved it!

5 Bards

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Book Review: This is Sarah by Ally Malinekno

22360316When Colin Leventhal leaned out his bedroom window on the night of May 12th and said goodbye to his girlfriend, he never expected it would be forever. But when Sarah Evans goes missing that night, Colin’s world unravels as he transforms from the boyfriend next door to the main police suspect. Then one year later, at her memorial service, Colin makes a phone call that changes everything. Is it possible that Sarah is still alive? And if so how can he bring her back?

As Colin struggles with this possibility, across the street, Sarah’s little sister, Claire learns how to navigate the strange new landscape of life without her sister. While her parents fall apart, Claire remains determined to keep going even if it kills her.

 

So just in time for Halloween I read This is Sarah, a philological thriller (its the only kind of thriller I can read) about the lives of those left behind after Sarah’s disappearance.  Let me start by saying Ally Malinenko contacted us to read and review this book, otherwise I would have probably never picked it up on my own.  Like I said before I am not typically into this type of book, prefer more dystopian or romance driven books.  With that said I thought this was a fantastic book.

The one word that comes to mind with this book is Haunting.  Having the story told from Colin and Claire’s POV was genius, they were the two people who had the hardest time with the disappearance.  And Ally Malinenko weaves the tail of their suffering/healing throughout the year with grace and in such detail you feel connected to the characters.  Really the story is beautifully heartbreaking.  The desperation that Colin feels as he tries to hang on to hope that Sarah is alive still is chilling.  And Claire is trying to pick up the pieces of her life, while trying to get her parents to remember that she is still there was so real it makes you want to hug her.  I totally recommend this book to every reader.

5 Bards

 

 

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