Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wishlist Wednesday


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper*

 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publisher
 Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Pages: 624

The Story:

From bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the exciting finale in the trilogy that broke the mold and has been called "stylistically mesmerizing" and "out-of-this-world-awesome."

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza--but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys--an old flame from Asha's past--reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.
-via Amazon


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Meet the Author

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, collectively, are 12.5" tall and live in Melbourne, Australia, with two long-suffering spouses, two rescue dogs, and a plentiful supply of caffeine. They met thanks to international taxation law, and stuck together due to a shared love of blowing things up and breaking hearts. You can learn more about Amie at amiekaufman.com or @AmieKaufman; Look for Jay at jaykristoff.com or @misterkristoff


Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Books I Dream About

Happy Reading!


Monday, January 29, 2018

New YA Releases : Week of January 29th



Here are some upcoming releases this week. Release dates sources: 
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.


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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Keeper by Kim Chance

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen


Are any of these on your Bookish Wishlist or Pre-Order cart? Which do you look most forward to?


Happy Reading!
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wishlist Wednesday


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper*

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare


Publisher
Margaret K. McElderry Books 
Release DateDecember 4, 2018
Pages: 720

The Story:

Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters inCassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy. Queen of Air and Darkness is a Shadowhunters novel.

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.
-via Amazon


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Meet the Author

Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lord of Shadows and Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter’s Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV show, Shadowhunters, currently airing on Freeform. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.


Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Books I Dream About

Happy Reading!


Monday, January 22, 2018

New YA Releases : Week of January 22nd


Here are some upcoming releases this week. Release dates sources: 
Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.


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Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra



Are any of these on your Bookish Wishlist or Pre-Order cart? Which do you look most forward to?

Happy Reading!
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bookish Quiz : How Should You Organize Your Bookshelf?


*Bookish Quiz is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to share bookish quizzes found and personal results*


Hey Bookies!

So, this week's post pays homage to bookshelf organization.

Here's a snippet from Epic Reads regarding the quiz:


So you want to mix things up and reorganize your bookshelf but you aren’t sure how? We’re here to help you! Just take this short quiz and discover the organizational system that you should adopt!

My results are below:




Want to take the quiz? Hop on over to Epic Reads.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wishlist Wednesday


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper*

Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Publisher
Razorbill 
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Pages: 480

The Story:

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor's volatility to grow her own power--regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender--even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.

-via Amazon


Sabaa Tahir

Meet the Author

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s eighteen-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash, and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. 

For more information, please visit Sabaa at SabaaTahir.com or on Twitter @SabaaTahir.
Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Books I Dream About

Happy Reading!


Monday, January 15, 2018

In My Mailbox


*In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren which allows bloggers to share what books they bought/received each week.*


Hey Bookies! This week's In My Mailbox is an assortment of books and I am so excited to share with you what I received in my mailbox recently. I have a Star wars book, apocalyptic YA, contemporary YA, supernatural Adult Romance and New Adult -- I think -- tragedy/romance ???  Take a look at my haul below:


*If you're interested in the other books that are on my radar you can check out my Amazon Wishlist: Books I Dream About!

Happy Reading!

New YA Releases : Week of January 15th


Here are some upcoming releases this week. Release dates sources: 
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.


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Zenith by Lindsay Cummings & Sasha Alsberg

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson

Love Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed


Are any of these on your Bookish Wishlist or Pre-Order cart? Which do you look most forward to?


Happy Reading!
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Spread the Word Sunday #10


*Spread the Word Sunday is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to announce some sort of book related news or cause.*

This go around will be my fourth time attending ALA and I am so excited. I am excited about all of the new books and visiting a new state and city. Let's go Denver!



For those who do not know what the American Library Association convention is, I provided some info below:

"With more than 900 exhibiting organizations, multiple pavilions and stages featuring the hottest authors, and numerous related fun events, the exhibit floor is an integral part of your learning, professional development, and networking. The Exhibit Hall offers you the opportunity to explore and discuss with expert vendors the breadth and depth of new and favorite library products, services, books, online services, tools, and technologies.
The ALA Annual Exhibits will be held in McCormick Place, Chicago.

Exhibit Hours
February 9th: Friday Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor5:30pm - 7:00pm
February 10th: Saturday9:00am - 5:00pm
February 11th: Sunday9:00am - 5:00pm
February 12th: Monday Exhibits Closing Events - Wrap Up / Rev Up Celebration     9:00am - 2:00pm

As I mentioned in my posts, ALA Midwinter 2016 Recap & ALA Annual 2016 RecapALA Conferences are quite similar to BookExpo America. More like a lowkey version of BookExpo America. And I am so grateful to be able to have attended!

If you're a fellow book blogger or someone who loves books and will be attending this year's Annual Conference, look me up!

*For more info, check out the official website for the 
ALA Midwinter 2018 Meeting & Exhibit*

IF you have some free time aside from ALA check out Things to Do in Denver:

St. John's Cathedral

Colorado Ballet



Happy Reading!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Feature Friday ARC Review : To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo



*Feature Friday is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to feature YA books that have not yet been released by reviewing them.



*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publisher: F
eiwel & Friends

Release DateMarch 6, 2018
Pages: 352
Source: ARC

The Story:

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most--a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian's heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby--it's his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she's more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good--But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind's greatest enemy?
via Amazon
Rating



One-word Review DARING

Reading Tune Dead Man's Arms  by Bishop Briggs


My Review


Tag Line:

A princess must have her prince.


Opening Line:


I have a heart for every year I've been alive.


Plot:


To Kill a Kingdom is a siren and mermaid inspired YA so naturally, I was excited to read it. 

Princess Lira is a cold blooded murder. Broken and manipulated by her mother, the ruthless, unrelenting Sea Queen, Lira becomes the Princes’ Bane. The slayer of Princes. Every year on her birthday, she rips the beating heart from a Prince. Not a day early, not a day late... until days before her 18th Birthday, she sings an unsuspecting prince to his death.

Unforgiving, the Sea Queen crushes the Prince’s heart, harvested too soon, strips Lita of her siren power and form and banishes her to the human world.

If she wants to become a siren and heir to the perilous ocean’s throne, she must rip the beating heart out of the Siren Killer’s chest or die a human and a disgrace to the sea kingdom of Keto.

Can she make amends with her dark past?
Will her atrocities be forgiven?

Prince Elian is the siren killing, heir to the golden throne of Midas. The siren song of the sea enthralled him more than the warm call of home, of his soon-to-be kingdom.

The pacing of To Kill a Kingdom was a perfectly tuned to the story.There wasn't much romance but the witty banter and tension between Lira and Prince Elian made up for it. To Kill a Kingdom world-building was well done. I felt as if I were on the ship sailing the high-seas with the characters. I was able to get into the story and get caught up with the characters and the story-line. 

All in all, To Kill a Kingdom was enjoyable, the concept of the story immediately had me hooked. The heroine of the story was not the usually good-girl, instead Lira was a murdering siren who you can't help but sympathize with. Please read 
To Kill a Kingdom.

Character Breakdown:

The characters were a fun. Very lively and fleshed out but I'll only include one not to spoil the story.


Lira - You want to hate Lira's character . . . but you forget you do as the story unfolds. She is witty, fierce and always as a comeback.


“Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.” 

“I reach out my hand to pull her up, and the look Lira gives me is nothing short of poisonous. “Do you want me to chop it off?” she asks. I keep my hand hovering in the space between us. “Not particularly.” “Then get it out of my face.” 


Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:

It was such fun going back through To Kill a Kingdom and my favorite quotes, searching for the ones I selected to post here.


“In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.” 

“They celebrate love as though it's power, even though it has killed far more humans than I ever have.” 

Meet the Author:


Alexandra Christo
Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn't be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she's not busy making up stories, she can be found buying far too many cushions and organizing food crawls all over the city. Alexandra currently lives in Hertfordshire with an abundance of cacti (because they're the only plants she can keep alive).


***Check out Alexandra Christo's website for more information about her and To Kill a KingdomHERE

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wishlist Wednesday


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper*

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Publisher
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Pages
384 

The Story:

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
-via Amazon


Holly Black

Meet the Author

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. 



Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Books I Dream About

Happy Reading!


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