The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty| REVIEW

reviewsThe Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (Traitor’s Trilogy #1)
Published by Imprint on May 9th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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The Traitor's KissAn obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

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3 Stars

** Received an ARC from Raincoast Books for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

Uncle William returned over an hour ago, yet he hadn’t summoned her.


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COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟     PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟      WORLD 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟     ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟


The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty is a historical (maybe fantasy) young adult novel about a girl who apprentices with a match maker to escape the life under her uncle’s care. Along the way she is brought in by the army as a spy to gather information about a political uprising happening right in the kingdom’s inner circle!

My Likes

Strong Female Character

The Traitor’s Kiss hosts a plethora of characters. But the one that stood out to me the most was Sage, the main protagonist. She is strong, intelligent, driven, and cunning. To work with the match maker she has to disguise herself as a young bride to be. She was even more cunning as she flew under the radar while collecting important information everywhere she went.

She used her intelligence to come up with ideas and plans for both her employer and the army. I liked how he never backed down from a challenge or her duties to both the match maker and the army. Beaty did a great job creating an empowering female lead.

To the Point Writing

Everything was to the point with Beaty’s writing. There was never any boring  info dumping. Her descriptions of the world were beautiful and the scenery was brought to life. When it came to the characters interactions with each other, it was all very distinct. Every character had their own voice and drive. Even when it was difficult to keep up with who was pretending to be who.

My own complaint here would be that the story flowed rather slowly. I feel like there should have been a bit more action or tribulations somewhere in the beginning to middle sections.

Sweet Romance

The romance between Sage and Ash was very sweet. Although I don’t want to give anything away, I felt that their chemistry was right and it never seemed too overwhelming to the story line. I felt like Beaty did a great job with making it seem real and built it up slowly over the course of the story.

My Dislikes

Racial Descriptions

I was a bit thrown off by some of the character descriptions. Sure this book hosts some PoC characters, but I felt like Beaty could have chosen better words to describe them. At one point in the ARC I remember reading a character’s skin being compared to the darkness of the shadows. To me that was quite off putting and there are better ways to describe character’s skin colors.

I hope stuff like that were changed or omitted in the final copy of the book.


I highly recommend this one if you like cunning and intriguing characters, political drama, and a sweet romance. Let me know what you guys thought of The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Erin BeatyErin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can’t drive a tractor, but she won’t eat veggies that come from a can. She graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in rocket science and somehow always ended up writing her study group’s lab reports. After serving in the fleet as a weapons officer and a leadership instructor, she resigned to pursue her side hobby of populating the Church of Rome. It still amazes her when other people want to hear the stories that come out of her head.

She and her husband have five children, two cats, and a vegetable garden and live wherever the navy tells them to go.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, she’s lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled back in Southern California, where she’s working on her next book.

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The Last Magician| Waiting on Wednesday [#60]

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


The Last Magician

Author: Lisa Maxwell
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: July 18th 2017

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The Last MagicianStop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

Why I’m Waiting

I got a ARC of this one a little while ago. It’s definitely fits in with some of my favorite things to read. Magic, magicians, and fantasy galore! I can’t wait to dive in.

P.S. Lisa Maxwell is the author of Unhooked and several other novels!

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | June 12 – June 18

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of June 12 – June 18. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big week for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

FANTASY

Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking(Valkyrie #1)

Published by Wednesday Books

January 2nd 2018

Between the Blade and the HeartValkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

 

Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

Published by Disney-Hyperion

November 7th 2017

RosemarkedA healer who cannot be healed . . .

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.

 

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The Empress by S.J. Kincaid (The Diabolic #2)

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

October 31st 2017

The EmpressIt’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?

CONTEMPORARY

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Published by Simon Pulse

April 3rd 2018

Starry EyesEver since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Published by Simon Pulse

January 2nd 2018

You'll Miss Me When I'm GoneEighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.

But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.

These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June

Published by HarperCollins

May 1st 2018

Everywhere You Want to BeMatilda Castillo has always followed the rules, but when she gets injured senior year, she’s sure her dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer have slipped away. So when Tilly gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer with a New York dance troupe, nothing can stop her from saying yes—not her mother, not her fears of the big city, and not the commitment she made to Georgetown. Tilly’s mother allows her to go on two conditions: one, Tilly will regularly visit her abuela in New Jersey, and two, after the summer, she’ll give up dancing and go off to college.

Armed with her red vintage sunglasses and her pros and cons lists, Tilly strikes out, determined to turn a summer job into a career—and figure out how to break it to her mother later. Along the way she meets new friends … and new enemies. Tilly isn’t the only one desperate to dance, and fellow troupe member Sabrina Wolfrik intends to succeed at any cost. But despite dodging sabotage and blackmail attempts from Sabrina, Tilly can’t help but fall in love with the city, especially since Paolo, a handsome musician from her past, is also calling New York home for the summer.

As the weeks wind down and the competition with Sabrina heats up, Tilly’s future is on the line. She must decide whether to follow her mother’s path to Georgetown or leap into the unknown to pursue her own dreams.

MYSTERY

The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Published by Delacorte

April 3rd 2018

The WindowAnna is everything her identical twin, Jess, is not. The same on the outside, yet so completely different inside—it’s hard to believe that the girls are even sisters, let alone twins. But they are. And they tell each other everything.

Or so Jess thought.

After Anna falls to her death while sneaking out her bedroom window, Jess’s life begins to unravel. Everyone says Anna’s death was a tragic accident, but to Jess, that doesn’t add up. Where was Anna going? Who was she meeting? And how long had Anna been lying to her?

And as Jess digs deeper, she learns that the answers she’s looking for may contain dark truths that no one else wants her to find.

COVER REVEALS WITHOUT SYNOPSIS

Inferno

Inferno by Julie Kagawa (Talon #5) – April 24th 2018


Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

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My #PRIDE Recommendations

PRIDE-Recos

Hey Bookworms!

As we all know by now, June is #Pride Month! Wooooooo! As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I am always on the look out for books to read with characters or stories representing the lovely rainbow flag! 🌈🌈

Here are some of my LGBTQIA+ recommendations for all to read not just during #Pride Month, but all year around. Some of these you might have already read, or maybe have them on your TBR. Either way I hope you give them a read and find out why I love them so much!


– L –

Books I’ve Read:

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine
Rat Queens Vol. 1, 2 & 3 by Kurtis J. Wiebe

Books I Want to Read:

It’s Not Like It’s Secret by Misa Sugiura
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

– G –

Books I’ve Read:

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
More Happy Than Not By Adam Silvera
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Boy Robot by Simon Curtis
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

Books I Want to Read:

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

– B – 

Books I’ve Read:

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Books I Want to Read:

Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

– T –

Books I’ve Read:

Boy Robot

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis

Books I Want to Read:

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
George by Alex Gino
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Gavin

– Q –

Books I’ve Read:

N/A

Books I Want to Read:

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens

– I –

Books I’ve Read:

N/A

Books I Want to Read:

Alex as Well by Alysaa Brugman
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

– A –

Books I’ve Read:

 

Jughead Vol. 1 & 2 by Chip Zdarsky

Books I Want to Read:

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
27 Hours by Tristina Wright

Well there you have it! My #Pride Month recommendations for anyone who wants to broaden their reading horizons. As you can see, there are still some categories of the LGBTQIA+ that even I have yet to read. Hopefully this year I will have read at least one new book in each category!

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Places I Like to Read | Discussions at Dawn

Discussion at Dawn

Hey guys!

Welcome to Discussions at Dawn. This is where I will talk about hot button issues, book related topics, and other things I find interesting.


Places I Like to Read

I’m sure as readers we all have preferred places to read our lovely books. But do many of you have as many as I do? As a reader I do have a hard time focusing on my book if I’m in a loud space or area, so most of the places I chose are quiet and sometimes personal. I would love to know what are some of your favorite places to read are!

The Rocking Chair

So in my living I have a rocking chair across from the TV and directly in front of the big window. So it’s primary purpose is the beautiful lighting I get during the day. It also serves as a nice place to just rock back and forth while I read. It calms me and puts me in more of zone to focus on my book!

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My Bed

So I love and hate reading in my bed equally. It is by far the comfiest place to read in the house, because duh, it’s my bed. But it is also the place where I find the most distraction. There are a lot of things in my room that seem to make my mind wander while I read. Also because it is so comfy, it lulls my brain into thinking it’s time to sleep. Therefore I can’t get past a few chapters before wanting to nap. But I love it none the less!

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The Park

I love being outdoors in the spring and summer months. On weekends or days off I will grab a blanket, a small pillow, some refreshments and head to the park. There I will look for the tree with the most optimal shade coverage and set up shop! There is nothing like feeling a cool breeze and being surrounded by green space and nature itself!

The Train

I take the Toronto Transit everyday to work. This includes a bus ride and then a very long train ride. I find I can get the most reading done on the train to work (with my music on to block out people’s conversations). The smooth ride of the train puts my brain in focus and I can easily read 40-50 pages both there and back!

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These are just a few of my favorite spots to read and where I get the most reading done. Where are some of your favorite spots? Are any of them like mine?

Until next time,

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The Party by Robyn Harding | REVIEW

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The Party by Robyn Harding
Published by Gallery/Scout Press on June 6th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Drama
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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The PartyIn this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies.

One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.

Sweet sixteen. It’s an exciting coming of age, a milestone, and a rite of passage. Jeff and Kim Sanders plan on throwing a party for their daughter, Hannah—a sweet girl with good grades and nice friends. Rather than an extravagant, indulgent affair, they invite four girls over for pizza, cake, movies, and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?

But things do go wrong, horrifically so. After a tragic accident occurs, Jeff and Kim’s flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to come apart. In the ugly aftermath, friends become enemies, dark secrets are revealed in the Sanders’ marriage, and the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah, is exposed.

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2 Stars

** Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

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COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟     PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟            MYSTERY 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟     SUSPENSE 🌟🌟🌟🌟


The novel, The Party, is about the outcome of a sweet sixteen party gone wrong. The story revolves around Hannah, who had some friends over for a sleepover, on her sixteenth birthday. Her and her friends sneak in alcohol, against her mother’s rules, and one of Hannah’s friends Ronni, get seriously injured.

I enjoyed the way in which the author set each chapter on a different character’s perspective. There’s Kim, Hannah’s mom, her dad Jeff, Lisa which is Ronni’s mom and of course Hannah. The author goes back-and-forth between perspective. However, it is written in third person. I think that if it were written in first person I could have related more to the character or connected with them better.

With that being said, I had a hard time connecting to this novel over all. The author hides information and slowly reveals information, trying to keep you on your toes. I kept reading and going chapter to chapter waiting for that big reveal, that big wow moment, however that moment never came. I believe the moment that was supposed to be the big reveal or the big shocker, was when the author finally revealed that at Hannah’s birthday party, boys showed up. Prior to that moment there’s a scene where Hannah is at school with a friend and the two boys show up and they emphasize to make sure that nobody knows about the party. It was pretty obvious prior to that point, that her boyfriend would show up at the party. As a former 16-year-old girl that’s not a shocker to have boys come to a party. We’ve all seen the teen movies where girls have a sleepover party and boys get snuck in. So to me this just wasn’t shocking.

Overall, I had such a hard time with this novel. For one, I struggled with deciding whether this book was a Young Adult genre or not. The way that the story emphasizes so much perspective on Hannah and her friends at school, what happened at the party, and the aftermath of the party, really led me to believe that this novel should have been categorized as Young Adult. The story ends with Hannah still wanting to be a part of the cool crowd and still wanting to be Miss Popular at school. As a 30-year-old woman, I don’t necessarily care what Hannah does at school. I don’t care if she gets picked on at school. I don’t care that she still wants to be apart of the cool crowd. I care about how broken her parents are now that they’ve settled a 3 million Dollar lawsuit.

I wish the author had written this novel in parts, instead of chapters; Part 1: what happened at the party from Hannah’s perceptive. Part 2: The parents point of view. Part 3: How they come together and complete the lawsuit.


Overall, I did not enjoy this story. It focused too much on Hannah and her friend’s lives for me to really connect to it.

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Robyn HardingI am the author of the domestic drama, The Party published in June 2017, by Scout Press/Simon & Schuster. I have also written four novels of contemporary women’s fiction (AKA chick-lit), a young adult novel, and a comedic memoir with an environmental focus. My books have been translated into seven languages. I am also the screenwriter and executive producer of the independent film, The Steps which premiered at TIFF and was the closing gala film at the Miami International Film Festival. I live in Vancouver, BC with my husband, two kids, and a seven pound dog with no teeth.

What to Say Next| Waiting on Wednesday [#59]

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


What to Say Next

Author: Julie Buxbaum
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: July 11th 2017

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What To Say NextSometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Why I’m Waiting

I read Julie’s first book, Tell Me Three Things last year and absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with her second book!

P.S. Julie Buxbaum is the author of Tell Me Three Things!

Tell Me Three Things


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