November 2016 Book Haul

Book Haul

Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in November! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick


Book Outlet

 

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

The Novice by Taran Matharu

The Inquisition by Taran Matharu

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

Half Lost by Sally Green


GIFTS FROM FRIENDS

From Ashleigh Bello

Belvedor and the Four Corners by Ashleigh Bello

Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello

From Tina @ Indigo

This is Where is Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

From Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Disruption by Jessica Shirvington

Corruption by Jessica Shirvington

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis


ARCs

 

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom (Raincoast)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins Canada)

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine (HarperCollins Canada)

Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys (Delacorte Press via Indigo)

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak (Simon & Schuster Canada)

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster Canada)

The Cursed Queen

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine (Simon & Schuster USA)



That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

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Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello (The Belvedor Saga #2) | REVIEW

Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello (The Belvedor Saga #2)
Published by Self-Published on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Pages: 394
Format: E-ARC

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Belvedor and the King's CurseIt happened again. Arianna had seen the girl with eyes that shone like silver coins and who struck her dead each night that passed, each time she closed her eyes to dream. Though she couldn’t speak the words aloud, she now knew why these nightmares occurred and what spurred them to take hold at her most vulnerable hours. It was an innate darkness inside of her trying to break free and take over.

Whether the darkness had been born the day she died or if it had always been stirring at her core, there was no denying its threat any longer. What might she become if she gave in?

After all, she now understood the dangerous lure of dark magic. She had learned the story of Vladamor.
 
In this bewitching sequel to Belvedor and the Four Corners, the story of Arianna Belvedor continues, and there’s more than just an evil king to fear

🌟🌟🌟🌟

4 Stars

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review! ***

First Line:

“Where’s Ara?” said Liam, sitting up in the bed.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟     PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟      WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello is the sequel to The Belvedor Saga. It immediately picks up after the first book with Arianna and her friends making it out of their journey of freedom. But not all comes easy. They are wanted for high treason against the King. Now they must figure out how to stay hidden and try to live their new lives peacefully.

The Good

In this exciting installment of The Belvedor Saga, we get a huge expansion on all areas of the story. Plot, characters, world, and magic system! I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read it.

My biggest highlight overall was the writing mixed with the advancement of the plot. Ashleigh’s writing has improved tremendously which added to the vivid and beautifully written descriptions, and fantastic dialogue between characters. I could really feel the emotions Arianna and her friends were feeling and I was vastly intrigued with all the new information we received

Arianna displays monumental growth in the King’s Curse and she’s beginning to grow on me. We know her as the brave and tough fighter from the Warrior’s District in the Four Corner’s, but now we get to see her take on a more leadership role which weigh’s heavily in the back of her mind. She doesn’t want her friends to come into harms way and will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

I loved the history lesson we get about the magic system and the origins of it. The time and thought it must have taken Ashleigh to build this world really shows. Especially with the back stories of our adult characters like Kassime, Cyn and Solomon.

There is still so much more story to be told and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

The Bad

No story can ever be perfect and that is okay.

For one, I felt like there was a lack of development with the side characters. Especially Arianna’s friends, Lessa, Jeom, and Demetrius. I was very saddened when they took a back seat to the story this time around. I was looking forward to more from them, but we got very little in that department.

On one hand I like that there is barely any romance in the King’s Curse, but on the other, it wouldn’t hurt either. I feel an added romance between characters could further help them develop into stronger characters. It also helps with getting the reader to become more emotionally attached to certain characters as well.


I highly recommend that you guys check out Belvedor and the Four Corners, the first book in The Belvedor Saga! You won’t regret it.

Let me know what you guys thought of Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Ashleigh BelloAshleigh Bello is the author of the captivating Belvedor Saga. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in International Studies, and she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The inspiration for the Belvedor Saga arose from her extensive world travels. And her passion for adventure continues to help her write future works in the series. She is a self-published author and member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. Her website is http://www.ashleighbello.com.

Favorite Self-Published Books | Top 5 Wednesday [19]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Favorite Self-Published Books.

Occasionally it is nice to go on a search for books that you wouldn’t usually find in your local bookstore. Sometimes you get approached by self-published authors to read their books for honest reviews. So today I have compiled a list of some of my favorite self-published books that I have enjoyed reading or would like to read in the near future!


5. Belvedor and the Four Corners by Ashleigh Bello

Belvedor and the Four CornersWIN OR DIE. Whichever your fate, freedom is certain.

In the world of Olleb-Yelfra, everyone is born a slave and raised in the City of the Four Corners. The city is comprised of four districts—Healer, Creator, Agrarian, and Warrior—each playing a key role in the world’s ultimate survival.

Seventeen-year-old Arianna Belvedor, a slave to the Warrior’s District, is committed to earning a life of freedom but is bound by the ultimate rule: Win or Die. Her only chance of leaving the city with her life is to rightfully earn her citizenship during the annual Free Falls Festivals on her eighteenth year—A treacherous tradition in order to celebrate the strong and eliminate the weak from the world.

Though her will to survive is strong, Arianna succumbs to her defining weakness, curiosity. It only takes one pivotal moment, one broken rule to send her spiraling down a dangerous path. As she unearths the truth of a dark history and a secret which cannot be ignored, Arianna is thrust deeper into a maze of deception. Searching for a way back to ordinary, Arianna Belvedor must battle her way through this chilling yet enrapturing world. It’s up to her to accept the truth, but will she live to reveal the shattering secrets she’s come to know?


4. The Witching Elm by C.N. Crawford

The Witching ElmSeventeen-year-old sorcerer Tobias Corvin tumbles through a blizzard and arrives—half frozen and half dead—in another world. Trapped in Boston, he tries to blend in at an old boarding school while secretly plotting to save his home.

But if anything can distract him from his mission, it’s the wild-haired and intriguing Fiona. She is determined to learn the truth about his dangerous magic.

When a spectral army from Toby’s world begins slaughtering Bostonians, he and Fiona must stop the carnage. They face unspeakable dangers unearthing the dark secrets of New England’s past—a past that holds the key to saving both worlds from destruction.


3. Insanity by Cameron Jace

InsanityAfter accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.


2. Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Air AwakensA library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.


1. The Last Seeker by Fleur Camacho

The Last SeekerTristen wakes to find a man watching him from the mirror.
A chill runs through Tristen’s body as the familiar robed priest stares at him longingly. The priest struggles to open his mouth; the stitches that lace his lips together slowly rip apart and jut raggedly from his mouth. His bloody lips stretch wide as he leans towards Tristen, trying to suck him into a deep black hole.

Ever since Tristen, a sixteen year old teenager, is assigned to work with Ailey on a school project, his life takes a thrilling and alarming turn. Tristen can’t stop the inexorable pull he feels toward Ailey; just being around her draws him in completely, blindly and with disastrous consequences. At the same time, an evil priest invades Tristen’s dreams and threatens to kill his mom.
Soon, Tristen and his friends find themselves magically transported to Fifteenth Century France and Tristen discovers that he is the last-born Seeker – destined to save the past and the influential figures who shape it. When someone tries to kill him, Tristen must make a choice: embrace his destined purpose and risk loosing everything or be stuck in the past running for his life forever.
This is not a novel about vampires, werewolves or ghosts. This is not your regular romantic, time traveling, coming-of-age story. This is the first book in a magical, paranormal, fantasy series about a regular kid who finds out he is destined to become the new Seeker to save the world from a bloody ending. If Tristen had known that pairing up with Ailey would trigger a magical ancient prophecy ushering in the beginning of the end of the world, he might have stayed in bed that day.


I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. So grab one of these books an enjoy a story you may not have heard of before! Let’s support the indie authors more!

Until next time,

Sig New