Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | June 19 – June 25 (Part. 1: Fantasy/Sci-Fi)

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of June 19 – June 25. 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

Everless by Sara Holland (Untitled #1)

Published by HarperTeen

January 2nd 2018

EverlessIn the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him.

Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths.

As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.

The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine (Ravenspire #3)

Published by Balzer + Bray

February 13th 2018

The Traitor PrinceJavan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan’s identity — is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.

The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.

Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.

Shatter by Aprilynne Pike (Glitter Duology #2)

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers

February 13th 2018

ShatterDanica planned to use beauty, blackmail, and a glittering drug to control her own fate. Her escape from the twisted world of the Palace of Versailles was perfectly orchestrated and paid for. Or so she thought.

Betrayed by the man who had promised her freedom, Dani is now married to the murderous King. It’s a terrifying position to be in…and yet it’s oddly intoxicating. Power may be an even stronger drug than Glitter–a drug Dani can’t resist, in the form of secrets, manipulation, and sabotage.

In her new position at the head of the court, Dani must ask herself who she really is. Can she use her newfound power to secure her real love, Saber’s freedom and a chance at a life together outside the palace? Or is being Queen too addictive to give up?

The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Glaser

Published by Feiwel & Friends

January 2nd 2018

The Forgotten BookEmma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she’s convinced that a relationship with her long-time crush is on the horizon.

As it turns out, Emma hasn’t seen anything yet. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma’s way: anything she writes in the book comes true.

But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn’t the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her—and they’ll stop at nothing to succeed.

A new boy in school—the arrogant, aloof, and irritatingly handsome Darcy de Winter—becomes Emma’s unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (The Bear and the Nightingale #2)

Published by Del Rey

January 9th 2018

The Girl in the TowerThe magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #6)

Published by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books

September 5th 2017

Tower of DawnChaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

Published by Balzer + Bray

2018

InkmistressAsra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself. Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer (Spindle Fire #2)

Published by HarperTeen

April 10th 2018

Winter GlassA curse comes undone. A kingdom shatters. But some bonds can’t be broken.

Princess Aurora, torn from the dream world, plots to assassinate the faerie queen Malfleur, only to confront temptations she never expected. Isabelle, meanwhile, opens her heart to Prince William as they attempt to unite their kingdoms and wage war against Malfleur’s army. But when the appearance of an unbreakable glass slipper prompts Isabelle to discover more about her lineage, her true identity begins to take shape and her legacy becomes as clear as ice.

Devoted half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora will grapple with their understanding of love and loyalty as they face a threat even greater than that of the evil queen—the threat of losing each other forever.

Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman (Elementals #1)

Published by HarperCollins

March 27th 2018

Ice WolvesEveryone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he has to question whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Anders knows that Rayna is his best and only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

To learn what he needs to rescue her, Anders will have to enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than blind obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shape-shifting force of all.

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross (Untitled #1)

Published by HarperTeen

February 6th 2018

The Queen's RisingWhen her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

SCI-F

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Published by Balzer + Bray

February 13th 2018

Heart of IronAna is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09 — one of the last remaining illegal Metals — has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them — and the coordinates — and not everyone wants them captured alive.

Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift

Published by Solaris

February 2018

Paris AdriftIt is the near future and humanity is on the brink of destruction. The only way it can be saved is if the course of history is forcibly altered. In the twenty first century, misfit student Hallie Lane packs up her troubled life in England and takes the first train to Paris, where she falls in with the eclectic expat community as a bartender at the notorious Millie’s.

Here she finds a new family, and an attraction to the enigmatic Leon. But Millie’s is not all that it seems: inside, there’s a time portal in the keg room with an inescapable hold on her. As if that’s not strange enough, she receives garbled warnings from a bizarre creature and keeps meeting a mysterious woman claiming to be a time agent.

Soon, she is navigating through the city’s turbulent past and future – from the wild years after the French Revolution, through the horrors of the Nazi occupation, and to a grim near future of her own making. But with only Leon to guide her in this fractured world, it soon becomes apparent that she is an unwitting pawn in a much bigger plan and the key to humanity’s future lies in her hands.

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine (The Honors #1)

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

February 13th 2018

Honor Among ThievesZara Cole has been in and out of New Detroit’s rehab facilities for treatment of her antisocial disorder. There’s no adjusting Zara’s attitude, though. A painful past has made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in the Zone instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan–a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned to along with fellow Honor Beatriz, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time, along with a devotion she’s never experienced before. Yet nothing—not her Honors training or her street smarts—could have prepared her for the dark, dangerous truths that lurk behind the glitter of starlight.

Genesis by Brendan Reichs (Project Nemesis #2)

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

March 6th 2018

GenesisLord of the Flies meets The Matrix in Brendan Reichs’ blistering follow-up to the instant New York Times bestseller Nemesis.

Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

The 64 members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning, and zero rules apply. But Noah’s deaths have trained him–hardened him–to lead the strongest into the future . . . whatever that may be. And at any cost.

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn’t enough.

Trapped in a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it’s tempting to lay back and let everyone else fight it out. But Min’s instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She’s ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.

The Complication by Suzanne Young (The Program #4)

Published by Simon Pulse

April 24th 2018

The ComplicationEvery cure has a cost.

Tatum Masterson learned this after years of being monitored by The Program. She witnessed it when her boyfriend, Wes, came back changed, erased. And now, even the newest “cure” has a heavy cost—one she and Wes paid.

The Adjustment came into Tatum’s life just when she thought she needed it most, a promise for Wes to get back his forgotten memories. But when the procedure went wrong, a revelation shattered everything Tatum thought she knew.

Now, with no one left to trust, Tatum must find out what really happened last summer. And with the help of the boyfriend she lost, Tatum will have to dig into the past and future of The Program and its handlers.

And discover the true cost of a cure.

COVER REVEALS WITHOUT SYNOPSIS

 

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #3) – January 9th 2018

You Won’t Know I’m Gone by Kristin Orlando (The Black Angel Chronicles #2) – January 16th 2018


Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for Part 2: Contemporaries cover reveals later today!

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Top Winter 2017 Reads!

Top 2017 Winter Reads

Hey guys!

We can all come out of our caves soon as winter will be ending in a few short weeks. I’ll pause here and let you all cheer! I don’t know about you guys, but I quite like winter to be honest. It might be the Canadian blood running through my veins, but I don’t find it harsh or oppressive in any way. The snow is romantic and beautiful to watch fall, skating is a fun activity, and not to forgot skiing! Who else likes to curl up with a book on the couch with some hot cocoa or tea?

But let’s make way for my favorite season and new arrivals! Spring is coming~ To end this winter I wanted to show you guys the best books I read over those cold months!


Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

Crystal StormThe ruthless Empress Amara of Kraeshia has taken the Mytican throne, and now uncertainty looms over the three kingdoms. Since Lucia unleashed the fire Kindred, wreaking havoc throughout the land, Myticans have been looking for someone—anyone—they can trust. They believe in Amara, not knowing her grand promises are built on lies.

In Paelsia, Magnus and Cleo reluctantly follow King Gaius to the home of his exiled mother, Selia. Selia is a powerful witch and claims she can help unlock the magic of the Kindred—if the visitors agree to her terms. When Jonas arrives from Kraeshia, he is shocked to find that his rebel army now includes his sworn enemies. Along with Nic, Felix, and the mysteriously resurrected Ashur, the contentious group agrees to cast aside old grudges—for now—and united against their common enemy: Amara.

Meanwhile, bearing the child of a Watcher and feared by all, Princess Lucia travels across Mytica to find her family. But time is running out. The impending storm signals the dark prophecy Timotheus warned her about. Her fate is written, and it includes none other than the rebel Jonas. When their paths collied, Jonas and Lucia must decide between blindly following their destiny or fighting for their own free will.

The battle for power culminates at the Paelsian palace, where Amara resides. Rain pours. Blood spills. And soon all will discover that the darkest magic comes at an even darker price.

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5 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • Best series for: love, betrayal, breaking alliances, war, and magic.
  • One step closer to the final battle/conclusion.
  • Oh the poor characters are always getting themselves into trouble!

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

The Cursed QueenAnsa has always been a fighter.

As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way of life. But the day her Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of the Kupari, everything changes.

Cursed by the queen with fire and ice, Ansa is forced to fight against an invisible enemy—the dark magic that has embedded itself deep in her bones. The more she seeks to hide it, the more dangerous it becomes. And with the Krigere numbers decimated and the tribe under threat from the traitorous brother of the dead Chieftain, Ansa is torn between her loyalty to the Krigere, her love for Thyra, and her own survival instincts.

With her world in chaos and each side wanting to claim her for their own, only one thing is certain: unless Ansa can control the terrible magic inside her, everything she’s fought for will be destroyed.

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5 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • LGBTQ+ characters.
  • Beautiful writing and storytelling.
  • Strong willed heroine.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U GiveSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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5 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • #OwnVoices
  • Tackles current issues that are occurring in present day.
  • Amazing story, beautiful writing, real characters.

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Frost BloodThe frost king will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

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4 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • Amazing and cool mythology!
  • Brooding prince-type character.
  • Fantastic world building.

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

The Wish GranterThe world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

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4 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • Sinister villain.
  • Amazing visual storytelling.
  • Connectable characters.

Well there you have it, my Top Winter Reads of 2017! Let me know what books you really enjoyed this Winter or if you read any of the ones I’ve listed here.

Until next time,

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The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine | REVIEW

reviewsThe Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine (Ravenspire #2)
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 14th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Pages: 432
Format: ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

The Wish GranterThe world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

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4 Stars

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

First Line:

Once Upon a Time… humans were pathetically predictable.


Review

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CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟      ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟     WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine is the companion to last year’s The Shadow Queen. This time around we move to a different kingdom in this world and follow siblings, Thadeus and Arianna, the new king and princess of their land. After making a wish with the sinister Teague to save their lives, Ari must find a way to break the contract or her kingdom will belong in the hands of the most sinister villain there ever lived!

The Good

Strong-Willed Heroine

I fell in love with Ari the moment she jumped out on the page in The Wish Granter. From being a lowly servant girl to being thrust into a new world as princess, she was handling it quite well. At least in ways she thought were right. Her and her brother are the King’s children that he had with a servant many years ago and not in line for the throne. But after the wish Thad made the old royal family dies and they take up the mantle.

Ari is strong, a little clumsy, inquisitive, smart, and doesn’t compromise from what she believes is right. She was as real as real could get and I appreciated that. She never let the glitz and glam of being a princess stop her from joining the other servants in the kitchen like she used to in her past life. When things get tough, she steps up and fights for everyone who needs it. Even if it means stopping at nothing to stop the sinister Teague!

Romance Done Right

I find that in fantasy, it’s hard to do a romance right, all while trying to build a world and keep the story moving along. But in The Wish Granter Redwine does just that. We meet Sebastian after Thad hires him to be the new weapons master. Ari believes she needs the perfect weapon to take down Teague so she enlists the help of Sebastian. Over the course of the story they build friendship, trust, and eventually love.

Redwine didn’t make it instant, or lust worthy. She made it real. It was cute to read their inner monologues when they were beginning to catch feelings for each other. It just felt right to me.

Sinister Villain

One of the biggest highlights of The Wish Granter was obviously the person the novel was named after. Alistair Teague is fae, one of the strongest wish granters in all the kingdom. He was banished from his the fae lands to forever live alone. He has spent centuries bitter and planning his revenge for world domination so to speak. When he comes across Thad and Ari, he comes up with the perfect way to do just that. Take over Sundraille, then the other kingdoms will fall to their knees.

Redwine managed to create a villain that was not only evil, but Teague was cunning, intelligent, and all the way sinister. Everything he does is to benefit himself and the empire of crime he created over the years. He breathes fear into anyone that tries to cross him. No one’s soul is safe from his greedy hands. I loved it!

The Bad

Magical House

I thought the whole “house was alive with fae magic” was a tad bit lame. The moment Ari found out the walls were breathing and that the house was feeling her I couldn’t stop my eyes from rolling. So if this is the only thing I could find bad about The Wish Granter, then I think it’s safe to say this book was amazing!


I highly recommend this one. You don’t have to have read the first book in order to enjoy this one. They are standalones that share the same world. Let me know what you guys thought of The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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C.J. RedwineC.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at www.cjredwine.com

February 2017 Releases

ANTICIPATED RELEASES

Hey guys!

Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For February I’m bringing you seven exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

Release Date: February 7th, 2017

At the Edge of the UniverseTommy and Ozzie have been best friends since second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town—and then Tommy vanished.

More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie.

Ozzie doesn’t know how to navigate life without Tommy, and soon suspects that something else is going on: that the universe is shrinking.

When Ozzie is paired up with new student Calvin on a physics project, he begins to wonder if Calvin could somehow be involved. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is for him to deny the feelings developing between them, even if he still loves Tommy.

But Ozzie knows there isn’t much time left to find Tommy–that once the door closes, it can’t be opened again. And he’s determined to keep it open as long as possible.

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Release Date: February 7th, 2017

Empress of a Thousand SkiesEmpress
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

Madman
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom

Release Date: February 7th, 2017

The CrueltyWhen her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government is unable to help, 17 year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him.

Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking.

As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting.

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Release Date: February 14th, 2017

Gilded CageNot all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

Release Date: February 14th, 2017

The Wish GranterThe world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Release Date: February 21st, 2017

A Conjuring of LightThe battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike.

The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Release Date: February 28th, 2017

The Hate U GiveSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these books this month! I really can’t wait to get my hands on them.

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Most Anticipated 2017 Sequels (Jan-June)

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to part 3 of my 5 part anticipated releases of 2017 series. I thought it would be fun to put together a couple of most anticipated lists for some amazing 2017 young adult books that I am thoroughly looking forward to. This is only part 3 of a 5 part list.

Part 1: Debuts

Part 2: New Series

Part 3: Sequels

Part 4: Finales

Part 5: Standalones

So stay tuned over the next couple weeks for many new books for you to add to your TBR’s if they aren’t on there already. Let’s move on to the Most Anticipated 2017 Sequels from January to June!


The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

Release Date: January 3rd, 2017

Ansa has always been a fighter.

As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way of life. But the day her Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of the Kupari, everything changes…

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

Release Date: February 14th, 2017

An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop…

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Release Date: January 10th, 2017

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed…

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Release Date: June 13th, 2017

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost…

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Release Date: March 7th, 2017

The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne…

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Release Date: June 27th, 2017

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her…

Blacklist by Alyson Noel

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

In the second book of the suspenseful Unrivaled trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noel, Layla, Aster and Tommy have to unearth Hollywood it-girl Madison Brooks’ secrets before one of them takes the fall for her disappearance and murder.

Layla Harrison has finally found herself in the middle of a celebrity story worth reporting. Aster Amirpour’s name is in every tabloid—even if it isn’t the good kind of publicity she hoped for. Tommy Phillips is inches away from getting the girl of his dreams, which may be harder than scoring a VIP ticket to an Unrivaled nightclub…

The Scattering by Kimberly McCreight

Release Date: May 2nd, 2017

Wylie may have escaped the camp in Maine, but she is far from safe. The best way for her to protect herself is to understand her ability, fast. But after spending a lifetime trying to ignore her own feelings, giving in to her ability to read other peoples’ emotions is as difficult as it is dangerous…

Avenged by Amy Tintera

Release Date: January 10th, 2017

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors…

Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Alyssa ana’Raisa is the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of Fells, a queendom embroiled in a seemingly endless war. Hardened by too many losses, Lyss is more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, she goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne…

Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes

Release Date: January 31st, 2017

Dinah has been exiled from Wonderland. The vicious father she always feared has framed her for the brutal murder of her brother and turned the kingdom against her.

Now hiding in the lush and mysterious Twisted Wood with only her war steed at her side, Dinah is faced with a choice: leave Wonderland forever or stay and fight her father for the throne…

The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

Release Date: May 16th, 2017

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom…


Well there you have it! My most anticipated sequels for the first half of the year. Are you guys looking forward to any of these ones too? Stay tuned for Part 4: Finales coming soon!

Until next time,

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November 2016 Book Haul

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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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Ruthlessly Sinister Villains | Top 10 Tuesday

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Ruthlessly Sinister Villains.

 

You all know at least one ruthlessly sinister villain. Whether it be from your favorite book, or tv, or movie, or even from the comic books. Being an avid reader, I know many sinister villains. They can sometimes be one of my favorite characters. I find them complex and compelling to read, and without them our heroes can’t reach the greatness we know they will.

So without further ado, here are some ruthlessly sinister villains for all to enjoy!


10. Queen Irina from The Shadow Queen

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Queen Irina is not to be trusted. She married her dead sister’s husband to kill him and his children in order to be the rightful heir. But of course things never go as planned for the villain. The said children survived and are coming back to reclaim their kingdom and Queen Irina will stop at nothing, and I mean nothing, to keep that from happening!

 

9. Queen of Hearts from Splintered

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The Queen of Hearts is a tyrant in almost all her retellings. This one is no surprise! She thinks Wonderland is rightfully hers to rule with an iron thumb. But Alyssa doesn’t agree. The Queen of Hearts needs to be stopped from finding a permanent to host her sinister soul. But she will definitely not go down easy. Wonderland will never be the same again when she is gets through with it!

8. Draewulf from Storm Siren

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Draewulf is just plain evil. He will cut you open and hop into your body to overtake your soul. Of course like all villains, his plan is to take over the world. Which means he must get rid of all the Elementals left living, including our heroine Nym. No land is safe once Draewulf takes over, and the best part is, no one even knows what he looks like. Suprise!

7. Queen Olympias from Legacy of Kings

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Queen Olympias is just plain crazy. Not only does she prance around doing spiritual spells and incantations, but she also plays with snakes. And by play, I mean she lets them bite her and such. She will stop at nothing to get her son, Alexander, his rightful spot on the throne. Even if that means she has to kill everyone to do so, including her daughter.

6. Manon from Heir of Fire

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Now I know Manon is not the true villain of the Throne of Glass series, but she is being used by one. It doesn’t help that she has razor sharp teeth and finger nails and comes with her own squad of other ruthless witches and their dragon companions. They feed off scared humans, piece by piece. I wouldn’t want to cross paths with her, that’s for sure!

5. King Gaius from Throne of Glass

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King Gaius is nothing but cold and ruthless. All he wants is to be the ruler of pretty much everything. He had no trouble taking over two other kingdoms, including killing everyone that got in his way. He even goes as far as to use his only children to achieve this. From public beheadings, to behind the scenes murder and torture, King Gaius has done it all.

4. The Darkling from Shadow and Bone

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The Darkling doesn’t come off as the villain in the first book. He makes you fall in love with him and when you least expect it shit hits the fan! He wants Ravka and everywhere else he can get his grubby hands on to live in the Fold, a perpetually dark and dangerous place. Thankfully for our resident sun summoner. What better way to fight off the darkness, then with some light!

 

3. Voldemort from Harry Potter

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Voldemort is probably one of the most famous book villains there ever was. He wants to be the most powerful wizard there ever was. The only thing standing in his way is the child he couldn’t kill oh so many years before. But that won’t stop him from coming back and finishing the job. Voldermort leaves a trail of death wherever he goes and with his dark army of wizards behind him, our heroes better get together and be prepared to fight back!

2. Talis from The Scorpion Rules

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If you want to talk about ruthless then meet Talis. He is a 400 year old artificial intelligence that currently runs the world we call Earth. Although his intentions are well, like stopping the world from warring, or rationing off water supply, doesn’t mean he’s not opposed to blowing up a city or country to do so. He even goes as far as taking children hostages from all the royals and rulers of the Earth to prevent them from making big moves. Just think, one moment you’re living your life, and then the next Talis blows up it up. No thank you.

1. Jackal from Red Rising

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I’ve saved the most sinister for last. The Jackal is by far the grimiest, dirtiest, creepy, calculating, conniving villain I have ever known. In the first book he wants to win no matter what. Even if it means killing in the most ruthless ways including cannibalism. The second book is all about building trust and conniving his way to the top. And the final book has him executing all his planning and going behind everyone’s back to achieve ultimate domination.


Well there you have it! Top 10 Ruthlessly Sinister Villains. What are some of your favorite villains?

Until next time,

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