Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | June 19 – June 25 (Part. 2: Contemporary)

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.

CONTEMPORARY

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

Published by Bloomsbury Children’s

March 6th 2018

More Than We Can TellRev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

Published by Delacorte

March 6th 2018

The Beauty That RemainsWe’ve lost everything…and found ourselves.

Music brought Autumn, Shay and Logan together. Death might pull them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was: a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan has always turned to writing love songs when his real love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan’s a guy who can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay’s a music blogger who’s struggling to keep it together. And Autumn has become a girl who sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Each of them wonders: how different would my life be if this hadn’t happened? And now that it has…what’s next?

This Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi

Published by HarperTeen

February 27th 2018

This Tiny Perfect WorldPenny loves her small-town Florida life—including her boyfriend, Logan, whom everyone expects her to marry. And when she lands a scholarship to the prestigious theater camp of her dreams to explore her love of acting, it’s the beginning of a summer that will change her life. But when she arrives at camp, Penny is thrust into a world of competition and self doubt. And as she meets new friends, including Chase, a talented young actor with big-city dreams, she begins to realize that her own dreams may be bigger than she ever imagined.

Lauren Gibaldi tells the story of a transformative summer for a girl who discovers just how wide the world really is and that maybe the life everyone expects her to lead may not be the one she was meant to have.

Where I Live by Brenda Refener

Published by HarperCollins

February 27th 2018

Where I LiveIf I want my life to matter, these eyes can’t see who I really am.
Who I’m striving hard not to be.
The homeless girl hiding in front of them.

LINDEN ROSE HAS RULES FOR SURVIVAL.

1. Prevent the in-class nap.
2. Never carry too many belongings.
3. Avoid looking the part.

Her rules guarantee no one discovers her secret–that she’s homeless and living in the halls of her small-town high school. Her best friends, Ham and Seung, have formed a makeshift family, and writing for her school’s blog prevents downtime. When you’re homeless, free time sucks. Despite everything Linden’s burdened with, she holds on to hope for a future and a maybe romance with Seung.

But when cool-girl Bea comes to school with a bloody lip, the damage hits too close to home. Linden begins looking at Bea’s life, and soon her investigation prompts people to pay attention. And attention is the last thing Linden needs.

To put a stop to the violence, Linden must tell the story. Even if it breaks her rules for survival and jeopardizes the secrets she’s worked so hard to keep.

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

Published by HarperTeen

March 27th 2018

Love, Life, and the ListSeventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

Published by Harlequin Teen

January 30th 2018

Say You'll Remember MeWhen Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley

Published by Swoon Reads

April 10th 2018

Love Scene, Take TwoTeddy Sharp is kinda famous, and if his latest audition for the lead in the newest YA blockbuster works out, he’ll be REALLY famous. But even being kinda famous doesn’t keep your flights from being cancelled.

Stranded in a small North Carolina airport, he figures his weekend is ruined, until Bennett Caldwell, the author of the very book series he just auditioned for, takes pity on him and invites him to stay at her family’s lake house. Bennett is unlike any girl Teddy’s ever met before, and somehow they just seem to click. But the internet is full of juicy gossip about Teddy’s last relationship… gossip that Bennett might not be prepared to handle.

The Midnights by Sarah Nicole Smetana

Published by HarperTeen

March 6th 2018

The MidnightsSusannah Hayes has never been in the spotlight, but she dreams of following her father, a former rock star, onto the stage. As senior year begins, she’s more interested in composing impressive chord progressions than college essays, certain that if she writes the perfect song, her father might finally look up from the past long enough to see her.

But when he dies unexpectedly, her dreams—and her reality—shatter.

While Susannah struggles with grief, her mother uproots them to a new city. There, Susannah realizes she can reinvent herself however she wants: a confident singer-songwriter, member of a hip band, embraced by an effortlessly cool best friend. But Susannah is not the only one keeping secrets, and soon, harsh revelations threaten to unravel her life once again.

HISTORICAL / HORROR

Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

Published by Swoon Reads

April 17th 2018

Suitors and SabotageShy Imogene Chively, artist extraordinaire, has caught the interest of a young gentleman of whom her father approves. However, all does not go smoothly… or as planned when Ernest Steeple visits her at the family estate with his brother, Benjamin, by his side.

Ben has been gifted with easy charm but, unfortunately, not a natural ability to draw; it’s a rather significant deficit for a first year architectural apprentice… one that he has hidden from his mentor thus far. Imogene readily agrees to tutor Ben and with the collusion of his brother and her best friend, Emily, they do so in secret.

However, many complications arise as Imogene realizes that her heart is leaning away from Ernest and toward Ben. The situation takes a turn for the worse when Emily declares her love for Benjamin and they are made the brunt of nasty hoaxes and perilous accidents. But who is perpetrating these incidents and why?

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Published by Balzer + Bray

April 2018

Dread NationJane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

COVER REVEALS WITHOUT SYNOPSIS

 

Winner Take All by Laurie Devore – January 30th 2018

Slay by Matthew Laurence (Freya #2) – March 13th 2018


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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


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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.

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!

Unhooked


What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

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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!

Until next time,

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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.