June 2016 Releases

ANTICIPATED RELEASES

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


The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

Release Date: June 14th, 2016

The King SlayerFormer witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He’s readying for a war against those who would resist his rule–namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.

Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth’s strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she’ll go to save those she loves.

The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes

Release Date: June 28th, 2016

The Darkest MagicModern-day Toronto: Sisters Crystal and Becca Hatcher are reunited after reclaiming the Bronze Codex and narrowly escaping death. They have no one to trust but each other, and the only thing keeping them safe is the book that sent Becca’s spirit to Ancient Mytica–the same book that their enemies would kill them for.

Ancient Mytica: Maddox grapples to keep his newly discovered powers under control, while the ruthless goddess Valoria hunts him down.

Modern-day Toronto: Farrell embraces his dark side as he unwittingly falls further under the spell of Markus, the mastermind leader of the nefarious Hawkspear Society, who will stop at nothing to find Crys and Becca–and the remarkable book in their possession.

And I Darken by Kiersten White

Release Date: June 28th, 2016

And I DarkenNO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.


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.

Until next time,

Sig New

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The King Slayer | Waiting on Wednesday [#7]

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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 King Slayer

Author: Virginia Boecker
Series: The Witch Hunter #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016

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The King SlayerAn action-packed and suspenseful sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.

“I think, in time, you’ll either be my greatest mistake or my greatest victory.”

Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He’s readying for a war against those who would resist his rule–namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.

Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth’s strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she’ll go to save those she loves.

Why I’m Waiting

I read the first book in this duology last year and loved it. It is a great mix of dark magic, betrayal and action! If you love witches and medieval English era, then I think you should pick up this series!


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

Until next time,

Sig New

Books I Don’t Talk About Enough | Top 10 Tuesday [#31]

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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 Books I Don’t Talk About Enough!

As you all know, there are quite a few books on my blog that I talk about A LOT. Most of you call me out on it too. But in case you don’t read my blog regularly, some of those books include: Falling Kingdoms, Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley and Red Rising just to name a few. BUT those are not the only books I love. So today I am given the opportunity to ditch those books and talk about ones that I neglect to talk about on a weekly basis with you guys. So without further ado, here they are!


10. Soulless by Gail Carriger

SoullessFirst, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire–and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

9. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steel HeartTen years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

8. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

The Witch HunterElizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

7. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Legacy of KingsImagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

6. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

A Book of Spirits and ThievesCrystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her mother’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspear Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart

5. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan QueenWilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

4. Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh

Lark RisingLark has foreseen two things—she will fall for a young man with sage green eyes,and he will kill her.

Sixteen-year-old Lark Carew is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. But when her Sight warns her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, Lark is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. Little does she suspect that one of the Riders, Gharain, is the very man who has haunted her visions. Or that the people of Tarnec have called her there for another reason: Lark is the Guardian of Life, the first of four Guardians who must awaken their powers to recover four stolen amulets. Together, the amulets—Life, Death, Dark, and Light—keep the world in Balance. To take back the Life amulet, Lark will have to discover her true inner strength and give in to a love that she swears will be her downfall.

3. Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Storm SirenIn a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

2. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like AshesSixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

1. Splintered by A.G. Howard

SplinteredAlyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.


Well there you have it! Top 10 Books I Don’t Talk About Enough. What books do you not talk about enough? Any of my choices?

Until next time,

Sig New

 

Books I’ve Recently Added to My TBR | Top 10 Tuesday [23]

Top 10 Tuesday

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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 Books I’ve Recently Added to My TBR.

Some days it feels like I keep adding books to my TBR but I never see it decrease. The rate I read versus the rate I add new books to my TBR do not add up. Is this only a problem for me? I just can’t help adding to my TBR… it’s just so easy.


10. Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah


9. Skyborn by David Dalglish

Skyborn


8. Riders by Veronica Rossi

Riders


7. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King


6. The Rest of Us Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Live Here


5. Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

Poisoned Blade


4. The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

The King Slayer


3. Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Air Awakens


 

2. Starflight by Melissa Landers

Starflight


1. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song


Well there you have it! Top 10 Books I’ve Recently Added to my TBR. I promise myself that I will attain all these books by the end of this year!

Until next time,

Sig New

My Favorite Fantasy Novels in 2015 | Top 10 Tuesday [20]

Top 10 Tuesday

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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 Fantasy Novels in 2015.

I am a huge avid reader of the fantasy genre. It is my go to genre, and probably my most read too. I love transporting my imagination to new worlds unlike my own. I truly believe it is the reason why I still have a wild imagination until this day being well into adulthood. While most of my friends are worrying about money, careers, marriage, kids etc. I too worry some of those things, but I have something they don’t: imagination.

“A non-reader lives only one life, while a reader lives a thousand.”

I don’t remember who this quote is from, but I know I have used it one of my Sunday picture posts!


10. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

The Witch Hunter

 


9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

 


8. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen

 


7. The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho

The Secret Heeder

 


6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

 


5. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Legacy of Kings

 


4. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

A Book of Spirits and Thieves

 


3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows

 


2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows

 


1. Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Frozen Tides

 


Well there you have it! Top 10 Fantasy Novels in 2015. Let me know what are your favorite fantasy novels from this year!

Until next time,

Sig New

The Debut Authors I’m Looking Forward to Their Sophomore Releases | Top 10 Tuesday [15]

Top 10 TuesdayHey 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 Debut Authors I’m Looking Forward to Their Sophomore Releases.

Phew. What a title! This week’s topic is super exciting because I love reading new authors. And every once in a while I will fall in love with their books. Now this love will grow into an obsession, and that obsession will make me pull my hair out waiting for their sophomore releases. Am I the only like this?

Let’s see who made the list shall we?


8. Will Walton

Will Walton Anything Could HappenWill Walton does not have any current books in the works right now. So I will have to just sit back and continue to wait then.


7. Mamrie Hart

Mamrie Hart You Deserve a DrinkOne of my favorite YouTubers and also one of my favorite books of the year! I can’t wait to read another book written by Mamrie and her drunk debacles!


6. Jasmine Warga

Jasmine Warga My Heart and Other Black HolesWe currently have a release date for sometime in 2016 for Jasmine’s newest book, and if it is as heart wrenching as her debut, then I know it’s for sure going to be a hit!


5. Virginia Boecker

Virginia Boecker The Witch HunterOne of the best fantasy debuts I have read this year and I am super exciting to get my hands on book 2 next year. I know it’s going to be just as awesome!


4. Victoria Aveyard

Victoria Aveyard Red QueenAnother fantastic debut fantasy. The second one is only months away from being released and I’m itching to know what happens next. This series has a ton of potential!


3. Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon Everything, EverythingHands down one of the most touching books I’ve read this year. It was so creatively written that I can’t wait to see what Nicola has in store for us next. I wouldn’t mind know what happens to Maddy’s life after Everything, Everything.


2. Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera More Happy Than NotI am More Happy Than Not to say that Adam has his sophomore release in 2016 and I can’t wait! I know it’s going to be equally as epic as his debut was!


1. Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaThis one goes into my top 10 contemporaries of all time. This book was life and I don’t know what I would have done without reading about the cuties Simon and Blue. Her sophomore release is going to be in 2016 and I am mostly anticipating it above all the rest!


Well there you have it! The Top 10 (8) Debut Authors I’m Looking Forward to Their Sophomore Releases. It’s a shame I couldn’t actually come up with ten debut authors this year. So here’s to hoping I get to read a lot more debuts next year!

Until next time,

Sig New

 

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker | REVIEW

The Witch HunterThe Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Published by Little, Brown Books on June 2nd 2015
Genres:
Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Magic, Historical
Pages: 368
Format:
Hardcover

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Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.


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The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker is the first book in The Witch Hunter series. It follows main protagonist Elizabeth Grey as she goes from being one of the kingdoms best witch hunter, to being thrown in prison, saved from prison, and then asked to save the man she thought was her enemy.


The-Witch-Hunter-Plot-+-WritingBeing a huge fan of the witchy genre I knew I had to get my hands on this book! It was such a great adventure from beginning to end. A great storyline, awesome cast of characters, cool action sequences, and satisfying ending to a first book. But not all was perfect for me. The pacing at times was a bit dry and slow and the fact that the king is mentioned several times but I don’t remember meeting him in the story. If he is important enough to keep popping up in conversation, then I feel he should have a bigger part in the story, or at least help progress it better.

But enough of that, let’s talk about the awesome that is The Witch Hunter. This book will have you hooked with tons of fighting, demon slaying, witch hunting badassery. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses which we get to see explored in the story. Boecker’s writing style will keep you engaged and wanting more and more page after page. She brilliantly creates a world unlike any other taking bits and pieces from real life history to make it that much more authentic!


The-Witch-Hunter-CharactersI loved that Elizabeth goes from hunting down the most powerful wizard in the world to then teaming up with him to save the kingdom from an even bigger enemy that’s right under her nose. This plot twist made for an epic adventure ride of a storyline!

Out of all the characters in the book only two really stuck with me. The sweet and gentle John, and the trickster revenant Schuyler. I couldn’t help but fall in love with John as a character. He is such a sweetheart to Elizabeth even after he finds out her big secret. And the way he takes care of Nicholas like a dutiful grandson type. Do boys this sweet even exist anymore? And then you have the complete opposite, badass too cool for you Schuyler. Although he is the dangerous bad boy, he still has a soft heart when it comes to Fifer and her well being. They’re hilarious banter made for some funny and interesting dialogue throughout the book!


The-Witch-Hunter-SettingThe Witch Hunter takes place in an alternate 16th century England. In the height of the executions of the witches, no one is safe. I really liked the way that the Boecker really brought the world to life. We get the sense of wreckage and poverty within the villages that the peasants live and also the elegance and rich atmosphere that the royals reside. The descriptions of the wardrobe was spot on and very fitting for the time period. It was also filled with many magical elements like Nicholas’ magical galaxy he creates in the dining hall or the secret forest that is created to hold the secret magic party.


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I highly recommend The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker. If you’re a lover of witches and all things magical, you won’t be disappointed. Let me know if you’ve read this book, and what you thought of it in the comments! Let’s start a conversation~

Ratings

Plot  = 4/5

Writing = 5/5

Characters = 3.5/5

Setting = 4/5

Until next time,

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The-Witch-Hunter-About-the-Author

Author6Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of her debut novel, The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.

In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick.