Cover Crush Thursday – 07/18/2019

Hey everyone! Happy Thursday! Today’s post is all about those pretty book covers! Pick a cover that you love and show it off 🙂

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title: The Priory of the Orange Tree

Author: Samantha Shannon

Release Date: February 26th, 2019

Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing

Pages: 830 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

 

Happy Reading!

Can’t Wait Wednesday – 07/17/2019

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and is based on Waiting on Wednesday that was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a book that you are excited to read that hasn’t been released yet.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: What Kind of Girl

Author: Alyssa Sheinmel

Release Date: February 1st, 2020

Published By: Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 384 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

Girl In Pieces meets Moxie in this unflinching exploration of the many forms of abuse society inflicts upon women, and the strength it takes to rise above it all to claim your worth.

The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker’s girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal’s office and said Mike hit her. But the students have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the polcie? Why did she stay so long if he was hurting her? Obviously, if it’s true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true?

Some girls want to rally for his expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.

 

Happy Reading!

Crier’s War by Nina Varela Review (Digital ARC) *Spoiler Free*

Thank you to Edelweiss, Nina Varela, and HarperTeen for the chance to read and review this book! 🙂

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Title: Crier’s War

Author: Nina Varela

Release Date: October 1st, 2019

Published By: Harper Teen

Pages: 352 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

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my review

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

*ARC provided in exchange for honest review*

What can I say about this book guys? I absolutely adored this book. Honestly I think I’m still dealing with a book hangover from this book because I haven’t been able to pick up anything else since I finished this book!

Is it too early to beg for the sequel if the 1st book hasn’t even officially come out yet????

I am dead y’all. Dead. You want girls loving girls in an agonizing slow burn hate to love arc that will crush your soul? READ THIS BOOK.

The way that Nina Varela handles the themes in her book is just completely effortless, she is a masterful storyteller, not everyone can execute this type of a story effectively but Varela knocked it out of the park. This book is full of themes that can be difficult to handle properly – the unnecessary loss of loved ones, the cost of war, coming to terms with how things are not always as they appear to be, the consequences of clinging to hatred, and learning what it means to be human. Plus it’s gay as hell.

There is so much to love about this book. The tension! The plot! The masterful worldbuilding! What I loved most about the dynamics and relationship between our two main characters, Alya and Crier, is that while they were indeed slowly falling for each other and coming to terms with what that meant; they did not just forgive each other or forget what was currently happening or what happened in the past to bring them to this point. Not everything was all hearts and rainbows. Alya would still call out Crier out when necessary.  I really empathized with Crier and I could understand her struggles about who she was and what her place in the world was. I have often felt like there was something wrong about me or different about me just like Crier felt like she was “made” incorrectly and/or was faulty. I’ve had my share of issues with feeling out of place, or different, or misunderstood. You are not going to want to miss this book!

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I have to give a shoutout to Shri over at Sun and Chai because I feel like she summed up Crier’s War in the best possible way:

“Between gorgeous writing, numerous allusions to our current societal institutions and prejudices, and a heart wrenching love story amidst tumultuous politics, Crier’s War is The Cruel Prince for the gays (most notably removing the bad boy love interest out of the equation ay.)” 

Her Review can be found here. 🙂

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Happy Reading! 

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – 07/15/2019

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CURRENT READ(S):

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title: Nevernight

Author: Jay Kristoff

Release Date: August 9th, 2016

Published By: St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 429 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title: The Escape Room

Author: Megan Goldin

Release Date: July 30th, 2019

Published By: St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 368 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are ruthlessly ambitious high-flyers working in the lucrative world of Wall Street finance where deception and intimidation thrive. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to reach the top.

When they are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, dark secrets of their team begin to be laid bare.

The biggest mystery to solve in this lethal game: What happened to Sara Hall? Once a young shining star—”now gone but not forgotten”.

This is no longer a game.
They’re fighting for their lives.

Can’t Wait Wednesday – 07/10/2019

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and is based on Waiting on Wednesday that was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a book that you are excited to read that hasn’t been released yet.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: How the Light Gets In

Author: Katy Upperman

Release Date: August 6th, 2019

Published By: Swoon Reads (an imprint of Macmillan)

Pages: 336 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

Since her sister’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up. Her grades have plummeted, she’s quit her swim team, and she barely recognizes the people her parents have become.

When she returns to her aunt’s run-down coastal Victorian one year after Chloe’s death, Callie resigns herself to a summer of guilt and home renovations. She doesn’t expect to be charmed by the tiny coastal town or by Tucker Morgan, a local boy brimming with sunshine.

But even as her days begin to brighten, Callie’s nights are crowded with chilling dreams, unanswered questions, and eerie phenomenon that have her convinced she’s being haunted. Will Callie be able to figure out what her sister is trying to communicate before it’s too late?

 

Happy Reading! 

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – 07/08/2019

Hey book loves! It’s Monday, What are you all reading today?

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CURRENT READ(S):

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title: Nevernight

Author: Jay Kristoff

Release Date: August 9th, 2016

Published By: St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 429 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

 

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday, What are you Reading? – 07/01/2019

Hey everyone! Happy Monday! I cant believe we are already halfway through the year!

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CURRENT READ(S):

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title: Red Rising

Author: Pierce Brown

Release Date: January 28th 2014

Published By: Del Ray (Random House)

Pages: 382 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

 

Happy Reading!