Mar 20, 2017

Undone by @Wendy_Higgins {Cover Reveal}

It's my birthday so I'm gonna share something with wonderful with y'all. Wendy Higgins UNDONE, the follow up to Unknown and Unrest (books which I absolutely adored) has a cover and I want to share it with the world.

If you're unfamiliar with these books, let me refresh your memory (or introduce them to you for the first time). ***Click on the picture to visit the goodreads page***

Feb 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Jonah by @styclar {Review}

Jonah by Nikki Kelly
(The Styclar Saga, #3)
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 352 pages
The conclusion of the Styclar Saga trilogy focuses on Jonah, the vampire badboy with a hunger for Lailah and a rivalry with the angel Gabriel.

Jonah is the vampire who saved Lailah from the appetites of even darker evil: the vampire Purebloods. Now he must decide whether he will give up his existence so that Lailah will survive—even if it means that she will spend eternity with his friend and rival, the angel Gabriel.

This stunning conclusion to the Styclar Saga will have fans deciding once and for all: Team Jonah or Team Gabriel?

Feb 15, 2017

Frostblood by @elly_blake {Review}

Frostblood by Elly Blake
(Frostblood Saga, #1)
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 376 pages
The 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.

Feb 13, 2017

The Queen of Blood by @sarahbethdurst {Review}

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
(The Queens of Renthia, #1)
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager; 353 pages
An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure

Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .

But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.

With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.

Feb 10, 2017

The Wish Granter by @cjredwine {Review}

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine
(Ravenspire, #2)
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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 SĂșndraille’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.

Feb 5, 2017

Hello 2017

Hi everyone. It's been awhile, hasn't it? I said that 2016 was going to be a new year where the blog would be more active but it didn't happen. I tried but I struggled reading last year. I only read 32 books or something ridiculous. I didn't even reach my goodreads goal and I had lowered it THREE times already. THREE. That's very unlike me.

I'm determined to change that in 2017. I have a new job, which I'm still adjusting to the new schedule. For many years, I worked until 1am, 2am, 3am or even later. Now, I'm working 830am until 530am and it's an adjustment. It also makes me feel like I don't have as much free time as I used to and I get tired faster because of waking up early.

However, for the first time in what feels like FOREVER I read FIVE books in one week. Then, I proceeded to read another book in less than 24 hours (along with a day of work). I'm feeling good. I have some books I'm ready to review.

I want to see my co-bloggers become more active, too but I can't force their hands. I can only control myself and I'm determined to make 2017 a better year, reading wise.

While I don't have as much passion behind blogging as I once did (I blame that on a lot of drama that I've witnessed) I don't think it'll ever take the joy of reading away from me. I love escaping reality and submerging myself in to a world that's not real. It's probably why I steer away from contemporary so often, because that world is the world I see every day; why do I want to read about it? I don't. It's depressing enough. Let me escape.

That being said - what have you read so far this year that you wish everyone else would pick up? For me, it's the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova and Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (these are the books I read in a week and less than 24 hours, respectively).

What are you currently reading right now? What was the best book you read in 2016 (I'm still bummed I missed the end of the year countdown with Two Chicks on Books - I was having blog issues or I would've participated).

Thanks for sticking around. I appreciate it and I hope we can talk about a lot of books this year.

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