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Waiting on Wednesday

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This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

Furyborn

Furyborn

Release date: May 22nd 2018

Goodreads: When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

Why I’m excited: I love the cover, it caught my eye right away. I’m already intrigued to see how the fates of these two girls will come together.

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Series Spotlight: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Thursday I’m going to be putting the spotlight on a book series and talking about it. It might be one I’ve read, one I’m reading, or one I haven’t gotten to yet, depending on what I feel like talking about that week. This week’s series is from the queen of dark reads.

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Antigoddess series by Kendare Blake

Review status: 0/3 😦

All books are released, covers don’t match:(

I fell in love with this series from the beginning. I loved mythology and the idea of a family war while the Gods were cursed to die in different ways was really intriguing. I loved that we still got the sibling dynamic and, in true Kendare Blake fashion, the books got darker as each new one came out.

Favourite character: Hermes. He was funny, loveable, the voice of reason, he was everything. And I loved his scenes with his siblings, but also with the human characters who were introduced.

Favourite book: Ungodly. It’s the one where everything came to an end, where we found out who lived, who died, and where the characters could possibly go from here.

Status: Finished. Kendare Blake has her own shelf.

Author status: Auto-buy!

Next up from Kendare Blake: Three Dark Crowns 3, coming out this Fall!

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Waiting on Wednesday

New WoW

This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

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Ash Princess

Release date: April 24th 2018

Goodreads: Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.
When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.
Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

Why I’m excited: It looks sooo pretty. This also sounds like it could have some very amazing twists to set it apart from being an easy-to-predict fantasy book.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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I need one really good snowstorm to ploy through my TBR pile.

Currently reading: 31706530

Finished reading: We'll Fly Away34964921Saints and MisfitsCOB&B_JKT_100517.indd

Reviewed: MidnightsLast to Let Go

What I’m hoping to get to next week: 3023816334848207 to read

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Books read it 2018: 9

Debut authors read for 2018: 10

Contemporary: 3

Fantasy: 1

Sci-Fi:

Misc: 1

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Waiting on Wednesday

New WoW

This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

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A Conspiracy of Stars

Release date: January 2nd 2018

Goodreads: Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.
But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.
With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.

Why I’m excited: I can’t wait to see a book about a girl scientist and this sounds like it’s going to take very relevant topics to today into its fantasy/sci-fi world.

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Book Review: The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

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The Queen’s Rising

Release date: February 6th 2018

4 stars

When 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?

It really didn’t take long for me to fall in love with this book. I really enjoyed the school scenes at the beginning, getting to know Brienna and her fellow students, her sisters, as they all prepared to ‘passion’ in their chosen field(wit, drama, art, music, or knowledge). There was the immediate mystery to why Brienna was accepted to the school when the headmistress has already selected the five students and she didn’t have an aptitude for any of the five passions, as well as who Brienna’s father was and why her grandfather refused to tell her his name.

I really liked Brienna. She was making the most of her situation, knowing she wasn’t fairing well in any of the fields at the school but she always tried so hard. It couldn’t have been easy to find the motivation to try so hard when she was always suspicious that she didn’t get into the school on her own merits but she never gave up. I thought she was really relatable in that way. I also loved seeing her finding out more about her heritage and the growth she showed.

I do wish we’d gotten to see more of the passion sisters after they’d been chosen by their patrons because the beginning scenes at the school were so much fun. But I could understand why it focused on Brienna’s journey. She was the main character and important to the brewing rebellion.

With the inclusion at the beginning of family trees and lists of characters, passions, etc. I was expecting a great, complicated world and it was definitely there. It had history, families ruling over different kingdoms, rebellions, and I can see why it’s been said it’s good for YA Game of Thrones fans, though there was a lot less violence. There was a lot of political intrigue that was interwoven through Brienna’s discovery of her heritage and finding out more about the mysterious patron who’d chosen her.

I’m really excited to see where this series is going to go next.

*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

Release date: January 2nd 2018

3.5 stars

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

It’s been a while since I a book set in the world of the fae so I was interested in taking a trip back to Holy Black’s world. It was new characters, a new plot, but the same feel as previous books. It started off with a bang but then I found it slowed down quite a bit before picking up again right at the end. It was well balanced between lighter and darker moments with plenty of twists. I did find a lot of the twists to be predictable, which I was hoping my theories would be wrong just so I would be surprised.

Jude was an interesting character. She was human, born in the human world to human parents but after an incident with her half-sister’s fae father, she found herself with her sisters in their world. She was determined to prove herself to the court, to earn a place among the fae, and to make her adopted father proud of her. She was extremely protective of her twin sister and leery of trusting any of the fae, especially the youngest prince and his friends. She could be smart but she also made some reckless decisions, usually when it came to defending herself or her family.

There were a lot of interesting character dynamics in the book. Jude and her twin sister were so opposite, very close, but where Jude was fiery and in your face, her sister was quiet and more passive. The relationship she had with her adopted father was an interesting power dynamic. She was always trying to gain his approval and he always seemed to hold her at arm’s length. I wasn’t a big fan of the dynamic between Jude and the youngest prince, Cardan. He bullied her and was cruel to her in ways I can’t easily forgive just because he might turn out to be the love interest. A few of their scenes were ones that, on a re-read, I would skip over.

The plot was mostly Jude dealing with Cardan and her wanting to prove herself worthy to be a part of the fae court, not just a human who lived there. Once the political intrigue and court betrayals began, things picked up but these were the twists I found to be predictable. It could create some interesting plots in the next book but I’m more interested to see how the dynamics between Jude and Cardan is dealt with.

*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Everless by Sara Holland

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Everless

Release Date: January 2nd 2018

4 stars

In 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. (less)

This was one of my most anticipated releases for 2018 and once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It definitely lived up to the hype. The concept was very interesting and this was a world with such an amazing mythology that if Sara Holland wrote a prequel based on the Sorceress and the Alchemist, I would be very eager to read it. I fell in love with the world, the characters, and the dynamics created by the ever-changing relationships.

Jules didn’t have an easy life but she and her father did what they had to in order to get by. She was very concerned and protective over her father, who was running low on time-literally. She was determined to find a way to save him, even if it meant returning to a place where she could be in danger. I liked that she was willing to work in order to get close to the people who might provide answers, to find out why her father wanted her to stay away from the queen.

I enjoyed the different dynamics that were created as Jules got to know the other characters, or in some cases reconnect with them. It was interesting to see the difference in her relationship with Roan and Liam, two brothers she knew from her childhood at the palace who had also changed over the years. Roan was much more open and friendly while Liam was colder, harsher, and seemed to be hiding something. I also really liked the friendship that developed between Jules, Roan’s fiancée, and her handmaiden.

The plot with the mystery of Jules and the strange way time sometimes reacted around her was at times pushed to the background as other plot lines took precedence but it was never forgotten. There were many little things going on in the plot but they were all working together and I thought it was well done. I didn’t feel overwhelmed by all the information and I thought the pacing was good so it didn’t feel too slow.

As mentioned, the world building was really interesting and I really hope we get even more in the next book. If there was ever a prequel or a “World Of” type book for this universe, I would definitely read it.

*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.

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Waiting on Wednesday

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This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

Onyx and Ivory

Onyx & Ivory

Release date: May 15th 2018

Goodreads: They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father, the former royal Master of Horse, after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now, Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt.
Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals, like the horses she rides. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.
The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who would assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death, and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of a remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.
With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king, and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

Why I’m excited: Mindee Arnett is taking on high fantasy! I’m pulling for Kate and Corwin already!

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Book Review: Fireblood by Elly Blake

Fireblood

Fireblood

Release date: September 12th 2017

4 stars

All hail the Fire Queen.
Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…
Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fire Queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hands.

This sequel picked up not to long after Frostblood left off, with Arcus on the throne and Ruby attempting to navigate the Frostblood kingdom where many, most, people hate her and fear her. With the Minax loose in the kingdom, she was determined to find a way to stop it, to defeat it once and for all, but doing so would mean leaving Arcus and traveling to the Fireblood kingdom.

I really liked seeing the Fireblood kingdom and how different it was from the Frostblood one. There were many great additions in this sequel that made me like it even more than the first. Hopefully that trend keeps up and the third one is also amazing. I loved the introduction to Kai, his flirtation, his confidence, his backstory, his unwillingness to treat Ruby as fragile. He did need her just as much as she needed him and them training together and helping each other were great scenes. And there were many of them. I loved seeing the relationship between them, whatever it was turning into, develop.

Ruby was fierce in this book. In the first one, she had a lot of growth with regards to becoming stronger and trusting herself and her powers. In this one, it was more about her determination to fight and destroy to Minax, even if she still wasn’t convinced she was the prophesied Child of the Light. I loved seeing her learn to push her powers even more than in the first book and her learning more about the Firebloods.

I also loved the way the mythology has been worked into this series and continued to be important. It wasn’t just a quick explanation at the beginning of book one and then forgotten about, it was a huge part of the prophecy and was something that kept getting elaborated on through this sequel. I would definitely read a spin-off series of the Gods of this world. It’s going to be way too long until the next one comes out but at least we already have a title and cover!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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