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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten novellas/short stories. I also added anthologies because they’re all short stories.

10. bane The Bane Chronicles – Clare/Brennan/Johnson.

9. Blue Haired Boy The Blue-Haired Boy – Courtney Stevens.

8. The Black Knife The Black Knife – Jodi Meadows.

7. Steel Scars Steel Scars – Victoria Aveyard.

6. assassin's blade The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J Maas.

5. because-you-love-to-hate-me Because You Love to Hate Me – Various.

4. breatheless brigid Breathless – Brigid Kemmerer.

3. Summer's crossing Summer’s Crossing – Julie Kagawa.

2. Shadows Shadows – Jennifer L Armentrout.

1. Reaper Reaper – Rachel Vincent.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Coming at you a day late this week because my stop on the Nyxia Unleashed blog tour was yesterday. If you guys haven’t read Nyxia yet, you totally should!

Currently reading: War outside

Finished reading: Catching Stars3750643732768520Nyxia Unleashed

Reviewed: Nyxia UnleashedDear Evan Hansen

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Grim LoveliesVery Large Expanse of the Sea to read

Zero Repeat Forever to review

Books read it 2018: 110

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 36

Contemporary: 58

Fantasy: 29

Sci-Fi: 8

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 4

Misc: 1

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Blog Tour Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen Review

NYXIA UNLEASHED

Nyxia Unleashed

Nyxia Unleashed

Release date: July 17th 2018

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 400

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, AudibleB&NiBooksTBD

4.5 stars

Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.
Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.
But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?

Nyxia was one of my best surprise books last year. I’d bought it on its release day because the premise and cover caught my attention but, I admit, it stayed on my bookshelf for far too long before I finally picked it up. And it proved to me that letting it sit on the shelf for as long as I did was a huge mistake because it turned out to be one of my favourite books last year. It also meant the sequel wouldn’t have the same benefit of flying under the radar with me and I would be going in with actual expectations.

Nyxia Unleashed delivered on those expectations and managed to surpass them. It was just as engaging as the first one and I loved that there was a bit of a cast change up within the three separate mining teams. It gave the readers a chance to get to know Morning and some of her crew a lot better as allies instead of antagonists in the way of our crew’s success. It also gave readers the chance to get to know some of the other members of Emmett’s crew that may have gotten lesser time or even been disliked in the first book. Some of my favourite characters in this sequel ended up being characters I either didn’t think much of or even disliked in the first book. And I can see the same trend happening in the third.

We learned a lot more about the planet, Eden, and the Adomites in this sequel, along with a little more of Babel’s intentions. There was a good balance between action sequences, crew bonding in lighter moments, and getting new information in a way that felt natural to the story as opposed to an information dump. The writing, for both books, was very engaging in a way that made me want to keep reading all night until I was finished. I can definitely see this being a binge-worthy series when it’s completed.

Overall, there was a lot going on but it never felt like too much. The teens landed on Eden, learned about the Adomites, started their mining mission, there was tension between some of the group, romance between others, some bromance development, and there were a lot of twists and surprises. It didn’t feel like a middle book or suffer from any kind of second book slump. With everything that has happened in the first two books, I’m both very excited and very nervous to see what kind of big twists Scott Reintgen will come up with in the third book.

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

Scott About Scott: Scott Reintgen was always a back-row dreamer. As early as kindergarten, teachers noticed his tendency to stare out of classroom windows and disappear to more interesting elsewheres. In high school, he began laboring away on the opening chapter of his first fantasy novel. One of his favorite English teachers agreed to read the pages and the very next day she switched him (illegally) out of Spanish and into a Creative Writing class. The story got tossed eventually, but he never lost the confidence he was given by that single act of empowering faith.

Convinced he would one day be a writer, Scott spent most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This eventually led to a career teaching English and Creative Writing in North Carolina. He strongly believes that every student who steps into his classroom has the right to see themselves, vibrant and victorious and on the page. It’s his hope to encourage a future full of diverse writers. As he’s fond of reminding his students, “You have a story to tell and you’re the only one who can tell it.”

As for his own writing, Scott continues to follow in the footsteps of his favorite authors. It was Tolkien who once wrote, “The fairy gold (too often) turns to withered leaves when it is brought away. All I can ask is that you, knowing all these things, will receive my withered leaves, as a token at least that my hand once held a little of the gold.” And Scott hopes his books are a trail of withered leaves that might lead readers to the bright elsewheres through which he constantly finds himself wandering.

He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Katie, and family.

Note: I went with this website domain instead of http://www.scottreintgen.com because, let’s be honest, my name’s really hard to pronounce. Rather than make people suffer through trying to spell it every time, I thought this would be easier!

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Giveaway Details: 3 winners will win a finished copy of NYXIA UNLEASHED, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/2/2018- Jena Brown Writes– Review

7/3/2018- Paws and Paperbacks – Review

7/4/2018- Pacific Northwest Bookworm– Review

7/5/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

7/6/2018- MNBernard Books– Review

Week Two:

7/9/2018- Flyleaf Chronicles– Review

7/10/2018- Life of a Literary Nerd– Review

7/11/2018- Overflowing Bookshelves– Review

7/12/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Review

7/13/2018- Adventures and Reading– Review

Week Three:

7/16/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction Review

7/17/2018- Crazy4Books– Review

7/18/2018- JustAddAWord– Review

7/19/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

7/20/2018- The Layaway Dragon– Review

Week Four:

7/23/2018- Book Dragon Lair– Review

7/24/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

7/25/2018- The Clever Reader– Review

7/26/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

7/27/2018- Nerdophiles– Review

Week Five:

7/30/2018- lori’s Little House of Reviews– Review

7/31/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I’ve read so far in 2018. I always love this topic because it’s interesting to see how many books from the second half of the year manage to make it on to final list.

10. Dear Evan Hansen Dear Evan Hansen – Val Emmich. Love the musical and loved the book.

9. Puddin Puddin’ – Julie Murphy. Go Willowdean! Such a girl power novel.

8. More than we can tell More Than We Can Tell – Brigid Kemmerer. My favourite character from Letters To The Lost got his own book!

7. These Rebel Waves These Rebel Waves – Sara Raasch. Slow plot but Sara Raasch’s books are always worth it.

6. Sadie Sadie – Courtney Summers. Gritty and brutal.

5. Nyxia Unleashed Nyxia Unleashed – Scott Reintgen. Even better than the first book.

4. All of this is True All of This is True – Lygia Day Penaflor. Very unique storytelling.

3. Aru Shah Aru Shah and the End of Time – Roshani Chokshi. So funny but action-packed as well.

2. COB&B_JKT_100517.indd Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi. This almost beat out the first spot. It was so good.

1. 38741488 The Last: Endling – Katherine Applegate. This book was just perfection.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten red, white, and blue books for July 4th but I don’t celebrate July 4th so I did Top Ten Canadian authors.

10. gathering big Kelley Armstrong. I have read so many books by her.

9. Valiant Lesley Livingston. I haven’t read much by her but this series has intrigued me since it came out.

8. Anne LM Montgomery. There will always be a place for LM Montgomery on my top ten list.

7. Zero Repeat Forever GS Prendergast. Just finished this one and it was very good. A bit slow in places but interesting beginning to the series.

6. Stolen songbird big Danielle L Jensen. Another series I got behind of but I really liked.

5. rush big Eve Silver. Loved the first two books in the series. The third was good.

4. girl mans up M-E Girard. She only has one book out but it was powerful.

3. Sadie Courtney Summers. I’ve only read a few of hers but I loved them.

2. falling kingdom Morgan Rhodes. I am so behind on her books but I enjoyed what I have read.

  1. rebel of the sands Alwyn Hamilton. I loved the first book of this series and can’t wait to read the rest.

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June Wrap-Up/July TBR

We’re halfway through the year. It doesn’t feel like it. It feels, most of the time, like the year is flying by. Now if only this summer would hurry up and get hot.

June Wrap-Up:

Losing the Field Losing the Field – Abbi Glines. Review.

These Rebel Waves These Rebel Waves – Sara Raasch. Review.

Legendary Legendary – Stephanie Garber.

22296822 The Edge of Everything – Jeff Giles.

36076501 The Girl Who Smiled Beads – Clemantine Wamariya.

heartless Heartless – Marissa Meyer.

Hidden Pieces Hidden Pieces – Paula Stokes.

Grace and Fury Grace and Fury – Tracy Banghart. Review.

350364 Chain Reaction – Darrell Scott.

18065780 Model Misfit – Holly Smalle.

Truth Lies Here The Truth Lies Here – Lindsey Klingele. Review.

34499238 As She Fades – Abbi Glines.

37822534 Seafire – Natalie C Parker.

Rule Rule – Ellen Goodlett.

36142487 Anger is a Gift – Mark Oshiro.

Sadie Sadie – Courtney Summers. Review.

Dear Evan Hansen Dear Evan Hansen – Val Emmich.

Loneliest Girl The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James.

July TBR:

Nyxia UnleashedWar outsideGrim Lovelies

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Weekly Reading Recap

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We’ve had a few really nice days in a row:) Too bad I worked them all. Hopefully Friday is nice because I’m off.

Currently reading: Dear Evan Hansen

Finished reading: SadieRule3614248737822534

Reviewed: Truth Lies Here

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Loneliest GirlSummer Wives to read

RuleSadie to review

Books read it 2018: 102

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 33

Contemporary: 55

Fantasy: 27

Sci-Fi: 6

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 3

Misc: 1

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten series I don’t plan on finishing but I don’t like giving up on series(even when I probably should) so I did Top Ten series I need to binge read so I can say I’m done or so I’m caught up.

10. throne of glass big Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas. I read a couple and enjoyed them but even though I bought them all, it’s taking me forever to pick up the next one to read it.

9. cinder The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer. Cinder didn’t actually blow me away but Scarlet made me want to stay with the series. Enough to buy them all at least. Actually pick them up and read them, still working on that.

8. fallen big Fallen – Lauren Kate. I read the first one and I watched the movie. One day I will find out what happens in the rest of the series.

7. shatter me Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi. I even bought the new one when it came out years after the original trilogy but still haven’t read any of them.

6. lady midnight The Dark Artifices – Cassandra Clare. These books are so just huge I keep thinking I could read three books in the time it would take me to read this one. So it remains on my shelf.

5. Defiance Defiance – CJ Redwine. I remember really loving the first book, bought the next two, have read all the books in the author other series, but still have yet to read the other two in this one.

4. gameboard of the gods big Age of X series – Richelle Mead. I’ve loved her other series but this one keeps being put off.

And 3 series I totally recommend binge reading:

3. darkest minds The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken. The movie comes out in August. There’s lots of time. And a new book also comes out this summer!

2. snow like ashes Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch. It can be slow paced but it’s very worth it.

  1. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling. There’s never a bad time to binge read Harry Potter.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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It’s on time this week! I think I’ve determined a good balance of reading and VR playing. I have learned that some games are just not for me.

Currently reading: 37822534

Finished reading: 34499238Truth Lies Here18065780350364

Reviewed: Grace and Fury

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Rule36142487 to read

Truth Lies Here to review

Books read it 2018: 98

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 31

Contemporary: 53

Fantasy: 26

Sci-Fi: 5

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 3

Misc: 1

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Weekly Reading Recap

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I bought a VR headset and a PS4. Wonder how this will cut into my reading time. This was also supposed to be out yesterday with Series Spotlight today but do to VR, it’s a day late. Ooops.

Currently reading: 350364

Finished reading: Hidden PiecesheartlessGrace and Fury36076501

Reviewed: Losing the FieldThese Rebel Waves

What I’m hoping to get to next week: 18065780Truth Lies Here to read

Grace and Fury to review

Books read it 2018: 94

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 31

Contemporary: 50

Fantasy: 26

Sci-Fi: 4

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 3

Misc: 1

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