The Poppy War

The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang (2018)

the poppy war

Fiction | Military Fantasy
5 stars
Blurb:

“When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good. Continue reading

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Blog Tour | Escaping from Houdini

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I’m very excited to be a part of the blog tour for Kerri Maniscalco’s latest mystery novel, Escaping from Houdini! I was thrilled to work with the author and came up with a fun author guest post idea that I hope you all will enjoy! Keep reading to find out more about the book, the author, enter a giveaway, read an excerpt, and find out Kerri’s responses to my guest post prompt (hint: it has to do with music)!  Continue reading

Furyborn

Furborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand (2018)

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YA Fiction | Fantasy

0 Stars DNFDNF
Blurb:

Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

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.  Continue reading

The City of Brass

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty (2017)

the city of brass

Fiction | Historical Fantasy
3.5 StarsBlurb:

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.  Continue reading

Blog Tour | Fawkes

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Remember, remember, the fifth of November! When I heard about this book being a fantasy twist on the historical Guy Fawkes Day I knew I was interested. I’m so excited to be a part of this tour to promote Nadine Brandes’ novel, FAWKES. Although my stop was Tuesday with a Bookstagram post I decided to share it on my blog as well. Enjoy!  Continue reading

Adapted

Adapted (Tainted Earth #3) by Susanne Valenti (2018)
-Review Request-

adapted

YA Fiction | Dystopian Sci-Fi
4 StarsBlurb:

“Held by forces they didn’t foresee, Kaitlyn and her friends must try to hold onto their humanity whilst battling for their freedom. In a cage built of fear, they have no choice but to follow the path before them. Kept away from her heart’s desire, Kaitlyn must find her own strength to resist the New Day. Without a way out, they have no chance of restoring the world to what it once was. They must do the only thing they can: fight.”
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Sea of Darkness

Sea of Darkness (The Vampire Pirate Saga #1) by Isadora Brown & Rebecca Hamilton (2018)
-Review Request-

sea of darkness

NA Fiction | Paranormal
3 StarsBlurb:

“An unexpected partnership changes everything
Sea Slayer Kelia Starling has grown up with one truth: Sea Shadows are vicious creatures that need to be eradicated. No exceptions. Not even for him.

The Society’s sole purpose is to protect the general population from supernatural monsters, and Kelia’s their top Slayer. But when her father is murdered and her handler insists it’s suicide, she starts to question whether The Society really has her best interests at heart. Continue reading

The Shadow Breaker | (book roulette)

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I am an avid reader and a dedicated book blogger but sometimes I get requests from authors to review their books and unfortunately I just don’t have the time in my busy schedule and/or perhaps it’s just not quite my thing. So every once in a while instead of reading/reviewing their book, I’ll agree to put together a little post to help pass along the word in case any of you readers out there will find it interesting. This time it seems the book roulette has landed on a Middle-Grade Paranormal Fantasy. It sounds pretty fun and maybe it’ll interest some of you or your kids. Here we go…  Continue reading

One of Us is Lying

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (2017)

one of us is lying

YA Fiction | Contemporary | Mystery/Thriller
4 StarsBlurb:

“Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Continue reading