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Review: Kingdom of Ashes

Title: Kingdom of Ashes

Author: Elena May

Date of Publication: October 30th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Myra never witnessed the Nightfall. She has only heard stories from the eldest among them; tales of the Old World and of the scientists who invented the WeatherWizard—a technological innovation that controls the weather. Unfortunately, the device also gave an ambitious vampire prince the means to cover the world in impenetrable clouds, allowing his armies to crawl out of their caves and conquer all.

Vampires rule over the New World, breeding humans for food. After fifty years of guerrilla warfare, the Resistance is fading, its supplies dwindling. They must rally and succeed—and soon—or all hope of restoring human civilization will be lost.

When Myra goes on a desperate mission to help the Resistance, she ends up a captive in the vampires’ palace. With time running out, she must find a way to stop Prince Vladimir, and every wrong step leads to the death of innocents. Her battle abilities prove useless, but Myra discovers she has another skill that can give her an edge over her captors. Now, Myra must defeat the vampire leader at a power game he has been playing for almost two millennia.

My Review:

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I don’t read a lot of vampire books unless they sound really good. This one was an interesting read because it was a dystopian set future with vampires. The beginning had my attention right away with this particular human group that does not go outside, with the exception of when a few go out to do a mission. The world is dying in most parts, and with the sun not out, vamps have control of it all.

The term WeatherWizard was odd, I felt it should have been called something different, but I can ignore the strange terminology. The lead character, Myra, I did like. There were times where she was kind of scatter brained. Like you have all this stuff going on in the world, but you are more concerned with writing while out on a mission???? Who would do that?

Once the vamps come into play, things get interesting. There were some slow parts and there was pretty much no romance, but I was intrigued where the story was headed when I was reading. The Prince is a character that I want to know more about! If you like dystopian or vampire books, you should check this one out.

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Review: The Valiant

Title: The Valiant

Author: Lesley Livingston

Date of Publication: February 14th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha’s legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her rightful place in her father’s royal war band. But she never gets the chance. Instead, Fallon is captured by a band of ruthless brigands who sell her to an exclusive training school for female gladiators—and its most influential patron is none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, Fallon’s worst enemy, the man who destroyed her family, might be her only hope of survival.

Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself to survive the deadly fights that take place both in and out of the arena—and claim her place in history among the Valiant.

My Review:

Have you ever seen the movie Gladiator, but were like man I wish there were some girls in the pit? Well, here you go! This book starts off action packed, and after Fallon becomes captured, there are a lot of interesting reveals.

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I liked Fallon most of the time. There were a few times when I was like, I get it, you are a warrior! The romance between Cai and Fallon felt forced and a little too sudden. I loved their chemistry, but the romance part moved too fast!

Overall this book was a pretty awesome read. I haven’t read anything on female gladiators, so this was a new ballgame for me, and there was excellent female friendship throughout the book! Plus, there are a few scenes with Cleopatra and Julius Caesar!

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Starfall: Launch Blitz + Giveaway

Title: STARFALL 

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Hi, booklovers!

I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m so excited to launch STARFALL, the second and final book in my Starflight duology! This story picks up shortly after the first book ends, but now Cassia and Kane are the main characters, with Doran, Solara, and the rest of the Banshee crew pitching in to help take down an intergalactic mafia. (You know, just an ordinary day in space.) And while saying goodbye to characters is never easy, I think I gave the crew a proper sendoff with plenty of humor, heart, and action. I hope you love STARFALL as much as I do!

Haven’t read the first book? You’re in luck, because for a limited time, Starflight is on sale for 99 cents in all e-formats. Now you can binge read the entire duology in one sitting!

Praise for Starflight:

“Smart, action-packed and utterly addictive!” –New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman

Starflight has the cinematic appeal, warp-speed action and unlikely heroes of Star Wars.” –Justine Magazine

“A lively tale of romance, space pirates, conspiracy, and made (as opposed to genetic) families.” –Booklist

“A great choice for fans of raw sci-fi action, reminiscent of the lawlessness presented in the television series Firefly.” –School Library Journal

If you love sci-fi adventure with a dash of romance, I hope you’ll pick up the Starflight duology today. Starflight and Starfall are both available in stores and online.

 

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STARFLIGHT (book 1)

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To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Starflight duology swag pack, complete with bookmarks and two signed mini posters! The giveaway is open internationally. Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!

 

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Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information or just to say hello, visit http://www.melissa-landers.com.

 

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Black Dawn: Review + Giveaway

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About the Book:

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Title: BLACK DAWN

Author: Mallory McCartney

Release Date: February 14, 2017

Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing

Pages: 352

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads

 

About the book:

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

My Review:

From the very first page, Mallory McCartney throws us into an action and fast paced plot. You learn about the different characters right away, since the chapters are told in multiple view points. At first, I was a little confused, but after a few chapters, I was sucked right in. Brokk, being my favorite, could turn into a wolf! He had me at wolf!

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The character were all interesting, and I loved seeing how they were all connected. There is magic, betrayal and mayhem, all spiraled, blended and twisted in a new type of fantasy world. The writing was addicting, and the end had me wanting more.

About Mallory:

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Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.
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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of BLACK DAWN & custom buttons, US & Canada Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/6/2017- Literary Meanderings – Interview

2/6/2017- Literary Dust– Review

2/7/2017- Daniel Riding– Excerpt

2/7/2017- Bibliobibuli YA– Review

2/8/2017- Books,Dreams,Life Interview

2/8/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

2/9/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Guest Post

2/9/2017- Book Briefs– Review

2/10/2017- Kayl’s Krazy Obsession– Excerpt

2/10/2017- Taking It One Book at a Time– Review

Week Two:

2/13/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

2/13/2017- YA and Wine– Review

2/14/2017- Margie’s Must Reads– Excerpt

2/14/2017- Lost in Ever After– Review

2/15/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf– Interview

2/15/2017- Fiktshun– Review

2/16/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Guest Post

2/16/2017- Mundie Moms– Review

2/17/2017- Captivated Reading– Excerpt

2/17/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Review

 

 

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Review: The Paper Magician

Title: The Paper Magician

Author: Charlie N. Holmberg

Date of Publication: September 1st, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

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My Review:

I was immediately drawn to this cover. Everything about it screams awesome! The book wasn’t necessarily as cool as the cover, but it did have its’ moments.

The first 30% of the book was painfully boring. All that happened was a bunch of folding paper. They made some neat things, but come on reading about folding paper is not fun! Things started to pick up when Lira comes into the picture, and we learn some interesting things.

A lot of the book is spent in Emery’s memories which I liked for the most part but would have preferred more interactions between the characters. Also, how can someone smile with their eyes? No, seriously, is that even possible?

I would have liked the book to have been a little darker, but overall a quick, light read.

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Review: A Crown of Wishes

Title: A Crown of Wishes

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Date of Publication: March 28th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

My Review:

I liked the first book, The Star-Touched Queen, minus the idiotic mistakes that Maya made in that book. This book however, has two awesome leads. Gauri is fierce from the life that she has had to live and has been imprisoned by another kingdom. Her own brother from Bharata has asked for her to be killed.

Vikrim is the adopted son of the ruler of Ujijain and because he is not the blood son of him, the counsel isn’t fully loyal to Vikrim. He wants to find a way to change that. He learns of a way to win a wish in a place known as Alaka that he had always believe was just a myth. Vikrim needs Gauri’s help and therefore helps her escape to find this mysterious place.

This book was magical and beautiful, and the way that Roshani writes is nothing less of captivating. She doesn’t hold back on the world building and can twist and mold words in such a way that the reader is left breathless.

I loved these lead characters. Gauri was strong and independent but could still fall for someone like Vikrim and remain having those things. Vikrim was full of sass, and I loved it! The book is told from both of their point of views, but one more is thrown into the mix. Aasha is a Vishakanya who is poison to any human she touches. I didn’t know if I would like having her point of view in there, but I did. I could easily connect with her.

There was action, friendship, romance, and a couple of cameos from the previous book that had me saying yes!

There were times in the book when the descriptions did get to be a lot, and I feel like a lot of the metaphors don’t even make sense at times, but being in that world I feel like everything doesn’t have to be exact. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that liked The Star-Touched Queen, and if you didn’t I would still read it since this one was a lot better.

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Review: Gilded Cage

Title: Gilded Cage

Author: Vic James

Date of Publication: February 14th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

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My Review:

I really loved the cover to this book and was quickly drawn into the description. Even though I know never to judge a book by its’ cover, I am still drawn to the pretty covers. I actually was not able to finish this book. There were a lot of point of views in this book. I didn’t care about any of the characters, and for the most part I kept getting distracted by how slow the chapters were. Most of the time I forgot what I read and kept having to go back. I just wasn’t a big fan of this world or the setting. If there were less point of views, I think I would have enjoyed it more.

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