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Beautiful Covers For New Anticipated Books

I’m a bit late to this but the covers for two books I’m looking forward to reading were recently revealed! I am so in awe of these beautiful covers. Just gorgeous. Sadly, these books won’t be released until early 2018. But for now enjoy these lovely book covers!

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Kingmaker Chronicles, book 3
Publisher: Piatkus
Release Date: January 2, 2018

Image via Goodreads

Such a pretty and beautiful cover! Loving the blend of colors, especially where the power is emanating from Cat’s sword. She looks strong and stunning on this cover, like an Amazonian gladiator. This is sadly book three of the trilogy but I anticipate an epic conclusion to Cat and Griffin’s story.

Past Reviews: A Promise of Fire (Book 1) | Breath of Fire (Book 2)

 

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
The Numair Chronicles, book 1
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 6, 2018

Image via Goodreads

Interesting and stunning cover. I am loving this cover. I have a guess of what the feather symbolizes but the dripping of gold has me at a loss (perhaps related to where the story takes place?). I might have to re-read the Immortals quartet again where Numair is primarily featured. I’ve been waiting for Numair’s story (from his younger days) to be told for many years so I have high expectations. But if it’s anything like this cover and author, it’s going to be fantastic.

Past Post: My Literary Hero: Tamora Pierce


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2017 Summer Reading List

Currently Reading: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 4)

Currently Reading: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

(ARC) Blood Guard by Megan Erickson (Mission, book 1)

River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 8)

Dreamer’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 9)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2)

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce (The Circle Reforged, book 3)

(2nd Read) Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (Beka Cooper, book 3)

Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 5)

The Ghostfaces by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 6)

 

♦ Happy First Day of Summer! I hope everyone has a great summer season! ♦

♦ What’s on your summer TBR list? ♦

♦ As always, happy reading and happy writing! ♦


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Book Review: The Hunters by John Flanagan

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Brotherband Chronicles, book 3
Rating: 4/5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

My Summary:
Hal and his crew had finally caught up to Zavac – the pirate who stole the Andomel, Skandia’s most precious treasure – but he managed to slip away last minute. But the members of the Heron haven’t given up the hunt. They’ll need to regroup and try more cunning tactics if they want to finally catch Zavac and reclaim their pride and lost honor.

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My Review:
The epic adventure of the Heron brotherband continues in book 3 with nearly non-stop action and danger.

Sometimes it was challenging to guess how Hal and his friends would overcome the obstacles in their way – but that’s the fun part of reading any story to challenge the reader and keep them guessing. And, indeed, this was a fun book to read.

Some of the dialogue exchanges between our protagonists were a little cringy and exasperating. As one character points out, “If we’re finished playing All Friends Together, can we get on with it?” Amen, I thought. Hal felt compelled to say something leader-like to his friends since he is the skirl of Heron but, thankfully and quite comically, words failed him. These kinds of moments in stories, for me, tend to feel awkward and cringy for some reason.

I love seeing Hal’s continued growth as a leader and skirl – he’s a natural at both. He knows and will acknowledge his strengths and weakness and will utilize the strengths of his friends to the group’s best advantage. He is a team player of admirable character.

I like the note the story ended on but am sort of wary about what was foreshadowed to come as the series continues. I can’t say what it is without spoiling but I just hope it’s handled a lot better than this type of things was in the Ranger’s Apprentice series.

The epic-ness of the Brotherband Chronicles seems like it’s going to raise in the next book, Slaves of Socorro, so I’m looking forward to reading it really soon.

 

Past Reviews – Brotherband Chronicles
The Outcasts by John Flanagan (book 1)
The Invaders by John Flanagan (book 2)

Past Reviews – Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years
 The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan (book 1)
The Battle of Hackham Heath by John Flanagan (book 2)


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Mid-Year Review: Favorite Books of 2017 (so far)

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Cover Images: via Goodreads and NetGalley
Music: Song Title – “Buddy” (Royalty Free Music from bensound.com)
Quotes: excerpts from the reviews I wrote about these books (see links below)

 

Read My Full Reviews Of These Books:

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin (ARC review)

Prophecy Awakened by Tamar Sloan (NetGalley review)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Pictures by Oliver Jeffers

Zodiac by Romina Russell


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Book Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: The Arcana Chronicles, book 1
Rating: 4/5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

My Summary:
It’s a new school year. Evie Greene is back at school with her friends and boyfriend, and her sixteenth birthday is coming up. All is right with the world except for the new students from across the bridge – and especially the arrival of Jackson Deveaux. Evie hopes the terribly haunting visions that landed her in a mental institution are behind her and that she can finally move on with her life. But what she thought were visions was only the beginning. The Flash transforms the entire world into the apocalypse. Evie will struggle against surviving in this new environment while resisting a destiny she never wanted.

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My Review:
Goodness, this book was a lot to take in.

The beginning was so creepy and uncomfortable that I felt like skipping it. But I didn’t want to risk missing something that would later be pertinent to the story.

First off, I like that the story was told non-chronologically. This is not only well done but it compliments Evie’s struggles so well.

I liked Evie’s character and am glad that although she is typecasted she is still relatable/likeable in some ways. Her best friend Melissa is crazy funny. Her boyfriend, a good boy, is your typical jock and teenage boy. Other typically cliché-ish characters appear and cliché-ish things happen but you learn to deal with it. The rest of the school you don’t get much of a glimpse of other than rich.

Jackson I don’t think I’ve fully formed an opinion on. Like Evie, it’s hard to understand him enough to whether I can say I like his character or not. He’s definitely a good guy but I don’t know what to make of him. He’s kind of a mystery, which is ironic because he says how he himself doesn’t like leaving puzzles unsolved.

Which led to several frustrating interactions between him and Evie. They were so back and forth with each other – not okay and then okay and then not okay again with each other. I’m a little confused and unsatisfied by the state of their relationship at the book’s conclusion.

I though the treatment of mental health was done fine but sad – that fear of being judged and others not knowing how to “deal with you” so instead cast you off was sad.

The apocalypse itself was unnerving. I’ve seen plenty of post-apocalypse TV shows/movies and the way the author crafts this world is well done. I also do highly appreciate that the zombies (aka “Bagmen”) can’t run (it’s one of my zombie characteristic pet peeves).

I liked that the fantasy part of this book is based off of tarot cards. But I’m still confused about it – and maybe it’s because I don’t know a whole lot about it- in relation to the apocalypse. There’s so much to figure out and at times what you do learn is hard to understand in the grand scheme of things. And after reading the whole book I feel like there’s still a whole lot that’s been left unsaid – but I guess everything will be clarified in the coming books.

As of now, I don’t have plans to continue this series. Maybe in the future. I did like it in the end but I’m not sure if I’m interested enough to keep reading on – perhaps this just wasn’t the series for me but I would still recommend it to others if fantasy/post-apocalypse books are your cup of tea.


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Current TBR List – 5/14/17

  • Currently ReadingPoison Princess by Kresley Cole
  • Next To Read: Ever My Love by Lynn Kurland (MacLeod Family, book 11) [HR]
  • The Hunters by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 3) [YA]
  • River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 8) [RF]
  • Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 4) [YA]
  • Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 5) [YA]
  • Dreamer’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 9) [RF]
  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2) [YAF]
  • The Ghostfaces by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 6) [YA]

On this list (as indicated above), are a mix of young adult fiction [YA], historical romance [HR], romance fantasy [RF], and young adult fantasy [YAF]. These are all the books I would like to get through before I post my summer reading list next month. A challenge but I’ll make it work somehow. Much of these titles overlapped from the TBR update I did last month but, as you may know, some unexpected things came up and I read a few book that weren’t on my TBR list. Hopefully, by the time summer’s over, I be completely done with my TBR list and can start a whole new one.

What’s on your TBR list? Have you read any of these books or books by any of these authors? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Let me know in the comment section below.

As always, happy reading!


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(My) Most Anticipated 2017 Book Releases

The latter half of 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting time for book lovers. I’ve found a few amazing books that will be released later this year that I’m pretty excited for and curious about.

~July 11~

Loved by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (House of Night Other World, book 1)

I’m very curious to see where the authors will take the characters next in this series and what about this new series is new – especially, after how the last HoN book, Redeemed ended.

~August 29~

Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell (Zodiac, book 4)

This is – sadly – the fourth and final book of this series. The first three were amazing! Zodiac was thrilling, Wandering Star had me on the edge of my seat, and Black Moon left me crazy to know what happens next. I highly recommend this series. I am really looking forward to seeing how this story concludes.

~October 31~

Tortall: A Spy’s Guide: Compiled by George Cooper, Tortall’s Spymaster by Tamora Pierce with Julie Holderman, Timothy Liebe, and Megan Messinger

Another book by one of my favorite authors? Yes, please! George Cooper is one of my favorite fictional characters. I’ve read snippets of his spy wisdom in (I think) just one other book. But to have a whole book dedicated to spy stuff? Again, yes, please!

~November 21~

Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley (Effigies, book 2)

The first book had me floored. It was action packed and full of all the feels and incredible to read. I had placed book 2 on my to-read shelf immediately after I had finished Fate of Flames.

~December 5~

The Dreamer’s Song by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 11)

I’m three books behind in this series, so I don’t know when I’ll get to this book. But it’s still exciting that this series continues on. Lynn Kurland is one of my favorite authors.

 

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