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Friday, April 29, 2016

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: The Secrets We Keep

I am so excited to help spread the word that THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Trisha Leaver is now out in paperback!

If you haven’t yet added this awesome book to your shelf, now’s the perfect time. Just scroll down to learn more about the book and author, to read an excerpt, and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: The Rose & The Dagger

I am so excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only!  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Series: The Crown's Game #1
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 416
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

I've never really gotten into Russian culture or read/watched about anything aside from Fox's historically inaccurate film, Anastasia. So  canyou guess how refreshing The Crown's Game was for me? Like a blooming meadow in spring, and not all this wintry, blizzard of high fantasy crap for the past three months (I love HF, but not a onslaught of it).

After reading the synopsis, I thought I was going to hate this book. I honestly didn't know why I requested it. A love triangle. Two people drawn to each other. These are the tropes of a book that I loathe. I wouldn't even touch a book like this with a ten-foot pole. Eirini would agree.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Sit-Down Rants with Courtney: The Art of Comments

You've just written a kick ass blog post, blood sweat and . . . mostly long hours staring at a white screen gone in throughout the week. The golden gem. Praise be to you for getting your thoughts down in a whole coherent mass that people will want to read. It is time. To publish it.

Because this is the post. The review. The conversation starter.

You don't know what to do when all the comments start flooding your inbox. It's going to be THE WALKING DEAD of comment hordes. You just take your keyboard and start smashing every key for the love of all that is language!!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Review: The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander

The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 288
Genre: Contemporary
Since her twin brother, Eddie, drowned five years ago, sixteen-year-old Elsie Main has tried to remember what really happened that fateful day on the beach. One minute Eddie was there, and the next he was gone. Seventeen-year-old Tay McKenzie is a cute and mysterious boy that Elsie meets in her favorite boathouse hangout. When Tay introduces Elsie to the world of freediving, she vows to find the answers she seeks at the bottom of the sea.
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

The Art of Not Breathing is one of those books that really sneaks up on you. Like, painfully slow, but worth the wait. I found myself tangled in the unraveling paranoia surrounding Eddie's disappearance, the well-being of the Main family, and holding out for hope that the days do, in fact, get better in time.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 304
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
ll Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It’s the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when Imogene was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as “troubled waters.”
     Now Imogene is seventeen, and her father, a famous author of medical mysteries, has struck out in the middle of the night and hasn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could’ve gone, but Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother. And she decides it’s up to her to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of reading her father’s books to track down a woman she’s only known in stories in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

Less Sherlock Holmes and more like Nancy Drew's annoying little sister who is a really bad detective.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Waiting on Wednesdays (94): Spare and Found Parts

Waiting on Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. To join in on the waiting game festivities, click the link to Jill's blog. Leave me a comment below with what you're waiting on this Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead releases today, and I stoked to share the news + a freaking amazing giveaway!!!!

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and a $25 Sephora Gift Card courtesy of Richelle, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Review: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #2
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 544
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
ilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right. 
HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.
HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.
In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

Phenomenal. I really did enjoy this duology to the point that I wish that it didn't end with just two books. I could read more about Jodi Meadow's The Orphan Queen world, but am super satisfied with the bittersweet ending that The Mirror King offered.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #1
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 391
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
ilhelmina has a hundred identities.

SHE IS A PRINCESS. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
SHE IS A SPY. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
SHE IS A THREAT. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.
Mini Review

I find it funny that I am writing the review to The Orphan Queen after I finished and wrote the one to The Mirror King, but I guess I'm a little backwards in that sense. The first book in the series of the same name did expose a new, enchanting, and perilous world, and the high-born thief of Wilhelmina Korte seeking revenge. For her throne. Her parents. Her stolen birthright, the Kingdom of Aecor.