Mini Book Feels: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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Mini Book Feels: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn SkyeThe Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 17th 2016
Genres: Alternate History, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 416
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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.

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#UnexpectedlyEpic Morgan Matson Week: I Dare You To…Stay Off Social Media for 24 Hours

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As part of Tiff’s at Mostly Ya Lit‘s amazing feature, Unexpectedly Epic Morgan Matson Week, she rounded up a bunch of brave friends who took part in the #UnexpectedlyEpic dare challenge, doing fun and unique dares inspired by the characters in “Since You’ve Been Gone”!

My dare was to spend one ENTIRE day without using any social media! Yes, you heard that right. No social media…AT ALL! I was so nervous going into this dare, but I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

Check it out…

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Book Feels: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Book Feels: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Family, Friendship, Love & Romance
Pages: 519
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From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.

Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).

Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?

Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

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You know what I love about Morgan Matson? Besides the fact that she is a bright and vibrant unicorn who spreads happiness wherever she goes? No, for real, check out her Instagram feed, it’s all bright colors and music and ice cream and puppies and sunsets! I love that she write stories that are so real, so relatable. They bring me back to those summer days, where everything was simpler, yet more difficult. Back to a time when everything is on the line, everything is new and yes, everything is unexpected. Continue reading “Book Feels: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson”

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Book Feels: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood {GIVEAWAY}

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Book Feels: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood {GIVEAWAY}The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Published by Roaring Brook Press on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Time Travel
Pages: 304
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This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It's a little bit like a black hole. It's a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she's hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral.

To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone's heart is about to be broken.

With time travel, quantum physics, and sweeping romance, The Square Root of Summer is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss, and trying to figure it all out, from stunning debut YA voice, Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

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I went into this book not exactly knowing what to expect. Was it sci-fi? Was it contemporary? Was it the secret to life cleverly disguised as a unique and compelling young adult novel. Turns out, it was a combination of all three. “The Square Root of Summer” was unlike any book I’ve read and by the time I flipped to the last page, I felt like I had just read a user’s guide to the meaning of life and the secrets of time travel. Continue reading “Book Feels: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood {GIVEAWAY}”

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Book Feels Lite: The Tale of Three Books

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared a mini-review post. Well, it just so turns out I had a few recent reads that would work out perfectly for a mini-review and BOOM…here we are, my latest installment of Book Feels Lite! Special appearance today from the inimitable Miss Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind, cause girlfriend was NEVER afraid to express an opinion. She’s basically GOALS for me! Continue reading “Book Feels Lite: The Tale of Three Books”

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April Re-Cap: Slow and Steady Wins the Race {GIVEAWAY}

We’re almost a week into May, so I thought it may be a good time to FINALLY post my April re-cap! Whoops! I’m not sure where that first week of May went, but here we are! Better late than never, I suppose.

This is actually pretty indicative of my blogging life lately. I have all these good intentions of blogging all the things, but then I get home from a long day at work and I just don’t have the motivation. Then the weekend rolls around and all I want to do is binge something on Netflix or run a million errands. It’s not that I’ve fallen out of love with blogging, I think I just need some down time. I feel bad, because I don’t want to let my readers down, but I know this kind of ebb and flow with blogging is pretty normal. I’m hoping that with the change of seasons, I get a little jumpstart and get back into the flow.

So, today I’m here to say that, yes, I’m still here and yes I still love blogging! I’m going to make more of an effort in May to post regularly, but if you don’t hear from me and are wondering what’s up just give me a shout on Twitter!

Now, on to the re-cap!!!

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I’m seeing Captain America Civil War tomorrow, so I’m celebrating today with some epic Avengers gifs!

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Book Feels: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas {SPOILER FREE}

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Book Feels: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas {SPOILER FREE}A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 624
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Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

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As you may or may not know, I am a Sarah J. Maas fangirl. I’m a huge fan of the Throne of Glass series, and when ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ came out last year and I loved it, I knew that I would forever and always adore everything she writes. I love her story-telling and the fact that her characters can be so complicated and flawed. She’s not afraid to make the hard choices, but she’s also so willing to reward her readers with some amazing moments of clarity and hope.

A couple of weeks ago, I was completely shocked and honored to receive an email from Sarah’s publicist at Bloomsbury, asking me if I would be interested in moderating two of the stops along her book tour for ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’. I immediately said yes. Or more like….ZOMMGGGG YASSSSS! Because I am a moderator I was ridiculously lucky enough to get a finished copy of ACOMAF a whole week early and managed to read all 600+ pages in just two days!

Today, I’m here to bring you my SPOILER FREE REVIEW, but because I have SO much to say about ACOMAF, I will ALSO be posting a spoilerific review next week! I have a lot of thoughts about this book that I would love to chat with other readers about. So next week’s post will be more of a discussion post/review in case you’re interested.

Now…on to my SPOILER-FREE REVIEW…

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Book Feels: The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Book Feels: The Rose and the Dagger by Renee AhdiehThe Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2) by Renee Ahdieh
on April 26th 2016
Genres: Ancient Civilizations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance
Pages: 432
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The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

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If you’ve been a reader of my blog for the past year or so, then you may remember my review of Ahdieh’s debut novel, The Wrath and the Dawn. Here’s what I had to say a little over a year ago…

The Wrath and the Dawn is perfect for readers who love complicated heroines and even more complicated romances. It’s filled with intrigue and mystery and kept me on my toes…I flew through the book. I cannot wait to read the next book and discover where the story goes. If it’s anything like the first book, it too will earn a new spot on my favorites shelf.

Everything I loved about the first book was back again for The Rose and The Dagger…and then some! There are three things I love most about this series… Continue reading “Book Feels: The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh”

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Sarah

Book Feels: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Book Feels: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani ChokshiThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 26th 2016
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 352
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Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire...

But Akaran has its own secrets -- thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.

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It’s going to be pretty difficult for me to put into words just how this book made me feel. I’ve never read anything quite like it. There are so many ways in which I could describe it, but as I reflect back on the reading experience, I knew that it was more than just a book, a story or a novel. Continue reading “Book Feels: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi”

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Book Avengers: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Hello and welcome to the latest mission in our Book Avengers crusade! Today, we are featuring A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwabthe book that YOU chose to avenge and voted for us to read in April. Be sure to read our intro post to learn all about this new feature that Kristina and I debuted this year! 

A Darker Shade of Magic got some serious love during the voting period last month, so come find out what WE thought of IT!

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