Breaking News!! The Glittering Court Paperback Release!

Breaking News!! The Glittering Court Paperback Release!The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Published by Razorbill on March 28th 2017
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Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

I’m so excited to be taking part in the festivities celebrating the paperback release of “The Glittering Court” by Richelle Mead. I read this book last year and absolutely loved it. But, before I share my review and mood board from last year, I thought I’d take you a re-enactment of my reading experience of “The Glittering Court” through a series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer gifs. Why Buffy? I mean, do I really need a reason? Continue reading “Breaking News!! The Glittering Court Paperback Release!”


Blog Tour: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor {Mini Review & Mood Board}

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Blog Tour: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor {Mini Review & Mood Board}Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor
on March 28th 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
Pages: 544
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A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

LINKS to Purchase: Amazon | B&N | INDIEBOUND

Am I the only one here who wishes they could spend a day in Laini Taylor’s mind? She creates such gorgeous and vivid imagery with her words, and the ideas that spring forth are so exquisite. But for now, I guess we’ll have to settle for her amazing books and Pinterest boards.

I share this post with you today, with a fair word of warning. You are going to NEED this book in your life when I am done here. Honestly, chances are you’ve already pre-ordered “Strange the Dreamer” because Laini Taylor is a literary goddess and you must have all her words. But, if this one inexplicably isn’t on your radar yet, keep reading for all of the reasons it should be.

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Book Avengers: 1984 by George Orwell

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Happy Monday friends, and welcome to the latest mission in our Book Avengers crusade! Today, we’re featuring 1984 by George Orwellthe book that YOU chose to avenge and voted for us to read in March. Be sure to read our intro post to learn all about this feature that Kristina and I debuted last year! 

what did Kristina and I think of this old-school classic? We were both looking forward to reading this one since neither one of us managed to read it in higH school like the rest of the world.

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{NEW FEATURE} Book Buzzin’: Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

{NEW FEATURE} Book Buzzin’: Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn EvesBlood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion, #1) by Rosalyn Eves
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 28th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 416
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The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

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I’m so excited to debut another new feature here at What Sarah Read, called Book Buzzin’! Every so often, I’ll feature an upcoming release that I’ve read recently that I think you may want to know more about. I’ll share some of the positive buzz surrounding it and also link to retailers where you can purchase the book and any pre-order swag you can get your hands on. Today, I’m buzzin’ about Rosalyn Eves‘ upcoming debut, “Blood Rose Rebellion“!

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Caroline and the Case of the Middle Grade Book Feels: The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer & Brandon Dorman

Caroline and the Case of the Middle Grade Book Feels: The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer & Brandon DormanThe Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, #1) by Chris Colfer, Brandon Dorman
on July 17th 2012
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade, Siblings
Pages: 438
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Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

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SHE’S BAAAAACK! I can’t believe it’s been over a year and a half since I debuted this feature with my niece Caroline! What can I say? Middle Schoolers are VERY busy people! I just couldn’t get Caroline to sit still long enough to write a review. I got a lot of wonderful comments from readers when I shared her review of Wonder and I’ve been eager to get her back on the blog for another appearance.

Needless to say, I’m pretty thrilled she’s back to talk about a Middle Grade book series that she is loving these days. Her absolute favorite show is “Once Upon a Time” and when she discovered these books she became an instant fan since they reminded her of the show. Something tells me she’s following in her Auntie’s fantasy loving footsteps. I’m so proud!

Caroline Continue reading “Caroline and the Case of the Middle Grade Book Feels: The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer & Brandon Dorman”


Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Spring Reads

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I’m going to be completely honest. It doesn’t FEEL like Spring! Here in Boston it’s been freezing cold and by the time most of you read this, we’ll be well on our way to 12-18 inches of fresh snow. Needless to say, I am NOT pleased! Spring technically starts next week and I’m MORE than ready for warmer temps and green grass.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a nice distraction from the wintry blues I’m feeling because it reminds that Spring really is just around the corner. Before I know it, I’ll have the top down on my Mini Cooper and all be right in the world again. Many thanks, as always, to the ladies at  The Broke and the Bookish for another fabulous prompt!

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“Stranger Than Fanfiction”: YA Road Trip & Giveaway

“Stranger Than Fanfiction”: YA Road Trip & GiveawayStranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer
on February 28th 2017
Genres: Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Mental Health Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 272
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer comes a funny, heartbreaking, unforgettable novel about friendship and fame.

Cash Carter is the young, world famous lead actor of the hit television show Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked that he actually takes them up on it. Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime – but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he's been keeping. What they come to learn about the life of the mysterious person they thought they knew will teach them about the power of empathy and the unbreakable bond of true friendship.

In this touching novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer takes us on a journey full of laughter, tears, and life-changing memories.

Happy Friday, friends! Today, I’m teaming up with my friends at Little, Brown to share this epic giveaway featuring the newest book from Chris Colfer (YAY, Glee!), “Stranger than Fanfiction”! This new release features a celebrity and four of his fans embarking on a cross-country road trip and all the adventures they have along the way. What starts out as a crazy adventure, turns into a much deeper experience filled with revelations and lessons learned.

I thought it would be fun to map out my own cross-country road trip…but with a twist. So check out the YA across the USA I’ve mapped out below and buckle up! It’s gonna be a feels-filled ride! Continue reading ““Stranger Than Fanfiction”: YA Road Trip & Giveaway”


{NEW FEATURE} On My Nightstand…

One of my favorite things about being friends with so many amazing book nerds, is that I’m always discovering new books! I’m constantly trolling Twitter and Instagram for recommendations, texting with my book buddies about upcoming releases and checking out Goodreads updates to see what people are loving. I LOVE discovering what people are currently reading and adding it to my TBR! So, I decided that I’d create a feature here at What Sarah Read that highlights the books that are currently sitting on my nightstand (literally) and waiting to be read. It’s my excuse to take another pretty photo of books and also motivates me to keep my nightstand from turning into a black hole of hair ties and empty cups of water. Just kidding, kind of! What I really hope is that maybe you’ll discover a new book or two and add it to YOUR nightstand!

For this debut entry of “On My Nightstand” I’m featuring the six books that I hope to get to in the month of March. It’s a great mix of new releases, upcoming releases and backlist books. I’m so excited to get to each one of these books for different reasons

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Book Feels: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Book Feels: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn HamiltonTraitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands, #2) by Alwyn Hamilton
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on March 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 528
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The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she's fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan's palace—she's determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she's a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she's been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

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Happy Tuesday, friends! Do you know what today is? If you’re anything like me you’ve had this date marked on your calendar for a while now! Not only is it new release Tuesday, but it’s the book birthday for “Traitor to the Throne” by Alwyn Hamilton. You may already know how much I loved the first book in this series, “Rebel of the Sands” (read my review here) and hopefully you saw my recent post on the reasons why I love main character, Amani. But, today, I’m here to tell you all the reasons why I LOVE Traitor even MORE than I love Rebel.

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Top Five Reasons to Love Amani from Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton {GIVEAWAY}

I’m so excited to be here with you today to re-visit one of my favorite books of 2016! When I read “Rebel of the Sands” by Alwyn Hamilton, I knew I was reading something special. Want to know how much I loved it? Just click on the mood board I created below and check out my author interview and review that I posted almost one year ago to the day…

Today, I’m teaming up with PenguinTeen and a bunch of amazing bloggers to help celebrate the paperback release of “Rebel of the Sands” as well as the upcoming release of its EPIC sequel, “Traitor to the Throne. I literally just finished this book and am here to say it’s even better than Rebel….I didn’t think that was possible. I can’t wait to share my review and mood board SOON, but in the meantime just trust me when I say that if you haven’t read Rebel yet, you need to do that NOW so you can be ready for Traitor when it comes out on March 7th. Don’t have a copy of Rebel yet? Just keep scrolling for a giveaway to win one of ten paperback copies from PenguinTeen!

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