Best Fantasy Books of 2017 (so far!) featuring “Strange the Dreamer” {GIVEAWAY}

CALLING ALL FANTASY LOVERS!

Today’s post is for you! I’m not sure if it’s just me, but 2017 has been an amazing year already for young adult fantasy novels! I’ve read so many amazing fantasy books this year and that, my friends, makes me VERY happy! If you read my review of “Strange the Dreamer” then you know it’s no secret that it was one of my favorite books of 2017. Want to learn more about this gorgeous book, check out this video to hear all about it from the author herself, Laini Taylor.

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Fangirl Friday with Rachel from Rec-It Rachel

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Welcome back to another fabulous edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY! I can’t tell you how happy I am that I brought this feature back to my blog! I’ve been so thrilled with how excited people have been over it and I am LOVING these guest posts you guys are coming up with. We had Andi talking all about her love for Prison Break and Brittany sharing some diverse reads she’s excited about these days. Today we are lucky enough to have the lovely Rachel from Rec-It Rachel. She’s here today to tell us all about her latest obsession…superheroes! I gotta say, she’s a woman after my own heart! I am absolutely loving her guest post today. Thank you SO much, Rachel

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Fangirl Friday with Brittany from Brittany’s Book Rambles

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s week two of the newly resurrected Fangirl Friday and today we have the lovely Brittany from Brittany’s Book Rambles. I’m a new fan of Brittany’s (don’t know what took me so long? Yikes!) and am thrilled to have her on the blog. Go check hers out when you get a chance not only is she an expert level gif master but her blog is absolutely gorgeous! Seriously, her blog design makes me swoon!

I’m loving Brittany’s guest post for Fangirl Friday and am hoping you discover some new to you POC authors or books that you may not have known about before. All of the books she mentions are on my TBR and I can’t wait to get to them. Especially after Brittany’s fabulous recommendations.

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Blog Tour: Alex & Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz {Fan Art & Giveaway}

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Blog Tour: Alex & Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz {Fan Art & Giveaway}Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz
on April 11th 2017
Genres: Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 336
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Witches of East End and The Descendants comes the love story of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler.

1777. Albany, New York.

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

In the pages of Alex and Eliza, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

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I fell in love with Hamilton: An American Musical last year, along with half of the human population it seems, and since then have developed an unhealthy obsession with Hamilton-inspired fan art. So, when it came time for me to think up a topic for today’s post for the Alex and Eliza blog tour, I knew I had to share some of my all-time faves! Continue reading “Blog Tour: Alex & Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz {Fan Art & Giveaway}”

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Book Feels: Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman

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Book Feels: Blacksouls by Nicole CastromanBlacksouls (Blackhearts, #2) by Nicole Castroman
Published by Simon Pulse on April 11th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, Pirates, Young Adult
Pages: 400
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Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

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Not gonna lie, I’ve been looking forward to this book for a LONG time. Ever since I read “Blackhearts” over a year ago and fell in love with Nicole Castroman‘s writing, I’ve been dying to read the sequel. You can read my review of Blackhearts here to see exactly how much I loved it and at the very end you’ll also see how nervous I was that there wouldn’t be a sequel. Thankfully, my worries were put to rest when I heard about “Blacksouls” and all I had to do was WAIT! So, was the wait worth it? Could I possibly love “Blacksouls” as much as I loved “Blackhearts”?

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Book Feels: Freedom’s Slave by Heather Demetrios

Book Feels: Freedom’s Slave by Heather DemetriosFreedom's Slave (Dark Caravan Cycle, #3) by Heather Demetrios
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28th 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 608
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An Empress Fighting for Her CrownAfter three long years in exile, Nalia is ready to return to her homeland and sit on the throne that is rightfully hers. But the gods might have other plans. Forced to endure untold horrors on the journey to Arjinna, Nalia learns that it will take more than cutting down the tyrant Calar to get her crown.

An Army Fighting to SurviveRaif’s return to Arjinna as the commander of the revolution against Calar and her army isn’t as smooth as he’d hoped. Though he has more soldiers than ever before, his love for Nalia is losing him the trust of his comrades...and the war. But little does the resistance know that insurrection is brewing among Calar’s own ranks—and from the one person she trusts the most.

A Land Worth Fighting forArjinna is dying—Calar’s evil experiments with dark magic and the strength of her own psychic powers threaten to destroy the land of the jinn. Is Nalia and Raif’s enduring love enough to transform and rescue their homeland? Will they be willing to save the realm, no matter the cost?

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By now, you may know that I am a big fan of the Dark Caravan Cycle by Heater Demetrios. Exquisite Captive is “a story of passion, of pain and ultimately of the power that can be found in freedom.” and Blood Passage is filled with “precise detailing, inspiring character growth and absolutely gorgeous writing”, making it an equally fabulous sequel. It’s no wonder that I went into the final book in the trilogy with exceedingly high expectations. All I wanted was for Nalia and Raif to finally find happiness after sacrificing so much for their home and for their people. Over the first two books in this series, I’d become invested in the stories of these characters, their lives and their fight for survival.

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Fangirl Friday with Andi at Andi’s ABCs {2}

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You guys! FANGIRL FRIDAY is back!! That’s right, I resurrected one of my favorite blog features and am so excited to tell you I have such an exciting lineup of fabulous bloggers that are ready to fangirl their hearts out!

Fun sidebar, as I sit here typing this post, I’m in the middle of my Buffy the Vampire Slayer re-watch! I’m currently on episode two of season five and loving it just as much as I did the first time. I ALMOST forgot how much I love this show. I may have to make a special extra edition of Fangirl Friday some day just so I can gush about how much I love this classic last 90’s/early 00’s television icon!

Speaking of amazing television, Andi from Andi’s ABCs is here today talk about her latest tv obsession. I have to say I’m pretty excited about this post because I was OBSESSED with this show back in the day. Reading through Andi’s post makes me want to do a re-watch of my own so I can catch the new episodes. Well, after I finish Buffy of course!

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COMING SOON…”All Closed Off” by Cora Carmack!

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I don’t think I can adequately describe how excited I am to be bringing this news to you today! “All Closed Off” was announced about two years ago and I was immediately thrilled to hear that we would be getting Stella’s story. If you’re a fan of the Rusk University series you know that Stella is a character whose story NEEDS to be told. Her voice has been a quiet one in the series, but out of everyone, she’s the one I wanted to hear most.

I cannot wait for this book to be released (only 33 days to go) and am so excited for all of us that get to read more of Cora’s words! While we wait for May 1st, check out all the details  of “All Closed Off” below and also be sure to read my reviews of the first three books in this amazing series…oh and make sure you enter the giveaway too! Continue reading “COMING SOON…”All Closed Off” by Cora Carmack!”

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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!”

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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.

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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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