Blog Tour: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst {Mini-Review & Giveaway}

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Blog Tour: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst {Mini-Review & Giveaway}Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Published by Balzer + Bray on November 22nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Girls & Women, LGBT, Love & Romance
Pages: 400
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Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

LINKS to Purchase: Amazon | B&N

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Oh man, you guys! This book totally snuck up on me. I mean, I was so intrigued when I read the description and immediately knew it would be the kind of book I would enjoy. But, what I didn’t know was how much I would enjoy it. “Of Fire and Stars” has a lot of what I love in a fantasy novel, but what really grabbed me was the love story. Continue reading “Blog Tour: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst {Mini-Review & Giveaway}”

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Blog Tour: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid {Mood Board & Giveaway}

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Trust me when I say….YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE! “The Diabolic” by S.J. Kincaid is unlike any other book I’ve read and I was totally obsessed. Seriously, I read this book in ONE SITTING! It was such an epic combo of science fiction, thriller and romance that came together so perfectly! This is a definite MUST ADD to your TBR list. In the meantime, check out this bookish sneak peek I created just for you!

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Sarah

Blog Tour: A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith {MINI-REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

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“A Darkly Beating Heart” by Lindsay Smith is a dark and strange story of a young woman tortured by her past and living with its consequences. As I read about Reiko and the demons she was fighting, I was fascinated by the parallels between her current life and the one she mysteriously finds herself thrust into. Both lives find her thirsty for revenge and desperate for escape, and it was so interesting to see the consequences of her time travel play out between the two worlds. “A Darkly Beating Heart” is a thrilling and creepy revenge tale that throws so many twists and turns into the mix that leaves the reader guessing until the final pages.

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Blog Tour: What Light by Jay Asher {Giveaway}

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Usually, I’m not one to start getting into the Christmas spirit before Halloween even arrives, but after reading “What Light” by Jay Asher, I’m finding myself daydreaming about hot chocolate, christmas cookies and, of course, picking out the PERFECT tree! You can learn all about the book below, but in the meantime check out the festive mood board I created as a bookish sneak peek.
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Book Feels Lite: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

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Book Feels Lite: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica CluessA Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1) by Jessica Cluess
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on September 20th 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 416
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Henrietta can burst into flames.

Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s named the first female sorcerer in hundreds of years and invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the prophesied one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta is not the chosen one.

As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

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I was hooked from the moment I started reading A Shadow Bright and Burning. It’s a perfect mix of magic, feminism, squad goals, swoon and monsters. There were so many things to love and they all came together in a perfect blend of an epic fantasy story about self-discovery. Continue reading “Book Feels Lite: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess”

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Blog Tour: Marie Lu’s Favorite Literary Antiheros/heroines

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I cannot believe the final book in the The Young Elites series is finally here. I was a little late to the party and only read the first two books last fall. But I made up for lost time pretty quickly and fell totally in love with the dark and dramatic series. Feel free to check out my fangirling reviews of The Young Elites and The Rose Society…I even came up with my own blogger ‘Villain Squad” that you really HAVE to check out. I’ll be posting my review of The Midnight Star soon, so stay tuned!

I’m so thrilled to have Marie Lu on the blog today sharing her top five favorite anti-heros/heroines! There’s nothing I love more than a good villain.Many thanks to Marie Lu for this amazing guest post!

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Sarah

Countdown to Heartless! {Review & Challenge}

Countdown to Heartless! {Review & Challenge}Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Retelling, Young Adult
Pages: 464
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

First things first! Can we please just take a moment and let the following information sink in…

THERE ARE ONLY 35 DAYS TILL HEARTLESS!!

That’s right, only 35 days until we are gifted with a brand new book from the amazing Marissa Meyer! I am a huge fan of the Lunar Chronicles, so I was beyond thrilled when I heard Marissa was writing a new book. But when I found out it was an origin story of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, my excitement went to a whole new level!

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We all know how deliciously evil the Queen of Hearts is, and to get a glimpse of her past and what made her into the evil queen we all know and love. Actually, not sure love is the right word but you know what I mean.

I’m so thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for ‘Heartless” and am equally as thrilled to be sharing my mood board and review with you. Be sure to scroll to the end and check out the countdown to Heartless challenge. Continue reading “Countdown to Heartless! {Review & Challenge}”

Sarah

The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati {Author Interview}

The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati {Author Interview}The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati
Published by Delacorte Press on October 11th 2016
Genres: Family, Social Issues, Suicide, Young Adult
Pages: 400
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Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disorder, almost triumphed once; that was her first suicide attempt. 
Being bipolar is forever. It never goes away. The med du jour might work right now, but Zero will be back for her. It’s only a matter of time.

And so, in an old ballet-shoe box, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life before Zero can inflict its living death on her again. Before she goes, though, she starts a short bucket list.

The bucket list, the support of her family, new friends, and a new course of treatment all begin to lessen Catherine’s sense of isolation. The problem is, her plan is already in place, and has been for so long that she might not be able to see a future beyond it.

This is a story of loss and grief and hope, and how some of the many shapes of love—maternal, romantic, and platonic—affect a young woman’s struggle with mental illness and the stigma of treatment.

Happy Monday, friends…hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I’m here to make your Monday just a little bit more wonderful with this fantastic interview with Karen Fortunati, the author of ‘The Weight of Zero’. Her debut novel has been getting some amazing reviews and serious buzz among the bookish world. Check it out…

  • A Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce Selection
  • Featured in SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, September 2016
  • A Barnes and Noble 2016 Most Anticipated Debut
  • An Amazon Editors Favorite YA Book for Fall 2016
  • A Shelf Awareness BEA2016 Buzz Book

“Catherine’s acerbically witty narrative voice is razor sharp and often raw, and the confessional tone of her present-tense narration makes clear how overwhelming her pain is…. An honest, informative, and ultimately optimistic novel about living with mental illness.” – Kirkus

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Blog Tour: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige {Author Q&A and Giveaway}

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Welcome, welcome to my stop on the Stealing Snow tour! I know how many Danielle Paige fans are out there, so I’m really excited to be able to share this interview today. Many thanks to Danielle for taking the time to be a part of this special interview!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

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I may be a little late in getting my Top Ten Tuesday post up today, but it’s still filled with all kinds of awesome! I always love sharing my TBR and this fall reading list of mine is no exception. I mean, would you look at all of these epic books. SO many amazing titles to choose from. My list includes a highly anticipated sequel to one of my favorite books of 2015, an alt history/paranormal set in early 1900’s Boston, a time-travel thriller set in Japan and a thought-provoking romance. I know a lot of you will be excited to see Finnikin of the Rock included on this list too. It was overwhelmingly selected as the Book Avengers October read. Thanks to everyone who voted!

Many thanks to the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish for another awesome Top Ten Tuesday prompt! Looking at this list is totally getting me in the fall spirit! Can’t wait to curl up with all of these books with a cup of tea and all the blankets!

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