Book Feels Lite: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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Book Feels Lite: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia LevensellerDaughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1) by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 28th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Pirates, Young Adult
Pages: 320
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There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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This book kind of came out of nowhere for me. I initially noticed it for the cover. It was moody and badass so I mentally added Daughter of the Pirate King to my TBR. Then ALL OF A SUDDEN, my Goodreads and Twitter feeds started blowing up with mentioned of how addictive and fun of a read it was. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy from the publisher (Thanks, Fierce Reads!!) so I pulled it from my TBR tower and dove right in. I was eager to see what all the excitement was about and if it really was as amazing as everyone was saying it was. So, was it? Keep reading for my answer. But first, as always, check out the epic mood board I created to get you in the piratey mood! YES, I said piratey and YES it’s word. At least it is now.

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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

Waiting on Wednesday: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer {GIVEAWAY}

Waiting on Wednesday: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer {GIVEAWAY}Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5, 0.6, 1.5, 3.1, 3.6) by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Science Fiction
Pages: 304
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The enchantment continues....

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

--The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.

Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….

The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.

The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.

After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.

The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess

The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.

Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century...

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How lucky are we, dear readers? We get not one…but TWO books from the Lunar Chronicles in less than three months time. We all remember that one time when the final book in the series, Winter, came out right? Wayyyy back on November 10th. The glorious day that shall forever be known as they day that the Lunar Chronicles came to an end. Tears were shed, ships were sailed and million of Marissa Meyer fans dove head first into the 800+ page behemoth!

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Sarah

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein: Mood Board {Blog Tour}

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein: Mood Board {Blog Tour}Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
Published by Feiwel & Friends on April 21st 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 384
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Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit. To the humans she lives among, she's just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she's learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny. Mentored by her mother and her Zar "sisters," Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all.

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I’m so excited to share the dreamy mood board I created recently that was inspired by Becoming Jinn. One thing I loved about this book was the it was set in a coastal Massachusetts town, which just so happens to be MY neck of the woods. I drew on that theme and found some images that reminded me of some of my favorite beaches and summertime memories growing up as a New England beach bum. I also found some really great images to tie in that really bring out the fantasy elements of Becoming Jinn. I think these two elements of the book combined beautifully in the image I created below, and can really give you a sense and feel of the story Lori Goldstein created.

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While I was making my board, I absolutely fell in love with that little genie lamp necklace and thought it would be a fun little giveaway to include with today’s post. So, be sure to enter below for a chance to win your own little piece of genie magic!

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Don’t miss out on any of the fun stops on the
“Becoming Jinn” Blog Tour…

TourSchedule

April 13: Mac Teen Books
April 13: Polish Page Turners
April 14: What Sarah Read
April 14: Fiktshun
April 16: Forever Young Adult
April 17
: SciFiChick
April 18: Bookiemoji
April 19: Falling for YA
April 20: Reading Teen
April 21: Icey Books

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About Lori Goldstein

Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lehigh University and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, April 21, 2015, Spring 2016).

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Book Feels: Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Feels: Becoming Jinn by Lori GoldsteinBecoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
Published by Feiwel & Friends on April 21st 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
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Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit. To the humans she lives among, she's just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she's learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny. Mentored by her mother and her Zar "sisters," Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all.

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Becoming Jinn
was a fun and unique book, that took elements of both contemporary and fantasy genres, mixed them together and created a fresh take on a young woman’s coming of age story. Although it had a slow start, the book did end up clicking with me right around 100 pages. After that initial push, I really started to enjoy how Goldstein blended a contemporary and fantasy together. At its heart, Becoming Jinn is a book about girl struggling to find her identity and make sense of her past, but what really made it unique were the magical elements and the Jinn mythology that Goldstein drew on. It was interesting to see the main character, Azra, navigate the trials and tribulations of young adulthood, while also trying to come to grips with her Jinn heritage.

That being said…I had a difficult time connecting with Azra or feeling any sympathy for her. I totally get that she’s going through a LOT in life and not entirely pleased with the situation she’s been born into, but a lot of times Azra came off as a bit of a brat. I just wish her character could have been a little more forgiving of those around her. She was pretty hard on her mother and extended “family” of women who were (for the most part) there to support her, and I really didn’t like the way she treated a couple of very close friends who wanted nothing but the best for her. I realize that these are purposeful traits created by the author, but they just didn’t work for me.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed Becoming Jinn but I’m hoping that I can come around to having at least a bit of empathy for Azra and that she matures and develops as a character in the next book. I’m eager to see how the story resolves itself, as we’re left with several questions at the end that have me looking forward to the second book.

P.S. You may be wondering where my mood board/collage is. Have no fear…I did make one and will be debuting it here on the blog on Tuesday, April 14th as part of the Becoming Jinn blog tour. Stay tuned!

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