Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ARC Reveiw: Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Title: Grace and Fury
Author: Tracy Banghart
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publishing on: July 31, 2018 (Little Brown Publishing)
Source: Paperback ARC
Rating: ★★★★
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"Bold, brutal, and beautiful—a must-read fantasy full of fierce sisterhood, action, and political intrigue for fans of The Selection series and Caraval."

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

My Thoughts...

This book was utterly profound, and is unlike anything I have read before. In an Italian-inspired fantasy world where women have no rights, Banghart has created a masterpiece that has rocked me to my core. I haven’t read a book this good since Delirium and The Jewel. Trough raw and dynamic characters, Banghart shows readers how cruel this corrupt world can be. The characters Banghart has created are so raw and unique. Seen through both sister’s perceptive, Banghart has written an eye-opening tale of two sisters fighting never-ending battles of oppression, while also maintaining the unbreakable bond of siblings. Readers strap yourselves in for this one, because I still can't wrap my head around all the bone-chilling plot twists in this one. Just when I thought I knew where this was going, Banghart turned everything completely on its head. Truly unforgettable! Through love and loss, Banghart challenges readers to find their limits, and find how far they would go for the ones they love. With an unforgettable plot and unique world, Banghart has captured my attention. Grace and Fury has easily become a favorite for me, and a read I will not be forgetting anytime soon.

About the Author...

Tracy Banghart is a cheesy movie–loving, fantasy football–playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. 

She grew up in rural Maryland, with a cornfield in her backyard and flying squirrels in her bedroom walls, and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All that isolation and pretty scenery led to a reading addiction, writing obsession, and several serious book boyfriends.

After high school, Tracy escaped to North Carolina, where she got her BA in English from Davidson College. After college, she sampled city life in Canada and D.C. before jetting off to England, to pursue a master’s degree in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. When she returned stateside, Tracy dabbled in various publishing jobs but didn’t give up on her dream of being a published author. Her husband convinced her that writing full time made perfect sense given the unpredictability of his job, thus affirming her conviction that he was better than any book boyfriend.

Tracy now lives with her husband, young son, and sundry pets in Hawaii, but it won’t be long until the Army sends them off on new adventures. She is represented by Linda Epstein of Emerald City Literary Agency.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Book Review: Atlas Fallen by Jessica Pierce

Title: Atlas Fallen (Cyber Crown #1)
Author: Jessica Pierce
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publishing: April 24, 2018 (Lost City Publishers)
Source: Hardback
Rating: ★★★★★

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One space station. One throne. And the girl who holds the key.

The fate of the crown lies with the daughter of a traitor. 

Tesla Petrov, daughter of an infamous traitor, no longer lives a life of promise in the Atlas space station's elite flight training program. Stripped of her military rank and banished to the slums, she now scrapes out a brutal existence competing in illegal robot fights for Minko, ruthless leader of the Red Ashes crime syndicate. But when a wrong move costs her a fight—and a fortune—for the crime lord, Tesla knows her days aboard the Atlas are numbered.

Daxton LaRose isn't just visiting the station to celebrate the Centennial of the Crown—he's hunting a terrorist threatening to end a century of peace on Earth. To do so, he’ll need someone who knows the station. Someone willing to strike a deal at any cost.

Someone like Tesla.

But as the hunt for the terrorist uncovers dangerous secrets from both their pasts, Tesla and Daxton realize that nothing, and no one, is what it seems.

"Tesla tuned out the roar of the arena crowd calling for her blood. The bioNexus hummed, uploading data directly to her brain as she paced the fightBot back and forth like a feral creature. Despite the din coming from the stands, she shifted her focus within--to a place of relax and instinct, brutality and survival.

The digitron above the cage revealed most of the station had bet against her. Tesla ignored the odds, instead blurring the line between where her body ended and the mechanical suit began. Though Daxton stood just beyond the cage, he could do nothing to help her now; if she lost, Minko would slaughter them all. 

Her lungs shuddered as she inhaled deeply, her fingers pulsing, itching to dance against the controls. With a curve of her metal spine, Tesla bowed ceremoniously to Radek.

A bell chimed... and the fight began." 

My Thoughts...

Just when I though I've read my favorite book of the year, another one sweeps me off my feet! I have absolutely fallen head over heels for this one. Pierce has taken YA Sci-fi adventure to a whole new level. I can't stop thinking about and recommending this one to everyone I know, it's truly breath-taking. I loved so many different things about Atlas Fallen, it's hard for me to choose just one thing I loved the most. This one is based uniquely on one space station that orbits Earth. Our main character is Tesla, a girl who dreams of new heights and is trying to make her way in a world she has always known blow the deimrk line. Until under unlikely circumstances she finds herself flung into a world of richies, and a mysterious boy that can give her all she has every wanted; a home. Though the action, suspense, and betrayal Tesla finds herself fighting to discover a family secret and finding her place among the stars. Atlas Fallen has some of the best the characters, the plot, and oh my; writing style I have ever read before. Can you blame me for not being able to choose just one thing I liked? Atlas Fallen is the best sci-fi adventure romance I have read so far this year. With an amazing character base and impeccable plot, I found it hard to put this one down. I couldn't get enough!

Time to fangirl over these characters. Tesla was a very raw and real character to see grow though this plot. She has a background the isn't perfect, but she also very curious and adventurous. It was very refreshing to see her outlook and thought base thought the story. Tesla is my girl, I can’t wait to see where she will go in the next installment. And speaking of characters I want to see more of, we must talk about Daxton LaRose. Oh, that boy, my shining star that broke my heart and then saved me all at once. Um, Pierce... like what? WHAT? How can you leave me hanging like that? My star better not... DON'T YOU DARE... please, I don't think I can handle it... I need the next book right now! Another favorite character were my three Musketeers Sav, Blitz, and Jasmeen. Sav was my favorite. He's aura and personality are amazing, and with a French accent; it's hard to not love him. Blitz was awesome! He was like a younger version of Bill Nye meets Doc Brown from Back to the Future. My hero, my technician, and my baby star. And then we have Jasmeen, it took me a lot longer to like her. But out of these three, she had the best character build-up and growth. Once you read more about her, she becomes a star sensation all on her own and her back story is one I really enjoyed reading about.

Now onto the thing that made me fall head over heels for this one; the plot and writing style. I'd say the most unique element to this book was that it took place on one space station. The dynamic of the station and the complexity of this world is one I'll find myself diving back into time and time again. I loved it. It was the perfect backdrop for the action and complemented the plot seemingly. The plot was insane! So much build up, so many twists and turns, and no top of it all; a betrayal the rattled the stars. I had to remind myself time and time again that nothing is as it seems in this one. It's very impressive that Pierce is self-published, because this story deserves to get picked up and put on selves everywhere. I want everyone alive to read this book, I'm still speechless from it. Pierce has one of the best writing styles I have seen in a while, it was refreshing. She packed the perfect amount of detail into this story, but never lost sight of the story-line. Also, her creative use of imagery adds depth and dynamic and bring her voice through the writing. Truly breathtaking. 

Atlas Fallen has some of the best the characters, the plot, and writing style I have ever read before. I highly recommend that you pick this one up. With amazing characters, and unforgettable plot, and an out-of-this-word story; I promise, you won't regret picking this one up. Atlas Fallen has easily become the best sci-fi read I have read this year, and one that I will be returning to for years to come. And I can't wait to see what Pierce has in-store for me next! 

About the Author...

The daughter of a Navy Corpsman and a librarian, Jessica Pierce has traveled the entire span of the United States – from the lush, tropical volcanos of Hawai’i to the eerie romance of the Smoky Mountains. She is an alumna of Middle Tennessee State University where she studied English Literature with a focus in Adolescent Fiction. Currently, she can be found in Arizona with her Air Force husband, murderous devil cat, and three not-so-murderous goldfish.
Jessica Pierce is currently unrepresented by any agency. Her Cyber Crown series is independently published. Both her C.O.N. series and NIGHTBLADE series are as-now unpublished and available for consideration.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Book Review: Everless by Sara Holland

Title: Everless
Author: Sara Holland
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Orchard Books
Rating: 5 Stars!

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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

My Thoughts...

This book was the best way to start off this new year! I absolutely love this one, and am already looking forward to the next installment. Sara takes readers though an inky mystical world full of secrets, magic, betrayal, and love. There are so many elements that I loved about this one; the world, the plot, the characters, and Holland's writing style. Can you blame me for not being able to choose just one thing I liked? With this one being Holland's debut novel, she has made way with vivid character development and word choice that has rocked me to my core. I just want to shove this book in the faces of those who ask my for recommendations. I can't get enough! Everless must be one of the best books I have read to date, and this story is one that I won't be forgetting any time.

Have you ever heard of a world where the inhabitants use time as currency? Time is drawn from blood and forged into the currency of blood-iron coins, which the wealthy drink to live forever and unfortunately the poor are more than willing to give up. A book has never made me stop and think of how precocious time can be and how valuable of a concept to is, until now. It was really fascinating to see how beep this concept ran in the story's plot, almost bitter-sweet in a scene; time don't grow on trees, it's in people. And seeing how this interesting concept effected the events and characters in this story really made me love-hate the concept even more. I also really loved the mythical tail behind how time became so valued and how, in a shocking twist of fate, didn't turn out to be that mythical at all. 

But what really tied everything together with a little bow for me, was Holland's writing style. This is what pulled me out of my almost 5 month reading slump, and restored my faith in reading once more. I have never read a book that had suspense paired perfectly with the pacing. Usually I find authors either don't up in enough suspense to keep me reading, or run though their story way too fast for my liking. But Everless was different, it kept me hooked from the first chapter to the very last page, all well-balanced and very thoroughly thought out. Holland has easily become one of my favorite authors, and I know I will be reading from her for a long time to come!

Everless will gabble you up and shake you to your core.  With the unforgettable world, plot, and characters; Holland has created a tail full of secrets, magic, betrayal, and love. I have never read anything like this before. Holland has masterful crafted a story that readers will return to again and again, and one that I will never forget.

About the Author...

Sara Holland grew up in small-town Minnesota among hundreds of books. She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. These days, she can be found exploring the city’s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream. EVERLESS is her debut novel.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Broken Plate Collaboration Project

Hello my fearless readers! Today I am so excited to tell you about a secret project that I'm going to be working on in collaboration with The Broken Plate. This literary magazine has evolved from a rag-tag group of volunteers to a yearly production created and overseen by the hardworking students of English 489, Practicum in Literary Editing and Publishing at Ball State University. I'm so excited to tell you all about it, but I'll just have them introduce themselves...

"On a fateful day in 2004, the creators were huddled inside a local coffeehouse brainstorming ideas for the name of this new magazine. They wrote, crossed out, and crumpled sheets of paper in frustration, when there beside them, dropped from the arms of a passing waitress, a plate shattered and clickity-clacked against the fine masonry that lay beneath them. Metaphorical lightbulbs appeared above the creators' heads as they stared first at the remnants of the plate, then at each other with wide smiles. They quickly wrote down 'The Broken Plate' on an unblemished sheet. Such is the legend of its genesis."

And so, The Broken Plate was born. Now, I know you are all wondering; what The Broken Plate is? The Broken Plate is a nationally distributed literary magazine produced by Ball State University. The magazine features poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, one-act plays, art and photography, book reviews, and interviews. Currently, The Broken Plate is headed by Professor Mark Neely; a creative writing professor at Ball State University. With a team of 15 students who make up the editorial staff, who spend both semesters on the success of The Broken Plate.

But you want to know the cool part about this magazine? Anyone can submit their work and get a chance to be featured in this year’s issue, not just the students that walk the campus grounds. I know that there are a lot of creators in this community of book lovers and nerds, so I'm working alongside the hardworking students of BSU's English 489 class and encouraging you to submit your work for the chance to get featured!

And submitting is so easy, if you'd like to submit, The Broken Plate team takes online submissions.

Click here to submit your work to The Broken Plate!

The submission period ends October 31st!

 Once there click on the big "Submit" button, which will then take you to Submittable; a secured submission site. Simply put your creation there as an accepted format (PDF for documents and PNG for images is recommended) and then click "submit!" And the best part, there is no fee to submit!

Previous Issues... 

Spring 2017

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Spring 2016

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Spring 2015

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Spring 2014

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Learn More About The Broken Plate Team...

It may have all started back in 2004, but there is a whole crew who works hard to make this magazine a reality. Click here to see the hands behind the magic!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Book Review: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Title: The Assassin's Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Rating: 4 Stars

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
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Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

My Thoughts...

This collection of novellas wasn't bad! I really enjoyed having a look into Celaena's past life before Throne of Glass. Also, Maas's writing was on point, as always. I really enjoyed seeing what she could do with this collection, and as perusal, she didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed seeing new characters come into play, as well as the order in which the novellas occurred. 

sam, sAM, saM, SAM! Oh, my lord Sam! I loved seeing who Sam was, and now everything in Throne of Glass makes since. The whole anger and hate, I get it. Sam was perfect, amazing, and deserved so much more. I loved seeing savage af Celaena, she was such a bad ass as an assassin.  I can't get over it! There were a lot of new characters that I hope we get to see againlater in the series, because I really like seeing them in these novellas, and hope Maas brings them back in. Also, it helped that the novellas were placed in cronolgical order, because I would have been so confused if they were placed any other way. 

One criticism that I have of this collection is it felt like the first three novellas have nothing to do with the main plot-line. I know that they shaped Celaena, but I'm hoping that Maas ties them back into the main plot lint in Empire of Storms, because that would be perfect and amazing. Other this that the collection is full of creativity and any fan of the series so far is going to love.

Full of action, romance, and adventure, Maas has given readers a prequel that they wont be forgetting anytime soon. The characters and placement of each novella was perfect, I loved it. I really enjoyed seeing what she could do with this collection, and as perusal, she didn't disappoint. And I can't wait to see where she is going to take us all next!

My Posts featuring The Assassin's Blade...

"I claim you, Aelin. To whatever end." πŸ—‘πŸ¦…πŸ”₯ . The Throne of Glass OTP candle from @acourtofcandles is lit! πŸ•―πŸ’―πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ To Whatever End has the perfect combo Alein and Rowan. It's amazing! The newsletter hits inboxes tommorow, be on the look out! πŸ‘€✉ . I'm reading Empire of Storms and I can't wait to get further in, be on the look out for my story updates. Trust me, you don't want to miss them. . If you're wanting this candle, or more πŸ˜‰, be sure to use code FEARLESS to get a discount on your order today! #throneofglass #crownofmidnight #heiroffire #queenofshadows #empireofstorms #sarahjmaas #books #bookstagram #bookworm #booklover #read #yabooks #yalit #yalovin #reading #amazingreads #bookporn #bookqueen #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeature #bookishfeatures #mybookishfeature #libraryofbookstagram #bookfeatured #acourtofcandles
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"You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live." πŸ”₯πŸ¦… . My review for Queen of Shadows is live on the blog! Check it out, the link is in my bio! DISCLAIMER: Contains spoilers, so if you haven't read the other books in the series, don't go check it out. Or if you want to be spoiled, go ahead, no judge. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰ But this one has to be my favorite in the entire series so far, I can't wait to see what @therealsjmaas has in store for me next! πŸ˜πŸ“š . #queenofshadows #throneofglass #ToG #crownofmidnight #heiroffire #empireofstorms #sarahjmaas #books #bookstagram #bookworm #booklover #read #yabooks #yalit #yalovin #reading #amazingreads #bookporn #bookqueen #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeature #bookishfeatures #mybookishfeature #libraryofbookstagram #bookfeatured
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Crystal Blade Blog Tour!

Good morning! I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Kathryn Purdie's newest book, Crystal Blade! This book is really fantastic, and today Kathryn has some exclusive insight to share with us. There's also a giveaway, so be sure to enter to win your very own ARC copy of Crystal Blade at the end of this post. Also, don't forget to hit all the other stops in the tour to not miss out on the release fun!

But before we get to the book of the hour, let's take a look back at the first book Burning Glass...

Author: Kathryn Purdie
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Pages: 512
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.

To see my review and to find out more information, click here

And now, the moment we've been waiting for, welcome Kathryn Purdie's newest book, Crystal Blade! 

Author: Kathryn Purdie
Pub. Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

The peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya's expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she's learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn't immune to dark temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya's past has returned. And that someone won't be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she's made.

Also here are some sneak peeks, check out these out!

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Sounds amazing right? Now, let's welcome Kathryn to the blog! She's going to share some exclusive insight into the struggles that arose when writing the Burning Glass series.

Five World, Plot, or Character-Building Challenges that Arose When Writing the Series

  1. Showing Sonya’s inner struggles. I had to rewrite the whole book to get this right. Second books in a trilogy are like a giant Act II--the character’s inner or “spiritual” journey (think of Luke Skywalker in Empire Strikes Back), and it’s so hard to show rather than tell that inner turmoil.
  2. Writing tight. To finally get the story where I needed it to be, I decided to let myself overwrite to make sure I included the best things possible to reflect the transformation happening inside Sonya. I later had to cut over 65,000 words, but that ended up being a great way to mince the story down to something action-packed and meaningful.
  3. Trusting the core of the story. In a second book in a trilogy, it’s hard to know how much of the story to tell now and how much to save for book three. I originally plotted some characters and scenes into the story that were ultimately unnecessary for this book, but whom you’ll get to meet in book three.
  4. Writing under pressure. Crystal Blade is the first book I’ve written under contract (a full draft of Burning Glass already existed, of course, when my agent sold it to HarperCollins, and we revised it from there), so it was a huge challenge to learn to draft something new while being in the public eye. Many ARCs of Burning Glass were circulating and being talked about while I was trying to draft Crystal Blade--and any talk, good or bad, about Burning Glass added to the pressure of writing an amazing second book. It took a lot of practice to create a balance in life so I could separate myself from that stress and write well.
  5. Trusting myself as a writer. I’m sure I’m not the only writer who sometimes feels like a fluke, like, “How did I ever get published?” It’s hard to feel like you’re a good writer when you’re comparing a first draft to your already published and polished book. Crystal Blade taught me, the hard way, how to accept my imperfections, knowing that my work will be revised many, many times before I’m done. With the help of my amazing editor, it will turn into something I’m proud of. So I should stop panicking and enjoy the process more! :-) When I had to completely rewrite Crystal Blade, I took a giant breath and learned to let go and love writing again.

More About Kathryn...

My love of storytelling began as a young girl when my dad told me, in his own words, the story of To Kill a Mockingbird while we listened to the film score together. Enchanted, I began my own attempts at storytelling, which usually led to home video productions featuring my younger sister as the nerd or maid, while I reserved the role of the glamorous movie star or princess.

In high school, I focused on acting and won first place in monologues at a prestigious statewide Shakespearean competition. When I wasn’t on the stage, I spent my time composing sappy poetry and completing at least ten pages in my journal every night. My author dad edited my school papers and taught me the art of writing. I went on to study acting in college and at The Oxford School of Drama in England. (All that character analysis transferred nicely to writing!)

The writing bug bit me when I was in recovery from donating a kidney to my older brother. I found my old stash of short stories and the inspiration for my first novel struck. I've been writing ever since.

A lover of art in all forms, I also enjoy singing and playing the guitar. My husband is equally artistic. We keep busy raising three rambunctious and creative children.

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

And now it's GIVEAWAY TIME! Be sure to check out all the ways to enter into this one, because we have an ARC of Crystal Blade up for grabs, or a finished copy!

1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of CRYSTAL BLADE, US Only.

5 winners will receive a signed ARC of CRYSTAL BLADE, US Only.

That is all I have for you today, thank you for stopping by! Be sure to hit all the other stops along to tour so you don't miss out on the blog tou fun!

Week One:
8/7/2017- Mundie MomsInterview
8/8/2017- YA and WineReview
8/9/2017- The Fearless ReaderGuest Post
8/10/2017- The Book NutReview
8/11/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

Week Two:
8/14/2017- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
8/15/2017- Arctic BooksGuest Post
8/16/2017- Ex LibrisReview
8/17/2017- YA Books Central- Interview
8/18/2017- A Perfection Called BooksReview

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Rating: 5 Stars (More like 5,000,000 Stars!)

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
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Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

My Thoughts...

Maas has done it yet again, and I'm completely shook with this one. Queen of Shadows blew all the other books in the series out of the water by a long shot. I have been shook by them plot twists, shot in the feels, killed by the badassery, and resurrected by the awesomeness. This book was amazing and epic, I now see why so many fans say this one is their favorites. And don't worry, I'm already kicking myself at the fact that it has taken me until now to read it. I got this title right when to released and it has been sitting unread on myself for two years! TWO LONG AND LONELY YEARS! But I don't regret picking this one up at all, thank the book gods that I did. Maas blew me away with her character development, creative new settings, and of course her shocking and bone-chilling revelations and plot twists. These things together, combined with Maas's fine-toned writing style is what made this one the best in the series for me by far.

I... have... missed... these... characters... so... much! In the two years since touching this book series, I will admit I forget how bad-ass and amazing these characters are. But I loved seeing the character development in this one! I loved seeing Aelin step up and claim her title as the famous lost queen of Terrasen, she has come such a long way in this series and it shows. I also loved seeing Rowan finally admitting (maybe not vocally for a while, and certainly not physically yet) to having certain feelings for a certain someone. FINALLY! Adeion and Lysandra slay my life too. I loved learning more about the infamous/famous general, and seeing two sworn enemies become such close friends and sisters. It couldn't have been more perfect to see all the this and, then some, fall into place in this installment. It had me sing and dancing in the shower again. 

Also, can we please just talk about Morath, like when did that become the evil power house that houses a whole lot more than just a creepy demon army. When did that happen?! Oh yeah, it happened in this book. Yet another reason you love to hate Morath, and even more reasons for me to like this book. I loved the dark and evil feel that Maas gave this city, and love the craziness that Morath is. There is so much shady things going down, which makes me so angry, but also makes me wonder what's going to happen in the next books. Where are you going with this Maas? Cause right now I don't know if I'm going to be able to live through the next few installments.

And how about those plot twists, right? I have never been more shook, and freaking out in my life. There was so much that happened in this installment, you will be shook. All of Adarlan was shook. Maas is famous for her crazy plot twists and in this one she doesn't disappoint. She kept me on the edge of my seat, and kept me up late into the night reading to find out what was going to happen next. I can't wait to see what twists she has in store for me in the next installments!

Queen of Shadows will have readers on the edge of their seats, and will leave them with wanting more. I know it has been for me. Full of shocking and bone-chilling revelations and plot twists, fun and amazing character developments, and creative settings, Queen of Shadows has easily become the best book in the series, hands-down. With this one blowing me away, and with Queen Maas getting better with each installment, I can't wait to see where she's going to take me next!

My Posts on Queen of Shadows...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy Paperback Book Birthday to Burning Glass! Also, are you excited for Crystal Blade? Because I am!

The thrilling second installment in the Burning Glass series comes out this fall and I'm so EXCITED!!! I loved this story from the first sentence to the last pages. Sonya and Anton hold such an special place in my heart, and I can't wait to see where Purdie is going to take this story line next. But before we get into the Crystal Blade, let's take a look at Burning Glass. Also today is the day you can get the paperback, so be sure to snag yourself a copy!

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Her gift is the Empire's Curse.

Sonya was born with a rare gift to feel what those around her feel, both physically and emotionally--a gift she's kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. But when a tragic accident pushes her into the spotlight, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya's power is untamed and reckless, and she can'e always decipher where other people's impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself. 
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances the charming-yet-violent Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Prince Anton. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust--and which to betray. 
Seeped in intrigue and treachery, debut author Kathryn Purdie's stunning new fantasy trilogy captivates with heartrending romance, dangerous magic, and one girl's quest of redemption. 

Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate this map! It's so pretty!

...amazing, gorgeous! I can't get over it! 

If you'd like to see my thoughts on Burning Glass, click here.

  And now, the moment you've all been waiting for! The book of the hour, Crystal Blade!

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The peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya's expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she's learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn't immune to dark temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya's past has returned. And that someone won't be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she's made.

Releases on August 15th!

My thoughts so far...

YASSSS!!! This book is either going to make me, or kill me. I'm so curious to see who is returning from Sonya's past, and I can't wait to see Sonya and Anton's relationship. Also what the heck is going to happen to Valko!? I can't wait to see what Purdie has in store for her readers, and also I can't wait to return to Riaznin and see whats-a-brewin!

If you per-order Crystal Blade, be sure to check out the per-order swag.


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Also, be on the look out for the Crystal Blade blog tour. Because I'm going to be a host!

Week One:
8/7/2017- Mundie MomsInterview
8/8/2017- YA and WineReview
8/9/2017- The Fearless ReaderGuest Post
8/10/2017- The Book NutReview
8/11/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

Week Two:
8/14/2017- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
8/15/2017- Arctic BooksGuest Post
8/16/2017- Ex LibrisReview
8/17/2017- YA Books Central- Interview
8/18/2017- A Perfection Called BooksReview

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Are you exctied for The Empress? Because I am!

This is going to be a read you're not going to want to miss, because the first one was just that good! I loved the characters, the action, the suspense, and the sci-fi fantasy awesomeness. And with so many answers still needing answered, the excitement is a struggle to contain. But before we get into the squeal; The Empress, let's take a look at The Diabolic.

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A Diabolic is RUTHLESS.
A Diabolic is POWERFUL.
A Diabolic has a single task: KILL in order to protect the person you've been created for NOTHING ELSE.

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator's daughter, Sidonia. There's no one Nemesis wouldn't kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy's most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she's been told she doesn't have - humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire...

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Also, check out the trailer! 

My ARC review for The Diabolic...

(ARC Review: Only my opinions and reactions from the book as a whole will be revealed. I will not be discussing any major plot points, or spoils.)

Let me just start off by saying that this book was so unique and out of this world exhilarating! Seriously, I can't get over it! It's where the genetic modifications of Maximum Ride, meets the harsh betrayal of Red Queen in space. Just as that sounds, it's full of unique plot twists and full of suspense. And speaking of plots, this one, I have never read anything like this before. It as so incredible! Kincaid truly out-did herself with this one, her passionate and imaginative writing style really made this one a refreshing read. I also really enjoyed the characters thought this story, each had their own obstacles to overcome, and it was amazing to see Kincaid fit them all into a already dense plot line. I'd have to say Nemesis was my favorite. She was a reliable main character, readers learn how the Galactic court works just as she is, forming the critical bond. She is also a major bad ass; round-house kicking, punching, flipping, and killing when necessary. If I ever met her, I wouldn't want to get on her bad side. And finally, with an amazing plot, refreshing writing style, and amazing characters, there can't possibly be anything more to this book. Right? While think again, there's also an epic romance packing into this already full mix. And it's one you're not going to want to miss. The Diabolic is one read you're going to want to add to your TBR pile, pronto! I don't want you to miss it, because you will be missing out on one of my favorite sci-fi reads this year.

And now on to the book of the hour. The Empress is expected to be release on Halloween, October 31st, 2017. And I can't wait to see what Kincaid has in-store for me.

And can we just take a moment to appreciate THIS COVER! So freaking gorgeous!

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The thrilling sequel to S.J. Kincaid’s New York Times bestselling novel, The Diabolic that called “the perfect kind of high-pressure adventure.”

It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?

My thoughts so far...

Sounds so amazing, right? I might just be biased, because I've read the first one, but this on is going to be epic. I love these characters, and can't wait to see them grow in this one. I also can't wait to see what crazy adventure Kincaid has embarked on, with me just waiting to see what happens next. So, until then Kincaid, I'll be impatiently waiting...