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Sep 18
{Review} Mask of Shadows by @LinseyMiller @SourcebooksFire ‏

{Review} Mask of Shadows by @LinseyMiller @SourcebooksFire ‏

Mask of Shadows is the first book in an untitled series by debut author Linsey Miller. I have been loving fantasies lately, so when I saw this book, my interest was immediately piqued. I loved the idea behind the story. Basically, the queen has a different ring for every finger of her left hand- an opal, ruby, emerald. Each of the rings symbolize one of the Queen’s personal assassins. When the Queen’s Opal dies, there are auditions AKA a competition to fill the spot. Insert our main character Sal. The book was a little Three Dark Crowns and hunger games- esque because the competitors have to kill each other off to win the spot as the Queen’s Opal. There were some pretty graphic, and interesting, deaths in this novel. I also really enjoyed the twist of the competition- no one can be caught killing another competitor. If you are caught you are disqualified (and probably never to be heard from again, kind of disqualified.) I thought this rule made things extra interesting. Most… Read more »

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Aug 25
{ARC Review} Fireblood by @Elly_Blake @TheNovl

{ARC Review} Fireblood by @Elly_Blake @TheNovl

Fireblood is the second book in the Frostblood saga and should be read in order. This review might contain light spoilers from the first book.  If you are new to the series, you can check out my review of the first book HERE Fireblood is the second book in the young adult fantasy Frostblood Saga series by Elly Blake. I read Frostblood at the end of last year and I really loved it. I have been itching for the second book in the series ever since.  I loved the lore and myths behind the Firebloods and the Frostbloods. and I am so, so happy to say that I loved Fireblood just as much as Frostblood.  I am so ready for book three, Nightblood! I need it right now! Fireblood was just as action packed as the first installment, and we learned so much more about the Firebloods, the Minax and the history of the world. There are plenty more secrets to be revealed in the next book. If you remember… Read more »

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Aug 24
{Review} The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee @yeebookauthor @abramskids ‏@PiqueBeyond @ACBYA

{Review} The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee @yeebookauthor @abramskids ‏@PiqueBeyond @ACBYA

I am so so glad I read The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee! Seriously, this book was fresh and exciting and so so much fun. I can’t remember having read anything like this in a while! The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is based on chinese folklore and mythology, which I loved for so many reasons. I love the magic elements of it, I love anything mythology related and I really loved that it was based on the folklore of a country I don’t know much about. Learning about the Monkey King and Buddha, the hundreds of demons, and all the deities was so so interesting. Plus, there were all kinds of twists and turns that I am so not spoiling because I loved them so much! When Quentin met Genie he knew her right away, but we don’t know how. And how he knew her was nothing I was guessing and I completely LOVED IT! Ok, ok, if you really want to know what I loved about this… Read more »

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Aug 18
{Exclusive Guest Post+Giveaway} The #KeepofAges by @CaraghMOBrien

{Exclusive Guest Post+Giveaway} The #KeepofAges by @CaraghMOBrien

Welcome to Day #3 of the Keep of Ages Blog Tour! To celebrate the release of The Keep of Ages (Vault of Dreamers #3) by Caragh M. O’brien (8/29/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Caragh and 10 chances to win a complete set of The Vault of Dreamers Trilogy!   I am super excited to have Caragh here today to talk to us about the Cover Art for The Vault of Dreamers series. I am OBSESSED with these books and these covers. They are some of my favorite for any trilogy. I love how well they match together, and I am super excited to learn more about them. My review of the third book is coming soon, but spoiler alert…I LOVED IT!!! ******** On the Cover Art for The Vault of Dreamers Series Naturally, I would love to take some credit for the striking covers of the Vault of Dreamers series, but the work was done entirely by Elizabeth H. Clark, the Art Director at Macmillan Children’s. Beth… Read more »

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Aug 16
{Review+Giveaway} The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones @em_llojo ‏@TheNovl @LittleBrownYR ‏

{Review+Giveaway} The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones @em_llojo ‏@TheNovl @LittleBrownYR ‏

The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones was an incredible read! It was so different than a lot of the books that I normally read and it pulled off the concept so well. To say I was impressed with this book is an understatement. The Hearts we Sold is a book that I will remember for a very long time. In the Hearts we Sold Demons inhabit the world along with people. The demons claim they are independent third parties with no agenda to promote, but they are interested in making bargains with anyone that would like. They will grant a wish for a person in exchange for a body part and a number of years of service to the demon. Dee makes a deal with a demon, even though she starts out by saying she never would. In her 2 years of service she meets all kinds of other people that have also traded their hearts in exchange for their wish. I found this world to be completely fascinating…. Read more »

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Aug 15
{Review} Wildman by J.C. Geiger

{Review} Wildman by J.C. Geiger

Wildman by J.C. Geiger is a young adult story about growing up and finding yourself. I enjoyed this quirky tale about a teenage guy that seemingly had his life together. He excels at school and at music, he seemed to be well liked and he is on the path toward a great college. But then he gets stranded in a small town in the middle of nowhere and he starts a rather crazy journey which leads him to question everything he knew about friendship and life. I thought this book was interesting and overall I liked it. I didn’t love it, but I did like it. Here is what I liked about the story: Lance- I thought he is an interesting main character. I love a book from a male POV, and he really does change as a person throughout the course of the story. Especially towards the end, which is always rewarding to see. I thought him getting the nickname wildman was pretty hilarious, which brings me to point… Read more »

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Aug 11
{ARC Review+Giveaway} A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck @reckj @KnopfBFYR

{ARC Review+Giveaway} A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck @reckj @KnopfBFYR

A Short History of the Girl Next Door is a standalone young adult novel by Jared Reck. This book totally wrecked me. It was completely unexpected, in such a good way. A Short History of the Girl Next Door is so different than the books I normally read, and I am so so glad that I stepped outside of my comfort zone because this book was an emotional journey that I absolutely loved. I typically read pretty happy books, so even when the very first line of the summary tells me this is an unrequited love story about the girl next door, part of me was still expecting it to turn out happy. And I am not going to go into spoilers for this book, but the direction that Jared Reck took this story in blew me away. It totally shocked me actually. And I am kind of obsessed with how much I loved it. A Short History of the Girl Next Door is the story of a really beautiful friendship… Read more »

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Aug 09
{Review} Alex, Approximately by @Jenn_Benn ‏ett @SimonTeen @RivetedLit ‏

{Review} Alex, Approximately by @Jenn_Benn ‏ett @SimonTeen @RivetedLit ‏

  Alex, Approximately is a young adult standalone romance by author Jenn Bennett. This book was so stinkin’ cute and amazing, I can’t stand it! In the best way of course. I expected to enjoy Alex, Approximately, but I didn’t expect to fall so completely head over heels in love with it like I did. This is one of my favorite reads of the year! I mean business when I say Alex, Approximately deserves every bit of these five stars. Alex, Approximately is the story of Bailey and  Alex. Bailey, or Mink, and Alex, met online where they instantly bonded over their love of classic movies. Bailey knows that Alex lives in the same town in California as her dad, but she gets gun shy when it comes to telling Alex that she has moved in with her dad. She is nervous about taking her online friendship offline. Bailey is trying to search Alex out with the bits of information she knows about him. At the same time she starts working… Read more »

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Jul 31
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Kissing Max Holden by @KatyUpperman ‏@SwoonReads @FierceReads

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Kissing Max Holden by @KatyUpperman ‏@SwoonReads @FierceReads

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman is a young adult contemporary romance that put a huge smile on my face. I really, really loved this book. It was cute, it was swoony and it was a whole lot of fun. Just what I love in my summer beach/pool reads. Max Holden is total book boyfriend material. I did have a few minor issues with the story, which I will discuss below, but overall I really enjoyed Kissing Max Holden. Kissing Max Holden is told from Jillian’s point of view. She grew up next door to Max Holden and they used to be very close, but because of personal issues in Max’s family, he has withdrawn a lot and because distant with Jillian. It is interesting because Jillian and Max still ran in similar friend groups at school so they are circling around in each other’s lives. I love a friends to more story, so I really liked the various facets to Jillian and Max’s relationship. It is clear that they… Read more »

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Jul 27
{Review+Giveaway} The Dragons of Nova by @EliseKova @PriceWorldPub

{Review+Giveaway} The Dragons of Nova by @EliseKova @PriceWorldPub

*Please Note: This is a series that must be read in order. If you are new to the series, check out my review of book one- The Alchemists of Loom HERE** The Dragons of Nova is the Second book in the Loom Saga by author Elise Kova. The Loom Saga is a young adult high fantasy series that I have completely fallen in love with. I absolutely LOVED the first book, The Alchemists of Loom, and the second book- The Dragons of Nova was every bit as good as the first! In the Dragons of Nova we get to really delve more into the politics and struggles in the worlds of Loom and Nova and we get to revisit old characters and get to know some new characters as well. This series is one that instantly grabbed me and has yet to let go. It is by far one of the best series I have read in 2017. And the third book, The Rebels of Gold is scheduled to release in December of… Read more »

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