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The Land I Lost by Cassandra Claire

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Further To Fall by Catherine Cowles

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Waiting For Autumn by JA DeRouen

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I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Royally Yours by Emma Chase

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Review: Twice Dead (The Necromancer’s Song #1) by Caitlin Seal

Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo trading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir. Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting. She’s struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.

But death is not the end for Naya. She awakens to realize she’s become an abomination–a wraith, a ghostly creature bound by runes to the bones of her former corpse. She’s been resurrected in order to become a spy for her country. Reluctantly, she assumes the face and persona of a servant girl named Blue.

She never intended to become embroiled in political plots, kidnapping, and murder. Or to fall in love with the young man and former necromancer she is destined to betray.


My Review

When I first heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I mean, the cover is just beautiful and it intrigued me. I had to know more. So when I read the synopsis, that sealed it for me. I had to pick up this book and see what adventure would lie ahead for me.

Twice Dead is a unique and refreshing story. I haven’t read very many YA books that deal with Necromancy. So, I was really intrigued by this one and couldn’t wait to see what direction this story was going to go. I think this story started off well and had some great potential, however somewhere along the line, it just fell flat. This story focused a lot and I mean a lot on character development, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I just found myself struggling to connect with them. And since there was so much focus on the character development, I feel like the plot ended up suffering because of it. I needed more. I need more background. I needed more actual plot. I needed to see the story move in some direction.

I had kind of a like/hate relationship with this story. The plot was really interesting and I loved how unique it was. But, it just wasn’t enough for me. As I said before, I do think this story has potential, but in the end, I just needed more. Even though this story didn’t work for me, I’m still glad to have given it a try.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Throw Back Thursday: Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

“You are a conniving, deceitful hussy. I stand in awe.” “You’re sitting.” “I sit in awe.” 

“People with secrets shouldn’t make enemies. People with destinies shouldn’t make plans.” 

“Once upon a time,an angel and a devil pressed their hands to their hearts and started the apocalypse.” 

“The two of them were stoic and stone-faced and ten feet apart, currently not even looking at each other, but Zuzana had the impression of a pair of magnets pretending not to be magnets. Which, you know, only works until it doesn’t.” 

“Once upon a time, there was only darkness. And there were monsters vast as worlds who swam in it.” 

“Be a Samurai. Because you just never know what’s behind the freaking sky.” 

“Hot, perpetually pissed-off angel seeks living pincushion for scowl practice and general stabbiness. No kissing.” 

“I love vengeance like normal people love sunsets and long walks on the beach. I eat vengeance with a spoon like it’s honey. In fact, I may not even be a real person, but just a vow of vengeance made flesh.” 

“Happiness wasn’t a mystical place to be reached or won–some bright terrain beyond the boundary of misery, a paradise waiting for them to find it–but something to carry doggedly with you through everything, as humble and ordinary as your gear and supplies.” 

“It was the first time either of them had ever held another’s hand, and for them alone, the immensity of what unfolded that night was overshadowed by the perfect wonderment of fingers intertwined – as though this was what hands had always been for, and not for holding weapons at all.” 

Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera’s rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her.

When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited – not in love, but in a tentative alliance against their common enemy. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves.

But with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters?

The New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion as – from the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond – humans, chimaera, and seraphim strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

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Blog Tour: Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch

The first installment in the Hometown Antihero series by Amber Lynn Natusch.

When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her.

All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the annoyingly attractive rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her.

Determined to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

DARE YOU TO LIE, a young adult mystery read perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, Pretty Little Liars, or Riverdale.

About the Book

Dare You To Lie
by Amber Lynn Natusch

Series
Hometown Antihero Book One

Genre
Young Adult
Mystery / Suspense

Publisher
Tor Teen

Publication Date
September 4, 2018

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About Amber Lynn Natusch

AMBER LYNN NATUSCH is the author of the bestselling Caged series for adults. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is still deeply attached to her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and practice Muay Thai―but spends most of her time running a chiropractic practice with her husband, raising two young children, and attempting to write when she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of peace. Dare You to Lie is her debut YA novel with Tor Teen.

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Waiting For Wednesday: Muse of Nightmares (Strange The Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Timesbestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

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Blog Tour: Seeking Fate (The Fated #3) by Brenda Drake

Seeking Fate (The Fated #3) by Brenda Drake
Publication Date:  September 3, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crave

Fate changer Daisy Layne is nervous about searching Europe for a firstborn son doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday. But she’s the only one who can save him. No pressure or anything. She needs the help of guide Andrei Vasile, who she’s been talking to online for two years. Still, meeting him in person…that’s a whole different story.

Andrei is determined to keep Daisy safe, even if touching her could kill him. At least, that’s what his family has told him about fate changers like Daisy. She’s strong and beautiful, and it’s his job to keep her alive. Unfortunately, what she doesn’t know could kill her.

Save a life. End a curse. And never, ever get too close…

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Author Guest Post

Road to Publication

The road to publication is different for everyone. Some is a short journey, and for others, it’s a long one. Mine was the latter. I’ve always loved writing since I was a young girl but put it aside when I enterd the working world and became a mother. It wasn’t until my life settled down more before I picked up writing again. It took me three years to draft and polish my first manuscript. I queried it to agents and received only rejections. Not a single request for more pages. Over the next few years, I wrote other books, and either didn’t finish them or hated them when I did finish them. I was frozen from the rejections I’d received. My passion was gone.

It wasn’t until I was in a bookstore one day and I came across a coffee table book filled with photographs of the world’s most beautiful libraries that writing spark hit me again. I wondered what it would be like to jump into each page and visit such amazing libraries. Then I could imagine a battle between modern knights against mystical creatures within them. I was inspired. I bought the book and rushed home.

From that idea, I wrote the Library Jumpers series. When I finished, I queried it. I was finally getting requests for more pages, and even full manuscript reads. But no offer of representation came. I was about to give up when one finally arrived. The book went through a rocky path on its way to publication until it landed in the hands of Liz Pelletier at Entangled Publishing. She loved it and offered on it, and the rest is history, as they say.

Except, she also accepted my proposal for the Fated series. And with the release of the final book in the series, SEEKING FATE, I know have two completed series. What I’ve learned from my publishing journey is that perserverance is vital. Never give up, because you never know when your dream is just around the corner.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda’s world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there’s always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she’s not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Throw Back Thursday: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.” 

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” 

“I’m oxygen and he’s dying to breathe.” 

“I’ve been screaming for years and no one has ever heard me.” 

“Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.” 

“Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I’m so delirious I actually dare to believe it.” 

“I am nothing but novocaine. I am numb, a world of nothing, all feeling and emotion gone forever. I am a whisper that never was.”

“Adam stares at me so long I begin to blush. He tips my chin up so I meet his eyes. Blue blue blue boring into me. His voice is deep, steady. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard you laugh.”

He’s so excruciatingly correct I don’t know how to respond except with the truth. My smile is tucked into a straight line. “Laughter comes from living.” I shrug, try to sound indifferent. “I’ve never really been alive before.” 

“He whispers, “You have no idea how much I’ve thought about you. How many times I’ve dreamt”-he takes a tight breath- “how many times I’ve dreamt about being this close to you.” He moves to run a hand through his hair before he changes his mind. Looks down. Looks up. “God, Juliette, I’d follow you anywhere. You’re the only good thing left in this world.” 

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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