Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #BEA16 - Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige


Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1) by 
Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: September 27th 2016 
by Bloomsbury USA Childrens



Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything...including Snow's return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Release Day Blitz: #Giveaway #Win THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh


I am so excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only!  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Title: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks 

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.




Praise for The Rose and the Dagger:

“Above all there is the shattering, triumphant catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist 


Excerpt:







About Renée:

Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of theScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.











Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only.


Ends on May 3rd at Midnight EST!


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Friday, April 22, 2016

Addiction Fiction Friday: Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern ~ Review

Welcome to Addiction Fiction Friday where we feature a book of fiction that will become your new addiction. Today I am excited to bring you Flawed. I have not read a good dystopian in some time and this is a must read. I am obsessed with this book and now have a huge book hangover!




Hardcover368 pages
Published April 5th 2016 
by Feiwel and Friends
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars



Synopsis:


You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
 


Review:

Thank you Fierce Reads for the arc of Flawed. This in no way affected my opinion in my review.

I have not read a good dystopian in some time. This book was fantastic. I love the fact the story carries itself and did not need much romance to make it great. I am all about the romance in some books but in this case it felt more true to the story. 

Celestine has always seen everything as black and white. She follows all the rules of her society and even dates the judges son. She is one of the firmest believers in the judgement of the Flawed. Till one day a neighbor who she has known as a law abiding citizen is taken and deemed Flawed. This opens up Celestine's eyes to the society she lives in and nothing is the same. She can not un-see the things she is now seeing. 

This was the first book I have read by Cecelia Ahern but I am now a fan. This story was so incredible and strong. I can not wait for Perfect book 2 in this duology. If you are looking for a dystopian that will pull you in and has an original voice among so many out there then Flawed is a must read for you. I highly recommend this book and it is perfect for any age group. 





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About the Author:

Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. She is the daughter of the former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. On 14th December 2009 it was announced that Cecelia had given birth to her first child with partner David Keoghan, a girl named Robin. She was secretly married on 11 June 2010 in County Kildare, Ireland. Her older sister, Georgina Ahern is married to Nicky Byrne of Irish pop group Westlife. Cecelia was a member of the Irish pop group Shimma who finished third in the Irish national for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000. She attended Griffith College Dublin and obtained a degree in Journalism and Media Communications. 

Cecelia Ahern wrote her first novel, PS. I Love You when she was twenty-one. It was published in 2004, the number 1 bestseller in Ireland for 19 weeks and sold in over forty countries. The book was adapted as a motion picture directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and released in 2007 in the United States. 

Her second book, Where Rainbows End (US title: Love, Rosie or Rosie Dunne) won the German CORINE Award in 2005. She contributed with short stories to charity books and is also the co-creator and producer of the ABC comedy Samantha Who?

Her other works include If You Could See Me Now (US title: A Silver Lining), A Place Called Here (US title: There's No Place Like HereThanks for the Memories (US title: Desire LinesThe Gift The Book of Tomorrow

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #BEA16: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir



A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by 
Hardcover464 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2016 
by Razorbill


Synopsis:

A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.
 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Fallen Prince (The Riven Chronicles #2) by Amalie Howard ~ Review


The Fallen Prince (The Riven Chronicles #2) by 
Hardcover384 pages
Published April 5th 2016 
by Sky Pony Press
Source: ARC from publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars



Synopsis:

When a new enemy threatens her home, Riven’s only hope may be the man who made her a monster.

Riven has fought for a hard-won peace in her world, and has come to shaky terms with who and what she is—a human with cyborg DNA. Now that the rightful ruler of Neospes has been reinstated, Riven is on the hunt for her father in the Otherworld to bring him to justice for his crimes against her people.

But when she receives an unwelcome visit from two former allies, she knows that trouble is brewing once again in Neospes. The army has been decimated and there are precious few left to fight this mysterious new threat.

To muster a first line of defense, her people need help from the one person Riven loathes most: her father. But what he wants in return is her complete surrender.

And now Riven must choose: save Neospes or save herself.

This exciting sequel to The Almost Girl combines science, action, and romance in a compelling, hard-to-put-down package.
 


Review:


Thank you Sky Pony Press for sending me an ARC of The Fallen Prince. This in no way affected my opinion in my review.

The Fallen Prince was even better then book one. This was kick butt with non-stop action from start to finish. I love it when Science Fiction is done right and Amalie does it impeccably. She does not over complicate and over explain her plot which makes the story flow so smooth from one moment to the next. This series is visually stunning and I picture every scene on a big screen someday. 

Riven's growth as a person is leaps and bounds since book 1. I have enjoyed watching her come to terms with how her differences are what makes her special. However we get a little hiccup in her and Caden's relationship. Now that he is the ruler he has responsibilities and not the same liberties that his once freedom afforded him. 

The Fallen Prince has action, romance, heart, betrayal, death and love. You will be flying through the pages working through each emotion these scenes deliver. Amalie is such a fantastic writer. I have loved every book I have read that she has written. This was one of my favorites to date though. The Fallen Prince is a must read.



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About the Author:

AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. 

She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children. Visit her at amaliehoward.com



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Eternal Sacrifice (Mortal Enchantment #4) by Stacey O'Neale


I am so stoked about Eternal sacrifice by Stacey O'Neale. I came across this series last fall and could not put it down. This is a must read for fantasy and paranormal fans. So if you have not read the first three books now is the time. Lets all gear up together for the finale out in June!



Eternal Sacrifice (Mortal Enchantment #4) by 
Paperback300 pages
Expected publication: June 28th 2016 
by Phoenix Reign Publishing


Synopsis:

The explosive conclusion to Stacey O’Neale’s award-winning Mortal Enchantment series reveals the secrets of the fantasy world!

Valac has stolen two of the sacred objects. In a bid to rule all four courts, he has threatened to use Excalibur to cut the mist that protects Avalon—ultimately ending the lives of thousands of elementals. As the Akasha, Kalin has the power to stop him. And she refuses to lose anyone else she loves.

Will she have to sacrifice herself to save them?

Desperate to save Kalin’s life, Rowan searches for the long-lost creator of the mist. But what he finds is the very last thing he expected. Everything he thought he knew about his past is turned upside down, and he questions whether he’s meant to be the savior or the elemental that destroys them all.

Told from Kalin, Rowan, and Marcus’s perspective, the final installment to the series follows their journey of courage, duty, sacrifice, and love.
 

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Monday, April 11, 2016

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd ~ Blurb




The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by 
Hardcover192 pages
Expected publication: October 11th 2016 
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars




Synopsis:

There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital. In the mirrors that line its grand hallways, which once belonged to a princess. In those that reflect the elegant rooms, now filled with sick children. It is her secret.
      

One morning, when Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens, she discovers something incredible: a white horse with broken wings has left the mirror-world and entered her own.
    

 Tucked into the garden’s once-gleaming sundial, Emmaline finds a letter from the Horse Lord. He is hiding the wounded white horse, named Foxfire, from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep the Black Horse from finding her new friend, she must collect colorful objects with which to blind him. But where can Emmaline find color when her world is filled with gray? 


Blurb:

The first page will pull you in and the writing will blow you away. In a world of life and death. Of loss and hope. A girl will choose to see color in a world of war. This story was so beautiful and touched my heart. What a magical book to cherish for a lifetime.

(Full review to come closer to release)


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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Addiction Fiction Friday: Nemesis by Anna Banks ~ Promo Post


Welcome to Addiction Fiction Friday where we feature a book of fiction that will become your new addiction. Today I am excited to bring you Nemesis by Anna Banks!

This book was so flippin fantastic. Anna has such a knack for bringing her humor into the banter of her characters. I was shutting my book laughing so hard at the banter between Sepora and the kings brother. The world building was stunning. I created a mood board of what I envisioned from moments in the book.

Sepora is a fun and fiesty character. Tarik is patient and humble. I wanted a Serpen and a Patra a giant cat so badly. I never expected the egyptian vibe but I dug it. I can not wait for more of this world to be uncovered in the series. The Parani are awesome sea creatures. Yes Anna gave us a sea creature! 

Nemesis is not a book to be missed. Nemesis had it all deception, romance, humor, bravery, loyalty and a vivid world unlike any other.

I will be posting a full review closer to release!




Nemesis by 
Hardcover368 pages
Expected publication: October 4th 2016 
by Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?
 


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About the Author:

NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: OF POSEIDON (2012), OF TRITON (2013), OF NEPTUNE (2014).
Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency.
I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can’t walk in high heels, but I’m very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.