Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Blog Tour: And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1) by Kiersten White ~ Review




Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 30thIcey Books, Review
Tuesday, May 31stBookiemoji, Guest Post (Character Profiles)
Wednesday, June 1stSeeing Double in Neverland, Review
Thursday, June 2ndAlexa Loves Books, Playlist Post
Friday, June 3rdAwesome Book Nut, Review

Monday, June 6thJessabella Reads, Review
Tuesday, June 7thThe Eater of Books!, Top Five Roundup
Wednesday, June 8thAcross the Words, Review
Thursday, June 9thPandora’s Books, Sneak Peek for Book Two
Friday, June 10thTales of the Ravenous Reader, Review

Monday, June 13th: A Midsummer Night’s Read, Review
Tuesday, June 14thThe Irish Banana Review, Top 10 Guest Post
Wednesday, June 15thStories & Sweeties, Review
Thursday, June 16thJenuine Cupcakes, Author Mystery Guest Post
Friday, June 17thThe Soul Sisters, Review

Monday, June 20thWinterhaven Books, Review
Tuesday, June 21stTwo Chicks on Books, Q&A (4-6 questions)
Wednesday, June 22ndThe Book Swarm, Review
Thursday, June 23rdRead. Sleep. Repeat., Top Five Fantasy Books Kiersten Loves to Re-Read
Friday, June 24thPlease Feed The Bookworm, Review

Monday, June 27thComfort Books, Review
Tuesday, June 28thFitshun, Q&A
Wednesday, June 29thAddicted Readers,Review
Thursday, June 30thLindsay Cummings, Movie Casting Post
Friday, July 1stRabid Reads, Review

Monday, July 4thReading Teen, Review
Tuesday, July 5thYA Bibliophile, Guest Post (Trip to Romania)
Wednesday, July 6thCarina’s Books, Review
Thursday, July 7thMundie Moms, Author Mystery Guest Post
Friday, July 8th:  My Friends Are Fiction, Surprise Post!

And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1)
by Kiersten White
Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: June 28th 2016
by Delacorte Press
Source: ARC provided by the publisher
Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Stars

Add to TBR: Goodreads

Synopsis:

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.
And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.
 



Review:

Thank you Random House Kids for sending me a copy of And I Darken for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Kiersten White's world building is phenomenal. I mean this story starts from the day Lada is born and works it's way through her childhood. We experience all the moments that make this girl the fierce warrior she is. What makes this an even more amazing contrast in her character is witnessing the birth of her younger brother who is the polar opposite. Where she is hard and tough Radu is soft and weak. 



One of my favorite moments is reading about this little spitfire toddler being introduced to her baby brother and she is disgusted by his crying. "The baby started to cry, a weak, garbled sound that worried the nurse. Lada's scowl deepened. She slapped a dimpled hand over his mouth. The nurse pulled him away quickly, and Lada looked up, face contorted in rage. ""Mine!"" She shouted." This girl is so fierce and that is the foundation of her and Radu's relationship. They are never really friends. But he is hers and she will always protect him from others, other then her own wrath. 


Lada earns the favor of her father who never thought his seed would be weak enough to produce a girl. She becomes tougher then all the boys. She feels her homeland in her roots and knows she is meant to rule. No man will own her and take away her free will.


Lada's father finds himself at war and has to give Lada and Radu to the Sultan as collateral of his continued allegiance. Lada and Radu are taught and housed but become beaten and abused to conform to the Sultan's religious beliefs. Lada and Radu however soon form a friendship with the Sultan's son. Lada swore no man would ever have her but it is a hard balance when this girl who is unlike any other draws the attention of the men around her.


I tore through the pages of And I Darken from start to finish. I am so in love with Lada's character. This is seriously a must read. I almost never read Historical Fiction but knew I had to read this book and am so glad I did. The only reason I gave it 4.5 stars is because during some of Radu's POV's the pacing was a little slower but that did not hinder the story and his POV was necessary and captivating.


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About the Author:
The New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy (Paranormalcy,Supernaturally, and Endlessly) is available now. Mind Games and its sequel Perfect Lies are also out, staring at you from a bookshelf. Intensely. An Egyptian mythology-based standalone, The Chaos of Stars, will keep you company on cold, dark nights. And Illusions of Fate, a dreamy historical fantasy, wants to be your new boyfriend. It's a really good kisser.

Coming June 28th is And I Darken, an epic historical based on a gender-swapped Vlad the Impaler. It's filled with love daggers, which are like love triangles only much sharper and way more likely to kill you.






Monday, May 30, 2016

Resurgence (Silver Blackthorn #3) by Kerry Wilkinson ~ Review


Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: May 31st 2016 
by St. Martin's Griffin
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

"Can I ask you one thing...why does it have to be you?"
My throat is dry but I manage to say the words clearly enough: "If I don't do it, who else will?"

An entire country has been lied to.

Silver Blackthorn was supposed to be one of the privileged few, chosen to serve and help rebuild a shattered nation.

Instead, she is a rebel.

Tales of her defiance have spread across the land. King Victor and the Minister Prime want her dead, the resistance groups are desperate for her help.

But Silver's friends and family are in dire jeopardy; hiding is no longer an option.

As her travels take her into the far reaches of an unknown land, she is forced to make new friends and hunt for new allegiances.

Final battle lines are being drawn. The time has come.

Then there's the hardest choice of all: Opie or Imrin.



Review:

Thank St. Martin's Griffin for sending me a copy of Ever the Hunted for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Kerry Wilkinson is one of my favorite male writers of all time. He pulls so much emotion from you. I feel transported into his imagination and invested from start to finish. His writing never fails to bring me to tears. I would read anything Kerry writes cause his writing is just that good.



By page 44 I was already brought  to tears. This is an epic ending and lives are lost but the strong do survive and their journey is the one that stays in your heart even after the last page is finished. Yes the evil king is back and oh how I love to hate this man. He is selfish and blind and drinks himself blind so he does not have to face the reality of the choices he has made for his kingdom.



Silver is one of my favorite characters of all time. "It's not what you can do, it's what you are. Everyone's talking about you, from the rebel groups we talk to, to the civilians on the street. Whether they love you or hate you, they all have an opinion. Even the King and the Minister Prime can't stop." Even as you are reading you feel these words in viewing Silver's character.



I also think this story has the best bromance. I love Opie and Imran. Even though they both love Silver they also have such a great friendship and are not hormonal and childish about the situation they are in. They realize that at the end of the day there are more important things happening around them.



Ok so I am going to give you a sneak peak at my favorite scene and this was absolutely beautiful. "If it wasn't for this ... If there was music and dresses and smart shirts and everyone was happy, would you dance with me now?" "In a heartbeat." (page 197) This scene has so much more to it but it will touch your heart. I was routing for one of the men and this definitely secured that love for me.



Silver never wanted to be the voice for a nation of people but found herself in that position anyway. She is loyal and fair and wants to see an end to all the unjust life put on the people around her. The more she has been on the run the more she has seen and learned from the people without a voice. "Winning the small battles counts for nothing if you lose when it really matters."



Such a stunning conclusion. I highly recommend this trilogy. This entire trilogy is hands down 5 out of 5 Stars and a must read!




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Praise for Reckoning and Renegade


Set in an alternate-reality England, the series has been praised for, “its blurring of lines between medieval castles and sci-fi technology,” (Kirkus Reviews on Reckoning)


 “bouts of hand-to-hand combat, disguises, ruses, secret codes, and cliff-hangers.” (School Library Journal on Renegade)



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Recent & upcoming releases:

FOR RICHER, FOR POORER
 (Jessica Daniel): 11 Feb 2016
RESURGENCE (Silver Blackthorn 3): 5 May 2016
DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN (standalone crime, paperback - hardback/ebook out now): 2 June 2016
SOMETHING HIDDEN (Andrew Hunter 2): 28 July 2016
- NO PLACE LIKE HOME (standalone Christmas crime): late 2016
- NOTHING BUT TROUBLE (Jessica Daniel): 2017

Kerry Wilkinson has been busy since turning thirty.

His first Jessica Daniel novel, Locked In, is a number one ebook bestseller, while the series as a whole has sold one million copies.

He has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults, a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus the standalone thriller, Down Among the Dead Men.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like 'barm' and 'ginnel'.

When he's short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he's not, he writes it all down.

Find out more at: websiteFacebook- Jessica Daniel Booksand 
Facebook - Silver Blackthorn
 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Seeing Double In Neverland #BEA16 and #BookCon16 Recap Wednesday - Saturday

This is my first time attending BEA and I got to attend with my co-blogger / Husband who also edits and records Tristan's reviews.


Addiction Fiction Friday: Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill ~ 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 Ever the Hunted!

This book was so so good. I was super excited to read this one and let me tell you it blows all your expectations away. This story had such realistic elements but in a fantasy world. My husband is a hunter and so I found myself asking him about things and him telling me how accurate it was portrayed. This book gives you a story about survival, love, loss and it is set in a kingdom where having an ounce of magic could get you killed.


I will be posting a full review closer to release!




Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by 
Hardcover400 pages
Expected publication: December 27th 2016 
by HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.



Review:

Thank you HMH books for sending me a copy of Ever the Hunted for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

I seriously loved this book. Erin's writing blew me away. You are transported to a kingdom where this girl Britta is trying to survive after the loss of her father. Poaching is illegal but Britta is determined to survive and she is shunned in town due to her father and mothers marriage not being legal since the lands divided. Her best friend and love of her life left before the loss of her father to serve the King. So Britta is all alone. The kings men do find her and she is taken to be hung but a deal is made to bring her fathers killer to justice she can avoid punishment and gain her fathers land. The only catch is that her fathers killer is the love that left to serve the King, Cohen. 

Ever the Hunted had so many twists and turns and left me completely spellbound. I am such a fan and can not wait to re-read this amazing book.This is a must read. An easy 5 out of 5 stars! A book to be cherished forever 


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About the Author:

Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

You can follower her on twitter: @erinsummerill