Saturday, March 17, 2018

Review: Obsidio

Title: Obsidio
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Release Date: March 13, 2018

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Monday, March 12, 2018


Co-Blogger Search

Hey all, I'm finally, finally looking for a co-blogger. I've been saying for years that I need one, and I'm finally doing it!

So the thing is, with my full time job, the candle business (pretty much full time), and my writing (which I'm now about to start querying), blogging is falling to the wayside. So I need someone to help me keep up! I don't have nearly the time I'd like to post as much.

So here's the thing! Fill out this nifty google form here if you are interested. As my co-blogger, you get access to my Netgalley and if I ever get offered physical arcs. I will also be willing to forward on physical arcs I get at conferences.

As my co-blogger, you can also use my blog and stats to request arcs form publishers. I would ask that you post once a week as either a review or a discussion post, barring special circumstances. You can, of course, post more if you like!

Any questions? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll get back to you!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Review: The Cruel Prince

Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little Brown BFYR
Release Date: January 2, 2018

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Being behind on everything bookish

I swear I'm still here, guys! I swear! 

So I've gotten really behind on writing reviews. I have two empty templates started and just no time to write them.

And then I have multiple other reviews I plan to write. I fail. I know I fail.

I'm finally and slowly catching up on reading and taking #bookstagram photos. But life likes getting in the way. So tell me something! I'm trying to get more active on here, but I never know what type of content to post. What are some of your favorite types of bookish blog posts?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: Immortal Reign

Title: Immortal Reign
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: February 6, 2018

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he's willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there's something special about her daughter and she'll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica's future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo's love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: The Glass Spare

Title: The Glass Spare
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Balzer +Bray
Release Date: October 24, 2017

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: Windwitch

Title: Windwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: January 10, 2017

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: Zenith

Title: Zenith
Author: Lindsay Cummings, Sasha Alsberg
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: January 16, 2018

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Review: Truthwitch

Title: Truthwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: January 5, 2016

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden - lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult's true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls' heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Bookish Confessions

Bookish Confessions

Greetings all! I've been terrible about posting lately, so I figured I would do a quick post here. My bookish confessions.

  1. I don't read Middle Grade books. I don't enjoy the writing in them 98% of the time, so I tend to avoid them.
  2. I actually enjoy reading a smutty romance from time to time.
  3. I've been in a huge blogging slump lately. Enough to the point that I've considered quitting blogging.
  4. I will read a series even if I hated the first book out of pure curiosity.
  5. I've stopped caring about reading arcs before they are published. I own over 300 unread books, so it's time to stop feeling guilty.
  6. Sometimes I think I like a book more than I actually do, just because I really want to like it. 
  7. I cannot listen to contemporary books on audio. They make me want to gag.
  8. I hate reading a hardcover with the dust jacket on.
  9. Even though I own a candle company, I have bookish candles from loads of other companies

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Review: Ignite Me

Title: Ignite Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: February 4, 2014

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.