Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blog Tour Spotlight: SHADOW CALL (AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller) + Giveaway


Today I spotlight AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller's Kaitan Chronicles #2: SHADOW CALL! I really enjoyed the first book, Shadow Run (you can check out my review here) and have been excited to continue the series with this sequel. If you enjoy Sci-fi you definitely have to try this series - check it out below, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end for a shiny new copy of Shadow Call!

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THE BOOK:
Shadow Call (Kaitan Chronicles, #2)

Title: SHADOW CALL (Kaitan Chronicles #2)
Author: AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller
Pub. Date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 432

His throne. Her rebellion. Their war.

Qole is the youngest starship captain in living memory on her homeworld of Alaxak and has spent her life hunting a dangerous energy source called Shadow. Alaxans distrust and evade the galaxy’s royalty as a rule, but Qole is now harboring the exiled Prince Nevarian Dracorte, along with some very conflicting feelings about it—and him.

Nev’s feelings are just as complicated, but not towards her. When it comes to Qole, he knows one thing: he’d do anything to stay with her. But when Alaxak is attacked and Nev finds himself framed for murder, he realizes the only way to help Qole and her people is to fight for the throne that should be his. To become the royal she might hate.

As for Qole, she would never have imagined herself as the leader of a rebellion. Despite that, she soon realizes that hiding from her power is no longer an option. It’s time to answer the call, even if it kills her.


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Check out the first book!
Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles, #1)
Shadow Run
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THE AUTHORS:


ADRIANNE STRICKLAND and MICHAEL MILLER met in their hometown of Palmer, Alaska, where they agreed on 99% of book taste and thus decided to write together. Adri spends her summers as a commercial fisherwoman in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and the rest of the year writing. Michael grew up off the grid in a homestead in Alaska and now works in IT and tech. This is their second book together.

Find AdriAnne:

Find Michael:
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads



THE GIVEAWAY:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of SHADOW CALL, US Only. 
Ends on May 4th at Midnight EST!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
THE TOUR:
Check out the rest of the tour!

Week One:
4/2/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
4/3/2018- Wonder StruckReview
4/4/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert - Review
4/5/2018- Jena Brown WritesReview
4/6/2018- YA ObsessedReview

Week Two:
4/9/2018- Emily Reads EverythingReview
4/10/2018- laura's bookish cornerReview
4/11/2018- Literary MeanderingsExcerpt
4/12/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
4/13/2018- Good Choice ReadingReview

Week Three:
4/16/2018- Rachel's Book ReviewsReview
4/17/2018- Skye's ScribblingsSpotlight
4/18/2018- BookHounds YAExcerpt
4/19/2018- The Desert BibliophileReview
4/20/2018- Seeing Double in NeverlandExcerpt

Week Four:
4/23/2018- Book-KeepingReview
4/24/2018- lori's little house of reviewsReview
4/25/2018- Books at DawnExcerpt
4/26/2018- Read. Eat. Love.Review
4/27/2018- MNBernard BooksExcerpt

Week Five:
4/30/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview


Friday, March 30, 2018

The #FridayReads Review (3/30/18)



Welcome to The #FridayReads Review, a regular Friday segment where I share what I've been reading the past week, and what I'm planning to read next! Want to join the Friday fun? Post your own #FridayReads Review and leave the link in the Comments below, or just Comment with what you've been reading!


>> CURRENTLY READING <<
Shadow Call (Kaitan Chronicles, #2)The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

Shadow Call by Adrianne Strickland & Michael Miller (ARC)
I couldn't help signing up for the blog tour and after re-reading the first book I'm now powering through this sequel! Just like Shadow Run it began a bit awkward but once more I found myself hit with a shocking twist about page 40 and now the story is off and running!

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking (HBK)
After reading a book on Lagom I wanted more in a similar vein and picked up books on Hygge and Lykke. I'm not connecting to Hygge as much as Lagom, but it's still an interesting and relaxing read.


>> JUST FINISHED <<
Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty, Vol. 1 (Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty, #1)
Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty vol. 1 by Megumi Morino (PBK)
5 Stars. I brought this home from the library and read it without even glancing at the summary, and don't let the romantic title and summary fool you: this is first and foremost an original and rather chilling GHOST STORY. With its mysterious premise and realistic main male character, the start of the eerie story of shut-in Shizu and scaredy-cat Tetsu was an engrossing one that found me reluctant to put it down and finishing well past bedtime. I can't wait to get my hands on the next volume and see how things progress!


>> ON HOLD <<
The Chestnut King (100 Cupboards Book 3)
The Chestnut King by N.D. Wilson (PBK)
During my 3-week January-February flu I decided to finally read the entire 100 Cupboards series. Books 1 & 2 went well, but I've been struggling for about a month now to finish this final Book 3 as I don't think I'm going to like the foreshadowed series end. Still, I'm less than 100 pages away and feel I really should finish it eventually, I've come this far.


>> [POSSIBLY] READING NEXT <<
(subject to change with my ever-shifting reading whims)
The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People
The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking (HBK)
After Hygge comes Lykke!


So what are you reading this week?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Release Spotlight: HEART OF IRON (Ashley Poston) | DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN (Tricia Levenseller)


Today I spotlight an exciting sci-fi and sequel!

The first is YA sci-fi HEART OF IRON by Geekerella's Ashley Poston! With a young "scoundrel and outlaw" female lead and sentient android sidekick (my catnip), this Anastasia retelling has been my most anticipated winter release.

The second is sequel DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN by Tricia Levenseller! Pirates aren't usually my thing but I thoroughly enjoyed Daughter of the Pirate King (you can read my review here) and have since been looking forward to continuing kick-ass Alosa's adventures.

If you haven't yet checked out these titles, see below for more info and order links!


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Heart of Iron

Title: Heart of Iron
Author: Ashley Poston
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release Date: 2/27/18

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?


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Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2)

Title: Daughter of the Siren Queen
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #2
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: 2/27/18

Alosa's mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father's justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.


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Check out the first book!

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)
Book 1: Daughter of the Pirate King

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Release Spotlight: PITCH DARK (Courtney Alameda)


Today I spotlight the new Sci-fi horror from Courtney Alameda: PITCH DARK! I'm typically not one for horror but I thoroughly enjoyed her debut, SHUTTER (review link at bottom), so I've been looking forward to her next story with great anticipation! If you haven't yet heard of this spooky title, check it out below!


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Pitch Dark

Title: Pitch Dark
Author: Courtney Alameda
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: 2/20/18

Set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, here is a frightening, fast-paced YA adventure from the author of the acclaimed horror novel, Shutter.

Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space. 

Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir

Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together, or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill. But their plan is the only hope for their crews, their families, and themselves. 

In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you'll hear.


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Check out Courtney's horror debut!
Shutter

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Release Spotlight: SHATTER (Aprilynne Pike) | HONOR AMONG THIEVES (Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre)


Today I spotlight a long-awaited sequel, and a thrilling new sci-fi!

The first is the second book in the Glitter duology by Aprilynne Pike: SHATTER! I just finished it yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the easy and engrossing end. If you haven't yet tried the Ni-Fi duology, I highly recommend it for a binge!

The second is HONOR AMONG THIEVES by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. I managed to lay hands and eyes on an early ARC and found it an engrossing and exhilarating teen sci-fi with a kickass female lead and sweet but strong sentient ship. If you enjoy sci-fi, it's not to be missed!

If you haven't yet checked out these titles, see below for more info and order links!


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Shatter (Glitter, #2)

Title: Shatter
Series: Glitter Duology #2
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2/13/18

Danica planned to use beauty, blackmail, and a glittering drug to control her own fate. Her escape from the twisted world of the Palace of Versailles was perfectly orchestrated and paid for. Or so she thought. 

Betrayed by the man who had promised her freedom, Dani is now married to the murderous King. It's a terrifying position to be in...and yet it's oddly intoxicating. Power may be an even stronger drug than Glitter--a drug Dani can't resist, in the form of secrets, manipulation, and sabotage.

In her new position at the head of the court, Dani must ask herself who she really is. Can she use her newfound power to secure her real love, Saber's freedom and a chance at a life together outside the palace? Or is being Queen too addictive to give up?


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Glitter
Book 1: Glitter
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Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1)

Title: Honor Among Thieves
Series: The Honors #1
Author: Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: 2/13/18

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.


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Saturday, January 6, 2018

2017 End of Year Book Survey




Number Of Books You Read: 170
Number of Re-Reads: 6 novels
Genre You Read The Most From: YA Fantasy



1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1)The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)Murder, Magic, and What We WoreThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingThe Ancient Magus' Bride, Vol. 6

SCIENCE FICTION: 
Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre
FANTASY: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye (review)
CONTEMP/HISTOR: Murder, Magic, & What We Wore by Kelly Jones (review)
NON-FICTION: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
MANGA: The Ancient Magus' Bride vol. 6 by Kore Yamazaki

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Starfall by Melissa Landers (review)

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 


Good: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (review)


4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?


Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones (review)

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?


STARTED: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye (review)
SEQUEL: A Poison Dark & Drowning by Jessica Cluess (review)
ENDER: Kamisama Kiss vol. 25 by Julietta Suzuki

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?


A. Lee Martinez (via The Last Adventure of Constance Verity)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?


Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (review)

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?


Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?


Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?


Roar (Stormheart, #1)

Roar by Cora Carmack

11. Most memorable character of 2017?


Nadim from Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?


The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye (review)

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2017?


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 


Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?


I didn't mark any this year (I'm so bad about quotes)...

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017? 

SHORTEST: Explorer: The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi

LONGEST: Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (re-read)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)


A Poison Dark & Drowning by Jessica Cluess (review)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)


Zadim from Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year


Zadim from Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously


Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (review)

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:


Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (review)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?


Abel from Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (review)

23. Best 2017 debut you read?


Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?


The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye (review)

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?


Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight vol. 1 by Rin Mikimoto

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?


Kamisama Kiss vol. 25 by Julietta Suzuki

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?


Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones (review)


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A Poison Dark & Drowning by Jessica Cluess (review)

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?


Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?


Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre




1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?


Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?


Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?


Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading Life In 2018?


Read more backlog!

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:


Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre



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And that's it! Did you read any of these? What did you think of them? And if you filled out the survey as well, leave a link to your post in the comments below!

Friday, December 29, 2017

The #FridayReads Review (12/29/17)



Welcome to The #FridayReads Review, a regular Friday segment where I share what I've been reading the past week, and what I'm planning to read next! Want to join the Friday fun? Post your own #FridayReads Review and leave the link in the Comments below, or just Comment with what you've been reading!


>> CURRENTLY READING <<
Prince in Disguise
Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm (ARC)
After passing on three fantasy books I decided to give this teen contemporary romance a try. The banter is slightly odd, but the characters are realistically engaging and the story has proven fun and interesting enough to hold my interest. Currently half a dozen chapters in and happily sneaking pages whenever I can.


>> JUST FINISHED <<
Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1)
Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre (ARC)
5 Stars. ALL THE STARS. An engrossing and exhilarating teen sci-fi with a kick-ass female lead and sweet but strong sentient ship. Review to come.


>> PASSED <<
Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, #1)Walk on Earth a Stranger  (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (ARC)
I've heard such amazing things about Tamora Pierce, so when an ARC appeared from the publisher I decided it was time to give her a try. Sadly I didn't even make it through the first chapter - I didn't mesh with the writing style, where I'd expected YA I instead found MG, and I got the feeling the story would be a slower one with little action (not my cup of tea). For my full review, see my Goodreads comments here.

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (ARC)
Passed after 2 chapters. As much as I enjoyed Rae Carson's Fire & Thorns series, I'm just not much for westerns and with its slower journey story and little magic to speak of I sadly passed.


>> [POSSIBLY] READING NEXT <<
(subject to change with my ever-shifting reading whims)
Honey So Sweet, Vol. 8
Honey So Sweet vol. 8 by Amu Meguro (PBK)
Time to finish this utterly adorable series!


So what are you reading this week?