Thursday, June 23, 2016

{Cover Reveal} FALL OF THRONES AND THORNS by Jennifer Ellision

 

You guys, I am SO EXCITED to take part in today's cover reveal for FALL OF THRONES AND THORNS by Jennifer Ellision. I love this series so much...and if you enjoy books full of elemental magic, you should be reading this trilogy as well!!!

ESPECIALLY if you're someone who waits until a trilogy is complete, because FOTAT is the *final* book...and I need to get my hands on it!!!

Check out my reviews of the first two books, THREATS OF SKY AND SEA and RIOT OF STORM AND SMOKE!

And now....on the the reveal!!!
 

Fall of Thrones and Thorns
Jennifer Ellision
(Threats of Sky and Sea #3)
Publication date: September 27th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

***THE FOLLOWING SUMMARY CONTAINS SPOILERS IF YOU'RE NEW TO THE SERIES. PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS SUMMARY OF BOOK ONE INSTEAD!***
War hurtles in, a typhoon over the sea.
After Bree’s life was torn apart, Nereidium had represented a haven to her. A place that—if she could save it—was beyond the King’s reach.
And, at last, she’s arrived upon its shores. But things in Nereidium are not what they should be.
The land is plagued by a rash of mysterious earthquakes, the likes of which it’s never known. The governors are distracted by old traditions, while Bree and her friends grapple with changing identities and the sense that the longer they wait to take action… the greater the danger from Egria grows.
Bree is tired of living under the shadow of King Langdon’s power. And she’s tired of waiting for him to be the first to act.
In this final chapter of the Threats of Sky and Sea series, it all comes down to Nereidium or Egria. To Bree or the King. It’s kill… or be killed.
And not everyone will escape the battle unscathed.

Previous books in the series:
 
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Author Bio:

Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn't find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

{Cover Reveal} TORN by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    The highly anticipated second book in #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout's Wicked Trilogy has a cover! The amazing TORN cover was created by Sarah Hansen from Okay Creations with photography by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton from K Keeton designs. Check it out below! TORN is set to release July 19th. Be sure to grab the first book in the series, WICKED, which is on sale for $.99 for a limited time!
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TORN Synopsis:

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

 

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans…

Don’t miss the first title in the series, WICKED, now just $.99 for a limited time only!

WICKED - cover

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Author Photo--JLA_J. Lynn    About Jennifer L. Armentrout: #1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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My Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year Are...

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!
This week's topic:
Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year!

This is always a favorite topic of mine. And a hard one, too!!!

It can be really hard to figure out which books I loved most...and it can be really fun to go back at the end of the year and see which titles made my Top 10 of the YEAR, since I still haven't met so many of them yet! 

In no particular order...

1) A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas


Okay, this list is in no particular order, but #1 is #1!!! So far, ACOMAF is my favorite book of 2016. I won't be surprised to see a lot of other bloggers saying that this week, either. It's all anyone is buzzing about. This book has been #1 on the NYT Best Sellers List for the last SIX weeks for good reason, you guys. My heart. Just....there are no words. None. Even now. But I loved this book SO much!!!

I couldn't find the words for a review, but I gushed about ACOMAF when recommending what to read to overcome the ACOMAF Hangover, so there is that!!! ^.~

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24337.Ella_Enchanted

2) RUINED by Amy Tintera

 RUINED was so hard for me to put down once I'd picked it up, and I loved the author's writing style. I want the sequel already, and am bummed I have to wait until next year to finish this duology! I enjoyed this book so much that I went and read Tintera's first duology, REBOOT and REBEL, just because.

My Review


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14358.A_Ring_of_Endless_Light

3) REIGN OF SHADOWS by Sophie Jordan


I didn't know quite what to expect when I picked up REIGN OF SHADOWS. It sounded like I could love it or hate it. I'd been indifferent to FIRELIGHT and never got around to finishing Sophie Jordan's debut teen fantasy series a few years ago. I also have never read any of her adult romance novels. I didn't really have any expectations, and so REIGN OF SHADOWS surpassed them all. I really enjoyed the first book in Jordan's new trilogy and can't wait to read more!

My Review

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/703292.The_Witch_of_Blackbird_Pond

4) TRIX AND THE FAERIE QUEEN by Alethea Kontis


This book reminded me of why I love Alethea Kontis so much. I am obsessed with her Woodcutter Sister series and didn't realize how much I missed it until I read the second of Trix's books. And some of the new additions to this world.........oh my!!!! I need more books set in this world right now!

My Review

https://www.goodreads.com/series/43814-the-chronicles-of-narnia-chronological-order


5) IVORY AND BONE by Julie Eshbaugh


I haven't reviewed this one yet, but will be soon! I was lucky enough to attend Julie Eshbaugh's launch party for IVORY AND BONE, and it was definitely a memorable night. I love how unique and different this book is. I haven't read a book set in the Prehistoric era before, and it was so interesting to me!

https://www.goodreads.com/series/44427-his-dark-materials

6) EMERGE by Tobie Easton


EMERGE was one of the most innovative mermaid novels I've read in a long time---and you guys know I've read a lot of mermaid novels! I loved how mermaids were twisted up into a contemporary setting and tied so closely to the tale of The Little Mermaid. I was also a huge fan of the lore Easton brought to the world and the way she brought her mer to life!

My Review
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3636.The_Giver

7) THE MIRROR KING by Jodi Meadows


Such a great follow-up/finale to THE ORPHAN QUEEN!!! I love all of Jodi's books, and they just get better and better. She has romance, heartbreak, action, adventure...everything. I wish her books were more well-known and loved because they are SO good!!!

My Interview with Jodi Meadows
(I still need to review this because I didn't take notes when I read it and need to re-read it. Ooops....but yay? ^^;;;)


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3008.A_Little_Princess

8) WITHERING ROSE by Kaitlyn Davis


I love how Kaitlyn Davis took the idea of one of my favorite fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast, and turned it sideways while simultaneously flipping it upside down. It was such a unique concept, and I love the way our Beauty is cursed and literally wasting away and being destroyed from within. It was a great stand-alone in the Once Upon a Curse series, and I'm excited for the next book in 2017!

My Review


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3636.The_Giver

9) THE FAIREST POISON by Lauren Skidmore


I really like the twists and changes in the Snow White tale, and especially the scene with the poison apple!!! I hope Lauren Skidmore sets more books in this world! I even went backwards and read her first two novels, also set in this world. And the use of masks in all three books is really different and interesting!

My Review

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3008.A_Little_Princess

10) SWATCH: THE GIRL WHO LOVED COLOR by Julia Denos


Sometimes, a picture book takes me completely by surprise and makes me fall head over heels in love. SWATCH: The Girl Who Loved Color is one of those books. It's breath-takingly gorgeous, a work of art in and of itself. I wanted to reach into this book, dive into the colors, and come out a rainbowy blob. I was jealous of Swatch for befriending the colors. I loved the message and moral of the story. SWATCH is one of those picture books that you and the kids will find yourselves reaching for over and over. Destined to be a keeper!!!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3008.A_Little_Princess 

SPECIAL MENTION!!!!
 
I read these books way back in 2015, but they released in 2016 and THEY ARE SO GOOD. 
They belong on this list. Maybe I didn't read them this year, but they ARE 2016 favorite releases!!!

1) TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard


I'd been wanting to read a book by Susan Dennard for so long, and TRUTHWITCH didn't let me down!!! Elemental magic is always fantabulous in my book! Plus, I'm not a very visual reader, but this book was SO visual to me. Very Avatar: The Last Airbender, with a scene that reminded me of a big boss fight in Final Fantasy X and a character who reminds me of Storm from the X-Men franchise. What's not to love!?


 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24337.Ella_Enchanted

2) THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp


THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS is a hard book, not an easy book. It's even harder to think about this week, when the horrors of Orlando are still sending ripple effects through our nation. And I really don't want to talk about guns or shootings right now. But this book is amazing and so important, and it still needs to be read and talked about!


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14358.A_Ring_of_Endless_Light

3) THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine



You know I love my fairy tales! ....Especially when they're different. With all the fantasy and magic and dragons present in THE SHADOW QUEEN, it was definitely a retelling of Snow White that I haven't seen before! I'm really excited that C.J. Redwine will be writing other stand-alone fairy tales set in this universe!!!


 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/703292.The_Witch_of_Blackbird_Pond
 
...What are your favorite books of 2016 so far!?
 ^_^
 

Monday, June 20, 2016

{Review} RUINED by Amy Tintera


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O P E N I N G   L I N E:

  THE WHEELS OF THE CARRIAGE creaked as they rolled across the dirt road. The noise echoed through the quiet forest.
  Em crouched behind a tree, tightening each finger individually around her sword. A squirrel darted across the road and disappeared into the thick brush. She couldn't see the princess or her guards yet.

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“Kind, reasonable, thoughtful. It wasn't 'love' or an admission of wild, passionate feelings, but he realized he liked her three words more. 'Love' would have been easy, another easy lie in a long line of lies. 'Love' would be easy to dismiss.” 

~Casimir, RUINED


Do you guys remember a few months ago when I had a weird dream where I could reach into a book, pull out its weapon, and use it in a video game world? That was all inspired by RUINED by Amy Tintera. This cover is even fiercer in person, but I'll talk about cover design down below.

Up here, I want to talk about RUINED, which is definitely one of my 2016 favorite reads so far. I loved this book SO much. It was one of those books that's hard to put down. You don't want to sleep, you don't want to work, you just want to read!!! I flew through the story, than was so sad that I had to wait a year to read more. (But thankfully, it's only a duology, so it will be completed next year!) I decided to dig out my copy of Tintera's debut novel REBOOT, which I own, but had never read, and dove into another of the author's worlds right away because I just wasn't ready to say goodbye just yet.

RUINED centers around Princess Emelina, a girl bent on revenge. Two neighboring kingdoms have taken everything from her: They've killed her parents and kidnapped her sister, the heir to the throne of Ruina. Even though Em is the eldest sister, she won't inherit because she is not Ruined and has no magical abilities. How can someone so weak rule over a kingdom that was once so strong? Her only goal in life is now to save her sister. Em kills the crown princess of a neighboring kingdom, one who decapitated her father in order to marry a prince. She disguises herself as Princess Mary and goes to marry Prince Casimir herself. She vows to destroy both kingdoms from the inside, avenge Ruina, and save her sister. She never expected that Prince Casimir might actually be rational, unlike his father. That he might be kind. That she might fall for him.... Could love be the weapon that kills the ultimate revenge?

This book, this book, this book! It has fantasy. It has action. It has romance. It has feels! I can't even. Sure, there are parts that could have been a bit more fleshed out, but that's what Book Two is for, right? All that mattered was that Tintera's writing was so good, it pulled me right in--from the very intense beginning to the even more intense finale. I'm excited to learn more about Ruina and see the powers of the Ruined moving forward, and to see what the future could possibly hold for now star-crossed lovers Emelina and Casimir, whose kingdoms are on opposing sides of a brewing war.

It's hard to talk about this without giving away spoilers, though elements of the story are, of course, expected, but it's the journey to get to them that makes this story so much fun. If you're a fan of books with political intrigue or subterfuge, or if you like YA fantasy that's a little darker and takes a more twisted path to achieve its goals because it's not afraid to get its hands a little messy, then you're going to want to add RUINED to your collection. Plus, it's just pretty (see below), so you want it for your collection anyway, right? ^.~
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C O N T E N T R A T I N G S

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG13 ( kissing; Casimir partly unbuttons Em's dress while they're making out while on the run, but they're disrupted )
Language: PG ( some standard innuendo about wedding nights, etc. )
Violence: PG13+ ( A couple of decapitations, and a really gross scene at the end when someone's heart is ripped out. The story begins with the main character attacking and murdering a princess and her guards in order to impersonate them. )
Other:  --
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C O V E R   D E S I G N:

So pretty!!!!!

Up close, you can see an amazing texture in the background of the cover's design:


The title is embossed--and shiny, too!

Plus, the cover is silver, which isn't cheap to produce!

When you take off the book's jacket and peek beneath, there is this really cool, "dirty" texture marring the white that hints at imperfection:


It's a really cool looking cover that will get both genders picking up the book to give it a try1


O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  RUINED
Author: Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Received: For Review
SUMMARY:

A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Please Help TIDES by Alex Lidell Receive a Publishing Deal! Hitting NOMINATE takes just a minute & if she wins, you'll receive a FREE copy of the book!!!!

Today, I'm really excited to introduce you to an amazing author named Alex Lidell.

If you love Tamora Pierce (Especially her Song of the Lioness {aka "Alanna"} series or Protector of the Small {aka "Kel"} series, you need to have Lidell's previous novel THE CADET OF TILDOR on your bookshelf if you don't already, and here's why.

Lidell's new book TIDES is struggling to find a home, and if you love novels that take place on the treacherous ocean such as SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo, you'll want to read TIDES as well!
 
Lidell is taking part in a special program called Kindle Scout. It enough people nominate her book, Amazon will officially publish TIDES on one of its imprints. Even cooler? Every single person who nominates a book that gets published receives a FREE copy.

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/OWRWSG3H2O7M
 
If Alex Lidell is chosen as a winner, she'll get a new publishing deal and her book will be promoted to the masses--and we'll all have a chance to read it! Those of us who help bring the book to life will get a chance sooner than everyone else!!!


Will you please help her out???

 You can also check out the first chapter of the book on the nomination page!



Here's a short interview with the author that tells you a little more about TIDES....followed by a brief summary of the book!

{Even if TIDES doesn't sound like your kind of book, if you could pretty please take a minute to visit Kindle Scout and hit the nominate button, it would be a huge help and bring the book to life for people who will be interested in the title!!!}

 


What was the hardest part of writing this book?

The romance! Also, balancing fantasy and historical elements was a challenge. I wanted the ship to *feel* like a Nelson Navy man-of-war, while building a fantasy plot with a kick-ass heroine and a pinch of magic.

Where did the idea for this book come from?

The naval Age of Sail setting first grabbed me in Master and Commander (Patrick O'Brian), sending me on a Aubrey/Maturin and Horatio Hornblower reading spree. Tamora Pierce style YA fantasy stories have been a life long love. In TIDES, I got to combine the two!

 Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

Not a message, but I hope readers will recognize the medical conditions that are tied to the world’s magic system, including autism, asthma and epilepsy.
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SUMMARY:

Tamora Pierce meets the Age of Sail

Nile, Princess of Ashing, was groomed to command her kingdom’s fleet—until she lost the key to the enemy’s cipher. Expelled from the navy and facing forced marriage, Nile disguises herself as a lowly sailor and enlists to a ship patrolling a distant outpost. 

With a cowardly captain, lazy crew, and a cruel, too-handsome, first officer, the ship falls gravely short of Nile's standards. 

But when the outpost turns vital to Ashing’s survival, this ship and crew are all Nile has to save her kingdom. 
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About...Alex Lidell!


Alex Lidell is a YA fantasy writer and author of ABNA Finalist THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). Alex started writing at 2 am.

2 am is when the night turns to introspection, when dorm-room conversations flourish to life. The ones where you ask “what if” - realizing that if an answer seems obvious, then you don’t know the whole story. The ones where you sketch plans for your next project, your future business, your quest for peace in the middle east - or for teaching kids to read - and you know that you can succeed. If you just try hard enough.

Alex’s 2 am project, which she started after getting her Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, was her book. THE CADET OF TILDOR - 2010 finalist in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (under the title SERVICE OF THE CROWN) - tells the story of sixteen-year-old Renee, who struggles to keep up with her male classmates at a grueling military academy while facing a friend’s forbidden magic and her mentor’s shadowy past.

Although English is Alex’s primary language, it wasn’t her first. Coming from Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school and fell in love with reading when the school librarian put Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA into her hands. Years later, in college, it was another book that re-united Alex with Russian, which she had shunned in adolescence, The Three Musketeers.* Alex thanks both books, and the writers who created them.

Alex Lidell is a YA fantasy author. She is also a photographer, a horseback rider, and a paramedic. The latter two go hand in hand more often than one would like.

* The Three Musketeers was originally written in french, however the high quality Russian translation has made the novel more popular in Russia than anywhere else. Having read the book in English, Russian and French, Alex agrees with the general consensus.

 


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  This is such an amazing community and I love that we all rally around one another to help out!

Please help Alex now. If you also have the inclination and would like to post or retweet about the contest on your own social media, Alex would really appreciate it!

She's currently #20 on the Hot 20 over at Kindle Scout, but she's not there quite yet!

Thank you for everything you do, guys!!! 

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