Arc Tbr: The Tiger at Midnight

So this was another epic reads pick that I got at NYCC!! I really hope I get to read this book soon!!

Cover Reveal!!

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Summary!!!!!

The first book in an epic heart-pounding fantasy trilogy inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh.

A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed.

Esha lost everything in the royal coup—and as the legendary rebel known as the Viper, she’s made the guilty pay. Now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has only been growing more volatile.

When Esha and Kunal’s paths cross one fated night, an impossible chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces.

As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both the soldier and the rebel must decide where their loyalties lie: with the lives they’ve killed to hold on to or with the love that’s made them dream of something more.

Author Information!!

Swati Teerdhala is a storyteller at heart. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how to make a proper cup of tea, the right ratio of curd to crust in a lemon tart, and diverse representation in the stories we tell. The Tiger at Midnight is her debut novel. She currently lives in New York City. You can visit her online at http://www.swatiteerdhala.com.

Book Information

  • Series: Tiger at Midnight (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (April 23, 2019)

Let me know in the comments if this book is on your spring TBR!!

Later book lovers!!

 

 

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A Curse so dark and lonely (ARC Review)

A Curse so Dark and Lonely  by Brigid Kemmerer

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Published by  Bloomsbury USA Childrens  on January 29, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 496

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

 My Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this beauty and the beast retelling. I found this book to be such a rich read with a strong world building but also very strong characters that I felt reflected the nature of these characters from the pervious myths. I was equally invested in both POVs. I also enjoyed the banter between all characters and also the representation that was given to characters with cerbal palsy. I normally found this book to fast pace and engaging but the middle of the book had a some slow moment and the ending I felt was a tad rushed, I am excited for book 2!

My Extended Thoughts: 

Characters: I really loved both POV characters in this novel. I was equally invested in both POV. I found the characters to be super well crafted and normally beauty and the beast retelling feature some super unhealthy relationship but that did not occur here and I really loved all the characters so much! The characters also had nice tie ins that connected back to the retelling that I really enjoyed!

World Building: This world building was so lush and really loved how she crafted it. This myth and curse building was so well done. It reminds me of once upon a time season one, but so well done! I really was captivated by the world building!

Pace: I really did like the pacing. I felt the pacing in the middle was a tad on the slow side and tad rushed at the end, but i had a hard time putting this book down and really did enjoy it!

Book 2!! I am totally there!!

 

 

The Magic Misfits: The Second Story: Non-Spoiler Review!!

The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by  Neil Patrick Harris

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Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 25, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure story

Pages: 36

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

Growing up in an orphanage, Leila was bullied for being different. She turned her hardship into skill by becoming an escape artist–a valuable trait when belonging to a group of magical best friends. But when a famous psychic comes to town, Leila and her pals won’t be able to escape the big mystery heading their way. Whether chasing mad monkeys or banishing ghosts from haunted hotels, these six friends will do their best to keep Mineral Wells safe–but can they still protect themselves in the process?
Join the Magic Misfits as they discover adventure, friendship, and more than a few hidden secrets in this delightful new series. Whether you’re a long-time expert at illusion or simply a new fan of stage magic, hold onto your top hat!
…have more questions? I thought you might. Here’s some answers:
WHERE? A sleepy town in New England. Within the town is a magic shop, run by the friendly but mysterious Dante Vernon–the gang’s caped and top-hatted mentor.
WHO? Carter, who can make things vanish. Leila, who can escape from anything. Theo, who can make things levitate with the aid of his violin bow. Ridley, who can invent anything. And of course twins Olly and Izzy, who can make anyone laugh.
WHY? Because together, these six magical misfits will discover adventure, friendship, and the town’s long-hidden secrets.
(Psst. Hey, you! Yes, YOU! Congratulations on reading this far down. As a reward, I’ll let you in on a little secret… This book isn’t just a book. It’s a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll discover more than just a story–you’ll learn how to make your own magic!)

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be so much fun to read. I really enjoyed this book and loved the new character POV that we got to follow. I thought the mystery was a tad predictable at points but really loved again the focus on family and also found family and also on using magic as a art form. I also really loved the focus on friendship!This book just put a really big smile on my face. I really enjoyed reading it!

Fire and Heist (Arc Review)!!!

  Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

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Published by  Crown Books for Young Readers on December 4, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Heist Novel

Pages: 304

Format: arc

Source: Net Galley

2018 challenge: PSRC: Book about a Heist

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone–even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern–a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.

With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society–a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I found this book to be such a fun read. I thought he world building was so fun and the magic system was so fun to read about. I found this book to be such a fun read. I really enjoyed the heist/dragon novel. I really loved the lead character so much and just love the heist side of this novel. I thought the various locations we went to was also so well crafted. I also love the complex family dynamics that was featured in this novel. I read this book so fast and it just made me smile. I really loved this as standalone but would love too see more stories told in this world!

Mirage: Non-Spoiler Review

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

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Published by Flatiron Books (August 28, 2018)

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate

2018 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this book. I felt this book was a super fast pace read. I overall enjoyed it, but I did not feel as connected to the characters and the world as I wanted too. I thought the world was intreasting. I really thought the dynamics between the princess and her double and also liked the hints of romance. I did enjoy the end and I like how the book was structured. It just did not wow me. I will def be checking out book 2!!

Arc TBR: We set the dark on fire

This is another of my NYCC comic con reads, That comes out early winter! I really am so excited to get to these novels!!

Cover!!

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Summary!!

In this daring and romantic fantasy debut perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Latinx authors Zoraida Córdova and Anna-Marie McLemore, society wife-in-training Dani has a great awakening after being recruited by rebel spies and falling for her biggest rival.

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children. Both paths promise a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class.

Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her pedigree is a lie. She must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society.

And school couldn’t prepare her for the difficult choices she must make after graduation, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio.

Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or will she give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

Author Information:

Tehlor Kay Mejia is an author and Oregon native in love with the alpine meadows and evergreen forests of her home state, where she lives with her daughter. We Set the Dark on Fire is her first novel. You can follow her on Twitter @tehlorkay.

Product details

  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (February 26, 2019)
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2019
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

Let me know in the comments, If this book is on your winter TBR!

Later book lovers!

 

 

 

Speaker Blogger tour: (what character am I)!!!

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So I recently started this series and I was immediately captured by this world and also the characters! I am really loving how this book is being crafted and so excited to see where this series go!!

I was lucky enough to be placed on a blog tour for the Speaker by Tracie Chi!

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Book Summary!!

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. Haunted by painful memories, Archer struggles to overcome the trauma of his past with the impressors, whose cruelty plagues him whenever he closes his eyes. But when Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally finds a way to combat his nightmares: by hunting impressors and freeing the boys they hold captive.

With Sefia’s help, Archer travels across the kingdom of Deliene rescuing boys while she continues to investigate the mysterious Book and secrets it contains. But the more battles they fight, the more fights Archer craves, until his thirst for violence threatens to transform him from the gentle boy Sefia knows to a grim warrior with a cruel destiny. As Sefia begins to unravel the threads that connect Archer’s fate to her parents’ betrayal of the Guard so long ago, she and Archer must figure out a way to subvert the Guard’s plans before they are ensnared in a war that will pit kingdom against kingdom, leaving their future and the safety of the entire world hanging in the balance.

What Character Am I!!

I am somebody who always depends on books and reading as a stable in my life. I loved seeing how Sefia’s changed throughout the book and how most o it was was because of how books impacted her life. I thought the relationships she developed with books really changed her character. I felt some connected to her throughout this book and that is why she is the character that I am!!

I am also somebody that always has to solve a mystery or learn a secret and I see so much of that in Sefia’s. That is another reason that I connect to her!

Let me know in the comments what character in the reader series are you!

Author Information!

Traci Chee is an all-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts. She studied literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small town with more cows than people, and now feels most at home in the mountains, scaling switchbacks and happening upon hidden highland lakes. She lives in California with her fast-fast dog. The Speaker is the second book in the Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy that began with The Reader.

Giveaway!!

May the odds be ever in your favor!!

Little White Lies (Arc Review) (Non-Spolier Review and what Southern state do I want to List!!

Little White lies  by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Published by  Freeform on November 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Pages: 400

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Set in the gentrified south among debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines the charm of a fully-realized setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off. When Sawyer Taft agrees to move in with her grandmother, she expects some things to be different, but what she doesn’t expect is to get sucked into a group of over-privileged, yet somehow lovable debs who have—wait for it—kidnapped one of their own in hopes of blackmailing her into keeping their secrets under wraps—secrets which are far bigger and more scandalous than anyone could have imagined. As Sawyer works to uncover the identity of her father, she must also navigate the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, and help them discover the villain among them.

My Breif  Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I thought it was the prefect mix between Pretty little liars and and a fish out of water storyline. I really thought the characters were so easy to connect to and also characters that you felt immediately connected to. I thought that this book by lynn barnes is not as intense as her previous ones but still a fast pace mystery that was such a fast read. I also enjoy the duel time line in the book. It really kept me wanting to turn the page. I will def be checking out book two. If you enjoyed book like Pretty Little liars but desire a book with strong and more well rounded characters this may the read for you!

My Extended Thoughts!!

Character: I really grew to love these characters. I thought not only were they intreating but they were also super well rounded and compelling to read about. I love the characters in this book and Sawyer was def a highlight of this novel.

Plot: This book def reminded me of books like PLL but with a more tightly would and a bit more realistic plot the  sarah novels. I thought the end of the book was a tad more action packed then the first half. It was easy for me to turn the page and keep reading.

Book 2: I am super excited to dive into book 2!

Some Southern States I would like to go too!

I really would love to travel some more and some southern states are on my list. including Alabama and Kentucky. I think they both would be fun to visit but also fun to explore. I also really love exploring new places and also always new book stores! I really think these places would be fun to visit!

Let me know i you have this book on your TBR, in the comments!

 

 

 

Sanity & Tallulah: Non-Spolier Arc Review!!!

Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks

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Published by  Disney Hyperion on October 23, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Graphic Novel

Pages: 240

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn’t long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it’s too late? Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really adored this read so much. I thought the art style and story was so well done. I loved the fun story but also the focus on science and using science for “harm” and “help”. I think the adorable cat in this will keep readers old and young alike turning the page. I loved the various storylines we got in this rather short lead and also loved the role of the parents in this book. I thought the book was so well crafted and def left me with a smile on my face! I think younger readers will be rooting for the young leads and anxious to read the end of this tale!

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I thought these characters were so fun and I really loved the diversity of these two leads! I thought they were so well crafted and Just made the read a joy! I really enjoyed these characters! I am def hoping we get more adventures in the future!

Plot: I really enjoy this science fiction adventure and really found it to be both  fun tale but also focused on science topics that I think will keep kids tuning the page. I mean science and three headed cat come on! The plot made me fly through this book!

Design: I really enjoyed the art style and think it was such a fun design and made the story speed by!

If you pick this book up, let me know in the comments!

 

Children of Blood and Bone (ARC REVIEW)!!

Children of Blood and Bone  by Tomi Adeyemi

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on March 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Diverse

Pages: 537

Format: ARC

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

My Brief  Thoughts:

I really loved this fantasy novel. I was super invested in all the POV characters. I thought this magic system was very well done as well. I loved the diversity of this cast and the characters. This book is def on the longer side, but I really read it so fast. It was super compelling read with some many themes and troops used. I def adored both female POV and thought it handled the magic plot super well. It was a heartbreaking reads at points but I really liked, need book 2

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I really was invested in all the characters in this story. I love the diversity of the characters we met and really enjoyed all of them. My favorites def. changed throughout the novel. I still think my favorite is the princes but I really enjoyed them all!

World Building: I thought this world building was super complex and well crafted. I really loved how this magic system was developed and felt this world building was super diverse.

Pace: I felt that the short chapters made the massive book a easy book to digest. I really enjoyed this pace of the novel.

Second book! I def will be reading book 2!!