Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (116)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am eagerly anticipating Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis! It is the sequel to All Rights Reserved, which takes place in a near future world where every word and expression is trademarked or copywrited and you have to pay to use any of them. The main character Speth accidentally caused a revolution in book one, and I'm excited to see what happens next. While the first book wraps up nice enough, there is still a lot of this world that can be explored. I'm especially excited to see what the world is like outside their city.


In this gripping sequel to All Rights Reserved, Speth Jime has freed her home of Portland from the oppressive system that forced everyone to pay for every word they spoke. Now she will discover the cost of that freedom, and the devastating secrets of the world beyond her dome.

On the day she went silent, Speth never meant for anyone to follow her lead—or to start a rebellion of Silents. But after taking down the tyrant Silas Rog and freeing the city from his grasp, everyone is looking to Speth for answers she doesn’t have. All she wants is to find her parents, who are shackled to a lifetime of servitude in exchange for a debt they can never repay. But how can Speth leave her friends to fend for themselves when she’s the reason their city is in chaos?

When the government threatens to restore the WiFi and take back the city, Speth is forced to flee with a ragtag group of friends by her side. Together, they embark on a dangerous journey outside the dome they’ve lived in their entire lives, in search of a better future. Along the way, Speth will discover the shattering truth about their world…and the role she’ll need to play to save it.

Release: August 28, 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Top Ten Most Interesting Character Names In YA

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl.

1. Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

2. Vasalissa Dragomir from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

3. Feyre Archeon from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4. Juliette Ferrars from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

5. Speth Time from All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

6. Sallot Leon from Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

7. Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

8. Blue Sargent from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

9. Tenley "Ten" Lockwood from Firstlife by Gena Showalter

10. Kaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Some Royal Books for a Royal Wedding

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few days, you know that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got married today. In honor of the occasion, I thought I'd share some awesome books with royals or a royalty theme.

Royals by Rachel Hawkins - Her older sister is marrying the crown prince of Scotland. It doesn't get more Royal than that!

All That Glows by Ryan Graudin - Emrys is a faery sent to guard the British crown prince. He's a bit wild and of course they fall in love!

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas - A scientist who is 23rd in line for the throne finally finds herself as queen when the rest of the people in line get killed at a deadly banquet.

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts - In Royal Bastards, all the main characters are bastard children of the nobility. When a visiting princess joins them at the bastards table, things get crazy fast!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - Mare Barrow lives in a world divided by the color of your blood. Silvers with magical abilities rule the world with an iron fist. Red bloods (like Mare) are forced to toil away or die. When Mare develops her own abilities, her entire world is turned upside down.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - Teenage assassin Celaena Sardothien is freed from enslavement only to have to act as champion for the crown prince, son of the king she hates. While at the palace, she befriends a princess from a country also oppressed by the king.

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting - In Ludania, you may only speak the language of your class. But Charlaina has a secret. She can understand all languages. But everything changes when she overhears a conversation in a language she isn't supposed to understand.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - In this retelling of the classic tale Cinderella, Cinder is a cyborg mechanic who is hired to fix Prince Kai's robot. It doesn't take long for sparks to fly.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Blog Tour: The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross

I am so excited to help close out The Queen's Rising blog tour! Below you will find my glowing review,  an exclusive interview with the author, and a giveaway!

Title: The Queen's Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross
Series: The Queen's Rising
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
Review: 5 Stars


When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

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1. If your characters were transported to our world, how would they react?

Brienna would love social media. Cartier would absolutely hate it.
Luc and Merei would be fascinated with Spotify.
Jourdain would be aghast by fast food and the news.
Isolde would immediately buy a car and go on a road trip.

2. What books did you read as a child?

I loved The Chronicles of Narnia and the Dear America Diaries. 

3. What upcoming YA books are you excited for?

I am so excited for Stephanie Garber’s Legendary! I also cannot wait for Hafsah Faizal’s We Hunt the Flame.

4. If you could live in any genre, what would it be and why?

Definitely Fantasy. I would love to have magic and wear cloaks and ride horses from town to town.

5. Do you prefer HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) or open endings?

Ooh, I think I have to go with HEAs. As a reader, I really like to have closure by that last page.

6. Do you have any advice for young writers?

Read and write as much as you can! That is the best way to grow your craft and learn how to bring a story together from start to finish. Also, don’t write to necessarily “get published.” Write because you love and enjoy it.


First Impressions

I knew right off the bat that I was going to like The Queen's Rising. This year has such a wealth of high fantasy coming out, and I've enjoyed discovering every one! Also, lost queens and princesses are my jam! I started reading the book pretty close to the deadline for the review, so I knew I would have to read it fast, but that didn't end up being a problem because I absolutely devoured it. I read The Queen's Rising in one day, and would have read it in one sitting if I hadn't had to go to work. My one major problem was that the beginning of the book (at least the ARC version) had a family tree and such that contained MAJOR spoilers for the book. I love that they were included, but I hope that they are moved to the back of the book for the final version. While it is the first book in a series, The Queen's Rising reads like a standalone novel but will still leave readers hungering for more in that world.


The main character is Brienna. She has grown up not quite knowing what and who she wants to be. Brienna is also a child of two worlds. Her parents, neither of whom she knows, came from two different countries. Her mother died when she was young, and her grandfather refuses to tell her who her father is. This creates so conflict for her, but she accepts his response to her inquiries that her father isn't worth knowing. Brienna often doubts herself, but within reason. She doesn't mope around, despairing about everything she isn't. Brienna underestimates her value, but still knows she has it.

The chemistry between Brienna and her teacher Cartier is clear very early in the book. She has an attraction to him that she doesn't even realize she has. It's a slow burn romance, and it was fun to explore their relationship as the book progressed, especially once they move beyond the teacher-student phase.

World Building

While the world is high fantasy, in many ways it is still distinctly like our own. One of the major things is that they use the same calendar we do. From the descriptions of places, as a whole it reminds me of the UK. Maevana very much reminds me of Scotland, and Valenia of England. I felt that the world building was strong, though a little heavy-handed at times. There was often the need to remind the reader that someone was "acting Maevan" or "acting Valenian". I feel like the amount of times that phrase was used could have been lessened, especially once the world building was set up.


“Sophisticated plotting is the hallmark of this debut, which deftly navigates complex, treasonous plots and political intrigue. [A] Stunning literary adventure.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A sprawling girl-powered fantasy. A compelling page-turner. Hand this magical debut to readers who loved Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy or Sarah J. Maas’s “Throne of Glass” series.” —School Library Journal

Author Bio:

Rebecca Ross was born and raised in Georgia, where she continues to reside with her husband, her lively Australian Shepherd, and her endless piles of books. She loves coffee, the night sky, chalk art, maps, the mountains, and growing wildflowers in her yard. And a good story, of course.


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (115)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am excited for These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch! I loved her Snow Like Ashes trilogy, so I cannot wait for this. There are so many cool ideas that will be explored in this book. Enemy kingdoms come up a lot in high fantasy, but I will always read more. Also, there are pirates! There are not enough pirates in YA. Then again, I don't know if there could ever be enough pirates. This feels like a really original high fantasy novel that I can't wait to get my hands on!


Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.
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