Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (78)


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

This week, I am super excited for Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. I absolutely loved the first three books in the Shatter Me series, and when I found out that there would be more books, I was ecstatic. Supposedly it will be from both Juliette and Warner's POVs, which only excites me more! I can't wait to see how Juliette's power develops and I am ready for all the Juliette/Warner romance!

Synopsis:

Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

Release: March 6th, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals


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

1. Read 100 books in 2018.

2. Review more of the books I read.

3. Somehow discover a reading/school balance when I go to college.

4. Once I go to college, buy only the books I REALLY want.

5. Go through my books and donate any I don't really want.

6. Catch up on my TBR. It's a *little* out of control.

I can't think of any more, so I'll leave it at that.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (77)


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

This week, I'm insanely excited for Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst! I absolutely loved her debut novel, Of Fire and Stars, and so I'm doubly excited that Inkmistress is a prequel of sorts. This prequel serves as mythology for the characters in Of Fire and Stars which is super cool. I'm just excited for magic and romance and dragons and a bisexual main character.

Synopsis:

Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself.


Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

Release: March 6th, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017 But Didn't


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. There were SO MANY!

1. And I Darken by Kiersten White

2. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

3. The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer

4. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

5. Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

6. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

7. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

8. 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

9. Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

10. Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

11. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

12. Unplugged by Donna Freitas

13. Invictus by Ryan Graudin

14. Roar by Cora Carmack

15. Loved by P.C. and Kristin Cast

I could go on, but I'm going to leave it at this.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday Street Team: Bound By Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk


I am super excited to host an interview with the amazing debut author C.V. Wyk! Read to the bottom of the post for a special giveaway and make sure to check out the other tour stops of more special content!

Interview:

1. What gets you up to write in the morning?

Right now? Deadlines. Haha. There is something nerve-wracking but highly motivating about knowing that someone is waiting on you. Most days though, it’s like having a song stuck in your head. The words and melody keep swirling and repeating, coalescing and separating and eventually driving you crazy until you just listen to the whole song. Writing is my way of listening to that song.

2. If you could spend an afternoon with your characters, what would you do?

I would definitely get Attia to teach me how to handle a sword. I’m sure Albinus would find that amusing, and Xanthus would probably be watching from the side, shaking his head and worrying about someone getting hurt. Lucretia would just laugh while I got everything wrong.

3. What made you choose Ancient Rome as your setting?

I didn’t actually know what story I wanted to tell until I wrote the first line: They called us slaves. Sure, that could have lent itself to a dystopian future or an SFF universe. But I’m a history major with a soft spot for Gladiator and 300, and when I decided to tell my version of the rise of Spartacus, I wanted to ground it in something familiar. Also, I really wanted my MC to have a gladius, so. You know.

4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

The Isle of Skye in Scotland. I’ve moved around quite a bit, but no place has felt like my place until I went to Scotland a couple years ago. It was that feeling you get when you can finally take a full, deep breath. Like everything suddenly fits together, and you know that you’re home. That’s how I feel about Scotland, and I hope to move there permanently at some point.

5. What advice do you have for young writers?

Focus on finding your voice. Forget what’s popular and break whatever rules you’ve been taught if you feel like it. Instead, create something that only you could have made. The world needs as many stories as you can give it.

6. What would your characters do if they were suddenly transported to modern day?

Well, Lucretia would dominate Twitter, Iduma would fall into a meme-hole, Xanthus would end up being friends with Chris Evans, and Attia would probably have another rebellion on her hands.

7. What characters from other books would your characters be friends with?

General Organa would be the mother Attia always wanted, no doubt. Xanthus would probably want to adopt all the orphans (Oliver Twist, Huck Finn, HP) even though he’d have no idea what to do with them after. And Lucretia would become besties with Sybella from Robin LaFevers’ Dark Triumph and wreak havoc on men.

8. What are you working on now?

The sequel to BLOOD AND SAND! So no spoilers…

9. What upcoming YA books are you excited for?

ALL of them. 2018 is gearing up to be an awesome-sauce year for debuts, in particular. I have so many books on my TBR right now, I’m going to have to buy more bookcases to hold them all. (And I am totally okay with this.)

10. What books did you love as a child?

Some of my favorites were The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier. Fantasy was my jam, and seeing Morgan le Fay riding a horse and holding a giant sword on the cover of MoA was like that scene in Amelie when everything gets bright and the main character hears a random choir singing. An epiphany kind of moment, is what I’m saying.

Synopsis:

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic--and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus....

Roma Victor. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to build an empire--an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master's favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end--and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus....

You Can Find it At:
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Author Bio:

C.V. Wyk is the author of BLOOD AND SAND, debuting from Tor Teen January 16, 2018. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Wyk has lived in five states in the continental US (and hopes to add a few international locales to that list). Prone to wanderlust and getting lost, Wyk likes to explore local hiking trails, mountain ranges, dark caves where nefarious mythical creatures undoubtedly reside, and libraries. She currently lives in Maryland with a precocious mini poodle and a demanding guinea pig. In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys playing MMORPGs, kayaking, coding, staring listlessly at blank walls, and nursing a totally healthy coffee addiction.

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Giveaway:

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Tour Schedule:

1/7 Tour Stops
Review - Dani Reviews Things
Review - Flyleaf Chronicles
Interview - Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

1/14 Tour Stops
Interview -Library Of A Book Witch
Review - Novel Cravings
Review - Inkdin Book Blog

1/21 Tour Stops
Review - Boundless Bookaholic
Review - OMG Books And More
Guest Post - Emily Reads Everything

1/28 Tour Stops
Review - One Way Or Another
Excerpt- Literary Legionnaire
Review - A Gingerly Review

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