Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (61)


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

This week, I am excited for Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas! While I'm sad that the last book got delayed because of it, it will be interesting to see what happened with Chaos in the Southern Continent. Though what I'm really excited for is to see the healer Aelin saved way back when. Plus, I get to see Sarah when she goes on tour, which is super exciting!

Synopsis:

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.


But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Release: September 5, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Blitz: The Hummingbird Heart by A.G. Howard


I am so excited that THE HUMMINGBIRD HEART by A.G. Howard is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a 5 AMAZING Prizes courtesy of A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Title: The Hummingbird Heart
Author: A.G. Howard
Release: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
Pages: 234
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Synopsis:
Set 19 years after The Architect of Song:

Shortly after escaping a circus tragedy, young Italian orphan, Willow Antoniette, seeks refuge at The Manor of Diversions—a holiday resort in England born of a ghost story. For eleven years, she’s raised alongside the children of the resort’s owners: Julian, his twin brother, Nick, and their younger sister Emilia. Now that Willow is of marriable age, she's determined to escape finishing school along with everyone's efforts to make her a proper lady. The only man she wants to spend her life with is Julian, after all. Yet how can she tell him, when he thinks of her as nothing but a friend?

As a machinist and engineer, Julian Thornton prefers a governable life. He can't allow his ever-deepening attraction for Willow to distract from his amusement park plans to lure a younger, wealthier clientele to their family's resort. In hopes to escape Willow and find investors, Julian sets off on a transatlantic ocean liner headed for the St. Louis World’s Fair, unaware Willow has secretly stowed away on the same ship.

A tiny, mute orphan named Newton and a pair of haunted Italian shoes bring Willow and Julian face to face on deck. Forced to work together to solve the mystery of Newton and his vindictive, ghostly companion, Julian and Willow can no longer fight their untapped passions. However, time to admit their true feelings is running out, for the ghost and her murderer have enlisted them as unsuspecting pawns in a karmic game of cat-and-mouse that could cost all of them their lives.

You Can Find it At:Golden Orb Press
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Title: The Architect of Song
Author: A.G. Howard
Release: August 15, 2016
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
Pages: 425
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Synopsis:
A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower - intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as - haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts - they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.

You Can Find it At:
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Excerpt:
In the dream, Willow was a child again. With each barefooted step around the stacks of baggage in steerage, she found them taking on new shapes: pyramids of clowns, bears, horses and feathered performers, all balanced atop one another. She was back at the circus, albeit a much hazier and dimmer rendition than she remembered. She skipped along the center ring, excited to be home at last. Grit and discarded trash snagged between her little toes. A spotlight clicked on to illuminate a trunk. From within came a thumping sound, and girlish giggles.

“Tildey!” Willow cried out, racing across the distance to find her doll, her pigtails slapping her face and neck upon each bounding step. The creak of abandoned trapezes swung overhead, cutting intermittently through a thick cloud of fog. Yet it wasn’t fog. It was tobacco—a stench that seeped into her leotard, her tights, her very pores, until she could taste it coating her tongue like bile.

The spotlight shifted from the trunk to a trapeze just above her where a shape took form in the light: a graceful silhouette in a shimmery leotard and glistening tutu.

“Mama?” Willow whispered in the dream, forgetting Tildey for the chance to see her mother perform once more.

The trapeze vanished into thin air but the aerialist continued a controlled descent toward her, held in place by harnesses attached to the center pole. A face came into view, painted white like a clown, with bloody eyes and a hollow of a mouth—stretched wide on a perpetual scream. Willow yelped and squeezed her lashes shut, willing away the creature … for it was not Mama.

When she opened them again, the freakish performer exploded into a flock of hummingbirds made of ink. They skittered around Willow, buzzing wings scraping her skin and hair, imprinting tattoos everywhere they touched. She screamed and stumbled backwards, bumping into the trunk which was somehow right behind her. A tinkly, off-key lullaby drifted from inside the giant box. The lid shook and shuddered, as if something wanted out.

Whimpering, Willow tried to back away, but her feet grew heavy. She looked down and ballet shoes, covered in steel spikes, swallowed them up. The empty harness that had held the ghastly aerialist slithered toward her like a snake, coiling itself around her legs and arms to hold her in place.

On the final haunting strains of music, the trunk’s lid popped open, and out from the midst rose a hunched old man, holding Nadia’s haunted shoes upside down. Blood and water gushed out of them—a stench of copper and stagnancy—and the man laughed with a voice that gnawed into her bones like a thousand snarling wolves.

Author Bio:
A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would've happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she's not writing, A.G.'s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

You Can Find Her At:Website
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Giveaway:
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Five Year Blogoversary


My blog is officially five years old! It's out of its toddler years and would start kindergarten this fall! The celebration today is twofold, there's my reminiscing on the years gone by and my giveaway for you! Because why receive presents when you can give them away instead!

First, a trip down memory lane... (This was going to include pictures, but my computer is being fickle)

I started blogging when I was just 11 years old, a baby in the world of book blogging. My dad helped me set it up one day, and that was that.

In March 2012, I went to my first YA book event. I saw Ally Carter and Rachel Hawkins at Quail Ridge Books and Music.

In July 2013 I got my first physical ARC! I won Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly in a giveaway, and it was a cool feeling to have it in my hands!

In September 2013, I got to meet my hero, Sarah J. Maas! Crown of Midnight had just come out, and my hair happened to match Throne of Glass!

In January 2014, I cosplayed as Cinder from Cinder by Marissa Meyer for a school event. And by cosplayed, I mean spray painted my hand and foot.

In February 2014, I got to go see the amazing Kasie West, Megan Miranda, Megan Shepherd, and Robin Constantine speak at Quail Ridge! It was so cool to meet these amazing authors, who have all become favorites!

Later in 2014, I got to meet many of my favorite authors, such as Jessica Spotswood, Jen McConnell, Kiera Cass, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Sandy Hall, Joy N. Hensley, Lauren Kate, Robin LaFevers, Stephanie Perkins, David Levithan, Ryan Graudin, and my childhood favorite Margaret Peterson Haddix!

In 2014 I also went to my first conference! I went to LeakyCon (which became GeekyCon at the end) and got to meet some of my favorite performers and authors!

At the end of the year, I created my first book tree, and they've gotten more extravagant ever since!

In 2015, I got to meet so many cool authors! I met Gayle Forman, Renee Ahdieh, Victoria Aveyard, Cynthia Hand, Sarah Dessen, CJ Redwine, Katie McGarry, Marissa Meyer, Rachel Harris, Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs, Veronica Roth, Leigh Bardugo, Josephine Angelini, Richelle Mead, and Alexandra Bracken!

That year, I went to three big events. In June, I went to UtopYA Con, and got to meet some of the amazing authors above, as well as learn about a bunch of new ones! In July, I went to GeekyCon and had a ton of fun at one of the best nerd conferences out there! In November, I had a boatload of fun at YALLFest! There were so many cool authors there, and it was a blast to go!

2015 was also the year I joined Teenreads. I'm still part of it, and write reviews and posts as often as I can!

In 2016, I got to meet authors such as Meredith Russo, Felicia Day, Sabaa Tahir, Victoria Schwab, Kerri Maniscalco, Nicola Yoon, and Marie Lu!

That year, I went to GeekyCon for a final time. It was wonderful conference, and I'm sad it has ended. I also attended ALA that summer, and it was a wonderful experience! I also attended Bookmarks festival for the first time, and it was a blast!

So far in 2017, I have gotten to meet so many amazing people! I've gotten to meet some amazing folks like Alwyn Hamilton, Leslie Livingston, Samantha Shannon, Becky Albertalli, Jennifer E. Smith, Brigid Kemmerer, Sophie Jordan, P.C. and Kristin Cast, CC Hunter, and my hero Jennifer L. Armentrout! I know I'll be meeting many more in the months to come, and I can't wait!

It's been an amazing five years, and I can't wait for five more!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (60)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spines, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm super excited for Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo! Before seeing the Wonder Woman movie, I wasn't super excited for the book, but after seeing the movie, my excitement for the book skyrocketed!

Synopsis:

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.


Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Release: August 29, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Enigma by Tonya Kuper


Welcome to my stop of the Enigma blog tour! Today I have a review for you, as well as an awesome giveaway!

Title: Enigma
Author: Tonya Kuper
Series: Schrodinger’s Consortium #2
Release: July 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Synopsis:

Worst. Road Trip. Ever.

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.

You Can Find it At:
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Google Play
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First Impressions

I read Anomaly at some point last year, and I've been excited for Enigma ever since! I picked up Enigma and I just devoured it! I started it one evening, and finished it the next morning! I was excited to get back into Josie and Reid's world. The beginning was a little rocky as I tried to remember all the terminology, but otherwise it was off to a great start.

Characters

While Josie and Reid share the main character role, Josie really shines as the lead. She has powers beyond imagination, quite literally, and isn't afraid to use them. I also loved seeing how much Josie cares about her family. Her little brother Eli is one of the most important people in the world to her, and it's touching to see how much she cares about him.

Reid and Josie have a wonderful relationship. If you've read the first book, you know that they've both liked each other since they were kids. Reid was best friends with Josie's older brother, but situations drove them apart. But now they are back in each other's lives, and making the best of it. It was always fun to have the two of them in a room together, and I'm a big fan of the smooching too.

World Building

The series takes place in our world. This gives it a nice grounding, while also adding in a sci-fi element. Also, Josie is a huge nerd, and that adds to the world. She's constantly making Star Wars, Star Trek, and Marvel nods. Being an epic fangirl myself, it was super fun to see an awesome nerd portrayed in a book. While Josie's segment of the Oculi world is small, I could feel the author hinting at a larger world. Be it another sequel or a spin-off, I would love to see and learn more about the world of Oculi and Anomalies.

Other Books In the Series

Title: Anomoly
Author: Tonya Kuper
Series: Schrodinger's Consortium #1
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Synopsis:

Reality is only an illusion.

Except for those who can control it…

Worst. Birthday. Ever.

My first boyfriend dumped me – happy birthday, Josie!- my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…

Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.

When hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…

To sum it up: The Matrix meets Divergent in contemporary high school. Intrigue, action, romance with lots of hotties, and (understandable) quantum physics theories.

You Can Find it At:
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Author Bio:

Tonya Kuper is the author of ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger's Consortium Series, a young adult science fiction trilogy, released November 4, 2014 by Entangled Teen. She fell for Young Adult lit while earning her Masters degree in Reading Education. She's a mom to two awesome boys, an alt music junkie, a Star Wars nerd, and in love with Sherlock.

You Can Find Her At:
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