Waiting on Wednesday: Wintersong

Posted January 18, 2017 by Emily in WoW / 0 Comments

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Waiting on Wednesday: WintersongWintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 448
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Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

I have loved the movie Labyrinth since I was a small child so you can imagine that I see David Bowie the second you mention Goblin King. The cover, with it’s glass ball snowglobe also reminds of the balls that the Goblin King juggles in that movie. The colors look cold and the glass globe makes the rose look protected, yet trapped. Reading the description, I think the cover is perfect.

I’m not sure that Wintersong has anything to do with Labyrinth. In fact, I think it’s more likely that it doesn’t. I’ve also heard that it’s a retelling based on the poem ,Der Erlkonig. I wasn’t familiar with the poem, so I looked it up. It’s haunting and beautiful, just like I expect this book to be.

Really though, this book has a Goblin King. What else to you really need to know.

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Review: Diabolic by SJ Kincaid

Posted January 16, 2017 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments

Review: Diabolic by SJ KincaidThe Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
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four-stars

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator's daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There's no one Nemesis wouldn't kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.
She must become her.
Now one of the galaxy's most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she's been told she doesn't have - humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire...

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book is intense! There were a few times that I had to close the book and take a break for a few minutes because I just couldn’t stand what the main character had done. This is the mark of fantastic writing, when I identify with the character so much that I just can’t stand to see them in trouble. The action scenes were also excellent. This book was fast paced and exciting! There was a good mix of action and political intrigue that kept me guessing.

Nemesis goes through so much growth in this book! I loved her character development. She grew from the soulless killing machine that she believed herself to be. I’ve always been a firm believer in the Fake It Until You Make It philosophy. Nemesis embodies this throughout the book. Nemesis is asked to go in Sidonia’s place to court. When that happens, she has to pretend to be her in order to protect her, Nemesis has to pretend to know so much more than she does. She quickly learns all about court etiquette, gossip and politics, while struggling to do what Sidonia would do.

If there was one thing I would change, it would be the supporting characters. I spent a lot of time wishing that the other characters besides Nemesis were more fleshed out. Nemesis I loved. I really empathized with her. I hurt when she hurt, I cheered when she won, and I was afraid for her when she was in danger. So the discrepancy between that and the other characters was huge. Nemesis spent most of her life bonded to Sidonia. Sidonia was, arguably, the most important person in Nemesis’s life. So it bothered me that I didn’t care more about her. She should have been an important supporting character, but she wasn’t. Then there was the Emperor’s heir, Tyrus, who I wanted to like but it never happened.

In short, I love love love LOVED Nemesis but I connected with absolutely none of the other characters. That’s ok. Nemesis was enough to drive the book for me. Still I wish that I could have had a little connection with everyone, in addition to the intense empathy I had for her.

four-stars

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Winter 2017 Mini Bloggiesta To Do

Winter 2017 Mini Bloggiesta To Do

Once again I’m thrilled to report that I just participating in Bloggiesta,  I’m co-hosting with MC at Blame it on the Books! She’s still my inspiration. This year we get to wrap up Bloggiesta with a celebratory trip! Next week we will be together in Atlanta for ALAMW! I can’t wait to see her. Bloggiesta is a challenge and a call to action. It is an opportunity and an excuse to improve your blog. You formulate a plan of blog chores and then you work to get the done over the course of a weekend. The other component is mini-challenges. Bloggers all over talk about different ways that they do things and then they issue a challenge. Past mini-challenges on time management, social media use and a variety of other topics are on the bloggiesta site. Mini Bloggiesta Goals Schedule WOW and TTT through the end of February Cross post review backlog (EW, GR, LT, Amazon) I know this is a short list, but it will be time intensive. I have a ridiculous review backlog to work through. Wish me luck!

Posted January 12, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 3 Comments
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Island Read-along and Union Release Contest

Island Read-along and Union Release Contest

I’ve never run or even really participated in a read a public read a long before. I’m really excited about this! We are going to have a #QWSush halfway through to discuss it. I really loved this book and this series. It sucks you in and gets better and better throughout the series. What is this Readalong? This is a month long readalong for The Island by S. Usher Evans, which is FREE. We’ll be reading 5 chapters a week (they aren’t that long really) in anticipation for the release of The Union, which is the trilogy finale, on February 14th. What’s this about teams? You absolutely do not have to participate in the teams but it’s highly encouraged! There are two teams, #TeamTheo and #TeamPrinceling based off of the two main characters in the books. I’m the team lead of #TeamTheo so I strongly encourage you to join that team. These two teams earn points by joining the readalong, tweeting, posting reviews and participating in other events we might have planned. The winning team will get some cool goodies and the top 2 point earners for each team will win an extra special prize! You can join either team, but I’m #TeamTheo, so, I’m definitely biased. The Thing I like best about this Street Team Contest is that every week has a different focus. This week we are focusing on joining […]

Posted January 11, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 2 Comments
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Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 24th 2017 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Pages: 400 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say. Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home. There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary? In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness […]

Posted January 10, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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The Alchemists of Loom is Coming!

The Alchemists of Loom is Coming!

Today is the LAST DAY to pre-order The Alchemists of Loom If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, this is your LAST CHANCE. Our benevolent Dragon Queen has put together an amazing swag package for pre-orders and you don’t want to miss out. Once you pre-order, make sure you follow all the instructions on the Pre-order bonus page and you will reap the rewards. All this could be yours. But don’t delay! ACT NOW!

Posted January 9, 2017 by Emily in Special Feature / 0 Comments
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Review: Pick Me Up by Adam Kurtz

Review: Pick Me Up by Adam Kurtz

Pick Me Up: A Pep Talk for Now and Later by Adam J. Kurtz Published by TarcherPerigee on October 4th 2016 Genres: nonfiction Pages: 176 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads A quirky, creative companion that offers a pick-me-up on every page   On the heels of his internationally successful first book, 1 Page at a Time, graphic designer and illustrator Adam J. Kurtz delivers another intimate and engaging journal for anyone who loves to explore ideas, record thoughts and feelings, and capture those fleeting but amazing moments of everyday life.   Unlike a linear journal, this book can be opened up to any page, encouraging and engaging readers time and time again through continued use. Rather than simply complete tasks and turn pages, users are encouraged to leave their mark, and if they land on the same page days or weeks later, they can review, reflect, and revise their previous response.   Feeling lonely? Pensive? Peeved? Questioning? This deceptively simple book offers perspective, hope, and a twist of existential metaphor – and is perfect to pick up again and again. This book reminds me of a grown up version of a Wreck this Notebook. It’s designed to make you really think about your goals and what you want out of life. Each page has a way for you to creatively engage with the book by […]

Posted January 5, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Waiting on Wednesday: Caraval

Waiting on Wednesday: Caraval

I’ve been waiting for this book for so long and the wait is almost over. Have you preordered yet? The preorder incentives are great. There’s a map, crayons and a string backapack. The real problem is deciding which book to preorder. There is the US one and then the UK version has 4 different covers, each is more beautiful than the last! Seriously, everything about this books sounds fantastic. There is a dark and mysterious game that is only played once a year and never in the same place.  The game has a slightly sinister seeming leader who no one has ever met. The only reason that Scarlett chooses to play the game is to protect her sister, ‘Tella. Mystery, a dark game, a sinister leader and a strong sisterly bond. What else do you want?

Posted January 4, 2017 by Emily in WoW / 2 Comments
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ARC Review: The Alchemists of Loom

ARC Review: The Alchemists of Loom

Proud member of the This book blew my mind! I’m a huge fan of Steampunk and I’m always on the lookout for books in that genre. They are few and far between. Even when a book is billed as steampunk, its hard to find one with the right combination of gritty technology and magic. Alchemists of Loom hits the sweet spot. There are guns and bombs and gears and airships and plenty more elements that make for true steampunk. Elise Kova also weaves in tons of magic and mystery. This book nails the genre. What made this book a new favorite though was the unique setting. Loom and Nova are like nowhere I’ve ever read about before. Elise weaves the information about the setting throughout the story without ever committing the sin of the infodump. It was surprising to me because its so subtle. Throughout the book, I kept thinking, I wish I knew more about the world. Tell me MORE. Then when the book was over, I was describing it to a friend and I realized that I knew so much more than I thought I did. All the little details that I love about fantasy were in the narrative. I learned everything I could have wanted to about the world without even realizing it. The world is deliciously complex. I can’t explain it with the depth and […]

Posted January 3, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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Review: Roseblood by A.G. Howard

Review: Roseblood by A.G. Howard

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard Published by Amulet Books on January 10th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult Pages: 432 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Let me start this review by saying that I have not read […]

Posted January 2, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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