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Review: Fire and Bone by Rachel A Marks

Posted April 6, 2018 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Review: Fire and Bone by Rachel A MarksFire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks
Series: Otherborn #1
Published by Skyscape on February 20th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 414
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley
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three-half-stars

In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.

Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.

Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.

As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out whom to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing is for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.

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

This book was an interesting take on the fae. Sage learns she is fae and then everything happens very fast. They have a presentation ceremony to show her off to the community the first night adn then she has only three days to decide which God’s faction that she wants to join. I really loved the flashbacks. Sage has a connection to a family member in the past. It reminded me a little of Wintersong. There are definite evil goblin king vibes. A beautiful girl, trapped into marriage with a monster. Then, against all odds, they fall in love. This love story, told in flashbacks, was my favorite part of the whole book.

I also really enjoyed the different kids of fae. There were different houses, who followed different Gods. Each house had it’s own sets of magical strengths and affinities. I wanted to learn more about what Gods each house followed and why and what their power types were.

I wasn’t crazy about the magical hierarchy. Some magical creatures, like nixies, were thought of as lesser than the children of Gods and Goddesses. When one of these lesser fae were injured or died, it was thought of as no great loss.

All in all, this book surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I’m going to keep an eye out for the sequel. I want to find out more about the historical connection Sage has and how that is affecting her now.

About the Author

Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she’ll never have to test the theory.

Check out more about her on her webpage: www.RachelAnneMarks.com

three-half-stars

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Rockstar Review: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Posted March 29, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, Giveaway, Review, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Rockstar Review: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Rockstar Review: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie KaufmanObsidio by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #3
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 13th 2018
Genres: Sci Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 624
Format: hardcover
Source: the publisher
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four-stars

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

I liked Obsidio. Readers will be familiar with the epistolary style by now. Obsidio adds in flyers and passed notes to the collection of documents that our heroes use to communicate. Katy and Ezra are still on the Mao and they are joined by Nik and Hannah. Now we are introduced to Asha and Rhys who have been stuck on Kerenza during the BeiTech occupation for the last 7 months. Asha and Rhys have an unfortunate history together and aren’t thrilled when they both turn up trapped on the same tiny planet.

I was not crazy about the occupation of Kerenza. I found it somehow stressful and boring at the same time. If you are a fan of Battlestar Galactica, it reminded me of the occupation of New Caprica, which I also found boring and stressful. There is an active resistance, which was interesting. I loved how they communicate with each other. I didn’t really like any of the other people on Kerenza, though. Heimdall had several interesting characters and Hypatia/Alexander had a bunch. The supporting cast on Kerenza was missing.

Luckily, that wasn’t the entire book. I loved the parts that had Katy, Ezra, Nik and Hannah and I loved the return of all the other familiar characters too. Even though I felt like I had everything figured out, there were plenty of surprises. It’s nice to know I couldn’t guess everything.

All in all, this was a satisfying series ending.

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Meet the Authors

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

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Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He’s also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi… thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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Giveaway

3 winners will receive a finished copy of OBSIDIO, US Only.

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Follow the Tour

Week One:
3/1/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Review
3/2/2018- YA Bibliophile– Review

Week Two:
3/5/2018- Mary Had a Little Book Blog– Review
3/6/2018- BookHounds YA– Review
3/7/2018- Novel Novice– Review
3/8/2018- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Review
3/9/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review

Week Three:
3/12/2018- Fiction Fare– Review
3/13/2018- The Young Folks– Review
3/14/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Review
3/15/2018- The Book Nut– Review
3/16/2018- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Review

Week Four:
3/19/2018- StuckInBooks– Review
3/20/2018- PaperTrailYA– Review
3/21/2018- Nerdophiles– Review
3/22/2018- Owl Always Be Reading– Review
3/23/2018- YA Books Central– Excerpt

Week Five:
3/26/2018- The Eater of Books!– Review
3/27/2018- Page Turners Blog– Review
3/28/2018- Book Briefs– Review
3/29/2018- Emily Reads Everything– Review
3/30/2018- Mundie Moms– Review

four-stars

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Bloggiesta 2018 Sign up

Bloggiesta 2018 Sign up

SPRING BLOGGISTA IS HERE!!! It’s one of my favorite times of year and I’m so excited to post my intentions to do a few things for my blog this year. If you don’t remember, here is what bloggiesta is all about.   “Part of what makes Bloggiesta great is that we get to share ideas from so many people – and the mini-challenges are such a great way to do that! We have ideas of mini-challenges we can host, but we know you all have great ideas and knowledge to share. Are you a Bujo queen? Do you love macros? Are you an empress of scheduling ahead of time? WE WANT YOU!  Check out our list of past mini challenges for inspiration. If you’re ready to challenge and share your knowledge, email us at bloggiesta@gmail.com! We will announce all the mini-challenges the week of March 12th as well. If you’ll be joining us, be sure to make a to-do list and link it. As always, your to-do list can contain as much or as little as you want to do. Ideas for a basic to do list can be found at this link. You are welcome to copy it and use it however you see fit. Or visit other people’s to-do lists and steal borrow their great ideas. If you’d be interested in hosting a twitter party, please email us at bloggiesta@gmail.com. We will announce an official […]

Posted March 8, 2018 by Emily in Uncategorized / 7 Comments
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COVER REVEAL: THE REBELS OF GOLD BY ELISE KOVA

COVER REVEAL: THE REBELS OF GOLD BY ELISE KOVA

  Today, I have a real treat! I’m so excited for this book and the cover is perfect! The Rebels of Gold! Synopsis: A new rebellion rises from the still-smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves, as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer. This is the final installment of USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova’s Loom Saga, THE REBELS OF GOLD will reveal the fate of Loom’s brilliantly contrasting world and its beloved inhabitants. Books in the Loom Saga: THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM THE DRAGONS OF NOVA THE REBELS OF GOLD   Pre-order THE REBELS OF GOLD from: | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY | | BOOKS A MILLION | Preorder Swag: For those who preorder THE REBELS OF GOLD, they can get exclusive swag for submitting their preorder. More info here: http://elisekova.com/pre-order/

Posted September 8, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked Like a Wildfire

Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked Like a Wildfire

I won’t even lie, I read Roshani Chokshi’s blurb before the synopsis and was sold. She said, “Wicked Like a Wildfire was like devouring a succulent fairy fruit—it will rob your time, settle into your dreams, and leave you starving for more.” HOW COULD THAT NOT MAKE YOU WANT TO READ THIS?!?! The synopsis describes the twins as having magical abilities, which is awesome enough. But the really enticing part is the fact that they’re forbidden from falling in love. The family curse makes me think of A Million Junes which I absolutely loved. I have high hopes that this will be just as enchanting. While I’m dying for an arc, I may be thankful for not getting one in the long run because this is a duology and I have a feeling I’ll be desperate for the follow-up. Look out for this summer release!

Posted May 10, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 3 Comments
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Waiting on Wednesday: Ramona Blue

Waiting on Wednesday: Ramona Blue

I completely adored Dumplin’, also by Julie Murphy. That was the first book where I’ve seen a fat character, happy and proud of herself and her body. Representation is so important. Everyone should have the opportunity to see themselves in a book. With Dumplin’, Julie Murphy earned herself a fan for life. I will read anything she writes. Ramona Blue looks excellent in it’s own right, as well. I lived in Louisiana when Katrina and Rita hit and there are still people displaced today, 10 years later. Julie Murphy writes touching, realistic and important stories. I’m sure this one is no different!

Posted March 22, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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Waiting on Wednesday: Shadow Run

Waiting on Wednesday: Shadow Run

Unfortunately, publishers are learning how to get me. Label something “Firefly meets Dune” and I will be breaking down doors to read it. That first sentence and I’m hooked. A prince in hiding, a misfit crew, an intergalactic war and a touchy captain all sound like Firefly to me. The rest of the book description sounds great as well. It also reminds me of Starflight, which I read last year and loved. I love all the science fiction that is coming out for young adults this year and Shadow Run looks like a great start!  

Posted March 8, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 4 Comments
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Life Update

This was supposed to be an exciting recap on the V.E. Schwab event that I went to on Thursday night. I went and I had a wonderful time. V.E. Schwab is gorgeous and well spoken and she has such wonderful justifications for ever decision she makes in her books. I would love to hear eloquent descriptions of world building and language development from all of my favorite authors. She signed ALL of my books too. Unfortunately, I only took a single picture. I had this intention of taking a bunch of pictures and doing another fun recap. I also was going to do a better write up about what she talked about and it was going to be done on Friday when everything she said was still fresh in my mind. That didn’t happen. Mr. Functionally Illiterate and I have been working towards becoming Foster Parents for a long time. On Tuesday, we finally got our license. Then at 5pm, we received our first call for a placement. We had a child in our house by 7:30 that night. That’s why there was no #BHPChat wrap up last Wednesday. I was a little preoccupied and I’ve stayed that way. I love it. I wouldn’t change it but I need to get used to the new normal.  Luckily I have lots of blog posts pre-scheduled. I’m still here just on […]

Posted March 6, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 3 Comments
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Thoughts on Negative Reviews

Thoughts on Negative Reviews

I was sitting at dinner with my parents a few days ago and my sister asked me, “You post a lot about books you love and sometimes books that are only OK, do you ever really hate a book?” and I thought about it. Of course, I hate a book sometimes. I try really hard to stop reading and mark books I hate DNF. I tell myself I don’t have time to read things I don’t like. This is always a struggle for me though. An author took the time and put the tears and effort into a book. Shouldn’t I at least finish it? I know DNF reviews bother a lot of authors because they feel like if the reader just could get to the end, they would end up liking the book. I’m constantly at war with myself over books that I don’t like. Especially if I feel like I should like it. DNF or Not? I really struggled with this in September. Suddenly, I had a lot of long anticipated sequels in my hands and I devoured them. I read them one after the other and they were all…. Disappointing. This was a real blow for me and it sent me into a blogging/reading slump spiral that I’m still trying to escape from. 3 sequels that I couldn’t have been more excited about and all three […]

Posted February 3, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 9 Comments
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#Bookstgram Roundup Feb 2017

#Bookstgram Roundup Feb 2017

There are TEN #bookstagram challenges for the month of September! I really love this month because the challenges have all sorts of topics. They range from being love themed to high school superlative themed. Look through them and pick the one (or four) that interest you the most. I love looking through instagram pictures and I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Leave a link to your instagram page in the comments! @Emilyreadseverything #WithLoveBerkley hosted by @berkleyRomance #RfabFeb17 hosted by @reviews_from_a_bookworm #onceuponabookstagrammer hosted by @onceupon_a_book & @alwaysbookstagrammer #lilBookishSuperlatives hosted by @lisa_lostinlit & @lostinlit_Becca #FrenchieFantasy#February hosted by @frenchiefiction & @queen.of.fantasy   #FPBLoveMonth2017 hosted by @thenocturnalfey @theroyalpolarbearreads #FebruaryLibrary17 hosted by @librarylooter & @anniekslibrary #FebFoodBookChallenge hosted by @annerose2602 @faeofnightcourt @faerilybookish @kmbooks24 #DiversityFeb Hosted by @lilys.wortwelt & @tintenpoesie #BookishPetsChallenge hosted by @BookishPetsBookClub & @MichelleBookAddict

Posted January 27, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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