Genre: Action & Adventure

Rockstar Review: Dragons of Nova

Posted July 6, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

Rockstar Review: Dragons of Nova

Rockstar Review: Dragons of NovaThe Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova
Series: Loom Saga #2
Published by Keymaster Press on July 11th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, steampunk
Pages: 488
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust -- hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything -- and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills -- and quick-shooting accuracy -- makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

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.

I cannot express my love for this book or this series adequately. There just aren’t enough ways for me to say how fantastic it is.  Be aware that it’s almost impossible to review book 2 of a series without a few slight spoilers. Continue at your own risk!

I love Ari. She’s strong and smart and interesting… but not perfect. I love Cvareh. The relationship between Ari and Cvareh is so deliciously complicated. I loved how traveling to Nova added an extra level and depth to their relationship. Ari gets a chance to learn more about the lives of her worst enemies and Cvareh gets to show her his world. Enemies to lovers has always been my favorite trope and Elise Kova is a master. The tension between these two was palpable throughout the book. It was all I could do to not scream at the characters for being so hard headed.

I love Ari and Cvareh but my favorite character, hands down, is Florence. Florence isn’t exactly the badass that Ari is. Instead she’s approachable. She makes mistakes and is sometimes unsure of herself. Not to say that Florence isn’t amazing. I loved that she gets an adventure of her own in this book. She gets a chance to be the hero, which was so fun to read! Except it never quite works out the way you think it will.

My only tiny quibble with The Alchemists of Loom was that I wanted more. I wanted to know more about the world. I wanted more descriptions. I wanted more everything. Dragons of Nova delivered! Everything on Nova is bright and colorful, Its magical and luminous and so well described. I felt like I was there. This book is full of Guilds and Dragon houses and how everything works and all the little reveals I was waiting for.

I can’t recommend this series highly enough. You want this series. You need this series. Buy this series and then send me all your thanks.

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About the Author

Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

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Week One

7/3/2017- Quite The Novel Idea Interview
7/4/2017- Once Upon A Twilight– Review
7/5/2017- Wishful Endings– Guest Post
7/6/2017- Emily Reads Everything– Review
7/7/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

Week Two

7/10/2017- Lost in Ever After– Review
7/11/2017- Always Me– Excerpt
7/12/2017- The Book Nut– Review
7/13/2017- YA and Wine Interview
7/14/2017- NovelKnight – Review

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Waiting on Wednesday: Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Posted October 12, 2016 by Emily in WoW / 1 Comment

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Waiting on Wednesday: Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie KaufmanGemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu
Series: Illuminae Files #2
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18th 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Thriller, Sci Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 608
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The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”   Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.     The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.      Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.      When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.     But relax. They've totally got this. They hope.     Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.   Praise for Illuminae:   A New York Times Bestseller A PW Bestseller  “Out-of-this-world awesome.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred  “Stylistically mesmerizing.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred  “An arresting visual experience.” —Booklist, Starred  “A game-changer.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred
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This week’s book comes out in just six short days! None of us have to wait very long. I think that Gemina is one of most people’s highly anticipated reads for this year. I know that I’ve been looking forward to it since I closed Illuminae for the first time. However I wanted to take this WoW post to urge you to try the Illuminae and Gemina Audio books! I know that you wouldn’t think the Epistolary format of this books would make good audio books. However, I just finished listening to the Illuminae audio book in my car and it’s one of the best audio books I’ve ever heard. It has a full cast and tons of special effects. Just like the combination of primary documents in the physical books drags you into the story, the audio book is captivating. It’s impossible to walk away from.

This Waiting on Wednesday is a special edition because I can’t wait for the Gemina Audio! I’ve already preordered the YA Chronicles box, so I will be getting a Gemina Hardcover but you can bet I will be listening to the audio as well.

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Awesome Indies: Strays by Emma Kendrick

Awesome Indies: Strays by Emma Kendrick

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Tell us about your book. Strays is about two best friends that get wrapped up in the crime and danger of the Red Kings MC. Tyler is excited by the idea of having a place he can finally use his computer savvy skills, but Jackie is a little less accepting of his new friends. This first novel is their initial journey into the biker world and the consequences they end up facing because of it. If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? Strays is book one in The Red Kings Series, which is currently planned to be three books, but could be more. The series will follow Jackie, Tyler and multiple charters of the MC as they deal with their illegal businesses and rival gangs. The series is also first and foremost a romance, so there’s plenty of that along with other family dynamics amongst the club. I don’t want to spoil book one for anybody, but the ending makes it pretty obvious that there will be more to come. What was the hardest part of writing this book? The hardest part was having so many characters. I knew I wanted to introduce more than one charter to give the book a more widespread feel and also for plot reasons that I don’t […]

Posted October 7, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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ARC Review: The Wolf Road

ARC Review: The Wolf Road

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis Published by Crown on July 5th 2016 Genres: Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Dystopian Pages: 352 Format: hardcover Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Goodreads True Grit meets The Road in this postapocalyptic psychological thriller–narrated by a young girl who has just learned that her adopted father may be a serial killer, and that she may be his next victim. In the remote wilds of a ravaged land, Elka has been raised by a man who isn’t her father. Since finding her wandering in the woods when she was seven, he has taught her how to hunt, shoot, set snares and start fires–everything she needs to survive. All she knows of the world outside is gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmic event that turned the clock back on civilization by a hundred and fifty years and reduced governments and technology to shambles, leaving men at the mercy of the elements–and each other.  Everything changes when Elka learns that the man she has been calling father is harboring a terrible secret. Armed with nothing but her knife and her wiles, she decides to escape his clutches and sets out on a long journey to the frozen north in the hope of finding her long-lost parents.  But as the trail of blood and bodies grows in her path, Elka realizes that daddy won’t be […]

Posted August 10, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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The Flame Never Dies is coming!

The Flame Never Dies is coming!

I’m thrilled that The Flame Never Dies is so close to release! I was lucky to receive an early copy of The Stars Never Rise last year and it was one of the very first reviews that I wrote when I started this blog! If you haven’t started this series, this is a fantastic time to jump in. Book one is going on sale before book two comes out! If you have read The Stars Never Rise, then you know that this series is worth continuing. I’ve got an interview with Rachel Vincent and her daughter. Make sure you read to the end for a chance to win a signed Hardcover set of both books! Author Interview Interview with Rachel by her sixteen-year-old daughter (Codename: Melody), who’s thinking about actually reading her mother’s book. Melody: So, this is a series is about demons, right? Rachel: Sort of. Not really. A century ago, Nina’s world was invaded by residents of another reality who can only remain in our world by taking over a human body. People called them demons, because that’s the only association they had for the concept of possession. Melody: So these “demons” aren’t actually bad? Rachel: Oh, no, they’re totally bad. They’re entertained by the suffering of humanity. They’re just not the residents of hell most people think of when they hear “demon.” But that’s all I can say […]

Posted August 8, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, Giveaway / 1 Comment
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Review: Ready Player One by Earnest Cline

Review: Ready Player One by Earnest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Published by Crown Publishers on August 16th 2011 Genres: Action & Adventure, Sci Fi Pages: 374 Format: Audio Source: library Buy on Amazon In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. Reading Ready Player One wasn’t 100% my choice. I had heard about Ready Player One, specifically from Penny Arcade (an online webcomic for you non nerds). The review seems to be long gone now (it was in a news post) but I remember it wasn’t all that good. I didn’t pick it up then and I forgot about it for a long time. Some friends were reading it for their book club podcast, The Blind Spot Book Club, and I wanted to be ready […]

Posted July 25, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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Graphic Novel Roundup

Graphic Novel Roundup

I’ve been reading a lot of graphic novel’s lately! I love how they are short and easy to read but often tackle important or complicated issues. For the first time, I tried out a few Marvel superhero comics. Until now, all I’ve read is some X-Men. I also got a few non-superhero related comics. Check them out.     This was by far my favorite of all the graphic novels I’ve read lately. I didn’t know what to expect but I knew that I would like it just based on the description and the art style. It’s a fantastic adventure story about a young boy. There’s a historic component to it as well, It reminded me a lot of Joe the Barbarian, which I also loved. Sometimes I feel like I enjoy short graphic fiction more than complex series just because the entire story is there. No waiting.     This was a cute story about fate. We all know how Laika ended up (or maybe you don’t) but this is how she got there. It seamlessly weaves together nonfiction and fiction to create a plausible backstory. It also explores how fate and destiny affect our lives. Is everything predecided?     Spiderman was just OK for me. It’s a different Spiderman, Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker. Having a teenaged superhero is kind of interesting but the story […]

Posted June 27, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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Review: Malus Domestica by S.A. Hunt

Review: Malus Domestica by S.A. Hunt

Malus Domestica by S.A. Hunt Series: Malus Domestica #1 Published by Createspace on July 21st 2015 Genres: horror, Action & Adventure, paranormal Pages: 448 Format: ebook Source: owned Buy on Amazon Robin Martine has come a long way. She’s not your usual college-age girl. More often than not, Robin’s washing a load of gory clothes at the laundromat, or down at the lake throwing hatchets at pumpkins. She lives in an old van, collects swords, and dyes her mohawk blue. Also, she kills witches for a living on YouTube.You see, Robin’s life was turned upside down by those hideous banshees from Hell. She spent high-school in a psych ward, drugged out of her head for telling the cops her mother Annie was murdered with magic. Magic from a witch named Marilyn Cutty. After a 3-year warpath across America, she’s come home to end Cutty for good. But she’ll have to battle hog-monsters, a city full of raving maniacs, and a killer henchman called the “Serpent” if she wants to end the coven’s reign over the town of Blackfield once and for all. This novel is the most unique book I have read in years. Books are filled with familiar stories. There are some stories that come around so often, we have a name for them; tropes. When we read, we look for these tropes. We expect them. We have […]

Posted March 10, 2016 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments
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Six of Crows Buddy Read Review

Six of Crows Buddy Read Review

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Series: Dregs #1, Grisha #4 Published by Henry Holt and Company on September 29th 2015 Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 465 Format: hardcover Buy on Amazon Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. This is the final episode of the Great Grishaverse Buddy Read Review, at least until Crooked Kingdom comes out. I’m so lucky that Jade from Bedtime Bookworm and Brittany from BrittanyÂ’s Book Rambles started this crazy journey with me. I loved their reactions and their opinions. I can only post a small snippet of all we talked about here but these girls made my day, more often than not. Our side conversations were almost better than the book talks. So happy […]

Posted March 3, 2016 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments
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ARC Review: Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

ARC Review: Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Series: Special Agent Pendergast #15 Published by Grand Central Publishing on November 10th 2015 Genres: Action & Adventure, paranormal, mystery Pages: 352 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon A secret chamber. A mysterious shipwreck. A murder in the desolate salt marshes. A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated-and sinister-than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated. Pendergast, together with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton. Crimson Shore is part of a long established series. I was turned on to the series by a friend on twitter about 4 years ago and I’ve never been disappointed. This series isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires some commitment. After all, Crimson Shore is book 15 of this series! However, I don’t think you will regret it. These books follow Special Agent Alloysius Pendergast of the FBI while he does basically whatever he wants. He is a modern day Sherlock Holmes. However, he’s different from most heroes because he’s a traditional, southern gentleman. He has impeccable manners and abhors rudeness. As a master of disguise and lockpicking, he has every […]

Posted November 12, 2015 by Emily in interview / 0 Comments
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