Waiting on Wednesday: The Crown’s Game

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine which spotlights exciting up and coming releases.

My pick for this week:

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game

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Release date: 17th May 2016

Synopsis:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Why am I excited?

After hearing about this book, I immediately headed over to amazon to preorder, and added it to my to-be-read on Goodreads. The Crown’s game sounds like something right up my street and I am so excited for its release!

What releases are you waiting on?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This week was bookworm delights. I loved this week’s theme – it was so fun!

Meeting your favourite author(s)

In 2014, I was lucky enough to meet Cassandra Clare while she was on tour for her new book, The Iron Trial, with Holly Black. I hadn’t read any of Holly Black’s books at the time, except for The Iron Trial (hopefully I will soon! I’ve heard great things), but Cassandra Clare…to say I was a huge fan is to put it lightly. I remember being in awe of these two amazing authors, and I think I said probably three or four words – which I totally regret, but I was nervous, ok – but they were both so lovely and funny. And afterwards, I’m pretty sure I went into complete fangirl meltdown, because – well, I’d said three or four words to Cassandra Clare and Holly Black! Hopefully, I get to meet them again one day – and actually say something comprehensible.

Bookish scented candles

This is a recent discovery for me, but the idea of bringing the scents described in the book to life seemed amazing. There are so many different types of bookish scented candles – characters, places, the smell of old books…Can I just buy them all?

The smell of books

I’m one of those people who, when they get a new book, smells the pages before doing anything else. I don’t know why, but I just love the smell of books. I love walking into a bookshop or library filled with the smell of old and new books. I think I might need one of these book scented candles.

Talking to other bookish people

There is something about connecting with people over a shared love of books, be it a certain book or series, or just books in general. I love finishing a good book and gushing with other fans, or discussing my favourite books with someone, and recommending them.

Rearranging bookshelves 

There is something so satisfying about rearranging your bookshelves – well, seeing the end result, anyway. It can be quite stressful trying to figure out how the hell you managed to fit all of those books on that shelf before you took them off. Or, working out how to rearrange them – colour? Size? Author? Series?
But still, it’s one of my favourite things to do when I’m bored.

Bookshops

No matter how much time I have to spare, if there is a bookshop in the near vicinity, I HAVE TO GO TO IT. Waterstones calls to me and I can’t deny the bookshop. I love just perusing the shelves and pulling out books at random. And, more often than not, I end up leaving with a new book and a slightly lighter purse. This is why I have no money.

Libraries

I love libraries. I love how peaceful and quiet they are, and how you can just settle down in a comfy chair to read or finally work on the growing pile of college work you have. I did work experience in my local library a few years ago and it was a lovely experience. It was a very relaxing place, and it was great to recommend some great reads to people, and to get some great recommendations from others!

 Cover/ title reveals

Finding out that one of your favourite authors has a new book coming out is one of the most exciting things in this world. And so is reading the synopsis of a new book from a debut author or author you haven’t read yet and knowing that you have to read their book. But there is something about the build up to a cover – or title – reveal that is so…enchanting? I love how fans come together to talk about their excitement and predictions of what the title will be, or how beautiful the cover will look. It’s one of the best things.

Book to movie adaptations

Finding out that a book you love is going to be adapted for TV or film is simultaneously extremely exciting, and extremely terrifying. But when done well, it is a beautiful thing. Suddenly, you are able to experience all the awesome-ness of the book whenever you want, in a shorter time – though of course the book is always better. 😀

Rereading favourite books

The first time you read a book, grow to love the world and characters within, and realise that this book is going to be a new favourite (or even THE favourite), is something really special. It’s a feeling like no other. And,  although this feeling isn’t the same the second time reading the book, it is still something magical. If only we could reread our favourite books as if for the first time again! And it’s surprising how much more you notice the second time around!

These are just ten of my bookish delights, but there are so many more! What are some of yours?

Release Day Blitz: The Rose and the Dagger

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I am so excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an amazing giveaway!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below, including an excerpt!
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the book:

The Rose and the DaggerTitle: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook & audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust. In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan. While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Praise for The Rose and the Dagger:

“Above all there is the shattering, triumphant catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist

Excerpt:

Click here to read an excerpt!

About Renée:

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Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only.

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Ends on May 3rd at Midnight EST!

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Waiting on Wednesday: Three Dark Crowns

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine which spotlights exciting up and coming releases.

My pick for this week:

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns

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Release date: 20th September 2016

Synopsis:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Why am I excited?

This book sounds amazing! I loved Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood & Girl of Nightmares, and I’ve heard great things about her Goddess War series, so I’m sure I’ll love this too.

What releases are you waiting on?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This week was books that made me laugh (or at least chuckle).

Fangirl & Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

These books were so sweet and funny – I laughed so much while reading them.

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

I loved all of the laugh out loud moments in this book, and really enjoyed reading it.

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare 

City of Bones

There were so many times, while reading all of the shadowhunter novels, that I found myself laughing out loud – practically every other page. They were so fun!

The Covenant series & The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve said that I love love LOVE Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books, and a huge reason for this is that there are so many hilarious moments in them.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae

I loved all of the witty banter between the characters in Illuminae. It was hilarious and made this book even more awesome than it already was.

What are some of the funniest books you’ve read?

Mini Review: Kindred Spirits

Kindred SpiritsTitle: Kindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 96
Published by: Macmillans Kids UK
Release date: 25th February 2016
Synopsis:
‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
‘Maybe.’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

Purchase from: Amazon | Waterstones

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Review:

I was overjoyed when I found out that Rainbow Rowell was writing a short story for World Book Day. I LOVED Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, and so I was so excited to read Kindred Spirits. And I was not disappointed! Once again, Rainbow Rowell has managed to perfectly encapsulate what it’s like to be in a fandom. And, in true Rainbow Rowell style, Kindred Spirits was sweet and adorable and fun – I never wanted it to end!

Elena, the main character, is ecstatic at the prospect of a new Star Wars film. She can hardly wait, and decides to join the line outside of the theater days before the film’s release. Only, the line turns out to be just two people – Troy and Gabe. Despite this, Elena stays in line and camps out. Following this is a hilarious and heartwarming string of events that kept the book glued to my hands!

I loved the characters in this story – they were all so funny and relatable. I loved how they were all so different yet were brought together by their shared love of Star Wars, and when they were together, their interactions were funny and Star Wars-y and adorable. There was never a dull moment with these three.

The writing was amazing. This is a book that you can fly through in no time at all, loving every. Single. Page. I need more!

Rating:

Kindred Spirits is a book that makes you feel warm and fuzzy and happy. I loved it so much! ★★★★.5

Waiting on Wednesday: And I Darken

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine which spotlights exciting up and coming releases.

My pick for this week:

And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken

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Release date: 28th June 2016 (UK: 7th July)

Synopsis:

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she’ll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

Why am I excited?

This book sounds so dark and wonderful. And that cover is GORGEOUS! I need it in my life!

What releases are you waiting on?