January 19, 2018

Myths and Magic *Tour & Giveaway*

Myths and Magic
An Epic Fantasy and Speculative Fiction Boxed Set
K.N. Lee
Bec McMaster
Calinda B
Jayne Fury
Lori Titus
Jessica Cage
Jeffrey Bardwell
LC Ireland
Kara Jaynes
Jessica West
Alex H. Singh
Alledria Hurt
Caroline A. Gill
Mary Bernsen
CI Black
Terri Bruce

16 Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels by 16 New York Times, USA Today, and Award-winning and Break Out Authors!

There is adventure out there … if you’re brave enough to risk it. 
Explore worlds of darkness, danger, and magic in sixteen exclusive fantasy and science fiction novels, available for a limited time. There are tough choices to be made and dastardly villains to outwit in this breath-taking collection that will have you at the edge of your seat. 
Plucky heroes and devastating anti-heroes face off against demons, spirits, shifters, witches, and more in this limited-edition arrangement that features a satisfying combination of epic fantasy, science fiction, romance, urban fantasy, sword and sorcery, and more!
This killer deal won’t last forever, so grab your copy today!

K.N. Lee is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is the author of the Dragon-Born Saga, Eura Chronicles, Wonderland University, and the Chronicles of Koa series. When she is not writing twisted urban fantasy, epic tales of dragons, pirates, and mermaids, and dark poetry, she does a great deal of traveling and spending time with her family. Wannabe rockstar, foreign language enthusiast, and anime geek, K.N. Lee also enjoys gaming and sketching. She is a winner of the Elevate Lifestyle Top 30 Under 30 "Future Leaders of Charlotte" award for her success as a writer, business owner, and for community service.
She is signed with Captive Quill Press and Patchwork Press and represented by Hershman Rights Management.
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January 18, 2018

Monthly Book Subscription Boxes Yay or Nay?

I have had the chance to try four different monthly subscription boxes, and I found some to be better than others.

The first box I tried was Owlcrate in June 2017. I was happy with the book choices, but the rest of the box fell flat. The books included in the box were The Sandcastle Empire and New World Rising. The other items included a bath bomb (I have a shower, no bath), a sleep mask (who even wears these?), a bookmark with a Sarah J Maas quote (mine came scuffed up), a iron on patch, magnet (this was my favorite item), and a pin. I was less than thrilled with this box, especially with all the hype around the company.

The second box I tried was Fairyloot, also June 2017. I was pleased with this box, but I wouldn't get it again since it's a little pricey. The book was Roar by Cora Carmack. The items included an awesome pillow case with a Stephen King Quote, potion bottle post it notes, a hamsa bracelet, chapstick (I was allergic to it), candle, bookmark, soap, and a sampler for another book. I thought it was well worth the money, and had items I could actually use.

The third box I tried was Shelflove Crate in December 2017. I was happy with this one as well. The book was Everless by Sara Holland. The items included a pillow case, an amazing planner with bookish content, time turner, soap, an art print of Miss Peregrine (LOVE this), and magnet. This was my favorite of the four.

The fourth and final box I have tried is Indie Book Connect. It centers around getting indie author's work out in the world, which I love. The two signed books I received this month were The Houseboat by Ashley Gallegos and Catarina's Ring by Lisa McGuinness. I am super excited for Catarina's ring since it centers around a cooking class in Italy! I'm a bit apprehensive about The Houseboat because I don't read many thrillers, but I'm definitely going to give it a try. The package also came with a cute bookmark. I love that this box is only $20 +shipping.

I do have to say that I would have never picked up any of the these books by myself, so that is cool. I like being introduced to new and exciting reads. I would say monthly book subscriptions are a YAY...For the most part.

January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Sightwitch

The Witchlands # 0.5
Susan Dennard
Pub date: 2/13/18

Set a year before Truthwitch, Sightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.

My Thoughts
I absolutely love the world Dennard has created, so I obviously have to read anything set there. I'm not typically a fan of novellas, but for one of my favorite series, I'll make an exception. I am looking forward to learning about Ryber and Kullen. The cover is gorgeous!

January 12, 2018

2018 Goals Rebooted

Today I watched Ariel Bissett's video on competitive reading, and it struck a chord. I realized that for the past few years I have been trying so hard to read what everyone else is reading AKA the newest hyped up young adult novel. Don't get me wrong I love young adult, and I will probably always read it, but they aren't the only books I love. I've also always tried so hard to meet my Goodreads goal, and most years not reaching it. I felt like I somehow failed for that year, which is crazy. I know that reading, no matter the amount, is a wonderful thing. So, I have decided to set my goal at 1 book. That means I have already met my goal, and now reading can be fun for the rest of the year. My Goodreads goal can no longer shout at me that I'm 8 books behind schedule!

My 2018 Goals Rebooted
  1. Read.

January 11, 2018

REVIEW: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest
Holly Black
Pub date: 1/13/15

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

My Review
This is a hard book to review. I went from loving it to hating it so often. My feelings were as erratic as the pacing. Nothing would happen, and then everything would happen all at once. I wish the action was spread more evenly throughout the book. I was confused as to what was going on for a lot of it. I needed more backstory.

I did enjoy the world very much. I felt like I was in this creepy enchanted town/forest. Very atmospheric. I wish I got to see more of the actual fairy castle. I loved the descriptions of the different fae characters, and I liked most of them. Hazel and Ben kind of annoyed me, but I loved Jack. However, I don't feel like I got to know any of them particularly well.

The ending was good and satisfying, but I wish there was more leading up to it.

This book was so-so for me, and I'm a sucker for fairy books. 3 stars.

January 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: The Dangerous Art of Blending In

The Dangerous Art of Blending In
Angelo Surmelis
Pub date: 1/30/18

Seventeen-year-old Evan Panos doesn’t know where he fits in. His strict Greek mother refuses to see him as anything but a disappointment. His quiet, workaholic father is a staunch believer in avoiding any kind of conflict. And his best friend Henry has somehow become distractingly attractive over the summer. 

Tired, isolated, scared—Evan’s only escape is drawing in an abandoned church that feels as lonely as he is. And, yes, he kissed one guy over the summer. But it’s his best friend Henry who’s now proving to be irresistible. It’s Henry who suddenly seems interested in being more than friends. And it’s Henry who makes him believe that he’s more than his mother’s harsh words and terrifying abuse. But as things with Henry heat up, and his mother’s abuse escalates, Evan has to decide how to find his voice in a world where he has survived so long by avoiding attention at all costs.

My Thoughts
The synopsis of this book both broke my heart and warmed it. I've never read anything like this, and it sounds promising. I expect my heart to be shredded up and then glued back together (I hope). It's been a while since I read a good contemporary, so I'm really looking forward to picking this up. It has a beautiful cover to boot.

January 9, 2018

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry *Tour & Giveaway*

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing
by Jen Castleberry
Genre: YA Fantasy

Fifteen years have passed since a Fire Scale scorched Cayda’s village. Fifteen years of beatings, of bare kitchen cupboards and sloppy swordplay. Fifteen years of biting her lip for her father’s cane while her younger sisters did the same for the grimy patrons of the village brothels. Fifteen years of staring steadfastly after beauty in an increasingly ugly world.

Now, with hair shorn and breast bound, Cayda marches into the Summer Alps as Cody, a hopeful Champion seeking a dragon-slayer’s reward, with the full weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders.

But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers that she is not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.
With monsters, gods, and royalty hot on her heels, Cayda must ask herself if victory is worth sacrificing her identity for – or her life.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Readers will not quickly forget the diverse cast or the thrilling, sexy ride!

Jen Castleberry resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and pets. Her background is in Communications and Animal Welfare. All of her pets are named after superheroes!

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