Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #108: Riders

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week's WoW is...


Riders by Veronica Rossi


Title: Riders (Riders #1)
Author: Veronica Rossi

Release date: February 16th 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.
They fail.

Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.
But will anyone believe him?

A new YA series from Veronica Rossi? Yes, please! I'm so curious about this book; the premise sounds great. I can't wait to dig into this one!


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Release Day Blitz: Forever with You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout's FOREVER WITH YOU! FOREVER WITH YOU is a standalone New Adult contemporary romance being released on September 29th, and is the fifth book in the Wait for You series, published by Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Grab your copy of this incredible addition to Jennifer's Wait For You series and see what everyone is talking about!


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FOREVER WITH YOU Synopsis:

In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

Some things you just believe in, even if you've never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It's out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she's got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph's eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.

Nick's self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he's knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she's building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can't walk away. Not when she's the only one who's ever made him wish for forever . . .


Praise for FOREVER WITH YOU:

“Armentrout packs a powerful emotional punch in her fifth Wait for Younew adult contemporary (after Fall with Me)... Armentrout tugs at the heartstrings while delivering an intense, gripping tale.” –Publishers Weekly

“Armentrout presents an emotional installment in her Wait for You series…[she] does it again, presenting a fast-paced tearjerker that fans will devour.”–Booklist




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And don’t miss the previous titles in the Wait for You series!

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WAIT FOR YOU (Wait for You #1)

TRUST IN ME (Wait for You #1.5)

BE WITH ME (Wait for You #2)

STAY WITH ME (Wait for You #3)

FALL WITH ME (Wait for You #4)

DREAM OF YOU (Wait for You #4.5)


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EXCERPT

I cradled my drink as Cam sauntered back to the pool tables. My mind wasn’t made up on the whole visiting them thing yet. Maybe I would. Maybe I wouldn’t.
            “Want another rum and coke?”
            My lips curled up at the sound of Nick’s rich, deep voice. We’d been chatting on and off since I plopped my butt down on the stool, and he had seemed happy that I was there.
            Total bonus points lottery with this guy.
“I’m good, but thanks.” The last thing I wanted to be was drunk. I smiled at him, pleased when his heavily hooded gaze dipped again. “Are you guys usually this busy on the weekend?”
            I could see that small talk was something Nick excelled at, which made sense, considering his occupation. He was an equal opportunity charmer. Women flocked to him at the bar. The other bartender, the girl with the pink glasses, seemed to take it all in stride.
“Not sure if you really call this busy, but Saturdays usually bring a larger crowd.” He glanced down the bar before continuing. “So you went to school with them?” he asked, jerking his chin in the direction Cam had roamed off to.
“Yeah.” Leaning forward, I placed my elbows on the bar. “I had no idea they had connections here. Total surprise.”
“Small world,” he said, echoing my earlier thought. “But you’re not very close with them.”
It was a statement, not a question. “What makes you think that?”
“Well, if you were, I guess you’d be over there with them. Or …”
Nick was observant. “Or what?”
            One side of his lips curled up as he folded his arms across his chest. The movement drew my attention. I was such a visual creature. Not that anyone would blame me right now. The black shirt he wore stretched around well-defined biceps. “Or you’d rather spend the time with me.”
            The twisty motion in my belly cranked up a notch. “Am I that transparent?”
            “In the best possible way.” He picked up a bottle. “I’m glad you did stop by. Every time the door opened last night, I looked up and hoped it was you.”
            “Is that so?”
            “I speak the truth.” His smile was lazy. “Did you finish unpacking?”
            “Yep.”
            “Were there any more rat bastard combinations?”
            I laughed. “There were a few more.”
            “Kind of mad I missed out on them.”
            “There’s always later.” I toyed with my glass as I met and held his stare. “So, Nick, do you have a last name?”
            “Blanco,” he replied after a brief hesitation. “Do you?”
            “Keith.” I grinned as he unfolded those arms. “I have another question for you.”
            Moving in, he placed his hands on the bar. “Ask away.”
            “Do you have a girlfriend?” My breath caught a little when he leaned in suddenly. Our mouths were close enough that we were breathing the same tiny patch of oxygen. “Or a boyfriend?”
            Nick didn’t bat an eyelash. “Nope to both. How about you?”
            Bonus points explosion!
            “None,” I said, welcoming the tingle that swirled down my spine as his breath warmed my lips.
            He tilted his head to the side, lining up his mouth with mine with just a fraction of an inch between us. I started to feel a little flushed. “You have plans tonight, Stephanie Keith?” he asked, voice deeper and rougher.
            I shook my head as my pulse tripped all over itself in a happy little dance.
            Nick’s grin spread into the kind of smile I knew left a trail of women in its wake. “You do now.”

About the author:

Author Photo--JLA_J. Lynn#1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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Saturday, 26 September 2015

Review: Illuminate by Tracy Clark

Title: Illuminate (The Light Key Trilogy #3)
Author: Tracy Clark

Release date: October 6th 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: eARC
Pages: 447

Source: NetGalley

Can one girl be the light in a world spiraling toward darkness?

Haunted by the loss of her loved ones, Cora Sandoval, one of the remaining few of an extraordinary race known as Scintilla, holds the key to disentangling the biggest conspiracy in human history...and its link to the fate of the human race. As Cora follows a trail of centuries-old clues and secrets, she collides with a truth not only shocking, but dangerous.

With enemies both known and unknown hot on her trail, Cora must locate each of the ancient clues hidden in the art, religions, and mythologies of humankind. And through it all, she must keep her heart from being torn apart by the two boys she loves most. One is Scintilla, one is Arazzi.

Save herself. Save the Scintilla. Save the world.
Or die trying…

Illuminate is the final book in the Light Key trilogy, and it definitely goes out with a bang. There was more action in this than the second book, and we finally get answers we've been waiting for since the first book. I hadn't reread the previous book before reading this, so there were some things I couldn't remember, but Tracy Clark did a great job on catching us up on the bigger events that occurred previously.

Cora goes off in search of the answers to what the key really is and what it opens. She'll do anything to save her loved ones and all the Scintilla remaining. Now that both her parents and her cousin are gone, she has very few people close to her left, and she's not about to let anyone else go. She has to deal with the future of her people as well as the two boys who have her heart - Finn and Giovanni.

This book is split into three alternating POVs - Cora, Finn, and Giovanni. It made sense since all three of them are separate for most of the novel. In fact, they were in different countries for most of it. That was one thing I didn't really like; I wish they'd been together more. They work well together (okay maybe not all three together, but at least Cora with one of the boys). Cora heads off to Italy early on, Finn stays in Ireland and Giovanni goes to Chile to take care of Cora's grandmother, who's also Scintilla.

There's quite a bit of focus on things that happened towards the end of Deviate, and I'm afraid I was still a little clueless there. But it set a lot in motion for the plot of this book. Finn has more Arrazi with him, which gives him new perspectives on things. I liked Finn way more in this - he's not depressed and kind of suicidal like he was in the previous book, thank god. He steps up and actually does stuff to help Cora.

The plot still moved a bit too slowly for my liking, and the book is pretty long. There's a lot of background on Christian stories from the Bible, and I was again clueless about those. But I do appreciate the amount of research that goes into a series like this! I feel like I learnt quite a bit from the background info we get.

Cora discovers the truth about what the light key is as well as about Scintilla and Arrazi. I won't say any more about that, but it's big, trust me. And I can't say much about the ending of the series without giving anything away, either. I can say that it's definitely not what I was expecting. And I commend Tracy on the writing decisions she made. It was a hell of a roller coaster, this series, and I'm glad I decided to read and review Scintillate when I got the chance.

*Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #107: The Isle

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week's WoW is...


The Isle by Jordana Frankel


Title: The Isle (The Ward #2)
Author: Jordana Frankel

Release date: January 19th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

The heart-racing and thrilling sequel to The Ward about a teenage female drag racer who will do anything to save her sister—and a flooded futuristic Manhattan.

Drought season is coming....

The Ward is in trouble—its streets filled with seawater after a devastating flood and its impoverished inhabitants suffering from a deadly disease called the Blight.

Ren, with the help of her scientist friend, Callum, and her racing buddy, Derek, has discovered a cure—miraculous spring water—administering it to her sick sister, Aven. But when Aven is kidnapped by Governor Voss, the malevolent dictator of the United Metro Isles (UMI), Ren must go on a dangerous mission to save her sister, again.

The mysterious healing water is the only source of freshwater throughout the entire UMI—water that Ren had been tasked by the government to discover. Although she refuses to give up the water’s location, Governor Voss has his own selfish reasons for wanting it. And he will do anything to satisfy his thirst for unquenchable power.

But Ren and Aven have more enemies than the governor. An ancient order, the Tètai, has been guarding the magical water for hundreds of years. And they will kill to protect it. With the Ward in desperate need of freshwater and wracked by disease—and deadly enemies at every turn—the sisters face a dangerous journey, marred by mysterious secrets and horrifying truths, to save their friends and neighbors, and a city.

Finally this book will be in our hands soon! The Ward was among the first physical ARCs I received, so it released quite a while ago and I've been waiting for this ever since. I loved the first book (and will definitely need a reread) so I'm super stoked for this one.


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Release Day Blitz: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson



I am so excited that WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful new series by Rae Carson, be sure to check out all the details below.


Title: WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER
Author: Rae Carson
Release Date: September 22 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 448
Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes &Noble | iBooks

The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? 

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.



Read chapter 1 of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER annotated by Rae Carson HERE!


About the author:

Rae Carson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. Her next book, Walk On Earth A Stranger, will be available September 22, 2015. She lives in Arizona with her husband.

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

In My Mailbox #45


In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren which allows us to share the books we’ve bought, borrowed and received.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff^
Velvet by Temple West
The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows*
Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr*

^ARC from NetGalley (thanks Random House!)
†review copy sent by Pansing Group (thanks Sasha!)
*ARCs from Edelweiss (thanks HarperCollins!)

Guys. I finally got Illuminae this week! And I've already read it - it's fantastic. I loved the world so much, and the format was super cool. My review will be up soon! I got a physical review copy of Velvet sent to my house this week, but I'm at uni in the US right now so I'll only get to read it in December :( It sounds pretty good, and I'm excited to read it when I get back.

I grabbed a couple of Harper titles from Edelweiss, because even though I have quite a few eARCs still to read, I couldn't resist. I haven't read The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows yet, but it sounds great so I'm excited to start that and then the sequel. Seven Black Diamonds (whose cover isn't out yet) sounds awesome too :D

So yeah, that's it for this week. But stay tuned for next week, because 26th September is the annual Boston Teen Author Festival! I'm so excited for it, and I'll definitely get signed books from a couple of authors there that I love.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Review: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

Title: The Immortal Heights (The Elemental Trilogy #3)
Author: Sherry Thomas

Release date: October 13th 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 282

Source: Edelweiss

In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good.

However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible—finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort....

Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. But will it be enough?

With The Immortal Heights, Sherry Thomas brings the acclaimed Elemental Trilogy to its breathtaking conclusion.

So much love for this series! The Immortal Heights was an amazing conclusion to the trilogy, and I loved seeing Iolanthe and Titus and everyone else showing their badass fighting skills throughout this book.

The entire novel takes place in a pretty short timespan. The rebels are fighting back against Atlantis while Titus, Iolanthe, Kashkari and Amara come up with a plan to take down the Bane once and for all. Kashkari gets some eye-opening prophetic dreams, and Titus sees some new entries in his mother's diary. But not everything that's foretold by them will come true - or at least that's what they all tell themselves. Time is running out, and the Bane is a power that's been around for centuries. The lightning girl and the Master of the Domain do everything in their power to defeat him and bring peace at last.

Iolanthe and Titus are one of my favourite YA couples ever. They complement each other so well, and I love that they had some light-hearted banter in this book despite all the serious stuff going on. You'd think there wouldn't be time for any romance between all the fighting, but these two make it happen. They're both incredible people on their own, but together they're so much stronger. I loved seeing them in action.

There were a few bits that bored me a little, and felt like an information overload too close to the end. I would have preferred it all to be a little more spread out, so it would be easier to take in. A lot of the things came as a shock, some were little twists to keep things interesting, and there were a couple of bigger reveals. The shock factor fell flat to me at some points, I'm not quite sure why. But anyway, that's the only issue I had with this book, so I was pretty happy about that.

I found it pretty funny how Titus still thought of Iolanthe as Fairfax, as if he'd gotten so used to it that Fairfax was a more comfortable name for him to call her. It's endearing in a way, though. It was great seeing most of the characters we met throughout the series, kind of like we get to say goodbye to them. And that epilogue just brought on all the feels again. Don't worry, I won't say any more about it!

Sherry Thomas has definitely pulled on my heartstrings with this one, and I adored her writing throughout. She does an amazing job with all the action scenes, and I totally felt like I was there fighting alongside Iolanthe and Titus. The Elemental Trilogy is one of my favourite YA series now, and I urge all you YA readers to pick these books up and devour them the way I did.

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Cover Reveal: The Fallen Prince by Amalie Howard




Riven has fought for a hard-won peace in her world, and has come to shaky terms with who and what she is—a human with cyborg DNA. Now that the rightful ruler of Neospes has been reinstated, Riven is on the hunt for her father in the Otherworld to bring him to justice for his crimes against her people.

But when she receives an unwelcome visit from two former allies, she knows that trouble is brewing once again in Neospes. The army has been decimated and there are precious few left to fight this mysterious new threat.

To muster a first line of defense, her people need help from the one person Riven loathes most—her father. But what he wants in return is her complete surrender.

And now Riven must choose: save Neospes or save herself.

Release date: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press

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About the author:


Seventeen Magazine Summer Club author Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children.



She is the author of The Aquarathi series from Harlequin TEEN (Waterfell and Oceanborn), The Almost Girl from Strange Chemistry, Alpha Goddess from Sky Pony Press, and Bloodspell from Langdon Street Press. She is represented by the Liza Royce Agency. Visit her at www.amaliehoward.comor on Twitter (@AmalieHoward).

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Review: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Title: Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2)
Author: Sara Raasch

Release date: October 13th 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 320

Source: Edelweiss

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

I'm glad to say that Ice Like Fire definitely lived up to my increasingly high expectations. It was just as good as Snow Like Ashes, though I still prefer the first book. There was so much that happened in this, and I loved that we got to see so many of the other kingdoms.

Now that Meira has taken up her responsibilities as Winter queen, she's realized that it's a lot harder than she thought. Building up an entire kingdom from ruins is no easy feat. But Meira is up for it, and she has the advice of the close friends she grew up with. Except for Mather, who's been avoiding her for months. Theron is by her side, though, and does his best to stand up against his father. But when the magic chasm is finally uncovered, Meira and Theron discover that they're on opposite sides, and Meira will do whatever it takes to stop Theron and the Cordellians from opening the chasm and giving power to everyone in Primoria.

This sequel is really long, much longer than I'm used to, and I'll give you a little warning - there's a lot of politics in it. I don't really like politics in YA (or in general either) so some parts dragged a little for me. There was less doing and more talking. But there are a lot of action-packed scenes that redeemed everything! Sara Raasch writes action like no other. I love how she sucks me into the book at the first hint of an action scene!

I liked Meira even more in this book, if that's possible. She has a completely different role now, but though she misses being a warrior, she knows she has to be a queen for her kingdom. She has to be diplomatic and get as many allies as possible, even if that means wearing extravagant gowns and travelling across Primoria to talk to other leaders. And giving up her beloved chakram.

In the beginning I didn't really like Mather or Theron. Mather acted like a little child, and he just wouldn't fight for Meira despite what he felt. Theron makes decisions regarding Winter without concerning Meira, and he does some other stuff I didn't like. Mather gets better as the book progresses, thank god. He gets some sense into himself, and then really starts fighting for Winter. Theron, unfortunately, I did not warm to at all. I loved him in the first book, so that was really disappointing for me. He has the potential to be a really lovable character.

We meet quite a few new people in this, some I loved and some I hated. It's really intriguing to see how the other leaders run their kingdoms, and how that reflects the kind of people they are. We're going to see more new places in the next book, and I can't wait!

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

Friday, 11 September 2015

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release date: September 1st 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 565

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.




I'll try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but no promises! This book was long as hell but I loved it so much that I wanted more as soon as I finished the last page. Queen of Shadows has so much in it - character development, action, mystery, suspense, heartbreak, and yes, romance.

It was hard to get used to thinking of Celaena as Aelin in the beginning, but what helped is that she's quite different now. In fact, we see both versions of her - Celaena and Aelin - in this book, and the difference is quite stark. Aelin is kinder, I guess. And she is fully focused on saving her friends and getting back her kingdom. Oh, and of course getting revenge on certain people. I liked seeing this side of her, and I think Aelin will make a great queen.

Aelin has returned to Adarlan, for Dorian and her cousin Aedion. She feels the absence of Rowan quite deep, but she soon gets into the thick of things. Chaol is now a hundred percent with the rebels after what happened in Heir of Fire. He leads them, and still hasn't given up on Dorian. Oh, Dorian. My heart broke for him so much in this book. I don't want to say much about what happens with him, so I'll just skip over that.

There are some characters in this that I totally didn't expect to love, but did. Aedion is one. It's sweet seeing how much he cares for Aelin and how he'll do anything to see her safely on the throne. He's jaded in ways after his imprisonment by the king, but he has a good sense of humour that comes out at the right times. Though he and Aelin don't always agree on everything, they're family and have known each other since childhood, and will always be comfortable with each other.

The other character is Lysandra. I'm sure you remember her from previous books. Celaena hated her, and vice-versa. But in this book, Lysandra reveals a lot about herself and her character, and it's definitely not as shallow as we'd thought. She and Aelin even become friends. Lysandra is courageous and kind and selfless, and we get a few other surprises from her as well. I can't wait to see more of her in the next book.

I know quite a few people were disappointed with things that happened in this book, and I kind of understand. But that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. I didn't like what happened to Chaol's character, and how he and Aelin are now constantly arguing and fighting. They used to be together, they used to be in love! How can they just forget about all the time they spent loving each other? My heart broke for the lost relationship and friendship between those two, and I really hope they patch everything up soon. Chaol's an amazing guy, and I want to see him be that guy again.

And now to Rowan, who is hands down my favourite character of the series so far. I adored him in Heir of Fire, and I was hoping we'd see a lot of him in this book. Well, we sure do! After spending a few weeks away from Aelin, Rowan finds her in Adarlan. He's without magic, of course, and that's weird for him. But he's there for Aelin like a sturdy immovable rock. Rowan has a prickly side, but he's kind and thoughtful and cares so much for Aelin. Moreover, he needs Aelin as much as she needs him, and they're evenly matched in many different ways. I'm just really happy the two of them had each other in this book.

I've rambled way too much about the characters and not much about the plot, which I guess tells you that Queen of Shadows is a bit more character-oriented. But the plot progresses so much, so fast. There isn't a dull moment in this book at all. Well, I didn't really love some of the Manon chapters, but they finally tied into the actual story at some point so that was interesting.

All in all, an incredible installment in the Throne of Glass series. I really don't want to wait another year to read more of these amazing characters! This book will make you laugh, cry, shiver, and shake with excitement. I already want to reread it! Sarah Maas, you've done a great job with this book and I'm super eager for the next.

Rating: 5/5

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Release Week Blitz: Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins




I am so excited that SWEET TEMPTATION by Wendy Higgins releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful series by Wendy Higgins, be sure to check out all the details below.

Title: SWEET TEMPTATION
Author: Wendy Higgins
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 485
Format: Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

Author Note: Sweet Temptation will encompass the entire trilogy in a condensed version, beginning with Kai's life before he met Anna, and taking readers through the epilogue of Sweet Reckoning. Sweet Temptation is a companion novel, not meant to be a stand alone story. It will definitely be a richer experience for those who have read the original trilogy.





Click HERE to read an excerpt fro SWEET TEMPTATION!

Also check out Wendy's PINTEREST board for KAI!


About the author:



Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue.  Wendy earned a bachelor's in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood.


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Giveaway!

1 Paperback of SWEET TEMPTATION and a signed bookplate and bookmarks. US Only.


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