ARC Review: The Union by S. Usher Evans

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By: S. Usher Evans
Published: February 14th, 2017
Published by: Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing
Format: ARC

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis:
Prince Galian spends his days ministering to the sick in Kylae, but his nights strategizing how to change hearts and minds of his people. With the death camp closed, the country is becoming more volatile, and even King Grieg may not be able to maintain control over the warring factions.

Across the Great Madion Sea, Theo Kallistrate seeks an audience with the Raven rebels, rumored to be brewing insurrection against President Bayard. But they don’t trust her, and progress has been achingly slow. When the war takes a major turn, Theo and Galian find themselves front and center in a political firestorm that could end with their union…or their funeral.

The Union is the final book in the Madion War Trilogy, which readers have called, “fast-paced,” “compelling,” and “not to be missed.”

Add The Union to Goodreads right here!

The Union by S. Usher Evans was definitely one of my Top Ten Reads of 2016, and I’m so excited that it has now officially been released for everyone to read! As the finale of the Madion War trilogy, it is by far my favourite of three books. With its complex characters, plot, and very detailed world-building, The Union is for sure worthy of the 5 stars I give it.

One of my things about The Union is the writing of the main characters Theo, and Galian. Theo has become one of my favourite female characters with her stubborn, yet deeply-caring personality, and her drive to fight for what she believes in. Her character has evolved greatly since she was first introduced in the Island, and even though she has to go through tons of shit, she knows she can do anything and will do it for her country and the people she loves. Galian is also a well-fleshed out character. Evans really does a great job creating the “prince-type” character without making him seem like other princes in other YA novels. Galian is deeply loyal and caring to those he loves, and his caring personality complements Theo’s personality well.

Not only are the characters individually written superbly, but their chemistry is written incredibly. I really enjoyed their genuine conversations which are absolutely swoon-worthy. I also love how realistic their relationship is, whether it be figuring out a problem, or being apart from each other. Their love really makes the book what it is, doing everything you can to be with one another.

In addition, the secondary characters were so much fun to read about! While Rhys will always be the lovable older brother of Galian, surprisingly, I also really enjoyed the character of Galian’s mother. The queen was a real surprise and I am fascinated by how much of a sweetheart she is.

The plot in this one. Oh man. I love the Island and the Chasm, but the Union really brought out the surprises. Without spoiling anything from the book, Evans really takes her plotting to the next level with unpredictable situations that are thrown at the two main characters. This book had slower scenes, and also scenes that had my heart pounding uncontrollably. Trust me, there were a couple heart-stoppers in there! She had so many twists and turns, it was a lot of fun to read.

S. Usher Evans always does the world-building the best, and in the Union, it was no surprise that the world became even more complex. We are exposed to more countries, and more details about Galian’s home, and other interesting details. The world of the Madion War Trilogy really just pulled me in and the politics of the world are so intricate that it feels almost real for a fantasy.

Final Verdict:

The Union is not just any love story. It is one set in a complex world with war and politics, with forbidden love and two main characters who would do anything for each other. If you are looking for a fantasy that will suck you right in, I highly recommend picking up the Madion War Trilogy!

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January Wrap-Up + February TBR

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Throughout January, I was bombarded with tests, projects, and exams as my semester came to a close. It was difficult to blog actively during that time, but I was able to continue planning new posts that I should be posting in the next little while! It’s been a lot of fun to plan, and I can’t wait till I start diversifying my blog with different types of content!

So in January, I was able to finish one book which happened to be an ARC. It was The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie, the sequel to The Abyss Surrounds Us. Let me tell you, it was absolutely stellar and a solid five stars from me! I absolutely loved the characters, and action throughout the novel. It was a great end to the duology. My review about it will be up soon hopefully! I hope to be able to read more sooooon.

In February, I hope to be reading some more given I’ll be having more time. I hope to finish:

  • Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
  • Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

I have actually started all of these, but I haven’t had time to finish any of them haha. Anyways, watch out for what’s coming to the blog soon! I’m hoping it’ll be cool!

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What have you been reading?

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My Top 6 Reads in 2016

In 2016, I read 82 books. That’s 52 more than in 2015. So yayyyy *clap clap* me! Thus, I have a lot of great novels this year! It was so, so hard to narrow down this list because 2016 was filled with so many well-written and inspiring novels. Without further ado, here is my top 6 reads in 2016!

247909011. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

This book was absolutely stellar with its diverse cast of characters including POC, women, and LGBT+ representation. All of the characters and relationships were extremely well-written especially the main character, Cas Leung.

(Goodreads) (My Review)

 

214144392. Truthwitch (and Windwitch) by Susan Dennard

An amazing fantasy set in a world with six types of witcheries. Safi and Iseult are Threadsisters who would do anything for each other. When a card game goes wrong and they’re running for their lives, and playing a very dangerous game. Windwitch is a 2017 novel and is definitely a sequel you need to read!

(Goodreads) (My Reviews to Come Soon!)

254676983. The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry

A debut about risking one’s future for love, Natalie just graduated from high school who starts seeing glimpses of magic. She meets Beau and is told she has 3 months to save them. Time, romance, magical realism, and contemporary combine to tell a magical story.

(Goodreads) (My Review to Come Soon!)

 

232720284. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

The descendants of Holmes and Watson attend the same boarding school where a mystery occurs. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson don’t exactly hit it off right away, but soon become friends and partners. A funny, yet darker mystery, you won’t be able to put this book down.

(Goodreads) (My Review)

179273955. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, Feyre is on a journey to heal herself after the ordeals she faced in the predecessor. At the night court, she meets Rhysand and they go on an adventure to save Prythian and the other courts.

(Goodreads) (Seriously just read this book??)

51jlxspyswl-_sx323_bo1204203200_6. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The first in a trilogy, Nevernight is about Mia Corvere who has the gift of the shadows. She is inducted into an assassin school and must survive initiation to become a full-time Blade. But when a silent killer starts killing students, will Mia survive long enough to make it through?

(Goodreads) (Review Soon!)

Honourable Mentions

I definitely did read a lot in 2016, so it was super difficult to narrow down this list, but I have some books I still want to mention! First, The Madion War Trilogy by S. Usher Evans was a super great read with great characters and world-building. I definitely recommend picking up this series and the rest of her books as well! I also want to mention Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Even though I haven’t quite finished it yet, the writing and characters are superb, making it a great ending to the duology. In addition, I want to mention Exit, Pursued by a Bear and Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston, both of which are emotionally-written and amazing novels. Lastly, I want to recommend Riley Redgate’s Seven Ways We Lie which was a great coming of age novel with such a diverse cast!

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Phew! That was a long one. These are my favourites from 2016, what were some of your favourite books in 2016?

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2016 in Perspective + 2017 Foreshadowed

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2016, 2016, 2016… what a year guys.

As I begin writing this with less than an hour till 2017, I can’t really fathom that an entire year has gone by. I clearly remember writing last year’s post under the covers of my bed an hour after it became 2016 hoping for it to be the best year yet.

While it was great in some ways, in other ways, it was trash. I accomplished so much in my personal life including adjusting to new circumstances, and making a lot of new friends. I’ve kept up my grades and had time to explore so many different types of media. So many great movies and books have come out in 2016, it’s mindblowing. But also, many of my iconic figures passed away in 2016, such as Christina Grimmie and Carrie Fisher, and unbelievable events happened like Trump voted as president. But all in all, I think it was overall a successful year.

Last year, I had a list of goals I wrote for 2016, and I accomplished very few of them. You can read the post here if you’d like: 2015 in Perspective + 2016 Foreshadowed

I did manage to surpass my Goodreads goal of 35 books by 82 books! I also cohosted a Truthwitch read along with my buddy Duane. I drew a lot in 2016, I trained hard in karate and badminton, and did keep my marks high. I didn’t manage posting twice a week on the blog or instagram, nor did I finish the Raven Cycle lol.

I also met so many great friends in 2016! I met Breanna @ RecommendsBook who is such an amazing person, and I’m so glad to have gotten to know her better over the course of the year!

Also, shoutout to all the people who made my 2016 awesome! Sondra, Megan, Faith, Anelio, Jana: y’all my Firewitches and always made my day with our random shenanigans and spontaneous laugh sessions! Claire and Duane: you guys omg we have the best discussions about books and random stuff, our skype sessions are on-point. Breanna: you bring me up when days are low, maybe skype soon? lol.

To everyone: thank you for a great 2016, here’s to an even better 2017!

But anyways, I think in terms of blogging, I did manage to grow my blog a lot more! I now have over 80 followers on my blog and passed 10,000 views! I also switched from Blogger to WordPress and am much happier with my blog now. I hope to continue growing my blog in the new year!

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Some goals for the new year include:

  1. Growing this blog – this includes also posting about other things that books!
  2. Reading over 40 books – so at least half of what I read this year!
  3. Receive my first requested ARC – strangely have received an unsolicited ARC first lol!
  4. Getting my black belt in karate – I’m so close guys, so close.
  5. Drawing *better* – solidifying my style, digital drawing, constant sketching…
  6. Blog a hell of a lot more – just about anything, probs at least twice a week!
  7. Do well at school – gotta maintain that 97% man.
  8. Get to know you all better – socialize i need.

Hopefullyyyyy, I’ll be able to actually achieve these goals in 2017, unlike my 2016 goals! Hahahaha! XD I don’t want to push the numbers because I’d like it to take it’s natural course and not be something for me to stress over. Maybe I’ll add to this list as the year goes on? Who knows, lol.

2016, was a pretty good year, hopefully, 2017 will be absolutely amazing.

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Happy New Year! I hope 2017 will be a great year for you! Do you have any goals for this year?

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ARC Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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By: Marissa Meyer
Pages: 449
Published: November 8th, 2016
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Format: ARC

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis:
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Add Heartless to Goodreads right here!

I read Heartless back in March when I first received the ARC from Indigo Teen. And let me just say I almost died then and there because I had one of my most anticipated reads of 2016 IN MY HANDS. And I was practically still a new blogger so I was absolutely ecstatic to be able to read and review an ARC of a New York Times Bestseller and the author of The Lunar Chronicles which I absolutely adored. So, I dove right into the novel and absolutely devoured it. I rate Heartless with a solid 4 stars for its great characters and plot.

Let’s just start off by saying I absolutely love Marissa Meyer’s writing. Since reading Cinder, I can tell her writing has improved with every novel she writes. Heartless has definitely been some of her most solid writing so far. It has so many beautiful lines in it. Here are some of my favourite quotes from Heartless:

“Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to.”

“But hoping,” he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.”

“The easiest way to steal something, is for it to be given willingly.”

Marissa’s world-building is, yet again, spot on. We all know the magical and whimsical Wonderland, but do we really know it? Marissa brings her own twist to the world and it was absolutely amazing! She brought back all of our familiar characters and added unique qualities to each of them to make the story she wanted to tell.

Also, I really loved the characters in Heartless! While Cath was slightly boring in my opinion, she was a great protagonist. It was quite obvious as to what she would do as we all know how the story goes, but the way Marissa wrote it made me really connect with Cath and I could feel the reason why she decided everything she did. My favourite character in this book definitely had to be Jest. He was hilarious, charming, and witty, and definitely the most enjoyable character in the book. He broke my heart.

The only thing that bothered me with this book was that we all know how the Queen of Hearts ends up being this mean lady. Marissa built everything upon that so I didn’t find the plot very interesting in the sense that there were no obvious plot twists for me personally. I kinda predicted most of what was going to happen. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the events within the book. I just wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for something completely new in terms of plot twists.

Final Verdict:

Heartless was one wild emotional ride and if you love amazing characters and anything in the world of Alice of Wonderland, this book is definitely for you! It’ll definitely rip out your heart lol.

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Will you be reading Heartless? Or have you already? How did you like it?

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November Wrap-Up + December TBR // Life Update!

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November went by in a flash and it is already the middle of December.

*cues screaming*

~Time for a: LIFE UPDATE~

I disappeared for a couple weeks there to take a breather for life and for school, and mainly for myself. I’ve been reflecting on how I can manage my personal and this blog and I’ve realized that while I love blogging, sometimes it will have to take the back seat to my real life. As always, I try my best to post as often as possible, but I need to take breaks. I’ve got one week till my break and I plan to use the breather from school to get out of my reading slump and also spend a lot of time with my family and friends.

That doesn’t mean I’ll be gone again. With the stressful part of school coming to a close by the end of January, I’ll be spacing out scheduled posts that I have written up in my drafts, as well as hopefully writing more posts in my spare moments! Yes! So I plan on getting this blog up and running more especially with the new year approaching! And I have plans for the new year that will keep this blog more active and looking more complete. *cough* review archive *cough*

~BACK WITH THE RECAP AND TBR~

Welp. In November, I barely read anything at all (aka total failure hahaha). I read Timekeeper by Tara Sim and wrote an SST review which can be found here. I absolutely recommend this book for its amazingly written relationships and world-building!

Also, I received a copy Windwitch by Susan Dennard in the mail and am super glad to be back on the street team! I’ve recently started it and plan to finish it during my break. It’s so good so far, and I cannot believe I’ve had to put it down! Gahhhh!!

With the end of 2016, quickly approaching (ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!) I’ve made a tentative TBR for the rest of this month:

  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston
  • Queens of the Geek by Jen Wilde

And those are my plans for the rest of this year! I’ve already surpassed my Goodreads challenge by 200%, so I know for sure I’ll be setting it higher for next year!

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I hope everyone’s exams and life is going well! I can’t wait to blog more soon! 😀

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SST Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim + GIVEAWAY!

Sunday Street Team was created by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28! For more info, click here!

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By: Tara Sim
Pages: 368
Published: November 8th, 2016
Published by: Sky Pony Press
Format: e-ARC
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Sypnosis:

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

Add Timekeeper to Goodreads right here!

This review for Timekeeper is posted as part of the Sunday Street Team hosted by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28! More more info on the street team, click here. Thank you to Nori and the publisher for sending me a copy to read in exchange for an honest review!

I was in a reading slump for the the past month. I just couldn’t bring myself to read anything. Then I saw that I had to read Timekeeper to post this review today, and I thought to myself, “well I’ll give this a try and hopefully it gets me out of my slump.” And boy, it really did. I flew through this amazing novel, relishing at its amazing world-building, characters and relationships. I rate Timekeeper with an amazing 5 stars. Here are 4 reasons why you should read it!

1. Danny is such complex character

Danny is a prodigy clock mechanic whose father is trapped in a town where all time has stopped. Obviously wanting to save his father, he is given a back seat by his superiors after an accident he had while fixing a tower where he almost died. On top of that, he has few people he can rely on making him a little lost. He just wants to do what he believes is right, but with his past, few people take him seriously. Throughout the novel, we get to see Danny transform into someone more confident about himself and willing to do what is right even if no one believes him. Danny is truly an amazing character, and I can’t wait to see him develop more in the sequel novels.

2. Dalton? Maybe Colanny? Anyways, DANNYXCOLTON IS AMAZING!

If there’s anything I love about Timekeeper, it was the relationship between Danny and Colton. It’s canonically gay! And their relationship was very natural and I really liked how they supported each other and were just overall fascinated by each other. They were super cute and I felt that they truly were themselves when they were with each other. Also, I tend to be a sucker for forbidden romances hahaha.

3. Victorian London + Steampunk = ABSOLUTELY COOL!

The world Tara Sim used in her novel brought me back to one of my favourite genres: steampunk. Rarely do I see good novels with this a good take on the subject, and well, the world in Timekeeper blew me away. I absolutely loved the idea of incorporating mythology into the reason the clock towers are so important. I also really liked how Tara described the world through Danny’s eyes, I could easily picture everything going on around me, from the the townspeople to the automobiles. I definitely would recommend this novel if you love historical steampunk!

4. The DIVERSITY

With the need of more diversity in YA fiction, Timekeeper has lots of positive LGBTQIA+ representation, as well as POC characters. The main character, Danny, is openly gay at the start of the novel and eventually falls in love with Colton who is also queer. Danny’s assistant, Brandon is a POC who has a smaller, but still important role within the novel. Timekeeper is definitely a novel with diversity, and a great addition to the YA genre.

Final Verdict:

I highly recommend picking up Timekeeper for its intriguing plot, beautiful relationships, and characters. It was a lovely read that you will not be able to put down!

About the Author:

Tara Sim can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. TIMEKEEPER is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, or check out her website tarasim.com for fun extras.

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Will you be reading Timekeeper?

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The Union – Preorder Blitz!

Fifty years of war have led to this.The Union, the final book in the Madion War Trilogy, is now available for preorder.

Prince Galian spends his days ministering to the sick in Kylae, but his nights strategizing how to change hearts and minds of his people. With the death camp closed, the country is becoming more volatile, and even King Grieg may not be able to maintain control over the warring factions.

Across the Great Madion Sea, Theo Kallistrate seeks an audience with the Raven rebels, rumored to be brewing insurrection against President Bayard. But they don’t trust her, and progress has been achingly slow. When the war takes a major turn, Theo and Galian find themselves front and center in a political firestorm that could end with their union…or their funeral.

The final book in the Madion War Trilogy takes readers further into the political quagmire between Rave and Kylae, twisting and turning to a stunning conclusion that leaves readers breathless. All books in the series are currently available for preorder/purchase in eBook, paperback, and hardcover.

Add the trilogy to your Goodreads TBR!

I just want to say guys, I have already read The Union and it is absolutely amazing! Honestly one of the best trilogy conclusions I have ever read! I would highly recommend you pick this one up!

Buy direct and get a free gift!The Prince and the Heiress, available as an exclusive preorder gift through SGR-Pub.com

Preorder The Union from Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing and receive an exclusive, free novella called The Prince and the Heiress.

After the events in The Union, the world is in a precarious position. Prince Rhys struggles to keep the country from imploding. To undo the damage done by his father, he must forge alliances with those he once considered enemies. Across the great Madion Sea, Olivia Collins oversees her company’s hasty cross-ocean move while closely watching the events back home. But when Prince Rhys asks her to help, she realizes they’re more alike than she thought.

This bonus novella is only available with preorders through SGR-Pub.com.

The Union is also available through these book retailers

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

iBook

Kobo

Book Depository (HC | PB)

Indie Bound

For more information about the first two books in the trilogy,
click on the covers below. Both books are on sale this week only for $0.99

The Island, the first book in the Madion War Trilogy The Chasm, the second book in the Madion War Trilogy

About the Author

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit. Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, and Empath, all published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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October Wrap-Up + November TBR // Haul??!

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October was a busy month for in real life stuff. I got like absolutely nothing done in terms of reading lol. I ended blogging quite a bit though and I am quite proud of that considering the months before I blogged almost a total of 0 times lol. Hmmmm… let’s see what I read shall we?

  • Parts of Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston (currently waiting for the audiobook again on hold)
  • Parts of Timekeeper by Tara Sim (I keep getting cut offfffffff)
  • I alpha’d a novel for a good friend of mine and let’s just say this is probably what’s going to get her published 😀
  • I beta’d a novel for S. Usher Evans and let’s just say it WAS AMAZING HOPEFULLY I’M OUT OF MY SLUMP NOW

And… THAT’S ALL I READ HAHAHAHAHA. I think I’m just really high because I’ve been sick the past couple of days and hopefully this wrap-up is coherent enough lol. Ummm… what else happened in October?

  • I had my 1 year blogiversary! Check out my post right here!
  • I also have a giveaway going on over at my twitter!
  • I technically received my first unsolicited physical ARC lol.
  • I went to a signing for Marie Lu and got like a bajillion things signed (event recap coming soon!)
  • I ended up in Mystic Messenger hell.

Yes, some pretty cool happened in October. I’m really happy that my blogiversary has come and gone, now I must get back into blogging more often and write reviews. Yes, reviews. However, I’m thinking of expanding my site to include other stuff but that shall be in another post.

With that aside, here’s what I plan to read in November and will FOR SURE ACTUALLY READ:

  • Timekeeper by Tara Sim
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (HOPEFULLY)
  • Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston (PROBABLY)

Setting my expectations low, low, low, lowwwwww… omg I just had a 2000’s flashback. OKAY well that’s it for the wrap-up and TBR, now onto the haul of what I got in the past couple months! (Yes I should have been doing Stacking the Shelves but I’m lazy guys, what do you expect.)

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (gift carded!)
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (for freeee with gift card!)
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (ARC)
  • Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor (ARC)
  • Union by S. Usher Evans (signed!)
  • Prince and the Heiress by S. Usher Evans (signed!)
  • Double Life by S. Usher Evans (signed!)
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, illustrated by Marie Lu (signed by Marie Lu!)
  • Midnight Star by Marie Lu (signed!)
  • Legend by Marie Lu (I already owned it but now it’s signed!)
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate (ARC + thank you Sondra!!)

That’s about it for now! I can’t think of any other books that I’ve received in the past three months, but to be quite honest with you, this is like the most books I’ve ever received in month and my mom quite hates me. So it will definitely sparse for now in terms of buying books.

And that’s it for now folks! As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

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How was your October? Anything exciting coming up in November?

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Blog Tour: Spells and Sorcery + GIVEAWAY!

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By: S. Usher Evans
Pages: 386
Published: October 4th, 2016
Published by: Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing
Format: e-ARC
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

You have magic.

One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I’m not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.

Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical.

Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.

Add SPELLS AND SORCERY to Goodreads right here!

Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

I am so excited to be participating in this blog tour! Thank you Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours for hosting this!

Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans was a wonder of a read! Almost everything was perfect about this book from the relatable characters to the wonderful world-building and to the great plot! I rated this Evans book with a 4/5 stars and I can’t wait for the next one, Magic and Mayhem! Here’s three reasons why I think you should read Spells and Sorcery!

1. Relatable characters galore!

This first installment is filled, FILLED with relatable characters, right from the main character, Lexie, to the mean and nice siblings and awesome aunts. Let’s start with Lexie. She’s the most relatable 15 year old character I have met in all the books I read. I am amazed at how Sush was able to encompass all of a typical geeky teenage girl RIGHT ON THE PAGE. Like it must be magic or something because I can see myself in Lexie, so much that she seems real. In so many novels these days, teenage characters are often written as a lot older than they actually are or are completely unrealistic it’s hard to read. Lexie was a pleasure to read about. Also, the side characters, the relatives of Lexie are awesome and closely resemble my own family in a way, so I found that also very relatable and well, real.

2. Intricate world-building!

Another thing I loved about Spells and Sorcery was the world-building Sush implemented in the book. World-building is, what I find, a trademark of Sush’s books. She creates a whole new original world in the system of magic and there aren’t gaps at all. She has all the details and information in the book to help you understand what’s going on in this new magical world we are thrown into with Lexie. Sush has the different types of magic in the world, and the effects of it, as well as pretty detailed steps on how to create a potion. I loved loved loveddd the world Sush created and I can’t wait to jump back into it with her sequel, Magic and Mayhem.

3. Plottttttt!

The plot of Spells and Sorcery is a mix match of familiar concepts and this mind-blowing original content in the plot. We have that coming of age theme where the main character suddenly learns that they have magical powers and goes on a journey to find out how to use them, but then. BUT THEN EVERYTHING CHANGES WHEN LEXIE DOES THE THING. I’m not going to say but the plot twists in this book were absolutely amazing and definitely a game changer!

Final Verdict:

I highly recommend picking Spells and Sorcery for its magical coming of age story with its highly relatable characters, amazing world-building and awesome plot!

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