Friday, July 4, 2014

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Avian by Nicole Conway

Hey guys and welcome to this week's cover reveal! Stay tuned till the end for a giveaway!


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Avian (The Dragonrider Chronicles #2)  by Nicole Conway
presented by Month9Books!

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And now for the cover...

What kind of power is lurking inside him?
After a year of training to become a dragonrider, Jaevid Broadfeather has been sent home to rest during a three-month interlude. But when he returns to find the king drake has chosen Beckah Derrick as his new rider, Jaevid realizes something big is about to happen. Every fiber of his being is pushed to the breaking point as Jaevid battles through his avian year, preparing for the final graduation test of the battle scenario. But there is more standing in his way than a few pushups and fancy sword moves.
Jaevid must face a new fear as he is tormented by a gruesome nightmare of a mysterious gray elf warrior murdering the royal family of Maldobar. It seems obvious to him that this is some kind of message about how the war started long ago—until Felix assures him the king is very much alive. With his strange powers growing stronger by the day, and that violent dream replaying in his mind every night, Jaevid no longer wonders if he will pass his avian year or not . . . he wonders if he will even survive it.
The truth will soon be set loose.
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Title: Avian (The Dragonrider Chronicles #2)
Publication date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Nicole Conway
NicoleConwayPhotoNicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

This is the review of the second book in a series, and as a result there could be possible spoilers for the first book.

Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha Trilogy, Book #2
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Source: Bought

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.


This book was a pretty big let down. I still gave it four stars, because I tried to disregard my expectations and solely judge the book, but it was so much worse the Shadow and Bone, which I absolutely loved.

The Plot:

This book picks up after Shadow and Bone, with Mal and Alina on a boat trying to escape the Darling. This book was a lot more politics, and, unfortunately, a lot less action. The plot overall wasn’t the interesting to me, nowhere near the plot of the first book. The only aspect I interested me was seeing how Alina’s interactions with the Darkling where effecting her, for example she started to hallucinate and see the Darkling. 

The Characters:

The character were what really ruined this book for me. My two favorites, Genya and the Darkling, had really small parts in this book, and instead we focused on Alina and Mal. I still believe that Mal is a boring, flat character, but in this book we also found out that he was just annoying. He was over-protective of Alina, even though he never even spent time with her or showed any affection towards her, which was quite hypocritical. Maybe this is just me, though. The savior of this book was most definitely Nikolai, who I absolutely feel in love with. 

The Writing:

The writing in this book was similar to the writing in Shadow and Bone. It was good, but nothing especially poetic or beautiful.

The Romance:

As I mentioned previously,  I am not a fan of Mal and Alina. I don’t quite understand their relationship dynamic or their chemistry. I can’t help but feel that Alina is using Mal as a sort of rebound from the Darkling, as if she wanted to convince herself that she still always loved Mal, so she wasn’t so disgusted by herself. Since Alina probably won’t end up with the Darkling I hope she at least ends up not with Mal.


At the end of the day I think I will read the third book, but only for two reasons. The first reason is that I pre-ordered it, so I would feel bad about not reading it. The seconds is the Shannon from Cozy Tea Reads on Youtube said that Ruin and Rising was a great conclusion and that you should read it even if your wary about completing the series. But mainly, I’m not impressed with this book. Comment if you’ve read this book what your thoughts were on it, and also your thoughts on Mal. (Maybe you can even persuade me to like him.) Thanks so much for reading!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (2)

Hey guys! 

Today I’m doing my second Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. STS is a weekly meme where you show the books that you got over the week. 

This week, once again, I got two physical copies, both of which I bought myself.

I decided to go to a local book store, and they had a bunch of new, YA releases on sale for only seven dollars. The first on I got was The Museum of Intangible Things, which was mostly a cover buy to be honest. Then I got To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I’ve heard such great things about this book, so when I saw it for only $7 I knew I had to get it.

I only got one book sent to me for review, and it was an ebook.

I didn’t get anything for NetGalley or Edelweiss this week, because I want to read the review copies I have before I get any more. But, I’m part of the Gone by Anna Bloom blog tour, so I got that so I could review it. It’s a Mature YA, Contemporary, Romance book, which is good because I need to read more contemporary. 

I hope you enjoyed my Stacking the Shelves! Make sure to leave yours in the comments so I can check it out! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

Hey Guys! I have yet another cover reveal and giveaway for you!


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
Sarah Bromley on the A MURDER OF MAGPIES cover art

"Besides the dream of seeing your book in print, one thing so many authors daydream about is what the cover will look like. I come from an artistic background. My grandmother was a watercolorist, and I actually spent time in college as an art major before switching first to forensic pathology (don’t ask—it obviously didn’t last) and eventually English. As someone who’s visual, I was excited and, to be honest, nervous for what Month9Books would come up with as the design for the cover of A MURDER OF MAGPIES.
Georgia McBride asked for my input, which I know is rare because so often authors don’t get much say, if any, in their cover art, but I still didn’t know what to expect. Yet when I saw it, I adored my cover. How could there be any other cover for A MURDER OF MAGPIES? The design brings in details like the cobblestone roads of the book’s setting, Black Orchard, Wisconsin. I could imagine walking down that road in the fog and knowing someone was watching. The antique-style light plays off Vayda’s family’s business in the antiques trade as well as her ability to take emotion and turn it into electricity. Then the bird . . . I love the bird’s position as it is hunched over to peck at the ground as if uncovering a secret, and this is a story where everyone has secrets."

And now the cover...

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Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.
No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.
Unwanted. That's all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can't explain the hold she has on him--inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn't know what her powers can do. Yet.
Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn't so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.
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Title: A Murder of Magpies
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Sarah Bromley

Sarah BromleySarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she's not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Gone by Anna Bloom

Hey guys, and welcome to my very first cover reveal! Stay tuned to till the end for a giveaway!

Title: Gone
Author: Anna Bloom
Genre: Mature YA (intended for readers ages 16-19)
Publication: July 28th, 2014

Rebecca Walters harbours a dark secret, and as the fifty-three bangles she wears on her wrists as a self-imposed sentence of guilt remind her, she can’t even begin to consider moving on. Not after what happened on that night six months ago… a night which she can’t remember and yet managed to change her life forever.

When Rebecca comes across Joshua Adams, man equally haunted by past tragedies, on a moonlit beach, both of their lives are destined to change forever, and when the girl made out of the sun meets the boy made out of the moon and sea, anything can happen… but will the knowledge of their murky pasts bring them together or drive them apart?

Will Rebecca finally be able to claim her freedom? Will she stay and fight to be the girl she found on the sandy beaches of Cornwall or is she destined to keep running and hiding from a past that won’t stay Gone? One thing’s for certain: either way, nothing will ever be the same again.

And the cover... 

Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Hey guys! 

Today I’m doing my first Waiting on Wednesday which is hosted by Breaking the Spine. I’ve decided to feature The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey, which is the second book in the 5th Wave trilogy. 

Title: The Infinite Sea
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave Trilogy, #2
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: September 16, 2014

The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”
How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

For those of you who don’t know The 5th Wave has been one of my favorite reads this year! I absolutely love Rick Yancey’s writing and I need to know what happens to all the characters and what happens next in the story! If you haven’t picked up The 5th Wave yet, you definitely should!

I hope you liked my very first Waiting on Wednesday! Link yours in the comments and I'll be sure to check it out!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (1)

Hey Guys!

Today is my first Stacking the Shelves ever which is supper exciting! For those of you who don’t know Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where you show all the books you’ve added to your bookshelf this week, weather it’s physically or electronically. 

This week I bought two books, both in physical copies.

The first one is Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, which is the third and final book in the Grisha Trilogy. This book came out on Tuesday, and after reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo on Monday, I immediately pre-ordered Ruin and Rising. I also got The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera. A couple weeks back my mother made a list of some of her favorite books that I should read, and this was one of them so I decided to pick it up. It’s not YA and I don’t know anything about it, so I’m excited to dive into it sometime soon.

I also got three ebooks for review this week via NetGalley.

The first one was Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle, which I’m really excited to read after previewing it in Buzz Books. The next is Amity by Micol Ostow. This is a YA horror novel about a haunted house that was recommended fans of Stephan King, Ellen Hopkins, and American Horror Story, which are all things I love! And the next one was The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz. I’ve seen a couple blog posts about this book, most of them positive, so I’m really excited to start this paranormal read!

I hope you enjoyed my very first Stacking the Shelves! Link your in the comments and I'll be sure to check it out!

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha Trilogy, Book #1
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Source: Bought

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.


I’m always pretty wary going into books that are super hyped, but this one definitely lived up to all the buzz! It ended up being one of the marvelous books where you start to root for the villain, which shows how good the author is at creating multi-dimensional characters, plus I absolutely loved the side characters. I’m so excited to read the sequel and see how it ends!

The Plot:

This book took place in an alternate Russia high-fantasy setting, which was really unique. I also was intrigued by the aspect of the Grisha, the people with powers, living in luxury while the rest of the country was poor, and Alina’s thoughts on this as someone who lived up as a normal, not-Grisha citizen. The plot was really fast-paced and really kept you on your toes and I was never bored while reading it. And if you need another reason to read it-The Darkling.

The Characters:

Most of the characters where really well developed and thought out, which is always nice. Alina, the main character did become slightly irritating at sometimes, but overall she was a lot better than some protagonists. I loved the Darkling so much, and I really loved Genya. Even though she was just a side character I wanted to know more about her and I loved how she carried herself, despite what everyone thought of her. The one character I don’t understand is Mal. I don’t know what it is but he seems like a really flat, filler character to me, and you don’t know that much about him other than the fact that he grew up with Alina and she has a giant crush on him. Hopefully we get more about his backstory in Siege and Storm. 

The Writing:

I really enjoyed the writing in this book. It wasn’t anything completely poetic, but it was still really nice and enjoyable and there were some quotes I really loved. I also really enjoyed how, despite the high fantasy setting, Alina’s inner-dialogue sounded modern and she could be pretty sassy at times.

The Romance:

There was a bit of a love triangle in this, and if you know me, you know I’m not very fond of love triangles. Despite this I wasn't that put off by the fact there was a love triangle. Part of it is probably because the book isn’t over flowing with romance like most YA but also because Alina didn’t have any annoying inner dialogue about how she couldn’t choose who to be with. But I’m definitely Team Darkling!


This book was amazing! I would definitely recommend it and I’m super excited to pick up Siege and Storm and then Ruin and Rising, since right after reading this I pre-ordered it (even though it was the day before it came out). If you’ve read Shadow and Bone make sure to comment your thoughts on it in the comments and if you link your review I’ll be sure to read it! If you haven’t read it, are you planning to? 

5/5 Stars