2017 December Book Haul

A few weeks ago I wrote a post “Books I hope Santa Brings” thanks to the Broke and The Bookish. “Santa” really listened this year, between Christmas gifts and gift cards I really made out when it came to a books hauled in during December.

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Here’s a list of books I hauled in last month:

  • The Girl In The Tower review coming soon — read this one in December 🙂
  • We Were The Lucky Ones
  • Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass Series)
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel
  • Artemis: A Novel
  • Empire of Storm (Throne of Glass Series)
  • The Orphan’s Tale: A Novel
  • Queen of Shadow (Throne of Glass Series)

You guys, I am so excited. This is such a haul! I honestly don’t know where to start with the list above. I want to read them all but obviously can’t do that all at once. Now I have ALL the books of the Throne of Glass Series, I am so excited! I need to space these out but we will see what happens.

Anyway, 2018 is going to be a good year of book reading just based on this list alone. Any suggestions on what I should start with? Did you guys get any books for the holiday season that you just can’t wait to start reading? Comment below 🙂 

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December 2017 Roundup

Can you believe we have already hit 2018? Happy New Year again friends! December flew by this year, on Christmas Eve my boyfriend said “can you believe Christmas is almost over?”, at the time I couldn’t and I still don’t believe it.

With the holidays comes less reading than usual. In December I read:

  • The Girl in The Tower – the sequel to The Bear and The Nightingale, a review is coming soon
  • Heir of Firethis was not one of my favorites in the Throne of Glass series but it wasn’t bad enough to keep me from not reading the rest.
  • Before She Ignitesthis was not my favorite. I do not think I’ll be reading the rest of the series and if I do it will be through the library
  • Victoria — have I told you I’m obsessed with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert? Anyway, not only did I re-watch season 1 (season 2 premieres soon in the US) but I also read the story based on the season by Daisy Goodwin. Review coming soon

The Girl in the Tower and Victoria were definitely my favorite books read in December. Katherine Arden really has a way with words and making everything so magical and I just love Queen Victoria and what she represented/represents.

A lot of traveling happened in December which is probably why it flew by and there wasn’t a lot of reading completed.

Not only did I go to Miami and Key West but we also went up to VT to sell Christmas trees. There is so much work that goes into that, I have such an appreciation for those businesses now that I’ve really seen them in action.

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We also had three different Christmas parties all within a week of each other and starting the day I arrived back from Florida. I’m looking forward to some serious R&R this month where I can get some reading done and start out fresh.

Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass #3

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Synopsis: Picking up where Crown of Midnight left off, Calaena has been sent to do the King’s bidding again, but really, she’s looking to find ways to destroy him. This brings her in contact with a family member she doesn’t trust and a Fae warrior who she doesn’t understand. With these new encounters, she needs to decide if she will stay the person she is or become the person she is meant to be. Meanwhile, Chaol and Dorian are dealing with their own inner struggles back at the castle and determining who they are as young men in a world so different from what they believed it really was. This story brings new characters into the story line at the castle as well as away from it.

Review: Hmmm, I don’t know you guys, it seems a lot of people really liked this book but I honestly found it meh.

There are three different story lines happening — the first with Manon and witches, Caelaena and Rowan and then Chaol and Dorian. A few reasons I didn’t love this story could be because I don’t like the new character Rowan, at least not yet and I find that the relationship has similar qualities of Feyre and Rhys (Sarah J Maas’ ACOTAR series) but a lot more boring (in my opinion). I really did not like the story line of Manon and her witches either, while I understand it’s going to be important later on, I still couldn’t find anything interesting about it. The one story line I really enjoyed was Chaol and Dorian, to me, their character development in this book was just as dramatic as Calaena’s, who are they, what they believe in and the ramifications it has politically will all be developed more in the upcoming books. Also — I know a lot of people don’t but I still really like Chaol.

As always with this series, the ending really had me wanting the next book, it seems the Throne of Glass series does that to me. I’ll find the last 100 pages really interesting while the first 300 is meh. Crown of Midnight still holds the top spot in the series as my favorite so far, while this one almost had me considering not reading any further.

I’ve only found one other person who didn’t really like Heir of Fire, have you guys read this and felt the same or did you love it?

 

 

 

Before She Ignites

Author: Jodi Meadows

I received this book through my owlcrate book box. After loving The Glass Spare so much, I decided to try this one.

Synopsis: Mira is a young girl who is considered the Hope Bearer of her country — all based on a treaty her father helped write and named after her when she was young. She is the Hope the country needs, she helps when help is needed all in the interest of her government. But when she finds out something dreadful (involving dragons) and confronts the organization responsible, she is sent away where she learns a lot about herself and meets new people who will change her perspective on things.

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)Review: To me, this story was slow and I didn’t really like Mira, she seemed like the typical “princess” and maybe because I had just read The Glass Spare, I was comparing the main characters too much. The only good thing is that Mira will go through a lot of self development moving forward but it still wasn’t enough for me to feel like I wanted to keep reading this series and if I do, it will be through the library.

Have you guys read this? Did you consider it meh like me?

 

as always, click on the picture and it will bring you to Goodreads

The Glass Spare

Author: Lauren Destefano

Synopsis: Wil is the youngest child and only daughter of the King and Queen of Northern Arrod. Her siblings and herself are always trying to make themselves worthy in the eyes of their father, to show him they belong to be a part of the family. At the same time, they know who their father is, a vicious king who is about to start another war. Wil goes through many life changing scenarios during this story — her first, when she realizes she can turn anything living into stone and second, when tragedy hits and she’s forced to leave her family. When she leaves, she meets a cursed prince who has a different theory on her curse and who has his own struggles to deal with. Once they meet, Wil’s life is turned again into one of adventure and self discovery.

The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare, #1)

Review: This one came in my owlcrate box for the month of November, not only did the cover grab my attention but the storyline did as well. So I did something I don’t normally do with my books that come in my boxes — I read this one immediately.  I was not disappointed, I honestly can’t say why I liked this book so much but I’ll try my best.

To start, I really enjoyed Wil, she isn’t arrogant even though she’s come from a lifestyle of kings and queens, she’s just a girl trying to make it in her crazy life. Her brothers, all different in their own way and Loom a cursed prince that just wants to save his kingdom all add different elements to Wil’s story that I really enjoyed. But it was more than that too, I didn’t feel like it was over dramatic with romance and I enjoyed the twist on that to begin with, and I also wasn’t expecting an early death which caught me off guard but made the story pick up and start the story in a direction that I didn’t expect it to take. The ending also left me wanting more (which sadly won’t happen until September 2018).

All in all, The Glass Spare had everything you would want in a Young Adult Fantasy story. It reminded me a little of the Hunger Games, a little of Divergent and a little of the Red Queen but Lauren Destafano still found a way to make it her own. I can’t wait to read what happens to Wil and Loom moving forward!

As always, if you click the picture it will bring you to Goodreads!

Happy reading!

The Final Cover Reveal For Angel of Shadow by D.H. Nevins

Welcome to day 6 of Angel of Shadow’s Cover Reveal event!

And do you know what today is?

That’s right! It’s Cover Reveal Day!!!

Check out this STUNNING cover for Angel of Shadow, book 2 of the fabulous Wormwood series. The first book was dark and brimming with tormented love, and was known for completely sucking readers into the story, only to spit them out again at 3 am. I can’t wait to see what book 2 has in store for us! Angel of Shadow is scheduled for release on January 13, 2018, and if this cover image is any indication of how good this story will be, I honestly don’t think I’ll be able to wait!!!!

The cover:

Cover Reveal, Angel of Shadow, high res

Fun Fact:

D.H. Nevins is a teacher, and it was her grade 4 and 5 students who first inspired her to write the Wormwood trilogy. She was always encouraging her students to write, and after one student expressed an interest in writing a book, D.H. began spouting off rhetoric about how they should all follow their dreams. When a different student asked her if SHE ever wanted to write a book, D.H. was speechless (for once)! She knew it was time she followed her own advice. That night, she went home and started writing notes. That was the very beginning of the Wormwood series. Since that time, four of her students have told her they also wanted to become authors, and one is working on his first book right now.

Did you know there are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT facts about the cover, the series, D.H. or her writing process at these blogs listed below? Today, ONE of these fun facts also contains a chance to instantly win an Angel of Shadow eARC! But which one? Let’s support our fellow book bloggers and pop in to say hello!

FUONLYKNEW: http://fuonlyknew.com/

Electively Paige: http://electivelypaige.com/blog/

Book Hooked Nook: https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/

Dragons Rule OK: https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com/

Seelie Pages: https://seeliepages.wordpress.com/

Fundinmental: http://www.fundinmental.com/

Bookworm Brandee: https://bookwormbrandee.blogspot.com/

And don’t forget about the giveaway!!! D.H. Nevins will be giving away 2 prizes of a physical copy of Wormwood combined with an Angel of Shadow eARC (Advance Reader Copy), as well as 10 prizes of an Angel of Shadow eARC. Enter the giveaway here! The contest wraps up just before midnight on Tuesday, which is the last day the host blogs have exclusive rights to show off this gorgeous cover. All winners will be contacted shortly afterwards.

Remember, Wormwood (book one in the series) is available for free right now. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2hOcWbq

If you need to be sure you get a copy of Angel of Shadow, you can easily pre-order at http://amzn.to/2Axgvyi . Price will go up after release.

Thanks so much for joining us for Angel of Shadow’s Cover Reveal event! I hope you had fun. I would love to hear your thoughts about the cover and the event! Have a wonderful Saturday, everyone.

Cover Reveal Day 1—Angel of Shadow by D.H. Nevins

Hi Everyone! Yay! Welcome to the Cover Reveal event for D.H. Nevins’ upcoming release, Angel of Shadow. This is the first day of the week long reveal — as you know, I posted earlier explaining how everyday this week I would be hosting a cover reveal in fragments thanks to D.H. Nevins who even helped with these posts!

I’m so excited to be one of the exclusive host blogs for this reveal and giveaway. Here’s why:

First of all, the book cover is STUNNING. You’ll have to trust us on this for now… you’ll know what I mean when you see it – trust me.

Secondly, did I mention there’s a giveaway?!?

Third reason is that Wormwood was without a doubt a story line that I have never read before. Honestly, I can’t even put into words how different it was from anything else I’ve ever read. I am always looking for different things to read but can normally find something similar in one book to another but with Wormwood I was blown away. If you want to read my full review you can click here.

Speaking of Wormwood, you can get a copy of the first book in the series, Wormwood, for free right now. I suggest you grab one! Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2hOcWbq

Each host blog has its own tidbit of unique information, which changes every day. My fun facts will be posted just under the cover fragment, along with the links to the other host blogs. Everyone has a different fact, and each day, ONE of these facts includes a chance to instantly win an ebook Advance Reader Copy (eARC) of Angel of Shadow. Remember to check them out!

Angel of Shadow’s Blurb:

D.H. Nevins hurtles you into a world of half-angels, demons and tormented love in this driving, dystopian sequel to Wormwood.

Half-angels, known as Nephilim, have all but destroyed the surface of the Earth. Yet for Kali Michaels, her life is now much more complicated than simply surviving. Grappling with her own powerful identity, she worries her connection to the world of Shadows could destroy those around her.

And what if she hurts Tiamat Wormwood, the Nephilim outcast who has given everything to save her? Tiamat and Kali know they have no future—not when outside forces and Kali’s own power push both the humans and the Nephilim to the brink of extinction. As she fights to stop the inevitable, she is led to question who her real enemies are, and whether the ultimate threat may actually be herself.

The Cover Fragment:

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Fun Fact:

The first book in the series, Wormwood, has had two different covers. The first edition cover was taken from an image by Gustave Dore. It was one of the illustrations from John Milton’s epic 17th century poem, Paradise Lost. The image I used was a small section from an illustration of the Angels’ fall into hell. I thought it would be perfect for the book, but instead, it simply made it look dated, it made the subject matter and genre confusing, and it didn’t resonate with readers. It was a good thing I eventually changed the cover! Here’s a look at the old cover beside the one that replaced it. One of the other hosting blogs (I won’t say which one) has a story about Wormwood’s current cover and how that change came about. It’s pretty cool story, if you ask me. ~D.H.

Below is the original and new Wormwood covers, aren’t they awesome?

Remember to have a peek at some other unique facts about the cover, the series, D.H. or her writing process at these blogs. I bet you’re curious, right? It’s so cool that each below will be just a little bit different.

Bookworm Brandee: https://bookwormbrandee.blogspot.com/

FUONLYKNEW: http://fuonlyknew.com/

Electively Paige: http://electivelypaige.com/blog/

Book Hooked Nook: https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/

Dragons Rule OK: https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com/

And don’t forget about the giveaway!!! D.H. Nevins will be giving away the following:

  • 2 prizes of a physical copy of Wormwood combined with an Angel of Shadow eARC (Advance Reader Copy), as well as:
  • Another 10 Angel of Shadow eARCs.

Enter the giveaway here!

Thanks for stopping by! Full reveal will be this Saturday, but don’t forget there will be a brand new cover fragment and a new fun fact tomorrow. See you then!