Review: Imprison the Sky by A. C. Gaughen

This book was sent to me to review by the publisher. All thoughts are my own.

Synopsis:

The sweeping Elementae series continues with a heroine so powerful she can command the sky . . .

Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus’s black market empire to captain her own trading vessel–and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can. 

But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets–not only that Aspasia is a wind Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free. 

Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️ This book was fantastic! Aspasia is so fierce and lovely, such a dynamic character. This story does build off of Reign the Earth so you do have to read that to understand what’s going on with this one. This is hands down one of my favorite series, AC Gaughen did such a fantastic job with the world building which continued into this one!!

This book releases January 22nd, make sure to snag your copy!

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Blog Tour! Review & Favorite Quotes: Riverdale The Day Before by Micol Ostow

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Riverdale: The Day Before

by Micol Ostow

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date: December 26th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:

Original fiction based off the hit television series Riverdale!

Based on the massively successful CW show, Riverdale, this prequel novel explores what the gang was doing before Season One.

Why did Jughead and Archie have a falling out? What did Veronica’s life look like in the Big Apple? And how long has Betty really been in love with Archie?

Told from multiple POVs, your favorite characters tell their story their way.

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Blog tour schedule link: https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2018/12/tour-schedule-riverdale-day-before-by.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Micol Ostow has written over 50 works for readers of all ages, including projects based on properties like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and most recently, Mean Girls: A Novel. As a child she drew her own Archie comics panels, and in her former life as an editor she published the Betty & Veronica Mad Libs game. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters who are also way too pop culture-obsessed. Visit her online at www.micol.ostow.com

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

This book takes place right before and leading up to where Season 1 of Riverdale starts. The book is from each of the Core Four’s POVs which was really cool. Archie is dealing with an illicit affair, Jughead is piecing together what’s going on with his dad and Archie, Veronica’s life is going up in flames, and Betty is working at Hello Giggles in LA! This was honestly so cool and you get a little more insight into the characters and what went on. Honestly, this is essential for any fan of Riverdale!

Favorite Quotes:

I picked quotes I felt either reflected the characters or situations that have popped up in the shows 3 seasons.

Jughead Jones

“The butterfly effect suggests that small causes can have unpredictable — and catastrophic — effects. One action. A cascade of ripples. An outcome no one can predict. That was us that summer. Archie, Betty, Veronica, and me.”

Betty Cooper

“All those years I spent holed up in my room reading Nancy Drew mysteries, Mom always nagged and tried to get me out of the house. Studying was one thing — Coopers keep their grades up, keep appearances up, keep their chins up, blah, blah, blah…”

Archie Andrews

“It’s easy to joke that Ms. Grundy — I mean Geraldine — is, you know, teaching me music, like, with the sarcastic quote marks and everything. But like I said, she is, and we wouldn’t even… well, we wouldn’t even be doing anything in the first place if it weren’t for the music.”

Veronica Lodge

“Say what you will about Daddy — and there’s plenty to say — but he does love a good negotiation. Even more than negotiating? Daddy loves a loophole.”

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Review: The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

Synopsis:

THREE MINUTES

You wake up alone in a horrible land. A horn sounds. The Call has begun.

TWO MINUTES

The Sidhe are close. They’re the most beautiful and terrible people you’ve ever seen. And they’ve seen you.

ONE MINUTE

Nessa will be Called soon. No one thinks she has any chance to survive. But she’s determined to prove them wrong.

TIME’S UP

Could you survive the Call? A genre-changing blend of fantasy, horror, and folkore, The Call won’t ever leave your mind from the moment you choose to answer it.

My Review:

3/5 ⭐️

This… Ok so I had high hopes for this book. It sounded SO GOOD. And while the ending was nice and neat… There’s ANOTHER book? And this one was just… This first book was honestly rubbish. It wasn’t that great, definitely forgettable.

~My face after realizing this was going to be a mediocre read~

I wouldn’t pick this up unless you want a quick and forgettable read. I personally have unhauled this it was that disappointing 🤷🏻‍♀️

Review: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Synopsis:

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea. 
  
After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him.  
  
Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

So I went into this thinking that the whole book would be about ‘Adelaides’, aka Lady Elizabeth Witmore, time in the Glittering Court and just that. But nope! That’s only roughly the first 200 pages of the book. The rest is about what happens when they get to this new world.

~My confused face when I’m nearly 200 pages in and her time at the Court is winding down but there’s still a bunch of book left~

Overall though I really enjoyed Adelaide’s story. While some parts felt glossed over compared to others it was a, for the most part, neatly tied up story. The others in this series follow Mira and Tamsin so I can’t wait to read those!

Review: Frostblood by Elly Blake

Synopsis:

This New York Times bestseller is perfect for fans of Red Queen. An “enchanting and fast-paced debut” that “lights up the page with magic, romance, and action.”
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating–yet irresistible–Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her–and from the icy young man she has come to love.
Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series, followed by Firebloodand Nightblood, about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies…but together create a power that could change everything.
My Review:
3.5/5 ⭐️
So… I found the first about 150 pages to be kind of lackluster. The second part of the book though did pick up for me and I very much enjoyed it. Ruby was a kind of bland character for me though… But in the second half she started to show her strength when faced with danger.
Pick this one up if you are a fan of the Red Queen series!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Hey everyone, I’m interrupting this blog to say that I hope your Holiday season was nice! Happy 2019, here’s to it being a better one for all of us even if it’s just in a small way 🥂

I’m actually starting at a new college this month! I have all of my reviews mostly set for January and a few for February also. You’ll notice that I’ve been mainly posting on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, that’s my new review schedule! This month two posts got bumped around though due to me being on a blog tour but it’s perfectly fine 😊

~Me saying goodbye to 2018 like~

I’m mainly going to focus on doing reviews. I know I’ve pretty much stopped doing product reviews but that’s also because I just kept forgetting to post them 😅

Though, now that I have all of my books and stuff planned out for the most part I’ll be doing Monthly Wrap-up posts starting in February! (That post will be for my January Wrap-Up)

Here’s to a great 2019!! 🎉

Review: White Stag by Kara Barbieri

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Synopsis:

White Stag, the first book in a brutally stunning series by Kara Barbieri, involves a young girl who finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home. 

A Wattpad break out star with over a million reads! Now expanded, revised and available in print and eBook. 

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke―as the only survivor―was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad―especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

If you enjoyed Wintersong I think that you would like this story too! Please be advised though that this story contains mentions of rape, abuse, and other things that may be triggering for some readers.

I did like the overall story and found it enjoyable. Soren was a really cool character and Janneke was honestly so awesome! She had a fire in her that I enjoyed even though she’s had a tough time. She was strong despite that. Seppo was also one of the highlights of this read!

Pick this book up January 8th.

Review: The Girl King by Mimi Yu *SPOILERS*

The Girl King releases January 8th 2019!

*please note this is a scheduled post and I am currently writing this review in September when I originally read the book*

I was given this ARC copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this richly imagined, Asian-inspired fantasy for fans of Renée Ahdieh and Sabaa Tahir.

Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: assertive Lu will be named her father’s heir and become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while timid Min will lead a quiet life in Lu’s shadow. Until their father names their male cousin Set his heir instead, sending ripples through the realm and throwing both girls’ lives into utter chaos.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu has no choice but to go on the run, leaving Min to face the volatile court alone. Lu soon crosses paths with Nokhai, the lone, unlikely survivor of the Ashina, a clan of nomadic wolf shapeshifters. Nok never learned to shift–or to trust the empire that killed his family–but working with the princess might be the only way to unlock his true power.

As Lu and Nok form a shaky alliance, Min’s own hidden power awakens, a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign . . . or allow her to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could very well turn out to be each other.

This sweeping fantasy set against a world of buried ancient magic and political intrigue weaves an unforgettable story of ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.

My Review:

I definitely enjoyed this book, it was a 4/5 ⭐️ read for me. The characters are great, the storyline is a nice change, and the magic is interesting.

Now onto spoilers…

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Spoilers:

So… This book honestly could have been a lot shorter. It’s paced alright but the whole buildup was a little much considering the major events happened within the last few chapters of the book… Also the magic really wasn’t explained at all which bothered me. It basically just… WAS…

Overall though this was a nice read.

Review: Some Girls Bind by Rory James

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Synopsis:

Jamie knows that she isn’t like other girls. She has a secret. She binds her chest every day to feel more like herself. Jamie questions why she is drawn to this practice and why she is afraid of telling her friends, who have their own secrets. Could she really be genderqueer?

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️ this book was formatted similar to how Ellen Hopkins books are formatted which was enjoyable. I really enjoyed Jamie’s story!! This was a really enjoyable LGBTQIA+ read. Pick this one up when it comes out February 1st! Especially if you love stories formatted like poetry.

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