Mini Review: Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake *spoiler free*

This book is a bindup of two previously published Novellas!

Synopsis:

Together in print for the first time in this paperback bind-up, the dazzling prequels to the Three Dark Crowns series are finally available for fans to have and to (literally) hold. Uncover the sisters’ origins, dive deep into the catastrophic reign of the Oracle Queen, and reveal layers of Fennbirn’s past, hidden until now.

The Young Queens

Get a glimpse of triplet queens Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine during a short period of time when they protected and loved one another. From birth until their claiming ceremonies, this is the story of the three sisters’ lives…before they were at stake.

The Oracle Queen

Everyone knows the legend of Elsabet, the Oracle Queen. The one who went mad. The one who orchestrated a senseless, horrific slaying of three entire houses. But what really happened? Discover the true story behind the queen who could foresee the future…just not her own downfall.

My Review:

This was a nice 4/5 ⭐️ read for me! I found The Young Queens to be more enjoyable than The Oracle Queen though. Especially because we find out what happened that’s an integral part to the events at the end of Three Dark Crowns. Definitely read this if you haven’t yet! I suggest reading it AFTER Three Dark Crowns though but before One Dark Throne.

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What Happens When Something Sits on Your TBR Too Long? – A Discussion

So something happened to me with two books recently… Crave by Melissa Darnell and Imposter by Susanne Winnacker

These two books have been sitting on my TBR waiting to be read for many, many years. For one reason or another I kept pushing it off until I finally got to them this week. And they left something to be desired! It wasn’t because they’re ‘bad’ books, actually I know for a fact if I had read them when I had gotten them I would have loved them. But I didn’t.

Instead I DNFed them and decided to write this little post about ‘how long is too long’ to leave something on your TBR.

In the case of these two books I think why I didn’t enjoy them is because my reading tastes have changed slightly. I’m not that into tropie YA reads. And trust me these two were beyond tropie… They just left something to be desired.

So, I think what I’m going to start doing is going through my TBR and really looking at the books I still have. I still have a bunch of books that have been sitting on my TBR as long as these two have so those will maybe be going to new homes. We shall see!

Review Friday: Rep Package from Tiny Spark Co!

It’s review time for these candles from The Tiny Spark Co! To be transparent: since the last time I posted about them I have joined their rep team. My rep term is from September until March! You can use my code DREAM15 for 15% off your purchase.

With that being said, this is an honest review. I am and continue to be completely honest with all of my reviews even if I’m sent the product/book to review or promote.

I also wouldn’t rep for a shop that I didn’t absolutely love 😉

With that being said!! The first candle, Lucien, smells of Oranges, Cinnamon, and Sandalwood! He honestly smells so amazing, kind of like fall without the traditional fall scents. And the color is a really pretty orange!! The label is gorgeous too with bright fall colors.

The second candle, Sailor Neptune, smells of Sea Salt, Orchid, and Lavender. She smells… Just so good. Very fresh and florally with beach notes! The label is also gorgeous.

The final candle was a surprise custom they did for me! It’s a 707 candle 😍 707 is a character from the mobile game Mystic Messenger, he is one of my favorites! So much so that I actually cosplayed him! This candle smells EXACTLY like Dr Pepper which is amazing 😱 I love this candle and highly recommend getting a custom from them. 💜 His label is even the circles that are on his signature jacket which is cool. Picture below of me cosplaying him lol

Blog Tour, Giveaway and Review: Renegade by Mallory McCartney

About the Book:

Title: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)

Author: Mallory McCartney

Pub. Date: July 3, 2018

Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing

Formats: eBook

Pages: 250

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

“The time for Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”

Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at The Academy, a home for those who are gifted.  The pressure to uphold the future of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters most- finding out the truth.

In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

My Review:

This book was a 4/5 ⭐️ read for me! The premise was interesting and I enjoyed the writing style. I’m always down for magic too! Adair was a really compelling character, probably my fave from the whole book. Can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!!

About the Author:

Mallory

Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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Giveaway Info:

One lucky winner will receive an $10 Amazon GC, International.
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Tour Details:

Week Two:

9/17/2018- Rainy Day Reviews– Interview

9/18/2018- A Bookish Dream– Review

9/19/2018- Girlplusbook– Review

9/20/2018- feedmeinbooks– Review

9/21/2018- Ace Reads– Review

Review: Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen *SPOILERS*

IT’S MEGA GUSH TIME!!!!!!

Summary:

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for an end to the violence that has claimed so many of their loved ones. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bone Lands, a country where magic is outlawed and the Elementae–those that can control earth, air, fire and water–are traitors, subject to torture . . . or worse.

Before she is even crowned, Shalia discovers that she can bend the earth to her will. Trapped between her husband’s irrational hatred of the Elementae and a dangerous rebellion led by her own brother, Shalia must harness her power and make an impossible choice: save her family, save the Elementae, or save herself.

Review:

This book was absolutely amazing. I actually stayed up till about 1:30 am just to finish it! It has magic, slow burn romance (yeeeees), betrayal, heartbreak… This book was AWESOME! I highly recommend it 5/5 ⭐️

NOW for the spoilers…

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So Shalia has to marry a man that she doesn’t love. No big deal right? Well it gets worse!!!!! She’s actually the very thing her husband HATES: an Elementae.

I will say that this book can be triggering. It has rape, physical and mental abuse, and a near miscarriage. I say near miscarriage because towards the end the baby is revived. But this book was amazing. I absolutely loved it and I highly recommend it!

REVIEW: The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beauty *SPOILERS*

Synopsis:

An obstinate girl who will not be married.

A soldier desperate to prove himself.

A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a proper lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for a suitable marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, Erin Beaty’s The Traitor’s Kiss is full of intrigue, espionage, and lies.

Review:

I give this book 4/5 ⭐️ it was a nice and quick read. I did have a few issues with it which I will discuss in the spoiler section. The ending did a nice job of setting up for the next book. Definitely if you’re a fan of both Arya and Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones you’ll enjoy Sage and the band of warrior spies she falls in with. However, I will say I thought this was an Asian inspired tale but it’s not in my opinion. It does have some minor Mulan elements though.

Spoilers:

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So this book follows Sage and the gang as she becomes a matchmakers apprentice. Because of her adeptness at reading people she soon catches the eye of the warrior/soldier spies. Entangling her in their plot. 🤷🏻‍♀️

What I really had an issue with was the romance in this. I was expecting a slow burn but events unfolded in a chapter where Sage and Alex are ‘caught’ canoodling by some guards and then it quickly went from there. This book isn’t long at all so it came off as insta-lovie. And at the end Sage and her soldier become engaged… Um ok then? I get that it sets it up for book 2 but that could have been handled differently… Mainly maybe saving the engagement for book 2? Idk.

Overall though it was a nice read.

Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review: Two Dark Reigns by Kendara Blake *Spoilers*

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Synopsis:

Two Dark Reigns

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series!

Katharine sits on the throne, Mirabella and Arsinoe are in hiding, and an unexpected renegade is about to wage a war of her own. The crown has been won, but these queens are far from done.

 

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My Review:

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YOU GUYS!!! I can’t gush about this series enough and this book did not disappoint! Seeing Mirabella step into the role you could so tell she obviously needed/wanted in her life was heartwarming. She continues to be a good sister to Arsinoe in book 3.

JULES! HOLY!!! Ok ok reigning in my awe. I’ve loved Jules from the start and holy… !! This book continues to deliver with the devastation I swear. Kendare is such a master.

In short, I can’t gush about this series enough and you really need to pick it up ASAP! Don’t want to take my word for it? Read the praise below!

The praise:

Praise for TWO DARK REIGNS

“Tragic, devastating, horrifying, enthralling.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Praise for ONE DARK THRONE

★ “Blake’s already pitch-dark tale shades even darker. Exquisitely restrained prose, deliberate pacing, paying off in a tumultuous climax that piles one shocking twist upon another. Achingly gorgeous and gruesomely fascinating.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This sequel to Three Dark Crowns loses none of that book’s momentum, powering toward a conclusion that leaves several doors open. With wonderfully drawn characters and a lethal, unpredictable plot, this follow-up will leave readers breathless as the queens’ fates unfold.” ―ALA Booklist

Praise for THREE DARK CROWNS

“New exciting heights with a driving plot. Dark indeed, and exploring themes of loyalty, this is a thrilling sequel with everything from action to romance to entice readers. A strong purchase for YA fantasy shelves.” ―School Library Journal

“Three Dark Crowns is a brutal and inventive fantasy that is as addictive as it is horrifying. I can’t begin to guess the fates of these three remarkable sister-queens, but I’m salivating like poisoners at a feast to find out what will happen next.” ―Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles

“Full of mystery, intrigue, and deadly girls I wouldn’t dare cross, Fennbirn is a darkly magical world I’m both drawn to and frightened by. In short, this is a book I could linger in for months, with three girls I am rooting for with all my heart.” ―Megan Shepherd, New York Times bestselling author of The Cage series

★ “With exquisite world building and luminous detail, this is high fantasy at its best. The magic is fierce and the plot intensely twisted, but at this novel’s dark heart beats a story about sisterhood, the unbreakable bonds of family, and ties that bind enough to kill.” ―Booklist (starred review)

★ “The opener to a pitch-black epic fantasy series. Blake has constructed an insular, matriarchal society from convincing intimate details, vivid, complicated characters, [and] sumptuous, poetic prose. Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting. ” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“I loved this book. Blake’s Three Dark Crowns is hypnotic, twisting, and beautiful…as satisfying as a drop of poison in an enemy’s cup.” ―April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Wink, Poppy, Midnight
“Readers will be riveted by Blake’s ingenious world-building, stunning developments of main and supporting characters, and spiraling tensions. Highly recommended for fans of fantasy action thrillers with strong female leads, such as Victoria Aveyard’s ‘Red Queen’ and Sarah J. Maas’s ‘Throne of Glass’ series.” ―School Library Journal

About the Author:

Kendare Blake

Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.

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Giveaway:

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– 1 Winner will receive a $25.00 Amazon/PayPal Gift Card.
ENDS: SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

Review: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard *SPOILERS*

Synopsis:

Red Queen, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard, is a sweeping tale of power, intrigue, and betrayal, perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

And don’t miss War Storm, the thrilling final book in the bestselling Red Queen series!

Review:

So this was a 4/5 ⭐️ read for me. It had all those dystopian finale book tropes that I mean… Are to be expected? I dunno.

There was political upheaval, kind of…

Cal was a dick, major dick, but that’s also to he expected I guess? I mean he didn’t really CHANGE a lot during this series.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Harbinger by Nicole Conway *Review*

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About the Book:

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Title: HARBINGER (Dragonrider Legacy)

Author: Nicole Conway

Pub. Date: August 14, 2018

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 374

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

Synopsis:

Victory is written in the blood of the brave. As the armies of the Tibran Empire continue to march across Maldobar, a path of scorched destruction and despair is left in their wake. Even with the formidable princess, Jenna Farrow, leading the charge, the strength of the dragonriders is waning. Tibran victory appears inevitable—especially after Princess Jenna and Prince Aubren are taken hostage by the infamous Lord Argonox. Separated from her brother and tortured for information, Princess Jenna refuses to bend to the iron will of Argonox. But her strength and resolve may only last so long. Held prisoner in his dark tower, it would take a miracle to set her free—or perhaps a pair of demigods and their dragons. With revived dragonrider legend, Jaevid Broadfeather, at his side, Reigh must now make a choice: face the truth about the origin of his dark powers, or turn his back on world in need. But throwing off a lifetime of shame and self-doubt is not so easily done—especially when the cost of failure means the destruction of the world. The long-awaited hero has awakened. The ancient spirits are stirring. The dark goddess has chosen her champion. But is he ready to embrace that rite and become the Harbinger Maldobar needs him to be?

About Nicole:

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MY NAME IS NICOLE CONWAY and I love to write stories! I’ve been writing books since I was very young, and am blessed beyond measure to be able to do it now as a full time career. Although I sometimes step out into other genres, I primarily write Fantasy for teens and middle graders.

I graduated from Auburn University in 2012, which is also where I met my husband. As a military family, we move frequently and have lived numerous places all around the world. We have one very energetic son, Ethan. We also have two dogs (French Brittanys) named Joey (currently 5 months old) and Phoebe (4 years old) and a ball python named Noodle Nagini.

For inquiries on how to book me for a school visit, presentation, or interest in my future or current projects, please contact my amazing literary agent, FRAN BLACK, of Literary Counsel.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

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Review:

Harbinger is definitely for fans of the Inheritance Cycle! This book was a pleasant treat, with a great cast of characters and a kick-ass setting. I would give it a solid 4/5 ⭐️ ! This is the second book in Nicole’s Dragonrider Legacy series and continues Reigh’s story while also adding Princess Jenna’s to the mix! This is definitely a page turner and if you love dragons as much as I do I highly recommend you check this series out. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book to continue enjoying this world. Nicole definitely has a talent for pulling you in!

Check out the rest of the tour!

Tour Schedule:

Week Two:

9/3/2018- Reads and Recipes– Review

9/3/2018- All the Ups and Downs– Excerpt

9/4/2018- A Bookish Dream– Review

9/4/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

9/5/2018- For the Love of KidLit Interview

9/6/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert – Review

9/6/2018- Two Points of Interest– Excerpt

9/7/2018- Finding Magic In Books– Excerpt

9/7/2018- Patriotic Bookaholic– Spotlight

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