Review: To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

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

Synopsis:

In a thrilling new fantasy from the bestselling author of the Storm Siren Trilogy, one girl makes a stand against society and enters a world made exclusively for boys.

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women train in wifely duties and men pursue collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the deadly maze.

Welcome to the Labyrinth.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

This was a really good book! The world building was great, the characters were vibrant. I thought it was really nice and highly recommend it! Rhen was a really great MC, I loved how she defied ‘her betters’ to prove girls are just as good at things as boys! Go and pick this one up March 5th 😉

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Nerd Blast & Giveaway: The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale


NERD BLAST SCHEDULE:
http://www.jeanbooknerd.com/2019/02/nerd-blast-cold-is-in-her-bones-by.html

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 – 9
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: 
Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 22, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481488449
ISBN-13: 978-1481488440


Praise for THE COLD IS IN HER BONES

“A dark and enchanting tale about friendship, pain, revenge, and the power of love, The Cold Is in Her Bones is the perfect read for Greek mythology fans and YA readers alike.” ―Bustle

“Fiercely written and beautifully feminist, The Cold is in Her Bones reminds us of the power of loyalty and love in the face of ignorance and fear. I loved this tale of dangerous girls with wild hair and tangled hearts.” ―Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician

“A fresh, eerily compelling tale of betrayal, revenge, and the ties that bind. When van Arsdale paints a world, you can feel the fog against your skin.” ―Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Frostblood Saga

One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa.

Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.

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Peternelle van Arsdale grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended public school through the eighth grade. After that she attended three high schools in three different towns in four years, was deeply unpopular, and counted the seconds until graduation. She majored in English literature at Bryn Mawr College, and then landed in book publishing, thinking it was a good way to be paid to do what she liked to do anyway (she was only partly wrong). She worked her way up from editorial assistant to executive editor of adult fiction and nonfiction, and eventually struck out on her own as an independent editor.
Her first young adult novel, The Beast Is an Animal, is being developed by Amazon Studios for a feature film produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and directed by Bert & Bertie. Her essays have been published by LitHub, Hypable.com, and Culturefly, and her short fiction has been published by The Whitefish Review.

Her second novel, The Cold is in Her Bones , will be published in January 2019. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to edit and is at work on her third novel.
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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Smoke and Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg

BOOK INFORMATION

Smoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy #1)
by Charlie N. Holmberg
Publisher: 47North
Release Date: February 1st 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

 

Synopsis:

 

A captivating world of monsters and magic from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series.

 

As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon—a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely powerful spirits, but hosting such creatures can be fatal. To stay alive, she must run. And in a city fueled by smoke and corruption, she finds a surprising ally.

 

A cunning thief for hire, Rone owns a rare device that grants him immortality for one minute every day—a unique advantage that will come in handy in Sandis’sfight for freedom. But Sandis’s master knows how powerful she is. He’s determined to get her back, and he has the manpower to find her, wherever she runs.

 

Now, to outwit her pursuers, Sandis must put all her trust in Rone and his immortal device. For her master has summoned more than mere men to hunt her down…

 

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39684488-smoke-and-summons

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RQ6mpD

Bookdepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Smoke-Summons-Charlie-N-Holmberg/9781503902435?ref=grid-view&qid=1548448766713&sr=1-1

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/smoke-and-summons-charlie-n-holmberg/1128772574?ean=9781503902435

 

 

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. Her fantasy Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Her stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance, and her novel The Fifth Doll won the 2018 Whitney for Speculative Fiction. She is a board member for Deep Magic Ezine and currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at www.charlienholmberg.com.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

I really enjoyed this book! The world building was great and the characters mesmerizing. Charlie is such a talent if you haven’t read anything by her you really need to! Sandis was a fantastic character that I really fell in love with 😍

TOUR SCHEDULE

GIVEAWAY

 

Prize: Win a finished copy of SMOKE AND SUMMONS by Charlie N. Holmberg (US Only)

Start Date: 10th February 2019

End Date: 5th March 2019

 

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Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Synopsis:

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale romance—now in paperback, with a special Starfield bonus scene!

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first. 

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

This book was honestly gorgeous and I can’t rave enough about it!!!! Con culture was depicted so beautifully in it that it had me tearing up. If you love con culture as much as I do check this book out because I don’t think you’ll regret it. And the next one comes out very soon too!! I honestly loved the romance aspect in it and it def had a mix of Hilary Duff’s Cinderella Story in it 😂

~Me in utter shock with myself that I didn’t pick up this book sooner~

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Looking for Dei by David A Willson

About the Book:

Title: LOOKING FOR DEI

Author: David A. Willson

Pub. Date: March 22, 2018

Publisher: Seeker Press

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 346

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudibleB&NTBD

 

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Fifteen-year-old Nara Dall has never liked secrets. Yet it seems that her life has been filled with them, from the ugly scar on her back to the strange powers she possesses. Her mysterious father refuses to say anything about her origins, and soon, she and her best friend must attend the announcement ceremony, in which youths are tested for a magical gift.


A gifted youth has not been announced in the poor village of Dimmitt for decades. When Nara uncovers the reason, she uses her own powers to make things right. The decision sets her on a path of danger, discovery, and a search for the divine. In the process, she learns the truth about herself and uncovers the biggest secret of all: the power of broken people.

About Davd:

 

David A. Willson has worked as a restauranteur, peace officer, and now, author. Taught by his mother to read at a young age, he spent his childhood exploring magic, spaceships, and other dimensions. In his writing, he strives to bring those worlds to his readers.

 

Much of his material is inspired by the “Great Land” of Alaska, which he has called home for over 30 years. He lives there with his wife, five children, and 2 dogs. He is passionate about technology, faith, and fiction–not necessarily in that order.

 

Looking for Dei is Willson’s debut novel, set in a land where many more adventures will take place. Stay up to date with his ongoing efforts through the Looking for Dei Facebook page or visiting the website at davidawillson.com.

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

This book was a really cool blend of mystery and fantasy. Nara is such a cool, dynamic character!! The world building in this book was phenomenal and so rich! So if you like rich fantasy with mystery elements and a cool character who is finding herself, pick this one up.

Giveaway Details:

One lucky winner will receive a one hoodie and one mug from the Looking for Dei Facebook shop., US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week Three:

2/11/2019- Lisa Loves Literature– Spotlight

2/12/2019-Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

2/13/2019- A Bookish Dream– Review

2/14/2019- Viviana MacKade– Interview

2/15/2019- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway : Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

BOOK INFORMATION

Dark of the West (Glass Alliance #1)

by Joanna Hathaway

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: February 5th 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

 

Synopsis:

 

He was raised in revolution. She was raised in a palace. Can their love stop a war? Code Name Verity meets The Winner’s Cursein Joanna Hathaway’s Dark of the West, a breathtaking YA fantasy debut.

 

Aurelia Isendare is a princess of a small kingdom in the North, raised in privilege but shielded from politics as her brother prepares to step up to the throne. Halfway around the world, Athan Dakar, the youngest son of a ruthless general, is a fighter pilot longing for a life away from the front lines. When Athan’s mother is shot and killed, his father is convinced it’s the work of his old rival, the Queen of Etania—Aurelia’s mother. Determined to avenge his wife’s murder, he devises a plot to overthrow the Queen, a plot which sends Athan undercover to Etania to gain intel from her children.

 

Athan’s mission becomes complicated when he finds himself falling for the girl he’s been tasked with spying upon. Aurelia feels the same attraction, all the while desperately seeking to stop the war threatening to break between the Southern territory and the old Northern kingdoms that control it—a war in which Athan’s father is determined to play a role. As diplomatic ties manage to just barely hold, the two teens struggle to remain loyal to their families and each other as they learn that war is not as black and white as they’ve been raised to believe.

 

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32949202-dark-of-the-west

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2EkaLsY

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-of-the-west-joanna-hathaway/1127026418?ean=9780765396419#/

Bookdepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Dark-West-Joanna-Hathaway/9780765396419?ref=grid-view&qid=1544720532762&sr=1-1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dark-of-the-west/id1279815748?mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/dark-of-the-west

 

 

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Joanna was born in Montréal and is an avid storyteller who was inspired to write after reading her great-grandfather’s memoirs of the First World War. A lifelong history buff, she now has shelves filled with biographies and historical accounts, and perhaps one too many books about pilots. She can often be found reading, traveling, or riding horses.

 

Her debut novel, DARK OF THE WEST (Tor Teen, February 5th, 2019), is the first in a WWII-infused fantasy series of forbidden love and deadly revenge.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

This book… WAS SO DAMN GOOD!!! I seriously can’t rave about it enough. I really loved Athan, for me he was the best part of the book. Overall though the book flowed beautifully and captivated me from beginning to end!

~Me still thinking of this book~

TOUR SCHEDULE

GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win (1) of (10) physical copies of DARK OF THE WEST by Joanna Hathaway (US Only)

Giveaway Starts: February 5th, 2019

Giveaway Ends: February 18th, 2019

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Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway!: Between Before and After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

ABOUT THE BOOK

Between Before and After

by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Publisher: BLINK

Release date: February 5, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Mystery

Synopsis:

“The carnage began with the roses. She hacked at their ruffled blooms until they dropped into monstrous drifts of red on the parched yellow lawn … Only two things kept my mother grounded to us: my uncle Stephen and stories.”

Fourteen-year-old Molly worries about school, friends, and her parents’ failed marriage, but mostly about her mother’s growing depression. Molly knows her mother is nursing a carefully-kept secret. A writer with an obsession for other people’s life stories, Elaine Donnelly is the poster child of repressed emotions.

Molly spends her California summer alternately watching out for her little brother Angus and tip-toeing around her mother’s raw feelings. Molly needs her mother more than ever, but Elaine shuts herself off from real human connections and buries herself in the lives and deaths of the strangers she writes about. When Uncle Stephen is pressed into the limelight because of his miracle cure of a young man, Elaine can no longer hide behind other people’s stories. And as Molly digs into her mother’s past, she finds a secret hidden in her mother’s dresser that may be the key to unlocking a family mystery dating to 1918 New York—a secret that could destroy or save their future. 

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40556653-between-before-and-after

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2S5j2Ik

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/between-before-and-after-maureen-doyle-mcquerry/1128931439?#/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Between-Before-and-After-Maureen-McQuerry/9780310767381

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

I found this book to be very interesting. I found Elaine’s part of the story to be very cool. As someone who also tends to bury themselves in fiction than real life stuff it was nice to see a character like that also. The writing style is reminiscent of classic books which was a nice treat!

~Me throughout this whole book~

TOUR SCHEDULE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Website: https://www.maureenmcquerry.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maureenmcquerry

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaureenMcQuerryauthor/

GIVEAWAY

Prize: 5 Finished Copies of Between Before & After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry + Signed Bookplates (USA only)

Starts: 2/4/19

Ends: 2/15/19

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