Review: Rage by Cora Carmack

I received this book at BookExpo in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own! This book comes out Tuesday August 27th

Synopsis:

Please see my review of Roar here for my original thoughts and synopsis of the first book

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

I enjoyed this book, but I felt at times it was very slow. But the ending chapters were very good! The Storm magic is still pretty ambiguous though which kind of annoys me… Because I would like it explained. I’m still a bit baffled that no one figured out who Roar was until book 2… I still don’t find it plausible in my own head but 🤷🏻‍♀️ Overall though I did enjoy the story though as I said it felt a bit slow. It could have been shorter to help with the flow of the story.

~Basically me @ these characters when they still hadn’t figured out Roar was the princess~

About the Author:

Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult Romance and YA fantasy. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora lives in Austin, TX, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss and her dog Sherlock. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website www.coracarmack.com.

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Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Synopsis:

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

Hunger Games in Space!

I enjoyed this book! I thought it was different, and liked seeing how it unfolded. Definitely had some thriller vibes that I was digging, plus it was high stakes. Emmett was definitely a character I was rooting for most of the time, and the revelations and ending were well executed and planned. Now we will see what happens next 👀 If you like high stakes space adventures read this. Perfect for sci-fi fans, Aurora Rising fans, and those who want a different take on the ‘fight for your life’ trope Hunger Games had.

~Don’t mind me just hysterically laughing at some of the decisions the characters made, plus the reveal of the better crew~

About the Author:

Scott Reintgen grew up in North Carolina, and took full advantage of the fact that he lived on the same street as fourteen of his cousins. It could be a little crowded, but he threw a few elbows and carved out a space for himself as the family storyteller. He enjoyed the role so much that he decided to spend most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This led to a career teaching English and Creative Writing in the great state of North Carolina, where he currently lives with his wife and family. To his great delight, the demand for stories and storytellers is alive and well. As such, he can often be found at local coffee shops laboring over stories that he hopes his family, and fans, will love. 

Waiting on Wednesday: Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Can’t Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.

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Please note this is the UK cover, I love both covers but wanted to give some love to the UK cover.

Synopsis:

Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

 

My Thoughts:

THIS BOOK! Sounds so amazing, both covers are STUNNING. Plus witch doctors?! Sign me up! I do have an ARC of this book and will be reviewing it! So watch out for this. This honestly just sounds perfect, a high stakes magical adventure with demons. Like… OMG!

This book releases September 3rd, pre-order your copy now wherever books are sold.

 

About the Author:

Rena Barron grew up in small-town Alabama where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. After penning her first awful poem in middle school, she graduated to writing short stories and novels by high school. Rena loves all things science fiction, ghosts, and superheroes. She’s a self-proclaimed space nerd. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading or brushing up on her French. Follow her at @renathedreamer and renabarron.com.

Rena prefers not to be tagged in reviews to save her sanity.

She is represented by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

Review: Witch Born by Nicholas Bowling

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Synopsis:

Alyce’s mother has just been burnt at the stake for practicing witchcraft. With only a thin set of instructions and a witch’s mommet for guidance, Alyce must face the world that she’s been sealed off from — a world of fear and superstition. With a witch hunter fast on her trail, she’ll need the help of an innkeeper and a boy looking to discover the truth behind his own mother’s past.

But as her journey continues, another war rages: a hidden war of the supernatural, of the living and the dead. Good and evil are blurred, and nobody’s motives can be trusted. And Alyce finds herself thrown unwillingly into the conflict. Struggling to understand her own powers, she is quickly drawn into a web of secret, lies, and dark magic that could change the fate of the world she is just coming to know.

This dark, twisty, and thrillingly original debut will leave readers entranced in its suspenseful plot and rich prose.

 

My Review:

3/5 ⭐️ – Original Rating

*2/5 ⭐️ changed during the course of writing this*

MEH. That’s basically what I have to say. I didn’t particularly like this book, I thought it was just OK. I didn’t really get ‘dark and thrilling’ while reading this either. It just fell flat. The MC was utterly clueless and things weren’t explained very well for me to be like ‘oh ok wow’. Nothing was ever gone into either, it was just skipped over and felt like an afterthought. This is one book that has a STUNNING cover but its contents leave MUCH to be desired. I honestly may bump my rating down to a 2 star because while organizing my thoughts I can’t really find any redeeming qualities. So… *keyboard typing* CHANGED.

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~Me @ this book. Why play me like that?~

About the Author:

Nicholas Bowling is an author, stand-up comic, musician, and Latin teacher from London. He graduated from Oxford University in 2007 with a BA in Classics and English, and again in 2010 with a Masters in Greek and Latin Language and Literature, before moving to his first teaching job at Trinity School, Croydon. While writing Witchborn, he also performed a solo show at the Edinburgh festival, and has co-written, recorded and released an album and two EPs with soul-folk singer Mary Erskine, Me For Queen. Witchborn is his debut novel.

Review: Unplugged by Donna Freitas

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Synopsis:

Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.

Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.

But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.

 

My Review:

2/5 ⭐️

I was really let down by this book. I honestly was looking forward to it, it had a really cool concept. But it fell flat. The first 150 pages were… BORING. And the action honestly felt rushed. Plus the villain was super generic and stupid? Like? What happened? And also was who I was not expecting. I feel like this could have been shorter OR fleshed out better. Because it just… MEH.

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~Me @ this book… Come on now~

 

About the Author:

Donna was born in Rhode Island and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and Barcelona, Spain.

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Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: A Crash of Fate (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge)

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Title: STAR WARS GALAXY’S EDGE: A CRASH OF FATE

Author: Zoraida Córdova

Pub. Date: August 6, 2019

Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 352

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Izzy and Jules were best friends until Izzy’s family abruptly left Batuu when she was six. But now she’s back, and Jules, the boy who never left, is unsure what to make of her. While on the run from vengeful smugglers and an angry pirate, Jules and Izzy will come to terms with who they are, and what they mean to each other.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

Insanely fun read! There is romance in this which personally I did not mind since (imo) that goes hand and hand with Star Wars stories. Though this is a tie-in book to the new Galaxy’s Edge experience at Disney, and is canon for the Star Wars universe. Overall I flew through this book and enjoyed it. Highly recommend for space lovers, Star Wars fans everywhere, and people who love romance in their books! At the end of the day though this is a tie-in edition for an experience, so it did have that lurking around every page hence the 4/5 .

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~Me when this book downloaded to my Kindle~

About Zoraida:

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Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old, a YA anthology forthcoming from Imprint/Macmillan in fall 2020.  Her upcoming YA novels include Star Wars: A Crash of Fate (Disney/LucasFilm 2019) and Incendiary, book 1 in the Hollow Crown duology (Disney/Hyperion 2020). Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning her next adventure.

Photo credit: Sarah Younger

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of STAR WARS GALAXY’S EDGE: A CRASH OF FATE, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

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8/6/2019- Country Road Reviews Excerpt

8/6/2019- Lifestyle Of MeReview

 

8/7/2019- Character Madness and MusingsInterview

8/7/2019- Moonlight RendezvousReview

 

8/8/2019- The BookWorm DrinkethExcerpt

8/8/2019- A Bookish DreamReview

 

8/9/2019- Do You Dog-ear? Review

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Week Two:

8/12/2019- Eli to the nthReview

8/12/2019- What A Nerd Girl SaysReview

 

8/13/2019- Jena Brown WritesReview

8/13/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

 

8/14/2019- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

8/14/2019- Wishful EndingsReview

 

8/15/2019- FyreKatz BlogReview

8/15/2019- Novel NoviceExcerpt

 

8/16/2019- Little Red ReadsInterview

8/16/2019- Book-KeepingReview

 

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Week Two:

8/12/2019- Jena Brown WritesReview

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8/14/2019- GRgeniusSpotlight

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Waiting On Wednesday: Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh

Can’t Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.

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Synopsis:
Astrid is the surrogate for Princess Renya, which means she bears the physical punishment if Renya steps out of line. Astrid has no choice—she and her family are Outsiders, the lower class of people without magic and without citizenship.

But there is a way out of this life—competing in the deadly Race of Oblivion. To enter the race, an Outsider is administered the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memory clear of their past as they enter a new world with nothing to help them but a slip of paper bearing their name and the first clue. It’s not as simple as solving a puzzle, however—for a majority of the contestants, the race ends in death. But winning would mean not only freedom for Astrid, but citizenship and health care for her entire family. With a dying father to think of, Astrid is desperate to prevail.

From the beginning, the race is filled with twists and turns. One of them is Darius, a fellow racer Astrid meets but isn’t sure she can trust. Though they team up in the race, as Astrid’s memories begin to resurface, she remembers just who he was to her—a scorned foe who may want revenge. Astrid also starts to notice she has powers no Outsider should—which could help her win the race, but also make her a target if anyone finds out. With stakes that couldn’t be higher, Astrid must decide what is more important: risking her life to remember the mysteries of the past, or playing a cutthroat game in order to win her—and her family’s—freedom.

I loved Julie’s debut duology and just knew I needed to do my first WoW post about Crown of Oblivion! I’m on the Street Team for this title but only joined because I’m very hyped for this book. It sounds awesome!! Stay tuned on my blog and social media for news about this book.
This book releases November 12th 2019 and is published by HarperTeen

Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

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Synopsis:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

 

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

Overall I enjoyed this book. I wasn’t blown away like I thought I would be. It felt a bit generic honestly? Though the storm magic was a nice change and the characters were refreshing! I was hoping a bit more would happen though, plus it had the ‘ooo MC is special’ trope which is a bit overdone. The villain was also a bit… Overdone? Like this book just felt like other things I’ve read. I do have an ARC of Rage that I am currently reading. The only thing I did really like is the romance and can’t wait to see that play out more!

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~Me because this book is like super beloved from what I’ve seen~

 

About the Author:

Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult Romance and YA fantasy. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora lives in Austin, TX, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss and her dog Sherlock. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website www.coracarmack.com.

Review: Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez

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Synopsis:

Not you without me, not me without you.

Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them.

As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what’s right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she’s ever loved.

Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Eseult, this is the story of the legend’s true heroine: Branwen. For fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, this is the first book of a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

I knocked this down a whole point because of Essie. Seriously, she was ANNOYING. I get she was supposed to be but OOMGGGG like GIRL STOP! Branwen is seriously a saint for putting up with that girl I swear. And speaking of Branwen, she’s so loyal… Loyal to a fault. It kind of sucked how the book ended but I’m hoping Branwen comes into her own and messes stuff uuuppp!!

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~Essie STAHP~

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