Review: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Wayfarer
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Time-Travel
Release Date: January 3rd 2017
Book Length: 532
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

ARC Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: January 31st 2017
Book Length: 402
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game..

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over..

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner..

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

ARC Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Book Length: 432
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

ARC Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Katherine Arden
Series: The Bear and the Nightingale #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Release Date: January 17th 2017
Book Length: 332
Publisher: Del Rey
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

ARC Giveaway: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Hello There!

So by now I'm sure you're all aware of the beautiful book Caraval by Stephanie Garber, I'll have my review up soon so for any of you who have already read it, do let me know your thoughts!

Stephanie is also going on tour in the UK so I'll finally get to meet her next week in Liverpool which is so exciting, so in order to celebrate the release and success of Caraval I thought I'd giveaway my gorgeous ARC.

The winner of my giveaway will get to choose between my lovely proof or a finished copy of Caraval. I'm obsessed with the gorgeous UK editors of Caraval, but which one do I get? It's so hard to choose between them. 


I'm hosting the giveaway on Twitter so if you want to enter just Follow & RT.
It's International and ends March 2nd!
Just click the link below.


Good Luck & Happy Reading!


ARC Review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

A Crown of Wishes
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Star-Touched Queen #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mythology
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Book Length: 352
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

I'm bacccccck and unforgivably late!

Helllooooooo!

I can't believe how long it's been, I've completely abandoned my little book blog. I only intended to take a few weeks off but as always I got super lazy and just gave up on everything *sigh*. Anyway I am determined to get back to blogging again. I've obviously still been reading books - I'm not that far gone - but I really have missed blogging, whether it was ranting about bad books or fangirling about those swoony ones, gah I miss it all.


Anyway, I'm back for good and I'm going to try my best to manage my time better, not get too stressed out with how much I post each week and just enjoy getting back into the swing of things. Also what the hell has happened to blogger? I feel ancient, so many changes!!!

So here's a little catch up on all the amazing books I've been reading lately and that I highly recommend, review will be coming soon.

Recommendations

  • The Bear and the Nightingale - Russian fantasy lovers, get your hands on this!!!
  • Strange the Dreamer - *sobs* this book was just beautiful, Laini Taylor is a goddess <3
  • A Promise of Fire - for those of you who love fantasy and a healthy dose of swoon ;)
  • All Nalini Singh - don't judge, I recently discovered her and I may have read like 20 of her books *no shame* Queen Singh forever!!
  • The Hating Game - AMAZING!!

Books I'm looking forward to:

  • A Flame in the Mist - MULAAAAAAAN!!
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin - obviously! *cough Rhysand*
  • Legion - I am ready for Julie Kagawa to destroy my soul.
  • The Tiger's Daughter - I am so ready for this book, it's unreal!

Suppose I'll leave my little ranting's there, but I'm so happy to be back. I've really missed blogging so I will definitely have to get writing some reviews (they're easy right? ha!), so hopefully you will be hearing from me soon.

Happy Reading <3


Blog Tour: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game Blog Tour

Hey guys!

Welcome to the my stop on the The Crown's Game blog tour.

I'm so excited to be apart of the tour as I fell in love with this book so much and I can't wait for everyone to read it. So I'll be doing a quick 10 reasons why and a big gushy review filled with all the reasons you should read this book!


The Crown's Game
Author: Evelyn Skye
Series: The Crown's Game #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: June 30th 2016
Book Length: 399
Publisher: HarperCollins
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Blog Tour: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem with Forever Blog Tour

Hey guys!

Welcome to the my stop on the The Problem with Forever blog tour.

I'm so ridiculously excited to be apart of the tour, not only is JLA one of my all-time favourite authors but you guys, this book... seriously this book is freaking fantastic! Anyway, let's get on with the tour.


The Problem with Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Release Date: June 1st 2016
Book Length: 480
Publisher: MIRA Ink

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

Review: Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins

Lady Renegades
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #3
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Release Date: April 5th 2016
Book Length: 264
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark’s battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.

Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenage girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from. Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town…which means her life is on the line yet again.

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings the fun once again in the finale of this pitch-perfect romantic paranormal comedy series.