THE PRINCE by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Release Day Launch

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From #1 New York
Times
 Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, comes THE PRINCE, a
new novella in her 
Wicked Series, brought to you by
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From #1 New York Times and USA
Today
 bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked
series…

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Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and
mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a
past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in
never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the
Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she
wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see
the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying
the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his
former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone closeto him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing betweenthem each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be hisundoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….

 

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EXCERPT: 

Did it make you a bad friend if you were completely, a hundred percent envious of that friend? Yes? No?
Kind of?

I figured it was somewhere in between.

That’s what I was mulling over as I watched Ivy Morgan brush thick, red curls over her shoulder, laughing at something her boyfriend Ren Owens had said to her.

At least I wasn’t envious of that—their love. Okay, well, that wasn’t entirely true. Pretty sure anyone who was as single as me would be envious of all that warm and fuzzy that was passed back and forth with each long look or casual brush of skin. The two could barely tear their gazes away from one another to eat the dinner we’d grabbed at the cute little diner inside the shopping center on Prytania Street.

I honest to God couldn’t be happier for them. They’d been through so much—way more than two people should ever have to go through to be together, and here they were, stronger and more in love than ever, and they deserved that happiness.

But their epic love story wasn’t the source of a current case of the green-eye monster that was sitting on my shoulder.

Ivy was just such a… badass.

Even right now, relaxed in the chair, surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights with her hand in Ren’s and her belly full of a cheeseburger deluxe and crinkle fries and half of my tater tots, she could kick ass and take names along with addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers.

If the proverbial poo hit the fan, you called Ivy or Ren.

If you needed to know what streets Royal intersected with, you called… me. Or if you needed coffee or fresh beignets but were currently busy, you know, saving the world, you’d call me.

The three of us were all members of the Order, a widespread organization that was literally the only thing that stood between mankind and complete, utter enslavement and destruction by the fae. And not the super cute fae found in Disney movies or some crap like that. Humans thought they were on top of the food chain. They were wrong. The fae were.

The only thing pop culture got right about the fae was their slightly pointy ears. That was it. The fae were more than just beings from another world—the Otherworld—they were capable of glamouring their appearance to blend in with humans. But all Order members, even me, were warded at birth against the glamour. We saw through the human façade to the creature that lurked beneath.

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 About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. New Author photo_JLAArmentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science
fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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The Demon Race (Spoiler Free Review)

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The Demon Race

Author: Alexandria Warwick (Her website HERE)

Publisher: Wolf Publishing

Release Date: September 18, 2018

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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I am having really good luck with lesser known authors this year. This book was not on my radar the beginning of this year, but let me tell you, it should be on yours. This is a story of a girl who doesn’t want to get married so she goes and enters in the Demon Race. But the Demon horses (Heck yes. Awesome.), feed off of the participants emotions and soul.

This book had such a good moral compass. I thought that what the characters go through was actually very relatable in any society. I tabbed the crap out of this book because of that. So, when the demons feed on your emotions, they aren’t actually MAKING you do anything. They just heighten the bad emotions in you. But it is still your CHOICE to do the evil things. Even though to choose good is the hardest choice. Tricky, Warwick, tricky. I like it. I truly believe that this is a real occurrence that happens. People have bad thoughts all the time, it is how you respond to them that matters. People also like to blame, blame, blame. Blame their circumstances, blame the people around them. Yes, just like the demons in the story, those have a lot of play in your emotions. However, it is ultimately up to you to decide what to do with those emotions. You CAN choose good even when everything is against you. This was actually the core message I got out of this story.  I just couldn’t believe an author was actually writing about this! It was awesome!

Okay, I know by now your like, enough with the sappy stuff. So let me get into the characters. Namali, our heroine, was an extraordinary character. She fought what she knew was wrong, but she also forgave. How many heroines now-a-days forgive? It’s all about “I deserve vengeance.” She forgave her father and the men around her that were forcing her to do things. Wow. That’s actually quite beautiful. Now, don’t get me wrong, she fought like a hell-cat, as she should have. But I loved the forgiveness that followed. No one forgives anyone in this day and age. Her character progression was some of the best I’ve ever seen.

Here comes another slightly sappy sentiment… In this book, people suffer. Namali suffers because she is a woman and women in her culture are seen as property. Sameen suffers because he was born with a twisted foot. Now, there were times when Namali was all about her suffering. But she learns that other people suffer too. Wow. Imagine that. She’s not the only one who struggles. It would be nice to see a world where everyone had compassion on other people’s suffering instead of being selfish and just saying, “Well surely I suffer more, so I deserve more!” Warwick, you are an amazing story teller.

One of my favorite lines:

You don’t understand. She assumed that of him more often than she was comfortable admitting. And it was unfair. It was unfair because in doing so, she invalidated his opinion simply because they, as people, were different.

Final Thoughts. I loved this book. I thought it had MANY lessons in here that should be learned by girls and boys from around the world. I thought Warwick was brave in putting some of these things in here. I loved her writing style. It was also a clean book. I liked that. The ONLY reason this did not get 5 stars is because I’m not sure yet if I will re-read this. Y’all know my 5 stars are books I will definitely be re-reading.  Dare I say this slightly reminds me of The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis? 

Happy Adventuring

 

August 2018 TBR

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I can’t believe it is August already. I blinked and I missed July! Anyways, as per usual I am determined to read four books this month! I rarely do but it’s always my goal! And I’ve got more ARCs to review this month that I’m super excited about! I hope you are too! 

*Let me say that I finished a book in between writing my Wrap-Up post and my TBR post. The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick. I will be reviewing that bad boy tomorrow (Fri, Aug. 3)!

First up…. The 48 by Donna Hosie. 33006920

 

I am super excited about this one! I got this ARC from Storygram Tours! (Check them out HERE )And while a review is not required, I would still like to provide one! So, thank you Storygram! This one is about time traveling assassins! It already pretty much only has 5 star reviews. Check it out on Goodreads HERE

 

 

Second…. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan38469737

I am really loving mixing genres at the moment. Once I’m done with historical fiction, I will jump into Sci-fi! My friend, Mel gave this book a great review and she had an interview with the author on her blog! Milan seems like she’d be awesome to hang out with!

Mel’s blog HERE

Check it out on Goodreads HERE

 

 

Third… Impostors by Scott Westerfeld     37825397

 

I read the Uglies series years ago. So I am super happy to have traded an ARC for this ARC! I really enjoyed that series and am excited to see where Westerfeld will take it again!

Check it out on Goodreads HERE

 

 

 

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I haven’t read a middle grade book in some time and am excited to get into one! This one is a take on Maya mythology! It sounds so interesting!

Check it out on Goodreads HERE

 

 

This month is pretty slow, life wise, for me so I am hoping I can get through all of these! What are you reading this month?

Happy Adventuring

Grim Lovelies Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Megan Shepherd

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

My Rating: 3 Stars

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Alright lovelies (Ha. Ha.), here’s the deal. I didn’t love this book, I just liked it. I honestly have half good things to say and the other half things I didn’t really like. 

The Story. The premise and story of this book is insanely interesting. The story itself kept me hooked until the last page. Shepherd is an excellent story teller with an eye for extravagant details. She paints Paris through the eyes of someone who has never been outside before. How incredibly beautiful. Makes me want to go to Paris more than ever now!

The Writing. I can’t say enough good things about Shepherd’s writing style. It’s descriptive yet she doesn’t lose you in it. Like when you read some paragraphs about each tiny detail about a house and four pages later you don’t remember where you were in the actual story (looking at you, Game of Thrones…). She’s not like that. She built a magical world that didn’t leave me hanging but at the same time left a little mystery to it. And y’all, she’s actually quite funny. I wrote down a few quotes and lines that actually made me laugh out loud. “Goblins take their tea very seriously.”  And they do. And it’s funny.

The Characters. This, sadly, is the part I didn’t really enjoy that much. I felt as though they weren’t developed enough. Even at the end of the book I still didn’t know who they actually were as people. I think Cricket was the best out of the five, but she just showed more personality that the others. That could change in the second book, but for now, I just didn’t really care for them that much. And the romance? Nope. Wasn’t a fan. I for once wanted the main character to remain single. Beau was too whiny and weak.

Final Thoughts. I definitely liked this book enough to continue with the series. Like I said, the story is very compelling. My best pitch for this would be if Stephanie Garber wrote a story that Cassandra Clare pitched.

 

Happy Adventuring

 

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Spoiler Free Review)

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Author: Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: July 25, 2006

Buy or read synopsis HERE

My Rating: 5 Stars

Oh mama yes. That’s what I thought when I read this book. That and, but why?! Followed by tears. It was so satisfyingly perfect. Just an all around good, solid, book. This was my first Sanderson book and it did not disappoint. Sanderson just shot up to my top five favorite authors. I am officially obsessed. Let’s dig into it, shall we?

Character Progression. There was so much! Vin grew steadily as a character and it even ended with her knowing she had things to work on. I LOVED that. She wasn’t perfect and she wasn’t a “Mary Sue”. She is the best Mistborn, but she still is a teenager with a lot to learn about tactfulness and politics. I also liked how the romance was done. It was kind of in the background, so that way you can still have a solid plot even if you took the romance out. However, I don’t want it taken out, I liked it. It was very sweet.

Intrigue. Sanderson is like a good thief. He’s distracting you with his right hand when you don’t even know what his left hand is doing. Then, WHAP! He hits you right in the feels with crazy plot twists. You think you know where the book is going. But you don’t.

Side Characters. Really well rounded, well written side characters. To the point where I wouldn’t mind if Sanderson wrote a book about each one! They were all so interesting! I think Sazed was my favorite side character. He still has so much mystery surrounding him!

World Building. Sanderson did a phenomenal job with the world. He didn’t spend a lot of time on it, but he didn’t leave you wondering about too many things. Meaning, you as the reader, are on the same level as the characters. We don’t know why the earth is covered in ash and why trees and grass and things that grow are brown. Maybe something to do with magic?

Magic. This magic system was extremely unique. Some people get powers from different metals. And very few get powers from all 12 metals. But, there are consequences to using magic. It’s a very scientific magic system that even logic brained readers would love. For instance, if you “push” on a metal, you can go flying or the metal will go flying, depending on your weight and the weight of the metal. The same goes for “pulling” on a metal. Sanderson goes into a detailed description in the book.

Ending. I just have one thing to say to you Mr. Sanderson. WHY?! I DON’T UNDERSTAND! I HURT! YOU OWE ME A BOX OF TISSUES! HOW DARE.

Final Thoughts. I freaking loved this book. I literally have nothing bad to say. All you fools (I know, I used to be like you) who haven’t read Sanderson, drop what you are doing and pick up one of his books. 

Happy Adventuring

July TBR

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Hey bookish lovers! Once again I am hoping to read 4 books this month! And three of them are ARCs coming out in the next couple of months! So keep an eye out for those non-spoiler-y reviews!

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As you can see from my last post, I picked up Mistborn at the end of June. I am hoping to finish this first week of July! It’s so good y’all! I personally think it lives up to the hype! This is my first Sanderson book (Unless you count him finishing The Wheel of Time series) and like any person with no self control, I have already looked up fan-art and started reading about the Cosmere… Whoops. I just jumped in there.

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First of all, can we all gawk and drool over this cover? Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way…. The Forest Queen! I cannot wait to sink my bookish teeth into this one! It is a retelling of Robin Hood with a female! Heck to the yes! Betsy Cornwell is also the same author as Mechanica!

Releases from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on August 7, 2018.

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And let us also take a moment to ogle this cover as well. Grim Lovelies is probably one of my most anticiapated reads this year. With a lot of really cool Fantasy elements, I am hoping this will wow me! An animal enchanted into a human, Anouk dreams of living free in Paris! Seriously, this sounds so freaking awesome.

Releases from HMH Books for Young Readers on October 2, 2018.

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I am really hoping to get to this debut author, Alexandria Warwick, first novel, The Demon Race. It sounds like an amazing horse back riding adventure that anyone would want to go on… if your horse is actually a shadow demon seeping darkness into your soul. I honestly don’t think I have ever read something like this and I cannot wait to see what it has in store!

Releases from Wolf Publishing on September 18, 2018.

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This month looks like a very promising reading month! What are you reading this month?

Happy Adventuring!

June Wrap-Up

Hey everyone! I actually had a pretty decent reading month! I read 3 1/2 books which is pretty normal for me. Here is a look at what I’ve read. (Links are affiliate links to Amazon)

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I absolutely loved this book! It was set in Australia and a fantasy world. How cool is that? The thing I loved most is that Levy writes about anxiety and PTSD. The way she writes about it is almost as if she is a psychologist! Best adaptation of dealing with tough situations I have ever read.

My rating: 5 Stars

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My full review here.

 

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I read A Court of Frost and Starlight in a day. I really was that short. This was not my favorite ACOTAR book. It was, as my good friend put it, a fanfic Christmas story. It was cute. That was it. I am however excited for the promise of the next book! There was a sneak peek chapter in ACOFAS!

My rating: 3 Stars

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This was an interesting read for me. It was an illustrated suspense novel. The author is also an artist and quite good! I loved her writing style and the character progression. It was a little too dark and scary for me though!

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And this is my half book I read! I am absolutely loving this book so far! It has been a loooong time since I have read an epic fantasy series! And this is my first Sanderson book! Unless you count when he finished the Wheel of Time series, then this is my first of his alone. I can definitely see why he is so many reader’s favorite author!! He is amazing!

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Let me know what y’all read in June! Have you read any of the books pictured above?

Happy Adventuring!