I am so excited to announce the cover for Seventh Born by Monica Sanz! This cover is gorgeous and the book sounds so good! Check out the details below!
Caraval Giveaway Alert!
Caraval is one of my all time favorite series so I thought I’d share it with all of you! You can join my giveaway on my Bookstagram page! I have two prizes, one US and one International!
US Prize: One copy of Caraval by Stephanie Garber with a signed bookplate
One Caraval quote print
One Legendary Hot cocoa mix from March’s Shelflovecrate! This is an exclusive
item you can’t get anywhere else!
International Prize: One book up to $15 USD from Book Depository or Amazon as long as they ship to your country! (Price does NOT include shipping :))
*Giveaway not affiliated with Instagram, Flatiron books, Stephanie Garber, or Shelflovecrate!*
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
My Rating: 5 Stars
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*I received and ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Stephanie Garber must have magical powers that enable the reader to be transported into her world. Because I am obsessed and still can’t pull myself away from wanting to be in the world of Caraval! I had heard that Legendary was even more amazing than Caraval (which I gave 5 stars to that as well) so I was extremely excited to read it! And boy did it live up to the hype! Huge book hangover, y’all!
So let’s have a chat about the world building. It’s good. Like, I’m not sure I can think of one thing she missed when building her religion and magic system. And if she did miss something, it’s not noticeable in the slightest! She took some greek elements and mixed it with magic and awesome sauce. I liked that there was consequences to using magic! Nothing in life is free so it doesn’t make sense magic would be either! And Tella proved that!
I definitely didn’t think I’d like Tella. In book one she seemed too self absorbed and slightly arrogant. I thought I was in for a selfish display. I was pleasantly wrong! Tella was fascinating to read about! She had so much depth to her character and love for her sister! She had interesting and understandable reasons for her actions in the first book. I also really liked that she knew she was pretty but she wasn’t conceited. Well done, Garber!
So, I need the third book now. There were SO many different aspects of this book that needs to be addressed in the third book! Dante (swoon!!!), Jacks (who I’m still trying to figure out), and Scarlett and Julian!
This is one of my favorite series and one that I will most definitely re-read. Garber’s writing is absolutely musical. She writes like each word belongs to the next. It flows. I loved that the “gods” in this book were called Fates and I can’t wait to see more of them in the next book! I need more of Tella and Dante!!!
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“Too many books. Too few centuries.”
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
You know when you read a book and you just want to force everybody to read it? And it’s so good that you just don’t have the right words to say. It’s this book. I have loved Jay Kristoff since I read Stormdancer back in 2014. For some reason I never picked up Nevernight. I think I was just so attached to his first series that I just didn’t think anything else could be that good (plus he tears your heart out in his books so I admit I was a little afraid). So many people have begged me to read this. I definitely should have read it sooner. Did it tear my heart out and hurt? Yes. Did I love every painful moment? Yes.
The way Kristoff writes is like he actually experienced the story. He makes the stories feel as though they really happened. It is very rare that I get emotional when reading. I never cry when reading. He makes me cry every dang time. If I’m not careful, I’ll end up writing a whole post on Jay Kristoff (hands down one of my favorite authors of all time) and not Nevernight.
So let’s talk this beautiful, bloody mess. I went into this book thinking it was about a cold blooded assassin. I was happily convinced otherwise that Mia Corvere actually had a ton of depth. She did what she had to but she also had her own set of moral rules. I very much so enjoyed her stab stab stabby all over the place in one scene and in the next asking a fellow assassin if they wanted to talk about what happened to him. She was my favorite character.
I also loved the side characters like Tric (hot tamale), Ash, Lottie, and most importantly Mister Kindly. I have heard so much about him and now I want him. He is Mia’s shadow cat and I want to know how she got him so I can get him too. He is hilariously sarcastic and very mysterious. Plus, he eats her fear. Gimme, gimme, gimme!
I would just like to take a moment to talk about how the plot started as one thing and ended as another. So. Many. Shocking. Twists. Seriously, at the end of the book, I was like, “Did I start reading another book?! BECAUSE WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED?!” That ending tore me up! Once again, Kristoff blows my freaking mind.
Okay y’all, I had to knock a half star off because those sex scenes were way, WAY too vivid. I don’t really like it when I’m reading this really great plot and they take a commercial break to have sex. Like, why though? It didn’t have anything to do with the plot. I was like, ummm can we get back to the program here?! Thank you. Geeze Louise.
Final thoughts: I love Jay Kristoff. Whoops, did I say that already? I want a not-cat. Oops, did I say that too? For real though, this book was a freaking blast and I will force you to read it. And you will thank me. Especially if you like bloody, stabby, stab, BA assassins with strange magical powers. I had one friend dub it ‘Murder Hogwarts’! I can’t wait to dig into Godsgrave (Ha. Ha. Dig? I’m so punny. You love it.)!
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
My Rating: 4 Stars (May change once I read the full book.)
*I got an e-arc preview excerpt from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I just know Susan Dennard has done it again. Tear my heart to pieces. I would give anything to get my hands on the full book right now!
Ryber is such a fun character to read about. I really relate to her rule following. I like that she’s different than most characters you read about most days. She’s calm, collected and follows the rules. I’m dying to know how her journey will change her. And I’m dying to know how she and Kullen fall in love!! I’m also very interested in The Rook and hope we get more of his story.
I am enjoying the way the book is told through journal entries and other clippings. It’s very unique and adds a different element to the story telling. Can’t wait to read more!!